LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton's Mitchell named NJCAA All-American; DWS boys soccer joins girls as region champs

Darton's Michelle Mitchell nearly has her pick of Division I schools to attend now that her stellar Lady Cavs career has come to a close.

Darton's Michelle Mitchell nearly has her pick of Division I schools to attend now that her stellar Lady Cavs career has come to a close.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA named Darton State College basketball star Michelle Mitchell a Division I Second-Team All-American on Friday.

With Mitchell at the wheel, the Lady Cavaliers were one of the best basketball programs in the nation. During her sophomore year, the team finished 12th in the NJCAA, had a perfect 18-0 record in the Cavalier Arena and won the District Championship and Region 17/GCAA Championship. Mitchell was awarded the GCAA Player of the Year award before she took the Lady Cavs to their first national championship tournament appearance in more than a decade.

“Michelle has had an outstanding two years at Darton,” Lady Cavaliers head coach Lea Henry said. “She took our program to another level.

“She’s also an outstanding student and a very classy young lady.”

Mitchell scored 549 points for Darton during the 2012-2013 season, ranking her as the 4th-highest scorer in the NJCAA. She also had 235 rebounds, 93 assists, 73 steals and averaged 16.6 points per game.

“Michelle is everything you could want in a student-athlete,” Henry said.

Mitchell said the Darton State coaching staff had a huge role in her success.

“They helped me get better on the court and off the court as a person,” she said.

Presently Mitchell is being courted by dozens of NCAA D-1 basketball programs.

“She’s had 60 or 70 schools express interest in her,” Henry said. “She’s visiting Mercer on Sunday and Stetson in a couple of weeks. She still has a ways to go before she makes a decision on any of them.”

High Schools

Deerfield boys soccer team joins girls as region champions; WHS boys win region tourney opener

ALBANY — One season after losing 10 seniors after their state tournament team, the Deerfield-Windsor boys soccer team is back on top.

The Knights (9-2, 5-1 in region) clinched the GISA Region 3-AAA title Friday night with a 7-0 rout of Tiftarea.

“It’s pretty amazing what they’ve done with all those players we lost,” DWS coach Aly Joslin said. “I’m very proud of (what they accomplished this year).”

Andrew Sullivan and Lanier Freeman led the way with two goals each, while Taylor Grandinetti, Harry Villdelbill and Joe Tondera each scored once.

Brantley Talley posted the shutout for DWS.

The DWS girls, meanwhile, capped their second straight region title, like the boys, with an easy win against Tiftarea, 5-1.

Kendyll Freeman scored twice, while Carlton Yarbrough, Cheyenne Colvin, Casey Kincheloe each added one goal.

The Lady Knights, who clinched the 3-AAA crown Thursday with a 7-0 win against Brookwood, improved to 13-3 overall and 8-0.

Both DWS teams will play again Tuesday at Westfield.

WESTOVER BOYS SOCCER 4, CRISP COUNTY 1: The Patriots (9-6-1, 8-3) won their first-round region tournament game Friday night to advance to the quarterfinals next week against an opponent yet to be determined.

Will Vice, Hunter Choi, Kevin Vincente and Tanner Stump each scored once, while Tyler Collins had Crisp’s lone goal.

Deerfield baseball wins 10-inning thriller to take over first place in region

THOMASVILLE — Deerfield rallied and beat co-first-place region foe Brookwood on Friday, 5-1 in 10 innings to take over first place in the Region 3-AAA race.

Westin King (3-2) picked up the win, going nine innings, striking out three and allowing just five hits.

Kh’Ron McLain was 3-for-5 with a double, Coleman Butler was 2-for-5 with a double and Justin Glover added a double and three RBI in the 10th that sealed the win for DWS (4-1 in region). Sam Shellhaas added a 2-for-4 outing with a triple.

DWS returns to action Tuesday against Tiftarea.