Greenbrier High School baseball coach Chris Wilkins will again hold a winter baseball camp at the school.
Most of the counselors at the camp are former Greenbrier baseball standouts.
Two of the more notable counselors will be former University of Georgia star and Seattle Mariners farmhand Rich Poythress and Brandon Cumpton, who starred at Georgia Tech and now is in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. In addition to Poythress and Cumpton, seven former Greenbrier players who play on Division I teams and six more who play Division II will be instructors.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 3-4 at Greenbrier High School. For more information about the camp, e-mail coach Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Greenbrier High School at (706) 650-6040.
Grovetown girls off to hot start
Grovetown High School’s Lady Warriors basketball team has started the season 5-0. Coach Jamie Echols’ teams are no strangers to great starts. In 2010-11, Grovetown won 24 of its first 25 games en route to a 25-3 season. Last year, the team went 17-10 after starting the year 8-2. I am not sure how it will finish, but another early season hot streak seems to be taking place.
Despite having several significant contributors back from a year ago, the real key has been a pair of freshmen – 5-1 point guard Charisma Shepherd and 6-1 forward Naomi Hughes. Shepherd leads the team in scoring (10.6 per game) and assists (6.2 per contest) while Hughes has 8.6 rebounds and 7.4 points per game.
They are certainly not alone. The Lady Warriors have eight players averaging at least 4.2 points per game.
Senior Josalyn Scott pulls down 9.6 rebounds per game and is second on the team in steals with 3.0 per game. Another senior, guard Dimara Thomas, has also been big for Grovetown. She leads the team in steals with a 3.4 average and is second on the team in scoring at 8.2 per game.
With post players Heaven Garey (sophomore) and Alayah Canteen (junior) roaming the lane, the Warriors are also putting up some great defensive numbers. The team is allowing only 31 points per game and has not allowed an opponent to score more than 39 points in a game this year.
The schedule will get tougher in the coming weeks with the likes of Hephzibah, Cross Creek and North Augusta on the horizon, but keep an eye on Grovetown in Region 2A-AAAAA.
Another team to watch in Region 2A-AAAA is Greenbrier. The Lady Wolfpack stands at 4-1 and have impressive wins over Hephzibah and Burke County on their résumé. In the win over Burke County, 5-8 sophomore Morgan Taylor torched the Bears for 29 points and leads the team in scoring (15 points per game), rebounds (13.2 per game) and steals (5.0). She is part of a trio of 10th graders who have been huge for the ’Pack. The other two-thirds of the trio, point guard Mallory Myers and guard Jennifer McMahon, also have been terrific this season. Myers poured in 20 points in the team’s 75-73 win over Hephzibah and averages 10.6 points, nearly 5 assists and 4.6 steals per game.
Senior Kara Thompson has also played a key role in the team’s nice start. Thompson had 22 in the win over the Lady Rebels and is a tremendous all-around talent. McMahon and Thompson each average nearly 10 points per game and Thompson is shooting better than 42 percent from three-point range.