Scholar Athlete

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: Callaway volleyball player, Breeanne Moncus

It's just another day of practice for Breeanne Moncus. She's spending time in the gym doing a sport she picked up a few years back.   "I fell in love with the way the teams came together and the way the energy was during the game," she said. "Especially on that last point whether it's win or lose, 

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...

Scholar Athlete: Callaway wrestler, Gabriel Liranzo

Gabriel Liranzo is known for being a standout cross country runner for Callaway High School, but it's always fun to try something new; like wrestling. It's a sport he began in the 7th grade, one he took a break from, but found his way back to enjoying. "I like that aggressiveness and getting out there and using everything that you've got to accomplish the task." Which is why he's spending his senior season on the wrestling mat, inspired by his coach who also happens to be h...

Scholar Athlete: Smiths Station basketball player, Quan Holton

When one finds out Quan Holton has been starting for the Smiths Station girls basketball team for years, it doesn't really come as a surprise.  The talent is there. She's led the Panthers in scoring in many games this season… as just a sophomore.  "It's been a long journey," she said. A long journey because she's been on the varsity team since the 7th grade. She's a four-year varsity player who's grown quite a bit. "My 7th grade year I was r...

Scholar Athlete: Northside basketball player, Jessica Herndon

It's hard to believe Jessica Herndon once tore her ACL. It was an injury that sidelined her as a freshman and forced her to miss her first year on the Northside varsity squad. But at the same time, the injury was a blessing. "It gave me a chance to work on my shot for one, and then just sitting down I got to get my knowledge up of the game and just see where I can come in and help the team out," Herndon said. Which is why she's become an asset to the team. She's a force in ...

Scholar Athlete: Shaw swimmer, Cameron Udy

For Cameron Udy and a couple of Shaw High School baseball players, it began as an experiment. "We decided to try a new sport to get in better shape," Udy said. A decision that quickly became something a lot more difficult than they thought. "You're trying all new things," he said. "it just stresses out everything." Udy went from throwing a baseball to holding his breath under water, using muscles in his body he normally doesn't. But over the past few w...

Scholar Athlete: Hardaway's Ebonee McCrory

Eight months ago, Ebonee McCrory was hurting. "I was playing travel basketball and I had jumped up for a steal and came down wrong." The result was an ACL injury. It's something no athlete ever wants to suffer. But for McCrory, the injury was kind of a blessing in disguise. "It really helped me as a person to get me stronger and see where I was in basketball," said McCrory. The injury forced her to take a hard look at where she was at. "I was determined to...

Scholar Athlete: Calvary Christian archer, Kipp Morris

Kipp Morris had never really pictured himself as an athlete, until a brand new program was introduced. "I just wanted to try something different," he said. And he did. For three years, Morris has been a member of the Calvary Christian archery team. It's been quite the experience for the shy student athlete who's grown a lot since he joined. "He's actually come out of his shell a lot over the last couple of years," said coach Shondra Odom. "I think he would e...

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...

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