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PREP BASKETBALL: 2009 Herald preview -- Area Outlook

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Region 1-AAAA

Boys

Bainbridge

COACH: Ricky McCullough.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 3rd season at Bainbridge; 34th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT BAINBRIDGE: 60-29.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 695-280.

2008 RECORD: 27-4.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in Final Four.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Kelvin Cochrane; Eric Williams; Brandon Ingram; Keith Maxwell.

STATERS LOST: 4.

STARTERS RETURNING: 1 (Davario Thomas, Senior, Guard, 6-foot-2).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Devon Baulkman, Junior, 6-foot-4); Jeremy Harper, Sr., 5'7; Rohan Gaines, Jr., 6'0; Shawn Samuels, Jr., 5'11.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Antroine Williford, Forward, Bethune Cookman; James Lodman, Guard, Eneterprise College; Chris Watson, G, St. Petersburg Community College; Marquis Williams, G, Jeff Davis Community College; John Taylor, G, Florida Memorial; Melzie Johnson, G, Albany Tech.

Lee County

COACH: Tim McPherson.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 2nd at Lee County; second overall.

CAREER RECORD AT LEE COUNTY: 4-20.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 4-20.

2008 RECORD: 4-20.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Did not make.

ASSISTANT COACHES: None.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Jakoby Mallory, Forward, Senior, 6-foot-1; Sanford Seay, F, Jr., 6'1; Donte' Smith, F, Sr., 6'1).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: James Terrell, Guard, Jr., 6'1.

Americus-Sumter

COACH: Michael Coley.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 1st season at Americus-Sumter; first overall.

2008 RECORD: 12-14.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Did not make.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Markel Mitchell.

STATERS LOST: 4.

STARTERS RETURNING: 1 (Deonte Fulks, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-8).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Tyler Moore, Senior, Guard, 5'10; James Burton, Sr., G, 5'10; Keldrick Cochran. Sr., C, 6'4).

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Shaquille Harris, Freshman, Guard, Chattahoochee Valley Community College.

Girls

Bainbridge

COACH: Latriesha Moon.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 5th season at Bainbridge; 7th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT BAINBRIDGE: 114-23.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 695-280.

2008 RECORD: 24-6.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in Final Four.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Eugene Singletary; Lotoya Bowen.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Alexis Burke, Senior, Guard, 6-feet; April Thomas, Jr., G, 5'6; Bria Harris, Jr., G, 5'9).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Richana Jackson, So.; Diamond Bouie, So.; D.D. Spann, So.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Zaikia Dawson; Darton College; LaShawnda Middleton, Enterprise Community College; Vanessa Jones; Albany State.

Lee County

COACH: Fran McPherson.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 3rd season at Lee County; 13th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT LEE COUNTY: 16-34.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: N/A.

2008 RECORD: 8-17.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Did not make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Tim McPherson; Ric Carr.

STATERS LOST: 3.

STARTERS RETURNING: 2 (Lindsey Crawford, Senior, 6-foot-1; Jessica Clinton, Jr., 5'3).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Carle Ely; Junior, 5-foot-10; Kelly Polk, Sr., 5'9, DaQuenna Moore, So., 139; Chaz Tookes, So., 5'11; Kaitlyn Farrell. Jr., 5'8; Heather Besson, So., 6'1; Natalie Shiver, So., 5'7 .

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: O.T. Burden, Redshirt freshman, Brewton-Parker.

Americus-Sumter

COACH: Evelyn Wright.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 26th season at Americus-Sumter; 26th overall.

CAREER: RECORD AT AMERICUS-SUMTER: 309-310.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 309-310.

2008 RECORD: 20-6.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Tiara Wallace.

STARTERS LOST: 4.

RETURNING STARTERS: 1 (Jayme Gilbert, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-6).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Gilbert, 5'6; Tisha Coleman, Junior, 5-oot-8; Ashley Howard, So., 5'7; Ebony Peeples, So., 6'1; Tenesha Hill, Jr., 5'11.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: Abril Peeples, Jacksonville State.

Region 1-AAA

Boys

Worth County

COACH: Arthur Davis.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 1st season at Worth County; 8th season overall.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: N/A.

2008 RECORD: 9-15.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: John Cooper; La'Patrick Marshall.

STATERS LOST: 3.

STARTERS RETURNING: 2 (Josh Alford, Senior, Guard, 6-foot-3; Dee Nether, Jr., G, 5'5).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Justin Tukes, Senior, Guard, 6-foot-5; Trey Frager, Jr., F, 6'1; Will Peacock, Jr., G, 6'3; Elisha Tolbert, Jr., 6'6; Jatavius Rockwell, So., G, 6'4.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Jerome Hamilton, Freshman, C, Wichita State; Ja'Morris Gaines, Fr., F, Albany Tech.

Girls

Worth County

COACH: Shalisha Zinnamon.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 1st season at Worth County; first season overall.

