Coahulla Creek High School Colts

January 18, 2014

Dalton swimming claims boys team crown, but Lady Colts’ Stafford makes history

Dalton High School’s boys swimming and diving team did what it has done many times before — won the North Georgia Regionals.

Kathryn Stafford did something that has never been done before at Coahulla Creek.

The Lady Colts junior qualified for next month’s GHSA Class A-5A state swimming meet in Atlanta with a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday at Dalton’s annual invitational meet. She finished in 1 minute, 4.29 seconds, the junior’s personal best for the event and a milestone for the 2-year-old Coahulla Creek swimming program.

“I didn’t expect to see a 1:04 on the board,” Stafford said. “On the last lap, I thought everyone was way in front of me or way behind me. It feels great. I felt like I was going slower than I was.”

In team results, Dalton’s boys earned 198 points to defeat second-place Holy Innocents’ 180 and the rest of the 16-team field.

Rome (142) finished third, followed by Pace Academy (93), Cam-bridge (92), Rockdale County (89), Heritage-Catoosa (44), Woodland-Bartow (36), Adairsville (35), Haber-sham Central (25), Northwest Whit-field (21), Ringgold (19), Jefferson (18), Calhoun (18), Blessed Trinity (16), Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (15) and Coahulla Creek (6).

In girls competition, Blessed Trinity (199) won, with Rome (172) in second and Cambridge (171) third.

Jefferson (105) finished fourth, followed by Woodland (75), Pace Academy (67), Dalton (64), Rockdale County (41), Northwest (25), Adairsville (21), Cass (15), Coahulla Creek (14) and Habersham Central (7).

Stafford shaved more than three seconds off her time of 1:07.35 from the preliminaries, where she finished third to enter the “A” final with the fastest six swimmers. A member of last year’s inaugural Coahulla Creek team, coach Todd Gas noted Stafford as possibly the best swimmer even before the Colts and Lady Colts ever competed.

He was happy to see her finally qualify for state and give the program a boost.

“She just swam out of her mind,” Gas said. “We’re so happy. She has been working her tail off. ... It’s just exciting to have our program go to that level and to have a swimmer know what it’s like (to go to state).”

While teams have a few meets left to qualify for the state meet starting Feb. 6, this year’s North Georgia Regionals also was about re-establishing dominance for the Dalton boys. Last season, the Catamounts won the Class A-5A boys title for the program’s second state championship.

This year, after the graduation of seven-time individual winner Taylor Dale and three-time champion Person Scarborough, Dalton hasn’t been invincible. The Cats lost 88-81 on Tuesday at Rome.

But they led throughout Saturday’s finals.

“That (loss to Rome) was both humbling and motivating,” said Dalton’s Ethan Young, who broke North Georgia Regionals records with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:45.49) and 100 butterfly (50.79). “It shows the younger kids that, yes, we won state but can still be beaten. From that aspect, we’re trying to use that a motivation going into state.”

Young also joined Taylor Mathis, Austin Richard and Tanner Storey in Dalton’s victorious 200 medley relay (1:41.72) and Sean Lee, Mathis and Alan Trejo in the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:22.80). Mathis won the 50 freestyle (22.26) and 100 backstroke (52.85).

Northwest didn’t have any individual winners but coach Mart Hannah was happy with the team’s performance.

“A lot of our swimmers cut down on their times,” Hannah said. “We had a lot of people (five) qualify for the finals here.”

Lane Bramble broke two Northwest records with swims in the 200 freestyle (2:07.84) and 500 freestyle (5:49.90).

While he didn’t make Saturday’s finals, Gas said Alex Jarjoura 24.82 in the 50 freestyle was his best and another bright spot for Coahulla Creek.

1
Text Only
Coahulla Creek High School Colts
  • 7on7 championship game6.jpg Bringing in the best

    When high school football coaches look for events to take their teams to during the summer, they are looking for three things — top competition, organization and hospitality.
    For The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship, the Dalton community and local business leaders take care of the latter. The tournament officials work tirelessly to provide the organization. And the two combined assure the top competition will show up.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • s-CCHS softball 8.jpg On a mission

    The local girls who visited the Dominican Republic last week on a mission trip through Score International tell a matching story.
    Toward the end of a visit to Pasitos de Jesus, a girls orphanage in Boca Chica, the children began singing the Gospel song “Mighty to Save” to their visitors.
    “It sent chills down your spine,” said Kala Franks, a rising senior at Coahulla Creek High School. “I felt they were ministering to me rather than us ministering to them.”

    June 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • NW softball state championship file 1 mlh.jpg In the lineup again

    When Northwest Whitfield repeated as the Georgia High School Association Class 4A softball state champion last fall, that appeared to be the last time the majority of the Lady Bruins’ senior class would be teammates on the diamond.
    Now, thanks to the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic, five of those six seniors will reunite to play together one more time.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round

    Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.

    June 18, 2014

  • Isabel Salinas 5 mlh.jpg All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age

    Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
    One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.

    June 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • s-Foxx file 1 mlh.jpg Creek’s Champ

    Before there were any attempts in the high jump finals Thursday at the Class 3A boys track and field state high school meet at Jefferson High School’s Memorial Stadium, there was some trash talking.
    Coahulla Creek assistant coach Eric Bishop said one of the competitors approached top-seeded Josh Foxx, a Coahulla Creek junior, and told Foxx he was about to run into a wolf.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Good day sends Dalton boys to state golf tourney

    With a spot in the Class 4A state tournament on the line, Dalton High School’s golf team put together one of its best rounds this season on a course coach Hunter Johnston said was as demanding as any the Catamounts had played this year.

    May 6, 2014

  • cchs v st pius boys tennis3.jpg Can’t win ’em all: Colts fall to St. Pius X

    VARNELL — Just as in other matches this season, there were handshakes and hugs awaiting the members of Coahulla Creek High School’s boys tennis team as they walked off the court Monday.
    Unfortunately for the Colts, this time they were of the comforting rather than the congratulating variety.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hopkins sisters 2 mlh.jpg Sectionals for sisters

    TUNNEL HILL — When you consider all of the hours of practice, all of the years of gymnastics training and the physical demands of being a cheerleader, the last word you would expect to hear an athlete use to describe herself is “lazy.”

    April 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Creek girls fall short at Oconee Co.

    In 2013, Coahulla Creek’s girls high school tennis team saw their season end on the road at Oconee County in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.
    Friday in the second round of this year’s tournament, the Lady Warriors again were the team to end the Coahulla Creek season, taking a 3-0 win in Watkinsville. But coach Matt Facey hopes the second-round loss means the Lady Colts will advance at least to the state quarterfinals next season.

    April 26, 2014