Leon senior Patrick Koon has done it. The Stanford signee won his third straight state championship Friday morning, becoming just the sixth male ever from the state of Florida to win three straight cross country state titles.
Last week, we introduced Ellie Jane Riner as our Scholar Athlete of the Week. The Maclay senior golfer has a near 4.5 GPA, and she was getting ready for state when we talked to her, and hoping to finish on a high note. Riner happy with her performance, as she finished tied for 20th, and on Thursday, the excitement continued, as she signed to Division II North Georgia to continue her golf career in college.
High school basketball is officially underway for teams across the Big Bend and south Georgia, and the Rickards ladies are always one of the teams to watch in the Capital City. We’ll get our first look at them on Tuesday night.
Chiles High School is a name well known across the swim circuit in the state of Florida. The girl teams, is seven times a state champion, while the guys have won three titles, and that doesn’t include individual titles.
Believe it or not, the postseason is here for high school football teams in both the Big Bend and south Georgia, and Thomas County Central is one of the teams to watch. The Jackets finished the regular season 10-0, are back to back region champs, and they’re one of the top teams in the state in AAAAAA.
This is the first week that high school athletes of all sports, minus football, can begin signing scholarships. Chiles celebrated in a big way, as three Timberwolves signed their letters of intent in front of friends and family.
Next week, three area volleyball teams will continue the road to a state title. In Class 1A, Branford and Liberty County are representing the Big Bend, and in Class 6A, for the first time since 2005, the Chiles Timberwolves are back in the state final four.
For the last ten Thursdays, we’ve come to you with the plays you think deserve a Play of the Week nod. This is week eleven, and next week, our 12th and final Play of the Week of the season will be unveiled. This week’s winner? Made sure his team got the hot start they needed, because nothing like running back the opening kick-off for a touchdown.
Entering Wednesday night’s Class 6A regional final against Ponte Vedra, it’d been nearly a decade since the Chiles High School volleyball team had been one of the final eight teams standing in their classification.
If you’ve ever been to a Thomas County Central football game, you can agree the atmosphere is one of the best in south Georgia. There’s a lot to cheer for, as the Jackets are closing in on the second straight undefeated regular season. For senior cheerleader Kallie Reeves, it’s made her job easy, and a whole lot of fun.