Northside wins first Bear Brawl

January 2, 2013 

Sophomore Darrin Clark scored nine points over a 90-second stretch of the fourth quarter and Northside won its first Bear Brawl with a 77-69 win over Warner Robins in the 20th edition of the annual holiday basketball tournament.

Northside trailed 59-55 when Clark scored the first two of his 13 points with a driving layup at the 5:09 mark of the fourth quarter. Over the next 90 seconds, he added two more layups and a 3-pointer from the left corner. When senior Rodney Levine capped an 11-2 run with a layup of his own, the Eagles led 66-61. Warner Robins pulled no closer than three points the rest of the way.

Northside’s Jarius Smith was named tournament MVP. He scored 17 points in the final, as did teammate and all-tournament selection Robert Davis. Warner Robins guard Juvuan Shine, who also earned all-tournament honors, led all scorers with 27 points in the title game. Carlos Scott (15) and Sam Harris (12) also hit for double figures for the Demons.

Choctawhatchee High School of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., won the girls title with a 72-62 victory over Brunswick.

Local youth ref honored

Local youth soccer referee Keina Crawford of Byron is a finalist for the national young referee of the year award which will be announced Jan. 18 in Indianapolis. Crawford is one of four region finalists. She was tabbed the Region III young female referee of the year on Dec. 17. According to a release from the United States Youth Soccer Association, Crawford began refereeing in 2005 and is currently working toward her Grade 7 designation.

Eagle Classic returns over holidays

The Eagle Classic traditional wrestling tournament made a successful Dec. 21 return after a six-year hiatus, according to Northside wrestling coach Dan Kelly.

“It was a very good turn out,” Kelly said. “We covered all our cost and came out ahead. The interest (in the meet) has greatly been fed.”

Fourteen varsity teams competed after a pair of late withdrawals. Perry and Northside also fielded JV teams to round out the 16-man brackets.

Monticello earned the team title with 163 points, edging the host by three points. Jones County finished third.

Two Northside wrestlers won individual titles. Shaady Hassan earned his third consecutive traditional tournament crown after pinning his Jones County opponent in the title bout of the 126-pound class. Diego Smith (220) also won his classification by pin. Eagles Graham Bolton (113), Clark Hellwig (182), and Ace Hemmer (195) all finished second.

“We’re starting to bring it on,” Kelly said. “We’re not just filling up the classes, but we’re putting a decent team out there.”

Perry also produced several medalists. D.J. Collins won at 171 pounds. Tal Lineberger (120) and Rex Lower (160) finished second.

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