Veterans senior to play volleyball in college

Sun News correspondentApril 3, 2013 

Veterans senior Allyson Sierra accepted an athletic scholarship to play volleyball and continue her education at Southern Union State Community College in Alabama during a March 26 ceremony at the high school.

Sierra began playing volleyball during her freshman year in high school. She played with the Warhawks’ varsity the past three seasons when the team collected an area title and consecutive Elite Eight appearances in the state playoffs.

“Some of my favorite memories have to be all the great friends I have made throughout the years of playing for Veterans High School,” Sierra wrote in an e-mail. “It was definitely having a well-bonded team that made it a memorable experience. In addition, going to the Elite 8 two years in a row will always be a highlight.”

The second of two daughters born to Arcadio and Laurie, Sierra developed her interest in volleyball while watching her older sister play club tournaments and school ball at Houston County High. During her prep career, Sierra showcased the size and versatility necessary to play in the front and back rows

“I am well suited to play middle back because I can read the ball and know where I need to be to get the pass up,” Sierra wrote. “I feel I am also well suited for strongside because of my high verticle (jump) and powerful arm swing.”

Sierra is undecided on a course of study, but admits to interests in exercise science and nutrition.

Big day for Eagles’ Williams

Northside’s Tia Williams doubled at the 2013 Statesboro Relays on Saturday. The junior won both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Williams also ran a leg on the Lady Eagles’ victorious 4x100-meter relay team along with Toneah Martin, Toleah Martin and Takera James.

Mekhaela Witherspoon (discus) and Kevondre Hunt (triple jump) also took individual first for Northside. The Lady Eagles finished sixth. The boys finished fifth out of 11 teams.

Bears soccer locks down sub-region

The Houston County boys soccer team clinched the top seed from the west sub-region of 2-AAAAA with a 6-1 defeat of Warner Robins on March 26. As a result, the third-ranked Bears will host Grovetown when the region playoffs begin the week of April 22. Warner Robins will also host a first-round match with its opponent to be determined. Northside and Jones County will travel as the third and fourth seeds, respectively, although their destinations are not yet known.

On the girls side, Houston County and Northside have secured the top two seeds from the west. The sub-region winner will be determined when they play one another April 10. Warner Robins will be the third seed with Jones County fourth.

Demonettes honor champions

The Warner Robins girls basketball team held its program awards banquet March 21. Head coach Tom Mobley announced the following honorees for the 2012-13 Region 2-AAAAA champions: Asha Stegall (Most Valuable Player and scholar athlete); Jada Everett (defense); Tesia Walker (newcomer of the year); CeCe Carroll (coaches’ award); Kate Hill (sportsmanship award); Tatyana Jones (future Demonette); Aaliyah Grace (JV offense); Sierra Draines (JV most improved); Samantha Cox (two-year perfect attendance); Jasmine Hamlin and Destini Johnson (one-year perfect attendance).

Smith soars at all-star event

Northside senior Jarius Smith won both the 3-point shooting and slam dunk contests at the Middle Georgia all-star classic March 23 at Macon State College. Smith edged Central’s Quintavis Virgil in the slam dunk contest.

Virgil scored 28 points to lead the West team to a 83-79 victory. He was name the game’s MVP. In the girls’ game, Mary Persons senior Aleah Holden earned MVP honors after scoring 18 points in the West’s 72-44 win.

Dream to practice at Veterans High

The Atlanta Dream of the WNBA is again taking its “show on the road” to a Middle Georgia school. The Dream will hold an official practice from 2-3:30 p.m. on May 18 at Veterans High School.

Tickets are $15 and include admission to one of 17 Dream home games at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Advance tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. Former Peach County High standout Natalie White is also available as a contact. The Dream director of ticket sales is available at 678-510-7466.

Vets golf fundraiser

The second annual Veterans Touchdown Club golf outing is scheduled for May 4 at Waterford Golf Club. Fees are $50 per person and phone registrations can be made by calling the course at 328-7533. Tournament sponsorships are also available for purchase. Contact Suzanne Stanley at 919-9912.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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