Grizzlies come from behind again
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
April 17, 2014 04:00 AM | 152 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Creekview’s Jonathon Mouw pitched a complete-game, 3-2 victory over Sprayberry on Wednesday.
Creekview’s Jonathon Mouw pitched a complete-game, 3-2 victory over Sprayberry on Wednesday.
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CANTON — The Creekview baseball team won another game in comeback fashion and sent Sprayberry home with a 3-2 loss to tighten the ranks in the Region 7AAAAA standings. The Yellow Jackets (14-5, 11-4 Region 7AAAAA) entered the game as the top team in region. Creekview (13-8, 10-5) is close behind as is Sequoyah (14-8, 11-5), which defeated Forsyth Central 3-1 Wednesday and Pope (11-10, 10-6). Tied 2-all entering the bottom of the seventh, Nick Williams led off with a double. An Austin Smith single moved Williams to third before Sprayberry relief pitcher Kevin Runge issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Avery Smith connected with a one-out single that drove in Williams for the winning run. “Both teams really had timely hitting,” Creekview coach Mike Nayman said. “Every hit that was put in play wound up being critical because it either knocked someone in or was the guy who scored. It was a 3-2 game. There were five RBIs on the night and only eight hits.” Sprayberry got out in front 1-0 in the top of the third when Tristan Fletcher drew a two-out walk, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Zach Williams. Creekview got the run back in the bottom of the frame following an on-field emergency. Sprayberry center fielder Lee Allen apparently lost consciousness and had to be taken from the field by ambulance. After play resumed, Gary Brigham singled to second and stole second before R.J. Knecht drew a one-out walk. The next batter Chandler Wold was hit by a pinch, which loaded the bases. After a fly out, Sprayberry pitcher McKenzie Mills then issued a walk to Nick Williams, which forced home Brigham. In the top of the fourth, Sprayberry struck again. After Grizzlies starter Jonathon Mouw hit Spencer Fann and courtesy runner Vanden Patel entered for Fann, Bobby Gauvreau doubled off the fence to plate Patel. Mouw struck out back-to-back batters to end the threat. Creekview trailed until the bottom of the fifth when they tied it on a walk, a steal, an error and a single by Austin Smith. Neither team score again until Creekview rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Mouw pitched the complete game for Creekview, giving up just two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out 12, including the side in the seventh. “Mouw was really just outstanding,” Nayman said. “He was dialed in and he made one bad pitch—the one that Gauvreau hit, but that was about the only time that he wasn’t on the spot. It was a great outing for his part.” Runge worked the final two innings for Sprayberry and took the loss after giving up one run on four hits. The next 48 hours will determine a lot in the Region 7AAAAA standings. With games that were rained up on Monday being made up tonight and regularly scheduled games on Friday, teams have the potential of moving up or down as many as two games. “You really have six teams fighting for four spots, but the top of it is an absolute dogpile,” Nayman said. “You are almost looking at the loss column. You need eight losses or less at this point. You want to get to12-8, 13-7, and 14-6. That loss column is really a big deal. That is why (Wednesday) was critical for us. We didn’t want to put that sixth loss on the board with five games to go. It’s certainly an amazing region this year.”
