November 13, 2002
South Georgia athletes were busy signing their name on the dotted line Wednesday which was the first day of the N.C.A.A. fall signing period.
Monroe High's basketball team, ranked third in the AAA pre-season poll, saw their leading scorer from a year ago sign with Southern Methodist University. Demetric Bennett committed to the Mustangs back in October. The guard hit 44% of his three point shots during a junior season when he earned all-state honors.
Tornado teammate Troy Williams will be part of the Centenary College's first team at the D-I level. Williams, who averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds last season, picked Centenary because he may have an oppurtunity to play right away.
The Florida State women's basketball team signed four recruits Wednesday including Turner County star Ronalda Pierce. The 6'5" inch Pierce has been all-state performer her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. She should pass the 2,000 point mark for her high school career this season.
Sherwood Chrisitan Academy standout Cara Lucas is heading from one winning program to another. Lucas signed with Tennessee Tech. The Lady Governors have won five straight Ohio Valley Conference titles. Lucas last year led the Lady Eagles to their first region title. She averaged just over 19 poitns a game and was named the region player of the year.
Cook High's Jazz Covington is ready to play a sweet tune for the University of Louisville. College recruiters didn't discover Covington until this past summer when she attended a basketball camp. The Lady Cardinals have gotten a power forward with plenty of potential as the 6'3" Covington has averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding for her first three seasons of high school basketball.
In baseball, The Georgia Bulldogs beat out Georgia Tech for Deerfield-Windsor pitcher Joey Carroll. Carroll was an G.I.S.A. all-state performer in baseball and basketball his junior year for the Knights. On the diamond, Carroll had an earned run average of 0.96 and struck out 48 batters in just under 51 innings last spring.
The Bulldogs also signed Clinch County shortstop Rance Morgan. Morgan had .457 batting average with nine homeruns for the Panthers.
Clinch County ace lefthander Rhett Barber signed with Georgia Southern. Barber, 9-0 as a junior, could be a high pick in next June's baseball draft.
In golf, Bainbridge High's Jay Moseley is heading to Auburn University. Moseley's scoring average his last two seasons have been 71 and 72.