About the Cover - Paulding High School Baseball


The one constant through all the years, has been Baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Baseball has marked the time. ~ James Earl Jones from “Field of Dreams”

Baseball is part of our history. It’s part of our families and in our hearts. The spirit of the game, the players and fans haven’t changed. Memories are created and the love of baseball is something we are able to pass long to our children and their children; so that in 100 years, baseball will still be America’s game.

To share a game with your family, you don’t have to drive any further than to one of Paulding’s local high schools. Our Town is proud to highlight five talented players from each school. These young men are all seniors, have a great love for baseball, are outstanding athletes and determined to make this season their best yet!


Jacob Cook – #20 – East Paulding High School

Jacob is the son of Tracey and Dale Cook. He has played baseball fourteen years and is a first and third baseman, as well as a pitcher for the Raiders. He is looking forward to this season with his teammates and helping the team go back to State. Jacob received the Georgia Certificate of Merit and has had straight A’s since the 7th grade. He has a 4.0 and is 15th in his class. After graduation, he plans to attend college and play baseball. He is currently undecided, but has a couple of offers.


Josh Frankyln – #27 – Hiram High School

Josh has played baseball thirteen years and is the catcher for the Hornets. As a senior, he is looking forward doing well academically while playing the game he loves with his friends and teammates. After his graduation, Josh will attend Georgia Southern University and will be on the Pre Med track. He is the son of Sonja and Jamie Bryant and Josh Franklyn, Sr.


Nick Colina – #13 – North Paulding High School

Nick has been involved in baseball eleven years, and is an outfielder and first baseman for the Wolfpack. He is very excited about the season and playing with his teammates. They have a great team at NPHS and a real chance at winning the State ring. After graduation, Nick plans to attend Kennesaw State University where he will play baseball, and study Nursing or Pre Law. His parents are Stacey and Jim Colina.


Daniel “Parker” Whittaker – #7 – Paulding County High School

Parker is the son of Raven and David Whittaker. He has played baseball fourteen years and is a shortstop and second baseman for the Patriots. He looks forward to a great season with his teammates and making it to the playoffs. While at PCHS he also played football for two years. In the fall, Parker plans to attend and play baseball at Andrew College where he will major in Marine Biology. His dream is to play in Major League Baseball.


Baley Coleman – #10 – South Paulding High School

Baley is a pitcher and first baseman for the Spartans and has played baseball thirteen years. He says, “We have a special group of guys, [and] a shot to do something special [this season].” Together their goal is a Region Championship then State Playoffs. Also at SPHS, Baley is on “All A” Honor Roll and a LaGrange Scholar. He and his parents, Paige and Darrell Coleman are members of First Baptist Church of Powder Springs. Once he graduates, Baley will attend and play baseball at LaGrange College where he will study Exercise Science.

These players have a busy season ahead of them and we hope you’ll go to a game and cheer them on! Their game schedule is available online at: 

East Paulding High School – http://www.epraidersbaseball.com

Hiram High School – http://hiramathletics.com/baseball

North Paulding High School – http://www.northpauldingwolfpackbaseball.com

Paulding County High School – https://pcpatriotsports.com

South Paulding High School – https://www.southpauldingdc.com/

We appreciate the high school’s Athletic Directors and Head Coaches for sending us these outstanding young men. A special thanks to Coach Tony Boyd and Coach Andrew Deaton from East Paulding for accommodating our shoot location. And, our sports covers would not be the same without David Jones of DavidJonesMedia.com. His artistry and imagination knows no bounds, and we love working with him.