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Georgia Out-Of-State Tournament Update

The tournament season is in full effect with holiday tournaments littering the weekend schedule from December 26th through December 31st. We are tracking some tournaments with Georgia teams playing out of the state.


Events and Tournaments Through Tuesday 12/31/2019

All events and tournaments have been completed

Beach Ball Classic (Myrtle Beach, SC) (played with two 16 minute halves)

St. Francis (GA) (12-3) went 2-2 and finished in fourth place after an 80-55 loss to Long Island Lutheran (NY) (9-2) on Tuesday. Jusaun Holt led St. Francis with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Dwon Odom was held to 13 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Zed Key posted a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead Long Island Lutheran (NY).


Nationally ranked No.16 Dorman (SC) pulled away late in the second half to advance to the championship game with a 83-66 victory over St. Francis (GA) (11-2). Dwon Odom led St. Francis with 22 points and 4 assist, Chase Ellis tallied 14 points and 3 rebounds while Jordan Brown finished with 10 points. Justin Amadii had 24 points, PJ Hall put in 17 and Miles Tate put up a double-double with 16 points and 13 assists. St. Francis will play for third place on Tuesday against Long Island Lutheran (NY) (8-2).

St. Francis (GA) (11-1) withstood a 41-point outburst from Coronado’s (NV) Jaden Hardy in a 81-77 victory Saturday evening. Dwon Odom paced St. Francis with 30 points and 10 assists while Jordan Brown put in 19 points. Chase Ellis continued with his stat sheet stuffing ways with  15 points 8 rebounds 4 assists and Jusaun Holt added 12 points 7 rebounds for St. Francis. Hardy added 9 rebounds and 5 assist to go with his 41 points. St. Francis will play Dorman (SC) on Monday at 7pm.  Dorman entered the event currently ranked No.1 in South Carolina 5A and No.16 in the Max Preps Top 25.

St. Francis (GA) (11-1) broke open a close game at halftime in the second half to defeat Izard County (AR) 73-64. St. Francis led 40-36 at the half before a strong second half and the Knights salted it away at the foul line. Dwom Odom and Jordan Brown each finished with 18 points while Jusaun Holt tallied 17. Caleb Faulkner had 23 while Coby Everett finished with 18 for Izard County. St. Francis advances to the second round and will return to action on Saturday at 5pm est.

Les Schwab Invitational (Portland, OR)

Norcross (GA) (15-1) finished in third place with a 69-55 win over Jefferson (OR) (5-4) on Monday. Quincy Ademokoya had a game-high 25 points to go with 7 rebounds for Norcross. JT Thor posted a 24-point 12-rebound double-double while Kevon Eskridge filled the box with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Blue Devils.


Mater Dei (CA) used a 19-4 second quarter to power its way to a 63-45 over Norcross (GA) (14-1) in the semifinals. Devin Askew was the lone double figure scorer for Mater Dei finishing with 23 points by hitting five three-pointers and going 8-8 from the foul line. Kevon Eskridge led Norcross with 15 points while JT Thor had 12. Mater Dei out-rebounded Norcross 39-23 and had 13 assists on 20 made FG. Norcross will play for third place on Monday against Jefferson (OR). Norcross entered the event ranked higher in the  Max Preps Top 25 as Mater Dei (CA) fell out after back-to-back losses to Centennial (CA) and Sheldon (CA) the previous week.

Norcross (GA) (13-0) won its opening round game 62-58 over West Linn (OR) (3-5). Josh Taylor posted a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead Norcross. Quincy Ademokoya (20 points) and JT Thor (15 points) each hit three three-pointers for Norcross. Jackson Shelstad led West Linn with 20 points. Norcross will face Churchill (OR) (6-0) Friday in the quarterfinals.

Norcross (GA) (14-0) advanced to the semifinals with a 54-49 victory over Churchill (OR) (5-1). JT Thor led Norcross with 20 points and chipped in six rebounds. Quincy Ademokoya tallied 11 points and Kevon Eskridge had 10 points off the bench. Brian Goracke lead Churchill with 15 points.

Arby’s Classic (Bristol, TN)

Southwest Dekalb (GA) (7-6) earned fifth place with a 56-49 win over Wise Central (VA) to close out their Arby’s Classic appearance. The Panthers posted a 3-1 record at the event.


