The Veterans Warhawks is the hottest girls basketball team in the area as it rides a six-game winning streak into the New Year.
Head coach Nicole Mirandas team won the Bear Brawl tournament at Houston County High School before Christmas with a 54-50 victory over Glynn Academy in a well-played game by both squads.
The Warhawks were without the services of senior leader Jalyn Slaughter, who averages a double-double, after she injured her knee in the semifinal victory over Bleckley County. But numerous Warhawks stepped up in her absence.
Khayla Owens led Veterans with 20 points on her way to being named tournament MVP, and eight different players contributed offensively.
Veterans will play a pair of non-region games this weekend against Jones County and Northside before getting back into the meat of its GHSA 2-AAAA schedule with a home game against West Laurens on Wednesday.
Slaughter is sidelined for now but could be re-evaluated and cleared in just a few weeks if her knee shows improvement.
Former Northside standout plays in Hawaii Bowl
Former Northside High School standout Steven Nelson concluded his season at Oregon State by helping lead the Beavers to a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
Nelson recorded six tackles and also defended a pass.
His six interceptions on the season is tied for sixth best nationally.
The victory clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the Beavers.
Wrestling teams look ahead
Local wrestling teams continue their push toward the team duals in Macon on Jan. 9-11 with matches this week.
Veterans will compete in the 2-AAAA duals on Friday and Saturday while the Warner Robins Demons will host Central and Crisp County Jan. 8.