Coastal Empire All-Star Football Event Saturday. Overview of local signatures.


Windsor Forest’s Cam Turner, who has always championed soccer in southeast Georgia, scheduled his 13th annual Coastal Empire All-Star Soccer event for Saturday, May 14 at Memorial Stadium.

There will be 70 girls and 70 boys in the event – some traveling up to two hours to play in a tournament that draws college coaches from across the Southeast.

“We’ve had over 100 kids signed up to play in the All-Star Games,” said Turner, Windsor Forest’s athletic director who returned to coach the Knights men’s soccer team this year. “Playing these games puts players on the radar of college coaches. It’s getting pretty big now and everyone’s jumping at the chance to play. We’ve got all the top high school players participating.”

There will be four boys’ teams and four girls’ teams participating in the event. Girls’ games start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m., with boys’ games starting at 1:45 p.m. and ending at 5:45 p.m. Admission is $5, with tickets $3 for children from 12 and under.

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The Factory Football Camp

Rob DeLoach is well known in Savannah as the father of three of the best athletes to come out of the host city. His daughter, Taylor DeLoach, was a track star at St. Vincent’s Academy who went on to have a stellar career at Ohio State. His oldest son, Kalen DeLoach, is a rising junior linebacker at Florida State, while his youngest son, Jalen, is a sophomore on the Virginia Commonwealth University basketball team.

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Rob DeLoach maintains his ties to the Savannah sports community as a coach and mentor training local athletes at “The Factory”, a local gym that has produced many people who have gone on to play varsity sports.

On Sunday, May 15, many of these athletes will be on hand to help with a free soccer camp for kids ages 8-14. Camp will be at Daffin Park from 2-4:30 p.m.

Registration will take place on site, and soccer cleats are required. Contact Rob DeLoach at 912-659-7879 for more information.

Overview of signatures

Woodville-Tompkins signed a pair of athletes at a ceremony on campus Wednesday.

Basketball player Zion Powers has signed with LaGrange College, a Division III program that plays in the USA South Conference.

Powers of Zion from Woodville-Tompkins.

Powers was instrumental in the Wolverines’ underdog run to the GHSA Class 2A semi-finals. He averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game and was a first-team All-Greater Savannah selection.

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Cole Ritchie-Smith of Woodville-Tompkins.

Footballer Cole Ritchie-Smith has signed to play at Brewton-Parker, an NAIA program.

Ritchie-Smith had 10 goals and three assists this season for a Wolverine team that qualified for Class 2A Sweet 16 in the state playoffs.

Kelvin Arteaga of the Islands soccer team.

Kelvin Arteaga of the Islands football team has missed most of his senior season due to nagging injuries, but the standout midfielder’s talent has not gone unnoticed.

The senior signed on Wednesday to play at Young Harris College, a Division II program that plays in the Peach Belt Conference.

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He had 21 assists and four goals as a junior as he played a pivotal role in the Sharks’ run to the Class 4A State Semifinals.

Kerwin Tattnall of Windsor Forest.

Windsor Forest’s Kerwin Tattnall, a standout receiver and defensive back with the Knights, is set to sign with Ripon College, a Division III program in Wisconsin, at an on-campus ceremony scheduled for Friday.

Tattnall was a first-team All-Region 3-3A selection as a receiver for the Knights as a senior.

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN


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