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Former Canes golfer Bonner helps York claim conference crown

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Lindsey Bonner was a freshman on the first women's golf team in York College history. As a sophomore, the Cartersville High graduate helped the program capture a conference title.

York beat out Christopher Newport by a single stroke, 989-990. Bonner saved her best for last in the three-day tournament, shooting a final round 83 to finish ninth — good enough for a spot on the second-team all-Capital Athletic Conference team.

Cass product Sierrah Gani also earned second-team all-conference, although she did it on the diamond for Georgia Highlands softball. The sophomore leads the league in batting average (.465) and averages an RBI per game.

Elsewhere on the diamond, ex-Woodland pitcher Kenny Jinks picked up his second win of the year in his first career start for Shorter; Clifton Dempsey, a former Cane, had a huge series, including a grand slam, to lead Toccoa Falls to a sweep; and Woodland alum Sydney Hodorff finished out her final week, going 5-for-18, while also landing recognition for her sportsmanship.

On the hardwood, Elijah Robinson, a former Excel Christian star, led his Argentinian team in scoring in each of their first two postseason games.


PRO BASEBALL

Sam Howard (Albuquerque Isotopes, Colorado Rockies organization; Cartersville) — Howard made two appearances in home games last week for a total of three innings of work. He tossed a scoreless ninth inning last Tuesday with one strikeout and did not allow a baserunner in a 10-1 loss to Reno. He then  worked scoreless seventh and eighth innings Friday night to combine with Ryan Castellani and Jesus Tinoco for a 6-0 shutout of Tacoma. Howard yielded three hits and struck out one. He has now made six relief appearances totaling 10 innings with a 1-0 record and a 3.60 ERA. Albuquerque (11-7) is in second place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division, three games behind Las Vegas.

Connor Justus (Mobile BayBears, L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — Justus had three hits, a walk and one RBI last week in five games — four at home against Montgomery and one at Pensacola. He currently has a .212 batting average through his first 38 plate appearances. Mobile (6-10, fourth in the Southern League South Division) continues a five-game series at Pensacola through Wednesday and returns home Thursday to host the Mississippi Braves for a five-game set.


COLLEGE BASEBALL

Elliott Anderson (Auburn Jr., Cartersville) — Anderson closed out the final four innings of Auburn’s 5-3 loss to Ole Miss Friday at home. He entered in the sixth inning with the Tigers trailing 3-2 and faced 18 batters. He allowed a pair of earned runs on four hits and two walks. He fanned five. For the season, Anderson is 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 37 innings across 18 appearances. He has 41 strikeouts. No. 25 Auburn (26-14, 10-8 SEC) was 2-2 last week with a loss to 11th-ranked Georgia Tech and wins in two of three games of a conference series with 19th-ranked Ole Miss.  The Tigers travel to Jacksonville State Tuesday and Vanderbilt this weekend for an SEC three-game series.

Levi Ayers (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville) — Ayers appeared in two games last week for the Chargers tossing a total of six innings. He gave up two earned runs on a pair of hits and four walks last Monday in 3 2/3 innings of a 21-8 win at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He struck out three ABAC batters. Saturday, he allowed two earned runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings with a pair of punchouts. Georgia Highlands (27-20, 13-11) begins a four-game conference series with East Georgia CC Tuesday at LakePoint and will finish the series Friday and Saturday in Swainsboro at EGCC.

Bailey Campbell (Young Harris So., Cass) — Campbell went 1-for-3 with a walk in a start last Wednesday and a 7-0 loss at Southern Wesleyan. He also had an unsuccessful pinch-hitting appearance Friday at Columbus State in a 6-5 loss. The Mountain Lions salvaged the third game of the series at CSU on Saturday for their only win of the week. YHC (29-16, 15-10 Peach Belt Conference) hosts West Alabama in a nonconference doubleheader Tuesday.

Noah Daniel (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Daniel entered in the fifth inning to play left field and went 2-for-2 with a run scored last Tuesday in the Eagles’ 12-0 home win over Toccoa Falls College. Reinhardt (23-21, 12-11 Appalachian Athletic Conference) concluded a three-game series at Union College (Kentucky) Monday, plays at Cumberland University (Tennessee) Wednesday, and hosts a conference series with Truett McConnell Friday and Saturday.

Clifton Dempsey (Toccoa Falls Jr., Cartersville) — Dempsey was 8-for-13 with a grand slam home run, six RBIs and five runs scored in a three-game sweep at Stratford University (Virginia) last Thursday and Friday. He also went 1-for-5 with a pair of walks and one RBI in a doubleheader loss at Reinhardt University last Tuesday. The Screaming Eagles (21-20) are a National Christian College Athletic Association independent and will host Truett McConnell Tuesday before entertaining a three-game series with Piedmont International University (North Carolina) Friday and Saturday.

