Windsor Forest’s Cam Turner, who has always been an advocate for soccer in southeast Georgia, has scheduled his 13th annual Coastal Empire All-Star Soccer event for Saturday, May 14, at Memorial Stadium.
There will be 70 girls and 70 boys in the event – some traveling from as far as two hours away to play in a tournament that attracts college coaches from throughout the Southeast.
“We’ve had more than 100 kids who have been recruited from playing in the all-star games,” said Turner, the Windsor Forest athletic director who came back to coach the Knights’ boys soccer team this year. “Playing in these games gets players on the radar of college coaches. It’s getting pretty big now and everyone is jumping on the chance to play. We’ve got all the top high school players participating.”
There will be four boys teams and four girls teams playing in the event. Girls games begin at 9:30 am and run through 1:30 pm, with the boys starting at 1:45 pm and ending at 5:45 pm Admission is $ 5, with tickets $ 3 for children 12 and under.
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The Factory Football Camp
Rob DeLoach is well known in Savannah as the father of three of the top athletes to come out of the Hostess City. His daughter, Taylor DeLoach, was a track and field star at St. Vincent’s Academy who went on to a standout career at Ohio State. His oldest son, Kalen DeLoach, is a rising junior linebacker at Florida State, while his youngest son, Jalen, is a rising sophomore on the Virginia Commonwealth University basketball team.
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Rob DeLoach keeps his connection with the Savannah sports community strong as a coach and mentor training local athletes at “The Factory,” a local gym that has produced many who have gone on to play college sports.
On Sunday, May 15, many of those athletes will be on hand to help out at a free football camp for children ages 8-14. The camp will be at Daffin Park from 2-4: 30 pm
Registration will be held on site, and football cleats are required. Contact Rob DeLoach at 912-659-7879 for more information.
Woodville-Tompkins had a pair of athletes sign in a ceremony on campus Wednesday.
Basketball standout Zion Powers signed with LaGrange College, a Division III programhat plays in the USA South Conference.
Powers was instrumental in the Wolverines’ underdog run to the GHSA Class 2A semifinals. He averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game and was an All-Greater Savannah first-team selection.
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Soccer standout Cole Ritchie-Smith signed to play at Brewton-Parker, an NAIA program.
Ritchie-Smith had 10 goals and three assists this season for a Wolverine squad that advanced to the Class 2A Sweet 16 in the state playoffs.
Kelvin Arteaga of the Islands soccer team missed most of his senior season dealing with nagging injuries, but the standout midfielder’s talent didn’t go unnoticed.
The senior signed Wednesday to play at Young Harris College, a Division II program that plays in the Peach Belt Conference.
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He had 21 assists and four goals as a junior as he played a pivotal role in the Sharks’ run to the Class 4A state semifinals.
Windsor Forest’s Kerwin Tattnall, a standout receiver and defensive back with the Knights, is set to sign with Ripon College, a Division III program in Wisconsin, in a ceremony on campus set for Friday.
Tattnall was a first-team All-Region 3-3A selection as a receiver for the Knights as a senior.
Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at Dknight@savannahnow.com. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN