Lady Cavs improve to 10-0 at home
The Darton softball team bounced back from four losses over the weekend with a two-game sweep of rival ABAC. (ADDS: ASU softball sweeps Brewton-Parker)
The Georgia Southwestern men also earn an at-large bid
The Albany State Lady Rams received one of 42 at-large bids for the NCAA Division II Tournament and were awarded the No. 5 seed in the South Region at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they will face No. 4 Delta State in Friday’s opening round at 7:30 p.m. (ADDS: GSW earns No. 6 seed)
Smith is inducted into the SIAC Hall of Fame
The much-loved and much-respected former coach was one of 15 legends to make up the conference’s first Hall of Fame class in 14 years, which was officially inducted Wednesday as part of the SIAC Centennial Hall of Fame Gala in Birmingham, Ala.
On the southern Atlantic coast the tidal mood changes are drastic.
The tidal streams of southeast Georgia and north Florida flow languidly through broad expanses of salt marsh and piney scrub habitat, where sawgrass and its kin profusely thrive and trees and shrubs cling precariously to life.
Lady Rams beat Clark Atlanta, 70-58
After falling behind by seven points in the second half, the Lady Rams storm back to clinch a spot in today’s SIAC championship game. (ADDS: Albany State men eliminated, Georgia Southwestern men advance in conference tournaments)
The Lady Eagles lose for the fourth time this season to Randolph-Clay
Thursday’s loss to Randolph-Clay in the Class A state title game was devastating for a Mitchell County team that was looking for the first girls basketball state championship in school history.
Wilkinson County holds on for 72-64 victory
Turner County nearly erases an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in Thursday’s Class A boys state championship game but falls to Wilkinson County, 72-64.
The Wildcats were outscored 43-27 in the second half
The Crisp Academy boys were enjoying their best season in years, but the postseason run ended Wednesday with a loss to Oak Mountain in the GISA Class A state semifinals.
Gelfand was Sherwood’s fifth coach in five years
Sherwood boys basketball Bryan Gelfand was suspended two weeks ago for using inappropriate language as he walked off the court following a game, and on Wednesday the school parted ways with him for good.
Darton, Georgia Southwestern can't catch Eastern Florida State in final round of Doublegate Invitational
Host Darton finishes tied for second
Holding a five-shot lead over both Darton and Georgia Southwestern heading into the final 18 holes, Eastern Florida State extended the margin and cruised to a seven-shot victory in the 12-team Doublegate Invitational.
Darton, Georgia Southwestern are 5 shots back
The Darton and Georgia Southwestern golf teams are five shots back of leader Eastern Florida State heading into today’s final round of the Doublegate Invitational in Albany. (ADDS: Darton softball sweeps Thomasville JV)
Columbia’s Keuntay Puckett hits a the game-winner as the buzzer sounded
Westover’s dream season came crashing down in an instant Saturday when Columbia’s Keuntay Puckett hit a game-winning buzzer beater in the Class AAAA state semifinals.
Four Southwest Georgia teams to play in state semifinals
The Westover and Calhoun County boys and Randolph-Clay and Mitchell County girls are trying to end a nine-year state title drought in Southwest Georgia.
Westwood, Crisp will play in next weekend’s Final 4 at Mercer
Defending state champions Westwood and Crisp Academy are now two wins away from adding another state title to their growing collections. (ADDS: Deerfield girls, Southland girls, TAE girls eliminated)
Lady Jets advance to region title game
On Friday, the Lady Jets continued their dominance in the postseason with a 72-54 win against defending region champ Darton in the semifinal round.
The Randolph-Clay boys and Bainbridge boys are eliminated in the Elite 8
The Calhoun County boys and Mitchell County girls both end long Final 4 droughts with victories on Thursday. (ADDS: Randolph-Clay boys, Bainbridge boys lose)
Wednesday’s 62-48 win against Towns County lifts the Lady Red Devils to their second straight trip to the Class A Final Four.
Ricardo Sloan signs a national letter-of-intent with NAIA school Point University in West Point, becoming Dougherty’s first football player in four years to accept a scholarship.
The Randolph-Clay girls start the road back to the Class A state title game with a dominating 71-48 victory against Central Talbotton.
McCrae leads Red Devils into Elite 8
Gary McCrae scores 22 second-half points to help Randolph-Clay erase a 14-point deficit in Monday’s Class A tournament game against Georgia Military College.
The Rams knock off bitter rival and SIAC top dog Fort Valley State in a homecoming game in front of a sold-out crowd.
The Lady Rams outscore rival Fort Valley State 11-1 in the final 53 seconds to clinch the No. 1 seed in next month’s SIAC tournament.
Murray will take over Southland football program
Deerfield-Windsor baseball coach Rod Murray is stepping down after this season and will take over the Southland football program, a move that Murray calls “chasing a dream.”
Lady Cavs rout Chattahoochee Tech in regular-season finale
The Lady Cavs win for the sixth time in their last seven games with a 99-49 victory against Chattahoochee Tech in Wednesday’s regular-season finale.
Today’s game at Lee County High School between the Trojans and powerhouse Crisp County is the first of five games through Saturday in the Lee County High School Baseball Invitational.
