Eagles prove critics wrong

From staff reports

After the North Clayton Eagles football players defeated Riverdale last Friday, they felt pretty good about themselves. Some even said that classmates doubted them and didn't give them a chance against Riverdale.

"They told us all week that we were going to lose to them," one player shouted. "We proved them wrong."

One busy weekend: Clayton County High School sports fans will have plenty of activities to choose from on Saturday, Sept. 25. County championships will be held in both volleyball and softball. Mt. Zion plays host to Starr's Mill in a football game at Tara Stadium, and the North Clayton squad hits the road for a game against North Atlanta at Grady High School.

Aiming high: There's no question about the quality of high school softball this season in Henry County.

Three Henry County teams are ranked are ranked in this week's gasports.com state coaches poll.

Union Grove is No. 9 in Class AAAAA while Stockbridge is No. 6 and Eagle's Landing is No. 9 in Class AAAA.

"It's great getting respect," Union Grove head coach Brian DeBerry said. "The poll is from coaches who see these teams on a regular basis. It says a lot about softball in our county that coaches in the state respect us enough. Everybody says the best softball in Georgia is north metro in Cobb and Gwinnett but Henry County is there with the best of them."

The Henry County Ladyhawks aren't ranked but their head coach, Chuck Campbell, is glad to see the other teams in the county get recognition.

"I think it speaks well for softball in our county," Campbell said. "All the teams here are pretty dang good."

Even though they aren't ranked, the Ladyhawks are still having a solid season as they are 8-5 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-AAAA.

Henry County wins in volleyball: The Henry County Ladyhawks volleyball team beat Stockbridge 25-14 and 25-14 to sweep the match. No other Henry County High School scores were reported.

Led by starters Revisa Denegall, Heather Corn, Jessica Hii, Ashley Kiblinger, Nina Saunders, and Tonishia Wimbish, the Stockbridge Lady Tigers recovered to beat Dutchtown. Dutchtown won the first game 25-20 before the Lady Tigers rallied with 25-18 and 25-12 wins.

Mt. Vernon wins volleyball tournament: The Mt.Vernon Lady Crusaders won the Bible Baptist Open Volleyball Classic Tournament held Aug. 20 and 21 at Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton.

Bible Baptist finished second in the tournament.

Mt. Vernon's Samantha Bailey was named the tournament MVP and Jessica Bailey was named to the all-tournament team. In one game, Jessica Bailey racked up 21 points on serves.

Mt. Vernon is currently undefeated this volleyball season.

Fast Start: The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy volleyball team hasn't let their move to the Georgia High School Association get in its way of winning. In games last week, ELCA's varsity beat Luella 25-7 and 25-11. They also beat Dutchtown 25-4 and 25-7. The ELCA junior varsity team also won twice, beating Luella 25-15 and 25-17, and Dutchtown 25-19 and 25-6.

Passing on school spirit: In last week's softball game between Eagle's Landing and Dutchtown, the Lady Golden Eagles were cheered on by the school's football team, including head coach Bob Stinchcomb, who allowed his team to watch an inning or two while taking a break at football practice.

Unlike most of the football teams in the Southern Crescent, Eagle's Landing was off last week. The squad opens its season at home Friday against Spencer.

Congratulations: Midway through the Union Grove Wolverines' football practice last week, one of the players' parents presented head coach Mike McDonald with a couple of gift baskets. McDonald and his wife celebrated the birth of a son, Kyle, one month ago and this was their way of saying congratulations. The baskets were filled with decorations, baby books and even a newborn T-shirt with the words "UG Wolverines" on it.

(A prep sports notebook will run each Thursday in the Daily. Items will include general information regarding schools in the Southern Crescent. Coaches are reminded to report their scores to the Daily at 770 478-5753 Ext. 280.