Prep Notebook: Region 2 baseball season begins

March 13, 2013 

Friday’s prep sports schedule includes the opening night of baseball action in Region 2-AAAAA. Locally, Warner Robins will play at Jones County while Houston County visits Northside.

Representing the west half of Region 2, those four teams will play nine games -- three versus each opponent -- during the sub-region schedule. The region playoffs feature a best-of-three crossover series with east sub-region teams out of Columbia County. After that, a single elimination tournament will determine the region champion and seeding for the state tournament.

The crossover competition figures to be tough. Schools from Columbia County have won 14 GHSA baseball titles since integration. Evans and Greenbrier own four each. As a result, the value of finishing first or second in the sub-region and playing that series at home cannot be overstated. But the local competition is substantial, as well.

Of all teams in Region 2, Northside has the longest active streak of consecutive state playoff appearances with six. Jones County owns a state championship and a long history of diamond excellence. Houston County returns the bulk of its squad from a Sweet 16 trip last season. Warner Robins is young but capable. It figures to be an interesting race.

Mosley earns tournament medal

Former Houston County High student athlete Paige Mosley started for GHSA Class AA girls basketball champion Wesleyan, contributing 11 points and three blocked shots to the Wolves’ title effort.

Wesleyan coach Jan Azar admitted she was “nervous” about how Mosley, a senior, would fit into the Wesleyan program when she transferred in prior to the 2012-13 school year. Several on the Wesleyan team have played together going back to middle school, and Azar was concerned Mosley would struggle to fit in.

“I try to blend in the best I can,” Mosley said. “I try to fit the program that’s already in place.”

Born to military parents, Mosley said Wesleyan was her 14th school. She knew better than to push herself on her new teammates.

“She took her time,” Azar said.

Mosley committed to play college basketball at Towson State in Baltimore, but said she may instead sign a letter of intent in April to play at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Region 2-AAAA hoop honors

K.J. Smith of Perry and Jonathan Robertson of Veterans earned first-team all-Region 2-AAAA honors after a vote from the conference’s coaches. Ronnie Mays of Westside-Macon was chosen as the region’s boys player of the year. Ty’Lik Evans and Jaylon Tyson of Rutland and DeAngelo Wilcher of Baldwin were also named first team.

Malik Broughton of Veterans was named to the second team. Marquez Thomas and Jalen Walker of Perry received honorable mention.

On the girls side, KeKe Calloway of Mary Persons was named region player of the year. Aaliyah Cheatham of Perry and Jalyn Slaughter of Veterans were named to the second team. Kerregan Poe-Cochran of Veterans earned honorable mention.

Weber wins at ACC

Houston County graduate Mark Weber earned three first-place finishes at the ACC swimming and diving championships March 9 in Greensboro, N.C. Now a senior at Florida State, Weber won the 50-yard freestyle. He also swam legs on a pair of victorious relay teams. Weber earned all-ACC honors.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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