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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Catching up with the "other" sports

Football, and to a lesser extent, men's basketball drive the gravy train at Georgia and on this blog. But here and there we hope to update you on how the Bulldogs are doing in the other sports.

So here's a little bit of what you need to know on what's happening elsewhere with Georgia sports:

Women’s basketball

The Bulldogs are 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the SEC. They sit alone in second place in the SEC, three games being unbeaten Tennessee and a game ahead of Kentucky and Vanderbilt. (The SEC doesn’t split divisions in women’s basketball, but the first five teams are all from the East.)

Georgia is doing it with a team effort: Sophomore guard Jasmine James is the team’s leading scorer with 11.9 points per game, while senior forward Porsha Phillips is averaging a double-double (10.6 ppg, 10.3 rebounds).

Their next win will give Andy Landers his 26th season of 20 or more wins.


The GymDogs are 2-2 in SEC meets, and coming off losses to Arkansas and Florida. (Earlier they beat Auburn and Kentucky.)

They started the season by winning a quad-meet in Denver, then fell to Utah and beat West Virginia.

Senior Cassidy McComb has led the way this season with 11 individual titles, three in the all-around and four on the beam.

Freshman Lindsey Cheek and sophomore Shayla Worley each have five indivual titles; Cheek has three on the vault and Worley has four on the beam.

Swimming and Diving

The SEC championship meet starts Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. The Bulldog women have the best chance of making an impact, as they’re the defending league champion and are ranked second in the league this year.

Junior Wendy Trott (who is from South Africa) is looking for her third straight league title in the 1,650 freestyle, and is also the favorite in the 500. Sophomore Megan Romano is the favorite in two events (200 freestyle and 100 backstroke).

The Georgia men, who are ranked No. 10 in the league, are headlined by Mark Dylla, who is seeking his fourth straight 200 butterfly title.


Friday marks the season opener for Georgia, which will play a three-game series at Stetson.

Junior outfielder Zach Cone was named a second-team preseason All-American by Baseball America. Cone led the team last year in batting average (.363), home runs (10) and RBI (53).

Cone and junior pitchers Michael Palazzone and Cecil Tanner were also ranked among the top 100 college prospects for the June MLB draft. Baseball America pegged Cone at No. 40 on that list, Palazzone at No. 80 and Tanner at 95.s

The team’s home opener is Feb. 23 against Furman.


(Sorry, I forgot this team had already started, so thanks for a loyal reader for pointing that out.)

The Bulldog softball team is off to a 5-0 start, after sweeping its weekend tournament. Head coach Lu Harris-Champer is ranked third in the nation.

Senior first baseman Brianna Hesson is hitting .400 with three homers and six RBI. Freshman pitcher Morgan Montemayor is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA.


T-Dawg said...

Seth - thanks for the update on these sports. Tough to find out info on many of these on a regular basis. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Football is #1 by a mile and it's getting worse every year. 10 wins to 9, to 8 to 6 wins.

Middle Georgia Dawg said...

Thanks for bringing us up to speed on all the other bulldog happenings. Hard to believe that baseball is already getting started. Spending a weekend afternoon at Foley Field was one of my favorite Spring activities during my time in Athens.

Looking forward to good things from our Spring sports...especially hopeful for an improvement on the diamond. I'd also love to see Andy Landers finally get a title. Of all the coaches out there, he's hands down the most deserving of a title among those who still lack one.

Dawgfan17 said...

Thanks for the update. Love football the most but cheer for the Dawgs in all sports!

CSA said...

Thanks, Seth!

Can you please break some news about the defensive coach opening? The suspense is killing me!

Seth Emerson said...

CSA, I'd love to "break" something on that, but that's Grantham's hire, so there's very little chance anyone's going to have any legit names on that until it happens.

Anonymous said...

The Mens Swim Team is ranked #10 in country, not in the league.