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Jonesboro trio named to all-area team

Jonesboro volleyball trio named to all-area 4-AAAA team

Lovejoy junior lineman Randy Robinson has been selected to play in a postseason all-star game at Grady Stadium in December. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Lovejoy junior lineman Randy Robinson has been selected to play in a postseason all-star game at Grady Stadium in December. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

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Jonesboro junior Michaelle Smith was named to the all-area volleyball team by the league’s coaches. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Three Jonesboro volleyball players were named to the All-Area 4-AAAA team, which was released earlier this week.

Junior Michaelle Smith was named to the first team while sophomore Vickie Sutton and junior Alana Wester were named to the second team by the league coaches.

Jonesboro lost last week to Chestatee in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. The Cardinals were the No. 3 seed coming out the area.

Devon Dickey of Locust Grove was named the area player of the year.

“Michaelle had a great season for us,” Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman said. “She really played great in the area tournament.”

JUNIORS RECEIVE INVITES: Four players from the area have been named to the Georgia Junior Bowl, which will be played on Dec. 31 at Grady Stadium in midtown Atlanta.

Named to the East squad is Drew running back Marquis Terry while Lovejoy teammates Montrell Custis (safety), Preston Williams (wide receiver) and Randy Robinson (lineman) were named to the West squad.

Despite missing the first four games of the season due to a wrist injury, Terry is Drew’s leading rusher 545 yards and six touchdowns.

Williams, who has already committed to Tennessee, has 35 receptions for 700 yards and seven touchdowns for the third-ranked Wildcats. The 6-foot-4 Williams is considered one of the top receivers in the country by all the major recruiting services.

CLAYTON STATE SWEEPS AWARDS: After capturing two impressive wins last week over nationally ranked teams, the Clayton State women’s soccer program swept the AstroTurf Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week awards released Monday by the league office.

Clayton State midfielder Alicia Robinson was named the Player of the Week, defender Emily Walling was named the Defender of the Week and goalie Charlotte McCormack was named the Goalkeeper of the Week.

The Lakers are currently riding a 10-game unbeaten streak and are coming off a 1-0 win over No. 18 North Georgia and a 3-0 victory over seven-ranked Columbus State. With the wins, the Lakers improved to 9-3-3 overall and 6-0-2 in the Peach Belt Conference.

Robinson, a senior from Telford, England, began the week with an assist on the lone goal of the game as the Lakers beat North Georgia. She then scored the game-winning goal and assisted on two others in the upset over Columbus State. Robinson leads the PBC with eight assists on the year. Walling, a junior from Fountain Valley, Calif., helped lead the Lakers to a couple of impressive shutouts last week, as the Lakers didn’t allow goal against the two nationally ranked teams. From her defensive position, Walling helped hold both North Georgia and Columbus State to only four shots on goal in each game. She also scored a goal in Clayton State’s victory over Columbus State.

McCormack, a sophomore from Wexford, Ireland, recorded two shutouts last week in the victories. She finished with four saves against North Georgia and four saves against Columbus State. The two shutouts lowered her goals against average to .94 on the season, which ranks third in the conference.