Player roundup: Lee leads way for UAB

Published 8:57 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Here’s a look at how players with Dallas County ties are faring in various sports around the country:

William Lee

UAB sophomore William Lee is sixth in the nation with 91 blocks this season in 29 games. The 6-foot-9 forward scored nine points in the Blazers’ 71-67 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday that clinched the top seed in the Conference USA Tournament.

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He’s averaging 10.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game this season for UAB.  The Blazers play at Florida International Thursday night and play at Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Regardless of how its last two games go, UAB will be the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Tournament that begins Tuesday in Birmingham. The Blazers won’t play a game in the tournament until Thursday at noon.


Jerrod Moorer

Iowa Central Community College guard Jerrod Moorer is fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II with 23.4 points per game. Moorer, who graduated from Dallas County High School last year, scored 16 points in a win over Ellsworth on Feb. 27.

Stats from Iowa Central’s last game — a 106-101 double overtime win over Ellsworth in the Region XI semifinals — were not available as of Wednesday afternoon.

Moorer has scored in double figures in every game this season, with a high of 33 points against North Iowa Area Community College on Feb. 6.

Kendell Motley, another Dallas County High graduate at Iowa Central, is averaging 1.5 points per game this season on 50 percent shooting.


Kara Rawls

Former Ellwood Christian basketball player Kara Rawls has averaged 3.4 points per game this year as a redshirt junior at UAB this season. Rawls is shooting 51 percent from the field.


Jasmine Peeples

Selma native and Alabama State University standout Jasmine Peeples is averaging 7.3 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Hornets this season. In a win against Prairie View A&M on Feb. 1, she had her best statistical game of the year with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks.

She’s posted double-doubles in three of her last seven games and flirted with one in Alabama State’s upset win over Texas Southern Tuesday. Peeples had nine points and 11 rebounds in the game. Alabama State hosts Jackson State Thursday and Grambling State on Saturday before starting postseason play.


Amy Persinger

Dallas County High School graduate Amy Persinger has helped the top-ranked Auburn-Montgomery softball team get off to a fast start this season.

Persinger has hit two home runs and has brought in four RBIs while hitting for a .292 average. Persinger has scored six runs this year for AUM.

She’s tied for the team lead in triples and trails only team leader Kayla Hale in home runs this year.

The Warhawks have started the season off 13-1.


Margaret Mims

Chattahoochee Valley Community College pitcher Margaret Mims has pitched 9.1 innings this year while allowing 17 earned runs. She’s walked five batters and has an earned run average of 12.75.

All of Mims’ five appearances have come in relief this year. Mims is a freshman at Chattahoochee and a graduate of Morgan Academy.

Chattahoochee hosts Andrew College in a doubleheader on Thursday.


Kendall Veach

Auburn University infielder Kendall Veach has played in eight games for the third-ranked Tigers this year. She’s scored three times and has three hits, including two doubles.

Veach, a Morgan Academy graduate, is hitting .250 and has walked three times.

Auburn is 15-1 this season and hosts Murray State on Thursday.

Katy Freels

Selma resident and soccer player Katy Freels announced in February that she will be sitting out the 2016 season.  Freels plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League.

She noted the emotional toll of being away from her husband Kevin for long stretches throughout the year because of her soccer schedule and his work schedule. Freels posted the statement on Twitter in early February.

Sky Blue FC released its scheduled in late February and opens its season April 17.