High school scores (Feb. 1)

FROM THURSDAY

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

ATHENS CHRISTIAN 53, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 43: At Lilburn, the Eagles stopped a five-game losing streak with a Region 8-A victory.

Cameron Hardesty led Athens Christian with 19 points and was followed by Kohl Phillips (10 points), Jalen Reed (nine points) and Mason Ginn (six points).

The Eagles were set to open play in the region tournament at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Commerce against a to-be-determined team.

CLARKE CENTRAL 75, JOHNSON 59: At Clarke Central, the Gladiators – ranked No. 7 in Class 5A – had four players score in double figures as they defeated the Knights in Region 8-5A.

Dwon Smith led the way with 17 points, followed by Quamontae Monfort, who had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jaron Washington, who added 11 points. Martavius Darden recorded six points and 11 assists.

Clarke Central improved to 18-5 overall and 8-3 in region play, finishing second behind Buford (10-1).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

ATHENS CHRISTIAN 44, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 24: At Lilburn, Madison Pickerel scored a game-high 24 points as the Eagles defeated Providence Christian in Region 8-A.

Athens Christian was set to begin play in the region tournament at 4 p.m. Monday against a to-be-determined opponent.

FROM WEDNESDAY

GIRLS BASKETBALL

OCONEE COUNTY 48, OGLETHORPE COUNTY 31: At Watkinsville, Sara English scored a game-high 19 points as the Warriors halted a three-game losing streak with a non-region victory.

For Oconee County, Julia Peroni had eight points, Sydney Hunt scored seven points and Emma Deal added six points.

For Oglethorpe County, Nikya Meadows scored 11 points and Jenna Pulliam had nine points.

The Warriors improved to 10-14 overall. The Patriots fell to 1-19.

JACKSON COUNTY ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME SELECTIONS: The latest inductees into the Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame were announced in January. The hall of fame was established in 1985, but had been inactive until 2015 when the nominations were reopened. Since that time, four inductees have been honored each year.

The hall of fame banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the school. A dinner, silent auction and a $10,000 reverse raffle will be held at the induction ceremony. Tickets for the banquet are $100 and included dinner for two and entry into the raffle, with proceeds benefiting the school’s athletic department.

The 2018 inductees are:

*David Savage, Class of 1997 – Savage was Jackson County’s first state wrestling champion and won 29 matches in his senior season. A four-year letter-winner in wrestling, Savage also lettered in baseball, track and cross country. Savage went on to wrestle at Anderson College (now Anderson University) and now officiates matches in Northeast Georgia.

*Jason Blalock, Class of 1997 – Blalock was Jackson County’s second state wrestling champion (only because of the order of the matches enabled Savage to be the school’s first titlist) and was named the Georgia High School Coaches Association’s Wrestler of the Year in 1997. Blalock lettered four years in wrestling and also lettered in football. He served as a firefighter in DeKalb County and coached wrestling at Collins Hill High School before his untimely death in 2016.

*The Girls Basketball Team of 1981-1982 – The Panthers posted a 25-4 record, the best of any girls basketball team in school history. They went 23-1 in the regular season and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the state tournament. In addition, the Panthers were ranked in the top 10 for much of the 1981-82 season.

*Chris Bennett, Class of 1983 – Starting his varsity baseball career in the eighth grade, Bennett won five letters in the sport. Pitching and playing shortstop, Bennett is considered one of the best players in school history and during his career had 111 consecutive trips to the plate without a strikeout. He also played basketball for the Panthers and holds the record for most points scored in a game with 44 (and this was before the 3-point line). Bennett later played baseball at Piedmont College.

For more information, visit http://jcchs.jacksonschoolsga.org/.

 

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