Southwest Dekalb (GA) (6-6) defeated Sevier County (TN) (7-4) 56-39 Monday morning. The Panthers will play for sixth place on Tuesday against  Wise Central (VA).

Southwest Dekalb (GA) improved to 5-6 with a 57-39 victory over Greeneville (TN) on Saturday. Southwest Dekalb (GA) will take on Sevier County (TN) (7-3) on Monday.

Dobyns-Bennett (TN) (7-4) led Southwest Dekalb 40-32 entering the fourth quarter when Southwest Dekalb (GA) (4-6) opened the quarter with a 10-3 run to pull to within one, 43-42 but never got over the hump in a 48-45 opening round loss. Dobyns-Bennett was led by Abiah Releford 16 and Malachi Hale 11. Michael Wright finished with 13 points 5 rebounds while Eugene Brown III finished with 9 point and 6 rebounds for Southwest Dekalb.

Hoodie’s House National High School Hoops Classic (Charlotte, NC)

Milton (GA) (12-3) finished in fifth place after their 69-52 victory over United Faith Christian (NC) (13-7) on Monday. Evan Hurst led the Eagles with 20 points. Kanaan Carlyle finished with 15 points 3 rebounds and 3 assist while LT Overton came just shy of a double-double with 9 points and nine rebounds. Milton’s leading scorer Bruce Thornton finished with only four points but handed out 11 assists.


Bruce Thornton put in 37 points as Milton (GA) (11-3) defeated Northside Christian (NC) 64-53 on Saturday. LT Overton added a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Eagles. Najir Underwood and Solomon Tucker each had 15 points for Northside Christian (NC) (13-6). Milton will take on Untied Faith Christian (NC) (7-7) on Monday.

Henry Clay (KY) (3-3) outlasted Milton (GA) (10-3) 72-69 in double overtime. Bruce Thornton led Milton with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Evan Hurst also had 20 points while Devin Farrell and Kanaan Carlyle each had 10 in the loss for Milton. Marques Warrick led Henry Clay (KY) with 28 points.


Marlin Christmas Classic (Panama City Beach, FL)

Buford (GA) (11-3) defeated Banks County (GA) (12-2) in the All-Georgia final 61-43 to win the championship. Both teams combined to go 3-0 against non-Georgia teams.

Seminole County (GA) (8-4) posted a 2-1 record and finished fifth at the event. After losing to Banks County (GA) in the quarterfinals, Seminole County (GA) defeated South Walton (FL) 61-48 Saturday and host Arnold (FL) 54-52 on Monday in the fifth place game. Chad Berry Jr scored 21 points including the game-winning field goal in the win over Arnold (FL).


An All-Georgia final is set when Buford (GA) (10-3) and Banks County (GA) (12-1) meet Monday in the championship game after both won their semifinal games in Saturday.

Buford (GA) (9-3) won its opening round game with a 66-43 victory over host Arnold (FL) (2-9). Buford (10-3) advanced to the finals by defeating Webster County (KY) (9-2) 71-66 in the semifinals Saturday.

Banks County (GA) (12-1) defeated Bartram Trail (FL) (5-4) in the semifinals on Saturday. Banks County defeats Seminole County (GA) (7-4) 69-64 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Kingdom Of The Sun (Ocala, FL)

Columbia (GA) (9-6) won its sixth consecutive game- all have been OOS wins, with a 66-58 win over Jones (FL) (3-8) to win the Kingdom Of The Sun tournament on Sunday. Columbia posted a 6-1 record over back-to-back weekends in Florida tournaments and are 6-3 this season against OOS teams from New York (Knox), Florida (North Marion, North Miami, South Miami, Jones and Deerfield Beach), Alabama (Pinson Valley, LaFlore) and Tennessee (Howard Tech). South Miami entered the event ranked No.1 in Florida 6A while North Miami is ranked No.3. The Eagles will play their final OOS game Saturday January 4th at Tyner Academy (TN) (7-1).


Columbia (GA) led South Miami by 11 points at halftime 34-23 and by as many as 22 points in the second half only to have South Miami rally. The rally would fall short as Columbia (GA) (8-6) advanced to the championship game with a 64-62 victory.  Columbia will face Jones (FL) (3-7) in the Finals on Sunday. Jones (FL) entered the tournament 0-7 but have won three-straight in the tournament be defeating McArthur (FL) (9-8), Lake Highland Prep (FL) (8-2)  and Western (7-4).

