High School Sports

Baldwin prepares for another road battle

Baldwin head coach Lee Hannah has been telling his players that if they’re going to do something special during this year’s playoffs, they’re going to have to do it on the road.

The Braves took their head coach’s words to heart Friday night with a 17-7 win at Worth County in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs. The Braves (7-4) head back out on the road this week to face Cartersville.

“I’ve been preaching to the team that we’re going to have to get it done on the road and be road warriors,” Hannah said. “Everything to the Dome for us will be on the road, so we have to be ready for that.

“The key is are we satisfied with what we accomplished with the first-round win or can we go out and stay humble and hungry and go after a win in the second round?”

Cartersville enters the game at 10-1 after beating White County 54-0.

-- Daniel Shirley

MACON COUNTY PREPARES

After opening the GHSA Class AA playoffs with a 21-7 win over Dublin, Macon County is getting ready for a team that has state championship experience.

Lovett, which beat Lamar County in last year’s Class AA title game, will make the trip to Montezuma on Friday after opening with a 56-21 win over Bremen.

Last year, Lovett was nearly perfect, with its only loss coming in overtime to Washington County. This year, Lovett is 8-3, with losses early in the season to Westminster-Atlanta and Marist, as well as a 14-7 loss Oct. 31 to top-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian.

The Lions are paced by senior quarterback Willie Candler, who has thrown for 1,433 yards this season.

Macon County held Dublin to 6 yards and one first down in the second half last week.

-- Ron Seibel

Signings

CFCA softball player Yemaya Rich has signed with Claflin.

Rich, one of two seniors on the CFCA roster, helped to lead the Lancers to the GICAA championship series. She hit .352 with two home runs and 17 RBI, to go along with 35 strikeouts and a 2.99 ERA in 24 innings of work as a pitcher.

Rich has qualified for Claflin’s honors college.

Veterans’ Kal Dempsey will sign a baseball letter of intent with North Georgia at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the school cafeteria.

Dempsey, also a member of the Warhawks’ football team, batted .373 with two homers last season and is a three-year starter or regular in center.

He will be the 17th Veterans baseball player to sign in the past four years.

Signing on Thursday in the cafeteria are softball players Sierra Stella and Peyton Stallworth, with West Georgia. Stella and Stallworth were members of the Warner Robins American softball team that won the 2009 and 2010 Little League Softball World Series titles.

Houston County’s Emily Hittinger will sign a softball letter of intent with Georgia Regents-Augusta (formerly Augusta State) at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the senior dining room.

-- Telegraph Staff

Note to coaches

Information on college signings should be sent to sports@macon.com and include season and/or career statistics as well as when and where signings are taking places, as well as any other relevant details and stats.

Football coaches and statisticians are reminded to send updated offensive and defensive stats to sports@macon.com by 2 p.m. on Thursday.

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