Trio of Rams make first-team region squad

COVINGTON - Several Newton football players have been named to the All-Region 2-AAAAA team, with Ruben Hatchett, Matt Veal and George Clackum being the only first-team selections.

Hatchett, a senior, was named first team as a cornerback while Veal, a junior, was named first team as a punter. Senior lineman George Clackum was also named to the first team as a longsnapper.

Hatchett also earned second-team accolades as a wide receiver and kick returner and Veal was on the second team as a kicker.

Other second-team selections for Newton included Quinton Pooler (junior, running back and linebacker), Demetrius McCray (junior, wide receiver), Wesley Shelton (senior, center), Colby Westbrook (senior, center), Andrew Fulmer (senior, defensive tackle), Ken Johnson (senior, defensive tackle), Michael Kuku (senior, linebacker), J.J. Hardge (senior, linebacker) and Keagan Marks (senior, cornerback).

Freshman safety DeAndre Rashada was selected as an honorable mention.

Hatchett and Pooler were also named to the all-purpose team.

Heritage splits twin bill with Madison Co.

CONYERS - Heritage's basketball teams collected a split with Madison County on Tuesday in Danielsville.

The Heritage boys cruised to a 66-43 win, while the Lady Patriots suffered a 58-48 loss.

With the split, both Heritage teams moved to 2-2 on the season.

The Heritage boys were led by Juron Dobbs who had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Shakeem Mitchell also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Jones added six points and a team-high 16 rebounds.

The Heritage boys play again Saturday at Spalding.

Meanwhile, the Heritage girls suffered a disappointing loss to last year's Region 8-AAAA champ.

Neice Lewis and Sarah Herrington led the offensive charge with 13 points apeice.

The Heritage girls had a hard time stopping Madison's Courtney Freeman who led the Lady Red Raiders with a game-high 26 points.

Heritage trailed by seven (15-8) in the first quarter and by 11 (27-16) at the half. The deficit increased to 13 (39-26) by the end of the end of the third quarter.


Atlanta WNBA team hires first coach, GM

ATLANTA - Atlanta's new WNBA franchise doesn't have a team name, colors or players, but it now has an experienced leader for its inaugural 2008 season.

Marynell Meadors, named Atlanta's first coach and general manager on Wednesday, will be working with her fourth WNBA team. She was one of the league's eight original coaches in Charlotte.

Meadors, a native of Nashville, Tenn., called herself a 'hillbilly at heart' and said she is happy to be returning to the South.