Congratulations to Evans High School head basketball coach Kevin Kenny. On Tuesday night the Knights topped Grovetown 58-45 to improve to 18-4 on the season, and for Kenny it was a major milestone: career win No. 300.
Evans is led by point guard Damian Foreman, but the Knights have also been getting production from forward Jacob Buchanan and guard K’Lon Lovett. While Foreman paces the Knights with 14.3 points and more than three steals per game, Buchanan has been solid inside, grabbing nearly nine rebounds per game and averaging 12.3 points. Lovett averages only 7.8 points per game, but he and Patrick Lawrence have combined for more than 50 3-pointers, which has been the perfect counter for teams focusing on Foreman and Buchanan.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, is college football’s National Signing Day and once again I will be holding an event for area signees. It is my 15th annual College Football Signing Day party. We will broadcast my radio program (A.B.’s Sportsline/580 AM and 95.1 FM) live from Wild Wing Café on Washington Road.
The show will be a special two-hour broadcast and our guests will include about 30 area high school football standouts. Some of the featured guests include Augusta Christian quarterback Tyler Roberson (UT-Chattanooga), Aquinas running back Brendan Douglas (Georgia Tech), and Thomson tight end Jordan Davis (University of Georgia).
We will have food for the players, gifts for all the coaches and plenty of prizes for all the patrons. Also, this year’s event is presented by Evans Fitness Club. The 53,000-square-foot monster opened in December to rave reviews and is like no other facility in the area. In addition to being on hand at the event to let everyone know what the gym has to offer, the club will offer each of the signees a chance to come out and see the facility and work out in their “Prototype Athlete” section.
Come join us Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wild Wing Café for a fun night.
Playing for Paine
Paine College’s baseball program is coming off a solid year. The Lions went 29-22 overall and 14-7 in conference play. Once again, Paine should contend in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and might get help from Columbia County players.
One of those players has been off the radar for a while, but there is no doubt he can play the game. That player is former Greenbrier star Chris “Fud” Johnson. After missing his entire junior season with the Wolfpack in 2005 with a torn ACL, he came back with a bang in 2006. He opened the season with a two-homer game and never stopped hitting. He batted .445 for the season and led the county with 13 homers. He also led Greenbrier in doubles (14), RBI (48), runs scored (54) and slugging percentage (.891).
Johnson helped guide Greenbrier to a 35-1 mark and the school’s fourth state title. In the ’Pack’s two-game sweep over Marist in the state championship series, Fud blasted three homers. He might only be 5-8 and 180 pounds, but he can flat-out hit the baseball. He signed with Middle Georgia College out of high school and had a very good freshman campaign for the Warriors, but has not played in a few years.
If he is anywhere close to the player he was, he should have an impact before the season is over.
Also, Evans product J.T. Hyer begins his second season at Paine. Hyer, a catcher for the most part in high school, is a pitcher for the Lions. Last season, he pitched in three games, going 1-0 with a 5.68 ERA. Paine has added a few arms to the pitching staff this season, so Hyer will have to carve out some innings for himself.
Super Bowl pick
While my head says the Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl, my heart says I hope they never win. Ever. And even though a San Francisco win would give them six Super Bowl rings, tying them with my Pittsburgh Steelers, I hate Baltimore so much that I’ll go with the 49ers.
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