Beyond the Hedges has a lot to cover today, so let's not delay. We had several kids sing along up to play along the way over the last seven days, since it was the Fall Signing Period for non-football sports. Sorry, I ran out of rhymes. Where were we? Oh, yeah...
Chicago Cub reliever and now World Series winner Justin Grimm had himself a pretty good 2016. Reports have had Scott Stricklin bringing in a strong class this past week, though they've yet to announce the full list of signees. (as of the time I write this, so they'll probably post it shortly)
The state's top ranked junior golfer and two-time state champion for the Wesleyan School, Elisa Yang, gives Josh Brewer a strong start to his as of yet incomplete 2017 signing class.
TRACK AND FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY
Petros Kyprianou is bringing in six elite athletes from around the country and around the world to join the Dawgs. On the trails, the men finished third and the women fifth at the NCAA Southeast Regionals for cross country. The National Championships will be in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday at 11.
Junior OF Cortni Emanuel is going to ring in the New Year in Clearwater, Florida with hopes of earning her way on to the US National Team.
Senior Gymdawg Lauren Johnson is joining the Air Force, either after this season or after next if she redshirts (and thank you to all those veterans in the Dawg family). And as the GymDawgs get ready for their upcoming season starting in January, Danna Durante added three new stars for next season.
I told y'all last week that horses get hauled by truck, right? Well, our Horse Dawgs like trucks. Following that W over second ranked Auburn, they'll spend this weekend heading to South Dakota Friday at 10 am for a matchup with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits before staying in the midwest Saturday morning at 11 when they take on Oklahoma St in Stillwater. Meghan Boenig also spent the past week inking eight riders for her future squads.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Jack Bauerle signed seven for his top ranked Swim Dawgs future squads. In the pool, the men and women kept their clean records with a sweep of Missouri. They get a Thanksgiving break before hitting the water again starting December 2nd for the Georgia Fall invitational.
The men split their games over the past few days, and signed a pair of high upside forwards for the 2017 class in Norcross' Rayshaun Hammonds, and the son of former big man Charles Claxton, Nicolas from Legacy Charter School in Greenville, SC. They next take the floor tomorrow night when they host a tough Furman squad in Stegeman at 7 (which should be on the SEC Network if you can't make it).
The women won both their games, against South Carolina State and against Mercer. Head coach Joni Taylor will be on the bench again tonight when they take on BYU tonight at 7 in Stegeman ($1 tickets!), but assistant coach Karen Lange will still be acting head coach as Taylor comes back from giving birth to her first child. Off the court, Taylor has been busy with more than just a baby, having signed two five stars and a top 10 national post player.
And as always, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!