One NC team left in Dixie Youth state tourney
Former Newton bigman Miller transfers to Chattahoochee Tech
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.”
Former NHS power forward Darius Miller signs to play his sophomore season at Chattahoochee Tech