Busy summer for football teams Opening night may be more than two months away, but that doesn’t mean the county’s football teams are sitting on their hands waiting for the season to get here.
As the days start to heat up, the football teams from Callaway, LaGrange and Troup are in the heart of their summer programs that include a conditioning program, as well as numerous camps and seven-on-seven competitions.
The summer programs for the schools will continue through the s...
All-star tournament on tap They’ve practiced, they’ve drilled, they’ve talked strategy, and they’ve played a bunch of scrimmage games.
Now it’s time to play for keeps.
The Troup County 7-8-year-old all-star team will be one of four teams competing in the double-elimination Dixie Youth Baseball District 1 tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the Harris Baseball Complex.
Two of the four teams will advance to the state tournament in Fort Oglethorpe, and the state champi...
Watts shines in all-star game Daniel Watts made the most of his one inning of work in Tuesday’s Midwest League all-star game featuring the best players from the Eastern division and the Western division.
Watts, a Troup High graduate and a pitcher for the South Bend (Ind.) Silver Hawks, was named the starting pitcher for the Eastern division all-stars after a terrific first half of the season.
Watts showed he was worthy of that starting assignment by throwing a perfect fi...
Grangers' Tucker heading to Point It was an easy decision.
Shortly after participating in a football workout at Point University, former LaGrange High offensive lineman Jacob Tucker was offered an athletic scholarships, and he readily accepted.
“They offered him, and faxed up a letter of intent, and he signed it and sent it back quick,” said Davis Russell, the offensive-line coach at LaGrange.
Tucker said he’s thrilled to get this chance.
“Even though it’s not one of the b...
She fit right in with the guys She’s just one of the guys.
When Hannah Conoway decided to play baseball in the Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission spring league, there was a bit of a novelty factor.
She was, after all, a girl playing a sport dominated by boys.
It didn’t take the 12-year-old long to prove she belonged, though.
Although she’d never played competitive baseball before, she quickly adapted, and she soon became one of her team’s best players.
Another camp wraps up Year 20 is in the books.
A journey that began two decades ago continued at Callaway Stadium with the latest edition of the West Georgia Superstar Football Camp.
This year’s camp had a twist.
On Saturday, the superstar camp joined forces with a camp offered by former LaGrange Granger and current Denver Bronco Wesley Woodyard.
Woodyard ‘s one-day camp is called Changing Lives One Day at a time, and similar camps are held in Kentucky and Colo...
Mansour embracing his shot All he wanted was a chance.
When the Kentucky football team made a coaching change, former LaGrange Granger Joe Mansour was hoping the new staff would give him an opportunity to go out and win a starting kicking job.
During his first three years in Lexington, Mansour was limited to kickoff duties, and he has never attempted a field goal, an extra point, or a punt in a regular-season game.
With Mark Stoops taking over as the head coach after...
LaGrange set to host wrestling camp They’ll be pounding the mats next week.
For the seventh straight year, LaGrange High wrestling coach Scooter Weathers will be hosting a camp, and this year’s camp will be held at Cannon Street Elementary School, where the Grangers hold their practices during the season.
The camp is mostly made up of wrestling teams from the area, although Weathers said individuals are free to sign up as well.
The four-day camp begins on Monday and continues...
Local man runs on Great Wall The race is called 5,164 steps into history, and LaGrange’s Andy Fritchley savored everyone of them.
Fritchley has run in plenty of marathons over the years, but as he approached his 40th birthday, he was looking for something a little different.
He explored a web site devoted to marathons, and he found the race he was looking for.
The race’s official name is the Great Wall Marathon, and the 5,164 steps refer to the number of steps on the l...
Panthers hosting camp Kevin Howard has this routine down.
Since taking over as the LaGrange College head baseball coach in 2000, Howard has been running a summer baseball camp.
Overall, Howard figures he has about three decades worth of experience with baseball camps.
