Westfield student home after heart surgery

January 23, 2013 

The Westfield School student who had heart surgery Jan. 15 after collapsing during a varsity basketball game returned home on Friday.

“He’s getting better every day,” Trey Moody said Monday of his son, Tucker.

He added that Tucker should be cleared to return to school “soon.”

Tucker Moody, 15, collapsed after asking to be removed from the Hornets’ Jan. 10 home game with Crisp Academy. He stopped breathing and had no pulse, according to Crisp Regional Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Sheila Southerland.

Southerland stayed for the boys game after watching her daughter play for the Crisp Academy girls’ team. She was called to the floor by the Crisp Academy assistant coach. Southerland said she performed “about 30” compressions of hands-only CPR before Moody’s heart began beating again.

Moody had surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He’ll follow up with a cardiology group in Macon, according to his father.

“We’re thankful for all the prayers and well-wishes we’ve been receiving,” Trey Moody said. “It’s just been overwhelming.”

Perry wins county duals

Buoyed by a strong performance at the GHSA state wrestling duals last week, Perry swept the local competition and won the 2013 Houston County duals Saturday at Veterans High School.

Save for its match with defending county champion Veterans, which wasn’t decided until the second-to-last bout, Perry dominated. The Panthers opened with a 63-12 win over Houston County. Then, after an open session, Perry took down Northside (49-18), Veterans (42-30) and Warner Robins (69-12) in succession to claim its second county title and first in at least a decade, according to head coach Randy Moss.

Six Perry wrestlers went 4-0 on the day: Tal Lineberger; Cody Eakins; Rex Lower; Jake Adams; D.J. Collins and Sean Swann. Because of the team’s depth, Moss was able to mix his lineup to create favorable match ups.

“You’ve got to have tough, hard-nosed kids that aren’t bothered to wrestle up,” Moss said. “You’ve got to have quality depth.”

Last week at the Class AAAA state duals, Perry placed in the top eight after finishing 2-2 in four matches.

In the final match of the day, Northside defeated Veterans for second place.

Wallace State signs two locally

Wallace State Community College out of Hanceville, Ala., has signed two local athletes to scholarships. On Jan. 9, Houston County senior Dalton Carriker signed on to play baseball. Then on Jan. 10, Northside’s Courtnee Golphin committed to the Wallace State volleyball program.

Carriker said the college decision was a serious one, and he’s glad to have it out of the way as he prepares for his senior season at Houston County. He said he looks forward to playing for Wallace State’s highly regarded head coach Randy Putman. According to the school’s website, Wallace State has made 22 trips to the post-season in Putman’s 23 years. In that time, he has coached the likes of professionals Derek Holland and Craig Kimbrell.

“(Putman) had a big impact on my decision,” Carriker said.

The son of Trent and Patti, Carriker lettered in his first three seasons at Houston County. While helping the Bears to the state playoffs last year, Carriker hit about .350 while playing second base and shortstop. He expects to play middle infield at Wallace State as well and is eager for the opportunity. “As a baseball player and an athlete, taking that next step is a big one,” he said. “That’s what motivates you.”

Carriker expects to follow a pre-med course of study.

Golphin became the first Northside volleyball player to sign a college scholarship when she joined up with Wallace State during ceremony at the high school. The Lady Eagles outside hitter was instrumental in helping the team to its inaugural state playoff berth. She averaged 2.7 kills and 1.8 digs per game.

“I’m gonna miss my team,” Golphin said. “Now I have to meet new teammates and try to continue to grow from there.”

Golphin said the decision to sign with Wallace State surprised even her. She recently went to a tryout with the school but had no expectations when she arrived.

“I didn’t want to sign in the beginning, but then I saw the campus,” Golphin said.

She added that the academic structure fits her desire to pursue a career in law enforcement and crime scene reconstruction. The Wallace State staff was equally pleased to find Golphin.

“They liked my style. That I’m confident with myself,” she said.

The daughter of Bobby Gassaway and Keshia Thompkins, Golphin said she began playing volleyball as a sophomore libero at Northside. She plays club ball with Central Georgia Volleyball Association.

Knights of Columbus free throw winners

Jerome Johnson made each of his 25 free throw attempts to win the 11-year-old boys division of the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting contest Jan. 13 at Sacred Heart. The other contest winners were: Francis Gayon (10 boys); Jacob Peck (12 boys); Robert Cole Murphy (13 boys) and Lauraleigh Brooks (14 girls). Each winner advances to the state competition. For Brooks, it is her third straight season qualifying for state.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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