WEST ALABAMA HEROES: UNA defensive back Caleb Massey on All-GSC first team
Thu. November 22, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Barry Allen
TUSCALOOSA | Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared last week:
• Alabama senior running back Ben Howell (Gordo High School) recorded five rushing attempts for 9 yards in the Crimson Tide’s 49-0 win over Western Carolina this past Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
• Alabama freshman defensive lineman Darren Lake (Sumter Central High School) saw action against Western Carolina but was not credited with a tackle.
• Alabama sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (Northridge High School) posted three tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage and one sack, as the Crimson Tide held Western Carolina to less than 100 yards rushing (70) and passing (93) this past Saturday. It was the fourth time this season an opponent failed to generate 200 yards against Alabama.
• Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) had a 22-yard reception in the Crimson Tide’s 49-0 win over Western Carolina.
• Alcorn State senior defensive end John Hughes (Northridge High School) did not see action in the Braves’ season finale against Jackson State this past Saturday. Hughes played in two games and recorded four tackles.
• Chattanooga sophomore defensive tackle Toyvain Brand (Hillcrest High School) started his 11th game of the season and recorded two tackles in the Mocs’ 24-17 win over Elon College this past Saturday.
• Duke junior tight end David Reeves (Greensboro High School) caught three passes for 13 yards in the Blue Devils’ 42-24 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta this past weekend.
• Georgia Military Academy freshman linebacker Nate Carter (Central High School) played in eight games for the Bulldogs this season and finished with 27 tackles (16 solos) and one sack (minus-8 yards). Georgia Military (7-3) closed the year with a three-game winning streak.
• Jacksonville State sophomore offensive lineman Max Holcombe (Hillcrest High School) started at center for the 11th time this year in the Gamecocks’ 23-0 loss at Florida in their regular-season finale.
• Jacksonville State sophomore running back DaMarcus James (Demopolis High School) had 13 rushing attempts for 30 yards in the loss at Florida this past weekend.
• Miles College junior defensive lineman James Gaines III (Greene County High School) posted seven tackles in the Golden Bears’ 41-7 loss to West Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs this past Saturday. He started all 11 games at right defensive end for the Golden Bears and recorded 52 tackles, 7½ tackles for loss (minus-35 yards), four sacks (minus-26 yards) and four quarterback pressures.
• Miles College junior linebacker Jeffrey Gordon (Central High School) recorded three tackles and one tackle for loss (minus-1 yard) in the Golden Bears’ loss to West Alabama. Gordon played in five games this year and recorded six tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage (minus-2 yards).
• Miles College sophomore offensive linemen Aderius Hood (Greene County High School) was the starting left tackle in the Golden Bears’ playoff game at West Alabama. Hood started all 11 games for Miles (8-3) this season.
• Miles College senior offensive linemen Lester Jackson Jr. (Central High School) was the starting right guard in the Golden Bears’ playoff game at West Alabama. Jackson started all 11 games.
• Miles College senior fullback K.C. Logan (Central High School) had three rushing attempts for 14 yards in the Golden Bears’ loss to West Alabama. He recorded two tackles on special teams. For the season, Logan played in all 11 games and recorded 218 all-purpose yards. Logan had 31 rushing attempts for 169 yards and one touchdown. He caught five passes for 49 yards.
• Mississippi State tight end Malcolm Johnson (Northridge High School) had one catch for 27 yards in the Bulldogs’ 45-14 win over Arkansas this past Saturday.
• North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo (Hillcrest High School) played in all 10 games and recorded 1,066 total yards and 10 touchdowns for the Lions. He completed 61 of 110 passes for 845 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He added 74 rushing attempts for 241 yards and seven touchdowns.
• North Alabama junior defensive back Caleb Massey (Sulligent High School) was made the All-Gulf South Conference first team after leading the Lions with five interceptions for 142 yards and one two touchdowns. He was second on the team with 87 tackles and also added four pass breakups and two tackles for loss (minus-5 yards).
• North Alabama freshman wide receiver Markeldon Washington (Tuscaloosa County High School) played in 10 games and caught three passes for 31 yards.
• South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) saw action in the receiver rotation in the Jaguars’ 20-12 loss to Middle Tennessee State last weekend.
• South Alabama junior wide receiver Corey Waldon (Central High School) saw action in the Jaguars’ loss to Middle Tennessee State.
• Stillman freshman defensive back Hudson Cain (American Christian Academy) played in 10 games and recorded six tackles and one pass breakup for the Tigers. He had three tackles in his debut against Central State on Sept. 2.
• Stillman sophomore receiver Raymond Coats (Paul W. Bryant High School) played in all 11 games and finished the year with nine receptions for 55 yards. He recorded a season-high two catches against Kentucky State (22 yards) and Benedict (14 yards).
• Stillman junior offensive lineman Charles Hope (Bibb County High School) was the starting left guard in 10 games.
• Stillman sophomore cornerback Wiley Isaac (Demopolis High School) played in 10 games and recorded 20 tackles (13 solos), three quarterback pressures, one pass breakup and recovered one fumble. He had a season-high four tackles against Kentucky State on Sept. 22 and Fort Valley State on Oct. 20.
• Stillman junior cornerback Antonio Johnson (Hale County High School) played in nine games and recorded 24 tackles (21 solos), two pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one quarterback pressure. Johnson posted a season-high six tackles against Benedict College on Oct. 6.
• Stillman junior offensive lineman Derrick Miles (American Christian Academy) made the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Miles, who started primarily at tackle for the Tigers, has a 3.89 grade-point average in biology.
• Stillman senior tight end Johnny Pate (Hillcrest High School) played in eight games this season and finished with two catches for 8 yards.
• Stillman freshman defensive lineman Kevon Rembert (Linden High School) played in six games in his first season with the Tigers and recorded three tackles and one-half sack (minus-5 yards).
• Stillman freshman linebacker Clydarryl Smith (Greene County High School) saw action in three games this season and recorded one tackle.
• Tennessee-Martin senior defensive lineman Darrin Nalls (Fayette County High School) played in all 11 games and made eight starts for the Skyhawks. He recorded 29 tackles, four tackles for loss (minus-10 yards), one sack (minus-8 yards) and two quarterback pressures.
• Alabama-Birmingham senior linebacker Greg Irvin (Demopolis High School) recorded five tackles, two tackles for loss (minus-11 yards) and one sack (minus-8 yards) in the Blazers’ 49-6 loss to Memphis on Saturday.
• UAB senior defensive back Cornelius Richards (Tuscaloosa County High School) recorded one tackle in the loss to Memphis.
• Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy (Bibb County High School) had 171 total yards and one touchdown in the Commodores’ 41-18 win over Tennessee this past Saturday. It was the Commodores’ first home win over the Volunteers since 1982. Stacy had 17 rushing attempts for 85 yards and one touchdown. He also caught two passes for 86 yards, including a career-long 72-yard catch on the first play from scrimmage.
• West Alabama linebacker Ben Brooks (Sumter County High School) recorded two tackles and one pass breakup in the Tigers’ 41-7 win over the Miles Golden Bears in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs last Saturday. The Tigers (9-3) will take on Valdosta State this Saturday in second round action in Valdosta, Ga.
• Western Kentucky junior linebacker Chuck Franks (Fayette County High School) saw action as backup linebacker in the Hilltoppers’ 31-27 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
• Alabama A&M junior guard/forward DeMarquelle Tabb (Greensboro High School) is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer (13.3 points per game) and rebounder (10.3 rebounds per game) through the first three games of the season. He has hit 14 of 25 field-goal attempts and 12 of 13 free throws this season. Tabb recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds in the 79-60 loss to Jacksonville State on Nov. 15.
• Alabama A&M senior guard/forward Justin Wagner (Greensboro High School) has played in two games this season and logged two points and 26 total minutes for the Bulldogs.
• Columbus State sophomore guard/forward Dimitri Davis (Tuscaloosa County High School) is averaging 9.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in four games for the Cougars this season. He opened the season with three straight double-figure games, including 15 points in the opener against Carver Bible College. He had eight rebounds against Brevard College.
• East Mississippi Community College sophomore point guard Tejiminon Leatherwood (Tuscaloosa County High School) is averaging 4.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and two assists.
