LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton's Mitchell named Region XVII Player of the Week

Darton sophomore Michelle Mitchell is a big reason why the Lady Cavs are 7-1 this season and a favorite to win the Region XVII title.

Darton sophomore Michelle Mitchell is a big reason why the Lady Cavs are 7-1 this season and a favorite to win the Region XVII title.

ALBANY — Following two big Region XVII wins for the Lady Cavs, Darton State College sophomore Michelle Mitchell earned Player of the Week honors.

In the second week of the season, Mitchell averaged 20.5 points and nine rebounds per game in wins against Atlanta Metro State College and Chattahoochee Technical College.

She has led the Lady Cavs to a 7-1 overall record and an undefeated, 3-0, conference record this season.

Mitchell and the Lady Cavs face Central Georgia Technical College at home on Wednesday.

Darton to host Cavalier Duals on Saturday

ALBANY — The Darton State wrestling program will host its annual Cavalier Dual meet Saturday in the Cavalier Arena.

Weigh-ins begin at 11 a.m., and competitions will follow at noon. Darton will face the University of Central Florida in the first session before wrestling Shorter College at 2 p.m., and then Truett McConnell College at 4 p.m.

The event will be free to the public.

Darton will be the only NJCAA program in the meet, and Cavalier head wrestling coach James Hicks expects his young team to do very well against its four-year program competitors.

“Shorter will be our toughest match, for sure,” he said. “They were a top-15 NAIA team last year.”

Darton has already seen some big wins this season and will bring momentum into the meet. Jamel Sharp, a 125-pound freshman, is 10-1 and won the Patriot Open at the University of the Cumberlands. Freshman Howard Earl is 8-2 and, wrestling at 133 pounds, made it to the finals at the Citadel Open and the Patriot Open. Cavalier heavyweight Henry Floyd placed in the top four at the Patriot Open and the Central Florida Open.

“Those guys will compete to win it,” Hicks said.

The meet will be broken into three, two-hour sessions on two mats, so spectators can expect non-stop wrestling until the final matches come to a close.

Sherwood boys, girls sweep Byne Christian

ALBANY — The Sherwood boys and girls basketball teams won their respective home openers Monday against Byne Christian.

The Lady Eagles won, 45-10, and were led by Madison Walker (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Markeria Lewis (8 points, 9 rebounds).

The Lady Eagles, who led 22-5 at halftime, improved to 3-1 overall and play again Friday in the Christian Fellowship Academy Tip-Off Tournament in Macon.

Patrick Stanford (23 points), Dalton Todd (12 points) and T.J. Clay (12 points) led the Sherwood boys to a 78-58 win.

The Eagles, who are now 3-0, also play Friday in the CFCA Tip-Off Tournament.