October is here, and the weather is starting to impact plans across the southeast. And with a couple Georgia athletic teams slated for the Palmetto State this weekend, a few games have already been redirected towards old Athens town. Which ones? Well, I'm glad you asked.
The Spike Dawgs were scheduled to be in Columbia Friday night, but will instead play at Ramsey at 7. They also host LSU Sunday in Stegeman at 1:30. Hopefully this weekend we won't be as generous hosts as we were last weekend, sending Alabama and Auburn home with 3-1 victories each.
The Horse Dawgs weren't as kind to the visiting Tide this weekend, sending them back to Tuscaloosa 9-1 losers in the exhibition match. They have also got a scheduled match this weekend in Blythewood, SC Friday at 2 p.m. Unlike with volleyball, plans for that meet have yet to be announced but one imagines it's unlikely to be held in the South Carolina Midlands area.
Men's hoops was able to start practice over the weekend, and instead of utilizing a home football weekend to get a crowd just sat around and enjoyed the scenery. They also announced TV times for games with Clemson, Furman, La-Lafayette, and Charleston Southern. The Lady Dawgs also began their preseason preparations on Tuesday, with their opening game set for November 11th.
Dirt Road Dawgs raced around Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, with the men finishing 10th and the women 13th at the Paul Short Run. Freshman Jessica Drop did well enough to warrant her second SEC Freshman of the Week honors after just three career meets. They'll be in Tuscaloosa next weekend for their final regular season meet before the SEC Championships at the end of this month.
The Kick Dawgs fell at Arkansas on Friday 2-1, but keep striving for their first conference win with a trip to Florida Thursday night at 6 and then coming home to host LSU Sunday at 2.
First pitch will be against the College of Charleston on February 17 in Foley Field, with 33 homes games throughout the season for the 2017 Diamond Dawgs.
Georgia sent a pair to the Wake Forest Invitational, and they worked their way through the field to each other in the finals before junior Laura Patterson and freshman Marta Gonzalez played nice and shared the title. They also made the finals as a doubles pair, but fell to two from Duke. Georgia also has a pair of doubles pairs in California at the Riviera All-America Championships, and they are both still advancing through the field. The men are out in Tulsa at their 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships,where junior Wayne Montgomery is the only Dawg still alive.
Now to the links, aka the good stuff for us sausage lovers. Oh, these links? My mistake, but they're still good. That link shows the men finished third at the Nike Invitational Tuesday down in Ft. Worth, Texas. Senior Jamie Lopez Rivarola led the way for Chris Haack's men, finishing t6th individually. Josh Brewer's ladies spent the weekend up in Chicago defending their title from last year's Windy City Collegiate Championship. And defend it is exactly what they did, finishing four strokes ahead of second place finisher Stanford. Senior Harang Lee and sophomores Jillian Hollis and Bailey Tardy all finished in the top 10 inidividually. Individual runner-up Tardy, from Peachtree Corners, now has 9 top-5 finishes in her 15 career events with Georgia.
And as always, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!