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Army all-star bowl game eyes five Middle Georgia players

Peach County's Kearis Jackson (7) participated in the RisingSeniors Foundation Junior Bowl in December, and is on the list of possible players for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Peach County's Kearis Jackson (7) participated in the RisingSeniors Foundation Junior Bowl in December, and is on the list of possible players for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. jvorhees@macon.com

Five players from Middle Georgia are among the 400 nominees for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to be played in January.

Offensive linemen Christian Armstrong of Warner Robins, Trey Hill of Houston County and Christian Meadows of Macon County, along with wide receiver Kearis Jackson of Peach County and running back Lyn-J Dixon of Taylor County are on the list.

More than three dozen players from Georgia hope to be among the final 100 selected.

Signing/commitments update

▪ LaShandria Mallard, who helped Perry’s girls basketball team to a 22-6 record last season and was an All-Region 2-4A pick, signed Thursday to play at Lawson (Alabama) State Community College. The Cougars finished 2207 last year, 7-3 in the Alabama Community College Conference.

She averaged 5.6 points and 11.2 rebounds for the Panthers.

▪ Warner Robins’ Trey Odom, who finished 12th in the GHSA Class 5A boys golf tournament earlier this week, signed Wednesday to play at Savannah State.

Help Wanted/Help Found

▪ Now that golf and school is over, former Bleckley County football and golf head coach Tracy White can start focusing on his new job, about 45 minutes to the east. White, released last winter at Bleckley County, was hired by East Laurens football head coach Chris Robinson.

As expected, West Laurens picked assistant Chuck Hill recently to succeed Ed Ford as boys basketball head coach. Hill was an assistant at West Laurens, returned to alma mater Toombs County as head coach and then came back to West Laurens.

▪ Baldwin recently promoted assistant Kizzi Walker to succeed Randall Owens, now at Bleckley County, as girls basketball head coach. She played at Baldwin and Georgia Southwestern.

Alumni Update

▪ Tyler Daughtry was having a decent freshman season for a top-25 baseball program, starting 24 of 32 games at Florida State.

Then the shortstop from Veterans tore an ACL in April month in practice to end that freshman season.

Daughtry was struggling at the plate, batting only. 209. But he had three steals, among the team leaders at the time, and a respectable .412 on-base percentage. He was also fielding at a respectable .925 clip.

▪ Florida State’s softball team is No. 4 in the nation and spent time at No. 1, in large part to Jessica Burroughs.

The Houston County alum was among 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award presented by USA Softball. She wasn’t, however, among the three finalists announced Wednesday. On the other hand, she was the top pick last month in the National Pro Fast-Pitch draft.

Burroughs is in the top 15 nationally in ERA (1.10, eighth), hits per seven innings (3.8, 10th), wins (23, 13th) and strikeouts (254, 15th). Opponents are batting .153 against her.

The Seminoles (54-6-1) are hosting LSU in a Super Regional.

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