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Salem grad Roddenberry receives school honor

Before he becomes a college graduate later this month, Zach Roddenberry grabbed one more honor. The former Salem basketball player and senior at Harding University (Searcy, Ark.) was recently the male recipient of the M.E. Berryhill Award winner.

The Berryhill Award is the highest award the Harding athletic department gives and is named after former coach and athletics director M.E. Berryhill.

The 6-foot-8 forward was first-team all-Great American Conference in 2012 and 2013 and scored 1,076 career points. As a junior he led Division II and set a school record in field goal percentage (69.5 percent), then as a senior averaged team highs in scoring (16.9 points), rebounding (7.5) and field goal percentage (197-for-314, 63 percent) and was named all-Central Region. Roddenberry, who started all 32 games, helped the Bison reach the Central Region semifinals.

Track and field standout Tiffany Chambers was the department's female winner.

It has also been an excellent spring for other former local athletes.

Former Heritage and current Georgia State sophomore softball player Callie Alford was named a second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association honoree.

On the baseball field, Georgia Tech senior pitcher Buck Farmer (Rockdale) was named an Athletic Coast Conference first-team member for the second consecutive season.

Salem graduate Josh Bailey, a junior at Piedmont College in Demorest, was named a first-team all-USA South Conference member.