High School Sports

High school notebook: Six Northside athletes sign with colleges

Six athletes in five sports are the latest at Northside to sign letters of intent for college competition.

The Eagles took part in a signing ceremony Friday.

Jurmon Weaver and T.J. Anderson are headed to LaGrange for football and Jailan Haslem to Gordon State for basketball.

Callie Bookout signed with ABAC for softball and Lauren Sutton with Columbus State for soccer, with Melissa Alden choosing Laurel, in North Carolina, for volleyball.

Weaver played quarterback and receiver for the Eagles, helping them to the Class AAAAA state title in 2014 with 11 catches and three touchdowns.

Anderson, a running back, was an all-region performer who rushed for 566 yards and caught 12 passes, scoring 12 touchdowns.

They’ll join signees James Banister of Lamar County and Nick Searcy of Peach County.

Haslem averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds, earning all-region basketball honors for Northside.

Gordon finished 16-15 overall and 8-10 in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association action last season.

Bookout finished with a career .384 batting average and was a four-year starter.

ABAC was the GCAA regular-season champion and entered this week’s conference tournament as the top seed. The Golden Stallions lost 5-4 to Georgia Perimter on Friday and play again on Saturday.

Sutton started for two seasons, and played 1,350 of a possible 1,400 minutes this season, scoring 14 goals.

Columbus State went 21-1-1 last season, going 11-0 in Peach Belt Conference play and suffering its first loss of the season to Rollins 2-1 in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

Alden started for two seasons at Northside.

Laurel is a small school and member of the National Christian College Athletic Association in the early stages of its athletics program.

-- Michael A. Lough


A pair of Twiggs County football players will sign Monday with Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Macquavious Tharpe, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver and linebacker, and Christopher Marcus, a 6-1, 210-pound middle linebacker, are slated to join the NAIA program that went 9-3 last season.

Jones County girls golfer Kensley Brown and Charli Justice have signed with Piedmont.

Both are four-year lettermen, and the first girls from Jones County to sign golf scholarships, helping the Greyhounds to consecutive region championships.

Peach County boys basketball player Avery Mitchell is headed to Chattahoochee Valley in Phenix City, Alabama.

Mitchell averaged 17.7 points and more than a dozen rebounds a game, as well as two blocked shots and two charges.

-- Telegraph Staff


Peach County’s boys and Westside’s girls won the GHSA Region 2-AAA track meet earlier this week in Barnesville.

Peach County’s Malcolm Lowe was the meet’s high-point winner, finishing second in the 300 hurdles and 400-meter dash. Westside sophomore Mya Ford was the high-point winner for the girls, winning the pole vault, 400 and 800 as well as running a leg on two second-place relays.

Teammates joining Lowe in sectionals competition: Mikale Hart, Keyshawn Lowe, Kyle Nixon, James Worsham, Dean Brown, Fletcher Hooks, Kearis Jackson, Joshua Davenport, Elilel Walton and Keenan Dodson

Peach County girls qualifiers: Riketa Granville, Brittney Jacobs, Nausia Woolfolk, Maketa Rashidi and Amber Tucker.

Ford will be joined by Tamdra Lawrence, Dajiaha Terry, Zoe Jordan, Iycis Hammock, Alexis Wilson and Deashia Carson-Hall at sectionals.

That meet is May 2 at Calhoun.

The state meet is May 7-9 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

-- Michael A. Lough


Stratford’s baseball game on Saturday with Savannah Christian was cancelled because of expected bad weather Saturday.

-- Telegraph Staff