It’s a new year and resolutions are being made by everyone as usual. However, I like to look back from time to time and and remember the year which has passed by. Let’s look back at 2013 for my top 10 moments of the year.
10. Lady Knights earn Region Tournament victory (Feb. 11, 2013)- Coach Bart Phillips and his Lady Knights more than doubled their win total from the 2011-2012 season in 2013. The Lady Knights also saw their first player in nearly two decades receive a basketball scholarship, when Jasmine Davis signed to play with the Lady Lions of Brown Mackie College in Salena, Kansas. With that said, perhaps the most memorable moment about the Lady Knights basketball team to me, was the come from behind victory Upson-Lee had over Eagles Landing in the first round of the Region 4 Basketball Tournament. It was only the second region tournament victory for the Lady Knights in the past seven years. Trailing 39-36 with just over a minute to go in the contest, Upson-Lee’s Jasmine Davis drilled a deep three-pointer from near the top of the key, tying the contest up at 39-39. Just seconds later, Kiashona Carter picked off a pass from an Eagles Landing player and found Davis once again, this time for a game winning three-pointer, as the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Golden Eagles by a 42-39 score.
9. Corey Moss sets UL record in the 110m hurdles (Apr. 19, 2013)- In 2012 Upson-Lee made school history when their 4x100m relay team placed second in the state, and set a school record with a time of 41.73 seconds. Also set that season was the Upson-Lee record for the 110m hurdles, after Corey Moss ran a 15.44 in the State Preliminaries. However, in 2013 Moss would break his own record once again. On Apr. 19 at 12 Oaks Stadium in the Region 4 Track Meet, Corey placed second in a preliminary heat, recording a time of 15.15, a new school record. Also in that heat was Jonesboro track star Taurean Ferguson. The Cardinal edged out Moss in the prelims, and in the finals Ferguson hit a hurdle which crossed over into Moss’ lane, costing him any chance of advancing to the State Meet for the second time in two years. Corey’s time of 15.15 would have been good enough for fourth place overall in the State Meet.
8. Dalton Strom throws a No-Hitter (April 3, 2013)- After starting the season off with a couple of tough losses in Region 4 play, the Diamond Knights started to make a little run with a few wins in a row. One of those wins came on Apr. 3 when Dalton Strom took the hill for the Knights to face the Eagles from North Clayton High School in College Park. Strom pitched a no-hitter while striking out eight batters and only allowing two walks. The Knights won the game by a 12-0 score, at the time moving their Region 4 record to 7-6 on the season.
7. 1st Annual Upson-Lee Alumni Baseball Game (November 09, 2013)- Upson-Lee baseball coaches Wayne Puckett, Stephen Hammock, and Jeff Wheeless started what I hope to be a new tradition at Upson-Lee. With the help of a few current Upson-Lee players, the Knights held their First Annual Alumni Baseball Game at Historic Silvertown Ballpark. Over 20 former Diamond Knights from classes ranging as far back as 1996 gathered to play in a friendly, yet competitive game to help raise money for the baseball program. A great crowd turned out for the event to see the Home Knights defeat the Away Knights by a 27-22 score. Eddie Peyton (2010) and Walker Searcy (2003) each drilled home runs in the game. This was personally one of the best times I had covering a sporting event in 2013. I hope this is something that will continue in the future.
6. UL’s Three Freshmen score over 100 points combined in a weekend (January 18-19, 2013)- The Upson-Lee Runnin’ Knights basketball team had to be one of the few basketball teams in the state to start three freshmen at the varsity level last season. For one weekend in January, the trio of Kenderius Pennyman, O’Qualon Harris, and David Marshall tallied over 100 points combined in victories over Spalding and Mary Persons. Both victories came on the road, spotlighted by the eight points scored in overtime by Harris in an 79-76 victory over Spalding, and a 24-point performance by Pennyman in a 76-66 victory over the Bulldogs at Mary Persons. In the two games Pennyman scored a total of 43 points, Harris scored a total of 35 points, and Marshall scored a total 33 points, a grand total of 111 points between the three players in the two games.
Well, that’s numbers 10-6. Look in Tuesday’s paper for my top five moments of 2013.