Things are getting busy in the Classic City, with quite a few sports midseason and others just getting started. That means we have a lot of stuff going on beyond the hedges, which is good since there's nothing happening within them this weekend (bye week) or last weekend either. What's going on, well I'm glad you asked.
The Black defeated Red in the Fall World Series, while Alex Wood and Josh Field's' Los Angeles Dodgers took a 2-1 over Justin Grimm's Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Grimm is the only one of the three pitchers to have gotten game action so far, going an inning and a third giving up one hit and getting one strikeout, but they'll be back on the field tonight at 8 on FS1. And I assume all three former Diamond Dawgs will be available out of their respective bullpens.
Back to current Diamond Dawgs, manager Scott Stricklin is looking at a young, but an increasingly talented team this spring.
CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK AND FIELD
Head Coach Petros Kyprianou named his six captains for the season, seniors Shelby Ashe, Tatiana Gusin, Alex Poursanidis, and Devon Williams, junior Keturah Orji (who barely missed a medal in Rio), and redshirt sophomore (and US Olympic trialist) Kendal Williams. In current action, the cross country team went to Tuscaloosa, where the men and women both finished in the top five of the Crimson Classic. A performance that led Tyler Jones to join Jessica Drop as one of two Georgia runners to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season. They'll hit the dirt again in Fayeteville, Arkansas on October 28th for the SEC Championships.
I like trucks. The VolleyDawgs will be looking for their second SEC win of the season this weekend, playing host to Texas A&M Friday night at 7 before heading down to Gainesville, Florida for an SEC Network televised match Sunday at noon.
Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bishop, GA, the Horse Dawgs will host Tennessee-Martin. Sunday at 10 a.m. New Mexico State will be in Bishop to take on our third-ranked riders.
The Kick Dawgs fell to Alabama in Tuscaloosa last Thursday. And if you want to see them in action at home this year, this weekend is your last chance. Ole Miss comes to the Turner Sports Complex Thursday night at 7, while Sunday is Senior Day against Missouri at 4.
The men and women will both be in the Sunshine State this weekend for ITA events. The men have ITA Southeast Regional Championships starting today in Tallahassee, and the ladies will be down the road in Gainesville starting Friday for the ITA Regionals.
The ladies had their final round in Palo Alto called for rain after spending the weekend sitting sixth at the Stanford Intercollegiate presented by Condolezza Rice (does the winner get a round with the former Secretary of State in Augusta, cause they should?). The men won't return to the course until Halloween, as they begin that week at the Cypress Point Classic in Monterrey, California before heading to Hawai'i the following weekend and the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Maui.
Senior Halle Washington continues to get ready for the Lady Dawgs' season opener November 11th. Meanwhile, the men have been at SEC Media Days. JJ Frazier made first team preseason All-SEC, while Yante Maten made the second team and the Dawgs were picked to finish fourth in conference play. Keep an eye out for SEC Network coverage as Frazier, Maten, and Fox make the rounds. Also, we'll get a friendly, familiar face on SEC Network hoops coverage this winter with Jarvis Hayes joins their game coverage crews. Also, for coaches in and around the state, Georgia will be hosting a "Coaches Day" this Saturday with a 10:30 practice followed by a Q&A session with the staff.
And as always, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!