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Winter sports seasons underway at Buford High


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Buford – With the fall sports season officially complete, the month of December means the start of the winter sports campaign at Buford High School.

The boys and girls basketball teams have begun regular season play while the wrestling team is getting into the bulk of their early schedule.

The wrestling team opens the season as the fifth-ranked team in Class AA/A, according to the statewide rankings by Buford returns several state qualifiers from last season and could be a major player in the upstate when the dual playoffs commence in early February.

Leadership on this year’s team will come from key senior returners Trey Bobbitt (195), Matthew Wallace (182) and David James (120). All three were state individual qualifiers last season, along with junior Webber Moore (170).

Devin Jenkins begins the season working in the 113-pound weight class while Dylan Jenkins is working at 106 pounds. AJ George is competing at 126 and Max Robinson is working at 138 pounds. Blake Bailey is wrestling at 145 pounds and Kenneth Barrett is wrestling at 152.

Timmy Smith is also working in the heavier weights, along with Avery Mahaffey.

 The boys basketball team won only three games last season but has already matched that total in the first two weeks of this season, picking up three wins in their first six games. The roster has several returning players from last year, leading to a more competitive group.

Senior Tanner Wallace, who averaged 10.2 points per game last year, is off to a torrid start at 19 points per game. Junior 6-4 forward Justin Hayden is a potential double figure scorer and rebounder this season, with junior Dwayne Bufford and sophomore Joe Barrino off to solid starts offensively.

Senior guard Shylyn Wright is another key returning player.

The girls’ team also has won three games early and has a handful of returners. Senior Payton Howell is a key leader early, averaging 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Junior Sophie Ribelin is averaging 10.3 points per game this season while post player Paige Davis is averaging 12.5 rebounds per contest so far.

The only other senior on the roster is forward Kristin Wemes, who contributes nearly seven rebounds per game.

Other team members include junior Jasmine Hall, sophomores Izzy Jones, Sydney Rabon and Avery Milbourn, along with freshman Dakota Gresham.




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