Bob Hoffman’s Mercer basketball team will take part in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, which will be played in November.
The Bears will face Liberty in the tournament’s first game. The tournament also includes Colorado, Drake, Drexel, Houston, Liberty, Quinnipiac and Wake Forest and will feature a bracket-style tournament covering four days.
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Ivey Slaughter, a former Tattnall Square standout, received the Hard Wood Award for the Florida State women’s basketball season.
The award goes to Slaughter for her “hustling and scrappy style of play.” She was one of five seniors on the roster who made up the winningest class in program history.
Slaughter finished her career in the top five in program history in six different categories. She has been invited to training camp with the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
Cavaliers headed to college
On Tuesday, Mount de Sales recognized five senior athletes who are headed to college to play sports. Will Pounds is going to Morehouse to play football, while Adam Leverett (Gordon State), Jack Lipson (Chattahoochee Community College), Brady Pool (Emmanuel) and Zack Tong (Montevallo) will play baseball.
Pounds was a two-year starter for the Cavaliers and was an all-region selection in GHSA Region 7A as a senior. Leverett is a three-year starter who has 17 wins and has scored 70 runs with 41 RBI. Lipson is a four-year starter who has 16 wins, while also catching. Pool has started for two years at shortstop while batting .316. Tong has started for three years and has a .282 batting average with 39 RBI and 42 runs scored.