Dalton High School Catamounts

June 14, 2013

Locals will stock roster for Georgia

They will be introduced for Saturday’s Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Boys Soccer Classic as representatives of the Peach State.

But with the exception of one player, it will be Whitfield County’s team.

The Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic series, which features recent high school graduates in battles for border bragging rights, pulls players from up to a dozen counties in northwestern Georgia and as many in southeastern Tennessee for its annual games.

However, 17 of the 18 representing Georgia in this year’s boys soccer game are from either Dalton, Northwest Whitfield or Southeast Whitfield high schools, and they will try to spread the area’s dominance beyond state lines when they take on the Volunteer State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

The boys game follows the girls all-star contest, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

Following the boys game, the Chattanooga Football Club will take on the Knoxville Force at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can watch all three games for $5.

The Chattanooga Football Club match will be a “Pink Out” to support breast cancer awareness. Players will wear jerseys that will later be auctioned to benefit Memorial Health Care System’s MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, and fans are encouraged to dress in the color to show support.

In the boys game, Dalton will have nine players, the most of any school from either side. The Catamounts’ representatives are goalkeepers Raymundo Bahena and Chris Monroig; defenders Marcos Ruiz, Jerry Moreno and Rogelio Mentado; midfielders Andres Barragan, Daniel Palacios and Jose Plaza; and forward Alan Pantaleon. Northwest has five players on the roster — forwards David Perez and Giovanni Aguero, midfielders Cielo Nunez and Christian Perez, and defender Damian Lara — and Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins is also coach of Team Georgia. Southeast Whitfield’s Erik Salaises, a forward, and midfielders Alex Rosillo and Jorge Hurtado are also on the team.

Heritage-Catoosa’s Josh Smotherman, a midfielder, is the only other player on the roster.

“When they asked me to be the coach, I initially sent out an email to all the boys soccer coaches I could think of in Northwest Georgia from the Rome area and on up,” Scoggins said of the process for filling his roster. “I had a couple coaches who sent back which of their players had graduated. Then I sent out a message to all those guys. I think I had 28 names.

“I knew from all those names, we couldn’t keep all 28. They only allowed us 18 slots. So me and (Dalton assistant) coach Jim Wickes decided it would be easiest to bring them in and have a tryout. On that initial day, only 15 guys showed up for the tryout. So we decided to go with those 15 guys and then picked up (three) more along the way.”

Scoggins wouldn’t speculate whether the team would be as stocked with players from inside Whitfield County if more showed up for the tryouts and he and Wicks were forced to cut players. But he admitted there still would have been quite a few area players who made the team.

“Obviously, our local area is very talented,” Scoggins said, “and I would’ve expected it to be well represented on this team regardless.”

There’s a reason for that. Dalton, Northwest and Southeast made up three-fourths of the semifinals field in the Georgia High School Association’s Class 4A state tournament this spring. Southeast beat Northwest 2-0 in overtime in the semifinals, while Dalton beat Spalding 7-0 to set up its finals matchup with the Raiders. Dalton won its second state title via a 5-0 win against Southeast.

From this high school season alone, the 17 players from inside Whitfield County are used to going against one another. The three teams played a combined 10 games among themselves. Dalton, which finished 22-0 and with the No. 1 ranking in eurosportscoreboard.com’s Class 4A poll and maxpreps.com’s national poll, beat Southseast four times and Northwest three times. In three meetings, Southeast beat Northwest twice.

“If you were to put an all-star team together of guys just in this Northwest Georgia area — and throw in Rome and Calhoun, perhaps — and wow,” Southeast head coach Kevin Kettenring said. “Just put them on the field. These guys are exciting. I just think the talent is there.”

The team will practice today for the fourth time since forming. Scoggins said it is a treat to watch players from different schools on the same team.

“It’s been an awesome experience,” he said. “Just seeing these guys go through drills and playing with each other, it has been a really cool thing to see. I have been here coaching against most of them for the past few years, so it’s nice seeing all these guys blend their talents well together.”

Tennessee leads the series 6-1, including a 2-1 win last year.

In the girls match, Dalton’s Ale Salaises and Northwest’s Paige Smyth and Selena Gomez are on the roster for Team Georgia, which will be led by LaFayette coach Whitney Stinson. She will be the first Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic series participant — in any sport — to both play and coach in one of the games. Stinson played for Georgia in the inaugural girls soccer matchup in 2004.

