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Alford, Phillips have big years for State

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Though the Georgia State softball team came up short in defending its Colonial Athletic Association championship, Callie Alford had some big moments in last week's conference tournament.

The infielder/catcher from Heritage had a pair of hits and an RBI in the tournament opener, a 7-4 win over James Madison, and in another win over JMU had a hit, RBI and her team-high 13th double. Alford struggled against eventual tournament champion Hofstra, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in two losses to the host Pride.

Alford had a fantastic rookie campaign for the Panthers, being named to the all-CAA second team and all-CAA rookie team. She started all 56 games and hit .284 (46-for-162) with team-highs in RBIs (43), slugging percentage (.494) and hits, and was second in on-base percentage (.389).

Another former Heritage standout, Whitney Phillips, finished a solid junior season. Phillips, a second baseman, hit .288 (30-for-104) in 46 games (43 starts) and led the team with 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts, including a pair in one of the victories over James Madison in the tournament.

Georgia State finished the year 38-18.

Ingle honored by UGA

Conyers native Wayne Ingle was recently honored with a Post Graduate Achievement Award by the University of Georgia chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Ingle was one of six honored with the award last month in front of a sold-out audience at the Athens Country Club. Other recipients included Roy Betsill, John Griffin, John Kasay Sr., Cassius OsBorn and Ken Cooper. Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was the featured speaker.

Ingle was an offensive lineman for the Georgia Bulldogs in the 1960s and was part of coach Vince Dooley's first SEC championship team in 1966. After his days in Athens, Ingle founded Wayne Ingle Services, which employed over 15,000 people. Currently he serves as patient family advisor on the Oncology/Leukemia floor at Emory University Hospital.