The awards keep rolling in for Colquitt County sophomore basketball player Makeba Ponder.
The Region 1-AAAAA Player of the Year was recently named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s All-State team.
She also has been named to the Atlanta Metro Nike Elite traveling team.
Ponder and Lady Packers teammate Ja’nice Sailor traveled to Atlanta recently to try out for the Metro team and competed with some of the top players from Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Metro team will play in five top tournaments this spring and summer, including the Boo Williams Nike Invitational in Hampton, Va., April 20-22; the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, July 9-11; the Nike Battle in the Boro, Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 13-16; the Nike U.S. Junior Nationals, Washington, D.C., July 22-25; and the Nike Nationals, North Augusta, S.C., July 28-31.
In her first two seasons for the Lady Packers, Ponder has scored 826 points and is averaging 15.3 points.
Last season, she averaged 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals a game. She scored 20 or more points 14 times and had 31 against Bainbridge and 30 in the Lady Packers double-overtimes loss to Westlake in the first round of the state tournament.
Sailor made the junior elite team, but her travel dates have not been set yet, said Colquitt County girls basketall coach Rondesha Williams.
Williams will take the girls to Atlanta each weekend for practice.
“This is a great opportunity for Colquitt County athletics,” Williams said.
Of this and that:
• Former Packer Tucker Jenkins is the head boys soccer coach at Pierce County High and has led the Bears to an 8-1-1 record. The Bears are 4-0 in Region 2-AA.
Jenkins also coaches the offensive line for the Pierce County football team, which won the region championship with a 7-0 record and finished the season 8-3.
• The Valdosta State University golf team shot a final round 291 to finish 15th at the recent Bobcat Intercollegiate at the par 70, 6,874-yard Cuscowilla Golf Club in Eatonton.
John Fordham tied for 58th with a 223.
Teammate Clarke Henrick played as an individual and also shot a 223.
The Valdosta State men finished the tournament at 883, 43 strokes over par. Barry claimed the team championship with a seven-under-par 833 while Nova Southeastern was in second and 10 strokes behind.