High School Sports

Several Middle Georgia athletes make their college picks

Baldwin defensive back Quavez Hill has signed with Averett.

The first-team all-region pick in GHSA Region 2-AAAA was a two-year starter who had 39 tackles and two interceptions as a senior for the 7-5 Braves.

Two Lamar County football players will sign letters-of-intent Friday.

Defensive lineman Rashad Johnson is headed to Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference, while offensive lineman James Banister will sign with LaGrange.

Houston County swimmer Nikki Daley will sign in April with South Georgia State.

Toombs County girls basketball standout Breanna Walker signed with College of Coastal Georgia. The first-team Region 1-AAA pick averaged 14.7 points and 22.6 rebounds, leading the nation, according to Maxpreps.

HONOR ROLL

Two Peach County athletes are recipients of the Vincent J. Dooley Award, part of the Athletes for a Better World organization.

Football player Nick Searcy and soccer and softball player Natalie McEver were the winners.

They are among those competing for Dooley scholarships, which will be announced next month. Middle Georgia has been represented by winners of the scholarship: Chris Moroz of Upson-Lee in 2012, Fran Johnson of FPD in 2011 and LaToya Tufts of Vidalia in 2008.

ALUMNI UPDATE

Former Rutland standout Eboni Watts is playing on a high level on a higher level.

She was chosen to the Panhandle Conference all-freshman team earlier this month. The 5-foot-6 guard averaged 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists for Tallahassee Community College, which went 20-11.

Former Washington County standout Allisha Gray had 12 points in North Carolina’s 67-65 loss Friday to South Carolina in the women’s NCAA tournament.

The sophomore was perfect on six free-throw tries and had five rebounds in 29 minutes. She led the Tar Heels this season with 542 points and was second with 265 rebounds, for averages of 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Gray has 1,053 points in two seasons, the second-best mark in program history. Marion Jones had 1,122 points in her first two seasons at North Carolina.

The season ended in heartbreaking fashion for Jarvis Williams and Murray State, on an off-balance buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Old Dominion’s Trey Freeman in the NIT quarterfinals.

But Williams gave the Racers plenty in his senior season. The senior from Wilkinson County led the team with 8.4 rebounds per game and was second with 15.7 points. He shot 56.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the line and was second on the team with 15.7 points per game.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder had 15 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Monarchs, ending Murray State’s season at 29-6.

Williams scored 1,055 points in two seasons at Murray State after transferring from Gordon State in Barnesville.

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