Dalton High School Catamounts

February 8, 2014

DHS swimmers in shape for strong finish at state



Dalton boys 2, Lassiter 0: Isai Hernandez scored in the 24th minute with an assist from Pepe Gardea as the Catamounts won a scrimmage at Harmon Field. Javier Rodriguez made it a two-goal lead in the 58th minute with an assist from Luis Vecerra.

Dalton coach Matt Cheaves said the Cats, who won the Class 4A state title last season, controlled the game and held their opponents without a shot on goal. Dalton took 15 shots on goal.

Lassiter finished 18-1 in Class 6A and lost in the first round of the state tournament last season after holding a No. 1 ranking in the classification in the eurosportscoreboard.com poll.


• Five local wrestlers earned spots in the state tournament with their performance at the Class 4A West sectional Friday at Fayette County High School.

Dalton’s Dylan Carlile (132) and Sidney Wheeler (182) each won their only two matches of the day and will advance to state regardless of what happens today at the tournament.

Southeast’s Omar Ruiz (120) and Austin Allen (182) also each won their only two matches and earned spots in the state tournament. Like Carlile and Wheeler, they are in the sectional semifinals.

Southeast’s Tyler Brown (145) won his first match but lost his second and must win today before losing two matches to advance to state. The Raiders’ Dylan Burch (152) lost twice and was eliminated from the postseason.

Northwest’s Blake Hayes (113) won his only two matches and earned a spot at state. The Bruins’ other six sectional qualifiers — Bryan Gembe (106), Justin Palmer (120), Austin Taylor (152), Jordan Pittman (170), Jordan Lewis (195) and Michael Robles (285) — split their two matches and must win once today before losing twice to qualify for state.

Sectional qualifiers from other locals schools will compete today, with Morris Innovative and Murray County at the Class 2A West sectional at Bremen High School and Coahulla Creek and North Murray at the Class 3A West sectional at Sonoraville High School.

Wrestlers who finish in the top half of their field at sectional events advance to next week’s state tournament in Duluth.

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Dalton High School Catamounts
  • NW_DHS Swimming 6 mlh.jpg Todd leaving DHS swim after 16 years

    Throughout his 17 years with the Carpet Capital Aquatic Club and his 16 years with the Dalton High and Dalton Middle School swim programs, Charles Todd has received looks and offers from other areas.
    But with his youngest child Chase still in school and his wife playing a major role in the Whitfield County Division of Family and Children Services, Todd wasn’t looking to make a move.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

  • Wil Cushman 3 mlh.jpg Cushman’s gamble is paying off

    Wil Cushman never had to worry about establishing his high school’s swimming and diving program. Dalton already had a full roster and championship history.
    His first two years at Birmingham Southern University, though, have been all about making sure the beginning wasn’t the end.

    June 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

  • poty seth.jpg All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year

    As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carlile signing 3 mlh.jpg Carlile gets a chance to grind

    As Dylan Carlile saw more and more of his peers receiving offers from college wrestling programs, he became nervous.
    The Dalton High School grappler had nothing to worry about, because when the time came, he had his choice.

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • daltongirls.JPG Dalton girls finish second in Class 4A

    In the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last year, the Dalton High School team finished third at Nob North Golf Course. Monday, playing in the state championship at Waynesboro Country Club, the Lady Catamounts finished second by just two strokes.
    “There is just one more place left to win,” Dalton coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “They have the time ahead of them to do it.”

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • dhs bass signing1.jpg Nelson keeps a tight line

    Multiple high school athletes from the area sign scholarships each year for baseball, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and many other sports.
    Bass fishing scholarships? There aren’t many of those.

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo