All-Region softball players named for 2-AAAA

November 28, 2012 

Softball coaches for schools in GHSA Region 2-AAAA voted an all-region team recently. Several local players are represented.

Pitcher Savannah Ransom and outfielder Sabrina Doucette of Perry both earned first-team honors along with Veterans infielder Katlyn Winner. Three Warhawks -- Kaylee Albritton, Avery Lamb and Kaelyn Meade -- were named second team as were Mattie Hamilton, Ivey Johnson and Mary Jan Lollis of Perry. Emily Shafer and Courtney Winston of Perry earned honorable mention.

Faith Flanders of West Laurens was the region player of the year. Her teammate Laura Spivey was named defensive player of the year. Brittany Stroud of region-champion Rutland earned honors as the offensive player of the year.

Warner Robins boys counting on defense

The Warner Robins boys basketball team was scheduled to open its season at home Tuesday against county rival Perry. Head coach Jamaal Garman expects to add two or three football players to his varsity roster, but for the most part, the team has been at full capacity throughout pre-season practices.

The Demons feature three seniors: Josh King, Carlos Scott and Juvuan Shine. Shine is a 3-point shooting threat, but Garman said that when the guard isn’t hitting, the team may struggle on offense.

“We’re going to try to get up and down (the floor),” Garman said. “We’re going to have to count on our defense a lot and try to score in transition. ... We’ll play some man-to-man, and we’ll trap out of zone. Whatever it takes to create turnovers.”

Early swim meet results

Several local swimmers won events at a Nov. 16 swim meet hosted by First Presbyterian Day School at Northside Pool in Macon.

Among boys, Lee Thompson of Northside finished first in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. His freestyle time of 51.66 seconds qualified for the state meet.

Casey Hitch of Veterans won the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Kyle Starkey of Veterans won the 200-yard IM. The two also combined with Chris Larramore and Logan Walker to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the girls division, Caitlyn Meece of Veterans won both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. Her teammate Ilse Ballard won the 100-yard backstroke. Zennia Gillis of Northside won the 100-yard butterfly.

Veterans won team victories in both divisions.

In a Nov. 9 meet hosted by First Presbyterian, Warner Robins posted a second-place team finish in both the boys and girls divisions. In the boys division, Brendan Stockwell won the 200-yard IM. He also teamed with Brannon Green, Chandler Green and Skylar Harsson to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. Erin Butikofer won the 200-yard freestyle, and Bekah Morris won the 50-yard freestyle. The two also combined with Haley Talati and Kaitlin Stockwell for a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Starting over

Playing out of 10-team Region 2-AAA, neither the boys basketball team nor the girls basketball team from Peach County qualified for the state playoffs at the end of the 2011-12 season. There’s reason for optimism for both clubs this year. For one thing, Peach County now plays out of a revamped Region 2-AAA that features just seven teams. Only two teams from each division of the new region qualified for the playoffs last year. Girls teams from Carver-Columbus and Southwest-Macon played in the playoffs last season as did the boys teams from Central-Macon and Henry County.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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