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Thirty-one years ago, Lilia Podkopayeva walked into a gym in Donetsk, Ukraine, for the first time. “She was 5 and her grandmom brought her to gym and said, ‘Coaches, please, I brought my granddaughter for future, for big future for Olympic … more
Woodland, playing at home, cruised through its first match, beating South Cobb 25-10 and 25-19. The Lady Wildcats then lost to Hiram by scores of 25-19 and 25-14. Woodland led wire to wire in its first set against South Cobb, and even though the … more
A day after winning its season opener, the Adairsville High softball team lost its region opener Tuesday at Coahulla Creek. All the scoring in the game was done in 1 1/2 innings of play. Coahulla Creek scored two runs in the bottom of the second … more
Excel softball picked up an early-season win Tuesday night as a four-run third inning and a five-run seventh gave them a 10-4 victory at Gordon Central. Hannah Lee threw a complete game for the Lady Eagles (2-3). After she gave up single runs in … more
Three years ago, Randi Wimpy didn’t think she’d ever play softball again. “My sophomore year at Walters State, it was in the fall, I’d actually quit and I didn’t have any intentions on going back and then I got a phone call,” Wimpy … more
Former Cartersville and Georgia Tech shortstop Connor Justus hit his first professional home run on Tuesday and his first triple since being called up to the Burlington Bees on Friday. Justus, who is now playing for the Class-A Bees in the … more
When the Woodland High softball team takes the field for its scrimmage today at Kennesaw Mountain, there will be many new faces. The Lady Wildcats lost much of their team to graduation and will only have two seniors this season. Woodland has just … more
A late-inning rally fell short as Adairsville softball beat Excel Christian Academy, 12-10, Monday, in the Lady Tigers’ first game of the season. “Obviously it’s always better to start off with a win,” said Adairsville coach Kandace … more
The 2016-17 Bartow County high school sports season is officially underway. The Excel Christian Academy softball team was the first in action as the Lady Eagles went 1-2 in a season-opening tournament Friday and Saturday at Model High … more
One thwocks off the base of the purple wall at Richard Bell Field. The next heads over the wall, bypassing the storm warning flags on the wall that mark the stadium as the home of the Hurricanes before settling in the gravel parking lot behind … more
It is almost that time of the year again as Georgia high school football teams are a little less than a week away from their first scrimmages and two weeks away from the first round of games across the state. A couple of Bartow County teams … more
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution preseason all-state football teams have been released this week and Bartow County had three players whose names were among the state’s best. Cartersville’s Trevor Lawrence and Trey Creamer were named to the … more
Former Georgia Highlands pitcher and current Atlanta Braves farmhand Dalton Geekie had Tommy John surgery Friday after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his elbow on Monday. Geekie was pitching for the Single-A Rome Braves against … more
The Cass softball team took a big step back last year, winning just five games after notching at least 10 wins in each of the previous three seasons. This season, the Colonels are looking to start moving in the right direction … more
A new region will be about the only new thing for Excel softball this year. After going 15-13 last year, the Lady Eagles will return the core of the team, with seven of the girls in their starting lineup having played for them last year. This … more
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