Tattnall Square’s baseball team likely will go into the GHSA Class A private school playoffs with the No. 1 seed statewide, and the Trojans are now picking up some national recognition, as well.
Tattnall is ranked seventh in MaxPreps’ small-school national rankings.
The poll covers schools “that belong to state enrollment divisions with generall less than 1,000 students.”
Roff, Oklahoma, is undefeated and first.
Wesleyan is No. 16 and Eagle’s Landing Christian No. 20.
The Trojans (21-1) also rank seventh among all teams in Georgia, regardless of size.
The GHSA Class A private school playoffs begin Friday.
-- Ron Seibel
CALLAWAY TOPS AREA FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON ESPN LIST FOR 2016
ESPN’s first ranking of the top 300 football players who will be seniors is out, and has four players from Middle Georgia on it, led by Warner Robins two-way standout Marquez Callaway, listed as a four-star at No. 134.
Houston County’s Darion Anderson is a four-star athlete at No. 156 and Veterans quarterback Logan Byrd is a four-star at No. 180. Upson-Lee defensive lineman David Marshall is also a four-star, and ranked No. 224.
Anderson has committed to Georgia, Byrd to North Carolina and Marshall to Auburn. Byrd originally chose Virginia Tech early in the 2014 last season, but withdrew that last month and picked the Tar Heels earlier this month.
-- Michael A. Lough
Florida State continues to get plenty of impact from Middle Georgia alums.
The latest, joining basketball players Ivey Slaughter of Tattnall Square and Jarquez Smith of Jones County, is pitcher Jessica Burroughs for the Seminoles’ softball team.
The sophomore from Houston County, who is the only Georgian on the 10th-ranked Seminoles roster, is 13-5 with a 2.56 ERA , and a team-high two saves. She has struck out 173 in 136-1/3 innings with 54 walks, and opponents are batting .175 against her.
She fanned 13 in an 8-0 win last month over Colgate, and has won four straight.
Burroughs got no decision after pitching 3-1/3 innings and giving up two runs in the Seminoles’ 3-2 win Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Florida State (39-12) sealed its third straight ACC regular-season title Saturday’s sweep.
-- Michael A. Lough
NOTE TO COACHES
Spring sports coaches are reminded to send playoff information when it’s determined to the Telegraph at email@example.com or 744-4222/4626/4227.
Also, all-region teams should be sent as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org or 744-4222/4626/4227.
Information on signings should include stats and other details, and sent to email@example.com or 744-4222/4626/4227.
Also, nominations for All-Middle Georgia teams for baseball, soccer, golf, tennis and track should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org upon the completion of each team’s season, and include each athlete’s class, comprehensive stats and other relevant information. For track, top five times/distances/heights are needed. Note that nominations are for more than just first team.
-- Telegraph Staff