Chandler wins weekly honors

Senior pitcher and former Eastside Eagle Mandy Chandler has won Georgia College and State's Athlete of the Week title, the first awarded to the softball team this season.

This past week, Chandler went 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA and had 46 strikeouts. In addition, she shattered the Peach Belt Conference record for career wins after the doubleheader sweep of Lander University last Friday when GCSU gained two victories. She now has 88 wins and GCSU is 21-15, and 7-1 in PBC.

GCSU played Thursday against UNC Pembroke for a conference doubleheader.

Morgan Smith sets Brenau University record

Freshman catcher and former Newton standout Morgan Smith set a new Brenau University (21-2, 10-0) school record with six RBIs in the Tigers' 11-0 win over Reinhardt on Sunday.

In the win, Smith had two home runs, including a grand slam.

So far this season, Smith leads the Southern States Athletic Conference in home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.864), fourth in batting average (.424), fifth in RBIs (24) and is tied for sixth in runs scored (19).

Also excelling in the SSAC is Auburn-Montgomery freshman pitcher Brandi Richards.

With 65 innings pitched over 14 games, the former Eastside pitcher leads the conference in ERA (0.54), opposing batting average (.077) and strikeouts (130) - the next pitcher has 96. She is also tied for seventh in wins with seven.


Kennesaw State makes impressive run

Two former Heritage standouts, Jeremy Easley and Joshua James, both saw top-10 finishes in their respective events.

On the track Saturday, sophomore Joshua James came in third overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.67 seconds. Later, in the 400 hurdles, James nailed a fourth-place finish in 54.04 seconds. Fellow sophomore Jeremy Easley took sixth in hurdles at 15.68 seconds. Mid-distance runner and Patriot past-time Michael Gunter took 12th in the 400 dash.

The lone Conyers native on the women's team, Siobhan Wolcott, another former Heritage standout, saw a 14th place finish in the 1,500 run.

The Owls are running this weekend at Georgia Tech.


Jones takes second

at Linger Longer

Former Heritage standout Bill Jones nabbed a second-place finish at the prestigious Linger Longer Invitational held in Greensboro.

A final round, in which the senior shot a 71, not only put him in second place, but carried his Mercer Bears to a fourth-place finish behind No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Oklahoma State and Witchita State. Jones finished the event at seven-under (68-70-71 - 209), which was just one shot short of winner Trent Whitekiller.

Mercer heads to Santa Cruz, Calif., for the Western Intercollegiate this weekend.


Burtts records

10th double-double

Angelique Burtts, former Rockdale standout and star forward for EMCC finished her outstanding season last week during the consolation game against Trinity Valley College.

The All-Region 23 sophomore scored 24 points for the Lions, eight of which were scored in the span of one minute during the second half. Burtts also had 11 rebounds and registered her 10th double-double of the season.

Although the Lady Lions lost 70-62 to Trinity Valley, they finished their 2008-2009 with an impressive 25-7 record.