Tennessee’s girls lead the series, 5-1-1, with the lone tie a 1-1 stalemate a year ago.

The annual summer series started this past Saturday with the all-star football game, which Tennessee won 10-7. Tuesday’s basketball matchups were split, with Tennessee’s girls winning 66-57 and Georgia’s boys winning 76-74 in overtime.

Remaining are all-star matchups for baseball (6 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgeland High School in Rossville) and softball (6 p.m. Wednesday at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga).

Stump Martin, the Classics’ creator, was a reporter for the Chattanooga News-Free Press and Chattanooga Times Free Press for 19 years and also was on ESPN Radio’s 105.1 The Zone in Chattanooga. He is managing editor of Friday Night Football Live Tennessee and co-owner of Tennessee’s high school Rivals.com website, TNVarsity.com. He has hosted “Stump on Sports Late Nite,” a live sports television show, for nearly 30 years.

1
Text Only
Dalton High School Catamounts
  • NW at DHS baseball (g3) 1 mlh.jpg Whatever it takes

    Northwest Whitfield High School’s baseball team has been successful this season. But at the same time, no one said success would be easy.
    Several times this year, the Bruins have fallen behind early in the first few innings before answering with a rally to ensure the wins keep coming. On Friday, that formula delivered a Sub-region 7B-4A championship for the second year in a row.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • DHS at SE soccer 7 mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: Unbeaten streak rolls on for Cats

    Replicating the start of last year’s Class 4A state title match, Dalton High School’s boys soccer team needed just four minutes to score its first goal at Southeast Whitfield on Friday.
    The Catamounts scored five more — and again defended their crown of dominance in the sport.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: Bruins power past Cats for key victory at home

    TUNNEL HILL — Similar to Wednesday’s Sub-region 7B-4A baseball series opener at Dalton High School, Northwest Whitfield fell behind early Thursday versus the Catamounts.

    April 11, 2014

  • NW at SE baseball 7   mlh.jpg Prep Baseball: Looking for a leader

    Dalton High School baseball coach Shane Ramsey only needed one word to sum up what he expects from this week’s three-game series with Sub-region 7B-4A foe and intracounty rival Northwest Whitfield.
    “Intensity,” he said. “If you can’t get up for this series, then why are you playing?”

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: Dalton golf teams in form at Fields Ferry

    Even in wet and muddy conditions, both the Dalton High School boys and girls golf teams are sharpening their games at the right time.
    With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled in two weeks, both the Catamounts and the Lady Cats finished second during play at the Fields Ferry Invitational in Calhoun on Monday. Despite the soggy conditions, Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for medalist honors with a 2-over par 74 to lead the Cats to a 313 combined score in the six-play, four-score format. Dalton finished three strokes behind tournament winner LaFayette.

    April 8, 2014

  • Wrestler of the year 2014 2 mlh.jpg All-Area Wrestling Team and Wrestler of the Year: Winning another title was the only goal for Wheeler

    When Dalton High School wrestler Sidney Wheeler won a state title for the first time two years ago as a sophomore, he admitted he became a little complacent about what it would take to replicate the feat — perhaps not noticeably so to most observers, but enough to take success for granted. Wheeler believed it a matter of course that he would win state again, and he thought the second title would simply be the middle child in a high school three-peat.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: Behr finds his stroke in Vidalia

    Dalton High School golfer Allen Behr shot a 3-under-par 69 during the second day of the Indian Invitational in Vidalia to lead the Catamounts to a top-10 finish in the event Saturday.

    April 6, 2014

  • dhs v lafayette baseball1.jpg Out of control victory

    Dalton and LaFayette high schools are on spring break this week, and on Monday their baseball teams’ pitching took a vacation when it came to throwing strikes.
    The teams combined for 14 walks and four hit batters in a Sub-region 7B-4A game at Dalton, although most of the damage belonged to the host Catamounts, who won 5-4 despite their control problems.

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • dhs baseball signing sane1.jpg Prep Baseball: Sane taking his drive to Chattanooga State

    Grant Sane isn’t a player who is concerned with his stats or his individual accomplishments. He is more interested in doing whatever he can do for his Dalton High School baseball team to be successful.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ridgeland at DHS baseball 3 mlh.jpg Sharp enough to win

    Dalton High School freshman pitcher Sam Stepp found himself in a jam a lot during Wednesday’s home game against Ridgeland.
    He always found a way out.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo