Dalton State Basketball On The Road

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - by James Beavers
The Roadrunners load the bus Tuesday afternoon to make the team's first ever road game as a four-year institution.  From left: Coach John Redman, Coach Tony Ingle, and players, Raheem Mosley and Monolito Hamilton.
The Roadrunners load the bus Tuesday afternoon to make the team's first ever road game as a four-year institution. From left: Coach John Redman, Coach Tony Ingle, and players, Raheem Mosley and Monolito Hamilton.

The Dalton State basketball team is ready to live up to its name.  The Roadrunners have hit the road for the first of three games in three states.

Wednesday night’s game will be at the Arthur R. Outlaw Rec. Center on the campus of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. with a 7:00 p.m. CDT tip-off.

The birds then migrate to Clinton, MS. for a Friday night, 7:00 p.m. CDT start.

Belhaven University will be the hosts, but due to problems with the gym at Belhaven, the game will now be played at A. E. Wood Coliseum, also known as The Golden Dome, on the campus of Mississippi College.

The third game will be in Central, SC against Southern Wesleyan University. Tip-off on Tuesday, Nov. 5, will be 7:00 p.m. EST.  A sell-out crowd is expected on Thursday, November 7, for the first home game at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. That game will tip-off at 7:00.

Before leaving Tuesday afternoon, Roadrunner Coach Tony Ingle announced that the starting line-up for Wednesday night’s season opener is set.

“We’ve waited a long time,” Ingle said. “Our players have worked very hard and we are very excited about finally playing someone else.”

They are senior shooting guard Ricky Sears, power forward Raheem Mosley, strong forward Preston Earle, point guard Sean Tate, and 3-man (wing) Demetrius Jacobs.

He’s one of our go to guys,” Ingle said of Sears. A star Alabama junior college player from Decatur, AL, Ingle said the 6’1”, 190 lbs. guard. “I know this town is ready for basketball,” said Sears. “We’re going to give them a show.”

Earle is said to be “an athletic lefty who can do it all.”  The 6’4”, 190 lbs. junior, from Charlotte, NC, played JUCO at Valley Community College in Hickory, NC.  He started 26 games last season, averaging 13 points per game and with a 75.4% free throw percentage.

“He (Earle) has been one of the toughest and hardest working players on this team during practice,” said Ingle. Earle sees the first ever four year team for Dalton State as a competitive group. ”We’re all going to play together,” he said. “We will be trouble.”

The coach calls Mosley a “very tough competitor.” At 6’9”, 205 lbs. and “very athletic”, the Bessemer, AL. native is an excellent rebounder and is good at blocking shots. Mosley played JUCO ball at Marion Military Institute.

Tate is said to be a “true point guard”. Ingle believes the 5’8”. 140 lbs. junior from Sequoyah High in Canton “will be a crowd favorite because of his tenacity on defense, his quickness, and offensive skills.”  As a high school senior, Tate scored 24 points and had five assists per game as the Chiefs completed an undefeated regular season and finished 29-1.

Jacobs is said to be “highly skilled”. The 6’4”, 195 lbs. senior is from Harlem, NY. is, “one of the best individual players on the team.  As a sophomore, he helped Missouri State-West Point to a 31-4 record and a number one junior college ranking.

From the beginning, Coach Ingle stated his intention to recruit players from across all classes. The first year Roadrunners will have three seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores, and three freshmen.

Dalton State players come from six states, but only one local high school graduate is on this year’s team. 2009 Dalton High graduate Caz Cole is a junior. Cole’s father, Lawrence, played for Coach Mel Ottinger’s first Dalton Junior College team.

Dalton State coaches say the opening game opponents will be ready to play. Spring Hill College returns all of the starters from last year’s squad that finished last season with 4 wins and 25 losses. They were just 3 and 15 in the highly competitive Southern States Athletic Conference.

“They’re a very good team,” Roadrunner assistant John Redman said.  And he should know. Redman came to Dalton from the Mobile school. 

One of those returning Spring Hill starters is Coach Redman’s brother, Ben. The 6’2”, 180 pound sophomore point guard is recovering from a concussion and is not expected to play against Dalton State.

Belhaven University battled injuries last season to finish with a 12-18 overall record (8-10 in the conference). The Blazers lost their leading scorer from last season, Jordan Butts, to graduation but return their assists leader. Chris Cofield had 104 assists and 37 steals last season.

Radio play-by-play of 21 Roadrunner basketball games is scheduled to begin with the home opener. The broadcasts will also be available on the Dalton State website and on the Mix 104.5 website. Live stats of Dalton State basketball games are available at www.dsroadrunners.com

Many of Dalton State’s competitors are in the Southern States Athletic Conference. A Pre-Season SSAC poll released this week is as follows:

  1.    William Carey (190)
  2.    Faulkner  (179)
  3.    Emmanuel   (169)
  4.    Martin Methodist   (155)
  5.    Mobile   (123)
  6.    Loyola   (116-Tied)

          Southern Polytechnic   116-Tied)

  1.    Bethel   (108)
  2.    Auburn Montgomery   (96)
  3.    Belhaven   (83)
  4.    Southern Wesleyan   (78)
  5.    Coastal Georgia   (62)
  6.    Spring Hill (43)
  7.    Blue Mountain   (30)
  8.    Brewton-Parker   (27)  

Notre Dame Blanks Merrol Hyde, 7-0

Using speed, ball control and an offense clicking on all cylinders, Notre Dame scored early and often to defeat visiting Merrol Hyde (Hendersonville), 7-0 in an A-AA Region 4 semifinal girls soccer match Tuesday night. The Irish (8-5-4) were led by a hat trick by junior Sofia Olenchek, while Gaby Mullin, Ashley McMeen, Emma Higgins and Liz Ciabattone each scored once. Assists ... (click for more)

State Volleyball Begins Wednesday In Murfreesboro

The ever-exciting state volleyball tournament will begin Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro with action scheduled for four different schools. The Boyd-Buchanan Lady Bucs are Chattanooga's entry in the Class A bracket while Red Bank and Signal Mountain will be competing in Class AA.  Baylor is entered in D-II Class AA. Boyd-Buchanan, 32-14, will face Loretto (31-12) in ... (click for more)

Architect/Contractor Selected By Erlanger For New Children's/Women's Hospital

HKS has been selected as the architect and McCarthy as the construction manager for a new Children’s and Women’s Hospital at the Erlanger campus on East Third Street. The Atlanta team competed against another Atlanta group for the major construction project. Erlanger officials announced Monday that $11.5 million is being set aside in a debt restructuring for the new $30 ... (click for more)

Westfield Charged In Burning, Torture Of Kitten At Cleveland

An arrest has been made in the case of a kitten who was burned and tortured in Cleveland, Tn. At 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Gary A. Westfield, 31, of Cleveland, was placed in custody on a warrant obtained by Lt. Robert Harbison and Detective Matt Jenkins of the Criminal Investigations Division. Westfield was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a Class E felony. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)