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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Nine-team, Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament kicks off today; Darton coach Henry set to hold two hoops camps starting next week; ASU honored by SAAC

Albany baseball legend Paul Eames died late last year as the third year of his annual namesake baseball tournament was set to get under way. The tournament has since been renamed the "Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament," and action begins today at the Paul Eames Sports Complex

Albany baseball legend Paul Eames died late last year as the third year of his annual namesake baseball tournament was set to get under way. The tournament has since been renamed the "Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament," and action begins today at the Paul Eames Sports Complex

American Legion --- Paul Eames Memorial Baseball

Today — Sunday at Paul Eames Park

TEAMS: Albany Post 30 Senior, Albany Post 30 Junior, Leesburg Post 182, Tallahassee 19-and-under, Vidalia Baseball Club 19-and-under, Wiregrass (Ala.) 19-and-under No. 1 team, Wiregrass (Ala.) 19-and-under No. 2 team, Wiregrass (Ala.) 19-and-under No. 3 team, Tallahassee Baseball Club

Schedule:

Today

10 a.m.

Post 30 Sr. vs. Tallahassee 19-and-under

Post 182 vs. Tallahassee Baseball Club

Vidalia Baseball Club vs. Wiregrass 19-and-under No. 3 Team

12:30 p.m.

Wiregrass No. 2 vs. Leesburg Post 182

Tallahassee 19-and-under vs. Vidalia Baseball Club

3 p.m.

Wiregrass No. 1 vs. Wiregrass No. 2

Wiregrass 3 vs. Post 30

Tallahassee Baseball Club vs. Albany Junior Post 30

5:30 p.m.

Albany Junior Post 30 vs. Wiregrass No. 1

ALBANY — Three years ago, a summer baseball tournament was founded in the name of local baseball legend Paul Eames.

The organizers at the local American Legions called the tournament the “Paul Eames Baseball Tournament,” but when Eames died late last year, it was quickly renamed as a way to forever honor the man who gave so much to the sport in Southwest Georgia.

So today at the Paul Eames Sports Complex — Eames’ long-time namesake facility — the inaugural “Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament” will kick off with nine teams from around the Southeast battling it out in his honor.

Three local teams are included in that mix: American Legion Leesburg Post 182, American Legion Albany Post 30 Senior and American Legion Post 30 Junior.

Other teams participating include: Tallahassee 19-and-under, Vidalia Baseball Club 19-and-under, Wiregrass (Ala.) 19-and-under No. 1 team, Wiregrass (Ala.) 19-and-under No. 2 team, Wiregrass (Ala.) 19-and-under No. 3 team and Tallahassee Baseball Club.

The winners and runner-ups in each pool will play for the championship Sunday.


Darton coach Henry set to hold two hoops camps starting next week

ALBANY — Darton State College head women’s basketball coach Lea Henry is set to hold her annual basketball camp at Deerfield starting next week. That will be followed by a second camp at Darton later this month.

The 27th Lea Henry 2012 Camp of Champs Basketball Camp — for future hoopsters ages 5-18 — will begin Tuesday at Deerfield and last through Friday.

The camp at Darton, which will be run by Henry and her players, begins two weeks later and lasts from July 23-26.

Each camp will stress game play and fundamentals.

Spots are still available and information about signing up can be obtained by calling (404) 556-2302.

Henry, who is heading into her second year at Darton, is the former head women’s coach at Division I Georgia State and star point guard for the Tennessee Lady Vols.


ALBANY STATE SNAGS TWO HONORS FROM SAAC:

ALBANY — The advisor of the Albany State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will serve as chairman of the conference SAAC Council. Stan McCormick, who is also ASU’s assistant head men’s basketball coach, was selected as the first-ever chair of the conference’s SAAC organization.

SAAC is a NCAA-mandated committee made up of student-athletes from each sport and cheerleading who provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect the lives of student-athletes.

“I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to serve the schools in the SIAC and represent Albany State University,” McCormick said Thursday. “It is a good feeling to know that I will have an impact on the well-being of student-athletes. I look forward to working with the staff to produce an even more effective SAAC program for our conference.”

McCormick has served as the advisor for the ASU SAAC for five years. He led the organization to the 2011 and 2012 SAAC Citizenship Award and runner-up finishes in 2008, 2009 and 2010. During the 2011-2012 school year, the ASU SAAC was named a finalist for the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence.

“Coach McCormick really deserves this honor,” Stephanie Harrison-Dyer, ASU assistant director of athletics, said. “He does a great job with our SAAC program and works very hard. I believe he will do an excellent job in this position.”

ASU athletes win SAAC honors again

For the second consecutive year, Albany State University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee captured the SAAC Citizenship Award. The ASU SAAC was among other SAAC programs that competed all year to acquire points by completing community service projects and other initiatives on their campuses and in their communities.

“We are excited about repeating as the champions,” said Stan McCormick, ASU SAAC advisor and assistant head men’s basketball coach. “This year’s SAAC representatives and their teammates went well beyond the call of duty, and they were rewarded for their countless efforts.

“I can’t say enough about the job our student-athletes did throughout the year. They represented Albany State athletics, our university and the (conference) with the highest esteem. They take pride in serving our school and community, and hopefully we can continue to use their great attitudes and hard work to build on this success.”

Each SAAC program in the conference received points for public service, raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visits to hospitals, elementary schools and nursing homes, and attendance at conference meetings. Led by SAAC President Ken Nesbitt and Vice President Whitley Patterson, Albany State received a perfect score for a second consecutive year and raised a conference record $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to win the championship.

“We are very proud of our SAAC program and their accomplishments this year,” ASU A.D. Dr. Richard Williams said. “Our student-athletes have a strong commitment to public service and dedication to our university. I commend them.”

The Albany State SAAC finished second in 2008, 2009 and 2010, before winning its first award in 2011. After winning this year’s title, Albany State tied Kentucky State University for the most awards all-time.