Laney coach will be honored for 600th win
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Laney will honor girls basketball coach Otis Smart on Friday for earning his 600th win earlier in the season.

Smart, who has coached at Laney for 27 seasons, entered this year with 598 wins. His 600th win came Nov. 24 against Silver Bluff. Laney is 2-0 this season.

Smart said he kept his milestone victory quiet because "you know me, I don't like to talk about that kind of stuff."

Laney will play host to Swainsboro at 7 p.m. The boys game will follow.

TAKING ON THE CHAMPS: Area teams have crossed paths with half of the 10 teams battling for state football titles at the Georgia Dome this weekend: Northside-Warner Robins, Peach County, Calhoun, Buford and Savannah Christian.

Grovetown fell 47-7 at Northside in October. Northside faces defending champion Camden County in Class AAAAA. The Warriors opened their inaugural season against Class AA finalist Buford, which meets Calhoun this weekend. Buford also defeated Thomson this season.

Calhoun knocked Jefferson County out of the Class AA quarterfinals. Savannah Christian did the same to Lincoln County in Class A, despite earning four first downs and fewer than 100 yards of offense in that game. Savannah Christian will face Wilcox County.

Peach County, which meets Gainesville for the Class AAA title, defeated Washington County in the second round of the playoffs.

BIG BATTLES: Augusta Christian is getting an up-close look at a couple of the best boys prospects in the Southeast.

The Lions fell 101-71 to Cannon School (N.C.) this past weekend, playing against 6-foot-6 Virginia Tech recruit Jarell Eddie .

The Lions will go to a tournament in Gastonia, N.C., this weekend. The second game of the tournament, on Saturday, matches them against 6-9 South Carolina recruit Damontre Harris of Trinity (N.C.) Christian.




Swainsboro (1-1) at Laney (2-0), Friday 8:30 p.m.: Both teams are preseason top-10 clubs in Class AA. Laney has quality wins over Richmond Academy and Glenn Hills.



Glenn Hills (4-1) at Hephzibah (5-0), 5 p.m. today: This will be the teams' second meeting this season; Hephzibah won 58-57 in a nonregion tournament game Nov. 24.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or

From the Tuesday, December 08, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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