The Herald anounces its 2013 All-Area Softball Team, which is highlighted by Player of the Year Madison Ragan of Southwest Georgia Academy and Player of the Year runner-up Anna Laine Brock of Sherwood.
SGA pitcher Madison Ragan led her team to the GISA Class AAA Final Four
Madison Ragan, winner of The Herald’s Player of the Year award in softball for the second straight season, led the Lady Warriors on the ride of a lifetime in 2013, guiding Southwest Georgia Academy to an undefeated regular season and cementing her title as the best softball player in Southwest Georgia.
With last-second heroics at the end of regulation and each overtime, the Rams beat Miles in triple OT 98-97 to keep the visiting Bears winless. (ADDS: ASU women rout Miles; Darton women lose in OT)
Darton sports teams to see scholarship limits drop
More than $165,000 of coaches’ salaries will be absorbed into the Darton athletics budget, which is causing cuts and scholarship reductions in nearly every program.
Region 1-AAAA standings bunched in middle
With six of the eight Region 1-AAAA boys basketball teams separated by just two games, the next two weeks will go a long way in determining seedings for next month’s region tournament.
Lee County will be the smallest school in Class AAAAAA
After hearing a 10-minute presentation from Lee County Principal Kevin Dowling, the GHSA Reclassification Committee rejects Lee’s appeal and sticks with their initial ruling of placing the Trojans in Class AAAAAA, where they will play as the smallest school in the state.
Tip Holston scores 15 points to lead Albany State
After twisting her ankle in the first half, Tip Holston returned midway through the second half to lead the Lady Rams to a 57-51 victory against the Lady Thorobreds in the SIAC opener for both teams.
Jamorris Gaines leads Albany State with 28 points
In their first game back from Christmas break, the Rams make clutch plays down the stretch Thursday against Kentucky State, winning the SIAC opener for both teams, 69-65.
Poole coached the Trojans for 12 seasons
Longtime coach Donald Poole was terminated as Dougherty’s athletic director less than a month ago for allegedly allowing ineligible players to compete, and now Poole is retiring from the Dougherty County School System as both a teacher and a coach.
Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2013 — No. 1: ASU football finishes turnaround season with SIAC title
The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the No. 1 story we’ve picked as having a significant impact this year.
Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2013 — No. 2: Tragedy strikes Darton with wrestling death
The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the ninth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition.
Counting down Southwest Georgia's Top 10 sports stories of 2013 -- No. 4: Posey signs nine-year deal with Giants
The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the seventh of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition.
Albany State opens SIAC schedule vs. Kentucky State
The Albany State men’s and women’s basketball teams resume play Thursday against Kentucky State in a doubleheader that is free to the public.
Curtis Williams hits game winner with 4.2 seconds left
Lee County’s Curtis Williams hits the game-winning layup with 4.2 seconds left to give the Trojans a 47-46 win in the second day of the Baldwin High Holiday Classic. (ADDS: Randolph-Clay boys, girls; Pelham boys, girls; Monroe girls; Crisp County boys, girls; DWS girls, boys)
Counting down Southwest Georgia's Top 10 sports stories of 2013 -- No. 6: Darton athletics celebrates another successful year
The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the fifth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition.
Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2013 — No. 7: Multiple GISA teams win state titles
The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the fourth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition.
The Randolph-Clay girls rise to No. 1 in the girls’ Fab 5 Poll
The Worth County Rams are waking up on Christmas as The Herald’s No. 1 team for the second week in a row, but they will need to keep their winning streak alive if they plan on staying on top as the calendar flips to 2014.
Marquin Jones hits a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to give Randolph-Clay the win
Randolph-Clay’s Marquin Jones, a senior who is in his first year with the team, hits a game-winning 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to lift the Red Devils past host Albany High, 62-61.
Counting down Southwest Georgia's Top 10 sports stories of 2013 -- No. 9: Semifinal loss was end of era for Albany Panthers
The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the second of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition.
Seay will be eligible to practice in the spring
Lee County grad Sanford Seay, who was kicked out of Georgia in 2011 and spent the last two years at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi, has landed on his feet and is now a member of the Louisiana Tech football team.
Monroe falls to Rockdale, 46-39
Playing in the Washington County Christmas Tournament, Rockdale pulls away late to beat Monroe, 46-39. (ADDS: Crisp County boys vs. Hawkinsville; Americus-Sumter girls vs. Webster; Pelham boys, girls vs. Cairo; Dougherty girls vs. Lincoln; Sherwood boys vs. Highland Christian; Sherwood girls vs. Byne, Westside; Westwood boys, girls vs. Covenant, Crisp Academy)
FVSU’s Joshuah Davis hits game-winning 3-pointer
With 4.6 seconds left, Fort Valley’s Joshuah Davis hits a 3-pointer from the corner to lift the Wildcats to a 73-70 victory and send the nationally ranked No. 18 Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes into the holiday break with their first loss of the season.
Wilson scores a game-high 25 points against East Georgia State
Jasmine Wilson, academically ineligible for the first 15 games of the season, returned to the court in grand fashion with a game-high 25 points to lead the Lady Cavs to a 78-28 win against East Georgia State.
Lee County boys, girls sweep Seminole County
Herald Super 6er Aaron May knocked down a short jumper with two seconds left late Tuesday, propelling the Lee County Trojans to a 72-70 upset victory over Herald No. 2 Seminole County.
