The area will be well-represented today when the Georgia state track and field championships begin in Jefferson.
Besides the numerous Burke County athletes, Josey will be represented by its 4X100 relay team, Antonio Holmes in the 1,600- and 3,200 meters; Willie Bryant in the 400 meters; Chip Dykes in the 100 meters; Robert Wilson in the high jump and its 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams.
Swainsboro's Dante Brown will compete in the long and triple jumps, and Sean Lloyd will be in the 200 meters. Greenbrier will be represented by Brian Gibson in the pole vault and Jeff Trauringin the 800 and 1,600 meters, and Thomson's Raymond Hatfield will be in the 3,200 meters.
Richmond Academy's Oliver Ottley III and Daryl Reeves will compete in the 800 meters and 300 intermediate hurdles, respectively.
Lakeside's Auburn Giles will be one of the favorites in the Class AAAA discus. Last season, Giles finished second to Georgia signee Reese Hoffa at the state track and field championships with a toss of 161-1.
Richmond Academy forward Quanda Ball signed with William & Mary on Wednesday.
Ball, a second team All-Area selection, looks forward to the huge challenge that awaits her in Division I Colonial Athletic Association play. Old Dominion, nicknamed the Monarchs, owns the league. Ball looks to help William & Mary change that.
"Being the underdog is a good thing to me," said Ball, who won two state titles in her high school career. "I like the challenge of trying to knock them off."
GISA STATE CHAMPS:
Augusta Christian freshman Kellie Tiller recently won the Georgia Independent Schools' Association Class AAA state title in the triple jump with a leap of 33-6 1/2 in Albany.
Tiller finished second in the region meet, before winning the state title.
Augusta Christian's Brantley Madebach captured crowns in the 1,600 (5:32.67) and 3,200 meters (2:00.24), while Caroline Bennett of Augusta Prep captured the Class AA state title in the 3,200 (2:32.01).
Georgia Southern football coach Paul Johnson was in town Wednesday night to talk to the local chapter of the Eagle Club at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
Johnson said he would be interested in playing South Carolina State in a nonconference game. Both teams feature several local players.
"In order for it to come about in Augusta, we would need to be able to seat 18- to 20,000 people," Johnson said. "Right now, it would probably have to be played in Orangeburg or Statesboro, which is still close enough that it would be a good draw."
The conference schedule has made it tough for the schools to work out a deal. The expansion of Lumpkin Road Stadium would make Augusta an attractive place to play.