Local players excel

From staff reports

When he was at Riverdale High School, Chris McFarland was regarded as one of the best prep basketball players in the area.

He helped lead the Raiders to a Region 4-AAAAA championship in 2001. He was also on two state playoff teams in 2000 and 2001.

Now in his junior season at Appalachian State, he's leading the team in scoring. He's averaging 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Here's how some other local players are doing at the NCAA Division I level:

North Clayton graduate Anthony Rice is averaging 12 points per game at Memphis. He is a junior this year.

Mt. Zion's Terrence Woodyard is playing nearly 20 minutes per game at Western Carolina. He's in his junior season and is averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Lovejoy graduate Josh Barker is freshman at Savannah State University.

Mt. Zion's Karl Hollingsworth is at Stetson this year after transferring from Tulane.

Hollingsworth is having to sit out this season.

Morrow's Kirby Copeland is a freshman this year at Virginia Tech. She is playing about 12 minutes per game.

Jonesboro's Lavonne Thomas is getting some playing time at James Madison this season, her freshman year. She's been playing about six minutes per game.

Riverdale's Jessica Williams has started every game for Georgia Tech this year and is averaging more than 20 minutes a game.

North Clayton's Kim Jordan is in her freshman season this year at North Carolina A&T.