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Pirates baseball starts region play; hosts doubleheader

The Pirates baseball team played their first region game March 19 at Peach County (after the Journal Reporter’s press deadline). The Pirates will host the Peach County Trojans in a doubleheader March 22.
“This is when the season really starts. The end of March will be the end of both the Ninth Grade and JV team’s schedule. I am really excited about these young guys. They are loaded with talent and just love playing baseball,” said head coach Blake Parrott.

“The varsity still has a lot of baseball to play as we have 15 games left on our schedule with most of those being region games. Our goal is to win the region and make a run in the postseason. We have the team to do it. We just need to be more consistent on the mound and limit the walks. Our guys have been working and it will show when it matters most.”

The Pirates are 1-10 so far after starting the season with a tough schedule full of teams from much larger school systems. The Pirates baseball team picked up a big win over 7A East Coweta at home March 11. The Pirates defeated the East Coweta Indians 3-2 after coming back late in the game for the victory.

The Pirates scored one run in the third inning and one in the fourth but allowed East Coweta to score two in the fifth inning and tie up the game. The game was still tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jackson Terry singled to score the winning run. Kade McLeRoy had two hits for two at bats. Ty Rowland and Jackson Terry each drove in one run for the Pirates. Four baserunners stole bases for the Pirates.

Pirates pitchers struck out four batters, compared to East Coweta’s seven. Brooks Johnson started on the mound for the Pirates, giving up two hits and two unearned runs over five innings, striking out three and walking three. Caleb Boyt threw two innings of scoreless ball in relief with the lefty giving up no hits, striking out one and walking none.

“Losing is never fun and losing our first nine games will humble you really fast. We are a few plays and hits away from having a much better record. But like we tell our guys, we either win or we learn and we have learned a lot the last nine games. We have taken the mistakes we have made and worked on them, and our guys are getting better each day. We are young when it comes experience and it has shown, but we will just continue to work and grow. What’s great about baseball is that good teams make the playoffs, but hot teams win the playoffs. We just need to get hot when it counts,” said coach Parrott. “Our guys come to work each and every day. We have been preaching to them to stay consistent and trust the process of what we do each day. These guys are a close-knit group that enjoy being around each other and are learning how to hold each other accountable.”

The Pirates will host Trinity Christian on March 25 with the varsity game starting at 5:55 p.m. They will host McIntosh on March 27 with a 5:55 p.m. game time and then travel to McIntosh March 28 with a 6 p.m. start time.

“We have a great group of young talent that will be a force in two years. These young guys are going to turn a lot of heads in the next couple of years,” said coach Parrott.

“But right now, our focus is on getting better each day. While the future is bright, 2024 is our main focus.”

Ladies Pirates soccer outscores rivals 17-6; lead region

The Pike County High School girls soccer team is currently 5-2-1 for the season and 3-0 in region play. The team is ranked #10 in the AAA Coach’s Poll.

“A big part of our success is the leadership of the upperclassmen and the bond that the girls have with each other,” said head coach Justin O’Steen. “One of the biggest challenges for the team is the strength of the opponents in our schedule. Most of our non-region matches are against ranked teams and teams in different (higher) classifications. One of our losses came from a 1-0 loss on a goal scored in the final 20 seconds of the game against McIntosh (currently #4 in 5A). Our other loss came from a loss to Pace Academy (currently ranked #8 in 4A).”

The Lady Pirates varsity soccer team includes #1 freshman Abbey Strange, #1 freshman Morgan Wakeman, #2 junior Ana Harris, #3 junior Sydney Cochran, #6 senior Madison Wilson, #7 freshman Sophie Moss, #8 junior Bri Morris, #9 freshman Laycee Eubanks, #10 senior Georgia Fillingim, #12 junior Anna Bottoms, #13 junior Olivia Park, #14 sophomore Millie Stephens, #15 senior Morgan Wilson, #16 junior Elle Smith, #17 junior Izzy Cuviello, #19 freshman Piper Jones, #23 freshman Matty Smith, #27 junior Jessie Jeffcoat and #99 freshman Presli Readdy.

