Gwinnett Grads: Four local hoopsters have career highs games

The past week has treated four Gwinnett grads - Emily Clarke, Jordan DeMercy, Reece Wiedeman and Ty Rowland - very well.

All four had career-best scoring games for their college basketball teams, including Clarke's huge game in Western Carolina's 68-59 win over Middle Tennessee State. Clarke, a South Gwinnett grad, scored 25 to help her team halt a three-game losing skid.

The sophomore guard/forward made 8 of 13 field goals (2 of 3 from 3-point range) and also grabbed eight rebounds.

DeMercy, a sophomore, scored a career-high 12 points to lead Florida State to a 57-55 upset win over Florida. The Norcross grad, who also had four rebounds and two assists in the victory, makes this season's only trip to Atlanta today for a matchup at Georgia State.

Wiedeman and Rowland, teammates at Georgia College and State University, had the best scoring games of their careers in a 130-77 win over Carver Bible College.

Wiedeman, a sophomore Greater Atlanta Christian grad, led the Bobcats with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Rowland, a Parkview grad, had a career-best 15 points along with nine assists.

Norcross grad Reggie Anderson led Carver Bible with 12 points.

Here's a look at some other highlights from Gwinnett grads in college basketball from the past week:

n Meadowcreek grad Chris Allen, a sophomore guard at Michigan State, had a team-high 19 points in a 75-59 win over Bradley. The total was two off his career high of 21, set last month.

n Central Florida fell to Villanova in the Paradise Jam finals in the Virgin Islands, but GAC grad D'Nay Daniels led the Golden Knights with 15 points. She also earned all-tournament honors.


Chewning named USA South's top player

North Gwinnett grad Kyle Chewning, a junior linebacker at Maryville College (Tenn.), was named the USA South Conference defensive player of the year as well as his team's defensive MVP.

Chewning also was named to the D3 All-South Region team for the second straight year, in addition to earning ESPN The Magazine CoSide Academic All-District honors.

He had 71 tackles and 12 tackles for losses, both team bests, along with 41/2 sacks this season.

Dyer, Union have big seasons

Antonio Dyer and four other Gwinnett grads were key players in the best season ever for Union College, which finished 9-3 and ranked 11th nationally among NAIA teams. The team also earned its first playoff berth.

Dyer had 29 catches for 518 yards and eight touchdowns. His teammates included Grayson's Chandler Priest and Meadowcreek grads My-Kel Ammons, Justin Morris and Chad Thomas.

Fowler, Priest lead Tusculum

Tusculum College's football team was 9-4 this season and shared the South Atlantic Conference championship with the help of Mason Fowler of Dacula and Brandon Priest of Grayson. Fowler, a sophomore linebacker, made 16 tackles and Priest contributed as a freshman offensive lineman.


Baker gets All-American honors

Georgia freshman Ashley Baker received an honor this week for her play as Parkview's senior goalkeeper in the spring. Baker, who led the Panthers to a state title last season, was named to the NSCAA/Adidas High School All-American Team.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.