Sports Columns

September 23, 2013

A Look Ahead: Lady Lions volleyball wants big win on senior night

Christian Heritage School’s varsity volleyball team has its best chance yet this week to show whether the Lady Lions are a strike or a spare.

Wait, that’s a bowling reference.

Nonetheless, the Lady Lions will celebrate senior night Thursday against a school that:

1. Plays three classifications higher than them.

2. Has a winning record this season.

3. Won a state tournament match last year.

Thursday’s contest won’t count against Christian Heritage’s Area 4-A record, but with the visiting team bringing in those kind of accolades, a win could offer the Lady Lions a significant boost of confidence for the regular-season stretch run.

The Lady Lions and Northwest Whitfield will serve it up at 6 p.m. in a match originally scheduled to take place last week. The Lady Lions are 13-5 overall and 2-1 in Area 4-A play. The Lady Bruins are 15-12 and 2-2 in Area 7-4A.

This is a big opportunity for Christian Heritage, which struggled last year in its first season of Georgia High School Association competition, finishing with a losing record. In 2013, the Lions have looked strong under community coach Lisa Donahue and head coach Robin Clement, who are both in their first year in those roles. A win would no doubt be a nice senior-year memory for the Lady Lions’ three members of the Class of 2014 — outside hitter Savannah Roberson, middle hitter Drew Tipton and setter Jessica Seehorn.

However, just as much Christian Heritage is looking for a statement win, Northwest wouldn’t mind spoiling the fun and making a statement of its own. With area tournament play just a couple weeks away, any win and any momentum is a good thing.

Here’s a look ahead at what else is happening in area sports:

• In prep football, Dalton, Northwest and Southeast are still a week away from entering Sub-region 7B-4A competition, while Murray County started its Region 7-2A slate this past weekend, and Coahulla Creek and North Murray did the same in Region 5-3A.

But Christian Heritage starts its Sub-region 6A-A schedule this week on the road against Mount Zion-Carroll.

In Class A football, the GHSA’s power rankings system is used to determine some of playoff teams for both the public and private school postseason brackets, but that doesn’t mean the league standings are irrelevant. Winning a region championship automatically qualifies one for the state playoffs and pushes any rankings anxiety out of the picture.

The road to a Region 6 title starts Friday for the Lions, while the Colts, Indians and Mountaineers all try searching for their first wins in their respective league schedules.

• Moving away from the high school sports world and into local outdoors activities, the Conasauga Bass Club will hold its annual (and free!) youth fishing event for kids and their families on Saturday in Tunnel Hill.

Food and drinks will be provided, but all registrants should bring their own fishing gear for the event.

Registration is required by calling (706) 618-2852 or writing to cbcfishingevent@windstream.net. To learn more about the event, plus get directions to the fishing site, visit facebook.com/events/162725467108053.

You can find more area sports happenings by checking out our Local Sports Calendar at daltonnow.com/events.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. He is looking ahead to next week’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Miami Dolphins and his New Orleans Saints. If you have something you think he should highlight in “A Look Ahead,” write to devingolden@daltoncitizen.com.

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