College Roundup

Hagans, Davis head to tournaments; Justus performs well in spring training

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It wasn't an overall stellar week for Bartow County athletes plying their trade collegiately and in the professional ranks. As always, though, there are more than a few individuals who put together great personal showings.

On the diamond, Cartersville High and Georgia Tech product Connor Justus has been doing well in spring training for the Los Angeles Angels, hitting to a .357 clip. Bailey Campbell has also been swinging the bat well, albeit against lower level competition, racking up a .390 average with 22 RBIs through 20 games for Young Harris.

A pair of local basketball players — Ryan Davis and Jana Morning — each earned recognition for their work this season. Meanwhile, Davis and Cartersville native Ashton Hagans continue their campaigns this week.

Former Woodland wrestler Jake Huffine also enjoyed a solid week, placing third in the Southern Conference championships.


PRO BASEBALL

Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies organization; Cartersville) — Patrick Saunders of Denver Post reported Friday that Howard is one of a half dozen Rockies’ players who have missed time this past week due to a stomach bug making the rounds through Colorado’s spring training complex. On Sunday, however, Howard worked the final two innings of a Rockies’ split-squad 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The southpaw allowed only one hit and fanned two. Colorado is 6-10 in spring games.

Connor Justus (Los Angeles Angels organization; Cartersville) — Justus came off the bench last Tuesday to replace Andrelton Simmons at shortstop and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base in a 9-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. He went 1-for-1 off the bench Friday and helped turn a pair of double plays in the Angels’ 15-8 loss to the White Sox and played some second base Saturday going 0-for-1 at the plate in an 11-4 loss to the Cubs. On Sunday, Justus was 1-for-2 after entering at shortstop and scored a run in a 9-9 draw with the Seattle Mariners. The 24-year-old is hitting .357 this spring with the MLB club in 14 at-bats. The Angels are 9-8-1 in Cactus League action.


COLLEGE BASEBALL

Elliott Anderson (Auburn Jr., Cartersville) — Anderson made a two-inning appearance Friday and combined with starter Tanner Burns for a 6-0 shutout of Texas-San Antonio at Plainsman Park. Anderson retired all six Roadrunners faced in the final two innings of the game, needing only 19 total pitches. No. 18 Auburn (14-2) plays at South Alabama tonight before opening their Southeastern Conference schedule this weekend at home against 23rd-ranked Tennessee.

Bailey Campbell (Young Harris So., Cass) — Hitting in the cleanup spot, Campbell was 2-for-6 with four walks and two RBIs in a pair of home wins this week for the Mountain Lions. Both hits came in an 8-6 win over Carson-Newman. The RBIs were during a 5-4 win over 15th-ranked Southern Indiana. Through his team’s first 20 games, Campbell leads the team with a .390 batting average and is second on the team in RBIs with 22. YHC (13-7, 4-3 Peach Belt Conference) travels to Lee University Wednesday night and will host a three-game conference series with Francis Marion University this weekend.

John Reed Evans (Shorter Fr., Cartersville) — Evans made a back-up appearance at catcher in an 11-1 win over Moorehouse last Wednesday. He also entered to play left field and coaxed a walk in his only plate appearance in the second game of Shorter’s doubleheader sweep of Christian Brothers University. The Hawks (12-7, 5-5 Gulf South Conference) were scheduled to complete their series with Christian Brothers Monday before playing at Emmanuel College today. Shorter plays a GSC, three-game series at West Alabama Friday and Saturday.

Lane Griffith (West Georgia Jr., Adairsville) — Griffith played in all six games for the Wolves last week going 4-for-14 at the plate with a double, seven walks, one RBI and four runs scored as West Georgia went 3-3. The stretch of games included a split of two games with West Alabama, a non-conference win over Saint Anselm College and one win in three games at NCAA D-II top-ranked Delta State University. UWG (7-14, 4-7 Gulf South Conference) plays at Columbus State Wednesday and hosts a three-game conference series this weekend with Alabama-Huntsville.

