Seven of the nine seniors from Brookwood's 2008 state championship team have joined college baseball programs, and many have continued their success at the next level.
The Broncos' class of 2009 powered the team to its first Class AAAAA state title and its first baseball state crown since 1986. Four of those seniors already are huge parts of their college teams.
Here's a look at how the members of Brookwood's state title team have fared this season:
· Chase Hawkins, UGA
The Daily Post's player of the year has enjoyed Georgia's best-ever start - the Bulldogs are 16-2 - and has made four appearances with one start. The left-hander has a 2-0 record with a 3.75 ERA.
· Ross Heffley, Western Carolina
No Bronco has made a bigger freshman impact than Heffley, who leads Western Carolina in batting average (.508) and on-base percentage (.586). He also has a home run and 12 RBIs, resulting in a move to the No. 3 spot in the Catamounts' lineup.
· Jordan Erisman, North Georgia
Erisman, North Georgia's starting shortstop, was the Peach Belt Conference player of the week earlier in the season. He's hitting .351 with three homers and 15 RBIs. He also leads the team in steals, swiping seven in eight tries.
· Ryan Lewis, Columbus State
Lewis starts in the Cougars' outfield, hitting .337 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.
· Seth Adkins, Gulf Coast CC (Fla.)
Adkins splits time at catcher, playing 18 games for a 25-9 team.
· Alex Beebe, Piedmont
Right-hander has an 0-1 record in six appearances, including four starts. He has 25 strikeouts in 211/3 innings.
The only senior from Brookwood's championship team on a college baseball roster who isn't playing this season is Buddy Jones, who is redshirting at Southern Poly. Grayson Flack and Jon Robinson elected not to play college baseball.
All-American Norman propels Wingate
Mason Norman had an outstanding performance individually, powering the Wingate men's swimming team to sixth place at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Houston.
The Duluth grad set seven school records in his seven events - three individual races and four relays - to earn All-American honors.
Norman was fourth in the 100 freestyle (43.88 seconds), fifth in the 50 free (19.90) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (55.38).
He also swam on two national runner-up relays (200 and 800 free), one third-place relay (400 free) and one eighth-place relay (400 medley).
Central's McGuire gets Peach Belt award
Central Gwinnett grad Courtney McGuire put up big numbers last week for North Georgia, earning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors on Tuesday. In the six-game span, she hit .400 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.
McGuire's most impressive display was in a doubleheader against Eckerd. She was 4-for-7 in the two games with two homers and eight RBIs.
The junior now leads the Peach Belt in runs scored (32), home runs (eight) and RBIs (28) for the Saints, who are 22-2 and ranked fifth nationally.
Sheehy an All-American
North Gwinnett grad Travis Sheehy earned All-American honors at the United States Marine Corps National Collegiate Open, a tournament for all redshirt and non-postseason wrestlers. Sheehy, who wrestles for UNC-Greensboro, placed fourth at 174 pounds.
Dacula's Miller an All-American
Dacula grad Frankie Miller, a member of Georgia's club wrestling team, placed fourth in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships at Hampton University (Va.). Miller, who was trained by Dacula coach Daniel Bailey, earned All-American honors in the 125-pound weight class.
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