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2013 JOHNNY SEABROOKS PLAYER OF THE YEAR, GIRLS TRACK: Sophomore Harrell emerges as the best

Ashley Harrell shocked the field at state when she came out of nowhere, posted five personal-best marks and won the GHSA Class AAAA state discus title, earning her The Herald's 2013 Johnny Seabrooks Player of the Year honors for girls track & field. (ADDS: 2013 Albany Herald All-Area Girls Track & Field Team)

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MIKE PHILLIPS FAREWELL COLUMN: Hard to leave, even harder to say goodbye

Former Albany Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips bids a heartfelt farewell to all those who made his 3 1/2 years in Southwest Georgia arguably the most memorable stop of his 30-year journalism career.

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2013 JOHNNY SEABROOKS CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, BOYS TRACK: Seasons for Monroe's Williams, Terrell's Scott run dead heat for top honor

How do you choose between the amazing seasons by Monroe Kevin Williams and Terrell County's Jerkerious Scott for the 2013 Johnny Seabrooks Player of the Year honor? The answer: You don't. (ADDS: 2013 Herald All-Area Boys Track & Field Team)

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PREVIEW: Proud Randolph Southern baseball program begins final quest before school closing

The Patriots’ baseball program, which won a state title as recently as 2009, will cease to exist after this season — which is why the kids from Randolph Southern plan to make their final title run count.

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All eyes on Albany

The Good Life City once again becomes the center of attention this week for the annual girls GHSA State Track & Field Championships, which begin today at Hugh Mills.

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Miami a top choice for Albany High LB Young after recent offer

Albany High linebacker Juwon Young gets an official offer from the University of Miami, and he says the Hurricanes are now at the top of his list.

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Monroe's Anduze headed to Atlanta Metro

Monroe multi-sport star Davone Anduze chooses basketball and will play next season for Atlanta Metro.

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Westover's Cromer catches eye of Eastern Florida State College, lands in Melbourne

Westover’s T.J. Cromer, a Herald Super 6er and two-time All-Area Player, signs a basketball scholarship with Eastern Florida College, while Monroe’s Davone Anduze is headed to Atlanta Metro.

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What can ya do?

That’s the rhetorical question Deerfield’s boys were asking themselves after Saturday’s frustrating state runner-up finish that saw the Knights score more than 100 points and still come up short of beating powerhouse Stratford.

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GHSA BOYS STATE TRACK & FIELD MEET --- DAY 3: Heartbreak for Terrell County boys on final day at GHSA meet; Westover's Childs, Baconton's Wenzel

Jekerious Scott wins the Class A state title in the 100, but the Greenwave miss the team championship after one of the most bizarre endings in the history of the GHSA state meet.

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PREVIEW: Trojans look to turn around down season in AAAAA state playoffs

Lee County enters the state playoffs as a No. 4 seed for the first time in Rob Williams’ 25 years at the school, but he believes his kids can still turn their season around. (ADDS: preview items on Crisp County, Worth County, Westover and Miller County baseball teams)

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Worth’s Mency signs with Bellhaven

Worth County OL Marquavion Mency is taking his talents to Bellhaven University in Mississippi.

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Trail-Blazers

The Baconton Charter Blazers baseball team opens the Class A state playoffs today after putting together the best season in the school’s history.

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GHSA BOYS STATE TRACK MEET: Monroe’s Williams wins state crown in long jump, scores 22 points by himself on Day 1

Tornadoes track & field star Kevin Williams scores 22 points all by himself during Day 1 of the state meet in Jefferson, including a state championship in the long jump.

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PREVIEW: Area stars eye titles at GISA state track meet

Georgia’s top private school track & field stars converge on the Good Life City today for the annual GISA state championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium as region champions Deerfield’s boys and girls and Westwood’s boys and girls are primed to win the crowns.

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Westover’s Williams signs with East Georgia State

Shantaria Williams, the daughter of Dontonio Wingfield, who was a legend at Westover High before going on to play in the NBA, signs with East Georgia State.

