Eight Blazers on all-Gulf South teams

Eight Valdosta State football players won all-Gulf South Conference honors this week, including three on the first team.

Offensive guard Torrey Howard won his second first-team all-Gulf South honor. Howard is a junior from Warner Robins.

The two defensive all-conference picks were sophomore end Tim Thompson (Sparta) and senior linebacker Jason Cost (East Point).

Cost, a second-team pick last season, led the Blazers with 86 tackles, 11 for loss. Thompson had 55 tackles, 15 for loss, and six quarterback sacks.

Second-team picks include sophomore tight end Andre Zellner, junior defensive lineman Derrick Hill, sophomore linebacker Dee Williford, senior safety Wesley Brown and senior cornerback Elliott Burkes.

Brown was also named a second-team kick-blocking specialist. He was third on the team in tackles (63) and recorded two blocked kicks.

Hill had 52 tackles and was in on three turnovers playing both tackle and end. Willford had 50 tackles and returned three fumbles for touchdowns. He was in on five turnovers.

Burkes had 40 tackles, a team-high two interceptions and six pass breakups.

Zellner had a team-high 42 pass receptions and eight touchdowns. He was also effective as a blocker and finished the season as the team's goal-line offense tailback, scoring one touchdown.

Lady Blazers win at Saint Leo, 73-62

SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Courtney Parker scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead undefeated Valdosta State to a 73-62 victory over Saint Leo Monday night.

Candace Ferrell scored 16 points, and Traci Newton and Amber Daniels each scored 13 points for the Lady Blazers, who shot 61 percent from the floor, and 74 percent from the free throw line.

"We played an outstanding game," Lady Blazers coach Kiley Hill said. "We shot the ball well from the floor and at the free throw line. Parker was on fire, and we got some big points late from Amber."

VSU took a 35-25 lead into halftime, then shot 75 percent from the floor in the second half to hold off Saint Leo and leading scorer September Harrison, who scored 23 points.

Valdosta State (3-0) returns home at 7 p.m. Saturday, when it will play Armstrong Atlantic State.

Berrien wrestlers edge Valdosta

At Valdosta High, Berrien High won six of its last eight matches against Valdosta High to win the season-opening match, 41-40.

The match ended in a 40-40 tie after Valdosta heavyweight Brad Pye won his match by a technical fall. Berrien won the overall match by tiebreaker.

Berrien's winners included Kyle Kilpatrick (125, pin), Jeffrey McCoy (140, pin), Jonathan Nichols (145, major decision), Shawn Mathis (152, forfeit), James Harrington (171, forfeit), Todd Folsom (189, pin) and David Nichols (215, forfeit).

Valdosta's winners included Corey Terrell (103, pin), Marcus Morrison (112, forfeit), Adam Mark (119, forfeit), Chad Hensley (135, technical fall) and Paul Bess (160, pin).

Valdosta and Berrien (66-18) also defeated Charlton County.


Echols County's varsity teams swept four games in two days this week, winning their Region 1-A opener Monday and defeating a Class AA South Georgia team Tuesday,

Tuesday in Quitman, Echols County swept Brooks County. The girls won, 51-42, with Laticia Young scoring 25 points and Courtney Robinson adding 15. Echols is now 4-2.

The Echols boys improved to 4-1 with an 81-67 win over Brooks. Clarence Stacey and Willie Brown led Echols with 22 points each. Brandon West added 15 points, Archie Johnson 11.

Robby Christian had 20 points for Brooks. Torry Mitchell had 11 points.

Echols goes to Hamilton County next Tuesday.

On Monday, Echols County's boys and girls each won their region openersdefeating Ware Magnet.

The Echols boys defeated Ware Magnet 79-43, led by Willie Brown's 24 points. Antwuan Keel added 19 and Archie Johnson 12 for the Wildcats.

Echols' girls beat Ware Magnet 50-27. Courtney Robinson led the Lady Wildcats (1-0) with 17 points, while Eden Fluker added 13.


DASHER -- The Georiga Christian junior varsity girls won their sixth game in a row and remained unbeaten by slipping by Brooks County Middle School 29-28 Monday night. Cayla Bridges hit a free throw with five seconds left in overtime to give GCS the victory. Bridges ended the night with eight points. Samantha Sloan lead the Lady Generals with 13.

In the boys game Brooks won a hard fought 44-37 victory. Michael Manning lead the winners with 12 points, while Michael Martin had 19 for GCS.


VALDOSTA -- Valdosta Middle's eighth grade girls defeated Tift County 39-30 Monday night. Chelsea Williams had 12 points and Latalya Watts eight for VMS, which hosts Moultrie on Dec. 5.

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