ASU splits with Kentucky state in baseball double-header

ASU baseball drops to (9-8) on the season (Source: WALB)ASU baseball drops to (9-8) on the season (Source: WALB)


Albany State moved its baseball doubleheader with Kentucky State up to Friday afternoon in order to beat this weekend’s weather.

The Golden Rams won the first game 1-0, but fell in the second game 3-2 dropping to (9-8) on the year.

The Thoroughbreds remain in Albany for the rubber match Saturday at noon.

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Lady Canes to carry on post-Kirstin Crook


In the 7 seasons before Earl Brown became head coach of the Fitzgerald girls basketball program, the team won a total of 3 games.

But who would’ve thought the arrival of No. 3 would be the spark of the best run in program history. 

You can count Kirstin Crook’s career points: 1,552—by far a school record.

Go ahead and tally her career wins: 72—The most in a 4-year run for the Lady Canes

But no number can describe the emotions the senior guard felt when she removed her Fitzgerald jersey one last time in a final 4 defeat. A stage foreign to the program before her arrival.

“It was a great way to end it, considering the school had never been that far,” -Kirstin Crook.

But as this Lady Hurricane exits, a storm talent is primed to follow. That includes the sophomores in the class of 2020.

One of which is her little sister Kyah, who has the perfect mentor.

“Kirstin is all about playing with heart,” said Kyah. “More than just talent, so we’ve learned that from her.”

“She’s a really good athlete and person,” said Kirstin of her baby sister. “I think with her she just needs to build confidence.”

The Lady Canes are returning 4 starters next season. The absence of their leading scorer means more opportunities for girls like Trinity Jones.

“Next year we’ve got to come back harder and the offseason has got to be crucial,” said Jones who averaged just under a dozen points.

That’s been the culture since Earl Brown took over in 2013. 

Sophomore Zenovia Ellis transferred in from Albany High last year and already feels it.

“We have people that have heart for this basketball,” said Ellis.

The back-to-back region champs chemistry is excellent on the court, and it will only continue to grow over the offseason. Even in the absence of a presence as great as Kirstin.

“It is bittersweet, but knowing that they can still step up without you makes you feel good makes you feel like you helped them with something.”

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Lee County baseball defends home-field on senior night

Senior Layne Wiard went 2-2 and delivered the go-ahead RBI (Source: WALB)Senior Layne Wiard went 2-2 and delivered the go-ahead RBI (Source: WALB)


It was a happy ending to senior night at Trojan Field in Leesburg. With family and friends looking on, Lee County defeated Thomas County Central 7-4 under the lights Wednesday.

Senior Reid Hanson received the win in relief, while fellow senior pitchers Gavin Paul and Zach Parrish shared time on the mound allowing the Yellow Jackets only 5 hits.

The Trojans improved to (11-4) and will travel to Northside, Warner Robins Friday night to open region play.

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Larry Harold gets acclimated at Americus-Sumter

Larry Harold (Source: WALB)Larry Harold (Source: WALB)


At his first coaching job in Georgia Larry Harold led Macon County to its first ever win over Americus-Sumter.

A short 5 years later and he’s taking over the program that was once a bullet point on his resume.

Harold spent Wednesday meeting with players and coaches at his new school.

He was hired Thursday to be the 9th head coach in Americus-Sumter football history.

This will be Harold’s 4th school in the past 5 years. 

His previous stops were Macon County, Brunswick and Central in Macon.

He’s no stranger to getting acclimated to a new environment.

Meeting his new football players fortified his decision to return to South Georgia.

“They remind me of my Macon County kids,” said Harold. “Just kids from a small community that love football. You look at them, you look at their chest, their arms and they are in the weight room. They’re working hard every day after school i got to see them work out after 4th block, and I’m just excited.”

21 seniors from that (9-3) region championship team will graduate.

Harold is taking over for Erik Soliday who retired from the public school system and took over at Tiftarea this offseason.

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