The record still isn’t anywhere near what Wesleyan wants, but the Pioneers are making some progress on the basketball court.
Look no further than last week.
First, the Pioneers recorded the rare two-game winning streak, in the process breaking a 52-game Great South Athletic Conference losing streak.
They beat Salem 47-32 on Jan. 18 on the road, and then rolled out to a 21-point first half lead en route to a 59-44 win over Salem again three days later.
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Then Lindsay Haggerty was named the conference player of the week, the first Wesleyan honoree since Carisa Mitchell in the 2006-07 season.
Haggerty, a junior from Battle Creek, Mich., was good for 16 points, nine rebounds and 2.3 steals in 38 minutes a game.
That helped her rise to third in the GSAC in points at 14.5 and seventh in rebounds with 6.9. She is also ninth with a 70-percent mark at the free-throw line.
It was Wesleyan’s first two-game conference winning streak since joining the GSAC. Spelman got in the way with a 67-54 win on Monday to end the streak, and
the Pioneers beat Toccoa Falls 50-48 on Thursday. The Pioneers (3-9) lost 57-53 in the first meeting.
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Saturday is all about the Miracle League at Georgia College.
The school and Phi Mu will have information about its annual dance marathon fund-raiser in the Centennial Center during Georgia College’s basketball doubleheader with Lander that tips off at 1:30 p.m.
The sorority will work at the concession stand, and a percentage of the day’s revenue will go to the Miracle League. There will also be a 50-50 raffle at both halftimes.
Zaxby’s Kid Zone will be on hand, and the Creekside Flippers youth gymnastics team will perform at halftime of the women’s game.
The dance marathon is Feb. 4.
The Georgia College baseball team is the recipient of a Braves 400 Fan Club scholarship.
The club is a non-profit group of fans who support baseball at all levels.
Georgia College was given a $1,500 Phil Niekro Scholarship, which is given to two teams each year.
Head coach Tom Carty and assistant Zeke Mitchem attended a banquet and were given the scholarship by Niekro.
The Bobcats open the season Feb. 4 at home against King (Tenn.) College.
Senior Haley Burnett has earned preseason all-conference honors in Peach Belt softball.
She was named at the designated player spot as Georgia College looks to improve on last season’s 15-35 overall mark and 9-11 record in Peach Belt play.
Burnett was a first-team all-conference pick last season, and she was named to the Daktronics all-region team after starting 49 games and batting .385 with nine homers and 37 RBI, leading Georgia college in those three stats, as well as slugging percentage (.623).
Queens University visits Georgia College on Feb. 4 in the season opener.
Expectations are only growing for Blake Hobby’s senior season at North Georgia College and State.
The former Tattnall Square standout opens the season as an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American, at a minimum.
Honors will continue for the right-hander, who went 7-3 last season with a 1.76 ERA last season. He went into the seventh inning in 11 of his 14 starts, and he didn’t allow a home run while facing 376 batters.
Hobby was a first-team all-conference, all-conference tournament and all-region selection by Daktronics and the ABCA.
He’ll get the chance to pitch close to home when the Saints visit Georgia College the weekend of March 30-31.
Laron Scott (Warner Robins) did his best to move up in the eyes of NFL scouts with his performance in practice and in Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles.
The Georgia Southern cornerback and kick returner had four tackles and a pass defended to go with a 23-yard kickoff return as his National team won 20-14.
That and his performance against Alabama in November may help NFL scouts overlook his size, 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds.
Former Northside standout Brison Williams has been suspended indefinitely at South Carolina by head coach Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier made the announcement Saturday, citing “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Williams played in eight games last season as a freshman, missing part of the season with a broken arm.
The Charleston Post and Courier reported Sunday that the Columbia Police Department had no record of an arrest of Williams.
Janay Wilson had to wait through an ACL injury and rehab for her senior year at Georgia Southern, and the Northside grad is making the most of it.
The senior is third on the team with 6.4 points a game and second with 4.8 rebounds. She leads the Eagles with 1.7 steals and shares the team lead with 1.9 assists.
Former Trinity Christian standout Anna Claire Knight is fourth in minutes with 18.7 per game, and she is one of six players to have played in every game. Knight, a freshman, averages 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds and is shooting 43.4 percent from the floor.