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Gwinnett grads: Locals Addy, Champion shine for UT at SECs

Courtney Champion wore green and black in high school, and Jangy Addy wore dark blue, but both are faring well in Tennessee orange.

The two Gwinnett grads had phenomenal showings at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend, including a heptathlon championship from Addy and a world-caliber time by Champion.

Addy, a Norcross grad, won the seven-event heptathlon behind first-place finishes in four individual events. His efforts included a personal-best pole vault of 13 feet, 71⁄4 inches and a first-place time of 8.12 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.

"It feels good to win," Addy said. "I came out here and competed hard. I thank God for allowing me to complete a whole heptathlon. I've been injured the last three years, so this feels like the culmination of all my hard work."

Addy's point total of 5,688 was a personal best, as well as an automatic NCAA Championships qualifying score. It was the fourth-best score in NCAA competition this season and the fourth-best in Volunteer history.

Meanwhile Champion, a Collins Hill grad, finished second in the 60-meter dash in 7.15 seconds, a school-record time and the third-fastest time in the world this year. The SEC champion had the world's second-fastest time this year.

"I find that funny," Champion said of running the world's third-fastest time and finishing second. "We work hard and we're in the hardest conference ever. I feel like it's an honor to get beat by a girl who has the second-fastest time in the world."

Champion had set the school record in the 60-meter dash in preliminaries at 7.19, but went even lower in the finals with an automatic NCAA time.

"Courtney's 7.15 is unbelievable," Tennessee coach J.J. Clark said. "There's no question those were world-class marks in the 60 dash."

Champion also finished third in the 200 with an NCAA automatic time of 23.14.

TRACK AND FIELD

Kreutzer headedto nationals

Providence Christian grad Allison Kreutzer is one of two Clayton State athletes to qualify for NCAA Division II Indoor Track Nationals, scheduled for March 9-10. Kreutzer's first-place time in the 5,000-meter run of 17 minutes, 30.44 seconds, which won the DePauw Classic, gives her the 16th-fastest time nationally this season.

BASKETBALL

Whitney sweeps top freshman awards

Wesleyan grad Carolyn Whitney, who plays at Georgia Southern, was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the league's media.

Whitney averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 assists this season. She also was the Eagles' top free-throw shooter, making 82 of 97 attempts (84.5 percent).

Hamilton named All-Conference

Davidson College's Katie Hamilton, a Parkview grad, was named All-Southern Conference by the league's coaches. She also made the media's second team All-Conference squad.

Hamilton averages a team-high 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for a balanced Davidson team.

LeSeur named All-Rookie

Wesleyan grad Le Le LeSeur, a freshman at Bucknell, was named to the Patriot League's All-Rookie Team. LeSeur averages 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds off the bench for the regular-season league champion Bisons.

Clark named All-Peach Belt

Georgia College and State University center Aaron Clark, a Collins Hill grad, was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference team this week.

Clark, a junior, averaged 15.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, both team highs this season, along with 3.2 assists. He scored a career-high 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting on Friday night as the Bobcats' season ended with a 91-82 tournament loss to Augusta State.

Alexander gets SAC recognition

Norcross grad Monica Alexander, a junior guard at Newberry College (S.C.), was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference second team earlier this week.

Alexander averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 assists this season, ranking in the Top 50 nationally in the latter category. She also made 77.8 percent of her free throws.

Howes on All-Freshman team

Mill Creek grad Brittany Howes, who plays for Berry College, was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team. She averaged 7.8 points this season.

Three other Gwinnett grads - Emmanuel's Whitney Glenn (Shiloh), Reinhardt's Katie Hunter (Buford) and Berry's Rachel Moreau (Parkview) - were named to the SSAC All-Academic Team.

Moore, Hairston cap careers with honors

Central Gwinnett grad Lindsey Moore and Brookwood grad Cole Hairston capped their college careers by being named All-Great South Athletic Conference selections.

Moore, a senior at LaGrange College, averaged 10.0 points and 4.9 rebounds this season. Hairston, a senior at Huntingdon College, averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds this season.

Two other locals, Agnes Scott's Vanessa Toussaint (Dacula) and Piedmont's Lisa Jennings (North Gwinnett) made the GSAC All-Freshman Team.

Moore also made the All-Academic Team along with Agnes Scott's Evan Joslin (Greater Atlanta Christian) and Ashley Cohoon (Dacula), Huntingdon's Sara Bura (Brookwood) and Spelman's Ariel Simpson (Shiloh).

Johnson, Coast Guard win title

Grant Johnson helped the seventh-seeded Coast Guard Academy upset No. 1 WPI to win the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Parkview grad scored 11 points in the 71-66 win, which qualified the Coast Guard for its first NCAA Division III Tournament trip in 27 years.

Johnson averages 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He set a school record for 3-pointers in a season with 82, including a school-record nine in a victory over Babson Feb. 21.

Locals honored at Oglethorpe

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honored two Oglethorpe University basketball players with Gwinnett ties on its All-SCAC team.

Norcross resident Katie Kulavic, a St. Pius grad, made the first team and Central Gwinnett grad Elizabeth Richmann was on the second team. Kulavic averages 14.4 points and Richmann averages 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

Gwinnett players reach NCAAs

Gwinnett grads Lisa Jennings (North Gwinnett), Mandy Beasley (North) and Jordan Cooper (Collins Hill) helped Piedmont College to the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Piedmont defeated Maryville 60-59 in the finals.

BASEBALL

Hall powers North Georgia win

Duluth grad Brad Hall, a freshman on the North Georgia baseball team, had two home runs and seven RBIs last weekend in North Georgia's 11-9 win over fourth-ranked Montevallo.

Hall had a three-run homer and a grand slam in his first two at-bats. He leads North Georgia with five home runs and 17 RBIs.

Collins Hill grad Kevin Morrison leads in the team in batting average (.358), followed by Craig Brisson (.328).

SOFTBALL

Brooks leads Young Harris

Buford grad Amanda Brooks, a freshman at Young Harris, had a huge doubleheader on Wednesday for her fastpitch softball team.

Brooks went 4-for-8 in two games vs. Roane State, hitting a three-run home run and a double in each game.

Rogers gets All-Tourney honors

Dacula grad Brittany Rogers, a sophomore with Alabama's fastpitch softball team, was named to the All-Crimson Classic Team for the champion Crimson Tide. Rogers hit .500 (8-for-16) with six runs, three RBIs, four stolen bases, a double and a triple in the event.

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