Yates off to fast start at Virginia Tech

Freshman Peter Yates has posted a 6-1 record early in his wrestling career at Virginia Tech.

A three-time state champion at Salem, Yates is ranked No. 33 in the country in the 149-pound weight class for the Hokies.

Yates was seeded 13th in his weight class for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which started Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

So far this season, the freshman has recorded two major decisions, one technical fall and one pin in his six victories.


Dobbs records double-double for Lakers

Sophomore forward Jaquas Dobbs recorded a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds as Clayton State exploded for a 124-69 victory over visiting Carver on Wednesday.

The Heritage product played only 17 minutes in the victory. Nine of his team-high 14 boards were on the offensive glass. He also was credited with three steals.

So far, Dobbs has played in the three of the Lakers' four games this season, starting in two. He's averaging 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.

Craft scores 11 off bench for LaGrange

Freshman guard Blake Craft scored

11 points off the bench in LaGrange College's 90-71 loss at Oglethorpe last Saturday.

The former Heritage Patriot connected on three of his five three-point attempts in just 19 minutes of action. Craft also chipped in three rebounds.

On Saturday, Craft had two points, two steals and one assist in an 87-73 loss to Emory.



Burtts sets new

career-high in points

Sophomore Angelique Burtts is enjoying her new surroundings at East Missisippi Community College (EMCC) in Scooba, Miss.

The former Rockdale star tossed in 25 points and collected 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Lions to a 62-42 win over Alabma Southern on Thursday night.

Burtts had 16 points and eight points by halftime and then finished the game by setting new career-highs in both points and rebounds for the Lady Lions. She shot 11-of-18 from the field and had five assists and three steals.

The sophomore also scored 12 points in EMCC's 94-91 overtime victory over Jones County Junior College on Tuesday.

May scores 11 points

in South Carolina loss

Former Heritage standout Jewel May scored 11 points and added seven rebounds in South Carolina's 74-57 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday.

May, a sophmore forward, has started all six games this season for South Carolina and is averaging 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds a contest.


Mathis contributes in Hornets win

at Turkey Day Classic

Sophomore wide receiver Darius Mathis had two receptions for 76 yards as Alabama State pulled off a 17-13 upset previously unbeaten Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic at Montgomery, Ala.

The loss ended Tuskegee's 26-game winning streak.

Mathis finished the season as the Hornets' leading receiver with 49 receptions for 508 yards and five touchdowns.

In the Southwest Athletic Conference, the former Salem quarterback was fifth in receptions per game at 4.5. He also finished ninth in the conference in receiving yards per game at 46.2.

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