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1  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State baseball finishes SIAC slate unbeaten on: April 14, 2014, 03:21:44 AM
ALBANY — Another Sunday, another sweep.

This time it wrapped up a perfect conference record for the Albany State baseball team.

The Rams finished a three-game sweep of Paine with a 6-2 victory on Sunday to close their SIAC regular-season schedule a perfect 20-0. It was also the 16th overall win in the last 17 games for the Rams, who are now 28-15 overall.

Former Worth County star Allen Fender was dazzling again on the mound, throwing seven innings and striking out five.

Reise McDaniel and Allen Hardy each had two RBIs to lead ASU at the plate, where the Rams scattered seven hits as a team.

The Rams jumped ahead 2-0 in the second inning with a pair of runs, but Paine pulled to within one in the fourth inning and trailed by just a run until ASU broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning.

ASU plays again Tuesday at home against Armstrong Atlantic and travels to Columbus State on Wednesday. The Rams will be the East Division’s No. 1 seed SIAC tournament April 24 in Ozark, Ala.http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2014/apr/13/albany-state-baseball-finishes-siac-slate-unbeaten/?sports
2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Sweep! Sweep! Sweep! on: April 13, 2014, 08:18:00 PM
Albany State baseball sweeps Paine

ALBANY — JP Bernard needed just 82 pitches to help Albany State jump start its doubleheader against Paine College Saturday afternoon at Hamp Smith Stadium.

Ryan Latner and the Rams’ offense did the rest. Latner went 3-for-3 with a double and helped Albany State to a 4-2 victory in the first game of an SIAC doubleheader.

Then, the Rams overcame a one-run deficit in the second game, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to cruise to a 6-2 victory and a sweep.

Albany State (27-15, 19-0 SIAC) will go for its 20th conference victory this afternoon when they meet Paine in the SIAC finale at 1 p.m.

Joseph Virgo’s pinch-hit double in the fifth inning helped ASU overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Andrew Bacon earned the victory in the second game to improve to 7-3 on the season, while Theo Tramontana earned the save.

The Rams made the most of their six hits in Game 2.

Bernard sparkled in the first contest, allowing just three hits to run his record to 7-3.
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / BRIEFS: Albany State baseball rallies to beat Valdosta State on: April 10, 2014, 07:12:23 AM
Albany State baseball rallies to beat Valdosta State

VALDOSTA — The Albany State baseball team scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday to rally past Valdosta State for a 10-6 victory and win for the 20th time in the last 23 games.

ASU starter Jonatan Galan was yanked in the first inning after walking four and allowing four runs with just one out, but relievers Sam Fielding and Theodore Tramontana combined to allow two runs and six hits the rest of the way as ASU mounted its comeback.

Robert Latner and Joseph Virgo led the Rams with two RBIs, while Ryan Latner, Jacob Campbell, Allen Hardy, Sable Gilliard and Jeromy Arrington all drove in one run. The Rams (26-15) finished the regular season 2-1 against Valdosta State (21-15).

ASU, which is undefeated in the SIAC, returns to conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at home against Paine College.


Lady Rams belt eight homers in sweep of Clark Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Albany State softball team knocked out eight home runs Wednesday in a doubleheader sweep of SIAC foe Clark Atlanta.

The Lady Rams won the first game, 13-6, and then rode ace Alexa Lopez’s one-hitter in the second game to an 11-0 victory.

Chelsea Hicks threw Game 1 for the Lady Rams but also led Albany State’s attack at the plate with two hits, a homer and six RBIs. Anria Peterson and Chaconna Marks also hit homers in the opener.

In the second game, Jadea Taylor smacked two home runs and Marks added her second homer of the day.

ASU (18-20, 15-3 SIAC) plays again today in a doubleheader at Valdosta State.

4  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Plans Underway to Divide FAMU-Florida State College of Engineering on: April 07, 2014, 10:45:54 AM
This is how they let the PWC come into our own backyard and offer Degree programs instead of giving us that opportunity by strengthening our programs.

Columbus college to offer doctorate program in Lee County

LEESBURG — Lee County's public school system and Columbus State University have entered into an agreement for CSU education professors to teach in Leesburg a group of system educators pursuing CSU’s education doctorate.

A memorandum of understanding for CSU to serve this Leesburg-based cohort of students pursuing the Ed.D. in curriculum and leadership will be signed during a ceremony and reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Lee County Board of Education board room at 126 Starkville Ave. North in Leesburg.

