As high school fall sports come to an end, so do the season’s collegiate athletics.
I thought this would be a good time to catch up with what this year’s crop of freshmen from the county have been doing with their colleges and universities.
As I researched online with the occasional assist from a school’s sports information department, there was always the possibility I missed someone. I gladly accept input from family, friends or players themselves so we can all keep up with their exploits far, and not so far, from home.
• Augusta Prep’s Jamie Alexander was named to the Southern Conference’s 2012 All-Freshman women’s soccer team. Her campaign with the Furman Paladins ended on a high note when she scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the regular-season finale against Wofford for which she was named SoCon Player of the Week. In the conference semifinal, Alexander assisted on the game-winning goal. The Paladins missed advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament, losing on penalty kicks to Georgia Southern in the final. She played in all 22 games, finishing with four goals and two assists as the Paladins went 16-3-3.
• Greenbrier’s Reed Norton was named to the Southern Conference’s 2012 All-Freshman men’s soccer team. So far this year he has scored five goals and recorded three assists for the 6-11-1 Georgia Southern Eagles. The team was slated to play Elon in the conference tournament’s semifinals Thursday with the finals on Saturday.
• Lakeside’s Sid Vaughn ran the Southeastern Conference Championships’ 8K course in 24:59.81, Oct. 26, good for a 37th-place finish and a spot on the All-SEC Freshman team. He runs for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
• Lakeside’s Anastasia Whitehouse was home recently as the 18-1-1 Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates won the Peach Belt Conference Soccer Tournament at Blanchard Woods Park. The midfielder has played in 11 games, with an assist and two shots on goal. The No. 1 seed Pirates would have to win three games for her to return to Blanchard Woods Park for the NCAA Division II semifinals Nov. 29.
• Harlem’s Jade Cotton finished her first soccer season with the 9-11 LaGrange Panthers, playing in all 20 games, starting seven and scoring two goals with five assists.
• Grovetown’s Damon Stinger finished his inaugural season with the 6-2 Louisburg College Hurricanes football team. The defensive lineman played in six games, recording six tackles (five solo) including a sack.
• Lakeside’s Eric Preheim finished his first season as a defenseman with 1-15 Bethel College’s men’s soccer team, starting from Day 1.
• Greenbrier’s Carly Ray played in all 21 games for the South Carolina Gamecocks, who finished 7-10-4, while Luke Waechter was redshirted at Charlotte. Nadia Maaouia played in 10 games for the Columbus State women’s soccer team but is not currently playing with the team.
Odds and Ends
An omission that needs to be corrected: Evans High School pitcher Lexi Dodgen should have been included in the Region 2-AAAAA Softball All-Region Team we published recently. Also, Greenbrier historians have gone back and combed through the records of volleyball coach Debbie Born, who has been at the school from the outset, and found she recently won her 500th game.
Congrats to Debbie on this outstanding achievement.