Columbia (GA) (7-6) advanced to the semifinals with a 48-43 quarterfinal victory over Deerfield Beach (FL). Columbia will face South Miami on Saturday. South Miami defeated host school Vanguard-Ocala (FL) in the quarterfinals.

Columbia (GA) (5-6) went 2-1 at the Kreul Classic in Miami, FL last week, returned to the Sunshine State to take on North Marion (FL) (7-0) in the opening round of the Kingdom Of The Sun. North Marion-off to its best start under 5th year head coach Tim Yarn, has not had a losing season since Yarn took over beginning with the 2015-16 season. Columbia halted the feel good start snapping the seven-game winning streak with a 64-37 victory in the opening round. Columbia will face Deerfield Beach (FL) in the quarterfinals on Friday. Deerfield Beach (FL) defeated Wheeler (GA) last week in the opening round of the Kreul Classic.

Dwight Madison Roundball Classic (Montgomery, AL)

Newton (GA) (12-3) won its tenth straight game since a three-game losing streak with a 76-68 victory over host Carver-Montgomery (AL) in the Dwight Madison Roundball Classic championship game. It was Newton’s second win on the same day as earlier in the day Saturday they defeated Calhoun (AL) (8-10) 93-75 in the semifinals. On Friday Newton defeated Brewbaker Tech (AL) (11-5) in the quarterfinals 84-66.

Sunshine State Explosion (Coconut Creek, FL)

Georgia teams post 7-1 record in Sunshine State Explosion.

Sickles (FL) (7-2) ended Tri-Cities (GA) (13-1) 21-game win streak with a 70-68 victory. Peyton Daniels finished with 36 points but it was not enough for Tri-Cities (GA). Javohn Thomas had 14 points while Dylan Mitchell had 13 points for Sickles.

Cedar Shoals (GA) improved to 13-1 with a 67-61 win over Apopka (FL) (9-4). Quincy Canty led the Jaguars with 20 points. Tyler Johnson again stuffed the box score with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore point guard Kashik Brown continued his stellar play with 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Apopka (FL)- ranked No.7 in 7A, was led by John Latimer III’s 22 points.

Jefferson (GA) (9-6) swept its two games in Florida with a 75-57 victory over Coral Reef (FL) (7-4). Jacob Radaker had 12 points for the Dragons Levertis Williams led Coral Reef with 20 points.

Douglas County (GA) (10-5) swept its two games in Florida with a 53-52 win over American Heritage-Plantation (FL) (7-3). Omarion Smith came three blocks shy of a triple-double with a 16 point-14 rebound double-double to go with those seven blocks for Douglas County.


Georgia teams go 4-0 on first day of Sunshine State Explosion.

Jaylen Jackson scored 15 points to go with 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks as Douglas County (GA) (9-5) defeated Bishop Synder (FL) 60-48. Gyasi Powell led Bishop Sydner with 20 points.

Cedar Shoals (GA) improved to 12-1 winning its first game of the season against a non-Georgia opponent 78-42 over Miami Northwestern (3-6). Tyler Johnson led the way for the Jaguars with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Quincy Canty finished with 16 points and three rebounds while sophomore guard Kashik Brown tallied 16 points and two assists in the victory. Antwanne Thompson lead Miami Northwestern with 13 points. Cedar Shoals will play Apopka (FL) (9-3) on Saturday.

Tri-Cities (GA) remained undefeated with a 56-49 win over Apopka (FL) (9-3). Demetrius Rives had 14 points for Tri-Cities. Zachary Anderson led Apopka with 18 points.

Jefferson (GA) (8-6) earned its first victory over a non-Georgia team by defeats host Coconut Creek (FL) (2-6) 66-53 in the night cap Friday night. Spencer Darby finished with 12 points and Daniel Parker had 11 for Jefferson.

Big Orange Classic (Hoover, Alabama)

Huffman (AL) won the Big Orange Classic with a 56-48 victory over Alexander (GA) (9-5) on Saturday. Alexander went 2-1 in the event.


