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One Chick-fil-A event will not be controversial

Academic excellence

Posted: August 4, 2012 - 11:09pm  |  Updated: August 7, 2012 - 9:31am

The Columbia County softball season begins Friday. Hopefully, it won’t make national news.

Harlem and Grovetown open their respective seasons in a tournament at Patriots Park, playing in the Chick-fil-A Classic.

Given the attention that chain has received lately, I would hope it doesn’t affect our squads as they try to get a leg up on their competition.

The girls won’t be trying to make a political statement playing in the tournament. They’re just hoping to drum(stick) up support for their teams.

Yes, I’m just winging this right now.

Family values should come into play Friday and Saturday with family and friends out to cheer on the players.

I would encourage as many as possible to come out and watch them in action. Take a stand. Support softball. Food at the concession stands should be pretty good, too.

 

Academic excellence

As we head into the new school year, let’s take time to clean up items from last year.

Just recently, Armstrong Atlantic State’s Matthew Motes (Augusta Christian) and Jacob Tilton (Evans) earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

There is varying criteria about who is eligible, but the main factor is you must be excellent at both your sport and in the classroom.

Motes is now a two-time honoree, finishing his senior season with a 3.82 GPA in rehabilitation sciences and a team-best 72.92 stroke average. He just missed receiving a berth in the NCAA national championships by two shots.

Tilton finished his junior year with a 3.55 average in liberal studies and a 73.70 stroke average in golf. He was the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and was second team All-Conference in 2012.

Do or do not; there is no try

I guess the women’s badminton teams from China, South Korea and Indonesia were confused by Yoda and took a no-try philosophy.

Or maybe they were trying to improve their placement by tanking on purpose. Still, this is something the Olympic committee will have to fix. Whatever happened to good ol’ determination and wanting to beat the guy (or team) in front of you? What happened to the cliche about beating the best to be the best?

I’m glad that as we enter the high school seasons, the only rewards garnered are with the “do” approach.

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