College Sports Roundup

Published 11:22 am Friday, December 20, 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 collegiate level.

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Anthony Johnson (Maplesville 2013) collected four receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown for No. 12 Jacksonville State (11-4) in a 35-24 loss in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs at No. 3 Eastern Washington (12-2) on Dec. 14 in Cheney, Wash.

The starting wide receiver provided his score on a 10-yard pass from Eli Jenkins to give the Gamecocks a 14-7 advantage at the 10:48 mark of the second quarter.

At halftime, the two teams remained deadlocked with a score of 21-21.

The dagger for JSU came in the fourth quarter with EWU holding a 28-24 advantage.

With 10:40 remaining in regulation and the Gamecocks approaching the red zone, Jenkins was intercepted by Albert Havili, who dashed 77 yards for a TD to advance the Eagles to the semifinals of the playoffs.

Both teams ranked among the FCS Top 25 in the Simple Rating System poll released on Nov. 24.

Johnson closes his first year of college football with 35 catches for 417 yards and four TDs.

Javae Swindle (Jemison 2012) was named NCAA Division II All-American second team for West Alabama, Beyond Sports Network announced on Dec. 15.

To garner the recognition, the West Alabama running back led the Gulf South Conference in rushing en route to being named All-GSC first team and Daktronics All-Super Region 2 first team.

Despite playing in only his second season of college football, he twice broke the UWA single game rushing record with his most notable performance being an epic 280-yard rushing feat against Central State in the final game.

He finished the season with more than 1,300 total yards and 13 touchdowns en route to leading the Tigers to a record of 8-3.

He tallied 1,296 rushings yard, 12 rushing touchdowns and a yards-per-carry average of 8.9.

Men’s basketball

Tre Bryant (Jemison 2012) has participated in three contests for HC to collect one assist and one rebound.

Taylor Hughes (Chilton County 2010) has competed in three games and made one start for Huntingdon College (0-5) after contributing a sensational season as the Hawks quarterback in the football season.

In basketball, he totals nine assists and nine rebounds.

Women’s basketball

Markeshia Bailey (Maplesville 2013) has participated in six games and made one start for Wallace Community College-Selma (2-9).

For the year, the fresham tallies one rebound.

Sharonda Cooper (Thorsby 2012) has competed in seven games and made five starts for Faulkner State Community College (6-4).

For the season, the sophomore totals a scoring average of 2.6 points per game.

Women’s indoor track and field

Lori Davis (Billingsley 2012) holds a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles of 11.61 through one meet this season for Alabama State.

From Jan. 10-11, the Yellow Jackets will resume competition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Invitational in Birmingham.

During the 2013 outdoor season, Davis shined in the javelin by placing runner-up at the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championships with a throw of 135 feet, 10.25 inches.

Javelin is not an event during the indoor season.