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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton baseball’s Wofford named All-American

Cody Wofford helped lead Darton to a national Top 10 ranking and a program-record 85 wins in two years.

Cody Wofford helped lead Darton to a national Top 10 ranking and a program-record 85 wins in two years.

ASU men’s hoops loses freshman star PG Gosier

THOMASVILLE — Former Thomasville High School basketball star Trey Gosier is transferring from Albany State to Thomas University, the Thomsville Times-Enterprise reported Wednesday.

Gosier, a 5-foot-9 point guard, signed with Albany State a year ago after leading the Bulldogs to 91 wins from 2008-12 and a trip to the GHSA Class AA state championship game in 2010. The freshman began last season as the Rams’ starting point guard. However, he suffered a torn meniscus that required knee surgery just two games into the season.

In his collegiate debut, Gosier handed out six assists and had four steals against Georgia Southwestern. He then scored 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting with three steals against Valdosta State before going down for the year.

ASU coach Chris Cameron said losing Gosier — at the start of the season and now — was tough but he wished him the best of luck.

“I haven’t had a whole lot of time to process it, but we always want what’s best for kids, and given his situation, it may have been best for him to return home. We support whatever decision Trey thinks is best for him,” Cameron said. “Obviously, he was going to be a big part of our team next year and he looked good (bouncing back from the injury) during spring, so I think he’ll be able to come back.”

Gosier has been granted a medical hardship, giving him four years to play for the Night Hawks, who are restarting their program after it was shut down in 2002. Thomas will begin play this fall.

Cameron said the Rams are still deep in talent at the point guard position, and he also plans to recruit another player at that position.

“It’s funny, when you called I was actually on the phone talking to this Division I point guard who’s looking to transfer. We’ll keep looking at guys this summer,” he added. “Plus, we’ve got some really good players already on our roster. So we’re fine.”

ALBANY — Darton State College shortstop Cody Wofford was named an NJCAA Division I All-American, Honorable Mention on Thursday.

Wofford, a key part of a group of sophomores that lifted the Cavaliers into a nationally ranked program, helped the Cavs to 85 wins and their first Top 10 national ranking during his two seasons at Darton.

“If we had to put a poster up in our locker room of what a Darton player should be, Cody Wofford, along with five or six other sophomores, would be that poster,” Darton State College head coach Scot Hemmings said. “His work ethic and his leadership, it’s just going to be tough replacing a player and young man like him.”

Wofford has signed with NCAA D-1 baseball program Western Kentucky, where he will transfer this fall.

Aside from All-America status, the McDonough native can also look back at Darton as a two-time 1st Team All Region player and a GCAA Gold Glove winner.

In 2013, he led the Cavaliers in hits (77), doubles (15), triples (6) and runs (50). He stole 23 bases, smacked 36 RBI and batted .376.

ASU SHINES IN SAAC COMPETITION: For the third consecutive year, Albany State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee won the conference’s SAAC Citizenship Award. The ASU SAAC is led by president Vanessa Jones, a member of the Lady Rams’ softball team and a former Bainbridge star, and competes against other conference teams by completing community service projects and other initiatives on campus and in the community.

“Winning our third straight (conference) SAAC award has produced a lot of excitement within our organization and the athletic department,” said Stan McCormick, ASU SAAC advisor. “Our SAAC representatives and their teammates always go well beyond the call of duty, and they were rewarded again for their countless efforts.”

Each SAAC program in Albany State’s conference received points for public service, raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visits to hospitals, schools and nursing homes, and attendance at conference meetings. Led by Jones and vice president Reanah Kellogg, Albany State received a perfect score and raised more than $1,600 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to win the championship.

ASU cheerleader Brandie Hall was recently voted to serve as the conference’s 2013-14 SAAC president.

“Being named president is a great opportunity for me,” Hall said. “I will get to network with my fellow student-athletes from other schools in the conference. It will also give me a chance to help broaden pathways for student-athletes in our conference and continue to shine the positive spotlight on ASU.”

Hall is the first ASU student-athlete to serve in SAAC on the conference or national level.

DARTON SEARCHING FOR NEW GOLF COACH: Darton State College head golf coach Bill Jones III, a former Cavs player and NJCAA national champ, announced his resignation this week after two season.

Jones cited personal reasons for his departure. Golf director Dale Dover — the architect of the Cavs’ three straight national title teams from 2005-07 who retired two years ago as the head coach — will serve as interim head coach until the position is filled. Dover said he’s prepared to be the interim coach for a full season as the program searches for the ideal candidate.

Jones was an NJCAA individual national champion and part of the team title at Darton in 2007 and took over as head of the program in 2011, but that same success he had on the course did not follow. Under Jones, the Cavs — who have dominated Georgia junior college golf for more than a decade — kept their region title winning streak alive (12 in a row), but they placed fifth at nationals last year and then suffered their worst finish in 10 years this past season when they came in 12th.