High School Sports

Jones County football coach leaving for new job and 6 other stories you may have missed

The last week in sports has been an action-packed one with Tiger Woods winning the Masters, the NBA playoffs starting and the Major League Baseball season in full swing.

There was also a lot of action in the Middle Georgia area this week as well with region titles and individual awards secured.

Here are seven updates you may have missed in local sports over the last week.

1. Jones County head coach Justin Rogers takes new job with Colquitt County

Justin Rogers has been with the Greyhounds since 2014, compiling a record of 45-15 and making the playoffs each year. He will take over the Colquitt County Packers after their head coach Rush Propst was fired for alleged misconduct according to the Moultrie Observer. The Packers were considered one of the premiere teams in the country last season and were regarded as the state’s best until they lost in the title game to Milton. Rogers thanked Jones County for their support in a tweet.

2. Former HoCo standout Tanner Hall earns Pitcher of the Week award

Against Western Carolina on Saturday, Mercer’s Tanner Hall was dealing through a career-high eight innings of work. He allowed just six hits and only gave up one walk. He has been one of the best pitchers in all of the Southern Conference. In 23 innings pitched in conference play, he owns a 1.37 ERA and 18 strikeouts. The Bears will need Hall to continue to pitch like this to stay in the hunt for a SoCon title.

3. Houston County baseball knocks off Northside to clinch region title

The Houston County Bears’ offense powered them to a pair of wins over the Northside Eagles to bring home the region title. The pitching wasn’t too bad either, allowing just one run across the two games while the offense scored nine runs in each game. This is the Bears’ first region title since 2016.

4. Mercer women’s golf puts on a show

The former Rutland Hurricane Carol Pyon won her first collegiate tournament at the Brickyard in Macon in a rain-shortened event. The Bears also edged out Charlotte as a team by one stroke. It is the second win this season for the Bears after winning at Idle Hour in November. They are currently in fourth place in the season-ending Southern Conference Championship. They wrap up play on Tuesday.

5. Tattnall baseball continues to roll

Joey Hiller’s squad has only lost once all season long and seems to be headed toward a state title the way they’ve played since their loss to Calvary Christian on March 29. Since the loss four of their six games have been shutouts including a 4-0 win over FPD on Monday. They will play for the region title this weekend.

6. Bailey Pattison named SoCon Pitcher of the Week

The freshman put on a show last week for the Mercer Bears as she tossed a complete game three-hitter against Chattanooga. She currently owns a .71 ERA and 3-0 record in SoCon play. The Bears have now won back-to-back player of the week awards with Megan Lane winning it the week before.

7. Macon Mayhem sees their season end against the Ice Bears

The Knoxville Ice Bears knocked the Macon Mayhem out of the playoffs after the Mayhem lost a late lead in the game on Saturday. The Mayhem conclude their fourth season in Macon with the 3-2 loss. The Mayhem finished the season in the middle of the pack with a 27-24 record.