Earlier this year, Porsha Porter was the main cog for one of Georgia's top girls basketball programs, Mill Creek.
The lightning-quick, 5-foot-6 guard hasn't slowed down much at the college level, making an immediate contribution at Jefferson College (Mo.), which boasts the nation's No. 1 women's basketball team in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings.
Porter is second for 12-0 Jefferson in scoring at 14.5 per game and still is a tenacious defender with active hands - she ranks 12th nationally in steals per game at 3.7. She also averages 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while making 51.6 percent of her field goals.
It took just one game for Porter to impact her new team.
She had 21 points, five assists and five steals in a season-opening win over Southwestern Illinois, but her biggest game was six games later, when she led her team to the Chipola College Tournament championship.
Jefferson defeated host Chipola 77-72 and Porter had 25 points, five rebounds and four steals.
The JUCO power averages 91.3 points, second-highest in the nation, and carries a 31-game regular season unbeaten streak. Jefferson also has a three-year winning streak on its home court.
Team struggles, but Allen impresses
There were few bright spots for 13th-ranked Michigan State this week in a 98-63 loss to top-ranked North Carolina at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field, site of the 2009 Final Four.
But one of them was Meadowcreek grad Chris Allen, who scored 16 points and drew praise from media covering the game for his play.
Moye posts fourth double-double
Wesleyan grad Sarah Moye posted her fourth double-double this week to lead College of Charleston to a 71-62 win over South Carolina State. The 6-foot senior had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Greenstone has career game
North Greenville's Mindy Greenstone, a Collins Hill grad, had the best game of her college career last week. The senior scored 18 points in a win over Mars Hill, making 7 of 8 field goals and 4 of 4 free throws.
Richmann gets D-III honor
Central Gwinnett grad Elizabeth Richmann, a senior at Oglethorpe, was named recently to the D3 Hoops Team of the Week.
The 5-foot-10 senior helped the second-ranked Stormy Petrels to a 4-0 start and the title at the Lee Pfund Classic at Wheaton College.
Teammate Arielle Brown, a Brookwood grad, had a team-high 14 points in Oglethorpe's semifinal win over Grinnell College. Peachtree Ridge grad Jamie Osmanson, an Oglethorpe senior, had 10 points off the bench earlier in the week in a win over Piedmont.
Wilson named Brenau's best
Brenau College named Buford grad Vicky Wilson as its Golden Tiger of the Week for her play last week. A two-time team captain, the junior had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in a victory over Tennessee Wesleyan.
Wilson averages 12.4 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.
Williams shines for 76ers
Former South Gwinnett star Lou Williams had a huge fourth quarter this week as the Philadelphia 76ers attempted a comeback in an eventual 114-102 loss to the Lakers.
The 6-2 guard scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers, for Philadelphia, which rallied without the injured Elton Brand.
Schultz named All-Ivy
Harvard won its 13th Ivy League title this season, a perfect close to senior linebacker Eric Schultz's career.
The Greater Atlanta Christian grad also was named first-team All-Ivy League after leading the Crimson in tackles for the third straight year. He made 79 as a senior with seven for losses and five sacks. He also forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and had an interception for a 9-1 team.
Jones, Kelley named All-SCAC
In just its second season of football, Birmingham Southern was 3-7 with the help of sophomore Gwinnett grads Jeremy Jones and David Kelley.
Jones, a Grayson grad, was selected to the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference first team after making 43 tackles and nine tackles for losses. The defensive end also had five sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Kelley, a Brookwood, grad made the second-team defense. He had a team-best 49 tackles and had two fumble recoveries from his linebacker position.
Milner gets conference honor
Brookwood grad Jon Milner was rewarded recently for helping LaGrange College to a breakout season. The sophomore offensive lineman was named to the All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.
Berkmar grad Mecheso an All-American
Berkmar grad Girma Mecheso, a runner at Auburn, placed 16th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to earn All-American honors. The SEC Freshman of the Year completed the 10K in 29 minutes, 53 seconds, finishing third among freshman runners at the meet.
Clay, Pradilla lead GSAC teams
Piedmont College standouts Justine Clay and Jorge Pradilla took home top individual honors to lead the local soccer players on the All-Great South Athletic Conference teams.
Clay, a Buford grad, was named freshman of the year after tallying six goals and six assists. She also was a first-team all-conference selection along with teammate Kaitlyn Induni, a Collins Hill grad who plays goalkeeper.
Pradilla, a Mill Creek grad, was named the conference's player of the year for a second straight season. The junior had conference bests of 24 goals and 54 points, ranking third nationally among Division III schools in points per game (3.18) and goals per game (1.41).
Teammates Alan Creasy, a Shiloh grad, and Chris Leone, a Parkview grad, also made the all-conference first team.
Locals help Berry to nationals
Nine Gwinnett grads helped the Berry College women's soccer team to a national tournament berth this season. The Vikings fell 2-1 to Concordia (Ore.) on a goal in the final minute of the second overtime.
Berry's local players are Laura Phyfer (Brookwood), Jenna Davis (Mill Creek), Paige Banham (North Gwinnett), Shannon Hackett (North), Mary Brugh (Parkview), Rebekah Bullock (Parkview), Katie O'Brien (Collins Hill), Kristen Brooks (Collins Hill) and Brooke Hoppmeyer (Mill Creek).
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SideBar: IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS
A quick look at where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in today's college football action:
Noon - Army vs. Navy, CBS
Parkview's Travis Sudderth (No. 55) plays linebacker and Norcross' Wyatt Middleton (No. 8) plays defensive back for Navy.
4 p.m. - Washington at California, FoxSports
Buford's Zach Smith (No. 27) plays fullback for Cal.
4 p.m. - Alabama vs. Florida, CBS
Grayson's Lorenzo Washington (No. 97) plays defensive line, Norcross' Darius Hanks (No. 15) plays wide receiver and Norcross' Sam Snider (No. 45) plays wide receiver and punter for Alabama. Buford's Omar Hunter (No. 99) plays defensive line and Buford's T.J. Pridemore (No. 45) plays fullback for Florida.
4:30 p.m. - USC at UCLA, ABC
Norcross' Brice Butler (No. 83) plays wide receiver for USC.
8 p.m. - South Florida at West Virginia, ESPN2
Buford's Demetris Murray (No. 21) plays running back for South Florida. Buford's Thor Merrow (No. 32) plays fullback for West Virginia.