2008 RECORD: 9-16.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Kenyon Sims.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Christine Smith, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-6; Kimberly Evans, Sr., 5'9; DeAndrea Walker, Sr., G, 5'5).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: None.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Ann Wilcher, Center, Albany Tech; Tia Lewis, C, Old Dominion University.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: For previews of remaining boys and girls 1-AAA schools -- Westover, Dougherty and Monroe -- turn to Page 9B)

Region 1-AA

Boys

Mitchell County

Coach: Kenneth Harris.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: First season coaching boys at Mitchell County, 19 years overall (all as Mitchell County girls coach).

2008 record: 20-7.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round

Assistant Coaches: Derex Woumnm.

STARTERS LOST: 4.

Returning Starters: 1 (Emmitt Clark, Sr., Forward, 6-foot-2).

Other key players: Kentavius Silas, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-11; Rueben Jackson, Jr., Forward, 6'4.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Gerald Williams, Georgia Perimeter.

Early County

Coach: Randy Isom.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 5th season at Early County; fifth season overall

2008 record: 18-11.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

Assistant Coaches: Donald Tribue.

STARTERS LOST: 4.

Returning Starters: 1 (Antwain Thornton, Senior, Point guard, 5'7).

Other key players: Ladonis Yarbrough, Sophomore, Guard, 5-foot-9; Jacori Taylor, Fr., F, 6'2; Dontavious Taylor, Sr., G, 6'0; Devorrio Taylor, Sr., G, 5'7; Rashun Brackins, Jr., G, 5'9.

Girls

Mitchell County

Coach: Rosemary Dudley-Sanders.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: First season at Mitchell County, first overall.

2008 record: 18-12.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in second round.

Assistant Coaches: Kenneth Harris.

STARTERS LOST: 2.

Returning Starters: 3 (Tiona Burley, Senior, Center, 6-foot-3; Kedeemya Cooper, Sr., G, 5'10; Kapri Gaines, Sr., G, 5'5).

Other key players: D'Erika Quimbley, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-5, Twyla White, Sr., Forward, 6'0.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Jasmine Vaugh, Sophomore, Guard, Albany Tech; Jarra Arnold, So., G, Alabama Southern; Jasmine Thomas, Fr., F, Albany Tech.

Early County

Coach: Mary Brown.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 14th season at Early County, 14th overall.

CAREER RECORD: N/A.

2008 record: 14-13.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

Assistant Coaches: Kimmie Graham.

STARTERS LOST: 2.

Returning Starters: 3 (Alyson Watson, Senior, Forward; Shay Williams, Jr., F; Nett Reed, Sr., G).

Other key players: Justice Lee, Freshman, Guard; Keyera Echols, Sr., G; Erika James, Jr., G; Athina Sanders, Sr., G; Letik Reed, Fr., F.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: For previews for remaining boys and girls area 1-AA school -- Albany High -- turn to page Page 9B)

Region 1-A

Boys

Randolph-Clay

COACH: Tyrone Kellog.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 2nd season at Randolph-Clay; 2nd season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT RANDOLPH-CLAY: 14-12.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 14-12.

2008 RECORD: 14-12.

2008 PLAYOFFS: None.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Jackson Dolor.

STATERS LOST: 3.

STARTERS RETURNING: 2 (Tim Stringer, Junior, Forward, 6-foot-3; Dujuan Gilbert, Jr., F, 6'4).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Shaquelle Nunnally, Sophomore, Forward, 6-foot-6; Malcolm Jones, F, 5'9; Cadaryle Curry, Jr., F, 6'0; Zuriel Muhammed, So., G, 5'7.

Seminole County

COACH: Kevin Godwin.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 4th season at Seminole County; 4th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT SEMINOLE COUNTY: 34-34.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 34-34.

2008 RECORD: 7-14.

2008 PLAYOFFS: None.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Danny Rambo; Johnny Parks.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Owen Parks, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-9; Tiawon Donalson, Sr., G, 6'1; Terrence Jones, Sr., F, 6'3).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Jay Boren, Senior, Guard, 6-feet.

Terrell County

COACH: John H. Davis.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 9th season at Terrell County; 9th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT TERRELL COUNTY: N/A.

2008 RECORD: 26-5.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in Elite Eight.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Louis Cobb; Will Weston; Bernard Parker; Johnny Chambers.

STATERS LOST: 4.

STARTERS RETURNING: 1 (Terel Hall, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-11).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Brian Browner, Junior, Guard, 5'11; Elliot Harvey, Junior, 6'1; Kamaris Grier, Sr., 6'2; Charles Brown, Jr., 5'10; Trayvis Stephens, Jr., 6'0; Adrian Gardner, Jr., 6'2; Tray Buchanan, Fr., 5'8; DeKoven Ware, So., 6'0; Deshone, Watson, So.; Adarren Holmes, Fr.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Qusteven Cooper, Middle Georgia College; Robert Ellis, Chattahoochee Valley Community College.

Miller County

Coach: Tim Martin.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 14th season at Miller County, 14th overall.

2008 record: 18-4.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

Assistant Coaches: None

STARTERS LOST: 2.

Returning Starters: 3 (William Martin, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-9); Dejuan Jones, Jr., F, 6'3; Jarrott Ryhames, Jr., F, 6'3).

Calhoun County

COACH: Marcus Shaw.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 1st season at Calhoun County, 1st overall.

2008 RECORD: 8-17.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: James Miller; Cornelius Key.

STARTERS LOST: 2.

RETURNING STARTERS: 3 (Andrew Carroll, Senior, Forward, 6-foot-1; Qutanna Johnson, Sr., F, 6'0; Knyhiach Zackery, Sr., G, 6'0.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Andraus Carr, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-6; Marquez Williams, So., G, 6'1; Jaylen White, Jr., G, 6'0; DeShawn Jordan, Jr., G, 5'10; Raishun Anderson, So., G, 5'10; Dondrell Henderson, Sr., G, 5'6; Darrion Shepard, Sr., C, 6'2; Robert Martin, So., F, 6'2; Skyler Wallace, So., C, 6'5).

Pelham

COACH: Warren Roberts.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 2nd season at Pelham, 18th year overall.

CAREER RECORD AT PELHAM: 15-10.

CAREER RECORD: N/A.

2008 RECORD: 15-10.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Jeray Randall, Alexander Atkins.

STARTERS LOST: 1.

RETURNING STARTERS: 4 (Quamaine Thomas, Senior, Forward, 6-feet; Darius Thomas, Jr., G, 5'10; D.T. Almond, Sr., G, 6'0; Lester Moore, Sr., G, 6'3).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Graham Atkins, Senior, Forward, 6-foot-4; Desmond Smith, Sr., Forward, 6'1; Henry Crimley, Jr., 6'1; Steve Mango, So., C, 6'4; Kenny Randall, Jr., G, 6'1; Kenny Cooper, Jr., G, 6'0,;Dominique Brown, Jr., G, 6'0.

Girls

Calhoun County

COACH: Cornelius Walker.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 1st season at Calhoun County; 1st season overall.

2008 RECORD: 1-19.

2008 PLAYOFFS: None.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Tiowanna Spann.

STATERS LOST: 1.

STARTERS RETURNING: 4 (DeAmber Harris, Senior, Guard; DeAngel Harris, Sr., F, Keiyanna Harris, Sr., C; Amanda Eafford, F).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Santana Ingram, Junior, Guard.

Randolph-Clay

Coach: Jennifer Acree.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 3rd at Randolph-Clay; 7th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT RANDOLPH-CLAY: 52-8.

CAREER RECORD: 142-36.

2008 record: 27-3.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in Final Four.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Genetta Moore.

STARTERS LOST: 0.

Returning Starters: 5 (Destiny Mitchell, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-9; Casey Sands, Jr., F, 5'9; Asha Alexander, Jr., G, 5'9; Shamara Stevens, Sr., G, 5'6; Donna Jones, Jr., G, 5'8).

Other key players: Andrea Blackmon, Freshman, Forward/Guard; Desmond Ellington, Jr., F.

Players in college or higher: Brittany Daniels, Forward, Valdosta State University.

Pelham

Coach: Derrick Lavatte.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 3rd at Pelham; 3rd season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT PELHAM: 27-21.

CAREER RECORD: 27-21.

2008 record: 13-12.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: None.

STARTERS LOST: 2.

Returning Starters: 3 (D'ambria Thomas, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-5; Shaye Rose, So., G, 5'5; Octavia Kierce, So., F, 5'7).

Terrell County

COACH: Tammye Jenkins.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 9th year at Terrell County; 9th overall.

CAREER RECORD: N/A.

2008 RECORD: 18-7.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in second round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Leon Ferguson, Annette Ware, Heatherly Whitehead.

STARTERS LOST: 4.

RETURNING STARTERS: 1 (DeAndrea Mitchell, Junior, 5-foot-10).

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: LaChante Hollis, Sophomore, 5-foot-6.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: Monshay Thomas, Darton; Shaylia Jester, Darton; Abril Smith, Darton.

Seminole County

Coach: Jesse McLeod.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 29th season at Seminole County, 29th overall.

CAREER RECORD: 540-219.

2008 record: 18-4.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

Assistant Coaches: Mary Wright, Kenita Bennett; Nancy Henry.

STARTERS LOST: 4.

Returning Starters: 1 (Carrie Washington, Senior, Forward, 5-foot-11).

Other key players: Shavonte Smith, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-5.

Miller County

Coach: Robert Melton.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 11th season at Miller County,11th overall.

2008 record: 8-12.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Didn't make it.

Assistant Coaches: Marianna Melton

STARTERS LOST: 3.

Returning Starters: 2 (Katrina Crankfield, Sr., Forward, 5-foot-6; Sukena Diamond, Sr., Guard, 5-4) .