May 4, 2006
Moultrie -- The Packers send four athletes to the next level today, with Jeremy Debruce joining Albany State basketball, Jamal Hayes running track for LSU, James Trimble signing with ABAC basketball, and Dorothy Strong joining the Darton Lady Cavs hoops team.
Hayes is a 200 meter All-American, the region champ in the 200 and 400, and will concentrate on those events next year at LSU.
"It's the toughest track conference in the nation," says Hayes, "and I want to earn my spot being there."
Hayes says running against such tough competition will prepare him for his ultimate goal.
"I think that will push me even farther than I've ever been before. Help me with the 2 (hundred) and the 4 (hundred). That's all I want. Trying to get down there fast enough to go to the Olympics."
ABAC head coach Todd Sheppard says Stallions signee James Trimble fits in great at ABAC.
"We were really impressed with him as a person," says Sheppard. "He really got along with the team. The guys on the team just fell in love with him."
Trimble says, "They were very friendly. They liked me a lot, liked what I could do, and said I could help the program."
Trimble says he's literally planning on bringing the house down when he steps on the court.
"My goal is to have them putting up a new goal and backboard by the time I leave there," he said with a smile.
Sheppard says, "With last years local recruiting class our attendance went up tremendously, the energy around our program went up tremendously, and James bringing those thunderous dunks won't hurt."