Seniors dominate all-Houston County volleyball team

Sun News correspondentDecember 5, 2012 

Five seniors and a junior earned first-team honors on the 2012 all-Houston County volleyball team as selected by The Sun News. Northside head coach Jessica White was tapped for coach of the year honors after leading the Lady Eagles to their best season ever and a berth in the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Aspen Coggins of Veterans earned a spot as the team’s setter. She helped the Lady Warhawks to the Area 1-AAAA title and a berth in the state quarterfinals. In addition to her assist duties, Coggins produced 49 aces. Bobie Wilson of Northside is the team’s libero, or defensive specialist. A Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-star, Wilson averaged 5.8 digs per game.

The team’s four hitters are: Jada Everett of Warner Robins; Courtnee Golfphin of Northside; Jalyn Slaughter of Veterans; and Sierra Woodman of Houston County. Everett earned all-Area 2-AAAAA honors. Golphin also was an all-area selection. She also averaged 2.7 kills per game. Slaughter, the team’s only junior, was the Area 1-AAAA player of the year and finished the season among Georgia’s leaders in kills per game. Woodman averaged 2.2 kills and 2.3 digs per game. She also served 55 aces.

Several players earned honorable mention, as well. Viviana Garcia, Meagan Clark and Sydnie Hicks represent Houston County. Porsha Wilson and Jasmine Pennyman of Northside had strong seasons. At Perry, Debbie Velasquez led an improved squad. Veterans netters Erin Byars, Chloe Webb and Lauren Proulx all played roles in the Lady Warhawks’ success. Transfer Megan Hill and senior Christina Murray helped Warner Robins get back to the state playoffs.

Running site names all-stars

Several local harriers earned honors as members of the “South of the Border” all-star team. On the girls side, Megan Asadian of Houston County and Abby Booth of Perry were named first-team. Josi Giovinazzo of Veterans was second team while Bethanie Bailey of Veterans and Valerie McClure of Westfield merited honorable mention. Former Veterans and current Mary Persons runner Anna Leigh Nix was tagged as the runner of the year.

For the boys, Clay Woolfolk of Veterans was named first-team. Perry runners Jimmy Mehserle, John Weaks and Jackson Reid earned second team while Nick Wilcox of Warner Robins received honorable mention.

Finishing strong

The Veterans girls basketball team recorded victories in its first two games of the season. Both wins came over teams from a higher classification.

The Lady Warhawks opened with a 45-41 win over Jones County on Nov. 27. Veterans followed up with a 53-41 win over Houston County on Dec. 1.

The second half was good to Veterans in both games. The Lady Warhawks were up two at halftime in one of the games and tied in the other. From there, Veterans outscored its two opponents by a combined 16 points in the second half.

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