Things got started on the diamond this past week with several Bartow County alums opening up their baseball and softball campaigns.
Cass graduate Cody Johnson won his first game as a pitcher for Georgia Highlands, while Carrington Evans got off to a solid start for Augusta.
In softball, several players have gotten off to great starts at the plate, building excitement for the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, things are far from slowing down on the hardwood.
While it was a relatively tough week for many of the locals playing college basketball, Excel alums Elijah Robinson and Darius Thrower each put up one stellar game over the past week.
Grayson Bagwell (LaGrange College Fr., Woodland) — Bagwell took the loss in LaGrange's opening game of the season Friday. Coming out of the bullpen, he gave up three runs — although none were earned — in 2/3 of an inning. He didn't give up a hit, but he did allow a pair of walks, while striking out one.
Noah Daniel (Reinhardt Fr., Cartersville)— Daniel has gone hitless in four at bats to begin the season, although he has scored a run.
Brandon Etheridge (Limestone College Sr., Cartersville)— Etheridge has struggled out of the gate with just two hits in his first 11 at bats.
Carrington Evans (Augusta So., Cartersville)— Evans has started all three games in the young season for Augusta. He has three hits, including a triple, in nine at bats. He has scored twice, has stolen a base and has already been hit by a pitch twice.
Lane Griffith (West Georgia So., Adairsville)— Griffith started one game in West Georgia's season-opening series against Augusta. He went 0-for-2 in the game with two walks and a run scored.
Cody Johnson (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass)— Johnson was a winner in his collegiate debut, coming out of the bullpen to earn the victory in the series-opener against Chattanooga State on Friday. He tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and a walk.
Brycen Jones (Chattahoochee Valley Fr., Cartersville)— Jones struggled mightily in his only appearance thus far. He gave up five runs (all earned) while giving up two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning.
Harrison Osborn (Point University Fr., Cartersville)— Osborn has made a single appearance out of the bullpen so far this season. He threw three innings, allowing two runs, four hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Tyler Washington (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville)— Washington is currently 2-for-7 with two runs and two RBIs after being swept by Rollins.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Jr., Cartersville) — Davis put up 13 combined points as Francis Marion split its two games over the past week. Wednesday, he had nine points, including a 3-for-3 showing at the foul line, to help his team to an 86-82 win over USC Aiken. He added eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in the well-rounded performance. Saturday, he managed just four points, three rebounds and an assist in a loss to Clayton State.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Fr., Cartersville) — McClinic put up six points on 3-of-9 shooting to help Middle Georgia State sneak past University of Mobile, 71-69, Thursday. Two days later, she put up the exact same shooting line in a loss to Loyola University. McClinic totaled five rebounds and five assists over the two games.
Jana Morning (Berry College Fr., Cass) — Morning drew another pair of starts in one-point wins over Rhodes and Hendrix. However, she struggled from the floor in both games, combining to shoot 2 for 15. Morning went scoreless against Rhodes, but she did manage eight points versus Hendrix. Overall, she had five rebounds, five steals and one assist in the two victories.
A.J. Mosby (Alcorn State Sr., Cartersville) — Mosby just missed out on a double-double in his team's lone game of the week, a three-point loss to Jackson State. He totaled 17 points — although Mosby shot just 5 of 12 from the floor, he did hit six of seven free throw attempts — to go with nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Greg Murphy (Young Harris Jr., Woodland) — Murphy played 28 combined minutes in Young Harris' two narrow defeats over the past few days. He had three points in a three-point loss to Clayton State on Wednesday. Then Sunday, he managed nine points, but the Mountain Lions dropped a 74-72 decision to Georgia Southwestern State.
Jonathan Pritchett (Vermont Tech Fr., Woodland)— Pritchett didn't do much scoring (just seven combined points) in Vermont Tech's two games this past week, but he did pile up the minutes, totaling 55 over the split decisions. He had five points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss to Pine Manor College. Despite scoring just two points, Pritchett bounced back with six assists, three steals and two rebounds in a win over Paul Smith's College
Elijah Robinson (Emmanuel Sr., Excel) — Robinson struggled somewhat in a one-point loss to North Greenville on Wednesday, putting up just five points on 2-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks. But he came roaring back Saturday to lead Emmanuel to victory. Robinson put up 23 points on a ridiculously efficient 8-of-11 performance to go with a 6-for-8 showing at the charity stripe. He flirted with a triple-double by adding eight rebounds and seven assists.
Darius Thrower (Truett McConnell So., Excel) — Thrower recovered from a six-minute, scoreless outing in a win over St. Andrews to put up 20 points in just 18 minutes of a heartbreaking three-point loss to Point University. In the Point game, Thrower went 6 for 6 from the field, including an insane 5 for 5 from distance. Ironically, he only made three of five free throw attempts.
Corey Tobin (Reinhardt Sr., Cartersville) — Tobin has been struggling to find his 3-point stroke recently, but he might have turned over a new leaf in Reinhardt's most recent outing. After a rough 0-of-9 showing from behind the arc in a loss to Bryan College, he knocked down four of his nine 3-point attempts against Bluefield College on Saturday. Combined, Tobin put up 21 points over the two games with 13 points (and nine rebounds) coming in the Bluefield game.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia So., Woodland) — Watson totaled 10 points in three games dating back to last Monday. His most prolific outing came Saturday against USC Aiken when he scored seven points. Watson managed six total rebounds, two assists and one steal in a combined 31 minutes of game time.
Hakeem Winters (Point University So., Cartersville)— Winters featured in two of Point's three games this past week, missing a showdown with Darius Thrower's Truett McConnell team. He had two points and two steals in just nine minutes during Tuesday's loss to Bryan College. He then put up 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Saturday's blowout defeat to Milligan College.
Rudy Winters (Columbus State Jr., Excel) — After three straight games with at least 13 points, Winters put up just two points, while adding five rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to North Georgia on Wednesday. He didn't feature in a double-overtime defeat against Augusta on Saturday.
Sierrah Gani (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Gani has featured in all seven games, including hitting safely in five of the contests. She has a healthy .421 batting average, four runs scored and one RBI.
Brittany Huth (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville)— Huth has seen action in just one game this season, scoring a run in her only appearance.
Hannah Knapp (Coastal Alabama So., Adairsville)— Knapp has excelled at the dish in limited action, so far this season. Having played in just two of Coastal Alabama's five games, she has reached safely in four of six at bats, including three hits, to go with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle Sr., Cartersville)— Rain has gotten off to an excellent start to the season. In her team's opener Saturday, she went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. Later that same day, Rain finished 3-for-4 with a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI.
Katelynn Lawhorn (Life University Fr., Adairsville) — Lawhorn competed on five different relay teams as Life University competed in the Mid-South Conference Championships this past week. Lawhorn swam on teams that finished fifth in the 200 medley, sixth in the 400 freestyle, seventh in the 200 freestyle, seventh in the 400 medley and seventh in the 800 freestyle.
Evan Cole (Cumberland Sr., Cartersville) — Cole finished 0-2 in Cumberlands dual defeats Saturday to Life University and Campbellsville University.
Robby Earick (Life University Fr., Cartersville) — Earick went 1-2 in the Newberry Open in South Carolina on Saturday.