If you ever dreamed of seeing some of the best Cedartown football stars from the past thirty years back on the gridiron, you will get your chance this weekend as the Cedartown High School alumni football team will host the Pepperell High School alumni at Doc Ayers Field.
“This will be full contact football,” said CHS Head Football Coach Scott Hendrix. ”We’ve got some great players coming back to play.”
The Big Double A will provide play-by-play coverage of the action from Cedartown High School Memorial Stadium / Doc Ayers Field starting at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
And just a reminder that you will be able to catch the Bulldogs all season long on the exclusive home for Cedartown High School Football, the Big Double A.
The football season may not officially begin until August 29, but the Cedartown High School Bulldogs will be headed down to Douglas County to take on New Manchester in a pre-season scrimmage game.
Cedartown finished the 2013 season with a 9-2 record, one of them a pivotal game against then region foe Gilmer, that thrust them into a fourth seed in the state playoffs, where they were handily defeated by the number one ranked Sandy Creek Patriots in the first round.
Cedartown lost several starters, including star tailback Nick Chubb, who now is now part of Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs. The scrimmage Friday will give the Cedartown Bulldogs some opportunities to get some playing time for their starters and younger players.
A realignment of regions following the 2013-2014 school year has placed the Bulldogs in a smaller, more compact region with familiar foes, including Rockmart, Pepperell, Central-Carroll, and Haralson County.
The Dawgs open the 2014 season at home on Friday, August 29 as they host the Hiram Hornets out of Region 5-AAAAA.
Cedartown City Commissioners honored the Cedartown Recreation Department 14 & Under Girls Softball Dizzy Dean Team Monday night with an official proclamation for winning the 2014 Dizzy Dean World Series.
Both players and coaches of the championship team were on hand for the recognition and city manager Bill Fann echoed with his praises for the softball team and its leadership. (more…)
Members of the Kimoto Tech Friendship Game organizing committee are shown above. They are, left to right, Cedartown City Manager Bill Fann; Kimoto Tech President Miguel Leal; Hideki Komori, Manufacturing and Engineering Technician at Kimoto Tech; Cedartown Youth Baseball representatives Rick Baxter and Steven Nikolopoulus and Kimoto Tech Human Resources Administrator Tania Drain.
Cedartown, Ga. – On Saturday, August 2, the phrase, “Play Ball!,” will bring together two cultures from opposite sides of the globe for a friendly game of baseball.
Twenty children from Japan will make the 15-hour journey from their hometown of Inabe City, Mie, to Georgia to run bases and catch pop-flys with the Cedartown Bulldogs on the baseball diamond at Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Complex.
The 10th Annual Kimoto Cup is being billed this year as the Japan-U.S. Friendship Baseball Game and will be the first time that the game has ever been played on American soil. The game is open to the public and city officials are encouraging residents to attend.
“We would love to see the stands full of Cedartown residents showing support and cheering on both teams,” said Cedartown City Manager Bill Fann. “This event has been a full year in the making. Both the Cedartown team and the Japanese team are very excited to share a fun game of baseball together and learn more about each other’s culture. The City of Cedartown is proud to help host this event and thankful to play a part in it.”
Japan-based KIMOTO Co., LTD and Cedartown’s Kimoto Tech have been the driving force in bringing the game to Cedartown, paying for travel and expenses for members of the Japanese team, along with their chaperones. City of Cedartown officials and Cedartown Youth Baseball representatives have worked with Kimoto Tech over the past year to ensure that preparations have been made to welcome the 11 and 12-year-old guests to Northwest Georgia.
Miguel Leal, president of Cedartown Kimoto Tech, explained that KIMOTO Co., LTD president, Mr. Kazunobu Kimoto, desires to maintain a close relationship with the communities in which the company works and serves. “KIMOTO Co. has a long history of initiating events like this in Japan and other parts of the world. It is Mr. Kimoto’s belief that we share multiple common bonds as citizens in our local communities. There is no better way to express these common bonds than through a friendly series of baseball games and spending time together to share experiences.”
As part of the weekend’s events, Cedartown’s Westside Elementary School will host the Japanese team for a cultural exchange event with local students.
Opening ceremonies for the Kimoto Friendship game will take place at 8 a.m. at the Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Complex, 605 Lynton Drive in Cedartown. The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by Cedartown resident Eli Shaw and Japan’s anthem, Kimigayo, will be performed by the entire All Inabe baseball team.
Distinguished guests speaking during the opening ceremony include Cedartown Kimoto Tech President Miguel Leal; KIMOTO Co., LTD president, Mr. Kazunobu Kimoto; Japan Consulate General Sunaga and State House Representative Trey Kelley.
