Perry, Northside wrestlers advance to state

January 9, 2013 

Amidst what Northside wrestling coach Dan Kelly called a “very intense” atmosphere, Jones County topped Northside 42-31 in the championship match of the Area 2-AAAAA duals Jan. 5 at Jones County HIgh School.

The finals hinged on the very first bout when Northside’s 106-pound wrestler Javon Ross was disqualified for pushing his opponent off the mat. That came moments after Ross had executed what Kelly called a “perfect head and arm” maneuver that landed his opponent hard on the mat and in danger of being pinned. Unfortunately for Ross and Northside, the move was ruled illegal, although Kelly called it “one of the best I’ve ever seen.” Instead of six points for a pin, the Eagles lost six points due to the forfeit. The 12-point swing was enough to swing the balance of the match.

“I was upset that we didn’t win,” Kelly said.

Northside did produce four wrestlers who went 5-0 in the dual format: Shaady Hassan; Kalob Willis; Tony Martin and Clark Hellwig.

There was less drama in the Area 2-AAAA tournament at Perry on Friday where West Laurens defeated Perry in the final. The Raiders won every bout against the runnersup.

“They are loaded,” Perry head coach Randy Moss wrote in a text message.

Perry and Northside both qualified for the state duals in Macon this week, however. In Class AAAAA, Northside will face Flowery Branch in the 16-team, bracket event. Perry drew Cairo as a first round opponent in Class AAAA.

Warner Robins boys, Veterans girls win holiday tournament

Warner Robins freshman Marquez Callaway earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors, and the Demons won the third annual Veterans Holiday Tournament with a 72-66 upset win over previously undefeated Rutland Dec. 29.

Rutland trailed most of the basketball game but forged ahead 65-64 with 1:42 remaining in the game on the strength of six consecutive made free throws. Callaway responded with a 3-point shot from corner at the one minute mark. Warner Robins senior Carlos Scott then scored five unanswered points as the Demons closed out the win.

Demons Juvuan Shine and Sam Harris were also named to the all-tournament team, as was Perry’s K.J. Smith. The Panthers finished third.

On the girls side, the hosts won the tournament for the first time with a 33-30 win over Rutland. Senior Aspen Coggins sank a pair of free throws in the game’s final minute to seal the victory. Coggins and Kerregan Poe-Cochran were named all-tournament. Veterans junior center Jalyn Slaughter was the tournament M’VP.

Free throw contest

The local Knights of Columbus annual free throw contest is scheduled for Saturday at the activity center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Davis Drive. The event is open to children ages 10 to 14. Jan. 1, 2012, is the age control date.

Registration begins at noon with the contest to begin at 12:30 p.m. There is no fee to compete. Participants age 10 and 11 will shoot from a 12-foot line. Those 13 and 14 will shoot from the regulation line.

All participants will receive a certificate. Age group winners will advance to district and then perhaps to the state finals. The event contact is Dat Lee at 442-7884.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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