All rookies and skill position players are set to report for the Columbus Lions training camp today, with the first official practice scheduled for Monday at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
The Lions lost in the Eastern Championship Game last season.
Now, a part of the Southern Indoor Football League, the Lions will host the Greenville Force on March 8 at 6 p.m. in an exhibition game.
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CVCC clinches No. 3 seed in state tournament
BAY MINETTE, Ala. — Chattahoochee Valley finished the regular season playing its best basketball of the year, winning seven of its last eight games with a 70-49 victory Thursday at Faulkner State to clinch No. 3 seed from the Southern Division in the Alabama Community College Conference tournament.
The top six teams in the two eight-team divisions qualify for the playoffs.
CVCC’s victory also pushed the Lady Pirates over the .500 mark in the ACCC 8-6 and evened their regular-season record at 14-14.
The Lady Pirates dominated Faulkner from the start with a mix of three zone defenses. Selena Wright scored a game-high 17 points for CVCC.
Thursday at Faulkner State
CVCC 30 40—70
Faulkner State 16 33—49
Selena Wright 17, Kacey Frazier 10, Kandyce Bush 10, Hubbard 9, Ferguson 9, Heard 8, Clark 5, Cummings 2.
Faulkner State (49)
Alexis Broussard 14, Rhoden 2, Walker 2, Vickers 8, Houston 8, Burgess 8, Davis 3, Watkins 2, Lingelbach 2.
Team records: CVCC 14-14 (8-6, ACCC); Faulkner State 13-12 (10-4 ACCC). Next: CVCC in state tournament vs. No. 6 seed in Northern Division, TBA, 4 p.m. Sunday at Shelton State.
CSU’s Hall selected for NCAA championships
Columbus State University shooter Jon Hall has been selected as an individual qualifier in air rifle for the 2010 NCAA Rifle Championships. Hall and CSU coach Mike Greene will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to participate in the championships on March 12-13.
Hall was selected to compete after being the top shooter in the NCAA Sectional at The Citadel on February 13-14.
The top five individual shooters from the various sectionals are selected and invited to compete in the national finals. Hall shot a score of 592 (of a possible 600) in the sectional to take top honors.
No. 8 CSU women knock off No. 7 West Florida, 5-4
Pensacola, Fla. — In a battle of Division II top 10 women’s tennis teams Thursday, No. 8 Columbus State came away with a 5-4 win win over No. 7 West Florida.
CSU won two of the three doubles points. The win is the eighth in a row for CSU and sets up Saturday’s showdown with top-ranked and defending national champion Armstrong Atlantic State at the Blackmon Tennis Center. The match is set for 2 p.m.
No. 1 Paulina Ojeda (UWF) def. Loriane Favoretto (CSU) 7-6, 1-6, 10-7; No. 2 Tracy Castillo (CSU) def. Taylor Brewster (UWF) 7-5, 6-1; No. 3 Barbara Oliveira (UWF) def. Hanane Toumi (CSU). 6-3, 7-6; No. 4 Caitlyn Baines (UWF) def. Sofia Persson (CSU) 6-3, 6-3; No. 5 Caterina Kiefer (CSU) def. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) 6-3, 6-1; No. 6 Gabriela Vasilescu (CSU) def. Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) 6-3, 6-3
No. 1 Brewster/Baines (UWF) def. Toumi/Favoretto (CSU) 9-7; No. 2 Kiefer/Castillo (CSU) def. L. Sonnervig/Ojeda (UWF) 9-8; No. 3 Vasilescu/Persson (CSU) def. Oliveira/M. Sonnervig (UWF) 9-8
Eighth-ranked CSU men fall to No. 7 West Florida, 7-2
Pensacola, Fla. — The eighth-ranked Cougars fell to No. 7 West Florida on Thursday by a 7-2 score.
CSU now turns its attention to Saturday’s showdown with Armstrong Atlantic at 2 p.m. at the Blackmon Tennis Center. AASU has won the past two NCAA Division II titles.
No. 1 No. 12 Kevin Ducros (UWF) def. No. 18 Frank Suarez (CSU) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3; No. 2 Leandro Ferreira (UWF) def. Martin Shishkov (CSU) 7-5, 7-6; No. 3 No. 43 Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) def. Olivier Simonet (CSU) 6-1, 7-5; No. 4 Patrick Bateman (UWF) def.Nemanja Djuric (CSU) 6-1, 6-3; No. 5 Christophe Noblet (CSU) def. Sean Gunnels (UWF) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5; No. 6 Mike Lue (UWF) def. Diego Motivar (CSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 No. 8 Suarez/Noblet (CSU) def. No. 3 Ducros/Ferreira (UWF) 8-5; No. 2 Pozhidaev/Lukas Larsson (UWF) def. Divljak/Djuric (CSU) 8-4; No. 3 Bateman/Gui Bertei (UWF) def. Motivar/Shishkov (CSU) 9-8 — From staff, wire reports