By: Wayne Staats on April 22, 2015 - 3:30pm - Add new comment

For four years, Rod Hall suited up for Clemson basketball. But his athletic future may continue in another sport: football.

 

According to a Greenville News story, the 2011 Laney grad has received calls from NFL team scouts, wondering if he would be interested in a personal workout. At least 10 teams called showing interest in the college senior. Hall said scouts have been impressed by a YouTube video of his Laney football highlights.

By: Wayne Staats on April 1, 2015 - 4:05pm - Add new comment

The Masters Tournament starts next week, but it's never too early to be thinking about football, right?

 

The Georgia High School Association released football schedules for the upcoming season, sharing team-by-team schedules on its website.

 

By: Wayne Staats on March 24, 2015 - 12:44pm - Add new comment

As the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments get ready for the Sweet 16, three Augusta-area basketball players are still alive in the hunt for a Division I national championship:

 

-Oklahoma's Frank Booker

-Baylor's Khadijiah Cave

-North Carolina's Allisha Gray

 

Five local players had dreams of a March run when the tournament began. Here's how each one performed in the early rounds, with the group going 7-2 overall.

 

By: Wayne Staats on March 23, 2015 - 12:11pm - Add new comment

Anyone who watched Frank Booker at Westside knows all about his 3-point shooting. When given just a little room to shoot, Booker had no trouble firing and usually making his shots.

In a Feb. 1, 2013 win against Laney, Booker scored 40 points and had six 3-pointers.

By: Wayne Staats on March 17, 2015 - 1:37pm - Add new comment

Justin Gibbs, one of Aquinas' best offensive weapons, received an offer from Mississippi State on Monday. It was his first offer.

 

The sophomore Gibbs, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound receiver, finished third on the team in receiving this past season, getting 420 yards on 19 catches (22.1 yards per catch) for a team-best seven receiving touchdowns. He also had 23 total tackles on defense.

 

By: Wayne Staats on March 17, 2015 - 12:43pm - Add new comment

March Madness is about to dominate the sports scene, and a handful of local basketball players are hoping to make a run.

 

With the men's and women's NCAA Division I basketball tournaments starting this week, Augusta-area hoops fans shouldn't have trouble finding a piece of home throughout the country.

 

On the men's side, Frank Booker (Oklahoma), C.J. Washington (UAB) and James Webb III (Boise State) represent Augusta. In the women's bracket, there are Baylor's Khadijiah Cave and Allisha Gray of North Carolina.

 

By: Wayne Staats on March 12, 2015 - 11:28am - Add new comment

Ahmed Hill’s freshman season hints at potential for even more.

 

The Aquinas boys basketball star’s first season at Virginia Tech ended Wednesday night in the second round of the ACC Tournament. After the Hokies beat Wake Forest on Tuesday, they lost to Miami, 59-49, to finish 11-22 on the season.

 

Hill, a former Augusta Chronicle All-Area Georgia Boys Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a freshman. He was fourth on the team in scoring.

 

By: Wayne Staats on November 15, 2012 - 1:27pm - Add new comment

Westside at Vidalia

The 5-5 Patriots are definitely in a slump, considering they’ve lost four games in a row. But Westside still made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Unfortunately for the Patriots, it will be a short experience.

Vidalia, 42-7

 

Bacon County at Screven County

Region champion Screven County is 9-1 thanks to bruising back Jeremy Johnson. Now the Gamecocks have to play fourth-seeded Bacon County. The two have met twice before, but that was back in 1996 and 1997. Expect this to be a close one.

By: Wayne Staats on November 12, 2012 - 3:57pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-10-0

2. Burke County-9-1

3. Strom Thurmond-11-1

4. Washington County-9-1

5. North Augusta-9-3

6. Washington-Wilkes-9-1

7. Silver Bluff-10-1

8. Lincoln County-9-1

9. Screven County-9-1

10. Augusta Christian-12-0

 

-Everyone in my poll won this past week, so there’s no change. However, with the playoffs starting for GHSA schools this week (at least all those not in Class A), expect some big differences once the season is done.

 

By: Wayne Staats on November 8, 2012 - 2:56pm - Add new comment

Westside at Josey

The Patriots clinch a spot in the state playoffs with a victory. Though they’re dealing with some injuries, they should stop their losing streak at three games and punch their ticket to the postseason.

Westside, 28-7

 

Jefferson County at Thomson

Expect the Bulldogs to complete an unbeaten regular season. Jefferson County has a strong defense, but Thomson has too many playmakers to be kept quiet for very long.

Thomson, 35-14

 

Lakeside at Warner Robins

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