The Ashworth Warriors fought hard all year long to finally breakthrough, and make a name for their soccer program.
They did just that.
Unfortunately, the Cass Colonels stood in their way from making the Warriors No. 1 in the region as Cass handed Ashworth an edge-of-your-seat loss in the Bartow Gordon Middle School Athletic Association Championship beating the men in blue 2-1.
It wasn’t a lack of effort or enthusiasm that fated the Warriors, but equally aggressive play by Cass and a clock that ticked away too soon for the Warriors.
Ashworth Boys Soccer Head Coach Daniel Worley said that it was a great season, and is proud of the way his team played all season long.
“Even if we couldn’t get first, we made it to the championship game and six other teams can’t say that,” said Worley. “I’m proud of that.”
The Warriors can also take pride in knowing that have paved the way for other players to follow.
“Since I’ve been here, we have kind of been on a third place plateau the last four years, so it’s good to get over that hill,” said Worley.
In other middle school action recently.
The Calhoun Yellow Jackets had a rematch against the Sonoraville Phoenix on Thursday. The Tuesday before the Phoenix defeated the Yellow Jackets 8-7, but this time the “W” was slotted for Calhoun.
The Jackets handed the Phoenix a 9-4 loss and leveled off the bragging rights between the two rivals.
According to Calhoun Yellow Jackets statistician Brooks Gallman, Jordan Towe pitched a complete game striking out 4 Phoenix batters, had 2 walks and 7 hits.
The key to the win, according to Gallman, was Calhoun jumping out to an early lead on Sonoraviile.
Gallman said that the Jackets had 4 hits in the 1st inning and added 3 more in the 2nd inning.
He noted, “It was a total team effort through and through as 8 different Jackets scored at least one run.”
Leading the offensive surge was Ryan Randall who had 3 hits and 3 RBIs while Rhett Rogers and Jordan Towe had 2 hits each.
The BGMSAA Tennis tournament was held in Cartersville on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several players from the north region went home a victor.
On the boys’ side of the court in singles, Calhoun’s Jake Briggs defeated Cartersville’s Drew Adsit while teammate Kade Wright defeated Eric Dunlap of Cass. Ray Reeves of Calhoun was runner up in his match as Cartersville’s Cade Archer defeated him.
In boys’ doubles, Calhoun’s Patrick Box and Chapin Rierson defeated Adairsville and Zane Box and Hunter Norman defeated the Cartersville duo.
In girls’ singles, Calhoun’s Marley Nicholson defeated Cass’ Ryleigh Lanham. Madison Turner of Calhoun defeated Cartersville’s Kendyl Westmoreland. Faith Tankersly defeated Cartersville’s Kenly King.
In girls’ doubles, Jana Johns and Emily Jourdain downed that Cartersville duo while Carson Butler and Allie Baldwin, of Calhoun, came in second against the other doubles duo from Cartersville.
Calhoun girls finished the season at 41-9 while the boys went 48-2.
The Sonoraville girls finished 3-42 while the boys finished 9-36.
Sonoraville Tennis Coach Andy Wear said that the boys team, two of his players won the first round: Tyler Bowers and James McCracken. He said on the girls team, Alexandria Hunt and Anna Monteith won their first round matches, too.
“We had a good tournament, and I am very proud of the team for their effort,” said Wear.