Northside senior Bobie Wilson was selected to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-star volleyball tournament Nov. 10 at Woodward Academy in College Park. A standout libero, or defensive specialist, Wilson topped GHSA Class AAAAA in digs and dig average, according to player statistics at ga.prepcountry.com. She began playing the game just four years ago. As an eighth grader, she witnessed a demonstration by Northsides varsity and got hooked.
It was the only sport I wanted to do by myself, Wilson said. My parents didnt have to say, Go do this. I wanted it on my own.
Wilson helped the Lady Eagles (25-19) to their best season ever. Northside finished third in Area 2-AAAAA and earned a state tournament berth.
I want volleyball to grow in Warner Robins and all of Middle Georgia, Wilson said. I want kids to play volleyball and have fun and have a career.
Asadian tops at Region 2-AAAAA
Megan Asadian of Houston County earned her second consecutive individual cross country region title by topping the field at the GHSA 2-AAAAA meet Saturday at Wildwood Park in Columbia County. Asadisan finished the 5-K event in 19:36 and was the only runner in the girls field to run under 20 minutes. Her effort also helped the Lady Bears qualify for the state meet Nov. 10 in Carrollton. Autumn Johnson-Glynn, Madison Defoor, Kaylie Hanks and Aamanya Ravel also ran qualifying times for Houston County.
Lakeside won the region meet followed by Evans, Greenbrier and then Houston County. Northsides girls finished fifth, just six points back of Houston County. Led by Peyton Raley, each of Northsides top five runners finished between 14th and 29th overall, but that proved too little to offset Asadians standout performance.
The Warner Robins boys team also qualified for the state meet with a fourth place finish in Augusta. Lakeside, Greenbrier and Evans finished first, second and third, respectively. Nick Wilcox, Jeremy Karch, Joshua Spalding, Jacob Karch and David Gilbert posted qualifying times for the Demons.
Toney Martin and Romel Jordan earned top twenty finishes for Northside, which finished fifth.
Perry boys, Veterans girls win
The Perry boys and Veterans girls cross country teams each earned region championships at the 2-AAAA meet Thursday in Forsyth.
In the boys meet, five Panthers -- Jackson Reid, Jimmy Mehserle, John Weaks, Tyler Claxton and Jake Parker -- finished in the top 10 as Perry posted a winning score of 28 points. Veterans finished second, followed by Mary Persons and West Laurens. Clay Woolfolk of Veterans finished second overall. Kyle Hesketh, Michael Rowland, Grant Premo and Ryan Bennett also posted qualifying times for the Warhawks.
The Veterans girls earned their second consecutive region title in convincing fashion, as well. The Lady Warhawks also saw their best five finish in the top ten: Bethanie Bailey; Josi Giovinazzo; Emily Hood; Autumn Wasden and Lia Hovezak. West Laurens, Perry and Mary Persons finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Perrys best five were Abby Booth, Emily Reid, Sarah Whiddon, Rebekah Wood and Haylee Williamson.
Peach boys and girls advance
The boys and girls cross country teams from Peach County each earned second-place finishes at the Region 2-AAA meet Oct. 31 at Pike County. In the process, both earned the right to participate in the Class AAA state meet this weekend at Carrollton. The Peach County girls team consists of: Claire Story; Katrina Rouse; Alaze Stephens; Dasia Hillsman; Courtney Small, Alexia Green, and Kianna Huston. The boys team is James Worsham, Darrell White, Daniel Echeverria, Chayan Galan, Wesley Briscoe, Jacob Singletary, and Joshua Dennis.
Pike County finished first in both the boys and girls divisions.