Former Greenbrier High School and University of Georgia star Rich Poythress is a professional baseball player. The first baseman signed with the Mariners July 26.
After a brief stay in rookie ball, he suited up for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, Seattle's AA affiliate.
Poythress had a base hit and RBI in his first game with the Diamond Jaxx and is off to a respectable start. Through his first four pro games, Poythress is hitting .267 (4 for 15), with two walks, two runs scored and a pair of RBI.
The Diamond Jaxx have scored 34 runs in the four games since Poythress joined the team. After an off day yesterday, West Tennessee starts a four-game series at home against Charlotte, N.C., tonight.
World Series win
Congratulations to the Columbia County Dixie Youth "O" Zone squad. The team claimed the World Series title at the "O" Zone World Series last week in Texarkana, Ark.
The team avenged an early loss to Texas by beating it in back-to-back games Friday to claim the crown. Columbia County opened the day with an easy 19-5 win, forcing a second game they won 3-2 to become champs for 2009.
Evans cheerleader in second year at UGA
In the Bulldog-crazy Augusta area, I am sure there are plenty of people who are jealous of anyone who gets a chance to be on the field for all the University of Georgia games this year. Something like that would fetch a pretty penny on eBay.
In this case, however, the field pass is not for sale. It belongs to former Evans High School cheerleader Jennifer Grant, who starts her sophomore year in Athens as a member of the Bulldogs Cheer Squad.
Grant and her teammates will begin cheering the Dogs on Sept. 5, when they open their season against Oklahoma State.
Ho a Harvard senior
Former Evans High School standout Cheng Ho begins his senior season for the Harvard football team in a few weeks. The tailback hopes to bounce back from an injury-riddled junior season in 2008.
Despite battling a variety of injuries, Ho had some terrific moments last season. He secured a win at Lafayette with a 51-yard scamper late in the game and finished with 195 all-purpose yards.
Because of injuries, he missed five games last year.
That had to be tough to deal with, considering he was coming off a career year in 2007, in which he was named to the All-Ivy League Second Team. He racked up 722 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on just 152 carries.
The Crimson open their season Sept. 19 at Holy Cross.
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