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Sophomore athletes draw accolades

Stone honored

Posted: March 31, 2013 - 12:04am

H arlem High School basketball standout Reggie Reid was named First Team All-State last week by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 6-0 point guard, who was also named the Columbia County Player of the Year, was one of five players to earn a first team nod in Class AA.

Reid averaged 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.7 steals per game for the Bulldogs this season. He led Harlem to 15 wins and the school’s first state playoff appearance in 11 years. To illustrate how impressive a feat it is for a sophomore to earn First Team All-State, here is a breakdown of this year’s boys all-state selections by grade:

Of the 30 boys to be named first team all-state in Georgia (five players in each of the six classifications), there were 19 seniors, seven juniors and only four sophomores. No sophomores earned first team honors in Class AAAAAA, AAAAA or AAAA. To further make the point, Butler sophomore standout Don Coleman averaged 24.1 points per game and scored 49 points versus Statesboro in the 3-AAAA region title game. Coleman did not make the first team, second team, or even honorable mention in Class AAAA.

Reid has already scored more than 1,300 career points and is on pace to become the county’s all-time leading scorer. He is also starting to generate recruiting interest from programs in the ACC and SEC.

Stone honored

Though Reggie Reid was the boys Player Of The Year in Columbia County, Evans guard Jasmine Stone picked up Girls Player of the Year Honors for 2012-13. Stone also earned statewide accolades last week as she was named Honorable Mention All-State in Class AAAAA.

Stone seemed to get better and better as the season went on for the Lady Knights. By February she was among the top scoring threats in the entire Augusta area. She poured in 19.3 points per contest and nailed 56 three-pointers on the season. Stone also helped Evans win 19 games, earn their first trip to the state playoffs in 31 years and win the first state playoff game in the history of the girls basketball program.

Like Reid, Stone is starting to get looks from colleges. If she has a strong summer, she should have no trouble securing a scholarship.

More sophomores

Earlier this month word got out that the University of South Carolina had offered baseball scholarships to Kyle (left-handed pitcher) and Matt (catcher) Anderson of Evans High. The talented twins have long been rising stars in the county, and each had stellar freshman campaigns for the Knights last season.

That’s right: these two are only sophomores. And, in a move that is extremely rare in baseball, the Gamecocks offered the Andersons scholarships, and one of them has accepted the offer. Kyle Anderson committed to USC last week.

The lanky left-hander chose a school that currently runs the top program in America. The Gamecocks have played in three consecutive championships series, winning two national titles. Kyle is already being projected as a possible Major League draft pick in a couple of years, but in terms of college, he appears to be all set.

His brother Matt was also offered by the Gamecocks, but the talented backstop has decided to wait and see what other opportunities arise. Like his hard-throwing brother, Matt is considered a possible draft pick in two years, and according to one baseball prospect Web site, has a “major-league arm” behind the plate.

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