Hunter Hice (USC-Upstate Fr., Adairsville) — Hice entered the lineup at DH off the bench last Tuesday and was 0-for-1 in a 3-1 loss at Wofford. Hice was 0-for-2 in a start as DH Friday at home — a 1-0 win over Rutgers. The Spartans (7-8) host Davidson today, Furman Wednesday and make a conference road trip to UNC-Asheville this weekend.

Harrison Osborn (Point So., Cartersville) — Osborn made a start Saturday and went five innings for a no-decision in a Skyhawks 5-3 home win over Montreat College (North Carolina). Osborn gave up a pair of earned runs on five hits, two walks, a hit batsman and a balk. Osborn is 3-1 in six starts and 32 innings with an ERA of 4.78. Point (17-7, 4-2 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays Morehouse College today at LakePoint before heading to Truett-McConnell University for a three-game conference series Friday and Saturday in Cleveland.

Mason Robinson (Louisiana Tech R-Sr., Woodland) — In four games last week, Robinson was 4-for-15 with a home run, one double, a walk and four RBIs. The Bulldogs lost to Northwestern State on Tuesday and dropped two of three to 14th-ranked Arkansas over the weekend. Louisiana Tech (10-4) hosts Sam Houston State today and Wednesday, then Southern Miss in a three-game Conference USA series over the weekend.

Tristin Smith (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville) — Smith went 1-for-6 with one RBI and a run scored in starts and wins this past week at home against Carson-Newman and 15th-ranked Southern Indiana. Smith is hitting .319 for the season in 11 starts and 47 at-bats. He has a home run and nine RBIs.

Devin Warner (Auburn Fr., Cartersville) — Still looking for his first collegiate hit, Warner made his second plate appearance as a pinch hitter Saturday in the Tigers’ 5-0 home win over Texas-San Antonio.


PRO BASKETBALL

A.J. Mosby (Erie Bayhawks, NBA G-League; Cartersville) — Mosby had G-League career highs across the board in a win on March 5 against the Austin Spurs. He scored 14 points in 26 minutes on strong percentages (5-8 from the field, 2-4 from 3 and 2-2 from the free throw line). He added four assists, three rebounds, a steal and had just one turnover. He had a more pedestrian game Friday with two points in seven minutes and got the start Sunday, finishing with four points and five assists in 23 minutes.

Elijah Robinson (Villa San Martin, Argentina; Excel Christian) — Robinson posted five points, five rebounds and two assists in a 125-115 loss to Union SF on Wednesday. 


COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Sr., Cartersville) — Davis garnered second-team all-Peach Belt Conference honors for his work this season. He scored six points with six rebounds in a quarterfinal win over Young Harris on Wednesday in the conference tournament. Davis produced a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double in the semifinals. He added four assists, but Francis Marion fell to USC-Aiken on. Even still, the Patriots were selected for the Division-II tournament. Francis Marion will face Augusta in the Southeast Regional on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ashton Hagans (Kentucky Fr., Cartersville native) — Hagans closed out the regular season with back-to-back double-digit scoring performances. He finished with 10 points against Ole Miss and 14 versus Florida. He wound up with a total of five rebounds and four assists across the two wins. Second-seeded Kentucky earned a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. The Wildcats will face either seventh-seeded Ole Miss or No. 10 seed Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday.

Jana Morning (Berry College So., Cass) — Morning was named the Berry College women's player of the year at the Northwest GA Tip-Off Club banquet last Tuesday. She averaged 9.4 points per game, while ranking in the top-10 in the Southern Athletic Association with 2.7 assists per game, a 70.7 free throw percentage and 38 total steals.

Jonathan Pritchett (Vermont Tech So., Woodland) — Pritchett finished with six points, three rebounds and two assists, as Vermont Tech fell to Penn State Wilkes-Barre in the semifinals of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship tournament.


