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Scholar Athlete: Harris County basketball player, AJ Coker

With a 6'4" frame, AJ Coker is used to getting attention.   "I've always been the tallest kid and everybody always sees me and says oh you have to play basketball," he said. "I just laugh and it's always been a normal thing for me."   The Harris County senior is an up and coming name according to his head coach. His hard work ethic in the off-season has earned him a starting spot on the Tigers varsity squad. It hasn't been easy getting to this

CSU women's soccer headed to the Final Four

The fifth-ranked Columbus State University women's soccer team is headed to the NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four. Mandy Janowitz scored the game-winning goal in double overtime on Sunday to give the Cougars a 2-1 victory over 16th-ranked West Florida. The win sends the Lady Cougars to the Final Four for the second straight season. "The feeling is so surreal," Janowitz said. "Just being here and having the opportunity to play with this good of a group of girls an...

Scholar Athlete: Central tight end, Bryce Wade

A few years ago, Bryce Wade made the decision to transfer schools. "I wanted to be a part of a football team, public school, 7A, the highest you could get," he said. "I wanted to win state."   The former Glenwood Gator has been a Central Red Devil since his sophomore year and is happy with his decision.  But he's made one other decision that's paid off. The former defensive lineman is now a tight end.   "Making the switch, it was all different,...

Scholar Athlete: Columbus cheerleader, Christin Walls

Being a cheerleader isn't easy. Just ask Columbus High's Christin Walls.   "People don't realize how much goes in to preparing for a routine," Walls said. "We do workouts 5 days a week during the summer just to get ready to even be able to throw this."   It's a physical sport that requires a lot of time, strength and determination.  It may not look like a difficult sport from the outside, but Walls insists there's more to it than meets the eye.  ...

Scholar Athlete: Callaway defensive end, Keegan Woods

Keegan Woods knows all about waiting for his time to shine. As a senior on the Callaway football team, Woods had to wait two years to finally get on the field. "When you first got here, you knew that's how it was," he said. "The people playing, they waited their turn and got to do all these great things. Just watching, you get better at practice and make those guys better and make yourself better. It's a big pay off at the end." Woods is now a two-year starting ...

Scholar Athlete: Columbus volleyball player, Skylar Blackmon

Skylar Blackmon is a champion, on the court and in the classroom.   "It's hard to stay focused but that's just who I am," Blackmon said. "I am a student athlete and so I work hard at that every day."   Blackmon is a senior on the Columbus High volleyball team who plays libero.  She was a starter on last year's team that won the 5A state championship and says her time with this program has been an experience like no other.   "I lov...

Scholar Athlete: Marion County quarterback, J.J. Fuller

Sometimes plans change. Just ask Marion County's J.J. Fuller.   "It was really a crushing blow because I knew I was doing so well," Fuller said. "I didn't want to let down the team because I knew how big of a help I was to the team and helping them out and everything and I just didn't want to let them down."   The senior quarterback had a lot of promise.  In just his second year of playing ball, he earned the starting role and was eager to lead his t...

Scholar Athlete: Northside pitcher, Sidney Mathis

Nearly ten years ago, Sidney Mathis broke her arm while cheerleading.  That injury caused her to re-think her extra curricular activities.   "I decided to change sports completely and I started to play softball and I've been doing it ever since," said Mathis. It's a decision she doesn't regret since softball has become a big part of her life. But that arm she broke years ago is being used now more than ever as she uses it on a daily basis to pitch.   "It'...

Scholar Athlete: Shaw volleyball captain, Kianna Greene

Kianna Greene's love for volleyball started on the sideline.   "In middle school I was the manager for the volleyball team and so seeing volleyball, I really wanted to get into it," she said. "So I learned the skill and tried out my freshman year and made it."   Fast forward a couple of years and Greene is now a senior captain on the Shaw Raiders squad.  Her love for the game has only gotten stronger.   "It was my first time really being a ...

Scholar Athlete: Harris County linebacker, Gage Lee

For Gage Lee, playing linebacker has one major perk.   "I get to hit people almost every single play."   Lee was once a lineman who made the transition to linebacker back in middle school. But he has become the physical player and leader he is by taking part in another sport, wrestling.   "You learn a lot more about yourself as a person and that really helps transfer over to football because if you know more about yourself you can help more

Scholar Athlete: Opelika football player, RaKavius Chambers

It was November of his junior year when RaKavius Chambers received his first D-I offer to play football.   "I didn't think I'd ever get a scholarship so when I got that first scholarship I was like I can do this," Chambers said. "So I kept playing hard and other offers came in and that felt good."   More than ten D-1 offers to be exact, including the school Chambers verbally committed to back in April: Duke University. He knew it was the school ...

Scholar Athlete: Calvary Christian baseball player, Garrett McGlamory

For Garrett McGlamory of Calvary Christian, this bench in the Knights dugout was once his postseason hangout. "I had broken my ankle back in last May playing baseball," he said. "It was basically the worst. I sat over there on that bench and just watched every single game wishing I was out there." An injury that came at the worst time. No one wants to see their team compete for a state championship without them. But sitting out made McGlamory more motivated. He's...

Scholar Athlete: Columbus golfer, Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis was just four years old when he first hit the golf course. Since then, he's been hooked. "I remember I'd go out in the backyard and hit a bunch of golf balls and my dad would go run and get them and bring them back," he said. "It was really fun." Putting, chipping, driving, and the competitiveness. He loves it all. "It's just making those putts and hitting those shots, and just being under the pressure situations, I just love that about the gam...

Scholar Athlete: Shaw soccer player, Emmitt Brown

Emmitt Brown of Shaw High School is known for her versatility. She went from a midfielder, to a forward, to a defender and now plays any position they need her at. "It's actually kind of fun," she said. "I'm very adaptable to different things so I like doing different things. If they need me in the back I'll run all the way to the back, run all the way to the front, so it's just wherever they need me, I'll go." Brown is a captain on the girls soccer team and has ...

Scholar Athlete: Kendrick basketball player Destiny Murph

For Destiny Murph, it's quite a feat to maintain a 3.7 GPA. Especially, when a part of the Kendrick girls basketball team. "We practice real, real hard," Murph said. "There's a lot of running involved." A squad who's pushed to the limit each and every day, but Murph said it's paid off. During her first year on the varsity squad, the Cherokees went 29-0 that ended with a state championship. As a senior, she's seeing a lot more playing time and wants nothing more th...

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