GCCC roundup: Blair, Hill commit; VB drops another heartbreaker
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Busters commit to D-I's
Tyreek Hill and Dontavius Blair are heading home. Or at least to the place that felt closest to home.
Standout Garden City Community College football players, Hill and Blair were the latest Busters to commit to play ball at major FBS programs in 2014. Hill is headed to Oklahoma State after committing last Wednesday and Blair gave his commitment to Butch Jones' Tennessee team on Tuesday night.
"The recruiting process just got real hard," said the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Blair about why he made the decision now. "Then again, I knew where I wanted to go to school. I took my visit there to make sure everything was like I wanted it to be, and I just pulled the trigger."
Blair took an unofficial visit to Tennessee, where he immediately knew it was the place for him.
"When I went to Tennessee, it just felt like home," the offensive tackle from Anniston, Ala., said.
The 5-9, 190-pound Hill said the same about his decision to head to Stillwater, Okla., and the Cowboys.
"It felt like home when I first got there," the speedy running back said.
It didn't hurt that Hill's mom lives nearby in Norman, Okla. It also doesn't hurt that the Cowboys employ a fast-paced offense that puts athletes like Hill in open space to utilize speed.
"I'm like dying to play on the next level," Hill said, "to be able to show everybody what I got with speed and stuff. I'm really excited."
With Blair leading the way, Hill has run for three touchdowns and 388 yards on 63 carries, a 6.2 yard per carry average. The multi-threat Hill also has hauled in 22 passes for 292 yards and four more scores.
With the Cowboys fast-break offense that is averaging 445.2 yards per game, Hill is hoping he can fit right in.
"I just want to be a leader," he said. "I just want to win."
At Tennessee, Blair will be relied on early, as the Volunteers may lose all five starters on the offensive line from this year. While he plays left tackle for the Busters, Blair is OK with playing anywhere on the line for the Vols.
"I'll slide in there, whatever they want me to do," he said.
Hill and Blair are the second and third FBS commitments from this year's squad — linebacker D'vonta Derricott gave his commitment to Kansas State days before the beginning of the season.
Four days after losing a heartbreaker to Cloud County at home, the Garden City Community College volleyball team suffered another tough loss on the road at Barton County on Tuesday night.
"We were one play away again," said head coach Harvey Sanders.
In the deciding fifth set, the Lady Busters (3-7, 5-15) led throughout, matching each of the Lady Cougars' (4-6, 8-18) points. However, the Lady Busters could not break through despite serving for a match point. Barton score three-straight points to win the set, 16-14, and the match, 3-2 (19-25, 20-25, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14).
"We just couldn't get a point to get us out of there (with a win)," Sanders said. "We played well. And there are times that we play very, very good volleyball. We've just got to figure out how to play a little more consistently."
Freshman Dominique Mays led the team with 21 kills, adding on five blocks, while sophomore Chinasa Ekweariri put up a double-double with 13 kills and 10 blocks. Abby Rennick compiled 42 assists.
The Lady Busters return home for a 2 p.m. Saturday contest with Seward County (7-3, 17-12) at Perryman Athletic Complex.