College Sports Roundup

Published 5:40 pm Wednesday, January 7, 2015


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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Chilton County graduate Hunter Bennett completed his second season as an assistant student coach for the Faulkner University men’s soccer program, which finished with a 5-9-2 record and a 1-6-1 mark in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.


Maplesville graduate Anthony Johnson and Chilton County graduate Spencer Watley have played key roles for the Jacksonville State University football team. Johnson hauled in 74 yards on four receptions as a wide receiver for JSU (10-2) in a 37-26 loss to Sam Houston State University (10-4) in the FCS Playoffs on Dec. 6, 2014, in Jacksonville.

For the season, the sophomore compiled 296 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions.

Watley competed in several competitions as an offensive lineman for Jacksonville State, which finished the season with an astounding 6,129 yards of total offense and 3,424 yards rushing.

Overall, the Gamecocks finished with 35.2 points per game.

Men’s basketball

Taylor Hughes (Chilton County High School 2010) contributed season-highs in points (three) and rebounds (two) as a guard for Huntingdon College (2-9, 1-2 USA South Athletic Conference) in an 88-65 loss at Auburn University at Montgomery (5-8, 1-4 Southern States Athletic Conference) on Dec. 5, 2014, in Montgomery.

On Dec. 19, 2014, the senior followed by delivering three points and one assist in a 71-55 loss to Centre College (9-2) in the Oglethorpe Classic in Atlanta.

In his most recent competition, he provided one assist in an 80-69 loss at home to Methodist University (4-7, 1-1 USA South Athletic Conference) on Jan. 4 in Montgomery.

For the season, he’s compiled one point per game, one rebound per game and 0.9 assist per game.

Christian Briscoe (Jemison 2013) is a sophomore guard for Concordia College of Alabama, which improved to 4-7 after collecting a 79-70 triumph at Alcorn State University (2-12) on Dec. 30 in Lorman, Miss.

Men’s golf

Ivan Truss (Chilton County 2013) totals a 78.67 scoring average for 18 holes through six rounds for Samford University, which will resume play at the Savannah Quarters Invitational from Feb. 8-9 in Savannah, Ga.

In the sophomore’s most recent event, he captured a tie for 40th at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate with a two-round score of 152 (76-76) from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014, in Cashiers, N.C.

Forest Knight (Chilton County 2013) will resume play at the Pirate Invitational for the University of North Alabama from Feb. 23-24 in Savannah, Ga.

In the sophomore’s most recent competition, he clinched a tie for 26th at the University of Illinois Springfield Island Getaway with a two-round score of 160 (72-88) from Oct. 27-28, 2014, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Women’s basketball

Markeshia Bailey (Maplesville 2013) hauled down a game-high and season-high nine rebounds as a guard for Wallace Community College-Selma (0-12) in an 88-17 loss at home to Shelton State Community College (17-1) on Dec. 11, 2014, in Selma.

In the event, the sophomore added four points and one steal.

On Dec. 13, 2014, she followed by providing two points and one rebound in a 90-62 loss at Gadsden State Community College (14-2) in Gadsden.

For the season, she’s compiled 2.1 rebounds per game and 0.8 point per game through nine appearances.

Women’s indoor track and field

Lori Davis (Billingsley 2012) will resume competition for Alabama State University at the University of Alabama Birmingham Blazer Invitational from Jan. 9-10 in Birmingham.

During the 2013-14 indoor track and field season, the junior saw action as a hurdler.

In her most recent event, she captured a first-place finish in the javelin at the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a mark of 128 feet, 9 ¾ inches on April 27, 2014, in New Orleans.

Women’s tennis

Anna Adams (Chilton County 2013) finished her sophomore year for Asbury University, which finished the fall season with a 7-4 record and a 3-2 mark in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

Among the conference, the Eagles ended third among the field of six teams.