Alexander (GA) (9-4) advanced to the championship game with a 70-54 win over Florence (AL) (6-5). Alexander will take on Huffman (AL) in the Finals on Saturday. Alexander defeated Wenonah (AL) (10-6) 52-42 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Other Games with Out-Of-State Interest (Various Locations)

Updated 12/30/2019

Eagle’s Landing (GA) (12-1) rebounded from having it’s 10-game winning streak snapped in a 51-48 loss to Americus-Sumter (GA) (13-0) in a showcase game, to win the Lee County Roundball Classic. Eagle’s Landing got 20 points and 12 rebounds from Keith Lamar while Kirshon Trash added 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 57-43 victory over Lee County (GA) in the semifinals. In the finals Eagle’s Landing faced it’s first out-of-state opponent of the season. Thrash tallied 18 points 6 rebounds 4 assists and 2 steals while Lamar added 16 points and 9 rebounds and David Thomas had 15 points in 63-59 victory over Boy & Girls (NY) (9-4). Kirshon Thrash was named the tournament’s MVP. Boys & Girls (NY) went 2-1 at the event defeating Central-Macon (GA) (8-5) and Monroe-Albany (GA) (9-4).

Americus-Sumter (GA) (13-0) capped a 3-0 weekend with a victory over the only out-of-state team on its schedule. The Panthers defeated Landstown (VA) (4-5) 64-61 in the Big South Shootout in Atlanta, GA on Saturday.  Wallace Bradley led Americus-Sumter with 18 points, Quevoluia Willoughby added 14 while Trae Brown added 11. Donald Hand had 26 for Landstown (VA) which started the season No.1 in the Virginia-Pilot/Daily Press Top 15 rankings and were currently No.11 may be out after back-to-back losses at the Big South Shootout this weekend in next rankings.  Americus-Sumter (GA) defeated Eagle’s Landing (GA) (12-1) and Tift County (GA) (3-9) over a three day stretch in three different events.

Brunswick (GA) (9-6) went 1-1 against two teams from Florida at the McDonald’s Invitational in Tifton, GA. Despite 27 points and 13 rebounds from Jaden Dunham Brunswick fell 68-49 to Tallahassee-Lincoln (FL) (11-1) 68-49 Friday Night. Zane Williams had 23 points to lead Tallahassee-Lincoln. The Pirates bounced back with a 42-40 victory over Victory Christian Academy (FL) (4-4). Jaden Dunham-who was named to the all tournament team, finished with another double-double racking up 18 points and 10 rebounds for Brunswick. Victory Christian Academy (FL) entered the event No.10 in the 2A Florida rankings and defeated Denmark (GA) (11-4) 49-46 on Friday.

Morgan County (GA) (2-9) also fell to Tallahassee-Lincoln (FL) (11-1) 63-40 on Saturday. Tallahassee-Lincoln defeated Tift County (GA) in their season opener and are 3-1 against Georgia teams this season, the loss coming to Miller Grove (GA) (11-6) 59-54 in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast 16 in Niceville, FL. Tallahassee-Lincoln is just outside of the Top 10 in 6A Florida rankings.

East Coweta (GA) (9-4) fell 69-66 to John Marshall (VA) (6-2) Saturday night in the Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic in Marietta, GA. Jason Nelson scored 18 points to lead John Marshall (VA) in the victory which snapped their two-game losing streak. McEachern (GA) (10-4) defeated John Marshall (VA) on Friday night in the event 70-69. McEachern has loss 3 of its last four games to Montverde Academy (VA), Gonzaga (DC) and Shiloh (GA). John Marshall (VA) has loss to Sierra Canyon (CA) and McEachern (GA)

Clarke Central (GA) (6-3)  went 2-1 at Holiday Hoopla in Vero Beach, FL. The Gladiators defeated Treasure Coast (FL)(6-6) 69-52 and Jensen Beach (FL) (3-8) 59-21. Clarke Central lost to West Orange (FL) (6-5) 78-41.

Colts take 48th meeting against Knights

Marion County’s (FL) longest running series continued last Friday night from Booster Stadium in Ocala, FL when the Vanguard Knights hosted their northern county neighbors, the North Marion Colts.

North Marion, ranked fourth in the 5A AP state poll and 19th in the FloridaHSFootball.com Sunshine State 25, got off to a quick 14-0 nothing lead as Caleb Seiler connected with James Mitchell and Justin Watkins for touchdown passes of 43 and 10 yards on the Colts first two possessions.

Vanguard would make it interesting on more than one occasion. After a 7-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Taylor, Vanguard forced North Marion to punt from its own end zone after a three-and-out. North Marion would botch the snap and give up a safety. On the ensuing possession Vanguard faced a fourth and goal for the two yard-line trailing 14-8. North Marion would keep Vanguard out of the endzone and the offense answered by going 98 yards in three plays to take a 21-8 lead on a 9-yard Justin Watkins touchdown run.

