At the 26th annual Augusta west Rotary Club Athlete of the Year Banquet, Columbia County athletes garnered two of the major awards.
In addition to each school having a male and female representative honored, the organization also gives overall student-athlete awards, an overall athlete of the year award, and the Billy Prince Award, which is the highlight of the evening. The Billy Prince Award basically goes to the best of the best among area student-athletes.
Greenbrier High School's Lindsey Sutherland was selected as the area's top female athlete. Sutherland was busy competing at the state AAAA track championships, but her parents, David and Shari Sutherland, represented their daughter and were both thrilled with the honor.
Sutherland participated in basketball, volleyball and track at Greenbrier while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. She will continue her athletic career at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., where she has signed to play volleyball and participate in track and field.
The night's highest honor also went to a Columbia County product when Lakeside's Adnau Filipovic was selected as the winner of the 2002 Billy Prince Award. Filipovic played football and basketball for the Panthers while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He has also signed a football scholarship with Furman University, where he plans to major in international affairs and chemistry.
All that, and "Adi" was also one of the more popular kids at Lakeside High - not bad for someone who moved to the country seven years ago from Bosnia.
Congratulations to Adi and Lindsey. Both of you set a standard for young student-athletes to follow.
Greene's doing his part
One week from today (or before), the Los Angeles Dodgers must make a decision on Evans native Todd Greene. According to Greene's contract, the Dodgers must either call him up or release him. The reason for the contract was so that Greene doesn't spend a year in the minors.
Well, through 24 games Greene is doing all he can to get back to the big leagues. Playing for the AAA Las Vegas 51s, Green is hitting .370 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. He is third in the entire league in hitting, second in home runs, and first in RBIs. In his last three games, Greene is seven of 10 with eight RBIs. He also has 12 RBIs in his last five games, and he has two four-hit games in the past two weeks.
The Dodgers have one week from today to make a decision, but it shouldn't take that long.
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