LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: ASU announces 2012 football ticket information

ASU interim athletic director Richard Williams

ASU interim athletic director Richard Williams

ALBANY — When Albany State football fans purchase their 2012 season tickets, they can help fund the Golden Rams scholarship program for deserving student-athletes.

A portion of the proceeds from the new Seats for Success Season Ticket Package will benefit the scholarship fund.

The Seats For Success package includes tickets for the Golden Rams’ three home games — Sept. 3 against North Greenville, Sept. 22 against Miles and Oct. 20 against Clark Atlanta.

The package also includes an adult ticket to the Fountain City Classic game against Fort Valley State on Nov. 3 in Columbus and a reserved seat at games at the ASU Coliseum.

The special ticket package is $125.

“We are inviting our Golden Ram fans to kick off the 2012 season by purchasing the Seats for Success ticket package, which is a great deal for a great price. Some of the proceeds from this endeavor will help us recruit and retain the best of the best student-athletes,” ASU interim athletic director Richard Williams said.

Williams said there are a limited number of Seats For Success packages available, and pre-orders for tickets are now being accepted.

The deadline to order SFS tickets is Aug. 17.

In addition to the SFS package, fans may also purchase the traditional season ticket package for $50. The traditional package includes tickets to the three home games only.

Individual home game tickets are $20 for adult general admission and $25 for homecoming tickets. Kindergarten through 12th-grade students may purchase $7 tickets for regular games and $10 tickets for the homecoming game.

Regular tickets will go on sale at the cashiers’ window at the Albany State Business Office in the ACAD Building in mid-August. Tickets will also be available at Odyssey Records, June Bug’s Grocery, Radium Springs Petro Store and Connie’s Corner in Albany.

South Georgia Tech women’s basketball team signs pair of recruits from S.C.

AMERICUS — South Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach James Frey has only been on the job a few weeks, and he is wasting little time adding to the roster.

The school announced on Thursday that Nikkei Blackburn and Rasheda Patterson of Marlboro County High School (Bennettsville, S.C.) have signed letters of intent to play basketball this season.

Blackburn, a 6-foot center and Class 3A all-state selection, averaged 18 points, 20 rebounds and four assists per game her senior season, while Patterson averaged 19 points and four rebounds.

“I am very excited that we were able to sign Nikkei Blackburn and Rasheda Patterson,” Frey said. “They have some size as well as the ability to score and rebound. There may be a learning curve early as they make the transition from the high school to the college level, but I am very optimistic that they will be extremely valuable to the Lady Jets this fall.”

JETS TAKE PART IN ALL-AMERICAN SHOWCASE: Two new members of the South Georgia Tech men’s basketball team have been invited to participate in the All-American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 East event in Augusta this weekend.

Octavius Green, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Gainesville, Fla., and Stedmon Lemon, a 6-4 sophomore from Lithonia, have both signed letters of intent to play basketball in Americus this fall and will be among the top 80 rising junior college players from the eastern half of the United States to participate in the showcase.

“This event is by invitation only,” Jets head coach Steven Wright said. “We were very pleased to sign two players of this caliber for the 2012-2013 season and I look forward to seeing exactly what they can accomplish at the JUCO Showcase Elite 80 East event against some of the other top JUCO players in this region. I am very excited about them playing basketball this season for the Jets.”

Green is transferring to South Georgia Tech from Brevard Community College in Florida. He is expected to rotate between the small and power forward positions, while Lemon, a transfer from Park University (Mo.) will be able to defend multiple positions and will be key in transition offense.