Hightower, Perry, Patterson, Bearden, Fields compete on track


Several former Bartow County athletes competing at the college level had impressive results over the weekend in swimming and track events, while others contributed to their college basketball teams over the past week.

Here is a rundown of how Bartow’s athletes are doing at the college level:


Ryan Davis (Chattahoochee Tech So., Cartersville) — Chattahoochee Tech lost its second game in a row after compiling an 11-game win streak. The Golden Eagles are still 17-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play after losing to the No. 2 team in the GCAA standings, South Georgia, by a score of 83-72 Monday. Davis scored 11 points in the game, adding seven rebounds, six assists and one steal. He is now averaging 15.4 points on 53.7 percent shooting from the field with 6.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season.

A.J. Mosby (Chattahoochee Tech So., Cartersville) — Mosby scored 14 points in the game Monday against South Georgia. He added six rebounds and one steal. Mosby is leading the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game on 53 percent shooting from the field and 40.6 percent shooting from 3. He also is averaging 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Corey Tobin (Chattahoochee Tech So., Cartersville) — Tobin hit two 3s for six points in Monday’s game, adding two rebounds, two assists and one steal. He is now averaging 8.6 points per game on the season with 44.3 percent shooting from 3 to go along with 3.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game.


Kaelyn Irby (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Gadsden State has played three games since Jan. 19, winning two to improve its record to 8-10 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Gadsden State defeated Lawson State Jan. 19 by a score of 70-57 on the road. Irby scored 13 points in the game with six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Irby then had 10 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a non-conference loss to Motlow State Jan. 21. On Monday, Irby helped Gadsden State to an 89-80 win over Snead State at home with 16 points, including shooting 6-for-7 from the free throw line to go along with three rebounds, two assists and four steals. Irby has started all 17 games for her team this season, averaging 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Morgan Jones (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Jones started all three games this week and scored five, six and eight points, respectively. She also grabbed 14 rebounds across the three games. Jones is averaging 5.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season with 15 starts.

Marissa Dubose (Gadsden State So., Woodland) — Dubose played in each of the three games for Gadsden State since Jan. 19. She scored two points against Motlow State Jan. 21, had four rebounds and one block against Snead State Monday, and had three rebounds on Jan. 19 against Lawson State. Dubose is averaging 1.7 points and 2.6 rebounds on the year.

Maya Jones (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Jones saw action against Motlow State and Snead State.

Ashley Huskins (Cumberlands Fr., Cass) — One of the University of the Cumberlands’ games was postponed this week, but Huskins did play one game Jan. 21, a 59-58 loss to Shawnee State. Huskins played 29 minutes off the bench in the game, scoring five points with a 3, grabbing seven rebounds and adding a steal and an assist. Huskins has now played in 14 games, started two and is averaging 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes of action per game.


Elise Hart (Air Force So., Cartersville) — Hart competed with Air Force against Harvard and UNLV in Las Vegas Saturday. Hart was on Air Force’s A team in the 200-yard medley relay and swam the third leg. Air Force placed third in the event. Individually, Hart placed fifth out of nine swimmers in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.91 seconds; placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.27 seconds; and placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.11.

Matthew Siniard (Berry Sr., Cartersville) — Berry hosted the Viking Classic on Friday and Saturday. Siniard and the men’s team placed second out of five teams at the meet, and Siniard participated in five events. As an individual, he placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.81 and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle. Siniard also was on Berry’s fourth-place 800-yard freestyle relay team, seventh-place 400-yard freestyle relay team and sixth-place 200-yard medley relay team.


Anna Hightower (Georgia Tech Fr., Cartersville) — Hightower and Georgia Tech competed in the 2016 Conference Clash in Birmingham, Alabama, Friday and Saturday. Hightower placed ninth out of 16 pole vaulters with a height of 11 feet, 10 inches. She was competing against pole vaulters from Auburn, Purdue, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida State.

Blake Perry (Jacksonville State So., Cartersville) — Perry placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.46 meters and 10th in the 55-meter hurdles at the Arkansas State Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas, over the weekend. The meet included Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Memphis, McNeese State, Mississippi Valley and Southern.

Samantha Patterson (Jacksonville State So., Woodland) — Patterson placed 10th in the pole vault with a height of 3.5 meters at the Arkansas State Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas, over the weekend.

Miles Bearden (Kansas State Jr., Darlington, Cartersville) — Bearden took third place out of 11 competitors in the high jump with a height of 2.15 meters Saturday at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational. The No. 20-ranked Kansas State track and field team placed first at the meet.

Spencer Fields (Rhodes Fr., Darlington, Cartersville) — Competing in the Emory University Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham over the weekend, Fields placed 14th out of 47 competitors in the mile run with a time of 4:33.50.


Gerry Vassil (Belmont Abbey Jr., Cartersville) — Belmont Abbey competed in two duals Jan. 19. Belmont Abbey defeated Anderson by a score of 43-9 and lost to Davidson by a score of 23-12. Vassil lost both of his matches in the 184-pound weight class.