College Sports

Georgia College getting set for 2012 baseball season

Georgia College head baseball coach Tom Carty and assistant coach and top recruiter Zeke Mitchem and the Bobcats’ baseball staff didn’t have to go too far to fill out the roster for 2012.

The Bobcats have signed 11 high school players, all from Georgia.

Familiarity led to several signings.

Pitcher-first baseman Clay Ardeeser comes from Grayson, as did recent Bobcats players Jayson Bennett and Brett George.

Infielder Seth Bancroft is the latest North Gwinnett product to sign with Georgia College, joining current Bobcats players Travis Echols and Jim Moreland, as well as ex-GC standout Matt Howard.

David Collins is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound catcher from South Cobb whose father, Mark, played for John Kurtz at Georgia College and whose mother, Janice, is also an alum, as well as former gymnast.

Pitcher Morgan Ownbey is a Collins Hill grad, as was Ryan Tabor, who finished his Georgia College career last season. Ownbey is the first Junior Team Georgia player to sign with GC out of high school, and he is ranked by Perfect Game as the 35th best prospect in the state for the 2011 class.

Infielder Jake Sandlin hopes to become the latest all-Peach Belt Conference player at Georgia College from Greenbrier, which sent former Bobcats players Michael Newman and Brooks Robinson to Milledgeville.

Pitcher John Clark of Duluth played summer ball with Ardeeser in a wooden bat league based in McDonough. Pitcher Taylor Hall of Alpharetta and pitcher-infielder Wade Marcy also were teammates during the summer. Marcy is a former high school teammate at North Cobb of current GC outfielder Patrick Daugherty.

Outfielder Derek Penna comes from George Walton, the alma mater of Bobcats pitcher Tripp Sheppard.

Pitcher Alex Joplin is a 6-foot-3, 211-pounder from North Forsyth, and Billy Kilmer is a 6-2 pitcher from Richmond Hill.

Clark, Hall, Joplin and Kilmer are all left-handers.

@BR Body Subhed:Around Mercer/A-Sun

Single-game tickets for Georgia’s visit to Mercer on Thursday in men’s basketball are available.

The Bulldogs are 7-2 after Saturday’s 68-59 win over Arkansas State, and the Bears improved to 2-7 after getting past Navy 73-68 on Dec. 10.

Call 301-5470 for more information.

Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic continues to make opponents wish he’d have stuck with his first instinct and stayed in the NBA draft.

Hodzic set the program’s Division I scoring mark while taking his fifth player-of-the-week honor.

He averaged 18 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 66.7 percent in wins over Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech.

Hodzic passed Brian Fisk (1,633) and Eddie Ard (1,624) with his 23-point night in the 98-94 win Saturday over Tennessee Tech. He has 1,635 points, which is good for 18th all-time in the A-Sun.

Hodzic is averaging 20.6 points this season, and at that rate, he would end the regular season with 2,068 points, fourth-best all-time in the A-Sun.

Mercer’s James Florence is third with 2,287 and Campbell’s Jonathan Rodriguez is fourth with 2,153.

Hodzic is tied with Stetson’s E.J. Gordon for 25th on the rebound list with 690.

Women’s basketball teams in the conference better enjoy this season, since Florida Gulf Coast is in its final year of reclassification from Division II and won’t be in the conference tournament this spring.

The Eagles are 8-0 and one of only three A-Sun teams with a winning record. Jacksonville is 6-3 and USC Upstate 5-4. That doesn’t include 4-4 Lipscomb’s game Saturday night with Kennesaw State. The rest of the A-Sun -- excluding Lipscomb-KSU -- is 19-47.

@BR Body Subhed:Alumni update

Former Fitzgerald standout Nate Inman made the Daktronics Super Region II team announced recently.

Inman, a junior at Carson-Newman, was a second-team pick. He led the Eagles with 1,057 yards on 165 carries with 10 touchdowns. As of Wednesday, his average of 96.09 yards per game was good for 34th nationally in Division II.

Teammate Zeke Andrews, a junior from Dodge County, was tied for third on the team with 45 tackle but led the Eagles with 14 tackles for loss -- tied for 60th nationally -- and was second with 4.5 sacks.

Andrews was a first-team all-conference pick in the South Atlantic Conference, while Inman was a second-team pick.

Carson-Newman finished 7-4.

Kate Blankenship finished her senior season with three shutouts while starting 17-of-19 matches in goal for Alabama-Birmingham.

The former Stratford standout had 88 saves, a .786 percentage and allowed 24 goals. Opponents had 134 shots on goal against the Blazers, who finished 8-9-2.

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