A late second quarter Vanguard touchdown made it 21-14 at the half.

In the second half, Vanguard score on a 47-yard screen pass from N’Kosi Perry to Alonzo Taylor to pull within 21-20 after another failed extra point- Vanguard was 0-of-5 on PATs in the game. That would be as close as Vanguard would get.

North Marion proceeded to score 21 unanswered points on a three-yard touchdown run by Cameron Mackey, 27-yard touchdown run by Watkins and 30-plus yard fumble return by defensive/offensive lineman Darius Carr in the third quarter to take a commanding 42-20 lead. Watkins finished with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Standout wide receiver Freddie Swain did not score a touchdown despite recording close to 100 yard receiving yards

Perry would connect with Darryn Lake on two late touchdown passes for Vanguard to make the final 42-32 score more respectable. Lake finished with three touchdown receptions (all from Perry).

The Colts (3-0) senior-laden defense was led by four-star recruit Jordan Woods, Desmond Carson and Khali Mitchell  among others in an good defensive effort barring big plays by Vanguard (2-1).

North Marion won its third consecutive game in the series and lead the overall series 25-23. Vanguard dropped its eighth straight game against ranked opponents since 2012.

North Marion will host Pasco at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium Friday while Vanguard will travel to Lakewood.

The audio broadcast of this contest can be heard on Total Sports Coverage.

Vanguard, North Marion Spring Updates

Edwin Farmer looks to improve on a 4-6 record in his first season as the head coach of the Vanguard Knights this fall. In front of summer workouts, 7-on-7’s and fall preseason, the spring is is here. The Knights will travel to Forest on Thursday May 21st for a scrimmage to conclude the spring.

North Marion, who will be playing national power Hoover October 30th in the schools first-ever out-of-state contest. The Colts will be entering its second season under Stephen Fields. Fields continued the North Marion playoff tradition of playoff football as the Colts made the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season, finishing 8-3 advancing to the region quarterfinals. Field confirmed North Marion will not be playing a spring scrimmage contest.

Vanguard will host North marion Friday September 11th at Booster Stadium in Ocala, FL. North Marion defeated Vanguard 28-14 last season for its second straight win in the cross county rivalary.

North Marion Defeats Forest In Spring Football

The JV squads lead off the spring football game between county opponents Forest and North Marion. North Marion won last season’s spring and regular season games. In the 2013 spring game the varsity went first followed by the JV. In 2014 they flipped it.

North Marion’s JV handled Forest 32-0 after their half.

In the varsity half North Marion needed only one play. Rising junior Freddie Swain caught an 89-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Seiler in the third quarter, as North Marion won 7-0 in the varsity portion of the game.

For North Marion, it was the first time a Stephen Field’s led team took the field in a game situation since Craig Damon moved on. The Colts have made the playoffs 14 straight seasons. Field took over this year coming from South Florida.

James Allen rushed for over 100 yards in the game showing signs from his sophomore season. Allen is now a senior on a team with Cameron Mackey and Jack Reed among others on the radar with recruiting services.

Bo Scarbrough, IMG Too Much For Trinity Catholic

One of the most talented running backs in the state of Florida and the nation brought his game to Marion County and left many in attendance shaking their heads in awe of his ability. Scarbrough, a four-star prospect by recruiting services is committed to Alabama, said afterwards that Florida State is still highly interested. Scarbrough rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns of 24, 24, 7 and 44 yards in the win over Trinity Catholic.

Bo Scarbrough of IMG Academy
Bo Scarbrough of IMG Academy

Trinity Catholic got off to a nice start with a safety but from there it was mainly Scarbrough and IMG lighting up the scoreboard putting up 33 unanswered points before Trinity Catholic would score again, they led 20-2 at the break. Scarbrough had plenty of help as four-star quarterback Mike O’Conner (verbal to Penn State) tossed the ball around the yard for 186 yards and two touchdowns despite a low completion percentage of 35%.

Trinity Catholic would hang tough despite being down and only converting on four-of-fourteen third downs on the night. Quarterback Reid Carlton passed for just under 200 yards while tossing two touchdowns to Rudi Outar and Dominique Brown. The Celtics also got a solid rushing effort from Johnny Taylor and Mark Franklin. Taylor and Franklin combined for 150 yards rushing on the night but IMG was too much dowing the Celtics 47-23.

