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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.


Anonymous said...

seth if you decide to cover an early season road baseball game for the dawgs they play in Greenville March 2nd against Furman at the dtown minor league stadium flour field (which is an amazing ball park, scaled down replica of Fenway) my wife and i live just a couple minutes walk away. Give us a shout and come tailgate for the game with me and a few of my UGA buddies. First beer or 12 is on me

Seth Emerson said...

Thanks for the offer. I probably won't be able to make that trip because of basketball, but I've been to Flour Field a few times. It's a great little park modeled after Fenway. If any UGA fans out there haven't seen it I'd recommend trying to get to the game.

Robert said...

How about the undefeated softball lady dogs at 5-0 and ranked 3rd in the nation. About the only UGA sports team accomplishing anything, well maybe except equestrian.

Anonymous said...

You da man Seth! Thanks for keeping up with the other sports that we non-Johnny come lately fans follow.