Westover running back Shannon Saunders signed a four-year scholarship with Missouri Southern State University, where he will continue a football career that is bursting with potential.
After weeks of speculation about the financial struggles of the Albany Panthers, owner Rod Chappell tells The Herald that he is 99 percent sure there will not be a 2014 season.
Albany State star forward Tip Holston collapses near midcourt, but despite her absence the Lady Rams storm back to beat Clark Atlanta in a battle between the top two teams in the SIAC East Division.
Worth County native Jamorris Gaines swats away Clark Atlanta’s game-tying attempt as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Monday’s SIAC game.
The Cavs shot 10 strokes better than Saturday’s opening round and finished fifth out of nine teams with an overall score of 622.
The Darton women’s basketball team led from start to finish and continued their late-season surge with a 69-62 victory against Georgia Highlands. (ADDS: Darton baseball, softball; Albany State baseball, softball; Georgia Southwestern basketball)
On Saturday, the Lady Trojans won a back-and-forth thriller against host and rival Bainbridge, 46-41, to earn a spot in Monday’s Region 1-AAAAA championship game and clinch a home game in the opening round of next week’s state playoffs. (ADDS: Lee County, Bainbridge boys recaps)
The Herald No. 2 Calhoun County boys advance to face Randolph-Clay in a rematch of the Cougars’ only loss this season, while the Seminole County boys advance to play Stewart County in tonight’s Region 1-A semifinals.
Brenton Wimberly, Westover’s star defensive lineman and a big reason the Patriots won last season’s Region 1-AAAA championship, followed in the footsteps of Trent Brown — his cousin and former Westover star lineman — and signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday to play at Georgia Military College.
The city of Albany has terminated its lease agreement with the Albany Panthers, but meetings between the team and city officials are planned this week with the hope that a deal will be reached to keep the team in Albany.
The Patriots slipped out of the top spot immediately back in December with a loss to Worth County, but Westover has peaked at the end of the season and reclaimed its spot atop the poll with a 58-42 drubbing of Worth on Feb. 4 to knock the Rams out of the No. 1 ranking.
Monroe kept its season alive Monday in the opening round of the Region 1-AAAA tournament, pulling away in the second half to hand Dougherty a season-ending 61-38 defeat. (ADDS: Recaps from Region 1-AAAA and Region 1-A tournaments)
Panthers officials, who announced two weeks ago that they needed an additional $100,000 in funding to avoid cancelling the 2014 season, cancelled a press conference Monday afternoon and instead sent an email to local media saying that they are “finalizing a potential solution which would allow the team to play in 2014 and beyond.”
Highlighting the 2014 signing class for the reigning SIAC championship Rams are linebackers and co-Defensive Players of the Year for Region 5-AA Emmanuel Brown and Marvin Lewis from Kendrick High School in Columbus.
The Bearcats rode Herald Super 6er Tyree Crump and his game-high 37 points to a 74-59 victory over Lee County to clinch the regular-season Region 1-AAAAA title and secure the No. 1 seed in next week’s tournament.
Three Lee County Trojans sign with Division I schools
Buffalo-bound defensive back Quan Jamison and Louisiana-Lafayette offensive lineman commit Jesse Freeman began the festivities by signing their national letters-of-intent, and then Stephen Collier Sr., the father of Lee County QB Stephen Collier, took center stage in honor of his son, who has already enrolled at Ohio State and is attending classes in Columbus, Ohio.
A group of freshmen join Albany State’s returning softball players as the Lady Rams open their 2014 campaign with the goal of repeating as SIAC champs.
The Cavs opened the 2014 spring season with an 11th-place finish in the 15-team tournament, finishing 47 shots over par after three straight rounds over 300.
Monroe grad Ricardo Lockette is one of the Seattle Seahawks’ top players on special teams
Monroe grad Ricardo Lockette’s journey to Super Bowl XLVIII as a receiver for the Seattle Seahawks hasn’t always been easy, but it’s one that has made him, his parents and his community proud.
It was a rocky year before Eric Neel came over from Hattiesburg, Miss., to take over the Darton softball program, which is hoping it can thrive in 2014 with the stability Neel brought with him.
For the first time in more than a decade, no player on Albany State’s roster has won an SIAC championship — but senior leader and former Westover star Jacob Campbell plans to end the drought with a conference title in his final season.
Head coach Scot Hemmings and the Cavs open the season today in Panama City, Fla., against Gulf Coast Community College, and the third-year coach believes his team has the talent and the work ethic to bounce back from last year’s disappointing finish and claim their first region title in school history.
Coaches vote to split into two sub-regions
In a near-unanimous decision by the region’s football coaches, Crisp County, TCC, Cairo, Monroe and Albany will make up sub-region A, while Bainbridge, Americus-Sumter, Westover, Worth County and Dougherty will make up sub-region B.
Albany's Professional Indoor Football League team needs to raise $100,000 in the next week or it will be forced to cancel the 2014 season.
DaQuenna Moore leads Darton with 20 points, 15 rebounds
Darton won for the seventh time in its last eight games Wednesday with a 68-53 win against Region XVII rival Atlanta Metro — the same team that the Lady Cavs barely beat by three points back on Nov. 20.