Local teams completed another highly successful softball regular season with five programs advancing to GHSA state tournaments beginning this week.
Veterans won its third straight GHSA Region 2-AAAA championship thanks to a shutout pitching performance from Valdosta State commitment Avery Lamb. The senior blanked top-seed Mary Persons for a 1-0 win in the championship round. Veterans was unbeaten in the tournament and will host a first-round double-header Wednesday.
Perry claimed the fourth and final playoff position with its performance at the tournament in Dublin. The Panthers will visit Wayne County to start their postseason run.
Houston County will represent GHSA Region 2-AAAAA as the No. 2 seed after coming up just short against Greenbrier by finals of 3-0 and 6-4. Houston County had beaten the defending state champion Wolfpack 1-0 earlier in the tournament.
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The Bears play host to Southeast Effingham in the opening round.
Northside is the second team to represent Houston County in the Class AAAAA playoffs after finishing fourth. The Eagles will travel to Richmond Hill on Wednesday.
The Trojans of Peach County are also headed to the playoffs after coming away with a third-place finish in Region 2-AAA behind Rutland and Jackson. Peach County plays Hephzibah in round one.
VETERANS WINS AREA VOLLEYBALL TITLE
Veterans volleyball completed a four-peat Saturday at Mary Persons, taking home yet another area volleyball title.
The Warhawks were a perfect 10-0 this season in area play and didn’t drop a single set.
They will host Chamblee in the opening round match of the state tournament.
Perry is also headed to the postseason after finishing second to the Warhawks, and will play Walnut Grove.
FROMM COMMITS TO PLAY FOR CRIMSON TIDE
Houston County junior quarterback Jake Fromm ended a hotly contested recruiting battle Saturday when he committed to play for coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Fromm announced his decision while on a visit to the Tuscaloosa campus to watch Alabama beat Arkansas.
The highly recruited quarterback boasted scholarship offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Nebraska among many others. He is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
Fromm has his Houston County Bears unbeaten at a perfect 6-0 headed into a big region showdown with Jones County on Friday. He has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season.