Albany State baseball coach Kenyan Conner
ALBANY — After serving as the interim coach of the Albany State baseball team for the past three years, Kenyan Conner finally got the interim tag removed on Monday.
“I want to thank the Lord for the opportunity,” Conner said. “I’m going try to take full advantage of the opportunity given to me by the ASU administration. It will take 100 percent effort, and I will definitely give it my all.”
In his three seasons as interim head coach, Conner led the Rams to 68 victories.
In 2011, he led Albany State to a conference tournament runner-up finish, which was followed by a third place finish in 2012.
This past season, Conner led the team to an East Division championship and was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.
“We are excited to have coach Conner serve as our head coach,” ASU athletics director Richard Williams said. “We feel that he can continue the success we have had in baseball, and we look forward to more great things from that program.”
Conner said his vision for the program is to have better relations with the community.
“The short-term goal is to get back to the top of the conference, but the long-term goal is to truly merge the program and the community together,” Conner said. “First of all, we need to give back to the community and have my kids involved in things like visiting nursing homes and reading to kids. Those are things we already do, so it’s about getting the community to support us.”
DWS finishes fourth in state tournament
THOMASVILLE — The Deerfield boys golf team shot a 319 Monday in the GISA Class AAA state golf tournament at Glenn Arven Country Club in Thomasville to finish in a tie for fourth place with Tiftarea.
Stratford Academy won the state title with a team score of 299.
It was a disappointing finish for the Knights, who shot a 298 on the course on Thursday.
“Everybody is disappointed with the way we played,” DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. “But it’s a one-day tournament, so if you have a bad day, then that’s that. You have to tip your hat to Stratford. That’s a great score.”
Bill Sharpe led Deerfield with a 3-over 75, to earn All-State honors and finish in a tie for fifth place.
Other DWS scores were Wilson Joiner 79, John Leach 80 and Ethan Shellhaas 85.
Robert Persons of Stratford shot a 70 to earn medalist honors.
Augusta Prep shot a 303 to finish in second, while Westminster fired a 316 and came in third.