The outdoor track season season began with a lot of hype for many female athletes in the Bi-City. It ended with impressive performances and even more attention than before. Three local track athletes won individual events at their state meets.
Several track teams around Columbus had the pleasant chore of clearing more room in their trophy cases this spring. Now, it’s time to honor those who stood out during the 2018 season. Three athletes in the Bi-City area won individual events at state.
The spring softball season for teams in the Bi-City area was strong, with two teams playing for state championships in their classifications. The year was another one filled with talented players, whose efforts earned them All-Bi-City honors.
The smaller schools in the Bi-City area made a lot of noise on the baseball diamond this spring. A quick look at the 2018 All-Bi-City team makes it clear these teams’ talent was just as dangerous as their counterparts in Class 4A on up.
The high school baseball scene around Columbus did not disappoint in 2018. Now that the dust has settled after another season, it’s time to look at which players stood out with the latest All-Bi-City Large School Baseball Team.
Former Smiths Station pitcher Blake Rivera was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Rivera, who now pitches at Wallace State, was previously selected by the Giants in the 32nd round of last year’s draft.
Former Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell was asked what advice he would give Browns rookie Nick Chubb, the former Georgia running back that Cleveland drafted in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Crowell is now with the New York Jets.
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell held his annual youth football camp in Columbus on Saturday. While thunder clapped in the background and rain threatened, kids still showed up to be coached through the fundamentals and also see Crowell.
Columbus High School boys golf captured its third consecutive state championship Tuesday at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega. The final results reverted back to Monday’s first round, which saw the Blue Devils shoot a 278 and top second-place St. Pius.
Longtime high school baseball coach Bobby Howard was hired as St. Anne Pacelli’s new head baseball coach on Monday. Howard replaces Brent Benefield, who spent one season as Vikings head coach. Howard returns to coach his 40th season of baseball.
In her final state track meet for Smiths Station, senior Alonie Sutton made sure to go out with a meet that will be hard to forget. Sutton captured two state championships with her first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.
Columbus handled their road test in the second round with relative ease, beating Burke County in back-to-back games 9-3 and 8-1. The Blue Devils move on to the Class 4A quarterfinals and leave them as one of four local baseball teams in the playoffs.
Pacelli soccer player TJ Fick’s first goal in the Class A second round matchup vs Aquinas was a special one for the senior. Not only did it play a role in the Vikings advancing to the quarterfinals, but it also gave Fick a major career achievement.
Columbus' Caroline Boren hit a winner in the second set of the No. 1 doubles match in the semifinals against West Laurens on Thursday. Boren’s shot clinched a 6-4, 6-3 match victory and gave Columbus the overall 3-1 match victory.
When Brookstone golfer Walker Hinds walked to the 18th green at Healy Point Country Club, the senior had two unexpected onlookers. As Walker lined up his putt for birdie, Walker’s father Rusty and sister Sanders joined Walker’s mother Shannon.
Calvary Christian softball coach Patrick McDermott said his goals for his Lady Knights’ team was to play for the GICAA Division II state championship and take on King’s Academy, the team which beat the Lady Knights last postseason.
This weekend proved to be a worthwhile one for baseball in the Columbus area, as nine of the 11 local teams advanced to the next round of their respective state tournament. All nine advanced by winning the first two games of the best-of-three series.
Inclement weather moving into the Columbus area Thursday has caused several high school baseball playoff series and one softball playoff series to be rescheduled. Below are all the changes that have been announced as of 1 p.m. Thursday.