Baker, Burgess and Canada:Craig T. Greenlee(WS Journal) notes on Celeste Burgess

*****The word coming from coaches Delaney Rudd, William Whitaker and Eddie Odom is that the young lady, 14 year-old Celeste Burgess, died earlier in the afternoon from the injuries suffered in the automobile accident that we mentioned below…She was a member of the New Hope Christian Academy team and several AAU squads…She had also previously played for Mount Tabor High School….Our thoughts and prayers go out to her parents, her family and friends)…RIP Celeste Burgess…..*****

Good news for Tanisha Baker, Toney Baker’s sister, who played high school basketball for High Point Andrews, college ball at Campbell and now she is set to play pro ball too….See more below…

Not good news for Celeste Burgess, girls high school basketball player from New Hope Christian Academy, in Thomasville….She was injured in a very severe auto accident this morning, while on a visit to Auburn University, down in Alabama…Very bad accident and one person is already listed as dead and it has not been looking good today for the young Burgess kid from Winston-Salem…..We will try and get a more concrete update on this 14 year-old basketball player, later on this evening…She has been a player on many of Delaney Rudd’s teams….More details below…

Zack Canada, from Southeast Guilford High School, has committed to play college baseball at UNC-Wilmington….Zack can play SS, P and in the outfield if necessary and he is currently on the Region 5 Team, at the State Games, in Charlotte….Zack is a rising senior at SEG and he made the All-Metro 4-A Conference team, this past high school season….

More on Tanisha Baker going pro from the High Point Enterprise:
Former Andrews star Baker signs with German League team…..
Former Campbell women’s basketball standout Tonisha Baker, who starred at T.W. Andrews, has signed a professional contract with the Marburg Blue Dolphins, a women’s basketball club based out of Marburg, Germany.

On Celeste Burgess from WTVY 4 News:
A two-vehicle crash in Pike County has claimed the life of a Banks woman and injured five others.

According to authorities, the crashed occurred on Friday, June 21 at approximately 9:55 a.m. on Alabama 93 at the 5.5 mile marker, 2.6 miles north of Brundidge.

Tammy Johnson, 44, was killed when the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van that she was driving collided with a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by Marcus Peoples, 27, of Warner Robins, GA.

Peoples was injured as well as four passengers, two in each vehicle. The injured parties are Joshua Townsend, 19, of Banks, Tyri Bradham, 23, of Banks, Leslie Peoples, 23, of Daleville and Celeste Burgess, 14, of Winston Salem, NC.

*****Celeste Burgess from
#14 Celeste Burgess G So. 6-2 ….New Hope Christian Academy Roster

+++++Craig T. Greenlee(Winston-Salem Journal) notes on Celeste Burgess from December 12, 2012…..+++++
A year removed from middle school, Celeste Burgess never imagined that her freshman season of high-school basketball would turn out the way it has at Mount Tabor.

It didn’t take long for Burgess, 6-foot-2, to establish a reputation as hard-to-stop playmaker. In her first varsity game, she scored 22 points in a season-opening 62-32 blowout road victory at Winston-Salem Prep.

“What I remember most about that game was the atmosphere,” said Burgess, who averages 15 points and seven rebounds. “The stands were full, and people on both sides yelled and screamed for their teams. It’s been so exciting.”

Burgess is a power forward, but her skill set is better suited to her being a swing player who plays guard and forward.

“Celeste is a well-rounded, five-star player,” coach Rick Anderson said. “She’s the type who can deliver whatever is needed at any give time.”

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  1. Congratulations to Zack hard worker and deserves it. Another example of Carmine Paganos program helping a young man achieve his goals!

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