The college careers of Grady Jarrett and Jerry Mathis are under way.
Jarrett, the former two-time all-state defensive lineman for Rockdale and freshman at Clemson, got a chance to play in Tigers' season opener against Troy University. In a 43-19 Clemson win, Jarrett recorded one solo tackle. Clemson continues its 2011 season when it hosts Wofford Saturday. Mathis, a freshman at Samford, had three tackles and a fumble recovery in the Bulldogs' 31-17 loss to FCS No. 3 Georgia Southern.
Bazzani a summer All-American
Former Heritage hurler Anthony Bazzani was recently named by Perfect Game USA a first team Summer Collegiate All-American. As the closer for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League, Bazzani went 4-2 with a 1.45 ERA and 12 saves. The right-hander, who is a junior at Eastern Kentucky University, also struck out 70 batters in 49 summer innings.
"I viewed this summer as a clean slate, a chance to start over," Bazzani told ekusports.com. "I went up there to get everything figured out, gained some confidence and just started closing the door on people in the ninth inning."
Tyler Austin's productive first full-season in professional baseball continues. Austin, playing for the Single-A Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League, is 5-for-11 in three games of the regular season, and in 27 games for Staten Island is hitting .323 (31-for-96) with a .402 on-base percentage and 14 RBIs. Staten Island, which finished with the best overall record in the regular season, opened its playoff series against the Brooklyn Cyclones Tuesday. ... Former Heritage star Brittany Gray got her sophomore campaign in Division 3 soccer off to a good start, picking up two assists in LaGrange College's 5-0 win over Toccoa Falls College September 1. ... In the first game in Valdosta State soccer history, freshman Shealy Kulp (Heritage) scored a goal in the Blazers' 6-0 win over Georgia Southwestern.