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Former prep stars shining in college
Former Liberty County High School player Rion Brown recently hit a shot to give Miami a 55-54 lead in the second half of the Hurricanes season opener against Tennessee Tech. Miami won the game 69-58. - photo by Photo provided.

Former Liberty County Panthers running back Roderick Jones scored his second touchdown of the season Nov. 5 to help the Shorter University Hawks take a 42-16 win at Union College.
Shorter accumulated 505 rushing yards, its third-highest single-game total in school history, according to the school website. The Hawks had 536 total offensive yards.
The report said Jones ignited the offense on the Hawks’ second possession of the game. Jones took a handoff from Hawks quarterback David Byrd and raced 66 yards for a touchdown to give the Hawks a 7-0 advantage.
The Hawks currently are 6-4 in the Mid-South Conference after a 31-20 loss to Bethel last Saturday. With the victory, Bethel is the Mid-South Conference West Division champion and will represent the conference in the NAIA Football Championship Series.
Meanwhile, former Panther Rion Brown hit a shot to give the University of Miami a 55-54 lead in the second half of last week’s regular-season opener against Tennessee Tech. The ’Canes went on to win, 69-58,  giving first-year Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga his first victory at UM.
Brown also had seven points in the ’Canes’ 88-78 win in their exhibition game against Florida Southern on Nov. 3.
Another former Panther, Jordan McRae, had 14 points in the University of Tennessee’s opener against the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) last Friday. UT won, 92-63.
In an earlier win over Carson-Newman, McRae posted 17 points in 23 minutes of play.
Former Lady Panther Metra Walthour helped the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cruise to a 97-37 win in their season opener against Alabama State last week. The senior point guard chipped in 11 points, four assists, one block and one steal in 20 minutes. On Sunday, the Lady Yellow Jackets beat Old Dominion, 87-56. Walthour chipped in seven points, three  assists and a block during 27 minutes of play.
Former Lady Panther Kourtney Alexander, now at Albany State, was named to the coaches’ All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team.

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