IMG Academy is not your grandfathers high school. The Bradenton, FL boarding school gains national attention with plenty of high level recruiting prospects such as Scarbrough, it’s training facilities and athletic camps for both youths and adults. IMG has ten players in this years 2014 class that recruiting services are tracking and expect to have a big signing day come February.

Trinity Catholic (3-1) will look to rebound this week on the road against Clearwater Central Catholic (3-1) who is coming off of a 49-0 win over Stonecrest Prep. IMG Acdemy (4-0) will look to remain undefeated when they face First Academy (3-1) out of Orlando.

North Central Florida Football Media Day This Weekend

The 4th Annual North Central Florida Football Media Day will be held this weekend. 15 teams-only four made the playoffs, from around the area will converge on the Ocala Hilton hotel beginning Saturday morning at 10am continuing until 4pm. Full pad practice will begin on August 5th for most teams. Below is the schedule for Saturday with the team results from 2012 noted. All times are eastern.

10am- Trinity Catholic (8-5; lost in 3A regional finals), Vanguard (6-6; lost in 6A regional semifinal)s and Chiefland (5-5; did not make playoffs)
11am- Belleview (3-7; did not make playoffs) and Hawthorne (0-10; did not make playoffs)
12pm- Palatka (4-6; did not make playoffs), Lake Weir (3-7; did not make playoffs), Eastside-Gainesville (6-6; lost in regional semifinals)
1pm- West Port (5-5; did not make playoffs), Ocala Christian Academy (3-6; did not make playoffs), St. Francis (3-7; did not make playoffs)
2pm- Forest(3-7 did not make playoffs), Dunnellon (5-5; did not make playoffs) and North Marion (5-6; lost in 5A regional quarterfinals)
3pm- Santa Fe (1-9; did not make playoffs)

Currently there are no players that are being heavily followed or ranked highly by major recruiting services however North Marion’s running back James Allen and defensive lineman D “Money” Jackson are drawing interest from several ACC and SEC programs and transfer quarterback Jake Roddenberry has a chance to up his recruiting. Natrell Jamerson of Vanguard is prime for a breakout year and could draw the eye of some later in the season with a strong effort. West Port offensive lineman Christopher Hudson and Delroy Baker are on some recruiting services radar with favorable marks and will anchor the West Port line this season. They are committed to Alabama-Birmingham and Indiana respectively. Trinity Catholic tight end Max Linder is going to Middle Tennessee State and all-purpose Dominique Brown is drawing more interest. Palatka defensive back Ka’Tavis Jackson has some interest as well with some college programs. Keiwan Jones of Dunnellon has interest from mid-level programs at the defensive tackle spot.

Creekside Ends North Marion’s Historic Season

North Marion was making their deepest push in the playoffs in school history when they faced Creekside-Jacksonville (26-2) in the regional semifinals in a rare matinée. The game was played at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon after officials declared the field at North Marion to be unplayable on Tuesday due to rainy conditions earlier in the day forcing the unique mid-week “businessman’s special”.

Creekside would get the better of North Marion behind one swing of the bat from Creekside’s Colleen Darragh (Georgia Tech). With the bases loaded it the third, Darragh took a Holly McKinnon (South Alabama) pitch yard to give Creekside a 4-0 lead. Darragh’s grand slam would be all second-ranked Creekside need as they won 6-0 to advance to the regional finals.

North Marion only had four hits in the game, all on singles, completing their season 21-6 and were shutout only three times all season (Belleview, Ponde Vedra and Creekside).

North Marion Advances To Regional Semifinals

The Lady Colts won the Class 5A District 6 title last week defeating Eastside and Palatka by a combined 17-0. Now the Lady Colts have followed it up with a win in the Regional quarterfinals defeating Bartram Trail 3-2 to advance to the Regional semifinals against Creekside (Jacksonville) next Tuesday.

North Marion (21-5) showed their versatile style of play in the win over Bartram Trail by playing “small ball”, in other words manufacturing runs. Senior Erin Klein stole two bases while Savannah James and Danielle Miller each swiped a base piece for the Lady Colts who have stolen 106 bases this season. The Colts broke the ice scoring two runs in the second inning when Brooke Sapp singled to get it started. Hailey Cone dropped a bunt single-one of six bunts by North Marion, allowing Sapp to touched home on a squeeze bunt single by Amber Capps with a groundout sandwiched in between. Cone would make it 2-0 scoring on a wild pitch later in the inning. Klein scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for a 3-0 Colts lead.

