The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News 2

April 18, 2014

Potts inks with Middle Tennessee State

ATHENS — In front of family and friends, Nathanial “Giddy” Potts made his verbal commitment to Middle State University official Thursday.

Potts put pen to paper on the second day of college basketball’s spring signing period. Following a recruiting visit, the Athens senior verbally committed to the Conference USA school in early March.

“I just felt like it was a great place for me,” said Potts. “It felt like family when I went down there. The coaches said they want to be a father figure for me.”

The 6-1 guard averaged nearly a double-double with 20.8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game this season. A Class 5A First-Team All-State selection, he was a finalist for 5A Player of the year and Mr. Basketball.

At Wednesday’s Player of the Year luncheon, Potts was named to the ASWA Boys Super 5 All-State Team.

“You can look back in the school’s history books, and he’s probably ranked up there in the top two or three that’s played here,” said Athens head coach Stace Tedford. “He’s had a huge impact around the state. What he’s been able to do for our school and our community has been unbelievable.”

Potts signed in a packed Athens classroom filled with teammates past and present. Potts’ mother, Tina, did her best not to cry.

“I’m glad he’s close by. I was excited about that,” she said. “He’s able to still be around Tre (Potts), to help him move on. I’m just so proud.”

The younger Potts brother, Tre, is a rising senior and already attracting interest from colleges around the South.

At MTSU, the versatile Potts said the coaches told him he will most likely play shooting guard, but could come off the bench to play point guard.

“I talked to coach Davis and coach Case yesterday,” Tedford said about Middle Tennessee State’s coaches. “They are excited about him coming there. They think he’s got a big time future in Conference USA. We’re all really excited about what the future is going to hold for him.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News 2
  • West Limestone’s Siniard picks Southern Miss

    Siniard committed to the Golden Eagles Saturday after visiting the campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound offensive and defensive tackle has started for the varsity since he was a freshman.

    July 30, 2014

  • tractor*pull!2!.jpg TRACTOR PULL: A new generation takes over in Tanner

    One of the first families of the Tanner pull is the Haneys. Horace Haney, along with brother, Shirley, co-founded the event in 1976 that draws thousands to the county each year. The sons of those pulling pioneers now run the show.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay! Haney!.jpg Clay Haney follows in father’s footsteps

    After watching his dad pull for the past 20 years, Clay finally got his chance. Although he has pulled multiple times over the years, this will be the first year to compete for points in the Mid-South Pullers Association.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • North win streak improves to 12

    The South last won 85-76 in in 2002.

    July 24, 2014

  • Local athletes lead North to soccer sweep

    East Limestone’s Dilan Sayer scored the opening goal and was named MVP of the boys game in a 3-0 win while Jordan Runion scored her team’s opening goal in a 3-1 for the girls.

    July 23, 2014

  • Davidson helps North tie

    She was one of only three North players to record a hit in the opener, which ended 3-3.
    Pitching duties were shared by Lexington’s Jessie Butler, Central-Florence’s Ashley Irons and Hartselle’s Jada Hayes along with eventual North MVP Maddie Moore of Winfield.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tedford, Potts take on the South in All-Star hoops game

    Stace Tedford has had a busy year at Athens. After leading the basketball team to a school-record 24 consecutive wins and regional finals appearance, he jumped straight into soccer season, where he took the varsity girls soccer team to another 5A state championship game.
    Wednesday, Tedford will be on the court again, coaching in the North-South All-Star basketball game.

    July 23, 2014

  • Strong local presence at state All-Star Week

    Some of the top rising seniors from the Athens-Limestone area will play in six of the games, beginning with softball and soccer games Tuesday.

    July 19, 2014

  • Chris Seibert -1996.jpg Before politics, Seibert played for the Tide

    A standout on West Limestone’s football team, Seibert’s road to Tuscaloosa wasn’t an easy one. Determined to play at the highest level, he attempted to join the Tide as a walk-on in fall 1993.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • State softball tournament begins in Athens today

    The three-day, double-elimination event begins at 6 tonight at the Athens Sportsplex.

    July 11, 2014

Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee