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GHSA executive committee set to act on transfer eligibility

The GHSA executive committee is expected to name executive director Gary Phillips’ replacement Tuesday at a called meeting in Thomaston.
The GHSA executive committee is expected to name executive director Gary Phillips’ replacement Tuesday at a called meeting in Thomaston. rseibel@macon.com

A crackdown on transfers and the hiring of an executive director will be the main topics brought up Tuesday at a called meeting of the GHSA executive committee.

The committee, which will meet at 2 p.m. in Thomaston, will consider a proposal to assess all transfers, including those with a bona fide move, with a sit-out period equal to half of a sport’s regular-season games.

Called the 50 percent rule, the proposal calls for transfers to get permission from their departing school to play athletics immediately at the new school. Should the departing school decline to give permission, then the transfer would have to go through an appeals process to gain immediate eligibility. If the appeal is denied, then the transfer would have to sit out half a season.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is the hiring of an executive director to replace Gary Phillips, who is set to leave the association this summer after being forced to resign under pressure from the state legislature in February.

Big signing day at Tattnall

About 18 months ago, things didn’t look good for Tattnall Square’s Matt Blair.

A junior the time, Blair tore his ACL while playing football. The injury required extensive rehab work, and he missed the Trojans’ baseball championship run.

After all of that work, however, Blair is shining. He’s 11-1 with 107 strikeouts and a 1.38 ERA this season.

Thursday, Blair was rewarded for his comeback effort, signing with Mercer.

Tattnall had a full slate of players signing Thursday. Sean Brown was one of three football players to sign, picking up a scholarship to play at Kennesaw State.

Also signing were Vasco Sanders with Jacksonville and Zion Blasingame with St. Andrew’s.

More signings

Westside basketball’s Trey Foster signed with Columbia State (Tennessee) on Wednesday. Foster was the No. 2 scorer for the Seminoles, averaging 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the GHSA Class 3A quarterfinalist.

Windsor basketball’s Marquise Jackson signed with South Georgia College on Wednesday. Jackson helped lead Windsor to the GISA Class 2A title.

▪ Colleges will now get an idea how the Warner Robins girls basketball team went 50-5 the past two seasons.

Five players recently signed letters with colleges.

All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year Kezia Holmes signed with Florida Southwestern, a junior college, while 2015-16 All-Middle Georgia first-teamer Le’Terria Mathis signed with Savannah State.

Victoria Brown won’t be far away, joining Central Georgia Tech, and Alexis Cainion is headed to Andrew College.

Courtney Walker has signed with Chattahoochee Valley for softball.

▪ Baldwin softball standout Rachel Tavares has signed with USC Sumter in South Carolina. Tavares pitched for the Braves for three seasons and struck out 66 batters last season.

Perry cross country standout Tiffany Mountin signed recently with Middle Georgia State.

Help Wanted/Help Found

Monticello boys basketball head coach B.J. Thomas has moved about 30 miles to the west and taken over at Henry County.

Thomas, who lives in Henry County, spent three seasons leading Monticello, and led the Hurricanes to the Final Four in 2015.

▪ Macon County girls basketball head coach Quantavias Allen is moving north and changing teams, assuming the reigns of the boys basketball program at Lovejoy.

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