SOFTBALL

Sierrah Gani (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — The Chargers’ second baseman, Gani was 3-for-6 with a walk, scored three times and drove in a run in a doubleheader split with Gordon State last week. Gani also went 0-for-6 as GHC was swept Saturday by conference leader Georgia Military College in a doubleheader. The Chargers (9-11, 2-2) travel to Andrew College Saturday and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Sunday for conference doubleheaders.

Sydney Hodorff (LaGrange Sr., Woodland) — Hodorff went 1-for-7 in a pair of losses last week to Piedmont. She also made a pinch-hitting appearance during a doubleheader with Fontbonne University (Missouri) Friday. The Panthers (2-4, 0-2 USA South Athletic Conference) host Huntingdon College today before traveling to Greensboro College Friday.

Hannah Knapp (Talladega Jr., Adairsville) — Knapp was 3-for-5 with one RBI in a pair of one-sided losses at Brenau University Wednesday. Talladega also suffered two losses to visiting Ave Maria University Tuesday, but no individual data was provided on those games. The Tornadoes (3-11) play at Cumberland University (Tennessee) Wednesday and host Georgia Gwinnett College Sunday.

Paris Poston (Columbus State Fr., OF, Cartersville HS) — In six starts this past week, Poston was 3-for-17 at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. She also reached base on a pair of walks and reached on a hit by pitch. The Cougars went 4-2 for the week by splitting games with Palm Beach Atlantic and Nova Southeastern on a Florida swing along with wins over King University and University of Virginia-Wise at Saturday’s Tusculum College (Tennessee) Invitational. CSU (17-8) begins Peach Belt Conference play Friday and Sunday with doubleheaders at USC-Aiken and Lander University.

Hannah Todd (Kansas So., Cartersville) — Todd made a two inning, no-decision start Friday in a KU 6-4 win at home over Maine during the Jayhawk Invitational. Todd gave up two runs (only one earned) on two hits and three walks. She fanned one Black Bear, facing 11 batters. Kansas (5-17) travels to University of Omaha today before hosting Tulsa and Nebraska in the Rock Chalk Challenge Friday through Sunday.

Taylor Waits (Brewton-Parker Jr., Cartersville) — Waits was utilized as a pinch runner in one game and was hitless — but scored a run — in a pair of home losses last Wednesday to USC-Beaufort. She then came off the bench in two home losses to University of Mobile Friday, playing center field in the second game. The Barons (5-13, 1-3 Southern States Athletic Association) host Bethel University Friday and Saturday for a four-game series.


TENNIS

Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Sr., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer just went through her worst week of the season, and it says more about just how fantastic she's been that finishing 1-1 in both singles and doubles matches makes for a rough stretch. Gollhofer won 6-3, 6-0 in singles play against Azusa Pacific on Thursday but fell in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 versus her UC Riverside opponent Saturday. It marks her first singles loss of the season. In doubles action, Gollhofer again paired with Isabelle Dohanics, dropping a tough 6-4 decision Thursday and earning a 6-1 triumph Saturday. Overall, Ball State improved to 10-2 on the year with team wins on both days.


TRACK AND FIELD

Trevor Knowles (Albion So., Woodland) — Knowles placed seventh in the men's high jump at the Southern Invitational hosted by Birmingham Southern over the weekend.


WRESTLING

Jake Huffine (Chattanooga Jr., Woodland) — A 3-1 showing at the Southern Conference championships wasn't enough to earn Huffine a spot in the NCAA tournament, but it did land him in third place — a couple of notches higher than his fifth seed in the 133-pound division. Huffine secured a 4-2 win in the quarterfinals, avenging a regular-season loss to his Gardner-Webb opponent. He fell in the semifinals to the No. 1 seed before rallying for third with a 13-3 major decision and  10-3 minor decision in the consolation semifinals and consolation finals, respectively.

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