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  Panthers ready to defend state title

The Lanett Panthers have been one of the area’s dominant football programs the past four seasons. The Panthers have racked up a 50-5 record in that time with three region titles and two state championships.

  Tigers carry high expectations into 2020

  Hawks begin region title quest

  Williams set for first season at LaFayette

  Lester deals with minor league season cancellation

  Pierre Coffey returns to coaching at Chattahoochee County

  Weems, Cobb ready to advance baseball careers

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  Troup Tigers look to fill big shoes in 2020

  Weems ready to head to Oakland for MLB season

Cavaliers deal with departures as they prepare for 2020

Rebels make adjustments as they prepare for season

  MCSD Coaches ready to get back to work

  Three Calvary Knights sign baseball scholarships

  Better late than never as Panthers prep for upcoming season

Everybody is playing catch-up these days thanks to the pandemic shutdown, but the Smiths Station Panthers are enjoying playing catch-up a whole lot more than they were enjoying waiting for the restart.

  Warriors hard at work with big plans for 2020

Most area prep football programs haven’t just greeted the re-opening of on-campus workouts with open arms, they’ve pretty much attacked it with everything they have. That’s certainly the deal down in Seale.

Horne ready to climb the Braves’ ladder

Columbus State’s Bryson Horne grew up a big Braves fan. “I wore number 10 because my favorite player is Chipper Jones," Horne said. Now he’s on his way to Atlanta’s farm system.

  Cougars happy to get back to work

Brookstone head football coach Blair Harrison is happy to get his guys back."I'm just glad that we're here,” Harrison said. “We weren't thinking we were going to be back this soon so we're happy with that."

  River Dragons sign former FPHL Most Valuable Player

  Watson, Horne sign free-agent deals with MLB teams

  Local anglers prepare for Bassmaster Elite at Lake Eufaula

  Napier playing catch-up as workouts start at LaGrange High

  Columbus River Dragons team leader staying in the Fountain City for another season

  Carver basketball player signs with Savannah State University

  Gaines commits to Clemson

Carver high guard Kionna Gaines made her call on Thursday, verbally commiting to play basketball at Clemson. She made her decision known with a post on her Twitter page.

  MCSD among districts waiting to allow on-campus workouts

MCSD system athletic director Jeff Battles said on Wednesday that the District wants to make sure things are under control before they open up campuses, emphasizing the approach of safety first.

  Red Devils get to work on the gridiron

Little by little things are starting to open up again. Proof of that can be found in the state of Alabama, where prep football teams have been cleared to begin practicing.The Central Red Devils among the first to get things going this week.

  Boatner changing gears and making progress

Kayson Boatner planned on hitting the gym back home in Columbus -- but not yet, not until she and her Anderson University Trojans teammates were done making a run deep into the Division Two playoffs, maybe even all the way to Denver for the D2 Women’s World Series right about now.

  Columbus Lions, coach wait to get season cranked up

The first local sports team to hit the field for real this year will likely be the Columbus Lions. But sad to say, the word likely is still the one to use because things are still on hold in the world of sports, and it's driving everyone crazy in Lions country.

  Russell Co. MLB player ready to return to baseball

Anfernee Grier has been more than ready to leap into the 2020 baseball season. Events have nixed that for him and for every other pro baseball player in the country.

  Area athletes working and waiting for season to begin

Football players are getting ready, baseball players are trying to stay ready, and in Columbus they're doing it together at a local gym. Chason Perry of Impact Performance is running this show.

  Russell Co. HS baseball standouts re-calibrate futures as MLB Draft approaches

Baseball is a game of timing, and the timing of things couldn’t be any worse for high school senior baseball players, especially for a pair of Russell County Warriors who were sure shots to be high rough draft picks this year. But things have changed, thanks to the reaction to COVID-19.

  Williams works and wait for CFL to crank up 2020 season

Ucambre Williams has become a fixture in the Canadian Football League. Williams was a key part in the Calgary Stampeders three straight trips to the Grey Cup Finals, and their capturing the championship in 2018, as the center anchoring the Stamps dominant offensive line.

Phenix City NFL star McKissic ready for new challenge with Redskins

Saying J.D. McKissic made a big splash on his first professional play is to understate things. The former Central Red Devil signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2016, and his first touch in the Birds' preseason opener was a beauty, taking the second half opening kickoff 101

  Wells tries to write a new chapter to the story of his football career

The Columbus Lions have been searching for the answer at kicker for several years now. What if the answer to their problems was literally in their own backyard? They may have found the guy to author what would be an incredible story.

CSU tennis players try to stay sharp

The Columbus State men's tennis program has become a Division Two national power. They won an NCAA championship two years ago and were cruising along to what looked like another title in 2020 until they hit a roadblock called COVID-19.

