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College roundup: Mosby earns all-SWAC honors


A.J. Mosby officially landed on the Southwestern Conference's second-team after a breakout senior campaign at Alcorn State.

The former Cartersville standout ranked in the top five in the conference in six different statistical categories. He reached double-figure scoring in 26 of the Braves' 31 games, including seven 20-plus point performances.

Mosby has a chance to further extend his career this week, as Alcorn State begins play in the SWAC Tournament. The winning school earns a bid to the NCAA tournament and, in all likelihood, a spot in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

Another ex-Cane will play in the Division-II playoffs this week.

Ryan Davis and No. 6 seed Francis Marion will face third-seeded UNC Pembroke in the Southeast Regional opening round Saturday.

The winner of each eight-team regional advances to the quarterfinals of the national tournament to face the winners of the other seven regions.


Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies organization, Cartersville)— Howard worked the third and fourth innings of the Rockies’ second Spring Training game of the year Feb. 24 and was credited with the win as Colorado defeated Cincinnati 11-4. Howard allowed one hit, two walks and hit a batter but did not allow a run. He fanned two Reds. Last Thursday, Howard worked the third and fourth innings of a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Cubs. He allowed a leadoff walk in the third inning and — after a lineout — a two-run homer to Cubs’ center fielder Ian Happ. Howard then retired the Cubs in order in the fourth inning. The Rockies are 3-6-1 in Cactus League play through Sunday’s games.

Connor Justus (Los Angeles Angels organization, Cartersville)— Justus saw action at shortstop and went 1-for-2 with the major league Los Angeles Angels February 23 in a 9-8 Spring Training, opening-day loss to the Oakland A’s. He also had an at bat and played shortstop last Monday in a 10-4 loss to the San Diego Padres. Justus has played 8 1/3 innings with the major league club and has no errors in four defensive chances. The Angels are 5-5 through Sunday’s Cactus League games.


Brandon Allen (Georgia Highlands CC Fr., Woodland)— Allen had one plate appearance Friday in the Chargers' 8-3 win over Macomb (Michigan) CC. GHC (13-5, 0-1) won two of three games over the weekend, but the loss was at conference foe, East Georgia on Saturday. The Chargers play a four-game series with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with only Wednesday’s game at home.

Elliott Anderson (Auburn University So., Cartersville)— Anderson picked up his second win of the season last Tuesday despite allowing two earned runs on a hit and a walk. He entered to work a scoreless seventh with the Tigers trailing 4-3 and his offense provided four runs in the top of the eighth for a 7-4 lead at the time. Anderson allowed a hit and a walk in the eighth and was removed. Those runners eventually scored, but the Tigers held on for a one-run win. In last Friday’s series opener vs. Brigham Young, he entered in the sixth inning and allowed a hit to the only batter he faced in the Tigers’ 4-3 win. Auburn (12-0) remains undefeated in 2018 and plays at UAB tonight before hosting Northeastern in a weekend series Friday through Sunday.

Bailey Campbell (Young Harris College Fr., Cass)— Campbell appeared in three games this past week and was 2-for-4 as a pinch hitter and DH replacement. The Mountain Lions were 2-2 for the week, including wins in two of three Peach Belt Conference games against 21st-ranked UNC Pembroke. YHC (8-10, 4-5) hosts Tusculum College today before traveling to Augusta University Friday through Sunday for a three-game conference series.

Brandon Etheridge (Limestone College Sr., Cass)— Etheridge went 5-for-12 in a weekend series at Francis Marion as the Saints won two of three games. Etheridge drove in two runs, scored four and walked four times. The starting center fielder raised his batting average to .268 in 18 starts. He has walked nine times with four RBIs and a pair of extra-base hits. Limestone (10-8, 2-1) hosts Saginaw Valley State University in a pair of mid-week games today and Wednesday before traveling to Emmanuel College for a three-game Conference Carolinas series Friday and Saturday.

Cody Johnson (Georgia Highlands CC Fr., Cass)— Johnson worked 1 1/3 innings Sunday in the Chargers’ 24-7 win over Macomb (Michigan) CC. He allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Sean McDermott (Mercer Jr., Adairsville)— McDermott went 1-for-6 in a pair of starts last Tuesday and Wednesday as the Bears swept a home-and-home series with Kennesaw State. Mercer (8-2) hosted a three-game series Sunday and Monday with Holy Cross.

Harrison Osborn (Point University Fr., Cartersville)— Osborn earned his second pitching win of the year last Tuesday in an 8-4 Skyhawks win over visiting Tuskegee University. Harrison allowed four earned runs on five hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned three. Point (12-6, 3-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) won all five games last week including a three-game sweep of Bluefield College (Virginia). The Skyhawks travel to Talladega College for a doubleheader Wednesday before hosting a three-game conference series with St. Andrews University (North Carolina) Friday and Saturday.