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River Ridge girls win 7AAAA track title
by Emily Horos
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The River Ridge girls claimed the Region 7AAAA track and field title, while the boys placed seventh when the finals were held on Wednesday. The meet, which was originally schedule for Monday and Tuesday was delayed a day because of heavy rain on Monday. After the first day of competition on Tuesday and following the completion of three events, the River Ridge girls were in second place — less than two points behind Cedartown. River Ridge coach Barry Lakes said he was counting on the sprints to carry the Lady Knights to the victory. “We were counting on our sprinters and our sprinters came through,” Lakes said. Still they had to overcome an injury to a key team member, Chidi Ojukwu, who was forced to withdraw from an event she was favored to win. “She injured her leg, but the girls rallied around her and we pulled it out,” Lakes said. “If Chidi Ojukwu hadn’t gotten injured we would have scored a whole lot more points than we did.” The Lady Knights had a strong showing in the relays as well as several field events. Shabree Frett, Morgan Bone, Ojukwu and Dennisah Francis entered the 400 relay with the second best qualifying time, but were forced to settle for sixth. River Ridge did better in the 1600 relay, where it took the title with a time of 4 minutes 21.35 seconds. In the finals of the long jump, Ojukwu placed third when she cleared 15 feet 7 ½ inches. Michelle Friesz (14’04”) also scored points with her sixth place finish. Olivia Reeves won the region title in the discus with a throw of over 104 feet. Merideth Kunsman placed second in the shot put. Also key in River Ridge’s title was Frett, who won the title in the 400 meters and finished second in the 200 meters. Dennisah Francis placed third and Macy McMillian was sixth in the 800 meters. Taylor Auringer placed fifth in the 100 hurdles and Charley Amissah-Reyes was sixth in the 200 hurdles. In the distance events Kali Kimball placed third in the 3200 meters with a time of 12 minutes 55.72 seconds. In the boys’ portion of the meet, Devontae McIntosh placed third in the triple jump. Michael Lewis placed sixth in the event. Nathan Trottier placed third in the 800 meter and Josh Schultz finished third in the 110 hurdles. E.J. Ellis, McIntosh, Chris Ivy-Martin and Lewis teamed to place fifth in the 400 relay. River Ridge also took third in the 1600 relay. Winning the boys title was Dalton, followed by Cedartown and Heritage. In the girls’ team standings, Cedartown was second followed by Dalton and Heritage. The River Ridge girls will not get an opportunity to defend their title next season however as they make the move up a class to Region 7AAAAA. Up next for some of the River Ridge athletes will be the section meet next weekend in Carrollton. Those who qualified by placing at the region meet, will have a chance to qualify for the state meet by performing well at the sectional. Lakes said he isn’t sure whether or not Ojukwu will be able to compete in the sectional after qualifying in the long jump prior to injuring her leg. The coach told his athlete to play it safe. “If she’s not able to go, we aren’t going to risk it,” Lakes said. “She is only a junior. I told the girls to make the decision to run or not and they need to live with it. She made the decision to run (Wednesday) and pulled up limping on it. Then I told her not to run any more races.” REGION 7AAAAAA At the end of the first day of the Region 7AAAAA track and field meet, both Sequoyah and Creekview settled for just a few athletes advancing to the finals of their events. With four events scored through the finals and the preliminaries held in the others, it not hard to see where teams stand. In the girls team standings Sequoyah is fifth with 13.5 points and Creekview is sixth with 12. Leading the region are Pope (39.5) and Riverwood (31). On the boys’ side it is once again Pope (30) on top. Sprayberry (23) is second followed by Sequoyah (20). The Grizzlies are sixth with 15 points. Creekview’s Camille Fahrnbauer defended her region title in the high jump after leading 5 feet 2 inches. Sequoyah’s Emily Geoghagan also placed in the event. In the girls discus finals Sequoyah’s Sierra Walsh placed second and Cara Wallace took fifth. Creekview’s Lexi Cromer finished seventh in the event. Among those advancing to the finals following the preliminaries are Sequoyah’s Katrice Tolbert (100 meters, 200 meters), Aleah Johnson (400 meters, 800 meters) and Creekview’s Fahrnbauer (400 meters) and Marisa Rink (800 meters). Sequoyah also qualified a team in the 400 meter and 1600 meter relays. The Lady Grizzlies will have a team in the 1600 relay as well. As for the boys, Sequoyah’s Daniel McKune placed second in the shot put, while Creekview teammates Jonathon Johnson and Zach Chester took fifth and sixth in the event. Jordan Riddle also scored points for Sequoyah with his eighth place finish. In another final Sequoyah’s Derrion Rakestraw placed fourth in the triple jump and fellow Chief, Jordan Usher was eighth. In the pole vault there were just six placers. Creekview’s Caleb Porter and Joe Dipietro finished fourth and sixth respectively. Sequoyah’s Christopher Costa and Ryan McNeal placed fifth and eighth in the 1600 meter finals. In preliminaries races neither the Grizzlies nor Chiefs fared well. Neither program qualified a runner in the sprints or a team in a relay. Creekview’s Caleb Potter and Nolan Knox were both able to qualify in the 300 hurdles.
