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Sherman Puts on a Show in Lincoln County’s First Win

Red Devils Top Jasper County 69-50, and Coach Charles Folger is pleased with team’s progress.

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             #1 Frankquon Sherman (Lincoln County) 

School 1Q 2Q3Q4QFinal
Lincoln County 1813122269
Jasper County 1011111550

    Lincoln County – Frankquon Sherman 8 4-6 22, Semaj Jenkins 1 0-0 3, Caleb Willis 4 1-2 10, Franklin Brown 1 2-2 4, Nazcalous Hogan 1 0-0 2, Kellen Smith 1 0-0 2, Miles Parks 1 0-0 2, Malcom Wynn 6 2-4 15, Kennon Lampkin 3 0-0 6, Keshon Gartrell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 9-14 69.

    Jasper County – C Bostic 1 0-0 3, L Bonner 9 2-6 25, K Maddox 4 0-0 8, A Cumbess 1 0-0 2, J Grier 1 1-2 3, K Thomas 1 0-0 2, M Stone 2 0-0 4. Totals: 19 3-8 50.

Three-point goals – Lincoln County: 5 (Sherman 2, Jenkins, Willis, Wynn). Jasper County: 6 (Bostic, Bonner 5).

Lincoln County topped Jasper County 69-50 on the road Tuesday to post its first win of the season. This was only their second game, having dropped their season opener to Thomson on Saturday. Frankquon Sherman led all scorers with 22 points, and, like he often does, the 6-6 sophomore stole the show with his ability to snag a defensive rebound, streak down the court with speed and grace, and finish high above the rim.

Before Tuesday’s game, Lincoln County head coach Charles Folger expressed his desire to post an actual win tonight, as opposed to what some people might call a “moral victory” Saturday against Thomson because the class 1A Red Devils had a chance to force overtime on the final possession against class 3A Thomson. Folger also stressed the importance of his team making progress by playing with better teamwork on both sides of the ball. 

So after Tuesday’s result was posted, I asked coach Folger how he felt after the win:

Lincoln County Head Coach Charles Folger:

Tonight’s victory is very positive. We had kids coaching each other up and holding others accountable in the locker room after winning by 17. The teamwork was there, but there’s still a long way to go. We have high expectations, and we are not the team to meet them yet.

Tonight we were a much more well rounded team. One that attacked and looked to win, not just play.

I followed up with coach Folger about those expectations. He said the first priority is to play to the team’s potential. The team’s tangible goals are to win region and to match or exceed last season’s state playoff quarterfinal round finish.
The next time Lincoln County will have a chance to make progress and prepare to achieve those goals will be Monday, December 28, when the Red Devils will face Loganville in the first round of the McDonalds Shootout at Hart County High School.

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[Livestream] Grovetown vs Evans in Region Battle for Playoff Position

Evans hosts Grovetown and looks to avenge their buzzer beater loss to the Warriors on January 22nd.

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“Sophomore Malik Ferguson picked up a loose ball in the middle of the paint with one second remaining, and right before the fourth quarter buzzer sounded, he released a shot that found its mark to give Grovetown 61-60 win over Evans Friday, a result that threw the top spot in the class 6A, region 5 standings into a three way tie between Grovetown, Evans and Heritage to mark the beginning of the stretch run for the league’s regular season championship. Ferguson’s shot came at the end of a full court dash by Grovetown after head coach Darren Douglas was able to draw up a play during a timeout that was meant to result in a bucket in only six seconds. The play was designed for senior Zach Bell, who eventually fumbled the ball after spinning between defenders at the end of a drive that began near half court after he gathered the ball from freshman Derrion Reid.”

That was Chad Cook’s rundown of the instant classic that these two teams played two weeks ago. That win by Grovetown sets up a must-win scenario for Evans as they look to maintain their footing in the race for a region championship.

Be sure to get your ? ready early because if tonight’s game is as exciting as the last one, you just might forget those jokers altogether!

Streams will be posted here. Tip-off times are as follows:
Girls – 6:30 PM
Boys – 8:00 PM

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Former Basketball Stars Lead the Way in Business, Community Service, and Artistic Pursuits

Harold Doby, Reggie Middleton and Roman Hill have turned a brand into a business, a lifestyle and a mental framework for impacting their community.

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Reggie Middleton (left) and Harold Doby (right)

On January 4th, the day after Harold Doby’s “Books and Life Lessons” (B.A.L.L.) charitable organization conducted a coat drive to help keep warm some of the most vulnerable people in the downtown area, I spoke with Doby and Reggie Middleton, two lifelong friends and former college and high school basketball stars, at Middleton’s “Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel” shop at 120 James Brown Boulevard. Our interview (below) covered the coat drive, Reggie’s entrepreneurial journey, and the meaning behind the “Came From Nxthing” brand, which originated from the music of Roman Hill, our third interviewee. Hill’s friendship with Doby and Middleton helped sprout a “movement” that has provided a framework for the three former athletes to impact the world through acts of community service, business, art, entrepreneurship and charity.

The interview provided a great chance for me to get reacquainted with two men I’ve watched grow from being boys who excelled in a game, to leaders of their families and their community. I bet others who watched them star at Glenn Hills and Winthrop (Middleton), and at Laney and Augusta University (Doby), will also gain satisfaction from hearing about their continued personal development. For example, Reggie explained how he took advantage of his basketball talent to earn a job playing professional basketball in London. Then he used his experience there to hatch a business idea to bring high-quality fashion for an affordable price to people in his hometown.

Reggie Middleton scored 1,186 points for Winthrop.

Harold’s concern for people who are most in need, whether it be the men and women he personally distributed the coats to earlier this month, or the students in his school he recalled giving clothes and shoes to when he was in grade school, is the original reason for my getting back into contact with the two men I once coached and taught when they were middle schoolers.

Harold Doby distributing coats in downtown Augusta on January 4.

I’m grateful we reconnected because they are a shining example of what can be greatest about sports and the community that builds around such a life journey: strong, caring relationships developed through shared experiences, encounters with adversity, and moments of triumph, as well as failures and hardships. Reggie’s story about how he has been able to take the difficult circumstances of the pandemic and nonetheless thrive in business with his “back against the wall” by drawing on his experiences as a basketball player growing up reinforces something I’ve always believed, that youth sports is great practice for real life. 

Harold Doby and Reggie Middleton, as well as Roman Hill, whom Doby first met as his rapping Augusta University basketball teammate, are winning the game of real life every bit as much as they did when they mastered the game of basketball as younger men.

Look out for news of the next Drive from B.A.L.L. Visit the Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel Facebook page to see Reggie’s merchandise, shop with him online or find store information:

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