Southeast High School Raiders

June 12, 2013

Collins and Bautista shine

Both earn Georgia Player of the Game honors

(Continued)

Aside from Collins, Georgia had four other Whitfield County standouts participate. Northwest Whitfield’s Kaitlin Wade finished with seven points and seven rebounds and Autumn Blackwell, another former Lady Bruin, added seven points and six rebounds. Dalton’s Brooke Thomas chipped in seven points and four rebounds, while Southeast’s Tavi Parris had five rebounds.

“They all played well,” Durham said. “It’s an all-star game. Every few minutes, I’d put four more out there. ... I could’ve let Megan play longer. I could’ve had Autumn Blackwell play more. I wanted to get all the girls in the game as much as possible.”

Durham said Georgia trailed by four points in the waning minutes and missed eight straight free throws.

“They were trapping us in the half court,” he said. “They were getting by with a little of pushing and grabbing. At one point, they had 10 fouls and we had two. ... We just couldn’t buy a basket. It was still a lot of fun.”

Tennessee leads the girls series 7-4 and has won the past four meetings.

In the boys game, Bautista finished with seven points, three rebounds and two assists on his way to being named Georgia Player of the Game. Dalton’s Demond Rucker added nine points and three rebounds, while Rico Mears chipped in six points and six rebounds. Murray County’s Brady Todd added eight points and six rebounds, while North Murray’s Zach Vess tallied two points and six rebounds.

Tennessee, which had won the previous three meetings, still leads the series, 7-4. Six of the 11 games have been decided by five points or fewer.

The series kicked off last Saturday with the all-star football game, which Tennessee won 10-7.

In addition to the basketball and football games, the series will include games for girls and boys soccer (1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga), baseball (6 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgeland High School in Rossville) and softball (6 p.m. on June 19 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, TN-Varsity.com. He has hosted “Stump on Sports Late Nite,” a live sports television show, for nearly 30 years.

Text Only
Southeast High School Raiders
  • 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

  • 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