Valley Preps

High school softball: Columbus ranked No. 9 in coaches' preseason poll

The Blue Devils return from a 2010 season in which they were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by Walnut Grove, which reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual state runner-up Allatoona. A year earlier, Columbus captured its first state championship with a sweep of cross-town rival Northside, now a Class AAAA school, at South Commons.

Columbus, like most other local teams, opens the season today at South Commons in the 22nd Annual Jordan Vocational High School Leadoff Classic. For more on that, including a full schedule, click here.

For the complete preseason softball rankings, click here.

- Chris White (follow me on Twitter @le_chriswhite and at