Several of Liberty County’s former student athlete stars are making names for themselves in the professional sports world. Here’s an update on how these athletes are doing today.
Richard Lovelady, a native of Liberty County, played baseball at First Presbyterian Christian Academy, and played for a season at East Georgia State College. He finished his college career at Kennesaw State and has recognized for his performance in the minor leagues. There are reports that Lovelady could move up to the big leagues this year. A recent Major League Baseball Pipeline Twitter post states Lovelady is among several prospects invited to the Kansas City Royals spring training.
Freddie McSwain is another a local boy doing well. He was one of the Coastal Crew Rebels under Ernie Walthour and finished his college career as a Hoosier of Indiana State. Looks like he signed with Canada’s National Basketball League. According to an online news story posted last week to hoosierstateofmind.com, McSwain has signed a contract with the Moncton Magic.
Raekwon McMillan, a former Liberty County High School Panther linebacker, played for Ohio State in college. He missed his first whole season as a Miami Dolphin due to a knee injury. This is his second year as a pro player, but his true first year playing with 98 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles, according to recent online sports stats.
Domonique Kirkley, a 2014 FPCA graduate, played varsity basketball, soccer and football. The late Ernie Walthour Sr., a popular coach and community volunteer, mentored Kirkley. Kirkley, or “Domo” as he’s known, studied at Point University and played soccer for his college team. Kirkley later moved to Tacoma, Wash., and tried out for a semi pro team the Tacoma Kings.
He was notified within a week that he had earned a spot. The Kings are part of the American Basketball Association. According to the Kings website, Domo will be featured as a point guard for the team.