Prep sports notebook: Veterans first baseman signs with Piedmont

February 27, 2013 

Veterans High School senior Zack Johnson accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball and continue his education at Piedmont College, an NCAA Division III school.

Johnson and Piedmont first crossed paths at a baseball showcase in Statesboro last summer. Recently, Johnson visited the Demorest campus in Habersham County.

“I loved the feel of the campus,” Johnson said. “I got that home feel.”

One of 13 seniors on the Veterans roster, Johnson is also a three-year starter.

“He’s a tremendous leader of the team,” head coach David Coffey said. “That’s a characteristic you can’t teach.”

The son of Melissa and Patrick, Johnson said he “grew up on the ball field” while watching his dad play softball. He said he’s planning to study special education at Piedmont.

Weber to play soccer at Georgia State

Andrew Weber doesn’t think his parents Kim and Mark will suffer too much of the empty nest syndrome when their youngest of three children leaves for college in late summer. Weber said his parents are used to it.

“It won’t be as tragic as the first kid to leave,” Weber said.

The Houston County High School senior accepted a scholarship offer to play soccer and continue his education at Georgia State University in Atlanta during a Feb. 7 signing ceremony at the high school.

Weber’s versatility was an attractive feature for the Division I school. Weber plays forward and midfield for Houston County but serves as a defender for his club team in Gwinnett County. Georgia State will give Weber the chance to study business or law, “or maybe both,” Weber said.

Lady Hornets back at state semis

The Westfield School girls basketball team earned a return trip to the GISA Class AAA Final Four with wins in its first two state playoff games. The Lady Hornets recorded wins over Pinewood Christian and Deerfield-Windsor. Valerie McLure scored 27 points in the two game combined.

Westfield is scheduled to play Mount de Sales Academy in one semifinal game Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mercer University. Tattnall Square Academy and Bulloch Academy play in the other semifinal at 8:30 p.m.

Westfield has qualified for the state semifinals three out of the last four years. The Lady Hornets lost to Arlington Christian in the 2012 Class AAA championship game.

Short post-season for local GHSA teams

The Northside girls and Perry boys were the only two Houston-Peach teams to score victories in the GHSA basketball playoffs. Both teams won road games in the first round of their respective tournaments. The Lady Eagles won at Glynn Academy while the Perry boys won at Butler. Each lost in the second round, however. As a result, Houston and Peach schools went a combined 2-9 in state tournament games.

Local athletes earn state berths

Warner Robins Aquanauts qualified five swimmers for the 14-and-under short-course state meet held Friday and Saturday at Georgia Tech. Ethan Abbott, Josh Hamborg, Noah Mixon, Nehuen Rosales and Nick Talati earned spots in a variety of events.

Warhawks boys soccer takes Viking Cup

The Veterans boys soccer team defeated Fellowship Christian 2-1 Saturday in the championship game of the Viking Cup held at First Presbyterian Day School. Tim Yalcin scored the decisive goal for Veterans with two minutes remaining in the title match. Mark Yeager scored the Warhawks’ other goal. Yalcin and Yeager scored all the goals in Veterans’ 3-1 win over First Presbyterian in the semifinals.

Veterans, which won the Region 2-AAA title last year, is 4-0 in games played through Saturday.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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