College Sports Roundup

Published 3:00 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014

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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Garrett Price (Billingsley 2013) enters his first season as an outfielder for Morthland College, who will open against Crowley’s Ridge College on March 7 in Paragould, Ark.

Alex Campbell (Jemison 2013) enters his first year as a third baseman and pitcher for Wallace Community College-Selma, who opened against Faulkner JV on Feb. 3 in Montgomery.
Results for the game were not available at press time.

Men’s basketball

Taylor Hughes (Chilton County 2010) continues to contribute as a guard for Huntingdon College (6-11, 5-3 USA South Athletic Conference) as the Hawks continue to climb the conference standings.

Despite beginning the season with a dismal 0-7 record, HC’s recent momentum includes a five-game winning streak highlighted by an 80-74 victory at home against Covenant College (8-12, 3-6 USA SAC) on Feb. 1 in Montgomery.

In the contest, Hughes collected one rebound, one assist and one steal.

“We’re playing well at the right time,” Hawks coach Mike Pugh said in a press release for the HC Athletics web site. “We’ve moved up in the conference standings the past few games, and we have another important stretch coming up. We have to play Piedmont twice, Maryville twice and we play Covenant and LaGrange one more time each. We just have to keep working and continue to come out ready to play each game.”

On Jan. 30, the 6-foot-1 junior Hughes added one point, one rebound and one assist in a 97-86 triumph at home against LaGrange College (11-8, 5-3 USA SAC).

In the conference, Maryville (12-6, 8-0 USA SAC) claim the No. 1 position, followed by Averett (9-9, 6-2 USA SAC).

On Feb. 8, HC will resume competition at Piedmont College (7-10, 2-5 USA SAC) in Demorest, Ga.

Heading into the matchup, Hughes totals 14 appearances and one start to contribute an average of 1 point per game, 1 rebound per game and 1 assist per game.

Tre Bryant (Jemison 2012) adds additional local flavor to the guard position for the Hawks.

In five appearances, the 5’11” sophomore tallies 0.4 ppg, 0.2 rpg and 0.2 apg.

Women’s basketball

Sharonda Cooper (Thorsby 2012) produced three points and two rebounds for Faulkner State Community College (9-10, 2-3 Alabama Community College Conference) in a 45-44 nail-biting loss at Wallace Community College-Selma (8-11, 5-1 ACCC) on Jan. 27 in Selma.

On Feb. 6, FSCC resumed competition at Enterprise State (2-11, 1-3 ACCC) in Enterprise.

Heading into the competition, the 5’10” guard totals 13 appearances and five starts to compile 2.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 0.6 apg.

Markeshia Bailey (Maplesville 2013) posts 0.2 rpg through six games and one start as a 5’7” guard for WCCS, which is riding a five-game winning streak highlighted by a 60-55 triumph at home against Alabama Southern Community College (7-14, 3-3 ACCC) on Jan. 30.

In the ACCC South Division, the Patriots are positioned at No. 2 heading into a battle at No. 1 Chattahoochee Valley Community College (10-5-1, 4-0-1 ACCC) on Feb. 6 in Phenix City.


Meliah Matthews (Marbury 2010) is a Chilton County native that returns as an infielder and pitcher for Judson College.

The season schedule had not been posted on the Eagles’ web site at press time.

Shelby Lopez (Jemison 2012) enters her sophomore season as a catcher for Central Alabama Community College, who opened the season at Jefferson Davis Community College on Feb. 4 in Brewton, Ala.

Lauren Stewart (Chilton County 2012) returns for her sophomore year as an infielder for Faulkner State Community College, which hosts its season opener against Southern Union State Community College on Feb. 6 in Bay Minette.

Women’s indoor track and field

Lori Davis (Billingsley 2012) has participated in two competitions in throwing and hurdling events for Alabama State, which will resume competition at the Southern Miss Cupid Invitational on Feb. 14 in Birmingham.

The upcoming meet will be the final challenge for the Yellow Jackets prior to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22 in Birmingham.

Heading into the competition, the sophomore garners season bests of 28’5” in the shot put, 26’10.75” in the weight throw and 11.77 in the 60 hurdles.

ASU has claimed the indoor conference title the past three seasons.