  Lions’ Espinosa staying sharp while NAL season on hold

This isn’t how it was supposed to be for Columbus Lions quarterback Mason Espinosa. He wasn’t supposed to be at an empty high school stadium working out and waiting for the indoor football season to start.

  Former Harris Co. football star Tae Crowder ready for challenge of NFL

He’s the new Pride of Harris County High School, and his alma mater is spreading the word on the sign in front of the school.

  Crowder ready for NFL Draft

It’s been an uphill battle for Tae Crowder. Despite a solid senior season anchoring Georgia’s defense, the former Harris County Tiger didn’t receive an invite to the Senior Bowl or NFL Combine. Then to top it off, UGA’s pro day was cancelled because of the pandemic. He’s not letting it get to him.

  Waiting for the call

Essang Bassey has been playing the waiting game at home in Columbus the past few weeks – waiting for the 2020 NFL Draft.

  Former Auburn softball player now an ER nurse in COVID-19 fight

Being an athlete in school can help prepare you for tough moments in life. One former Auburn player is now stepping up to the plate against COVID-19.

  Chattahoochee Valley pro baseball prospects work to stay sharp

Aspiring major leaguers like Smiths Station native Blake Rivera of the San Francisco Giants organization are supposed to be lacing up their spikes in April. It's just not supposed to be happening at Northside High's football practice field.

  Cougar athletes reflect on NCAA, PBC decisions to cancel spring sports schedules

The Peach Belt Conference announced on Friday afternoon that the spring sports schedule has been cancelled for all of the league's schools, which means closing up shop at the Columbus State athletics program for the spring.

  Area teams play baseball games before season suspension

Teams in East Alabama will soon be without baseball because of the Coronavirus, but they still had Friday night to play some games before the state suspends play.

FPHL suspends season

The Federal Prospects Hockey League announced on Thursday that the season is postponed indefinitely due to the effects of COVID-19, which means the Columbus River Dragons’ inaugural season is on hold.

Lady Cougars sweep conference opener; face possible cancellation of rest of season.

The Columbus State Lady Cougars opened their Peach Belt Conference slate the right way, sweeping the USC Aiken Lady Pacers 9-1 and 3-0 on Thursday at Cougar Field, but the victories were overshadowed by Thursday’s announcement by the NCAA that they will not hold spring sports championships.

FPHL hands out suspensions to five River Dragons

The FPHL announced punishments for last Sunday’s bench clearing brawl in Winston-Salem between the Columbus River Dragons and Carolina Thunderbirds.

Coronavirus affecting sports schedules and leagues at all levels

The novel coronavirus outbreak has finally made a serious dent in the sports world.

Vikings top Blue Devils in subregion opener

Tucker Kite homered on the very first pitch of the bottom of the first inning to key a 5-run frame to help lead the Pacelli Vikings to a 13-3 six-inning victory over the Manchester Blue Devils in the subregion opener for both teams on Tuesday at Deimel Diamond.

Former Central Red Devil suspended from LSU football program

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Tuesday that former Central Red Devil Peter Parrish has been suspended indefinitely.

Two Glenwood Gators sign Letters of Intent

Marco West-Sanchez and Kody Krebs are heading to the next level to play football.

  Columbus River Dragons coach Bechard shares his side of hockey fight

A benches clearing fight on Sunday led to multiple ejections and gained national attention. Coach Jerome Bechard shares his side of the story with WTVM.

Columbus State’s season ends in Peach Belt Conference Championship

CSU couldn't hold on to an early lead and lost to Lander in the Peach Belt Conference Championship.

CSU women’s season ends in PBC semifinals

Lander outscored the Lady Cougars 31-10 in the third quarter and knocked CSU out of the tournament.

Horton’s buzzer-beater sends CSU men to Peach Belt finals

Landrius Horton hit a three with less than a second to play in overtime to give CSU the win.

  River Dragons rally for road shootout win over Thunderbirds

Aleh Shypitsyn scored with 40 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, and Cameron Dimmitt provided the game-winning score in the shootout, as the Columbus River Dragons beat the Carolina Thunderbirds 3-2 on Friday night at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

  Lady Cougars sweep opening day of Red-White-Blue Classic

Caitlyn Canady was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, to lead the Columbus State Cougars to a 11-8 win over the Erskine Flying Fleet in the opening game of the Cougar Red-White-Blue Softball Classic on Friday afternoon at Cougar Field.

  Americus-Sumter claims second state title in five years

Trinity Jones had 21 points and Jelissa Reese added 19 as the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers topped the Troup Lady Tigers 66-52 to claim the GHSA Class 4A Girls state basketball title on Friday afternoon at the Macon Centreplex.

  Lady Tigers seek first-ever state basketball crown

The Troup Tigers are looking to add a state title trophy to the case for the first time ever, but they know it's going to take a big effort to get past Americus-Sumter, a program that claimed the championship just four years ago.

