PREP NOTEBOOK: Heritage grad Austin invited to Yankees camp

Tyler Austin has been invited to his first spring training at the professional level. The former Heritage standout told MiLB.com he will be invited to the New York Yankees' spring camp next month in Tampa, Fla.

Austin was a 13th-round selection (415th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and MLB.com ranks the outfielder as the Yankees' No. 3 prospect heading into the 2013 season.

"Very excited about it, it's something I've dreamed of my entire life," Austin told MiLB.com. "Especially to be with the Yankees and get this opportunity and go out and play with those guys. It's going to be an unbelievable experience that I'll never forget."

Austin, 21, hit .322 with 17 home runs, 80 RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage in 2012, while moving up three minor league levels.

The Yankees begin spring camp Feb. 12.

Seminoles drop a pair of heartbreakers to Cedar Shoals

CONYERS -- It was a tough night for the basketball teams at Salem as both the girls and boys teams were beaten on a layup at the buzzer by visiting Cedar Shoals.

The Salem girls led 44-32 heading to the final quarter, but the Jaguars outscored the host Seminoles 18-4 in the fourth and picked up a 50-48 victory. Salem, which was led by Ayanna Mitchell's 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, had its brief, two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-6 in Region 8-AAAAA.

The Salem boys continued to struggle, falling 57-55 to Cedar Shoals. The Seminoles, who started the year 7-2 in Region 8-AAAAA, have now lost four consecutive games, three coming in league play.

D'andre Mahaffey had 16 points and Jamyhia Mattox scored 15 to lead Cedar Shoals. For Salem, Dedrick Turner had a game-high 22 points and Jamaal Garror chipped in with 15.