Houston/Peach prep sports notebook: Veterans senior signs with Tennessee school

March 6, 2013 

Veterans High School senior Bryan Horton accepted a scholarship offer to play football and continue his education at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., during a Feb. 22 signing ceremony at the high school.

“I fell in love with it,” Horton said of his earlier visit to the Maryville campus. “The coaches seemed genuine. They really cared about the players.”

The son of Tamara and Varrick, Horton played running back and slot receiver for the Warhawks. He averaged 10 yards per catch for Veterans during the 2012 season. He said he expects to serve much the same role for the Fighting Scots, who play out of the USA South Atlantic Conference in NCAA Division III.

Horton said he plans to study engineering, with attention toward aerospace engineering. He said he developed an early interest in the mechanics of flight while watching air shows at Robins Air Force Base.

“I was just amazed,” he said of that early impression. “I never knew an airplane could move like that.”

Lady Hornets lose semifinal

The Westfield girls basketball team lost to Mount de Sales, 47-41, in a semifinal game of the GISA Class AAA state tournament Thursday at Mercer.

A buzzer-beating layup by the Cavaliers’ Maggie Midkiff tied the game at 36 at the end of regulation. Mount de Sales then outscored Westfield by six in overtime. The Lady Hornets made just 3-of-10 free throws in overtime despite shooting 80 percent from the line during the season.

Katelyn Mosely scored 16 points to lead Westfield. Callie Hammerle and Valerie McLure each had nine.

Region 2-AAAAA girls basketball honors

Warner Robins senior Asha Stegall was selected as the Region 2-AAAAA girls basketball player of the year after a vote by league coaches. Stegall averaged 14.2 points per game for the region champions. She scored 29 in the Demonettes’ thrilling overtime win against Evans in the region tournament title game.

The top 10 vote-getters earned all-region honors. In addition to Stegall, others named to the team were: Jasmine Stone (Evans); Alysha McFarland (Evans); Rosalynn Talley (Lakeside-Evans); Morgan Taylor (Greenbrier); Tia Williams (Northside); Karissa Engram (Houston County); Mekhaela Witherspoon (Northside); Ke’Onia Roberts (Jones County) and Alexia Williams (Houston County).

Shambria Smith (Northside), Tesia Walker (Warner Robins) and Justice Wright (Houston County) were among the honorable mention selections.

Region 2-AAAAA boys basketball honors

Northside senior Jarius Smith shares Region 2-AAAAA boys basketball player of the year honors with Jarquez Smith of Jones County. Jarius Smith led Northside in scoring with a 15.9 points per game average. The Eagles won their second consecutive region championship.

In addition to player of the year honors, which applied across the region, coaches selected sub-region teams because of limited exposure to players in the opposite sub-region. Joining the two Smiths on the west sub-region first team are Davon Akins of Houston County, Justin Burnam of Northside and Juvuan Shine of Warner Robins.

Second team honors went to: Marquez Callaway (Warner Robins); Robert Davis (Northside); Andrew Graham (Houston County); Christian Kennedy (Northside) and Brandon Wimberly (Jones County).

Sharks earn title berth

The Houston County Sharks will play for the GHSA wheelchair basketball state championship at noon Friday at the Macon Coliseum. The Sharks finished the regular season with a record of 6-0 in the three-team varsity division.

They will play the winner of the semifinal game between the West Georgia Wolverines and the Atlanta Wolfpack.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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