The first pitch for game one will be thrown at 9 a.m. The first pitch for game two will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Closing ceremonies will include a speech and the presentation of trophies to both teams by Mr. Kimoto, as well as remarks by distinguished guests Dale Tuck, Cedartown City Commission Chair, and Scott McMurray, Director of the International Division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Representing the All Inabe team are players Taichi Ando (No. 3), Yosuke Kadowaki (No. 8), Shotaro Ariyoshi (No. 15), Kenta Hashimoto (No.6), Rui Inden (No. 9), Rinta Nakamura (No. 13), Taisei Sakaeda (No. 5), Takumi Saito (No. 17), Kakeru Mori (No. 16), Masaki Shiratsuchi (No. 4), Tomohisa Tanaka (No. 2), Kota Yamada (No. 12), Ryoga Hirai (No. 14), Yuto Morihashi (No. 11), Taiyo Nakamura (No. 7), Sodai Tadokoro (No. 10) and Yusei Ito (No. 1).
Representing the Cedartown Bulldogs are players Easton Oxenreider (No. 4), Seth Davis (No. 1), Eli Eli Wigley (No. 11), Tyler Gosdin (No. 9), Davis Wagoner (No. 99), Chadriq Neal (No. 21), Caleb Arnold (No. 10), Griffin Elder (No.8), Cleve Jordan (No. 13), Ty Wilcox (No. 1), Will Pilgrim (No. 14), Mason Bennett (No. 22) and Taji Hudson (No. 5).
The already planned Fourth Friday Concert and Cruise-In for Friday night now has a championship flavor as members of Cedartown’s two Dizzy Dean World Championship teams will be honored.
According to city officials, a processional is being organized for the two teams, the Cedartown Bulldogs 16U baseball team and the Cedartown 14U softball team, which will bring them down Main Street from the old Enmark gas station beginning at 6:00 p.m. and end in front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2.
Following the processional down Main Street, city officials will be honoring the players and coaches in front of the courthouse steps for bringing home World Series championships.
The festivities are part of a new series of concerts planned for downtown Cedartown this year.
Organizer Jennifer Hulsey says if you had fun last month, you will certainly enjoy the concert this time.
“If you had fun last time, you’re going to have even more fun this time because we are adding another band,” said Hulsey. “Prior Station will be playing for us and Khaotik will be back by popular demand.”
Those who attend the concert and cruise-in are asked to bring a new toy to donate to the Cedartown United Fund for Christmas in July to help area children.
The classic car cruise down Main and the championship processional will begin gathering at 5:45 p.m. with the cruise down Main and processional starting at 6:00 p.m.
The music fires up at 7:00 p.m. with Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and Galilee Baptist Church youth ministries providing food and drinks.
Despite a subdued offense for much of the Dizzy Dean World Series, the Cedartown 16U Bulldogs fought back in the World Series final in their last inning and completed a walk-off victory over the Ponatauk Thunder 6 – 5 Tuesday afternoon.
Cedartown allowed three unearned runs in the top of the first and did not lead at anytime during the game until the bottom of the 7th inning.
The Bulldogs defeated Ponatauk 9 – 7 on Monday to place themselves in the series final Tuesday.
Congratulations to the Cedartown 16U Bulldogs on their Dizzy Dean World Series win and also to the Cedartown 14U girls on their World Championship in Dizzy Dean softball.
You’re a pretty big deal if you’re a high school junior and Mark Richt stops by to see you three weeks from signing day.
Cedartown High School’s Nick Chubb is a pretty big deal.
He’s likely the state’s No. 1 prospect at running back for 2014.
Richt stopped by Cedartown on Monday in between visits to Walton and Kell high schools, among other places.
“It went good,” Chubb told the AJC. “He came up to see me. We didn’t talk much but he just wanted me to know that they’re interested in me.”
“It always means a lot when a head coach comes by to see you.”
The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder holds early scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Tennessee and Purdue. After proving himself at last month’s RisingSeniors game, Chubb also talked with UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon.
“The last time I talked with (McClendon), he said to consider myself ‘offered,’” Chubb said. “But they haven’t done it officially yet because they’re finishing up with the 2013 class.”
How does Chubb feel about Georgia? “I like Georgia. I like them a lot.”
What about Georgia Tech? “I like them, too. I like every school that is interested in me.”
Chubb said Richt was the first coach to stop by his school during the current NCAA contact period, and that Georgia Tech may be by there later this week.
Chubb plans to make unofficial visits to Georgia Tech on Jan. 20, Alabama on Jan. 26, and Ohio State on Feb. 10.
By Michael Carvell, The Atlanta Journal Constitution