Roddenberry shines for Bisons

Zach Roddenberry

Zach Roddenberry


Courtesy of Harding University Athletics

Zach Roddenberry, former Salem High School player and currently a starter for Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

Zach Roddenberry continued to have one of his best stretches as a collegiate basketball player for Harding University.

The former Salem standout collected his second double-double of the season, scoring 23 points and adding 10 rebounds in the Bisons' 85-67 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma. Roddenberry scored a team-high 23 points for the second consecutive game and in the last four games is averaging 21 points in helping Harding go 3-1.

"Zach has had a great year so far, using his size and great hands to his advantage well," said Harding coach Jeff Morgan. "It has been great to watch Zach grow into this role."

The 6-8 junior forward's season numbers have been impressive, specifically his shooting, which is a team-high 76 percent.

"Most of the time there is no decision to his shot selection because everything is right around the basket," Morgan said.

In 13 starts, Roddenberry also leads the Bisons (7-6, 2-1 Great American Conference) in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (6.3). Harding continued league play when it traveled to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to play Ouachita Baptist University on Thursday and Morgan expects Roddenberry's solid junior season to continue.

"We expect him to improve even more in all aspects of the game as he continues to commit himself more to working outside of what we do in practice," Morgan said. "Zach is a tremendous young man and we are really proud for him the way he has grown into this role for our team."

Dyer set for senior season

ATLANTA -- Roddenberry's former school mate at Salem, Jake Dyer, is getting ready for his senior season on the baseball field at Georgia State.

Dyer, a 6-1 right-handed pitcher, was excellent in 2011 in his first season with the Panthers after transferring from Georgia Perimeter College. As a junior, Dyer went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and saved eight games, tied for second-most in Georgia State history. He also allowed just 33 hits and walked seven in 32 1/3 innings pitched in helping the Panthers win 37 games.

Georgia State opens its season at home against Western Illinois on February 17.

Alford joins former teammate in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Former Heritage star Callie Alford is about to make the transition to major college softball.

Alford, the former Region 8-AAAA player of the year and all-state selection for the Patriots, begins her freshman season when Georgia State opens against Longwood Feb. 11.

Alford will once again team up with Whitney Phillips, a former Heritage infielder in her junior season with the Panthers. Phillips hit .287 (41 of 143) as a sophomore and led the team with 16 stolen bases.