Shanea Armbrister leads Darton with 19 points
The Darton State Lady Cavs bounce back from back-to-back losses with a Region XVII win against Andrew College. (ADDS: Recaps from Georgia Southwestern men, women and Albany Tech men)
Michelle Mitchell will play next winter for the Lady Rams
Michelle Mitchell, who signed with Division I Troy University after graduating from Darton, is transferring to Albany State and will start her career with the Lady Rams next winter as a junior.
Donald Poole was removed as AD last Thursday
In a letter obtained by The Herald, Dougherty High Principal Robert McIntosh alleges that athletic director Donald Poole violated GHSA By-Laws by allowing ineligible players to compete, resulting in Poole’s termination as AD late last week.
Albany State’s three-game winning streak snapped
Mecca Frost’s last-second 3-pointer clanked off the rim for the Lady Rams, who shot 37 percent from the field and failed to find any rhythm on offense all night.
Point guard Quiondra Darrisaw scores a game-high 24 points
Quiondra Darrisaw took control of Wednesday’s Region XVII game against Darton State College, hit the go-ahead free throws with 3.3 seconds left and then made a victory-clinching steal in the final moments to lead the Lady Titans to a 69-67 win.
Poole had served as Dougherty AD for 11 years
Dougherty High principal Robert McIntosh tells The Herald that Donald Poole was removed as athletic director late last week after “legitimate issues” involving the Dougherty athletic department.
Trent Thompson leaning toward Bulldogs
Thursday’s visit from Georgia coach Mark Richt was just another reminder of how coveted five-star junior defensive tackle Trent Thompson is becoming among the top schools in the country.
The Albany State men's basketball team blew a 15-point lead and watched as Carver’s Derek Douglas hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds left as the Cougars stunned the Rams.
Several Southwest Georgia schools are impacted
Not a single region in Southwest Georgia remained untouched by the new region alignments announced Tuesday by the GHSA, which threw Lee County into arguably the toughest football region in the state, packed 11 teams into Region 1-AAAA and moved Seminole County into Region 1-AA.
Hurricanes finish November a perfect 7-0
At 7-0, the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes are off to their best start since joining the Division II ranks in 2006. (ADDS: Notes on Albany State women’s basketball and former ASU and Bainbridge star April Thomas)
Shanea Armbrister scores 26 points in the 95-37 win
The Darton Lady Cavs win their fifth straight game behind star Shanea Armbrister, who scored a game-high 26 points.
Ricardo Lockette in WR rotation for 10-1 Seahawks
Former Monroe star Ricardo Lockette had bounced around from one NFL practice squad to another in the past two years before landing back in Seattle, where he is in the receiving rotation for the first-place Seahawks.
Rams fall to 1-3 with loss
Playing in their second overtime game this season, the Albany State Rams fall to Valdosta State, 91-89, in a thriller between the two in-state rivals.
Larry Willis steps down as Darton softball coach
Darton softball interim coach Larry Willis, who stepped in as head coach after David Dews resigned in July, handed in his resignation recently.
Buster Posey helps the Lee County Transitional Learning Center raise funds
Leesburg native and San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the special guest at the annual fundraiser at the Lee County Transitional Learning Center.
Lady Cavsfailto advance to national semifinals
A Darton women’s soccer team that withstood devastating injuries to post a 20-1 regular-season record and No. 4 national seed finally saw its run come to an end Thursday with a loss to Butler Community College in a national tournament tiebreaker.
Lady Rams finish season 17-13
One year after Clark Atlanta beat ASU in a five-set thriller in the 2012 SIAC championship game, the Lady Panthers shocked the Lady Rams again on Thursday with a five-set victory to upset No. 2 seed Albany State.
Darton loses in penalty kicks to Butler, 4-3
After the Lady Cavs’ loss to Butler in penalty kicks on Thursday, Darton, Butler and Owens were all knotted up with three points apiece in the Pool D standings, meaning the three teams will return to the field today for a three-way tiebreaker to decide who advances to the NJCAA national semifinals.
Albany State finishes year at 6-4
Rumors had been swirling for weeks regarding the possible cancellation of the Pioneer Bowl, and it was finally announced Wednesday that the CIAA was backing out of the game due to budgetary restraints.
Lady Rams sweep LeMoyne-Owen College
One year after getting upset in the opening round of the 2012 SIAC tournament, the Lady Rams opened the 2013 conference tournament on Wednesday with a dominating performance against LeMoyne-Owen.
Seminole County slated to move to Class AA
After being in Class AAAAA for more than a decade, Lee County was surprisingly placed in Class AAAAAA for the 2014-16 athletic seasons.
Frank Rivers was a key part of ASU’s SIAC championship
After Saturday’s SIAC championship victory against Miles, Albany State junior and Grambling State transfer Frank Rivers confirmed he would be coming back for his senior season.
Lady Cavs pick up two points in national tournament
Darton’s Janay Campbell netted the first sudden-death shot for the Lady Cavs, and moments later Hong Tran deflected an Owens Community College penalty kick to clinch the victory.
The Lady Cavs enter nationals as the No. 4 seed
There’s a special feeling about this year’s Darton team, which will be taking its 20-1 record and No. 4 national ranking into today’s NJCAA national tournament opener against Owens (Ohio) Community College.
Trailing by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter of the SIAC championship game against Miles, the Rams scored 10 straight points to complete one of the best turnaround seasons in program history with a 17-14 victory, capturing the team’s 20th conference title.
Find out where the fish are biting — or not biting — around Southwest Georgia this week.