Jaguar Baseball

May 4, 2010

Lakeside lefthander Threatt signs with Jaguars

Andy Threatt, a highly regarded left-handed pitcher from Lakeside High School in DeKalb County, has signed to play for the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars in the 2011 season.

Going into the state playoffs, Threatt’s record at Lakeside was 24-6 with a 1.71 earned run average. He has led the team in wins, shutouts and strikeouts for three consecutive seasons while winning numerous honors, including DeKalb Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and first team all-county in 2008 and 2009.

Threatt, a four-year letterman, was 6-2 this regular season with a 1.86 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 49 innings as the Vikings claimed the Region 6-AAAA title.

Last summer, he was selected for the prestigious East Cobb Astros and scored big victories over nationally ranked opponents. This summer he has been selected for the East Cobb Braves.

“He has a ton of mound presence and really knows how to pitch,” said GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey. “We are excited about adding him to our rotation next season.”

Threatt becomes the Jaguars’ 10th recruit for the 2011 season. The others, announced previously, are Antonio Allen, infielder/outfielder, Jonesboro H.S.; Felton James, shortstop, East Coweta H.S.; Josh Gobble, right-handed pitcher, Thomas County Central H.S.; McLendon Hill, shortstop/pitcher, Columbus H.S.; Jacob Johnson, catcher, Loganville H.S.; Seth Newton, outfielder, East Coweta H.S.; Sloan Strickland, catcher, Gainesville H.S.; Christian Van Camp, left-handed pitcher/first baseman, Creekview H.S.; and James Harris, shortstop/third base, Etowah H.S.

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April 16, 2010

Jonesboro speedster Antonio Allen commits to Jaguars

Antonio Allen, a versatile baseball player from Jonesboro High School, has committed to join the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars for the 2011 season.

A middle infielder and outfielder batting around .520, Allen was first team All-Region his freshman, sophomore and junior years, and was named team MVP all three years. He runs a 6.4 sixty and is an excellent base stealer. Additionally, he maintains a 3.6 grade point average.

“He’s a good one. We want him to play for us,” says GPC head coach Danny Blue. “He’s got lots of talent and he’s a team leader.”

Allen is the Jaguars’ ninth recruit for the 2011 season. The others, announced previously, are Felton James, shortstop, East Coweta H.S.; Josh Gobble, right-handed pitcher, Thomas County Central H.S.; McLendon Hill, shortstop/pitcher, Columbus H.S.; Jacob Johnson, catcher, Loganville H.S.; Seth Newton, outfielder, East Coweta H.S.; Sloan Strickland, catcher, Gainesville H.S.; Christian Van Camp, left-handed pitcher/first baseman, Creekview H.S.; and James Harris, shortstop/third base, Etowah H.S.

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March 4, 2010

Jaguars snag 2 versatile signees

Georgia Perimeter College has signed two more players for the 2011 season. Both are from Cherokee County and play multiple positions.

Christian Van Camp, who bats and throws left-handed, pitches and plays first base and left field for Creekview High School in Canton. James Harris of Etowah H.S. in Woodstock can play shortstop or third base and is versatile enough to play the outfield, according to GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey.

Van Camp, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, was 7-0 with a 1.35 ERA last season as Creekview won the Region 7-AAA title. After the season, he was selected for Junior Team Georgia, which claimed the Sunbelt Classic championship.

Van Camp, who has won numerous county, region and state accolades, was named preseason all-state in Class AAA for 2010. The honors started early, when he led his region in hitting with a .500 average as a freshman, then came back as a sophomore to hit .420.

Harris had several opportunities with NCAA Division I schools and is on pro scouts’ watch lists. “We feel he can be a difference-maker for us next season,” said Bailey.

Van Camp and Harris are the sixth and seventh GPC signees.

The others, announced previously, are Josh Gobble, right-handed pitcher, Thomas County Central H.S.; McLendon Hill, shortstop/pitcher, Columbus H.S.; Jacob Johnson, catcher, Loganville H.S.; Seth Newton, outfielder, East Coweta H.S.; and Sloan Strickland, catcher, Gainesville H.S.

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February 26, 2010

Jaguars sign East Coweta standout

Felton James, a shortstop who led East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg to the Region 4-AAAAA championship and a spot in the state’s Elite Eight in 2009, has signed to play for Georgia Perimeter College.

James—who can also play second base, third base and left field—was named Coweta County Player of the Year last season by the Newnan Times-Herald after he hit .485 with seven home runs, eight doubles and 49 runs batted in. Through nine games this season, he was hitting .483 with three homers, three doubles and 11 RBI.

“We are looking for Felton to make an immediate impact with his offense,” said GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey. James is GPC’s eighth signee for the 2011 season.

The others, announced previously, are Josh Gobble, right-handed pitcher, Thomas County Central H.S.; McLendon Hill, shortstop/pitcher, Columbus H.S.; Jacob Johnson, catcher, Loganville H.S.; Seth Newton, outfielder, East Coweta H.S.; Sloan Strickland, catcher, Gainesville H.S.; Christian Van Camp, left-handed pitcher/first baseman, Creekview H.S.; and James Harris, shortstop/third base, Etowah H.S.

