Moultrie Observer

Local Sports

November 13, 2012

Basketball teams to scrimmage today

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County basketball fans will get a preview of the 2012-2013 seasons when the Lady Packers and Packers play host to Thomasville today in scrimmage games on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

The girls game will start at 6 p.m. The boys game will start at about 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

The Lady Packers will send out a starting five that coach Rondesha Williams expects will take the floor when her team opens the season on Nov. 23, in the Fastbreak Shoot-Out in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Colquitt County boys team, which was 7-15 last season, will be without as many as three or four starters, who are still competing with the Packers football team.

But second-year boys coach Levon Grant says he looks at that as an opportunity for a number of other players to gain valuable practice time and game experience.

“This will really help me evaluate some individuals,” Grant said. “We’ll be able to see how they perform, how they do what we ask them to do and how hard they play on defense.

“And it’s going to be an adjustment for some of them, going from playing eight minutes a game to 28 minutes.”

Xavier Terry will start the shooting guard position and Grant has high hopes for him.

“He came in and hit some big shots for us last year,” Grant said. “He has 12 points in our win over Coffee with four threes. And he had some big shots in the game against Tifton. So he’s shown some flashes.”

Kenji Thompson will start at the point guard position tonight.

“He started a few games for us last year,” Grant said. “He handles the ball well.”

Also expected to start tonight are Jay Tolbert, Shaheem Ponder and Kamoris Woods.

This will be the first year of varsity play for Woods.

Tolbert is expected to provide good work off the bench this season, Grant said.

“He is probably going to be our sixth or seventh man,” Grant said. “He relishes that role.”

Grant said he was unsure what to expect from Thomasville, which went 19-8 last year, winning a first-round Class AA state tournament game before being eliminated by Laney High in the second round.

The Packers will open the regular season on Nov. 30 at Bainbridge.

The team might still be lacking several key components – Javonta Woods, D.J. Johnson, Jamiyus Pittman, John Peterson and Samuel Holloway – who are still with the playoff-bound Packers football team.

Williams will not have to wait for her key players.

They have been together since last summer, when they played 45 games in June, and she sounds ready to see this team on the court.

“It should be an exciting year,” Williams said. “These kids have worked hard over the summer.”

The key ingredient, of course, is junior Makeba Ponder, a two-time All-Region player who was the region Player of the Year and an All-State selection last year.

Ponder averaged 19.3 points a game last season and has only become better while playing AAU basketball in the off-season, Williams said.

Joining Ponder in the starting lineup tonight will be Ashley Henry, Ja’nice Sailor, Shakhila “Smoke” Harry and Natalie Griffin.

Williams sounds eager to show off Griffin, who was a force inside for the 16-12 Lady Packers last season.

“She’s lost about 20 pounds and is really getting up and down the floor,” Williams said. “I’m excited for her.

“She and Smoke have really gained a lot of confidence. They can relax and play together in the post.”

Abbi Beth Paulk and Felicia Bowman will provide some depth inside.

Henry will fill the void left by the graduation of Maranda “Bird” Trim.

Both she and Dezaray Fowler had strong summers at the ball-handling position, Williams said.

“They really have matured,” Williams said. “They have joined together to step up and play offense and defense. They both shot very well this summer.

“But what we want is for them to play defense, get a steal and then the offense will take care of itself. And they’ve bought into that.”

The Thomasville girls were 11-15 last year but play the kind of game that Williams wants to see in a scrimmage.

“They’re a pressing team and they run up and down the floor,” Williams said. “It will be good to see how we handle the press.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 4-23.SOCCER SENIORS.jpg Soccer seniors

    The Colquitt County boys and girls soccer teams’ seniors were honored on Monday between the games against Lowndes at Packer Park. They are, front, from left, Alex Balderas, Haley Bautista, Leslie Aguilar, Raley Wallace, Abbi Beth Paulk, Carlos Martinez and Eric Gould; middle, Brian Vidales, Manuel Vasquez, Richard Garcia, Fernando Miranda, Marcus Lopez, Will Pitts and Maca Aguilera; back, Francisco Gomez, Gio Martin, Luis Padilla, Matt Moody, Josh Smith and Jay Tolbert.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greene, 4x100 team get region track wins

    Marquan Greene won the 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay team also took first place to lead the Colquitt County boys to a fifth-place finish at the Region 1-AAAAAA track meet held recently in Tifton.
     

    April 22, 2014

  • Alderman Realty gets Tiny Mite victory

     Alderman Realty edged Chick-fil-A 13-12 on Monday in a Tiny Mite girls softball game.
     

    April 22, 2014

  • Hutchinson-Traylor holds off Davis Insurance

    After taking a 5-0 lead after its first three at bats, Hutchinson-Traylor had to hang on to defeat Davis Insurance 5-4 on Monday in a Midget League game at the Magnolia Sports Complex.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23.NEEDMORE.jpg Sprint cars at Needmore

    This Saturday night Needmore Speedway will host the second round of a Southern Sprint Car Showdown as sprint cars from the ASCS, Carolina Sprint Car Series will challenge drivers from the Florida Sprint Car Series. This new partnership was formed between the two series to make racing more affordable as well as more exciting for race fans. The first event in the Showdown series will kick off Friday night at Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, then head to Needmore for Saturday’s event. According to Carolina series director Tom Baker, this new series will pit the Florida sprints with their 360 limited motors against the smaller 305 engines in the ASCS cars. But according to Baker, both develop about the same horsepower plus the Oglethorpe track is totally different than Needmore’s 3/8s mile surface. Fans can expect to see top drivers from each series in action this Saturday night including Johnny Petrozelle, Shawn Mott and Tim Perry of the Carolina series as they take on Florida's best. Baker said ‘these drivers don't care what series label it is or what motor is in the car, these guys are the wildest, craziest drivers you'll see all year and they always put on a good show.’ Needmore's lineup this Saturday will also include Limited Late Models, Super Streets, Hobbys and Enduros. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.  

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Packers fall 4-2 to Thomas County Central

    When Colquitt County defeated Thomas County Central six weeks ago, the Packers got two-run triple by Ross Goforth in the sixth to help send the game into extra innings and used a Goforth grand slam to win it in the eighth.
    The Packers could have used a similar big hit, especially in the first, fifth and sixth innings when they stranded eight runners, in a 4-2 loss to the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday at Ike Aultman Field.
     

    April 22, 2014

  • Middle school golf teams tune up in Douglas

    The Colquitt County middle school golf teams tuned up for Thursday’s conference tournament by playing Coffee Middle School at Douglas Country Club on Monday.

    April 21, 2014

  • Hawgs to hold open house on Wednesday

    The Pop Warner Football South Georgia Hawgs will hold an open house and registration at its new headquarters and learning center at Suite 205, 120 First St. S.E. onWednesday.
    A ribbon-cutting will be held at 4:50 p.m. and the open house and registration will run through 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
     

    April 21, 2014

  • Colquitt boys win region golf championship

     The Colquitt County boys golf team continued its late-season surge and won the Region 1-AAAAAA tournament by eight strokes on Monday at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.

    April 21, 2014

  • Soccer Pack beats Lowndes, can win region on Wednesday

     The Colquitt County boys soccer team scored three goals in the first half and added two more in the second to deal Lowndes its first Region 1-AAAAAA loss of the season and set the stage for a shot at its first region title since 1999.
     

    April 21, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More
weatherradar
Seasonal Content
Poll

Should abortion be legal for victims of rape?

No. That baby is alive, no matter how horrible its manner of conception.
Yes. It's wrong to force a woman to carry the child of her rapist.
Abortion is a private matter and should be legal for everyone.
     View Results