The Lady Pirates will compete in the Southern Coast Cup with games at 8 p.m. March 21 against Spanish Fort Toros, at 4 p.m. March 22 against McGill-Toolen and at 8:30 a.m. March 23 against Owasso.

They girls soccer teams will finish out their regular season schedule by facing Upson-Lee at home at 5:30 p.m. March 26, Jackson on the road at 6 p.m. March 28, Dutchtown at home at 6 p.m. April 9 and Peach County on the road at 5:30 p.m. April 11.

Pirates soccer looks to score big, clear opponents

The Pirates varsity soccer team is currently 8-2 for the season overall and 3-0 in the region. They are ranked fourth in 3A and 83rd in the nation according to MaxPreps. Christian Fowler is sixth in the state in goals scored this season with 19 goals so far for the Pirates.

“I believe the outlook is bright for this team. Players have stepped up and exceeded their expectations. I said before the season started that this team could do very well or just average depending on how they step up and this team has shown up. This team has such fantastic leadership, they consistently build each other up while still holding each other accountable. The player leadership of this team is its strength,” said coach Kevin Hobbs who is in his seventh year of coaching the team. “Even though we are going in the right direction and the season looks promising, the team will still face some challenges. We have won the region six years in a row, and everyone is out for blood. Teams are tired of Pike winning every year and we will have a target on our back for the rest of the season. The team will also head to Tennessee during spring break to compete in a national tournament. Teams in their bracket are some of the best teams in the nation. This is where we will see if we have what it takes to play against the best. This is where we will see if we can do well in the state playoffs.”

The Pirates varsity soccer team includes #0 sophomore Jack Hammond, #1 sophomore Kole Baldwin, #2 senior Kyle Keese, #3 senior Andrew Edwards, #4 sophomore Greyson Jones, #5 sophomore Jaxon Warburton, #6 freshman Carter York, #7 senior Luke Mann, #8 junior Owen Lowe, #9 senior Joshua Tomarchio, #12 senior Christian Fowler, #14 senior Tobey Maxedon, #17 freshman Gray Cook, #21 junior Jonah Tea, #22 junior Emannuel Torres, #24 senior Jordan Thompson, #29 senior Sebastian Facundo, #31 senior Robert Chambley, #60 senior Phillip Smith and #99 junior Kip Bryant. The team is led by head coach Kevin Hobbs and assistant coach Alex Avila.

“People should come watch these 10 seniors play,” said coach Hobbs. “This team is playing at a level higher than anyone expected. It has been a treat to watch.”

The Pirates JV soccer team is 2-6 for the season and the team includes Owen Lowe, Emanuel Torres, Kole Baldwin, Reid Huffstetler, Greyson Jones, Noah Meadows, Landon Smitko, Jaxon Warburton, Wyatt Sweat, Gray Cook, Cason Bird, Ike Bruce, Max McBrayer, Blaine Moss, Braylon Pitts, Landon Powers, Jerry Barber and Hunter Henderson.

Pirates soccer looks to score big, clear opponents

The Pirates varsity soccer team is currently 8-2 for the season overall and 3-0 in the region. They are ranked fourth in 3A and 83rd in the nation according to MaxPreps. Christian Fowler is sixth in the state in goals scored this season with 19 goals so far for the Pirates.

“I believe the outlook is bright for this team. Players have stepped up and exceeded their expectations. I said before the season started that this team could do very well or just average depending on how they step up and this team has shown up. This team has such fantastic leadership, they consistently build each other up while still holding each other accountable. The player leadership of this team is its strength,” said coach Kevin Hobbs who is in his seventh year of coaching the team. “Even though we are going in the right direction and the season looks promising, the team will still face some challenges. We have won the region six years in a row, and everyone is out for blood. Teams are tired of Pike winning every year and we will have a target on our back for the rest of the season. The team will also head to Tennessee during spring break to compete in a national tournament. Teams in their bracket are some of the best teams in the nation. This is where we will see if we have what it takes to play against the best. This is where we will see if we can do well in the state playoffs.”