5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State baseball clinches SIAC top seed on: April 06, 2014, 01:14:56 PM
Golden Rams sweep doubleheader against Tuskegee

Posted: Apr 05, 2014 11:55 PM EDT

By Harrison Sanford - email

Albany State used a 5-run sixth inning to cruise to an 8-0 win over Tuskegee Saturday afternoon.

They followed that up with a 8-4 win in the second game.

They will wrap up the series Sunday at 3:00 pm.


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6  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State baseball clinches SIAC top seed on: April 06, 2014, 01:11:58 PM
ALBANY — As soon as Ryan Latner tackled Andrew Bacon just off the infield grass, Albany State pitcher John Paul Benard knew exactly where he wanted to be.

“I had to get on the bottom of the pile,” Benard said. “I had to be on the bottom.”

He made it — and eventually so did the rest of his Albany State teammates, piling on top of Latner and Bacon in celebration after sweeping a doubleheader against Benedict and clinching the East Division’s top seed in the SIAC tournament later this month.

The Rams (25-15, 17-0) remained undefeated in the conference
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Has Wisconsin been kissed by the Tony Romo curse? on: April 06, 2014, 11:07:35 AM
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, like many, is an avid college basketball fan being spotted in the stands during SMU and Duke games this season.

Only problem, both of those teams' good seasons ended early, with SMU not even qualifying for the tournament, settling for the NIT despite a 27-10 record, and Duke seeing a first-round exit against No. 14-seed Mercer.

So is there a Romo-jinx?

Wisconsin lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to Kentucky in the national semifinals on Saturday after Romo reportedly declared to CBS Sports' Greg Anthony that he was rooting for the Badgers.
It is no surprise that the quarterback was pulling for the Wisconsin; Romo grew up 90 minutes away from Madison in Burlington, Wis.

Romo might want to shy away from picking college basketball teams next season.

Follow Shawn Ramsey on Twitter: @ShawnPRamsey

8  Discussion / Sports Forum / T'ville's Cherry signs with FVSU on: April 01, 2014, 07:21:38 AM
By Jake Wallace - email
 THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville star running back Mario Cherry is headed to the next level.

Cherry tweeted, then confirmed to WALB, he has signed with Fort Valley State University.

The former Bulldog running back was named the 2013 Region 1-AA Offensive Player of the Year by the region's coaches.

Cherry rushed for over 1600 yards in 2013, leading the Dogs to the region's number two seed in the state playoffs.

Cherry says he will have his signing ceremony at the school at a later date.

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9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State beats Valdosta State on: March 27, 2014, 08:42:37 PM
Albany State scored six runs on five Valdosta State errors to knock off the Blazers, 7-4, Tuesday in Albany.

Reise McDaniel gave the Rams the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the 4th to break a 3-3 tie.

McDaniel finished 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Rams offensively.

Jared Arrington picked up the win for ASU, while VSU's Ethan Bornstein took the hard luck loss.

Bornstein went 2.2 innings without giving up a hit or earned run for the Blazers.

Albany State travels to Morehouse for a three-game series this weekend, while the Blazers head to Augusta for a Wednesday showdown with Georgia Regents.

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10  Discussion / Sports Forum / ASU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rams add former Mitchell County star WR, could lose on: March 25, 2014, 01:20:45 PM
ALBANY — The long list of former Mitchell County stars to join the Albany State football team got even longer this spring with the addition of Yancey Burns, the Eagles’ leading receiver as a senior in 2011.

But just as Burns, who was a member of The Herald’s 2011 All-Area team and spent the last two seasons at Division II Newberry (S.C.) College, is stepping on the ASU football field, fellow former Mitchell County star receiver Jaquan Williams is on his way off.

Williams, who had the second most receiving touchdowns (3) at ASU as a freshman last season, is academically ineligible this spring and did not play in last week’s scrimmage. The rising sophomore will be left off the 2014 roster this fall if his grades don’t improve by the end of the spring.

“As a student-athlete that’s part of the deal, and nobody knew that more than him,” ASU coach Mike White said. “He is a young kid, and a lot of times when you get to college you don’t focus on what’s important. Now he’s got some catching up to do.”

Last year, Williams caught 10 passes for 143 yards and three scores and was a key member of a WR unit that was headed by Jessie Atkins — yet another former Mitchell County star receiver.

Atkins led ASU in receiving the last two seasons and finished with 51 catches for 661 yards and eight touchdowns last year as a junior. Counting Williams, the Rams now have five Camilla natives, including defensive linemen Grover Stewart and Anthony Brown.

