College Sports Roundup

Published 8:51 pm Thursday, September 5, 2013

By Christopher Graber | Special to the Advertiser

Editor’s note: Below is a compilation of the statistics and achievements compiled by graduates of Chilton County area schools who now compete at the college level.

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Billingsley graduate Zachary Wilson returns for West Alabama after winning a national championship in tie-down roping at the College National Finals Rodeo in June.

Maplesville graduate Andy Phillips will also return for the Tigers, which will be under the direction of first-year coach Alex Caudle.

Caudle, a CNRF qualifier in 2010, was a member of the UWA rodeo team from 2007-11.

Phillips enters the season as a junior after qualifying for the CNRF in saddle bronc riding last season.

From Sept. 26-28, the Tigers will open their season at the Missouri Valley College Viking Rodeo in Marshall, Mo.


•Anthony Johnson (Maplesville 2013) enters his first season as a 6-foot-4, 200-pound tight end for Jacksonville State, who opened the season on Aug. 31 at Alabama A&M in Hunstville.

In 2012, JSU was 6-5 and 5-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

•Philander Browder II (Marbury 2010) returns for his junior year as a 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver for Tuskegee, who will begin the season on Sept. 7 at Alabama A&M.

In 2012, the Verbena native participated in five games to compile five tackles for the Golden Tigers, which won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

TU went 10-2 and 7-0 in SIAC play.

•Taylor Hughes (Chilton County 2010) returns for his junior year as a 6-1, 205-pound quarterback for Huntingdon College, which will begin the season on Sept. 14 at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss.

In 2012, he participated in two games to rush for 17 yards on two carries for the Hawks, which finished 6-3.

•Blake Lawley (Isabella 2010) enters his senior season as a 6-1, 220-pound defensive lineman for HC.

•Hunter Mims (Isabella 2010) returns for his senior year as a 6-1, 245-pound offensive lineman for the Hawks.

•Javae Swindle (Jemison 2012) enters his sophomore season as a 5-4, 145-pound running back for West Alabama, which will open the year on Sept. 7 at Clark Atlanta in Atlanta.

The elusive back accumulated a bulk of carries as a true freshman for the Tigers, who won the Gulf South Conference.

He participated in all 11 games to total 291 rushing yards on 32 attempts complemented with one touchdown for UWA, who ended 9-4 and 5-0 in GSC play.

•Cameron Andrews (Maplesville 2013) joins Swindle at UWA as a 5-9, 219-pound linebacker.

•Austin Rossi (Chilton County 2013) enters his first season as a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker for Birmingham-Southern, who will open the season on Sept. 7 at Lagrange in Lagrange, Ga.

In 2012, the Panthers went 7-3 and 3-1 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

Men’s golf

•Forrest Knight (Chilton County 2013) enters his first season for North Alabama, who will open the year on Sept. 16 at the Kiawah Island Invitational in Kiawah Island, S.C.


•Amber Wyatt (Isabella 2011) returns for her junior season as a middle blocker for South Alabama, which opened the season on Aug. 30 with their home-hosted Jaguar Invitational in Mobile.

Last season, she participated in 14 sets to compile 12 kills and four digs for USA, who finished 13-7 and 6-9 in Sun Belt Conference play.

•Allison Mims (Isabella 2013) was a key contributor for Wallace Community College Selma in its season-opener at home in the Patriot Classic Tournament.

WCCS posted two wins, one loss and one tie at the tournament, a vast difference from the 0-9 record achieved last season.

In the opening contest, the freshman compiled two kills, two digs and one serve ace en route to leading WCCS in a 1-1 tie against Concordia Selma.

In Game 2, she collected two kills, two digs and three serve aces in a 2-1 loss against Southern Union.

In Game 3, the Patriots collected a 2-0 victory against Lawson State Community College.

In Game 4, she compiled four serve aces in a 2-0 win against Southern Union.

•Elizabeth Compton (Isabella 2012) returns for her second year as a defensive specialist for WCCS.

•Kinslee Mims (Isabella 2013) enters her first year season as a defensive specialist for the Patriots.

Women’s Equestrian

•Kayla Brasher (Jemison 2011) and Jana Davenport (Jemison 2010) return as members of Judson College’s women’s equestrian team.