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College notebook: Rockdale grad makes All-Peach Belt

Former Rockdale standout Michael Morgan was named to the second team of the All-Peach Belt Conference men's soccer team.

Morgan, a freshman defender at Georgia Southwestern, anchored a defense that was the most successful in school history.

The Hurricanes allowed just nine goals this season after giving up 25 last season, a drop of 64 percent. Morgan also helped the Hurricanes' defense decrease their opponents' shots by 21 percent.

SOCCER

Morgan's assists help Lady Cougars earn PBC title

Senior midfielder Lindsey Morgan played a key role in Columbus State's run to the Peach Belt Conference title, notching an assist on the game-winning overtime goals in both the semifinal and championship games.

Morgan, a former Rockdale star, picked up an assist off a Kate Walton corner kick on a last-second goal in the first overtime to lift the Lady Cougars to a 1-0 victory.

She also set up Stephanie Parrish's goal in the fourth minute of overtime in the championship game, earning Columbus State the title with a 2-1 decision.

Morgan has now played on three straight PBC championship teams.

FOOTBALL

Berry named to CIAA all-conference team

Former Heritage standout Brian Berry was named to the Central Intercollege Athletic Association's all-conference team.

Berry, a sophomore wide receiver at Virginia State, was a second-team selection after leading the conference with 70 receptions. He also finished third in the conference with 1,204 all-purpose yards.

Berry led Virginia State in four categories - receiving, all-purpose yards, punt returns and kickoff returns.

Salem defensive duo shines for Belhaven

Former Salem defenders Mike Etheridge and Baqui Thomas made their presence known in Belhaven's game at Shorter College in Rome last Saturday.

Etheridge, a junior linebacker, recorded five total tackles (one solo and four assists), while Thomas, a sophomore defensive lineman, chipped in four total tackles (one solo and three assists).

Troup tallies seven tackles for Central Florida

Junior defensive tackle Torrell Troup had a busy night in Central Florida's 17-6 loss to Southern Mississippi last Saturday.

Troup, a former Salem standout, had seven total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for loss and half a sack.

Heritage product Chance Henderson, a junior linebacker, added three solo stops and one assist for UCF.

BASKETBALL

Burtts makes early impact for East Mississippi

Former Rockdale girls basketball star Angelique Burtts is making quite an impact at East Mississippi Community College after transferring from Middle Tennessee State University.

The sophomore scored a team-high 20 points in her debut with the Lady Lions. She also had three steals and three offensive rebounds in a 78-76 win over Jones County Junior College.

In her third game, Burtts produced her second highest point outing of the season with 25 in a 65-62 win at Hinds.

Hurt pulls down 11 boards in exhibition

It didn't take Salem's Courtney Hurt to display her talent at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Salem's all-time leading scorer and rebounder pulled down a team-high 11 boards in VCU's 93-48 exhibition victory over Virginia Union. Nine of her rebounds came on the offensive glass.

She also scored seven points in 16 minutes of action.

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.