The Pirates varsity soccer team includes #0 sophomore Jack Hammond, #1 sophomore Kole Baldwin, #2 senior Kyle Keese, #3 senior Andrew Edwards, #4 sophomore Greyson Jones, #5 sophomore Jaxon Warburton, #6 freshman Carter York, #7 senior Luke Mann, #8 junior Owen Lowe, #9 senior Joshua Tomarchio, #12 senior Christian Fowler, #14 senior Tobey Maxedon, #17 freshman Gray Cook, #21 junior Jonah Tea, #22 junior Emannuel Torres, #24 senior Jordan Thompson, #29 senior Sebastian Facundo, #31 senior Robert Chambley, #60 senior Phillip Smith and #99 junior Kip Bryant. The team is led by head coach Kevin Hobbs and assistant coach Alex Avila.

“People should come watch these 10 seniors play,” said coach Hobbs. “This team is playing at a level higher than anyone expected. It has been a treat to watch.”

The Pirates JV soccer team is 2-6 for the season and the team includes Owen Lowe, Emanuel Torres, Kole Baldwin, Reid Huffstetler, Greyson Jones, Noah Meadows, Landon Smitko, Jaxon Warburton, Wyatt Sweat, Gray Cook, Cason Bird, Ike Bruce, Max McBrayer, Blaine Moss, Braylon Pitts, Landon Powers, Jerry Barber and Hunter Henderson.

Track and Field handles hurdles, creates personal records

The Pike County High School Track and Field student athletes have been working hard this year and are doing well so far. The team is led by coach Garth Potter with assistant coaches Dawn Lanca and Pamela Harp.

“The team has participated in three meets so far this season and I have been very pleased with the number of personal records that numerous athletes have achieved, whether it is in sprinting, distance running, jumping, or throwing. We have four more meets left and I am extremely excited to see how much progress our athletes make,” said coach Potter. “The major strength of the team is the work ethic the athletes have shown so far. Everyone comes to practice and works so hard and this shows by the number of personal records achieved. The weather was a factor at two meets this year, but that did not stop our team from having some standout performances.”

Xander Potter placed first in the 800 m with a time of 2:02:10 and was 49th in the state at the time of the meet.

Katelyn Johnson finished first in the triple jump with a 35’8” measurement and was 27th in the state at the time.

The track and field teams will compete March 23 in the Lion Relays in Sharpsburg, March 30 at the seventh annual GA Spring Break Showdown with Steeplechase in Marietta, April 11 at the Lamar County Meet in Barnesville and at the April 13 Luella Lions Last Chance Invitational in Locust Grove. The Region Meet will be held April 23 in Jackson.

“We are participating in a new event for the team on March 30 in Marietta. Two members of our boys team and two members of our girls team will be participating in a Steeplechase which is a long-distance race of 2000m with hurdles and water pits to jump over. I do not believe a Pike County team has ever participated in a Steeplechase before so I am excited to see how these athletes respond to the challenge,” said coach Potter.

The boys track team includes Jack Barron, Nolan Brown, Grady Coker, Hunter Duke Andrew Edwards, Jalil Goss, Preston Gregg, Andrew Hood, John Javier, Luke Moon, Tristan O’Connell, C.J. Parks, Owen Pitts, Wyatt Pitts, Bryson Postell, Xander Potter, Owen Ragsdale, John Roth, Cameron Sweat, Montez Tanner, Nile Wagner, Cameron Willis and Jamal Willis.

The girls track team includes Addie Bell, Sadie Bray, Jamecia Brown, Jocelyn Coker, Torrie Garrett, Anna Gooch, Katelyn Johnson, Cameron McAllister, Faith Millwood, Bailey Morris, Lila Reeves, Dazaria Ross, Mikayla Sealy, Mady Smith, Sophie Thomas, Emma Truitt, Ayala Weiner and Telasia Willis.