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February 21, 2010

Jaguars’ 2011 signees include 2 catchers

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars, who won the regular-season title in NJCAA Region 17 during the 2009 season, have signed five outstanding high school players from Georgia for the 2011 team.

The 2011 signees:

Josh Gobble, pitcher, Thomasville, Thomas County Central H.S. The righthander was 5-1 with two saves as a junior, with a 2.72 ERA. In 48 innings, he struck out 50 and walked 18. “We feel like he will be a big contributor in 2011,” said GPC assistant coach Thomas Briscoe.

McLendon Hill, shortstop/pitcher, Columbus (Columbus H.S.) Made the Georgia Dugout Club preseason AAA all-state team this season after being named to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer bi-city team in 2008 and 2009. He also was selected for the Team Georgia junior team. “Mac’s a tremendous athlete who can play all over the field. He’s skilled enough to play in the outfield,” said GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey.

Jacob Johnson, catcher, Loganville (Loganville H.S.) The former three-sport athlete was the starting catcher for the Team Georgia juniors, who won the national championship. He made the preseason all-state first team for AAAA after hitting .362 with eight homers and 51 RBI in two seasons for Loganville, leading the team to the state championship as a sophomore. “An unbelievable defensive catcher and clutch at the plate,” said Bailey.

Seth Newton, outfielder, East Coweta H.S. Has been a starter since his freshman year and “roams center field with the best of them,” said Bailey. He has led East Coweta to three straight trips to the state Elite Eight and made the Newnan Times-Herald all-county team last year, when he hit .413 with seven doubles, three triples, two homers and 21 RBI.

Sloan Strickland, catcher, Gainesville (Gainesville H.S.) Was nominated for the preseason all-state team in Region 7-AAA after coming into the season with a career .395 average with nine homers and 69 RBI. “He has legit power and has shown the ability to be an outstanding hitter at the college level,” said Bailey of Strickland, who was also a star offensive lineman on the football team.

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Antonio Allen

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Christian Van Camp

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Pitcher/first baseman Christian Van Camp is joined for his signing ceremony by sister Jaclyn (front row, left to right) mother Sharon and dad Bruce. On the back row: Creekview principal Bob Eddy, coach Mike Nayman and athletics director Charlie Beverly.

 

James Felton

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Felton James’ family and baseball family were present for his signing at East Coweta High School. On the front row: Patrick Tennie, Jennifer James (mother), Felton James, his grandfather (also Felton James) and Barry Tidwell (uncle). On the back row: assistant baseball coaches Steve Bedrosian, Matt East and Brandon Blair, head coach Franklin DeLoach, principal Rick Waggoner, assistant coach Randy Robbins and GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey. Bedrosian, of course, once pitched for the Braves.

 

Josh Gobble

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On the back row, (left to right) is Courtney Gobble, head coach Chad Parkerson, principal Joe Sharp and assistant coach Thomas Briscoe. On the front row, (left to right) is Andy Gobble, Josh Gobble and Lori Gobble.

 

James Harris

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James Harris (center, flanked by parents Jamie and Connie), a strong-armed shortstop/third baseman from Etowah High School who is on pro scouts’ watch lists, has signed to attend GPC. On the back row: Etowah athletics director Chris Garity, baseball coach Greg Robinson and principal Ron Dunnavent.

 

McLendon Hill

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With (left to right) sister Mikel Anna Hill, mom Charisse Hill and dad Bob Hill looking on, McLendon Hill of Columbus High School signs to play baseball at Georgia Perimeter College.

 

Jacob Johnson

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Flanked by his parents, Janette and Fred, catcher Jacob Johnson signs to attend GPC. On the back row: Loganville principal Nathan Franklin, assistant coach Brandon Anglin, assistant coach Mike Ryan, head coach Jeff Segars and athletics director Tommy Stringer.

 

Seth Newton

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On the front row: Eddie Carter (father), Maddie Carter (sister), Seth, Velda Graydon (mother), Perry Graydon (brother) and Blair Graydon (stepfather). On the back row: East Coweta coaches Randy Robbins, Matt East, Brandon Blair and Steve Bedrosian; head coach Franklin DeLoach; principal Dr. Rick Waggoner; GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey; Allen McDuffie; and athletics director Evan Horton.

 

Sloan Strickland

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Flanked by parents Bryan and Shannon, Sloan Strickland of Gainesville High School signs with GPC. On the back row: Gainesville head coach Jeremy Kemp, athletics director Wayne Vickery, Lauren Strickland (Sloan's sister) and GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey.

 

Andy Threatt

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Flanked by his parents (Robert and Wendy), Andy Threatt signs to attend Georgia Perimeter College. On the back row: Lakeside High School coach Bill Newsome, GPC assistant coach Stewart Bailey and Threatt’s pitching coach, Bill Melvin.