LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany Shockwave to hold 2 more tryouts; Graves named new boys hoops coach at Life Christian

ALBANY — The newly founded ABA basketball team, the Albany Shockwave, announced Tuesday that it will be hosting two additional tryouts to fill out its roster for the upcoming season.

The Shockwave previously hosted a tryout in Albany, but are still looking for players to help provide the winning edge.

“We’re looking to put the best possible team on the court this season,” head coach Al Smith said. “In order to compete well in the South Atlantic Division we’re going to need to recruit the best.”

The next tryouts are scheduled for Saturday at East Gadsden High School in Havana, Fla., just outside of Tallahassee and Sunday at Americus-Sumter High School’s North Campus. Tryout check-in and late registration will begin at 8 a.m. both days with tryouts starting promptly at 9 a.m.

Individuals interested in trying out for the Albany Shockwave should complete the online registration form at www.albanyshockwave.com. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have previous basketball experience. Photo ID is required at time of check-in.

For more information about basketball tryouts call (866) 477-9394, extension 108 or e-mail zan.walden@albanyshockwave.com.


ALBANY — Keith Graves is coming back to where it all started for him.

Graves, a Life Christian Academy grad and former standout for Middle Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team, was officially hired as the new head coach of the Life Christian varsity boys basketball team Tuesday.

“I’m excited about getting my first head coaching job,” Graves said. “I’m ready to go.”

Life Christian, which is located on Fourth avenue in Albany, competes in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and the Alabama Athletic Association.

The Warriors will play against Byne Christian, Ballard Christian, Heritage Christian, Grace Christian, Westside Baptist Academy, Trinity Christian and The Campus School in Peachtree.

Life Christian begins its season Nov. 15 in the Byne Tip-Off Tournament.