Prep sports notebook: Northside hosts passing camp

Sun News correspondentJuly 17, 2013 

Four schools joined a pair of Northside squads for a 7-on-7 passing camp Friday at Northside High School.

Crisp County, Howard, Rutland and West Laurens brought quarterbacks, eligible receivers, linebackers and defensive backs to the Green Street campus for a round-robin schedule of 25-minute games that lasted from early morning to mid-afternoon.

With the running game shelved for the day, quarterbacks were free to showcase their arms. Northside rising senior Marcus Ivory threw several scores on the day. One featured a circus catch by classmate Glenn Smith, who is moving to a slot receiver position after playing quarterback last year. In that role, Smith combined to run or pass for a total of almost 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns.

But Ivory’s emergence as a signal-caller affords Northside the opportunity to move Smith to a slot position, where he’ll get more touches in space as a play maker, according to offensive coordinator Chad Alligood.

“We’ll use him like we did Keshun (Hill),” Alligood said.

Hill, The Telegraph All Middle Georgia Player of the Year for 2012, averaged more than 11 yards per touch and scored 25 touchdowns from scrimmage last year. He is now at Georgia Southern.

Greene signs Shorter letter

Recent Houston County High graduate Brittany Greene signed a letter of intent to play basketball and continue her education at Shorter University in Rome. Greene was joined by friends and family for a July 11 signing ceremony at the high school.

Described by Houston County head coach Jon Roddie as “like a coach on the floor,” Greene did a little bit of everything for the Lady Bears, who this past season returned to the state playoffs after an extended absence.

“Really it’s like a dream come true to go to the next level,” Greene said. “It’s just the love of the game, and I’m lucky that I get to continue my passion.”

Greene planned to attend Kennesaw State University but earned a late tryout with Shorter through her AAU coach.

Greene plans to study criminal justice with an eye toward becoming an attorney. She said she has two aunts who currently practice law.

Talbert earns third county amateur crown

Score one for the veteran. Skip Talbert hit par the second hole of a three-way playoff and won the Houston County Amateur golf championship over the weekend at Landings Golf Club. It was the third county amateur win for Talbert, 59.

“I won it in 1997 and 1998, and I’ve hardly played in it since,” Talbert told The Telegraph. “I worked very hard to stay in shape, and I’ve worked on my game here lately. It just feels really good to be able to come out here and compete with these young kids.”

Through two days and 36 holes of action, Talbert finished 10-over-par 154, tied with Nick Kishigian and Tyler Woodyard, who are both class of 2012 high school graduates. All three players hit par the first hole of the playoff. Talbert also hit par the second hole of the Trestle course layout, after his long approached nestled safely on the green. Kishigian and Woodyard each missed the green and bogeyed.

Hal Baker won the senior division of the competition, with Mike Tarnoff runnerup.

YBOA Tournament

Warner Robins All Stars travel basketball team guard Jaydon Norman earned all tournament honors at the Youth Basketball Organization of America national tournament over the weekend in Kissimmee, Fla. The team of seventh graders split four games in its pool. The All Stars also went 2-2 in bracket play and finished sixth.

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