“That’s nice to have those guys from the same school,” White said. “They are very familiar with each other. We probably have more players from Mitchell County than any other school.”

Burns, ASU’s newest Camilla native, did not have a catch in last week’s scrimmage, and White said the Eagles’ former go-to receiver still needs to prove himself on the field for the Rams. As a senior at Mitchell County, Burns led the Eagles with 44 catches for 817 yards and 14 touchdowns and signed a scholarship with Newberry College, where he was redshirted in 2012 and barely saw the field in 2013.

“The jury is still out to see how much Yancey will contribute on the field, but I do know he has very good hands and catches the ball well,” White said. “He has the whole offseason to get up to speed on the offense and see how he can contribute.”

Other key returning receivers are Tevin Isom (12 catches, 211 yards, 2 TDs), Devonta Osborne (19-200-0) and Lenard Walker (10-156-2).

EVALUATING FILM: After viewing film from Thursday’s Blue and Gold spring game, White said he and his coaching staff were disappointed in several areas, including pass rushing, pass protection and making reads on both sides of the ball.

“We thought we were further along at correcting some of our mistakes from the season,” White said.

The biggest positive White took from the scrimmage was the play of Rams who will likely be stepping into starting roles next season for the first time, including offensive lineman Danny Bunch and defensive backs Cedric Ashe and Ryan Selby.

“It was great to see some of those guys stepping up, and it was great to see Danny get back in there,” White said about Bunch, a 6-foot-5, 380-pound left tackle who played for the Rams in 2011 but had been academically ineligible the last two seasons. “Some of those guys who stepped in for those seniors we lost did a good job. That probably was the bright spot.”

REPLACING TOTTEN: Rams quarterback coach Willie Totten left for Division I Alabama A&M in January, and White is waiting to hear final budget numbers before replacing the legendary coach.

“That’s not what we are actively doing right now. It’s something that will probably be addressed later this summer,” White said.

Between 20 and 30 coaches have expressed interest in the position, which was held by Totten for one season. Before joining the ASU staff, Totten had been away from football after stepping down as head coach at Mississippi Valley State in 2009. His legacy at MVSU spanned three decades and started with his playing days in the 1980s when he set more than 50 Division 1-AA passing records with the help of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.

“We were really lucky to get Willie, and he really, really helped us,” White said. “I hated that he had to go, but that’s the way it is. The good thing is that we can take our time and make a good decision (for his replacement). We just hope we can get a guy that can fill the void that Willie left.”

11  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State sweeps Tuskegee behind Fender’s complete game on: March 24, 2014, 07:11:00 AM
ALBANY — It was a typical Sunday afternoon for the Albany State baseball team, which meant one thing for the Golden Rams — don’t forget the broom.

After ASU finished off a three-game sweep of Tuskegee with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory, Clayton Roach knew exactly where to find it.

“We always keep the broom on standby,” said Roach, an ASU junior who grabbed the broom from the dugout and started sweeping. “That’s our motto. Sunday sweep.”

It was the fourth straight Sunday the Rams swept a three-game SIAC series to improve to 12-0 in the conference, and it gave ASU its 12th victory in its last 14 games. And just like every other sweep for ASU this season, this one was controlled by the Rams’ starting pitchers.

Former Worth County star and Herald Player of the Year Allen Fender threw all nine innings on Sunday and allowed just one hit in the final six frames, giving the Rams their ninth straight complete game against an SIAC opponent.

“I had to apologize to the (bullpen) after the game,” ASU coach Kenyan Conner said with a laugh. “I told them, ‘I know you all want to play, but we are winning and you have to tuck in your pride and stay with us.’ ”

Fender struggled to find command in the first three innings, but eventually the left-hander settled in and dominated Tuskegee’s lineup. He got stronger with every one of his 137 pitches and ended with nine strikeouts, one walk and six hits.

“He always starts slow. As the game goes he gets stronger, and that’s been his M.O. all year,” Conner said of Fender. “They started out on top, but we weren’t worried because we knew (Fender) would get stronger and make adjustments on the mound.”

Once Fender got his footing right on the mound, he took over.

“I was trying to get used to the mound,” he said. “It didn’t hold together because it didn’t get enough sun on it (Saturday). Once I found a spot on the rubber, it was all good from there.”

