Dalton High School Catamounts

May 11, 2013

Girls track and field: Three more area athletes place in Albany

Northwest Whitfield’s Shelby Wilson took second place in the 1,600-meter run and Dalton’s Massey Swanson and Caroline Norman both earned top-four finishes in pole vault competition Friday during the Georgia High School Association Class 4A state meet.

All three are seniors on their last trip to Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, where all of the GHSA’s classifications are competing in their respective state meets, which finish today.

Wilson’s time of 5 minutes, 14.20 seconds was seven seconds behind Marist’s Morgan Ilse, who was a wire-to-wire winner.

“She actually ran a very smart race,” Lady Bruins coach Shelley Rickett said of Wilson. “I knew (Ilse) could run a 5:04, but I didn’t tell (Wilson) that because I thought she might get intimidated. So the girl went out and Shelby was in the top six or so and got boxed in. At about 300 meters, she broke out and got right behind (Ilse) and stayed behind her until about 300 meters to go when the girl just started pulling away. ... It was a two-person race until about 300 meters to go.”

Wilson said she was glad Rickett held back the information on Ilse’s personal best because “I wouldn’t have thought I could stay with her.”

It was the fourth state medal — the top eight finishers in each event place — of Wilson’s high school career. She finished seventh in the 1,600 and 800 as a freshman, and she finished fifth in the 800 last season. She’ll compete in the 800 final today after winning her qualifying heat Thursday.

Dalton’s Bekah Houston finished 14th in the 1,600 with a time of 5:41.32.

In pole vault, Swanson was third with a vault of 9 feet, while Norman tied Marist’s Anne Marie Simoneaux for fourth at 8-6. Alexander’s Ashton Matson won with a jump of 10-0, followed by Westover’s Kayla Kirkland (9-6).

Swanson and Norman are the school’s first pole vaulters to place at state, Lady Catamounts coach Pam Brackett said.

“Massey tied Caroline’s school record of 9 feet from last year,” Brackett added. “So they now both have the school record of 9 feet.”

Northwest’s Analeigh Hopkins competed but did not place. The opening height was 8-0, and Hopkins was one of 10 vaulters who didn’t clear it.

Southeast Whitfield’s Wendy Perez finished 13th in the discus at 96-3.

In addition to Wilson, Dalton’s Susan Meinders will compete in the 300 hurdles today, going for her second state title in a row in the event.

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