For three additions to next year’s team, Georgia College & State women’s head basketball coach John Carrick got Georgia natives. His fourth comes from a little distance: Africa.
Carrick signed Huguette Yauga of Cameroon, Africa, during the fall early signing period for basketball.
Yauga, a 5-foot-9 guard, played in 25 games last season for Santa Fe Junior College in Gainesville, Fla. She’s a strong rebounder, and in only her fifth year of basketball, having graduated from Montverde Academy near Orlando.
Yauga joins Abby Slocumb of North Gwinnett, Jasmain Carey of Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe and Krysta Lewis of Etowah as early signees.
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Slocumb, voted the top defender in North Gwinnett last season, begins her senior year having started in 81 straight games. Lewis is a 6-foot-2 three-year starter, while Carey had three 20-rebound games during the playoffs last season.
GCSU loses center Katie Herndon, forward Antoinette Reames and guard Shan Moore after the season.
The Bobcats pounded Barry 71-54 on Friday in the Marriott Tipoff Classic in Fort Lauderdale, thanks to a 41-9 margin in bench production.
Ÿ FVSU lost in four to Clark Atlanta (19-25, 25-17, 25-29, 25-19) and in five to Tuskegee (25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12) to be eliminated from the SIAC volleyball tournament recently.
The Wildcats were 3-19 overall and 3-12 in the SIAC in regular-season play.
Albany State beat Kentucky State in the championship to advance to the NCAAs.
Ÿ Three missed field goals were the culprits as Albany State lost 24-22 to West Alabama last week in the first round of the Division II football playoffs. It was ASU’s sixth straight first-round loss.
Kicks from 27 and 45 were blocked, and the final try from 36 yards with 16 seconds left was wide.
Ÿ Mercer’s hard-luck volleyball season came to a typically frustrating close eight days ago with a 3-1 loss Jacksonville with, as has been the case all year, three losses by a total of eight points.
Had the Bears won, they would have been 10-10 in conference play and tied with Campbell, who they beat 3-2 last month at Campbell. But the loss ended their postseason hopes.
The Bears struggled with success at times, losing three matches after winning the first set. But they made a serious run at the postseason with a five-match winning streak, including a 3-1 win over third-seed and tournament host Florida Gulf Coast.
After such a slow start, the Bears ended up sweeping North Florida and Stetson, splitting with Campbell, Belmont and FGCU, and being swept by Kennesaw State, ETSU, Lipscomb and Jacksonville,
The Bears lose only Chelsea Gebben, and have three juniors, seven sophomores and three freshmen returning.
They added Cassie Roy of Palm Harbor. Fla., during the early signing period.
Roy was a four-year starter and helped Palm Harbor University High to two district championships and the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title.
Ÿ Mike Raynor loses only three seniors after this season, but the Mercer softball head coach is already replenishing the roster, courtesy of six signees during the early signing period.
The Bears have added McKenzie Woody of Whitewater, Randi Rea of Collins Hill, Krista Kennedy of Kennesaw Mountain, Caitlin Peisel and Tiffany Phillips of Perimeter College, and Katherine Bailey of Middle Georgia College.
The women’s golf team didn’t go far for a signee, getting Lacey Fears of Warner Robins.
The three-time winner on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour represented the state in the 2008 GSGA match play against South Carolina and was the youngest member of the 2009 GSGA match-play team.
Ÿ The men’s basketball team has added Langston Hall of Chamblee to next year’s freshman class.
The 6-3 Hall led Chamblee to a 19-6 record last season, averaging 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds, earning “Most Versatile” from his teammates.
He joins Centennial’s Jeremy Burgess and Paul Larsen of Mooresville, N.C.
Burgess is a 6-5 guard who played for three years at Athens Academy and led the Spartans to the second round of the Class A playoffs.
Larsen is 6-6 and 220 pounds and averaged a double-double as a junior.
Ÿ Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) has added three games to the A-Sun television schedule.
The first is the “Battle of the Boulevard” in Nashville, Tenn., with Belmont at Lipscomb on Jan. 11, a game that has needed overtime five times since Lipscomb joined the league in 2003.
Inner-city rivals make up the second addition a week later when Jacksonville welcomes North Florida.
The final is a table-setter for the conference tournament when Florida Gulf Coast visits Mercer and tourney site, the University Center, on Feb. 1. Mercer is 3-0 against FGCU.
Ÿ Five A-Sun beat writers talked with Eric Moyer of the conference office for about an hour last week, and that roundtable on the season ahead in men’s and women’s basketball is available at www.atlanticsun.org.
Around GCSU/Peach Belt
Ÿ Junior Mary Rob Plunkett and senior Morgan Cobb of Georgia College & State’s soccer team earned Daktronics Division II All-Southeast honors, Plunkett on the first team and Cobb on the second team.
This is Plunkett’s first time on the team, and her name is added to national ballot. Cobb becomes GCSU’s first two-time all-region selection.
The two were Peach Belt Conference first-teamers as well.
Ÿ GCSU’s women finished fourth at the NCAA Southeast Regional cross country meet, led by Heather Raines’ 28th-place finish. Teammate Karissa Ekstrom was one spot behind and Virginia Balkcom three places back.
The women were the second-best Peach Belt finisher, with Columbus State winning the region.
The men’s cross country team was 11th, paced by Rob Manning, who finished 45th but record the school’s eighth-best time of 35:08 in the 10K race.