The postseason in Georgia prep softball begins Saturday, a time when favorites get nervous and underdogs dream of glory.
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- If Tuesday's Ringgold-Heritage game was scheduled to give each respected team a look at what playoff softball will look like, that goal was achieved.
CHATSWORTH, Ga. — It may be early, but the Region 5-AAA football standings have an unusual look after two weeks of league play.
TRION, Ga. -- Injuries are a part of football at every level. Brian Gill knew that, but when he saw his son lying motionless on the practice field Aug. 27, the reality of the impact of one ill-timed hit or an awkward fall hit home.
TRION, Ga. — Tyler Gill is well on his way to a full recovery a month after lying in a hospital bed for nearly three days following a football practice injury.
TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — Rivals often bring out the best in each other. For the Northwest Whitfield and Heritage High School softball teams, though, it might just the opposite.
Mac Bryan only reiterated what some 7,000 folks in attendance and the East Hamilton defense already knew: Desmond Pittman came to play Friday night.
(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an e-mail to Ward Gossett at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. Each Saturday.)
RINGGOLD, Ga. — Asked to find something her team needs to improve upon in the final two weeks of the prep softball season, Ringgold coach Rachel Hodge had to hesitate.
DALTON, Ga. — All is well with the Dalton Catamounts. Kelvis Rhodes made sure of that Friday night.
In the remaining two weeks of the regular season, North Murray High School softball coach Steve Granger will not have to try to convince his Lady Mountaineers that they can win big games. He now has proof after they kept their postseason hopes alive with a 6-2 Region 5-AAA win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Thursday.
When the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Warriors take the field at Adairsville tonight for their Region 5-AAA opener, they will have a familiar face rooting them on.
RINGGOLD, Ga. — The northwest Georgia softball pipeline to Ole Miss is growing. Heritage High School sophomore outfielder Olivia Tamewitz committed to the Southeastern Conference program Sunday night.
Jason Brooker wouldn't go so far as to say his team's tough loss last week was a good thing, but one of his Northwest Whitfield senior softball stars believes it might be the best thing that could happen to the defending Class AAAA state champions.
RINGGOLD, Ga. — Hail Marys aren't just for fourth downs or final plays. Central High School of Carroll County proved that Friday night at Ringgold, completing a second-down version of the play to key a 19-15 win over the Tigers.
DALTON, Ga. — The year was 1989. A famous show about nothing premiered on NBC; Janet Jackson, Debbie Gibson and Milli Vanilli topped the pop charts; gas cost $1.12 a gallon.
RINGGOLD, Ga. — Katie Pritchett might consider running for political office one day. When the Heritage High School senior softball player speaks, people apparently listen.
The path to a possible state softball championship in Georgia's Class AAAA amps up tonight at Heritage when No. 1 Northwest Whitfield takes on the No. 2-ranked Generals.
CALHOUN, Ga. — The lights weren't the only thing to lose power Friday night at Calhoun's Phil Reeve Stadium.
CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — For Zack Cobb, last Friday night was pure Charles Dickens. In other words, it was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
If BriLeigh Baggett feels any pressure following in the footsteps of one of the most dominating pitchers in Georgia high school fastpitch softball history, she doesn't show it. In fact, the Northwest Whitfield junior is almost too cool.
Hal Lamb didn't want to put too much into the outcome, but even the most pessimistic of Calhoun High School football fans had to leave Bowers and Painter Field with a strong impression of the Yellow Jackets in 2013.
RINGGOLD, Ga. — By all accounts Dakota Baer nearly played his way out of the lineup this summer, something the Dalton Catamounts would have liked to have seen.
LaFAYETTE, Ga. — The LaFayette Lady Ramblers are ready for prime time.
DALTON, Ga. -- High school kids usually don't like to put pressure on themselves intentionally, but most high school kids aren't in the same mold as Slade Dale.
Watching game film or video always has been a crucial part of football planning, but beginning tonight, thanks to a National Federation of State High School Associations rule, coaching staffs can use in-game video and photographs.
VARNELL, Ga. — To say the Ringgold High School softball team has a unique roster makeup would be an understatement, but so far it's worked just fine.
RINGGOLD, Ga. — There were no trophies to be won at the annual Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe softball tournament at the Jack Mattox recreation complex this weekend, but lessons learned in mid-August often lead to big things in October.
Slade Dale never has encountered a challenge he didn’t meet head on or a situation that overwhelmed him. In the happy-go-lucky world of the Ringgold two-sport star, every day is sunny and the possibilities are endless.
When Tim James was named the first head football at Heritage High School in Ringgold, he knew what was coming. As a new school in what has been an average football county, the Generals were going to have to follow a meticulous building plan and have the patience to see it through.
Everywhere Mark Mariakis turns he gets the same question: How can Ridgeland be as good as it was last year?
Josh Robinson has the date circled, underlined and inputted prominently in his phone’s calender of upcoming big events.
Now that he has a college destination lined up, Jermane Conyers has a goal in mind. He wants to be perfect.
Chandler Curtis has been playing football in Gordon County all his life, but this summer he literally found himself having to play catch-up to get ready for his senior season.
On the surface Isaiah Mack is a happy-go-lucky bundle of energy who wreaks havoc on opposing offenses. Inside, the Northwest Whitfield senior defensive tackle is a fierce competitor who prefers putting his teammates ahead of his personal goals.
The northwest Georgia area long has been known as a hotbed for fastpitch softball, but even for this area last season was off the charts. In the four GHSA classifications that include area schools, there were three state champions and a runner-up, but was it really an aberration?
There is arguably not a football region in the state of Georgia that will look more different in 2013 than 5-AAA, where the prolific offenses of a year ago may find the going more difficult.
There will be a Catoosa County connection at the University of Georgia beginning in 2014.
It was perhaps the worst six quarters of football in Dalton Catamounts history, but for coach Matt Land and a team that appeared to be teetering on the brink of mediocrity, hitting rock bottom was the perfect tonic.