Fender gave up a leadoff hit in the second inning to Cameron Duncan, who eventually came around to score the game’s first run on a Russell Cornin RBI single. Tuskegee’s Danny Barnes added another run in the third inning on a double steal to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the ASU bats were having trouble finding holes in the Tiger defense, and Tuskegee starter Chris Emerson was perfect through the first 3 2/3 innings before former Westover star Jacob Campbell reached base on an error, which was followed by Uwen Udofia picking up ASU’s first hit to score Campbell and cut Tuskegee’s lead in half.

12  Discussion / Sports Forum / City honors Super Bowl champ Ricardo Lockette on: March 23, 2014, 07:13:39 AM
ALBANY — It started with Ricardo Lockette walking into the room at the Albany Civic Center, hands raised, greeting the crowd with, “Hey everybody.”

Next came the announcement of the first official “Ricardo Lockette Day.” Dozens of people — including family, friends, community leaders and a host of well-wishers — were in attendance Saturday to honor the 27-year-old Monroe grad, who cemented a spot in Albany lore as a member of this year’s Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks team.

The ceremony featured several tributes that recognized Lockette, who starred on special teams and was a backup receiver for the Seahawks, for his accomplishments on the field and his maturation into an upstanding individual off the field. The keynote came when Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Jeff Sinyard, chairman of the Dougherty County Commission, read a proclamation marking the day as one saluting Lockette.

“It is always an honor for our city to have a young man go out and represent us on a national stage,” Hubbard said. “It’s an honor for me to be a part of this celebration to welcome him home and let him know how proud we are of him. He is so humble, and I love people who understand that God put you here for a reason.”

After a poem was read in tribute to Lockette, a few dignitaries — including State Senator Freddie Powell Sims — reflected on the life of the Fort Valley State alum. Pastor Lawrence Knighton of the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Baconton served as a youth leader for Lockette growing up and said that while talent, skill and ability got Lockette to a point of achievement, character and integrity are keeping him there.

The reflections were followed by soloist Arniciesha Price, who sang “Hero” while a photo slideshow was shown. Unable to hold back the emotion, Lockette was brought to tears by the moment.

“Sometimes you get so caught up in your work that you don’t notice people’s appreciation until you step away, so when the video was playing and I saw all the pictures from where I started it all hit me,” Lockette said of the moment.

Willie Earl Lockette, Ricardo’s grandfather and Dougherty County chief superior court judge, gave a few words of encouragement, imploring his grandson to not forget his blessings.

Finally, the man of the hour was presented to speak as those on hand rose in adulation. After giving thanks to everyone who played a role in his success, Lockette offered his definition of the word.

“Success to me isn’t defined by winning a Super Bowl; for me it’s about helping people around you even if you cannot connect with them physically,” he said. “I don’t feel like a champion because (winning a title) is not where my satisfaction is coming from. My goal in life is to see others grow and be successful.”

Still demonstrating his humility, the speedy wideout added that he is no superstar and echoed the words of his grandfather that he is still at the foot of the mountain. While the day was dedicated to him, Lockette, who finished the 2013 season with six catches for 101 yards and several bone-crushing hits on punt coverage, said he wants the day to be about more than No. 83, calling it the start of something great.

“I want this to be a day that stands for something like nonviolence in Albany or positive thinking or a day when everyone does three good deeds for a random person,” Lockette explained. “My life has changed totally but I’m still the same person, and I just want to make everyone else around me better.”

He closed with a simple “I’m yours,” acknowledging his availability to those who continued to support him during the highs and lows of pursuing a career as a professional football player.

“When I first heard of the tribute to Ricardo all I could say to myself was ‘Oh my God. (He is) awesome,’” Ricardo’s mother Felita Lockette said. “To hear him speak (Saturday) is confirmation that he’s been listening. We don’t have to worry about him because he has his head on right, he’s focused and he’s taken everything he’s learned and applied it to life.

Known primarily as a special teams player, Lockette said he is working hard to attain his goal of hearing his name announced as a starting receiver one day. Until then he can take pride in hearing the city of Albany call his name every March 22.
13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Mercer is beating the Duke Blue Devils!!!!! on: March 21, 2014, 01:28:43 PM
 Down goes Duke  !!!
14  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Mercer is beating the Duke Blue Devils!!!!! on: March 21, 2014, 01:26:14 PM
78 - 71  Mercer ...Wins
15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Mercer is beating the Duke Blue Devils!!!!! on: March 21, 2014, 01:20:20 PM
73-68 ...22 seconds left.
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