Those named second-team All-Region included Spalding catcher Zorria Mann and pitcher Lora Rape as well as Griffin outfielder Forrest Dukes. Those who made honorable mention included Spalding third baseman Haedyn Kilgore and Griffin third baseman Cleopatra Randolph.
Woodland-Stockbridge’s Bethany Osif was named Region Pitcher of the Year, while Locust Grove’s Morgan Edwards was named Region Offensive Player of the Year.
Six former Spalding High girls soccer players — Patricia-Anne Upson (’09) at Mercer University, Erika Strnad (’11) at Gordon State College, Abby Stephens (’11) at Wesleyan College, Megan Poole (’11) at Sewanee-University of the South, Myra Fisher (’12) at West Georgia University, and Olivia O’Brien (’12) at Sewanee — are currently playing at the collegiate level.
Four of them — Upson, Strnad, Stephens, and Fisher — were recently named All-Conference.
GETTING HIS KICKS:
Former Spalding High standout soccer and football player Will Jeffcoat was recently featured in a newspaper article in the LaGrange News for his prowess on the LaGrange College football team.
Jeffcoat, who originally signed with Oklahoma State three years ago as a preferred walk-on, has since transferred and played the last two years at LaGrange College. While he handled kickoffs last year, he has also become the team’s placekicker this season.
He has made 7 of 98 field goal attempts, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark beyond 40 yards in addition to setting the school record with a 44-yard field goal earlier this season. He has since broken his own record twice, including a 47-yard field goal on Oct. 20 at Maryville in Tennessee.
PLAYER OF YEAR:
Former Whitewater High standout Miles Head, who has family in Griffin, was voted the Oakland A's Minor League Player of the Year on Saturday. The right-handed hitter made his A’s organizational debut in 2012. He came over to Oakland in a trade with the Boston Red Sox during the off-season.
Head began his season with High-A Stockton and he was the California League’s leading hitter before he was promoted to Double-A at the All-Star break. In 67 games for the Ports, Head posted a .382/.433/.715 line. He hit 18 home runs, drove-in 56 runs and 23 doubles.
Head got off to a slow start after his promotion to Midland, but despite having to recover from concussion symptoms after being beaned with a pitch, Head still managed to put together a solid .272/.338/.404 line in 57 games for the Rockhouds. The 21-year-old’s combined minor league line was .333/.391/.577 with 23 homers in 124 games.