While Brooks Alfred (Carver), Kameron Blackshear (Spencer), Elijah McNickels (Spencer) and Isaiah Sellers (Kendrick) waited for their semifinal matches (7 p.m.) at the GHSA state wrestling championships, consolation matches got underway Friday.
Smiths Station plans to hire Adam Fossett for its vacant head football coaching position, according to a report in the Opelika-Auburn News. While the report was not confirmed by Smiths Station superintendent Mac McCoy, it stated that an official introduction is expected within the next two weeks.
It's not the first trip to state for any of the area's three sectional winners -- Carver's Brooks Alfred, Spencer's Kameron Blackshear or Kendrick's Isaiah Sellers. All three have high expectations, though, with eyes set on individual state championships.
Harris County hung on for a 47-40 win over LaGrange in the Region 1-5A tournament, clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2001. The win sets up a matchup Thursday at Carver in the region semifinals.
The Lady Raiders got a superb effort from junior Kayla Bonilla to knock off Hardaway in the opening round of the girls Region 1-5A tournament. In boys action, Columbus held off Hardaway in the second of two games on Monday at Columbus High.
Johnny Hurston, brother of the late Chuck Hurston, presented Jordan High with a golden 50th anniversary football from the NFL on Friday to commemorate Chuck’s participation in two Super Bowls during his football career.
Former Calvary Christian basketball player Ette Ndem, who died nearly a year ago on March 21 after a nine-year battle with lymphoma, had his No. 23 jersey retired during a ceremony on Thursday at the school.
David Mitchell has covered high schools and athletes in the Bi-City area for three years for the Ledger-Enquirer. Prior to joining the Ledger-Enquirer, Mitchell worked at the Gainesville (Ga.) Times. He is a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School and the University of Georgia.