Kirby Smart: The Right Man For The Job At Georgia

After a little less than two years on the job, Georgia has learned plenty from Bulldogs head football coach Kirby Smart. We now know, without a doubt, that the 41-yearold Smart is the right man to lead the Bulldog football program. Smart has brought energy and humility to Athens. Smart has instilled confidence and a still evolving work ethic in ...

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Grangers Tackle No. 1 Cartersville Tonight, Crawford: “We’ve been pounding the weights”


Somehow the Grangers still believe. Despite their record, which is 0-6, the Grangers think they can give No. 1-ranked Cartersville a competitive football game tonight at Callaway Stadium. The Region 5-AAAA party will commence at 7:30 p.m. “We’re still upbeat. We’ve been pounding the weights and trying to get stronger,” said LaGrange High sophomore quarterback Charles Crawford. “We are going ...

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State Elite: Cavaliers, Tigers Are Both Ranked In Top 5


There are certain privileges that come with winning in high school football. Teams of that kind tend to get standing ovations, extra brownies and more water breaks. The winners also get notoriety and sometimes a state ranking or two. It is all deserved, of course. Two members of the winning state elite reside right here in Hogansville and LaGrange. Coach ...

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Turton’s Overtime Goal Leads Warriors Past Brandon Hall

After the referee blows his whistle, anything can happen. LaGrange Academy put that into motion with a bodyslamming, high-fiving 3-2 overtime conquest of region soccer rival Brandon Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Only weeks ago the La-GrangeAcademy boys lost to the Panthers, 7-1 in Atlanta. Since then, LaGrange Academy has done some soul searching, and the Warriors have taken some soccer ...

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Men’s Sunday Doubles Is A McCluskey Tennis Tradition


Hogansville’s Mike Payton recognizes his strength and weakness. He is realistic. “My forehand is better than my backhand. But I’m a competitive person,” said Payton, the 56-yearold athlete. He and anywhere from four to 12 friends play tennis every Sunday at the McCluskey Center in La-Grange. It’s always men’s doubles, and they usually grind, and huff and puff for three ...

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Edelson, Eiland Are Fiery, Eager, Intense On The Court


Whether it’s a practice match or the real thing, Ella Eiland takes tennis rather serious. She did that one more time on Sunday afternoon as she served and backhanded her way into contention before falling to her tennis pal, Sydney Edelson, in a sometimes friendly, always intense 1-set game at the McCluskey Tennis Center. Edelson took the backand- forth game, ...

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Cougars Suffer Homecoming Loss To Central Christian, 38-34

For all that they didn’t do on homecoming, Lafayette Christian head football coach Nate Shaw is still proud of what his Cougar team did do. “We scrapped every second (of the game). We gave ourself a chance. We were digging in, and we didn’t have any kids bailing (on the team),” said Shaw. “We ripped off good chunks (of yardage).” ...

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Bear & Shug Were Friends, Competitors, College Legends

It was once said that Paul “Bear” Bryant could walk on water, and just in case he couldn’t, Ralph “Shug” Jordan was there with a life preserver. These two men were the best of friends 364 days a year, but on that other day, Alabama and Auburn played for bragging rights at the famed Legion Field in Birmingham. That was ...

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Troup Trounces Sandy Creek, Tigers Dial Up 71


It was a classic case of give and take. The Troup High Tigers were giving effort and taking Sandy Creek to the cleaners. It was the night of nights, a record-setting one at that, for the Tigers. They shattered the school record for points with a 71-16 massacre of Sandy Creek in a Region 5-AAAA football game on Friday night ...

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