New Year puts more sports on the table
Happy New Year!
2021 is now in the rear view mirror.
Bring on 2022 — please. In Gordon County, last year was an outstanding year for sports, but everyone is hoping that the New Day will bring even better results than the last 365 did.
January also means the local sports calendar suddenly fills up like a swimming hole on a hot summer day with basketball and wrestling and swimming and diving joined by first soccer and then baseball and tennis, which really begin in earnest in early February.
But the soccer teams start kicking it the last week of this month with a couple of scrimmages
for all the local teams before they start playing for keeps in
February. In fact, Calhoun’s boys and girls are scheduled to hold their first and only scrimmage on Friday, Jan. 28 when they go to Rome to take on Model in a doubleheader that starts at 5 p.m.
So those student-athletes will be on the field every day between now and then getting ready for the almost-here winter campaign.
Meanwhile baseball teams and tennis players also will start their workouts this month for their February season debuts.
But January remains a busy time for winter sports as well with the basketball teams beginning play to see not only if they will make the playoffs, but who they will face if they’re good enough to make it to the postseason.
The changing of the seasons also lets the seasoned wrestlers at Sonoraville, Calhoun, and Gordon Central know their Region and Area meets are quickly coming up on the schedule.
And the New Year will bring an instant match-up of rivals in the water Thursday night when the Calhoun boys and girls swim teams host Dalton in the Calhoun Aquatic Center.
Next year, those two neighbors will be in the same Region and probably won’t have a dual meet with each other, but it is a big meet for both teams as besides the bragging rights that come with winning it, for the Yellow Jackets, it is their final competition before the Northwest Georgia Region meet starts Friday, Jan. 14 at Calhoun High.
The fastest individuals and relay teams at that meet will then advance to the 5A state meet, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Georgia Tech natatorium in Atlanta.
The Calhoun swimmers and divers, led by head coach Devon Clayton and assistant Hailey Kelley, have been hard at it since October when their meets began.
They have been steadily trying to make sure every individual and every relay they put together is recording their fastest times at just the right time of the year.
And that time is this month with the Region meets and a trip to the state meet two weeks after that on the line for everyone who is in the pool these days.
As far as the local high school basketball teams go, the Calhoun boys and girls are the only ones of the local six teams in the county that have yet to start Region play.
But the Yellow Jackets, like everyone, are hoping that January and February will be their time to shine because everyone wants to make the playoffs.
Both Calhoun teams definitely look like they will be a factor in their upcoming Region race as both have played very well the first few
weeks of the season.
While the Yellow Jacket boys have been up-and-down, they have shown what they potentially could be once they have all their players on the floor.
First, big man Dylan Faulkner was averaging 25 points a game and then he got hurt and has been out. Now, senior forward Peyton Law has come off the football team and he has been averaging over 23 points a game while looking better every time out.
And the girls team stands 9-3 with the losses coming to Harrison, Dalton, and Cass and those three teams went into the week after Christmas with a combined winloss record of 26-6.
The Gordon Central girls basketball team is entering January chasing its fifth consecutive trip to the AA playoffs and they right now are in the driver’s seat in the 2A Region 7 standings with a 2-0 record. They are at Pepperell Tuesday night against a Dragon team that is also expected to be a region champ contender so the Lady Warriors, who are playoff-tested in the past few years, know they need to keep building on the momentum they picked up last month with two league wins to start things out.
In short, it is January and it is a New Year and a new time for the local high school teams. But they are definitely looking to better all the fine things they were able to accomplish last year.