Dalton State Women Ready To Tee Off

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Dalton State women's golf coach Jim McGrew welcomes his three upperclassmen to campus on Tuesday. From left: McGrew, Rachel Abne, Erika Wardzinski, and Julia McQuilken.
Dalton State women's golf coach Jim McGrew welcomes his three upperclassmen to campus on Tuesday. From left: McGrew, Rachel Abne, Erika Wardzinski, and Julia McQuilken.
- photo by Dalton State
The first Dalton State women’s golfers arrived on campus Tuesday. “This is an exciting time for Dalton State golf,” Lady Roadrunner coach Jim McGrew said as he sees the season beginning to take shape. “It’s been a fun year recruiting all of these athletes and I cannot wait to start the 2014-15 season.”

McGrew welcomed Rachel Rebne, Erika Wardzinski, and Julia McQilken to campus Tuesday. All three are quality players who already have college experience.

Rebne is a 2013 graduate of Heritage High School in Fort Oglethorpe.
The sophomore started her career at Berry College where she was named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All American Scholar. She had an 85.29 average for Berry with two top 10 finishes. 

Wardzinski and McQuilken are juniors. They were teammates at Seminole State in Sanford, Fl. The Lady Raiders have a highly recognized junior college women’s golf program. 

Wardzinski is a graduate of Durant High in Valrico, Fl. She was a 2012 junior college All American and was #5 individually in the 2012 JUCO national tournament.
McQuilken was a two time All American at Riverview High in the Tampa area.
 
Three incoming freshmen will also be key to the 2014-2015 Lady Roadrunners.

Ashley McDonald from Gordon Lee High in Chickamauga was low medialist in the 2014 Class A public schools sectional this spring. Her 70 was even more remarkable considering her recovery from an ACL injury suffered during the softball season last fall.

Caroline Griffin and Taylor Marie Griner are long-time friends from South Georgia. Griffin starred for Tift Area Academy in Tifton and Griner excelled for Colquitt County High in Moultrie. 

Women’s golf will tee off the first season ever on September 15th and 16th at the Coastal Georgia Invitational at the Pine Lakes course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. The fall schedule then includes October 13th and 14th action in the Lee University Lady Flames shootout at Cleveland (TN) Country Club.

The Lady Roadrunners play in the Chic-Fil-A Collegiate Invitational on October 20th and 21st at Stonebridge Golf Club in Rome. The team will finish the fall portion of the schedule on October 27th and 28th in the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship Fall Preview at Savannah Quarters in Pooler, Ga.  

Dalton State athletics will begin competing in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) this season. The Savannah Quarters golf course will host the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in May.

Biscuits One-Hit, Crush Chattanooga Saturday, 12-0

The Biscuits (13-9) brought their bats to work in a major way, thrashing the Chattanooga Lookouts (9-14) in a 12-0 rout on Saturday night at AT&T Field. The shutout was the Biscuits' first of the season, as starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri (1-1) and reliever Buddy Borden combined to one-hit the hapless Lookouts after rain delayed the game's start by 22 minutes. Guerrieri ... (click for more)

UTC Softball Drops Two At UNCG

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team dropped a 9-8 back-and-forth contest and an 8-0 game to UNCG on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. UTC is 27-24 and 6-8 in Southern Conference action. In the first game, the Spartans got on the board with one run during the first inning. With the first hit for Chattanooga, senior Sam Taylor singled through the left side in the top of the third. ... (click for more)

Truck Bursts Into Flames On I-75 Near Tunnel Hill; Traffic At Standstill For Hours

A truck burst into flames after wrecking with another vehicle on I-75 near Tunnel Hill on Saturday afternoon. There were injuries reported in the fiery accident in the southbound lanes. Traffic was at a standstill for several hours. Long lines of vehicles detoured onto Highway 41 into Ringgold. The wreck was just inside Catoosa County, Ga. (click for more)

Representative Jimmy Duncan Endorses Donald Trump For President

Representative John J. Duncan, Jr., one of the most senior Republicans in the House and the only Republican remaining in Congress who voted against the Iraq War today endorsed Donald Trump for president. Rep. Duncan said, “With only four percent of the world’s population, we buy 25 percent of the world’s goods. Every country wants into our markets. We have tremendous leverage ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Settle It With A Vote

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I consider a pretty good authority on what words really mean, defines “freedom” in this way:  “The quality or state of being free: such as, (a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; (b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; (c) independence -- the quality or state of being exempt ... (click for more)