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Deerfield's Day

Deerfield-Windsor’s boys and girls run away with the GISA Region 3-AAA track & field team titles and look strong heading to state.

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Lady Rams come back to win title

The Albany State Lady Rams softball team wins six games in two days, including three on Sunday, to capture the first conference title.

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HERALD ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL: Dougherty’s Shelton emerges as star, top player in SW Georgia

Ra'Keta Shelton, a junior who led Dougherty all year and emergered as a star, is named The Herald's Willie Boston Player of the Year in Girls Basketball. (ADDS: All-Area girls basketball team)

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ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME --- ARCHIE CHATMON: Legendary Albany High basketball coach to enter Hall of Fame

Archie Chatmon has become a legend at Albany High and is being inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame during Monday’s 27th annual induction ceremony.

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ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME --- JOHNNY SEABROOKS: DOCO Director of Athletics lands in Hall of Fame

Johnny Seabrooks, who has given his life to the youth of Dougherty County, is elected to the Albany Hall of Fame.

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Flournoy ready to be next tennis star at nearby GSW

After growing up loathing sports, Hilary Flournoy has become one of the top tennis players in the state, and now the Bainbridge star is headed to GSW to play at the next level.

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Deerfield’s Webb earns preferred walk-on status at UGA

Deerfield's Harris Webb follows his teammate Davis Hines to UGA, where both have earned preferred walk-on status.

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Clean sweep

Deerfield-Windsor’s boys and girls tennis sweep the team titles at the GISA Region 3-AAA meet at Darton State College on Tuesday.

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Westover star LB Mills signs with Bridgewater

Westover’s Don Mills, a three-time Herald All-Area player and academic All-American, signs with Bridgewater College, where he will be a pre-med major.

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Worth’s Reddell takes talents up the road

Worth County pitcher and infielder Eli Reddell signs a scholarship with Andrew College on Wednesday.

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'42' brings focus to Jackie Robinson's birthplace

The Hall-of-Famer was born in Cairo in deep Southwest Georgia

The Hollywood retelling of baseball legend and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson's story is coming to theaters on Friday.

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Lee County’s Williams named top A.D. in state

Lee County’s Rob Williams is named the GHSA Class AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in Georgia.

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Former Red Devils star Ellington closes college career on top

Dexter Ellington, a former Herald Super 6er from Randolph-Clay, had a seesaw final season as a senior at Texas Southern that ended with a regular-season conference title.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Davis says Lester was ‘awful’ last week — but coach takes blame

Even though Panthers QB Cecil Lester came up big late, his struggles overall in Albany’s home opener were noticed by coach Lucious Davis.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: What can’t Wimbush do?

Arguably the biggest unsung hero during the Panthers’ last two title runs has been Derrick Wimbush, who does a little bit of everything — and does it all quite well.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton baseball’s win streak ends at 15, falls one victory shy of school record

West Georgia Tech — a program Darton has owned in recent seasons — stuns No. 16 nationally ranked Darton on Wednesday, snapping the Cavs’ 15-game win streak. (ADDS: items on ASU basketball players being invited to All-Star game in Atlanta; Randolph Southern baseball stays perfect in region play)

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Deerfield considers move to GHSA

Deerfield-Windsor faces a big decision this week when the private school votes on whether to stay or leave the Georgia Independent School Association.

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HERALD EXCLUSIVE: Americus-Sumter taps Mitchell to lead football program

Former Albany High and Sherwood Christian Academy head football coach Reggie Mitchell is given an 8-to-1 vote of confidence Thursday night by the Sumter County Board of Education to become the next coach and A.D. at Americus-Sumter, and afterward Mitchell spoke exclusively to The Herald about the much-anticipated decision.

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COLUMN: Here’s a tip for the GHSA: Keep it simple

Herald prep sports writer Mike Phillips shares his thoughts about the Randolph-Clay girls basketball team being forced to wear purple uniforms in the GHSA Class A state title game.