North Marion would surrender a run in the sixth inning and the seventh innings however held on for the win when Kayley Chisholm of Bartram Trial (21-6) flied out stranding a runner at third in the seventh ending the ballgame.

North Marion's Holly McKinnon is one reason Colts are in Regional Playoffs
North Marion’s Holly McKinnon is one reason Colts are in Regional Playoffs

Holly McKinnon was the winning pitcher yielding and is 3-0 in the postseason. McKinnon allowed five hits hurling seven strikeouts in the win over Bartram Trail improving to 21-4 with a .40ERA 254 strikeouts and 25 complete games pitched this season.

If North Marion wins in the regional semifinals they will face the winner of the Hernando-Gulf (New Port Richey) winner in the regional finals. Hernando defeated North Marion 6-5 during the regular season in the Doc 4 Life Tournament.

Kingdom Of The Sun Information

The 39th Kingdom Of The Sun High School basketball post holiday tournament was completed at the end of December 2012. The Ballard Bruins out of Louisville, Kentucky won the 2012 tournament.

Morgan County (Georgia) finished 6th in the 2012 Kingdom of the Sun. They are ranked in the Top 5 in Georgia Class 3A
Morgan County (Georgia) finished 6th in the 2012 Kingdom of the Sun. They are ranked in the Top 5 in Georgia Class 3A

The tournament committee released the following information on the value of the tournaments.

“Kingdom of the Sun is born off Illinois tourneys & becomes the 1st 16 team tourney in the Southeast in 1974
Fairdale, Ky. goes to the Kingdom of the Sun & starts the King of the Bluegrass tourney
Bristol, Tn. goes to the 1st Bluegrass & goes back & starts the Arby’s tourney
Decatur, Ga. Columbia HS goes to the Kingdom & starts the Nike Classic
All events are 16 team formats”

Morgan County (Madison, GA) competed in the 2012 tournament which is hosted by Vanguard (Ocala, FL), who also competed in the tournament.

Potential participants for the 2013 tournament are still unknown at this time.


Ballard Bruins Win 39th Kingdom Of The Sun Tournament

Ballard defeated Deerfield Beach 72-67 to win the 39th Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Ocala, Florida at Vanguard High School. Lavone Holland led all scorers with 27 points while Quentin Snyder tossed in 19 and Tournament MVP Kelan Martin had 17 points for the Bruins. Ballard also defeated American Heritage (FL), Morgan County (GA), West Gadsden (FL) during the four-day tournament. Their largest margin of victory was 40 points in a 75-35 win over tournament Cinderella West Gadsden in the semifinals.

“We had a lot of guys step up while we were here. Tonight we got a big contribution from Lavone Holland, he’s been sick but he’s getting healthy again and getting back in shape and he was big for us. Obviously Kelan Martin had a huge tournament and can do a lot of things, then we have Quentin Snyder, a Louisville commit, along with some really good role players”, Ballard Head Coach Chris Renner said afterwards.

Ballard (Louisville, KY) Bruins won the 2012 Kingdom Of The Sun Tournament
Ballard (Louisville, KY) Bruins won the 2012 Kingdom Of The Sun Tournament

Ballard averages 74.5 points per game over their four tournament games and scored a tournament high 85 points in their opener against American Heritage.

“This tournament is one of the top tournaments in the country. It has been around along time and it always provides top competition . We come down here for a lot of reasons, the competition and it gives our team an opportunity to bond and get better over the winter break”, Ballard Head Coach Chris Renner said.

Kelan Martin Of Ballard is presented with the Tournament MVP trophy
Kelan Martin of Ballard is presented with the Tournament MVP trophy

Kelan Martin averaged 21.2 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field and that performance earned him Tournament MVP honors. Lavone Holland averaged 14.5 points (27 in the championship game) while shooting 54% and Quentin Snyder averaged 13.2 points during the tournament for Ballard.

“We are excited to get back home get a little time of, but were going to Orlando and enjoy some time at Universal Studios but in general were going to take sometime off during the new year and then prepare for our Kentucky and Louisville competition and try and put ourselves in a position to win a regional and state championship”, Renner added.