• East Mississippi Community College sophomore Keivondre Watford (Central High School) is averaging 4.3 points per game.
• Itawamba Community College sophomore forward Tre Wells (Hillcrest High School) is averaging 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games.
• Northeastern sophomore forward Reggie Spencer (Hillcrest High School) is the Huskies’ third-leading scorer with 14.7 points per game. He has tallied double figures in all three games, including 18 points in the season-opening win over rival Boston University. Spencer is also averaging 7.0 rebounds.
• Shelton State Community College sophomore guard Nick Browder (Hale County High School) has collected five points, two rebounds and two assists for the Bucs through Tuesday.
• Shelton State Community College sophomore guard Derek Hamner (Hillcrest High School) has dished out a team-leading 11 assists games for the Bucs through Tuesday. He is also averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
• Shelton State Community College sophomore forward Ladarius Tabb (Francis Marion High School) is the Bucs’ leading scorer with 19 points per game through Tuesday. He leads the team in field goals made (25) and steals (steals) and ranks third on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game.
• Shelton State Community College sophomore forward Sean Tingle (Brookwood High School) has tallied nine points and six rebounds in three games through Tuesday.
• Sioux Falls senior guard A.J. Holland (Paul W. Bryant High School) recorded six points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Cougars’ 69-49 win over South Dakota School of Mines this past Saturday.
• Stillman junior center Torrean Walker (Hillcrest High School) is averaging 4.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games for the Tigers. He recorded six points and eight rebounds in the 86-75 loss to Florida Southern last week.
• Alabama junior guard Shafontaye Myers (Sunshine High School) averaged 17.3 points, four rebounds and 2.6 steals in three wins last week against Houston, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and North Texas. She tallied 19 points and a career-high six steals in the win at Houston. She capped the week with her fourth straight double-figure game by scoring 22 points and pulling down five rebounds in the Tide’s 88-83 triple-overtime win over North Texas on Monday.
• Millsaps freshman forward Tori Morgan (Northridge High School) is averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games. Morgan had 14 points and six rebounds in her debut Nov. 15.
• Mississippi State junior guard Katia May (Sumter County High School) is averaging 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in three games. May scored four points and dished out four assists in the Bulldogs’ 57-55 win over Louisiana Tech last Friday.
• Shelton State sophomore guard Juliser Harper (Livingston High School) is averaging 6.7 points, four assists and two steals through Tuesday. Harper scored a season-high 11 points against East Mississippi Community College on Nov. 12.
• Shelton State freshman guard Kaitlyn Taylor (Holy Spirit High School) averages 3.5 points, three rebounds and two steals through Tuesday. She scored six points in the win over Lurleen B. Wallace on Nov. 8.
• Shelton State freshman center Shadijah Moore (Demopolis High School) tallied one point and 13 rebounds through Tuesday.
• Stillman sophomore guard Andrea Moore (Hillcrest High School) is averaging nine points and four rebounds in the Lady Tigers three games. She tallied 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in Stillman’s 65-49 loss to North Alabama on Nov. 19
• Stillman sophomore forward Morgan Henry (Paul W. Bryant High School) is averaging four points and four rebounds.
• West Alabama senior Blade Elliot (Bibb County High School) finished third in the bareback competition at this past weekend’s Trojan Stampede, hosted by Troy University at the Pike County Cattleman’s Complex.
Swimming and diving
• Mars Hill sophomore swimmer Hudson Tucker (Brookwood High School) set five school records, made four national cuts and established a top time for NCAA Division II swimming this past weekend at the Fall Frenzy Invitational. Tucker’s 100-yard backstroke time of 48.74 seconds ranks No. 1 in the nation. He ranks second in the country in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 freestyle. Tucker also broke the school-record in the 50 freestyle and was part of the school-record setting 200-freestyle relay team.
• Freshman swimmer Cora McKenzie (Tuscaloosa Academy) swam a season-best 24.41 in the 50 freestyle at the Kansas Classic this past weekend. She closed out the three-day event with a seventh-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:33.46).
The West Alabama Heroes notebook runs each week in The Tuscaloosa News. If you know of other Tuscaloosa-area athletes competing at the collegiate level, email firstname.lastname@example.org