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Not themselves

Forced to wear uniforms that were not their own — thanks to another GHSA mix-up — the Randolph-Clay girls basketball team’s day starts off bad and only gets worse as the state No. 1-ranked Lady Red Devils are denied the Class A State Championship on Thursday afternoon by Gordon Lee, 61-56, in a stunner. (ADDS: breakout on uniform issue)

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Herald Player of Year Clay signs with Point University

Sherwood star scorer T.J. Clay, The Herald's reigning Player of the Year for boys soccer, opts to play his first love over football when he spurns gridiron offers to play soccer at NAIA Point University in West Point, Ga.

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Staying or leaving?

Stratford Academy and Tattnall Square vote to leave the GISA for the GHSA, leaving Deerfield with a tough decision to make about its own future.

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GISA CLASS AA FINAL FOUR: Westwood girls upset defending state champ Gatewood, reach third straight state title game; Terrell girls bounced

The Westwood girls are in their third straight state title game, but this time the Lady Wildcats will play for the GISA Class AA title after falling short twice in a row in Class A and then moving up this past offseason. (ADDS: Terrell Academy girls-Arlington Christian Final Four recap)

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GISA CLASS A FINAL FOUR: Crisp Academy girls crush Curtis Baptist, cruise to third straight state title game

The GISA Class A Untouchables — Crisp Academy’s girls basketball team — roll by Curtis Baptist by 37 points Thursday afternoon in the semifinals to secure their spot in a third straight state championship game.

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Silent Knights

The Deerfield-Windsor Knights enter the GISA Class AAA Final Four tonight in Macon with a deep and silent resolve — and as the favorites — to win it all.

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PREVIEW: Westover boys ‘not intimidated’ by matchup vs. state No. 1 Eagles Landing tonight

Westover faces the No. 1 Class AAAA team in Georgia tonight in the Boston Garden, where the Patriots will be underdogs against a much taller team from Eagles Landing in the Elite 8.

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Two more

Just like they did a week ago in the finals of the region tournament, Herald and state No. 1-ranked Randolph destroys Mitchell County on Tuesday — only this time the win advanced the Lady Red Devils to the GHSA Class A Final Four, meaning the girls from Cuthbert are now just two wins away from a state title.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sherwood, AHS coach Mitchell one of three finalists for Americus job

Americus-Sumter is close to hiring a football coach, and according to sources, former Albany High and Sherwood Christian coach Reggie Mitchell is one of three finalists.

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Seminole boys ready to roll as top seed in GHSA Class A tournament

After winning their first region title in years, the top-seeded Indians are now ready to take on the state when the Class A tourney opens Saturday.

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PREP BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK/ROUNDUP: Eight area Class A teams make state tournament

The format for deciding the field in GHSA Class A is complete, and it looks like eight area boys and girls hoops team will go dancing. (ADDS: GISA state tournament preview; Lee County, Americus-Sumter girls lose state openers)

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Westover sophomore Thompson gets offer from UGA

It’s rare for a sophomore to receive an offer this big so early in the recruiting process, but sure enough, Westover big man Trenton Thompson got just that Saturday in Athens.

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Red-hot Lady Red Devils finish season strong, get back on top of Region 1-A

Randolph-Clay's girls didn't just win the Region 1-A championship Saturday night on their home floor, they demolished Mitchell County en route to their 17th win a row to end the regular season and head to state as the No. 1 seed.

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Seminole boys stun No. 1 seed Mitchell, win 1-A championship

The Eagles, who had beaten the Indians twice during the regular season, can't do it a third time Saturday night in Cuthbert, where Seminole County delivers head coach Kevin Godwin his first region crown in his seven years on the job.

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Thanks for the memories ...

Tucked deep within the sprawling farmlands and peaceful back roads of Southwest Georgia is the tiny town of Shellman — home to Randolph Southern School for nearly half a century. And while Tuesday’s announcement that RSS will be closing its doors after 46 years is heartbreaking to those both young and old who have deep-rooted ties, the collection of memories is sure to live on forever.

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