Since Raven Smith was three years old, she's been working on her softball game. Finally, on Friday afternoon in the commons area at Alcovy High School Smith's hard work was rewarded as she signed her letter of intent to play softball at the University of West Georgia.
Going winless sums up Alcovy's season. One-and-done coach Duane Kelly is replaced by assistant Mack Hardwick, who plans to grow his team from the ground up as the Tigers begin to rebuild their talent and their reputation.
A win and Alcovy would've clinched the No. 4 seed in Region 2-AAAAAA, but the Tigers weren't able to overcome a struggling Rockdale team and fell to the Bulldogs 25-6. The Tigers are now in a three-way tie with Rockdale and Lakeside for the last spot in the playoffs with the tiebreaker going to Lakeside. Alcovy could still get in with an upset over Lovejoy and both Rockdale and Lakeside losing.
The Alcovy Tigers (1-7, 1-2 region, 2-AAAAAA) hosted a conference game against the Tucker Tigers in what turned out to be a rout, full of big plays. Tucker defeated the Alcovy Tigers 58-0 in what was a mismatch of talent.
It was a slow day at the plate for Alcovy softball in its second-round matchup against Mill Creek, Wednesday, which wasn't enough to support pitcher Kalia Johnson, and wasn't enough to continue the Lady Tigers' season.
The Alcovy Tigers football team has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard for almost two years until Friday night. The Tigers had suffered bad losses in and out of region play, but had played better lately.
The Alcovy Tigers (1-5, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) get their first win of the season in a region matchup against the Lakeside Vikings (3-3, 0-1 Region 2-AAAAAA). The Tigers had not won a game since Friday November 01, 2013. With a 15-12 victory over Lakeside, Alcovy won its first game of the season.
For three of Alcovy's players, Tuesday night would be their last regular season home game at Alcovy. Ricki McKnight, Raven Smith and Kalia Johnson suited up for their home regular season finale against rival Newton no less, and prevailed with a 6-1 victory.
The higher up you get in the sports world, the less likely you are to play multiple positions. It's even less likely that you have to switch from one position to another, although it does happen on occasion. In high school players switch positions all the time, as size plays a huge factor as to how coaches use certain players.
On a damp field with the weather in the mid-60s, Alcovy, looking for its first win in 17 games, gave the 2-2 Lamar County Trojans a huge scare late, but penalties and turnovers plagued the Tigers as they fell to the Trojans, 20-7.
The match to decide the Region 2-AAAAAA softball champion last year came down to county rivals Alcovy and Newton. Alcovy won in a blowout in three innings, and although the win wasn't as big this time, the Lady Tigers still won in convincing fashion, 8-0 in the two rivaling schools first of two games on the season.
Alcovy sent two pitchers to the circle in Kalia Johnson and Tanisha "Skeeter" Williams, and both stifled the bats of Rockdale, as the two combined to give up just one hit in a 8-0 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Alcovy opened region-play much like how they ended it last season – in dominant fashion. The Lady Tigers blanked Tucker 12-0 to begin region play after losing their opening game on Tuesday at Ola, 6-1.