The Chattahoochee Valley Lady Pirates are looking to compete for a third consecutive ACCC Southern Division Championship Title. Their success will depend tremendously on the growth and maturity of a talented group of 12 freshmen as they return only two players from the 2014-2015 Southern Division Champion squad.
Returning for the Lady Pirates are sophomore guards Jamese Abney and Skyy Ellis. Abney and Ellis finished with season with scoring averages of 13.9 and 9.5 points per game respectively. Abney earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference Honors for her efforts as a freshman. Ellis’s energy and ability to provide instant offense will be critical for the Lady Pirates offensive attack.
The talented group of freshmen joining Abney and Ellis at the guard/forward positions include Diamond Walker (Valley H.S., Valley, AL), Aaliyah Bell (Hoover H.S., Hoover, AL), Te’Ajah Ramseur (Northside H.S., Columbus, GA), Bre Bussey (Valley H.S., Valley, AL), Erin Hicks (Central H.S., Phenix City, AL), DeeDee McLane (Fort Walton Beach H.S., Fort Walton Beach, FL), Ashley World (Morrow H.S., Morrow, GA), and Pearl Irby (Stone Mountain H.S., Stone Mountain, GA). Head Coach Ron Robinson believes that combo guard Erin Hicks will emerge as one of the league’s most exciting players this season. “Erin has a unique skill set and the ability to impact the game with her scoring and exceptional passing skills,” Robinson explained. Rounding off the Lady Pirates freshmen class are post players Vadarius Scott (Stephenson H.S., Stone Mountain, Ga), Sha’Kendra Pipkins (Hardaway H.S., Columbus, GA), Carissa Harper (Valley H.S., Valley, AL), and Courtney Baker (Central H.S., Phenix City, AL).
Chattahoochee Valley Community College men’s basketball program enters its 12th season with Richard Mahone as head basketball coach. This year we have a deep roster, with only two returning sophomores and twelve freshman who bring skills and a desire to be successful. I expect this team to compete for the conference title.
Our sophomores, Kimium Woods, 5’9 point guard, and Hassan Buggs, 6’6 forward, should make a great impact on this year’s team. Newcomers, Troy Campfield, 6’7 forward, Chandler Ferguson, 6’5 guard, Anthony Moore, 6”5 guard, Pernell Vickerstaff, 6’3 guard, and Kyle Williams, 6’5 forward, will provide depth for the Pirates.
Facing a year with only two returning sophomores and twelve freshman, some would call this a “rebuilding” year, after a 20 – 8 season and runner-ups in the ACCC southern conference last year. However, with our outstanding recruiting class, we have a positive outlook and we will approach this season with a winning attitude and look forward to an exciting and successful season.