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Cherokee, Etowah, Woodstock have work to do in region meet
by Carlton D. White
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ROSWELL — Etowah, Woodstock and Cherokee all have some work to do if any of them would like to capture team championships following Wednesday’s action at the Region 5AAAAAA girls and boys track and field championships at Roswell’s Ray Manus Stadium. Roswell’s girls and boys teams hold the lead in both genders after the conclusion of three field events. The Hornets (36 points) are ahead of second place Wheeler (25) and third place Walton (19) with Milton (12), Cherokee (8), Woodstock (8), Etowah (5) and Lassiter (4) also scoring. The Lady Hornets (27) have a slimmer advantage over second place Walton (21), followed by Etowah (19), Wheeler (15), Woodstock (12), Milton (9), Lassiter (8) and Cherokee (6). Boys field event finals included high jump, long jump and discus, while the girls finals were held in pole vault, long jump and shot put. Finals were also held in the boys and girls 1,600-meter run. Preliminary running events also took place. The top four finishers in each event qualify for next week’s sectional meet. Although Woodstock didn’t crown any individual champions, the Wolverines did advance Khalil Muhammad (third, 5-10) in the high jump and Owen Bailey (second, 4:23.60) in the 1,600. Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan wouldn’t be denied a sectionals berth in the girls 1,600 meter run. Melehan ran second for much of the race, but fell into fifth place on the final lap before summoning enough energy over the final 100 meters to qualify fourth in 5:15.27, passing Roswell’s Erin Gant over the last 10 meters. “Running is such a mental sport where you have to push your body and get your mind past the breaking point,” Melehan said. “It came down to the last 100 meters and it looked like (Gant) was getting tired. So, I pushed past that mental barrier. If I wanted to get her, I needed to go now, so I did and passed her right at the end to qualify.” Leena Morris of Etowah claimed the girls shot put title with a toss of 41 feet, 11 inches. Lady Eagles’ Sydney Brim (8-0) and Kelsey Keith (8-0) placed second and third in the girls pole vault. Lazion West of Cherokee put forth an effort in the high jump that stunned even himself. West, a freshman, set a personal best leap of 6-2 in winning the region championship in his first varsity season. “I’m surprised I won and even more surprised to get 6-2,” West said. “I didn’t get that in practice, so it feels amazing to get my personal best and a region championship. “I’ve been feeling pretty confident the past couple of weeks, so I just want to keep going. I’m excited about the future.” Joining West at sectionals will be teammate Andrew Harris (third, 21-0.5) in the long jump. All three schools qualified several runners into today’s finals. Field events in the boys pole vault, triple jump and shot will also be competed along with girls’ high jump, triple jump and discus. “We qualified people in the running events and had some unexpected help in the field,” Woodstock coach Rick Glasper said. “We should get some more help (today) for the boys and girls. We’re in the thick of things and you can’t ask for much more.” Cherokee coach Jennifer Waldrup was also pleased with her team’s results. “Our strengths are in some of the field events like the throws, but things didn’t go well (Wednesday), she said. “(West’s) height was big, so we’re proud for him. We’re a young team this year, but we expect to be stronger next year.”
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Woodstock adding new community stage in May
by TCT Staff
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Downtown Woodstock in May is getting a new community stage, which will be on the Elm Street Event Green, the Downtown Development Authority announced Tuesday. Brian Stockton, executive director for the DDA, said the authority is excited to partner with other organizations to expand entertainment options downtown. “Investment by private partners like Resurgens Orthopedics, who continue to step up in their community, are what makes these projects that much more exciting,” Stockton said. The community stage will be on the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village event green, which is adjacent to Market Street and the Town to Creek section of the Greenprints trail. The stage will offer a wide array of events, including programs from Elm Street and Main Street Woodstock. Stockton said there are 30 anticipated event dates this year, representing varied types of entertainment. “We believe there will be something for everyone to enjoy,” he said. The stage will also be open for rental by private groups, through Elm Street, on available dates. Construction on the community stage is slated to begin next week with the project expected to be completed in early May. Downtown resident and business owner Drew Hyman, with his team at Park Green Homes and Neighborhoods, will construct the Resurgens Orthopedics Community Stage.
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Cobb Board of Education to vote on collecting fines from Marlow
by Michelle Babcock
April 17, 2014 04:00 AM | 155 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Cherokee Board of Education will decide at its meeting Thursday how to collect $3,600 in unpaid fines School Board member Kelly Marlow owes the district from her October ethics sanction. While Marlow has yet to pay her fine for violating ethics policies, the long-embattled school board member asked the board to continue discussing financial audit reports — a topic she has continually raised at meetings. The Cherokee School Board is set to vote at this evening’s meeting on requiring Marlow to arrange a payment plan for her fine by May 1. Marlow has yet to pay the fine she incurred in October, and School Board Chair Janet Read requested the Thursday vote to require Marlow to set up a payment plan, based on agenda documents for the meeting. “If a payment plan is not arranged by May 1, the board at its May 1 meeting will be asked to authorize the school board attorney to take further action to collect the fine,” the agenda information on Read’s request stated. The fines stem from an ethics violation sanction placed on Marlow by her fellow board members during an October hearing. A fine of $3,600 was approved by the board, to help repay taxpayers for the cost of the hearing after Marlow was found guilty of violating two school board ethics policies. Marlow appealed the sanction to the state, and on April 3, the state Board of Education upheld the Cherokee School Board’s sanction and fine. Marlow said in a statement April 7 she plans to appeal the state decision to the Cherokee County Superior Court. As Marlow’s fine looms, she requested the board continue discussion of the 2011 and 2012 fiscal year audits at the meeting Thursday and requested a presentation for the fiscal 2013 audit. Marlow wrote an email to Read requesting the additional discussion, and said “a full understanding of the problem and a course of action to remedy” should be discussed at the meeting. “For two consecutive years, the board has been directed by the state to resolve ongoing findings in the independent financial audit reports,” Marlow wrote. “This request is to open the discussion among the members of the Board of Education so that these items will show resolution.” The “findings,” or issues, with the audits Marlow is referring to have been repeatedly discussed at meetings, work sessions and during independent auditor presentations. Each audit finding represents an instance in the district’s financial statements needing to be corrected, but the findings do not indicate any fraud or missing money. School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the information Marlow wants to further discuss at the meeting Thursday “has been stated at previous school board meetings and strategic work sessions, including independent auditor presentation, as well as in correspondence to the school board and public.” “Two findings from the school district’s FY 2011 annual independent audit could not be reported as fully resolved until FY 2013, due to the timing of the audit process,” Jacoby said as she reiterated the information discussed at multiple previous events. “Annual independent audits are conducted following the close of a fiscal year during the subsequent year. As a result, findings that are to be corrected at the start of a fiscal year cannot be reported as fully resolved until the following year.” For example, findings made in an audit conducting during the 2011 fiscal year, which was conducted in the 2012 fiscal year, would not be reported as resolved until the 2013 fiscal year audit, Jacoby explained. “The independent auditor currently completing the school district’s fiscal year 2013 audit states that the two findings from the fiscal year 2011 audit, which were carried over to the fiscal year 2012 audit as prior year audit findings, have been fully resolved,” Jacoby said. “That will be reflected in his final audit report for fiscal year 2013.” Marlow also requested a public hearing for the 2013 fiscal year, ending June 30 last year, and for an update on the status of the audit. Marlow asked the board to schedule a public hearing, including an official agenda item for a review of findings, a review of state correspondence and a question and answer session with the audit representative from the firm Williamson and Co. Jacoby said Friday the final audit report for fiscal 2013 is expected as soon as this month, explaining the snow storms earlier this year delayed the auditor’s field work. “After the final audit report is received by the school district, it will be presented by the independent auditor to the school board during a regular meeting as an agenda item,” Jacoby said. “As with all agenda items, school board members have the opportunity for discussion; and members of the public can speak to agenda items, as outlined in the public participation policy.” The 2013 fiscal year ran from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. The district is now operating in the FY 2014 budget, which will conclude June 30. The 2015 fiscal year begins the following day. The school board meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the historic Canton High School Board Auditorium at 111 Academy St. in Canton.
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