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Lindsey Young

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Calhoun coach Diane Smith admitted her team had "a big case of the nerves" in its opening game of the GHSA Class AA state softball tournament Thursday, but once those nerves were shaken, the second-ranked Lady Yellow Jackets took off.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Pitchers stole the show for Heritage and Northwest Whitfield in the GHSA Class AAAA Elite Eight softball tournament Thursday, both in the circle and at the plate. As a result, the two Region 7 rivals will meet today at 5 in the winners-bracket final.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Northwest Georgia teams went 6-0 in the opening round of the GHSA Softball Championships Thursday.

Great pitching may be the main ingredient for all of the contending teams at this week's GHSA State Softball Championships in Columbus, but for a handful of teams there is an equalizer.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — There was very little artistic about Trion's 17-8 win at Gordon Lee on Friday, but Georgia's oldest continuous high school football rivalry rarely is.

DALTON, Ga. — Matt Land remembers the moment clearly, and knowing what he knows now, it shouldn't have been so surprising.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Maybe it's because she's too young to know better, or it could be that some athletes just have a flair for the dramatic, but whatever the reason, Ringgold High School freshman Dare Schley knew something big was about to happen.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Rachel Hodge wasn't sure if it was the same team she watched in game two of the Class AAA second-round softball doubleheader Wednesday.

Sonoraville rallied from a deep hole in its GHSA Class AAA volleyball second-round match Tuesday night against Oconee County and advanced to the "Super Six" round next week at Marietta High School.

With one round of playoffs to go before Georgia's high school softball elite convene in Columbus to decide championships in seven classifications, the usual candidates are representing northwest Georgia.

A football stat sheet that shows three possessions for a total of four minutes hardly seems favorable. For Northwest Whitfield, though, looks can be deceiving.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Ridgeland used a three-run fifth inning to rally past Columbus High, 6-5, and into the second round of the Class AAAA softball playoffs Thursday.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — It's commonly believed pitching is the key to winning come high school softball playoff time. Rachel Hodge would concur ... to a degree.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — BriLeigh Baggett pitched two strong games Wednesday to lead Northwest Whitfield to a Class AAAA sweep of a first-round softball playoff series of LaGrange, 1-0 and 5-2.

CALHOUN, Ga. -- Most high school softball coaches with lineups full of freshmen and sophomores would be a bit nervous at playoff time. At Calhoun High, though, veteran coach Diane Smith has 13 such players on her region championship team and isn't a bit concerned.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — You can forgive Ali Roberts a bit if her head was spinning following Heritage's wild 8-7 win over Northwest Whitfield in the Region 7-AAAA softball championship game Saturday.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — Dalton staked its claim as the top team in Region 7B-AAAA Friday night, overcoming a near knockout blow from Northwest Whitfield before rallying for a 31-28 win.

DALTON, Ga. — It may have taken their worst game of the season to bring the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins together, and if that's the case, softball coach Jason Brooker won't complain.

DALTON, Ga. — In this case, the stats are only part of the story, but they're a good starting point.

DALTON, Ga. — If the goal of every athletic team is to peak at playoff time, the Heritage Generals seem to be right on track, based on Tuesday’s 8-0 win over Northwest Whitfield in the Region 7-AAAA tournament.

DALTON, Ga. -- It was the outcome most expected, but though the winners-bracket final of the Region 7-AAAA softball tournament says Heritage vs. Northwest Whitfield, setting it up wasn't that simple.

DALTON, Ga. -- If there is a tight moment late in this high school football season for the Dalton Catamounts, a six-minute span of Friday night's 28-0 Region 7-AAAA win over Ridgeland will serve as a reminder of what this team can do. Coach Matt Land is counting on it.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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