“The biggest challenge that the team will face this year is that we lost many seniors last year to graduation, especially in the field events. Fortunately, we have a strong senior class this year and I am confident that they will continue to show the younger athletes how to continue to improve in the various events,” said coach Potter. “The team has also had a few unexpected injuries that has created some challenges. Many athletes are having to participate in some events that are a bit out of their comfort zone; however, they have risen to the challenge often finding that this new event is not too bad.”

PCHS Bass Fishing team catching big

Pike County High School’s Bass Fishing Team competed at West Point Lake on March 16. Coach John Kovzel said the team is doing well so far this season.

“This team is very young and has shown its strength at power fishing,” said coach Kovzel. “The challenges this team faces are being new to the sport and learning new lakes.”

The 2024 Bass Fishing Team includes Kason Biles, Dylan Boggs, Cody Bowser, Jaxon Chandler, Tristan O’Connell, Tristen Sowell, Daven Taylor and Peyton Ward.

Tennis teams volley for post season rally


Both the girls and boys Pike County High School tennis teams are 5-1 for the season with the girls undefeated in region play at 5-0 and the boys at 4-1 in the region.

“Both the boys and girls teams benefit from solid senior leadership, combined with talented underclassmen,” said head coach Joseph Satterfield. “Last year, the team made the state playoffs for the first time in a few years. Both teams were third in the region last season and we are hoping to improve on that this year.”

The 2024 boys tennis team includes Walker Davis, Andrew Dawson, David DeLaGarza, Andrew Edwards, Paxton Faulkner, Lenox Hardy, Brooks Huber, Eli Nauck, Hunter Neloms, Andrew Oritz, Kayson Patterson, Andrew Pitts, Tristan Sowell, Luke Welch and Drake Wright.

The 2024 girls tennis team includes Eliza Huber, Addison Johnson, Megan Johnson, Ashlyn Maddock, Paisley Matthews, Sadie Rose, Madeline Smith and Emmalou Sowell.

All of the teams’ matches this season are on the road as the Pike courts are not up to standards for hosting teams.

The teams will face Mary Persons on March 21, Peach County on March 26 and Jackson on March 28. At right, the 2024 girls tennis team includes Eliza Huber, Addison Johnson, Megan Johnson, Ashlyn Maddock, Paisley Matthews, Sadie Rose, Madeline Smith and Emmalou Sowell.

All-around outstanding gymnasts

The 2024 Pike County High School gymnastics varsity team includes Brooklyn Bostwick, Madi Fillingim, Morgan Oskey, Ava Parker and Eva Pritchard and the JV team includes Addi McCard, Gabby Thompson and Lila Hunsucker.

Coach Shannon Turner said the team is nearing the end of the season and hoping to show their skills in the next level of competition.

“We have high hopes of finishing strong at our last two meets and making it in the top 8 for 1A-5A. This will qualify the team for the Preliminary Meet on April 17-18,” she said. “Our challenges so far this season have been staying healthy and focused on our goals. We must have courage, confidence and commitment to achieve and to excel.”

Ava Parker, a junior, is pushing through back and shoulder injuries to qualify for Prelims in Beam and Floor Exercise events. 

“All of Pike’s gymnasts have skills to compete in all four events – Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor. All of them, JV and varsity teams, are strong all-around gymnasts. Most of the gymnasts also compete on local club teams. The coaches at these gyms are phenomenal in teaching these young ladies the skills they need to have what it takes to achieve the physical and mental stamina of a competitive gymnast.”

Golf looks to stay on fairway, master the green


Pike County’s girls and boys golf teams are looking to stay on the fairway and master the greens this season.

“The golf team is very young on the boys side with all new golfers this season,” said coach John Kovzel. “All of our girls are returning to the team from last year.”

The 2024 girls golf team includes seniors Macey McElwaney, Katie Ballard, Mackenzie Malcolm and Avery Maddock, junior Bowen Yarbrough and sophomore Kerrah Foster. Last season, the girls team placed third in the region and advanced to the state playoffs in Columbus.

The 2024 boys team includes Peyton Bridges, Cody Bowser, Dylan Kee, Luke Shaw and Caleb Smith.



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