John Reed Evans (Shorter Fr., Cartersville) — Evans entered to play left field and was 0-for-1 at the plate last Tuesday in a Hawks’ 13-6 win over visiting Clark Atlanta University. Shorter’s three-game home series with Valdosta State for Friday and Saturday was cancelled due to rain. The Hawks (20-19, 11-14 Gulf South Conference) have a home nonconference doubleheader with Miles College Saturday remaining on their schedule.

Lane Griffith (West Georgia Jr., Adairsville) — Griffith started four of the Wolves’ five games this week as UWG beat Miles, lost to Columbus State and won two of three Gulf South Conference games with Union University (Tennessee). Griffith was 1-for-13 with a RBI double and two walks. West Georgia (24-21, 14-12) steps out of conference to play at 13th-ranked North Georgia Tuesday before traveling to Valdosta State Saturday and Sunday for a final GSC regular season three-game series.

Hunter Hice (USC-Upstate Fr., Adairsville) — Hice had one pinch-hitting appearance last week but struck out in a 9-6 home loss Thursday to Campbell. The Spartans split two games with the visiting Camels and had one game of the Big South Conference series cancelled by rain. USC-Upstate (17-21, 5-12) travels to Furman Tuesday and plays a three-game conference series at Longwood Friday through Sunday.

Kenny Jinks (Shorter Fr., Woodland) — Jinks started and picked up the pitching win last Tuesday over visiting Clark Atlanta. The southpaw struck out nine and scattered four hits and two walks in allowing two runs (one earned) in five innings. The 13-6 win was Jinks’ second collegiate victory. The Hawks (20-19, 11-14 Gulf South Conference) have a home nonconference doubleheader with Miles College Saturday remaining on their schedule.

Harrison Osborn (Point So., Cartersville) — Osborn made a pair of appearances last week in a week the Skyhawks’ went 1-3. Osborn did not record an out, but he faced two fifth-inning batters and was charged with two unearned runs last Tuesday in an 8-7 loss at Bluefield (Virginia). He then faced three seventh-inning batters in an 11-10 loss at second-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan last Thursday. Osborn struck out the first batter he faced, but then he yielded a double and a walk before being lifted. Point (26-18, 10-12 Appalachian Athletic Conference) completed a conference series at Tennessee Wesleyan Monday then plays at fourth-ranked Faulkner University (Alabama) Tuesday night prior to a final conference three-game series at St. Andrews University (North Carolina) Friday and Saturday. The AAC Conference Tournament begins May 1 in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Mason Robinson (Louisiana Tech R-Sr., Woodland) — Robinson was 4-for-12 with five walks and one RBI in four starts last week. The Bulldogs won at Louisiana-Monroe and took two of three home games against Marshall. Robinson has a .328 batting average in 131 at-bats this season with three home runs and 20 RBIs. Louisiana Tech (27-12, 12-6) hosts Little Rock Tuesday and plays at McNeese State Wednesday before heading to Houston for a three-game Conference-USA series at Rice Friday through Sunday.

Tristin Smith (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville) — Smith made a start last Tuesday and was 0-for-2 in a 7-0 home loss to Southern Wesleyan.

Devin Warner (Auburn Fr., Cartersville) — Warner grounded out to first base but moved up two base runners in the ninth inning of an 11-6 loss last Tuesday at 11th-ranked Georgia Tech. The Tigers went 2-2 for the week winning twice at home over 19th-ranked Ole Miss.

Tyler Washington (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville) — Washington went 4-for-14 with a walk and a stolen base last week in four starts. Young Harris won the final game of a three-game series at Columbus State Saturday and dropped a nonconference game at Southern Wesleyan last Tuesday. Washington has a .317 batting average and 17 RBIs in 104 official at-bats across 33 appearances and 26 starts this season.


PRO BASKETBALL

Elijah Robinson (Villa San Martin, Argentina; Excel Christian) — Robinson led Villa San Martin in scoring in each of the team’s first two playoff games, finishing with 15 points apiece in both contests. He added 11 total rebounds and four combined assists across the two games. Villa San Martin won its postseason opener Friday against Obera TC by a 71-68 final before dropping Sunday’s Game 2 by an 83-75 margin. Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Wednesday.


