Southeast High School Raiders

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 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • State soccer: Raiders come up a goal short

    GAINESVILLE — Southeast Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team needed at least one break to go its way against Johnson-Gainesville in Tuesday’s Class 4A state semifinals.
    Even when the Raiders believed they had earned a break, they didn’t receive the credit.

    May 14, 2014

  • Lumpkin at SE soccer 1 mlh.jpg Prep boys soccer: Different routes for Dalton, SE

    The boys soccer teams at Dalton and Southeast Whitfield high schools are eyeing a return to the Class 4A state title game.
    But while they share a common ambition, the routes the Catamounts and Raiders must take to reach the championship on May 17 at Kennesaw State University are taking a different turn tonight.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SE signing 1 CW.jpg Prep volleyball: SE libero Paloblanco to Temple

    In volleyball, the libero position is limited to playing on the back row and specializes in defensive contributions.
    Southeast Whitfield High School senior Yasmeen Paloblanco wasn’t limited in what she meant to the Lady Raiders, though, and her ability to excel as a libero is helping her remain on the court as she heads to college.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • harper signing1.jpg Challenges met

    Since he was very young, Southeast Whitfield High School senior Rhett Harper has often had a ball in his hand, with another game to play or a practice somewhere on his calendar.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

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    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