He focused on the process.Derieko Smith has shot thousands of free throws over the years, and before every game the LaGrange Grangers play, he'll be in the gym working on that part of his game.
After last weekend's loss to Carver, LaGrange High head coach Jan Jones knew what her team was going to work on in practice the following week.
The LaGrange Grangers and Troup Tigers are returning home with top-10 finishes in the state wrestling duals in hand.LaGrange and Troup each won a pair of matches in their respective classifications to reach the final eight.
MACON - They're moving on.Facing Ware County in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state duals on Thursday, the LaGrange Grangers eased their way to a 43-30 victory.
MACON - The Troup Tigers weren't satisfied with just qualifying for the state wrestling duals, they wanted to make some noise once they got there.Mission accomplished.
The Troup Tigers are still looking for their first winning streak of the season, and they're hoping to make that happen tonight.
All he could do was watch.In Saturday's match with Whitewater in the Area 5-AAAA duals, Troup senior wrestler Preston Channell went out and won a big match over an opponent he'd lost to handily earlier in the season.
With an area championship in hand, the LaGrange High wrestling team is now set on conquering the state.The Grangers won the Area 1-AAAAA tournament title on Saturday, securing an invitation to the state duals in Macon.
The LaGrange College Panthers broke open a close game in the second half to get a road win, and give head coach Lee Buchanan a milestone victory in the process.
They needed that one.After opening their region schedule with a pair of road losses, the Troup Tigers were back home against Whitewater on Tuesday looking to get a breakthrough win.They made it happen.
The Callaway Cavaliers surged to a 10-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, and that's pretty much how things went the rest of the way during Tuesday's home game against Haralson County.
In a battle of unbeatens, it was the Lafayette Christian School Cougars coming up on the short end.The Cougars brought an 8-0 record into Tuesday's home game against Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy, which was 12-0.
The shots weren't dropping for the Troup Lady Tigers.Troup's players kept putting the ball up in the first period, but shot after shot fell harmlessly off the rim during Tuesday's home game against Whitewater.
With an area championship within their grasp, the LaGrange Grangers found themselves short-handed.In a match against McIntosh, one of LaGrange's key wrestlers, Khalid Jones, went down with an ankle injury.
The situation was desperate.With a berth in the state duals on the line, the Troup High wrestling team found itself facing a huge deficit against Whitewater on Saturday in the Area 5-AAAA duals.
The Troup Tigers are hoping a return to their home court will help propel them to a breakthrough win today.The Tigers opened their Region 5-AAAA schedule last week, and they lost road games to Sandy Creek and Woodward Academy.
Something will have to give.The Lafayette Christian School Cougars will host Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy today in a matchup of two teams that have managed to make it into the middle of January without losing a game.
They're headed to state.The wrestling teams from LaGrange and Troup headed into their respective area tournaments on Saturday needing to finish second or better to qualify for the state duals in Macon.
When crunch time arrived, the LaGrange Grangers put the accelerator to the floor and didn't look back.
LaGrange High basketball coach Jan Jones will have a major point of emphasis when the team gets together for practice today.
The Callaway Cavaliers had no trouble with Cedartown on Saturday as they continued their Region 5-AAA schedule.After opening region play with a 71-49 win over Central-Carroll on Friday, Callaway thumped Cedartown 75-49.
A veteran Central-Carroll team proved to be too much for a short-handed Callaway High squad Friday night.
The LaGrange Grangers moved to 2-0 in Region 1-AAAAA with a 73-41 win at Columbus on Friday.Danterrius Bray and Gabe Duckett had 10 points apiece for LaGrange.
As the Callaway Cavaliers left the court and went into their locker room Friday night, they had a nine-point lead over Central-Carroll, but head coach Terry Hayes wasn't happy.
She felt this season would be different.Over the past two seasons, life was difficult for the Troup Lady Tigers, whose total wins in those years could be counted on one hand.