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College notebook: Henderson makes 11 stops in C-USA title game

Chance Henderson turned in a strong defensive effort for Central Florida in the Conference USA championship game.

The former Heritage standout recorded nine solo tackles and two assists for the Golden Knights at middle linebacker, helping UCF win the league title with a 44-25 victory over Tulsa last Saturday.

The 11 total stops were a career-high for the sophomore, who also had one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry in the game.

Salem's Torrell Johnson added one solo tackle for the Golden Knights in the victory. He was also credited with a tackle for loss.

After winning the conference title, Central Florida accepted an invitation to the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Mississippi State on Dec. 29 in Memphis, Tenn. It will be the Golden Knights' second bowl game in school history.

BASKETBALL

Burtts sharp off the bench at Middle Tennessee

Angelique Burtts, a redshirt freshman, recorded 12 points and five rebounds in only 11 minutes for Middle Tennessee during a 77-71 loss to Western Carolina last Sunday.

Burtts, who was a two-time Citizen Girls Basketball Player of the Year while at Rockdale, had played only 18 minutes this season prior to the Western Carolina game.

At Rockdale, she averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals per game during her career.

Middle Tennessee will open its Sun Belt Conference games against Florida International on Dec. 19.

Mitchell leads Great South in rebounding

Nicole Mitchell, who played in the high school ranks at Rockdale, is dominating the boards for Agnes Scott College.

Mitchell, a senior, has 80 total rebounds (31 offensive and 49 defensive) and is averaging a league-high 13.3 boards a game for the Scotties. She is ranked sixth in the league in steals (2.0 per game) and 11th in scoring (9.3 points per game).

Mitchell pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds in a loss at Methodist University on Dec. 2. She scored 24 points in a win at Salem College on Nov. 30.

Riggins off to good start as freshman

Former Rockdale guard Justin Riggins is playing well in his freshman season at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Riggins is averaging 8.2 points per game in six games this season for the Patriots, including an 18-point performance against Florida Community College and a 17-point performance against Enterprise-Ozark.

Truett-McConnell gets spark from Dobbs

Former Heritage standout Jaquas Dobbs collected 16 points, a team-high seven steals and six rebounds in Truett-McConnell's 79-64 victory over the Wesleyan JV.

INDOOR TRACK

Wolcott sixth in mile for Lady Owls

Soibhan Wolcott, who starred in cross country and track at Heritage, started the indoor track season off with a sixth-place finish in the 1-mile race at the Clemson University Opener last weekend.

Wolcott posted a time of 5 minutes, 28.81 seconds and was the top finisher in the even for the Lady Owls.

KSU's next competition is at the University of North Carolina Opener on Jan. 12.

If you know of former local athlete from Rockdale or Newton counties competing on the collegiate level, we like to hear from you. E-mail Kristen Lofton at sports@rockdalecitizen.com.