Valdosta Daily Times

Top Sports News

May 1, 2014

3rd time's the charm

Albritton wins 3rd Player-of-the-Year; Four Blazers Named All-GSC

VALDOSTA — For someone that isn't worried about awards or recognition, Courtney Albritton sure has a knack for attracting it.

The Valdosta State junior star was named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year for the third straight season Wednesday. Albritton becomes only the second player to earn the conference's top honor three times as Alabama-Huntsville's Stephanie Pinto won the award from 2004-06.

“It is such an honor to be recognizes as the Player of the Year, especially on a team and as part of a conference with such great players,” Albritton said in a release. “This could never have been achieved without our great team and coaching staff.

“I mentioned earlier in the year that God has given me the talent. I love to play, and I just feel extremely blessed.”

In helping lead the Blazers to their No. 19 ranking and the second seed in the conference tournament, which begins at noon today with VSU facing seventh seeded West Georgia in the first round, Albritton is near the conference in most offensive categories. The Tiftarea Academy product leads the league with 73 hits, 66 runs and 157 total bases, while second in batting average (.445), home runs (21) and slugging percentage (.957). She is also in the top five in three others as she is fifth with 51 RBIs, third with 15 doubles and third with a .521 on-base percentage.

The 21 home runs is a career high for Albritton and she also has set the school record for career home runs with 57, which ranks second in GSC history as she has tied the former record set by Pinto. West Georgia senior Nicole Yancey, who was also a first-team all-conference selection, currently has the mark with 60 and 23 on the season.

Joining Albritton on the all-GSC first team were VSU teammates Shelby Altman, Chelsea Canara and Brianna Hancock. Altman repeated on the first team, while Hancock was a second-team selection a year ago and Canara is a freshman.

“You're talking about four starters who have done a lot for this program,” VSU coach Thomas Macera said in a release. “Each one of them has been very consistent all season long, and their strong play week in and week out have put us in a great position going into the postseason.”

Altman, a transfer from Georgia, joined Albritton among the GSC leaders in nearly every offensive category, second to Yancey with 61 RBIs and second to Albritton with 55 runs scored. She is also in the top six in average, slugging, hits and total bases.

Hancock, who has a 17-6 mark in the circle, is one of three pitchers tied for the conference lead in wins and is second with 161 strikeouts, just one behind the leader.

Canara hit .346 with four home runs and 34 RBIs to earn the all-conference accolades as a freshman, a campaign that also saw her win the year's first weekly award.

Alabama-Huntsville, the top seed for the weekend's conference tournament in Cullman, Ala., had a league-high eight players honored on the two squads and the Chargers also had the league's Freshman of the Year in Tyler Harrison and Coach of the Year in Les Stuedeman. North Alabama's Hillary Carpenter was the Pitcher of the Year.

1
Text Only
Top Sports News
  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valwood.jpg A Different Look

    With football summer workouts in full swing, occasionally the intensity and competitive drive can wane going against teammates. But on Friday, Valwood, Brookwood, Lanier County and Tiftarea Academy broke up the monotony by meeting at Goddard Field for a four-team, 7-on-7 passing league.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • pilcher.jpg Berrien competes in 6-team passing camp

    If Ed Pilcher had his way, Berrien High would never throw the football.
    But that doesn't mean the veteran coach doesn't enjoy the opportunity that a passing league, or the six-team passing camp at Cairo on Thursday morning, can provide his Rebels.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bubba Walker promoted to defensive coordinator

    Valdosta State Linebacker Coach Bubba Walker has been promoted to fill the open posiiton of defensive coordinator for the Blazer football team according to an announcement made by VSU Head Coach David Dean Thursday.

    July 18, 2014

  • Albritton wins NCAA Elite 89

    Courtney Albritton's tremendous 2013-2014 season earned her one more award Thursday night when the Valdosta State softball star won the NCAA's Favorite Elite 89 Winner contest by securing the more votes than any other student-athlete.

    July 17, 2014

  • Justin Roper named Valdosta State quarterbacks coach

    Valdosta State’s hirin of Justin Roper as quarterbacks coach, previously reported by The Times, was officially announced by the school and Blazer head football coach David Dean on Wednesday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Lowndes_Tville 2.jpg Sneak Preview

    Fall practice doesn’t start for another eight days.
    Still, Lowndes High and Thomasville High got a sneak preview of what Friday nights will look like Wednesday morning at Martin Stadium.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results