Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

Justice named First Team All-GSC

In recognition of his outstanding efforts on the court during his senior season, Blake Justice earned First Team All-Gulf South Conference honors, as announced by the GSC on Monday.

The annual poll is voted on by coaches throughout the GSC and produced recognition for Justice, who led the Blazers on offense this season and ranked eighth in the league with an average of 15.6 points per game.

“If you think about it, there are so many teams in our conference and so many great players, this is a difficult honor to achieve,” said Head Coach Mike Helfer on Monday morning. “It shows a lot of respect for what we’ve done this season, and it shows a lot of respect for not only what Blake has done this year, but also what he has done during his three years at VSU.”

On the heels of a regular season in which Justice became just the 22nd player in VSU basketball to eclipse the 1,000 point plateau, Justice joined four other first team honorees on a list that included Delta State’s Devin Schmidt, who also was named the GSC Player of the Year in the release. In addition, Shorter’s Phil Taylor, Union’s Marterrace Brock, and Alabama Huntsville’s Seab Webster all made the first team cut.

Justice finished the regular season 146-of-327 from the field for a 44.6 shooting percentage and shot 38.9 percent from three point range after connecting 65 times in 167 attempts. He topped the Blazers with 32 total steals and ranked second on the team with 66 assists. One of his top performances against a conference opponent this season came on Jan. 21, when he hit 10-of-14 shots and 6-of-8 from the three point line en route to a 26 point performance against Alabama-Huntsville, the league’s top ranked team. His efforts this season played a huge role in Valdosta State’s return to postseason play this year.

“This is an award that is not only an individual award but also a team award,” said Helfer. “I think that one great thing about this team this year is that none of these guys care who gets the credit. In this instance, I’m sure Blake would probably tell you that he feels that way about this honor and that it’s about the team as much as it is about his individual accomplishments.”

As the first Blazer basketball player to earn First Team All-GSC honors since 2010, the Peebles, Ohio native has established himself as a quality student-athlete both on and off the court, and recently completed his undergraduate degree at Valdosta State. His personality is one that has resonated with individuals throughout the entire community during his impressive three year career, and Helfer has enjoyed watching him grow into such a memorable player.

“He’s obviously a good basketball player, but as a student and as a person, he has also brought stability off the court where everybody in the community feels like they have a connection with him and know him,” added Coach Helfer. “That’s a difficult thing to do as a college basketball player, to not only have supporters at the university but also throughout the community.”

The Blazers open up the first round of the GSC Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Union on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. EST in Jackson, Tenn. Coverage of the contest can be found at www.vstateblazers.com.

Peebles High School graduate Blake Justice earned First Team All-Gulf South Conference honors, as announced by the GSC earlier this week.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_rp_primary_BlakeJustice_AllGSC-copy.jpgPeebles High School graduate Blake Justice earned First Team All-Gulf South Conference honors, as announced by the GSC earlier this week. Photo courtesy of VSU Athletics

Press Release

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 People's Defender