High School Sports

High school notebook: Middle Georgia signings continue

Seasons might be complete, but signings with colleges continue.

The latest is Rutland girls track standout De’ja Goodine, who signed Tuesday with Albany State.

She had a solid GHSA girls track meet earlier this month, finishing fifth in the Class AAA 100 meters and running a leg on the third-place 4x100 relay team. Goodine helped the Hurricanes to an 11th-place finish.

A pair of Warner Robins athletes signed letters last week.

Boys basketball player Donald Watkins signed with Trinity International in Illinois, where he was expected to sign earlier in the signing period. Watkins helped the Demons to the Class AAAAA championship game as a junior and semifinals as a senior and also participated in track and cross country. And Demons baseball player Brannon Greene is headed to Middle Georgia State. He was honorable mention All-Region 2B-AAAAA as a senior.

Other recent signings: Jones County soccer player Adam Sole with Oglethorpe; Howard cross country runner Tyler Dumbleton with Central Georgia Tech; Houston County runner Brittani Murray with Wheelock; Rutland girls basketball player Destiny White with East Georgia; Rutland girls basketball player JaBree Jones with Middle Georgia State and Perry baseball player Jake Farrell with West Georgia.

Also, Northside football player Tyshon Fentress signed with LaGrange; Northeast boys basketball standout Santez Kinder with Georgia Highlands; and Houston County cross country runner Autumn Johnson-Glynn with Erskine.


The January all-star high school football game season invite process has started, with one area player on one list and two others waiting to hear.

Veterans quarterback Logan Byrd, who has committed to North Carolina, was invited to play in the Semper Fidelis Bowl in January. The game is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and played in Los Angeles.

Warner Robins defensive back/receiver Marquez Callaway and Upson-Lee defensive lineman David Marshall are among 36 players from Georgia nominated to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

A year ago, 14 players from Georgia were selected. Callaway’s chances increase with time as the standout racks up more offers. Miami and Louisville are the latest to offer the two-sport standout.


The NCAA Division II softball postseason had a hefty Georgia flavor and thus representation from Middle Georgia.

North Georgia beat Dixie State, located in Utah, for the national championship

Laura Spivey of West Laurens is a sophomore infielder for West Georgia who played in 15 games, although none in the postseason.

Shorter also was in the Women's College World Series field and went 2-2, losing to North Georgia in the semifinals.

Houston County alum Carson Carriker is a freshman for Shorter who finished with a .220 average, playing in 49 of the Nighthawks’ 60 games and getting a hit in four of the final five games.

Shorter won the South 1 Regional, knocking off last year’s national runner-up, Valdosta State, 6-1 in the regional final, as well as 8-6 in earlier regional meeting. Shorter then beat Florida Tech in two Super Regional games.

North Georgia went 3-0 in the Southeast 1 Regional, outscoring opponents 15-1.

Georgia College did the same in the Southeast Regional, with two wins over Armstrong State.

The Bobcats had plenty of impact from Middle Georgians Abi LeRoy (West Laurens), Taylor Campbell (Northside) and Faith Flanders (West Laurens).

LeRoy batted .351 with six homers and 56 RBI and 10 steals. Campbell hit .292 with six homers, 46 RBI and a .986 fielding percentage. Both started every game for Georgia College.

Flanders played in 50 games and hit .315 with five homers. And freshman Jessica Hayles of GMC played in 26 games as a late-game replacement. All are underclassmen.

Georgia College lost 9-5 (12 innings) and 2-0 to North Georgia in the Super Regional.

About a half-dozen years or so ago, they roamed high school football fields in Middle Georgia.

Now their bank account balances have a few commas.

Pittsburgh’s Bud Dupree (Wilkinson County), Kansas City’s Steven Nelson (Northside), San Francisco’s DeAndre Smelter (Tattnall Square) and Houston’s Keith Mumphery (Dooly County) all signed rookie contracts not long after getting drafted earlier this month.

Dupree, the 22nd overall pick, signed on May 14, getting a four-year deal with $9.2 million, with a $4.9 million signing bonus.

Nelson was one of the final two Kansas City picks to sign, agreeing to $2.9 million with a $582,000 signing bonus.

Smelter’s four-year deal is worth $2.6 million with $346,000 guaranteed.

Mumphery got off to a good start at rookie mini-camp after signing a four-year deal worth $2.4 million with a $166,000 signing bonus.