  Lady Panthers prepare for state finals

There’s only one game remaining on the prep basketball schedule for area teams, an all-area showdown for the GHSA 4A girls state title. The Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers have been here before as a program. But a state title four years ago means this is an all-new crew heading to Macon.

  Singleton signs with Shorter Hawks

Demetri Singleton of Calvary Christian School signed a football scholarship with Shorter University on Thursday afternoon.

  CSU men and women sweep USC Aiken to move to PBC Tournament semifinals

Two games. Two sites. Same results. Both the Columbus State men’s and women’s basketball teams beat USC Aiken in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday to advance to the conference’s semifinals this weekend.

  Central-Talbotton falls in state championship, 55-50

Central-Talbotton's late surge wasn't enough to overcome Wheeler County in the A-Public Girls State Championship.

Lady Hawks prepare for state title showdown

The Central-Talbotton Lady Hawks are hoping to win their GHSA first title since 1986.The No.1 seeded Hawks are facing a tough Wheeler County, seeded No. 3 in Class 1A-Public.

Columbus drops Saturday contest to Danbury, 4-2

Three early goals from Danbury put Columbus in a hole too big to climb out.

No. 23 Cougars win sixth straight

Devan Dudal pitched seven innings of six-hit baseball while Bryson Horne had a two-run inside-the-park homer to lead the No. 23 Columbus State Cougars to a 4-1 win over the Lander Bearcats on Saturday at Ragsdale Field.

Three first-period goals lead to Columbus win

Columbus led 3-1 after the first period and held on for a 3-2 victory.

  Knights top Gators to pick up 6th win of season

The Calvary Christian Knights exploded for 10 runs in the final three innings to beat the Glenwood Gators 11-1 in six innings on Thursday afternoon at Hale Field.

  Lanett’s state title hopes dashed in championship game

The Lanett Panthers weren’t able to give retiring head coach Richard Carter the storybook ending to his Panthers career. The Pickens County Tornadoes rallied from an 8-point fourth quarter deficit to hand the Panthers a 57-55 loss and claim the AHSAA Class 1A boys state title on Thursday night.

  Lady Red Devils fall in AHSAA state semifinals

The Central Red Devils saw their run for the AHSAA Class 7A girls championship end in the semifinals on Thursday as they fell to the Hoover Buccaneers 58-42 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.

Central girls lose to Hoover in State Semifinals

A strong second half for Hoover sank Central and ended their season.

  Meadows, Cadenhead lead Cougars to win over Montevallo

David Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Tyler Cadenhead pitched four-hit ball over seven innings to lead No. 23 Columbus State to a 9-1 victory over Montevallo on Wednesday afternoon at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.

  Cougars top Hurricanes, Lady Cougars fall to GSW in final home game of regular season

The Columbus State Cougars got 23 points from Landrius Horton and 19 from Bryant Givens to beat the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes 80-73 on Senior Night on Wednesday at the Lumpkin Center.

  Opelika girls, Eufaula boys eliminated in AHSAA tourney; Americus-Sumter girls advance to GHSA semis

The Opelika girls and Eufaula boys both saw their state title dreams end on Wednesday in the AHSAA state semifinals at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center while the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers beat the Spalding Jaguars 49-42 to advance to the GHSA Class 4A state semifinals.

  Carver, Troup, Central-Talbotton advance to GHSA girls state semifinals

The Carver Tigers outlasted the Woodward Academy War Eagles 70-63 on Tuesday night in the GHSA Class 4A girls state quarterfinals, but the win came at a heavy price.

LaFayette’s undefeated run ends in State Semifinals

Barbour County stunned LaFayette to end their season.

State Title Bound: Lanett tops Jacksonville Christian in state semifinals 70-61

Lanett makes its fourth state championship appearance in the last five seasons.

Two Kendrick athletes sign letters of intent

Rashawn hill and Bacardi McBride signed with Community Christian College.

Austin no-hits Wolves to lead RusCo to win

Logan Austin threw a no-hitter and struck out 17 to lead the Russell County Warriors to a 7-0 win over the Dothan Wolves on Saturday afternoon at Tony Rasmus Field.

Bouton and Brooks power Cougars to win over Flagler

Isaac Bouton and Robert Brooks hit their first homers of the year to lead the Columbus State Cougars to a 6-1 win over the Flagler Saints on Friday night at Ragsdale Field in the first game of a three-game Peach Belt Conference series.

  Greenwave advance to GHSA quarterfinals; Americus-Sumter boys and Troup girls also advance

The Spencer Greenwaves held off a furious fourth quarter rally to hang on and post a 60-57 win over the Dublin Fighting Irish in the second round of the GHSA Class 2A state basketball playoffs on Thursday night in Columbus.

  Cougars top Lakers; Lady Cougars fall to Clayton State

Landrius Horton had 26 points and Bryant Givens added 22 as the Columbus State Cougars beat the Clayton State Lakers 108-90 on Wednesday night at the Lumpkin Center.