GOLF

Lindsey Bonner (York So., Cartersville) — Bonner finished ninth individually in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament to help York win its first league title in only the program’s second year of existence. She shot her best round on Day 3 to push the Spartans past Christopher Newport, beating out the runner-up by a single stroke, 989 to 990. Bonner shot 87, 88 and 83 for a three-day total of 258 — one shot ahead of teammate Emma Harding for fourth on the team. Having placed between sixth and 10th overall, Bonner earned second-team all-CAC honors. Despite winning the conference title, York doesn’t receive automatic selection to the NCAA Division III tournament. However, the program could earn an at-large bid. The Spartans weren’t listed in the most recent rankings on the NCAA website from April 12, but Christoper Newport was No. 23. The tournament field will be announced May 6 ahead of the event, held May 14-17 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston.


SOFTBALL

Sierrah Gani (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Gani went 2-for-6 with a double, a walk and scored three runs in the Chargers’ only doubleheader of the week — a sweep of visiting Andrew College last Thursday. Gani leads the GCAA with a .465 batting average through 40 games. She has 53 hits in 114 at-bats with 40 RBIs and 15 extra-base hits. She was named All-Conference second-team. GHC (24-16, 15-9) has already qualified for the four-team GCAA championship tournament, but has conference doubleheaders this week at home against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tuesday and West Georgia Tech Saturday.

Sydney Hodorff (LaGrange College Sr., Woodland) — Hodorff went 5-for-18, including a double, a walk and three RBIs in five games last week. The Panthers split a doubleheader at Judson College (Alabama) in their final regular season games before dropping their opening round best-of-three conference tournament series at Huntingdon College (Alabama).  LaGrange won one of three games in the series and finished the year with a 16-17 record. Hodorff, who was honored by the USA South Athletic Conference as an All-Sportsmanship recipient, hit for a .271 batting average with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 31 games her senior season.

Hannah Knapp (Talladega College Jr., Adairsville) — Knapp was 0-for-4 in a pair of home games against Auburn University-Montgomery. The Tornadoes also had a pair of unreported home games with Judson College and close the regular season Tuesday at Hiwassee College. Talladega, an NAIA independent, is 4-26.

Paris Poston (Columbus State Fr., Cartersville) — Poston was 2-for-7 with two doubles and scored a run in a home doubleheader sweep last Tuesday of 23rd-ranked Georgia College. The Cougars (31-13, 11-3 Peach Belt Conference) are second in the league behind NCAA D-II fourth-ranked North Georgia and travel to Dahlonega Wednesday for a conference doubleheader. They then close out the regular season Friday and Saturday with PBC doubleheaders at home against UNC-Pembroke and Georgia Southwestern. The conference championship tournament will be May 3-4 at North Georgia.

Hannah Todd (Kansas So., Cartersville) — Todd made two appearances at 16th-ranked Texas Tech last week in Big 12 Conference games. She was not eligible for a save Thursday but closed out the final inning of a 6-4 win. Todd faced seven batters and allowed only one earned run (three total) on five hits. Friday, she recorded the final five outs in a 10-2 loss to the Red Raiders. Todd yielded a pair of earned runs (three total) on three hits and a walk. She rang up one batter. Kansas (15-29, 3-9) hosts Texas for a three-game conference series Friday through Sunday.

Annalyn Yantis (Samford Sr., Cartersville) — Yantis went 5 1/3 innings in a home start and 7-4 comeback win Saturday over Mercer. Yantis gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and did not walk a batter. She had one strikeout in a no-decision. Samford (21-26, 10-4 Southern Conference) has a week off before hosting UAB in a nonconference matchup April 30.


TENNIS

Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Sr., Cartersville native) — While apparently battling a leg injury, Gollhofer had her toughest day of the year in Saturday’s Senior Day matchup against Akron. She came up short on Line 1 doubles, falling by a 6-3 score alongside Victoria Sec. In singles action, Gollhofer dropped a marathon Line 2 match. She overcame a first-set defeat but ultimately lost a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 decision, which allowed Akron to pull out a 4-3 win. Gollhofer will look to heal up ahead of this weekend’s Mid-American Conference tournament. Fourth-seeded Ball State will face No. 5 seed Toledo in the opening round Friday in Buffalo, New York. The Cardinals routed the Rockets 7-0 in the regular season.


TRACK AND FIELD

Trevor Knowles (Albion So., Woodland) — Knowles landed three top-four finishes in helping Albion finish second Friday in the Wittenburg Invitational. He placed third in both the long jump (6.49 meters) and triple jump (13.13 meters), while finishing fourth in the high jump (1.75 meters).

— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.