Sports

Scholar Athlete: Zack Harvey

He’s a swimmer that uses his 6’4" height to his advantage."When I do my flip turn, most people have to do four to five butterfly kicks when they pass the flags that you see if you look at the pool," said Columbus swimmer Zack Harvey." But for me, I just have to do one and I pass the flags."It’s an advantage Harvey is thankful for.  He hasn’t been swimming for that long; three years to be exact. But in that short time, the former baseball player turned swim…

Scholar Athlete: Harris County’s DJ Johnson

He was last named their player of the year; For the Harris County basketball team, DJ Johnson is an asset in more ways than one."A player like him shows especially these young guys, what they need to attain, what they need to try to be," said coach Tay Sorrell. "Whether it be at practice or a game, he tries to win every one of them and it’s big when you’re trying to win at practice."Last season, Johnson averaged 14 points a game and shot 47 percent from the field. H…

Scholar Athlete: Marion County’s David “DJ” Kelley

When Marion County lost three-year starting cornerback Marquise Thomas, they knew it was going to be a tough spot to fill."He was huge in helping us win the State Championship," said head coach Mike Swaney. "Probably the best corner we’ve had here."But one year later, they’ve found a solution in David "DJ" Kelley, a junior on the Eagle squad who’s been making strides."He’s made more improvement in one year than anybody on our football team," Swan…

Scholar Athlete: Callaway defensive end, Cortney Laye

For Cortney Laye it all began because of his older brother, a high school football player who passed on that love to him."When I was in middle school I was like a little ball boy out here for him on the field so I felt like I was part of the team and I just always loved the game," he said.Fast forward a couple of years and Laye is now a senior on the Callaway High football team. He’s a defensive end and tackle for Cavaliers who’s been enjoying his last season. But once footba…

Scholar Athlete: Katie Crenshaw

Before every competition, senior Katie Crenshaw relays one message to her team."Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn. It tells us to just put on a show and put out what we have."As captain of the Columbus competition cheer squad and the only senior on the floor, Katie has a lot of responsibility. But she’s taken this team by storm, proving herself everyday."She is the heart of this squad," said head coach Amanda Hefner. &qu…

Scholar Athlete: Trent Kelley

For junior Trent Kelley, being a center is no easy task, especially when it’s for the Central High football team."I just have to think about it every snap and worrying about that and the blocking, it’s just a lot of pressure sometimes," he said.It’s Trent’s first year snapping the football. He’s a former left tackle who’s now a center. Initially, it was a pretty difficult move, but it’s also one he’s been excelling at."He’s a guy that can pick up defenses, he knows footb…

Scholar Athlete: Brookstone pitcher, Helen Snavely

When Helen Snavely first began playing softball, she never imagined pitching…. until she had the chance in Peach Little League."It was our All-Star game that year and since it was coach pitch we didn’t have a pitcher and it turned out that a girl from our team had to pitch," she said. "So, randomly one day I was throwing around in the outfield and I decided, hey, I can do this. So no lessons or everything, I went straight into the game and pitched."Ever since then…

Scholar Athlete: Sam Bowie

He laces it up 6 days a week and 46 weeks a year. For LaGrange High’s Sam Bowie, running is life."Sometimes it does cross your mind. Why am I running? It’s so much time out of the day," he said. "But then you may go a day without running and you kind of miss it."It all started back when he was just a little boy, taking part in street races and 5K’s. What started as an extracurricular activity though became much more."I thought this was something I may enjoy. I …

Scholar Athlete: Harris County dancer, Macie Edwards

Harris County senior Macie Edwards takes pride in being the captain of the dance team."It’s an amazing feeling to teach them a dance that they’re gonna perform for our entire school, especially at pep rallies because everyone in our entire school is there," she said. "It’s really good to be able to teach them that and watch them grow as dancers."As an avid dancer, Macie can’t imagine doing anything else. She’s won two 1st place national titles and a 3rd place in her…

Scholar Athlete: Beauregard wide receiver, Heath Senn

There’s no denying that Beauregard wide receiver Heath Senn is someone you can count on."Quay Wright has a lot of confidence in him and you see that since they’ve grown up together since little league football," said head coach Rob Carter.For quarterback Quay Wright, Heath Senn has become one of his biggest targets this season. The senior has a couple of scores and is averaging roughly 30 yards a catch. He’s a leader and consistent starter who’s been playing football all his …