“I’ve been coaching in college 28 years. And I’ve been doing camps kind of like this one since I was a junior in college,” Howard said. “So that’s almost 30 years of doing this.”
On Monday, Howard...
Troup players set for next step As a group, they helped the Troup High baseball team accomplish some special things the past two seasons.
Now, the seniors from the 2013 Troup team are preparing to make the leap to college baseball.
So far, five of the team’s seniors have made their college decisions, and the others are exploring their options.
One of those players, pitcher Jarred Adams, will be staying at home after deciding to go to LaGrange College.
“I think that’s a g...
Local players fare well in tournament COLUMBUS - With the Southwest Georgia all-stars down to their final out, it was up to LaGrange High’s John Sweat to save the day.
Facing Northeast Georgia on Saturday in the Georgia Dugout Club all-state tournament at Golden Park, Southwest Georgia trailed 6-5 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
To the plate stepped Sweat, who earned his invitation to join the Southwest team after putting together a terrific senior season.
Summer baseball for Callaway As the Callaway Cavaliers got their summer baseball schedule under way this week, they were without one of their key players.
Nick O’Berry, who just completed his junior season, is expected to be the ace of the staff as a senior, but he is on the shelf right now after undergoing shoulder surgery two weeks ago.
O’Berry pitched through the injury during the season, but it was serious enough to require surgery not long after the Cavaliers playe...
Tennis tournament returns It began in 2004 as a way to raise money for a local literacy program, and 10 years later, the Charlie Joseph’s Lobbin’ for Literacy tournament is still going strong.
This year’s tournament will be next weekend, and registration is being held at the McCluskey Tennis Center where the tournament will be contested.
All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Troup County Certified Literate Community Program’s summer reading program.
Big year for college signees For most of them, the journey began years before, perhaps on the recreation fields of Troup County, or on the neighborhood tennis court, or in the backyard pool, or at the community ball field. For years they worked hard at their sport, trying to be the best they could be. They also had plenty of assistance along the way from parents, coaches, teammates, and countless others who offered a helping hand. In the end, dozens of local athletes f...
All-star team wins opener COLUMBUS - So far, so good for the Southwest Georgia all-stars.
Southwest, which includes four local players, is one of four teams participating in the Georgia Dugout Club all-state tournament this weekend at Golden Park in Columbus.
Each team is playing three games in a round-robin format, with one game on Friday and two more today.
The Southwest team began its tournament stay with a 6-3 victory over Southeast on Friday.
Southwest plays a...
Summer ball begins for Troup There’s no rest for the weary.
Just one week after losing to Redan in the state semifinals, the Troup Tigers were back on the field for the start of their summer baseball schedule.
Troup took on LaGrange on Tuesday in its summer debut, and it will continue to play games through the end of June.
Most of the games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursday.
As Troup made the transition to summer baseball, head coach Craig Garner had a message f...
Local players invited to tournament After sitting in different dugouts for the past few months, a group of players from LaGrange and Troup will get to wear the same uniform this weekend.
Two players from each school will participate in the Georgia Dugout Club all-state tournament on Friday and Saturday at Golden Park in Columbus.
There will be four teams, and the local players will be a part of the Southwest all-star team.
Representing Troup will be shortstop Brandon Butts an...
Grangers kick off summer baseball Before the season began, it was obvious that one talented baseball team was going to be left on the outside looking in in Region 5-AAAA.
Unfortunately for the LaGrange Grangers, they were that team.
While Troup, Columbus, Carrollton and Alexander all made it to the state playoffs, the Grangers finished fifth, denying them a state berth.
As soon as the season ended, the Grangers and their head coach, Todd Herrington, started looking forward ...
It was a successful spring And that’s that.
With the completion of the high-school baseball playoffs on Monday, the spring sports season has come to a close in Georgia, with state champions crowned in a number of sports.
Two of those championships were won by runners at LaGrange High, and there were a whole bunch of other athletes and teams in the county who enjoyed banner springs.
Here’s a look at the top highlights from the spring sports season that includes baseba...