High School Sports

Breaking down the Numbers Game: the 30s

Despite there being plenty of great players who wore numbers in the 30s, we didn’t have many difficult decisions this week.

Jimmy Womack and Darrell Lockhart would be great picks at just about any number other than 32. We couldn’t justify selecting one of those guys over Kenny Walker.

Same at No. 33, with guys like Ed Beck and Myles Patrick deserving recognition, but not at expense of Ben Zambiasi.

Here are the others we considered:

No. 30

Gail Moore, Butler, basketball: Moore scored 45 points in the 1964 championship game.

Buddy Griffin, Lanier, football: Griffin earned All-Southern honors and played on Lanier’s 1949 championship team.

No. 31

Erich Sauerbrey, Lanier, football: Sauerbrey played on Lanier’s 1949 title team before signing with Auburn.

Karen Thomas, Southwest, basketball: Thomas played at Florida State after Southwest.

No. 32

Calvin Cummings, Lanier, football: Cummings landed on the 1967 all-state football team.

Eric Hightower, Southwest, basketball: Hightower played on the 1979 mythical national championship team and later at Georgia Southern.

Hugh Robertson, Northeast, basketball: Robertson was the Bibb County player of the year in 2008 before heading to Tallahassee Community College. He started 60 games the past two years at South Florida, where he helped the Bulls advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament in 2012.

David Jones, Stratford, basketball: The Eagles’ standout post player went on to play college ball at Mercer.

LaShondra Mathis, Taylor County, basketball: Mathis was the Class A Player of the Year twice and led the Vikings to the 1994 state title.

Sharon Nesbitt, Twiggs County, basketball: Nesbitt averaged 32.1 points during her senior season in 1987. She played college basketball at Georgia State, where she is 10th in school history in assists.

No. 33

Cierra Duhart, Hawkinsville, basketball: Duhart made two all-state teams, leading the Red Devils to state titles in 2004 and 2007. Duhart was The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year in 2007.

Vernon McRae, Montgomery County, football: McRae rushed for 4,692 yards and 32 touchdowns during his prep career.

Freeman Colbert, Warner Robins, football: The Demons standout started for two seasons at outside linebacker for Georgia Tech.

Dominko Anderson, Warner Robins, football: Anderson went on to letter three seasons at Auburn in the late 1980s.

Warren Lott, Warner Robins, football: Lott made the all-state team in 1995 before playing at Kansas State.

No. 34

Terrence Shannon, Mary Persons, basketball: Shannon battled injuries at Mary Persons, but he was an all-state player as a junior. He currently plays at Florida State.

Debra Collins, Southwest, basketball: After Southwest, Collins played along with Wanda Burns and Karen Thomas at Florida State.

Terrance Howard, Southwest, basketball: Howard went from an all-state prep career to a solid college run at Auburn.

Boston McCornell, Northeast, football: McCornell was named an all-state honorable mention three consecutive seasons from 2001-2003 at Northeast. McCornell played college ball at Western Michigan.

Debra Watts, Washington County, basketball: Watts led the Golden Hawks to the 1991 state championship.

Greg Cooper, Washington County, football: Cooper was named Class AA Player of the Year to help lead the Golden Hawks to the 1996 state championship.

No. 37

Tyrone Perry, Upson-Lee, football: Perry made earned two honorable mention selections in 1993 and 1994.

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