Scholar Athlete

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 ...

Scholar Athlete: Columbus softball player, Nicole Humphries

It's a family affair that's turned into a love."I've been playing since I was seven," said Columbus softball player Nicole Humphries. "My older sister started playing and she's been playing all her life and she just got done playing college softball so my goal is to follow in her footsteps.Humphries is a senior center fielder on the Columbus High softball team. A girl who uses the accomplishments of her sister Kristen as motivation."She's a great role model," N...

Scholar Athlete: Calvary Christian Volleyball's Morgan Osbourne

For Calvary Christian's Morgan Osbourne, volleyball is more than just a hobby, it's a challenge."You need to be quick on your feet all the time," Osbourne said. "You need to be ready for the ball at any moment. You have to have the mentality that no ball drops." The senior volleyball player has been playing since the 8th grade and has since turned into a leader on a two-time state runner-up team."I think a lot of times today, they just choose captains base...

Scholar Athlete: Pacelli Running Back and Linebacker, Ben Davis

For Pacelli football player Ben Davis, it's all about speed."I had a trainer- a speed trainer- and I worked out three times a week with him," Davis said. "Then on my own, studying the right running form and stuff because form makes a huge difference. If you know how to run, more efficiently, you're gonna run faster."The senior running back and linebacker has helped lead the Vikings to a perfect 3-0 start to the 2015 season. He's reached the end zone five times in th...

Scholar Athlete: Grace Cotton

It's a skill she's had since the eighth grade... a double back handspring full.  For Grace Cotton, she's one of just a few on the Troup County cheer team who can perform it, and one that's taken a lot of hard work and practice."You're not guaranteed anything, ever," Cotton said. "So you have to work for what you really want in anything you do."Grace is just a sophomore, and has already made an impact on the young Tiger team.  She has a talent that shows on...

Scholar Athlete: Jack Nix

Jack Nix has always loved the sport of baseball."It's fun to learn the game really and know each year how the game progresses and how it moves along."From little league, to coaching his little brother's team, to making the Blue Devils varsity squad as a back-up catcher.. a position that's harder than it looks."It's really hard with your reaction time with the pitch, that's one of the hardest parts," Nix said. "And your legs are always sore- that's just goes with it."But Nix says it's all wort...

Scholar Athlete: Grey Norton

Grey Norton has been playing baseball for thirteen years. A second baseman with Smiths Station, he's enjoying his senior season with a team he calls his family."We all love each other and love to go compete for each other," Norton said.As part of a Panther team who's had their ups and downs, Norton says he's learned quite a bit from competing in the sport all these years."It's definitely taught patience and it's taught me how to deal with failure and how to keep going," he said.They're lesson...

Scholar Athlete: Kylee Carter

A couple of years ago, Kylee Carter didn't even know what track and field really was. In fact, her career started when her teacher at the time approached her about competing for the team. "Can you high jump? I said I don't know what that is but I can try," said Carter. "And then when they found out I could high jump, they asked can you long jump, can you triple jump, can you throw javelin, and I said I could try. So, just kind of a trial and error kind of thing."Well, that trial and error tur...

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