Prep sports notebook: Houston County Sharks win state wheelchair handball championship

November 20, 2013 

The Houston County Sharks successfully defended their American Association of Adapted Sports Programs Georgia State Wheelchair Handball Championship with a dominant 13-1 victory over the West Georgia Wolverines.

Jeff Sweeney and Braxton Robinson led the Sharks with four goals a piece while JaQue Billingsley blocked 15 shots for the Houston County defense.

This is the Sharks ninth state championship in all sports over the five years.

The team is drawn from high schools in Houston County.

Local baseball standouts sign letters of intent

Four area baseball players signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at the college level this past week in Warner Robins.

Houston County Bears’ teammates Justin Jones and Blake Jackson will each continue their playing days at different Division I schools in the city of Atlanta.

Jones signed a scholarship to play shortstop for the Georgia State Panthers, while Jackson chose an offer to play third base for Georgia Tech.

The two teammates led the Bears to a 20-win season in 2012 and a trip to the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs.

The Northside Eagles also had a pair of teammates sign scholarships as Ethan Broome and Jason Gifford chose to continue their baseball careers at Georgia Southwestern and North Carolina A&T.

Girls basketball players sign with Mercer, Clemson

Two local girls basketball standouts will also compete at the Division I level next season after signing scholarships with Mercer University and Clemson University.

Veterans post player Jalyn Slaughter chose a Mercer program that has steadily improved over the past three seasons and will be moving to join the Southern Conference in 2014.

She also considered playing volleyball in college before ultimately choosing a basketball offer from the Bears.

Houston County center Justice Wright changed her commitment from UAB to Clemson back in June and signed with the Tigers on Monday.

Her father Sharone Wright played basketball for the men’s program at Clemson in the early 1990’s.

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