Friday, May 05, 2006

Gulf shores: Gulf Shores' Ybarra signs with Millsaps

Gulf Shores point guard Kristi Ybarra has signed an academic scholarship and will play basketball for Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

She will join a Lady Majors team that went 8-17 last year under sixth-year coach Robin Williams.

"I really like the way they play," said Ybarra. "They're very good fundamentally, and that's really what I was looking for. The only thing they lacked was a point guard, so that was a big plus."

Ybarra averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game this past year in leading Gulf Shores to a 10-16 record. Last year, she was instrumental in the Dolphins' school-record 20-win season that landed them in the Southwest Regional tournament for the first time as a Class 4A school.

Ybarra plans to major in international studies and minor in either Spanish or French. She some day hopes to coach college basketball.

-- Derek Belt

SOFTBALL -- SATSUMA 4, FOLEY 2: Melissa Chastang and Courtney Finley each had three hits for the Gators (21-17). Angela Cassady was the winning pitcher, striking out six.

--PLEASANT HOME 1, ANDALUSIA 0: Jessica Johns scored the winning run in the first inning as Pleasant Home topped Andalusia 1-0. Katie Wiggins earned the win, allowing only one hit with no walks and eight strike outs. Andalusia (31-18) hosts the area tournament beginning Thursday.

--EXCEL 13, SWEET WATER 3: Justine Hamer (12-4) and Courtney Addison combined on a four-hitter for Excel. Hamer was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, a 2-run triple and an RBI double; Alyson Fitzhugh was 3-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs, and Emily Lloyd added a 2-run double. Excel (22-7) plays in the 2A sectional at 9 a.m. Saturday in Flomaton.