One NC team left in Dixie Youth state tour­ney

For­mer New­ton big­man Miller trans­fers to Chat­ta­hoochee Tech

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­news.com

Three New­ton County All-Star teams trekked south with eyes on mak­ing it to the Dixie Youth World Se­ries Satur­day and only one re­mains. The New­ton County Amer­i­can mi­nor team (9-10 year olds) rolled through its early op­po­si­tion and has a chance to ad­vance to the best-ofthree fi­nals with a win over Win­der. They de­feated Win­der 3-0 Tues­day in the blue bracket dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment in Lees­burg.

The two Dixie Youth Ma­jors teams (11-12 year olds) from New­ton County weren’t so for­tu­nate. Play­ing in op­po­site brack­ets in their dou­blee­l­im­i­na­tion tour­na­ment in LaGrange, both New­ton Amer­i­can and Na­tional won their open­ers Satur­day. Na­tional de­feated Auburn 13-2 while Amer­i­can topped Ba­con­ton 19-2.

New­ton County Amer­i­can fought back af­ter los­ing their sec­ond game to Pike County 9-8 to win their next two games be­fore los­ing to Troup County Na­tional 12-2. New­ton Na­tional lost Game 2 to Thomas­ton 16-1 then was elim­i­nated af­ter a 12-6 loss to Don­al­sonville

New­ton County Amer- ican (mi­nors) de­feated Moun­tain Park Orange 12-8 in its opener then smoked Bu­ford 13-2 Mon­day. New­ton Amer­i­can re­mained un­de­feated with a 3-0 win over Win­der Tues­day then de­feated Moun­tain Park for a sec­ond time, 6-5.

Should New­ton Amer­i­can (mi­nors) lose to Win­der, they would play again to de­ter­mine the win­ner of the blue bracket. The win­ner of the blue bracket faces the win­ner of the red bracket to de­ter­mine the state cham­pion. Game 1 is tonight at 7 p.m. Game 2 is to­mor­row at 10 a.m. fol­lowed by Game 3 (if nec­es­sary) at 12:30 p.m.

Miller signs with Chat­ta­hoochee Tech

For­mer New­ton big- man Dar­ius Miller will trans­fer to Chat­ta­hoochee Tech this fall for his sec­ond year of bas­ket­ball af­ter play­ing at Cen­tral Ge­or­gia Tech last year.

Miller, a 6-foot-6, 225pound power for­ward, played for New­ton’s Fi­nal Four team of 2010. He’s a de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist that will pro­vide Chat­ta­hoochee Tech with a low-post pres­ence and re­bound­ing.

“He has great tough­ness,” said CTC head coach and ath­letic di­rec­tor David Archer. “He’s an un­der­sized power for­ward, but he has the skills and foot­work to be ef­fec­tive. He’s also a very good re­bounder. He has a nose for the ball, which

is some­thing we were miss­ing at times last year.”

New­ton coach Rick Ras­mussen agrees.

“Dar­ius is a ma­jor post pres­ence and will be able to make an im­me­di­ate im­pact at power for- ward,” Miller’s for­mer coach said.

Miller was a three-year var­sity starter be­fore trans­fer­ring to New­ton for his se­nior sea­son. He led the Rams in blocks and re­bounds in 2010 while av­er­ag­ing 10 points per game.

“This is a great fit for him,” Ras­mussen said. “This will pro­vide him with a chance to com- plete his as­so­ciate’s de­gree then have a chance to play else­where as a ju­nior. We are ex­cited for him. He’s a great young man and we are very proud of him.”

Photo cour­tesy of Chat­ta­hoochee Tech ath­let­ics

For­mer NHS power for­ward Dar­ius Miller signs to play his sopho­more sea­son at Chat­ta­hoochee Tech

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