Hunter Reaid (Shorter University Fr., Woodland)— Reaid drew a pair of walks and scored a run in a start Saturday as the Hawks lost 9-4 to visiting Mississippi College. He also had one plate appearance in a second game Saturday won by the Choctaws, 8-6. Reaid has a .267 batting average in 15 at-bats with one double, four walks, and one RBI. Shorter (9-10, 2-4 Gulf South Conference) travels to Florence, AL Saturday and Sunday for a three-game conference series at University of North Alabama.

Tristin Smith (Young Harris College R-Jr., Adairsville)— In a start at second base, Smith coaxed a walk and scored a run in the Mountain Lions’ 10-4 win Saturday over 21st-ranked UNC Pembroke. He entered off the bench Friday and went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored a run in an 8-4 victory and was 0-for-1 but was hit by a pitch last Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to Truett-McConnell.

Tyler Washington (Young Harris College Sr., Adairsville)— Washington was 1-for-5 with a walk and a sacrifice in a pair of starts and wins Friday and Saturday against 21st-ranked UNC Pembroke. He also entered off the bench and went 2-for-2 last Tuesday in a home loss to Truett-McConnell. Washington has a .243 batting average in 37 at-bats with six walks and three RBI.


Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Jr., Cartersville)— Davis put together a couple of great showings in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament last week. In a quarterfinal rout of North Georgia, he had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists with no turnovers. He added 19 points and three rebounds in a semifinal defeat against UNC Pembroke, which Francis Marion also happens to face in the first round of the NCAA D-II Southeast Regional this Saturday.

Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Fr., Cartersville)— McClinic had just four total points as Middle Georgia State went 1-1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament, defeating ninth-seeded Brewton-Parker before falling by nine points to No. 1 seed Martin Methodist. McClinic had four points and one rebound in the victory, and she went scoreless with two steals in the loss.

A.J. Mosby (Alcorn State Sr., Cartersville)— Mosby landed all-SWAC second-team honors this week after finishing the regular season with averages of 15.2 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game. He led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and free-throw percentage (.873). Mosby also shot 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from deep. In his final two regular season games, Mosby totaled 19 points against Prairie View A&M and 10 versus Texas Southern. He posted five rebounds in each game and dished out a total of 13 assists. He even grabbed five steals. Alcorn State will travel to Prairie View for a SWAC quarterfinal on Thursday.

Jonathan Pritchett (Vermont Tech Fr., Woodland)— Pritchett earned his first start of the season in the consolation bracket of the United States College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament. He took advantage with 15 points, two rebounds, one assist and six steals in 30 minutes.

Carrod Watson (North Georgia So., Woodland)— Watson had five points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in North Georgia's season-ending loss to Francis Marion in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday.

Rudy Winters (Columbus State R-Jr., Excel)— Columbus State bowed out in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, ending Winters' season. However, he did everything he could to extend it. He had 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including hitting one of two from deep, and a 6-of-7 performance at the line. 


Maggie Ashmore (Augusta University Sr., Kingston resident)— Ashmore and Augusta opened play Monday in the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona at Sewailo Golf Club. The two-day event will wrap up today.

Hannah Mae Deems (Mercer Sr., Taylorsville resident)— Deems and Mercer began play Monday in the three-day Hurricane Invitational hosted by Miami.


Sierrah Gani (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass)— Gani saw action in three of Georgia Highlands' four games this past week, but she only totaled four at bats and failed to reach base in any of them. For the season, she's hitting .255 with 10 runs scored and one RBI in 24 games.

Cassidy Howren (Reinhardt Sr., Adairsville)— Howren went 2-for-17 over a full weekend of action. She scored one run and had one RBI, while playing in Reinhardt's five games in the Gulf Shores Tournament in Alabama.

Sydney Hodorff (LaGrange Jr., Woodland)— Hodorff had two hits in 15 at bats during LaGrange's rough week. She scored once and drove in one run, but the Panthers went 0-6 during the stretch.

Brittany Huth (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville)— Huth saw time in four games over the past week, swiping one base and scoring one run during that span.

Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle Sr., Cartersville) —Rain finished 5-for-19 with four runs scored and two RBIs in five wins for Embry-Riddle over the past week. She also drew a pair of walks and improved to 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts.

Hannah Todd (North Carolina Fr., Cartersville)— Todd failed to record an out in her only appearance over the past seven days. In her first career start for the Tar Heels, she allowed two doubles and a walk, while being charged with two earned runs in the eventual 7-3 loss to Elon.

Annalyn Yantis (Samford Jr., Cartersville)— Yantis fell to 1-4 on the season after allowing five runs (all earned) in five innings of a 9-5 loss to Tennessee Tech on Sunday. Yantis allowed six hits and two walks with just one strikeout, as Samford dropped to 3-14 on the season.


Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Jr., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer and Ball State haven't competed since Feb. 24, but the Cardinals will be in Georgia over the next two days. Ball State will face Kennesaw State today and Mercer on Wednesday.


Spencer Fields (Rhodes College Jr., Kingston resident)— Fields took second place in the 1500 meter run in the Mississippi College Season Opener outdoor meet. His time of 4 minutes, 4.23 seconds placed him directly between sophomore teammates Toler Freyaldenhoven (first place) and Ben Griffith (third), as Rhodes swept the top three places in the event.

Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.