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REGION 1-AA

REGION 1-AA

ALBANY LADY INDIANS

Head Coach: Candenisa Thomas (new)

Assistant Coach (s): unavailable at press time

2006 record: 5-10

College Prospects: P/C Ali Simon (Sr.)

Returning starters: 3B Amber Chatmon (Jr.); P Lisa Pantone (Jr.); OF Briana Cuyler (Jr.); P/C Ali Simon (Sr.)

Other returning players: OF Ebony Jenkins (Sr.); OF Ericka Knowles (Sr.); OF Shawn Jones (Jr.); OF Brittney Robinson (Sr.); OF Norkinsha Dykes (Jr.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: First-year coach Candenisa Thomas takes over Albany High�s softball program and seeks to get the program on the winning track. The Lady Indians struggled last season and never got things going. The good news is that four returners are back, giving Thomas a solid nucleus to build upon. Senior Ali Simon is a player to keep an eye on.

 

BERRIEN LADY REBELS

Head Coach: Michelle Jones

Assistant Coach (s): Jarrett Luke, Wayne Jones

2006 record: 28-7

College Prospects: RHP/1B Ivy McCranie (Sr.); SS/OF Victoria Littlefield (Sr.); 2B/OF Ivy Lancaster (Sr.); DH/RHP/OF Angela Barkman (Sr.)

Returning starters: OF Emily Lee (Sr.); OF Ashley Lee (Sr.); C Kellie Moore (Jr.); C/OF/2B Kelly Kendrick (Jr.); RHP/1B Meagan Lindsey (Jr.); RHP/1B Ivy McCranie (Sr.); SS/OF Victoria Littlefield (Sr.); 2B/OF Ivy Lancaster (Sr.); DH/RHP/OF Angela Barkman (Sr.)

Other returning players: INF/OF Nicole Witt (Sr.); 2B/OF Haley Touchton (Sr.)

Top newcomers: 3B Perryn Connell (Jr.); DH/1B Olivia Moffett (Jr.)

Season outlook: The defending Region 1-AA champions should be back in the postseason chase as nine starters return from last season�s squad that was eliminated in the state sectionals. Offense will be a strength as a pair of infielders � Ivy McCranie (.380 avg.) and Victoria Littlefield (.390 avg.) � return after both batted better than .300 last season. Six of the team�s nine starters are seniors.

 

BROOKS COUNTY LADY TROJANS

Head Coach: Robert Shipman

Survey not returned

 

COOK LADY HORNETS

Head Coach: Scott Ray

Assistant Coach (s): Paula Simmons, Christy Duke

2006 record: 22-13

College Prospects: None supplied

Returning starters: RHP Laura Daughtrey (Jr., 5-6); RHP/C Whitnie Betts (Jr., 5-7); 2B Alyssa Simmons (Sr., 5-2); SS Kendra Carter (Jr., 5-5); 3B Holly Holton (Sr., 6-4); RF Amber Smith (Sr., 5-8)

Other returning players: RF/1B Sara Ray (So., 5-7); 2B/1B Leah Pickle (So., 5-5); 3B/C Leah Guajardo (So., 5-4); 2B/RHP Shaye Meders (So., 5-4); OF Chantel Durden (So., 5-7); C/OF Tierra Carter (So., 5-7)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: After getting off to a slow start last season, Cook caught fire and went on a 10-game win streak. The Lady Hornets finished as the region runner-up. Cook should be back in the region chase as six starters return, including a trio of seniors. A strong sophomore class is expected to contribute this fall.

 

EARLY COUNTY LADY BOBCATS

Head Coach: Michael Allred

Survey not returned

 

FITZGERALD LADY PURPLE HURRICANES

Head Coach: Roy Bryan

Assistant Coach (s): Ralph Caldwell

2006 record: 10-18

College Prospects: SS Quawn Jenkins (Sr.)

Returning starters: RHP/1B Katlyn Sumner (Sr.); SS Quawn Jenkins (Sr.); OF Kourtni Bozeman (Sr.); U Meagan Cobb (Sr.); 3B Megan Shinholser (Jr.); RHP/2B Casey Culpepper (Sr.); OF Herbrecia Williams (Sr.); C Patricia Dobbins (Jr.); OF Julie Harper (Sr.); 1B Jessie Fennell (Sr.)

Other returning players: OF Stephanie Register (So.); INF Rhianna Branch (So.); INF Elizabeth Hutto (So.); INF Nikki Hogan (So.); OF Zara Sparks (So.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Fitzgerald improved significantly last fall after losing all of its games in 2005. The Lady Hurricanes hope to continue their momentum this fall. A total of 10 starters are back. One of those starters is shortstop Quawn Jenkins, a solid leader on and off the field. A talented group of sophomores are also expected to help out.

 

MITCHELL COUNTY LADY EAGLES

Head Coach: Michael Sauls

Survey not returned

 

RANDOLPH-CLAY LADY RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Jeff Thornton

Survey not returned

 

THOMASVILLE LADY BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Tommy Holloman

Assistant Coach (s): Keith Gwaltney

2006 record: 4-18

College Prospects: SS Sarah Rice (Sr., 5-8)

Returning starters: OF Jamika Hill (Jr.); 1B Sterling Ivey (Jr.); SS/RHP Sarah Rice (Sr.); 3B Emily Seal (Sr.); RHP/C Peyton Miller (So.); 2B/OF Katie Spence (Sr.); OF Kerrica Lammons (Jr.); OF Tykea Coleman (Jr.); OF Jamesha Dunbar (Jr.)

Other returning players: OF Charlisa Smith (Sr.); OF April Padget (Sr.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: After a rebuilding season in 2006, the Lady Bulldogs should be improved this fall. Nine starters are back, including a talented senior trio of Sarah Rice, Emily Seal and Katie Spence. If Thomasville can get some confidence early in the season, they could be a postseason contender.