Prep sports notebook: Veterans’ Fowler headed to ABAC

Sun News correspondentMarch 27, 2013 

KATHLEEN -- Donna Campbell calls it “a passion for the game.”

It’s an intangible she and her assistant at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College look for in prospective softball recruits. Senior Kelsey Fowler displayed that passion throughout her career at Veterans HIgh School and in club ball. As a result, the two parties came to an agreement. Fowler accepted a scholarship to play softball and continue her education at a March 13 ceremony at Veterans.

“She’s been a fighter for this (opportunity) since day one,” Veterans head coach Mitch Horton told a gathering of friends and teammates.

Fowler said there’s no secret to her love for the game.

“I just like to be outside, in the sun. I like to sweat,” she said. “Being with your friends -- you don’t have a care in the world.”

The daughter of Blaine and Evonie, Fowler plans to concentrate on her core classes while at ABAC. Her primary position on the field is second base. At ABAC, she’s coming into a good situation. The Fillies graduate seven starters, according to Campbell.

“It’s a good time to be a freshman,” she said.

Fowler said she’ll take fond memories of her prep team with her to college.

“So many inside jokes,” she said. “Practice was serious, but we had fun. Working hard but being able to enjoy it.”

Wilcox paces Demons

Distance runner Nick Wilcox won twice, four other Demons compiled first-place finishes and the Warner Robins boys track team topped the 11-team field at the Fitzgerald Relays on Friday in Fitzgerald.

Pressed by rival Clay Woolfolk of Veterans, Wilcox ran 4:42.52 to win the 1,600-meter race by nearly eight seconds. The two entered the event with near identical seed times, according to results posted at ga.milesplit.com. Wilcox also won the 3,200-meter race.

Demons also won the long jump (Rod Harris), shot put (Brian Cornish), discus (Devin Butts) and pole vault (JP Davis). Warner Robins finished nine points clear of second-place Brooks County.

Asha Stegall of the Warner Robins girls team also doubled. She won both the 400- and 200-meter dashes to spark the Demonettes to a third-place finish out of 10 teams. Other local event winners were: Megan Asadian of Houston County (1,600 meter); Bethanie Bailey of Veterans (3,200-meter); Ashonti Jones of Houston County (shot put) and Sierra Rice of Veterans (discus).

Hornets top region

The Westfield baseball team won its sixth straight game with a 4-1 win over GISA Region 2-AAA rival Stratford Academy on Friday. The Hornets are 3-0 in region play and also ownwins over Mount de Sales and Tattnall Square.

Gehrig Broxton leads Westfield at the plate with a .364 batting average. Garrett Brown follows at .360. He and Wayne O’Neal lead the team with 10 RBIs each.

On the mound, Brown tops the club with four wins. He has 31 strikeouts against just six walks in 24 innings pitched. As a team, the Hornets boast an ERA of 2.07 through Sunday.

Northside always a threat

Drawing down to the close of the prep tennis regular season, the Northside boys and girls teams hover near the middle of the pack with the Region 2-AAAAA tournament looming in mid-April. Both teams of Eagles figure to be a tough out, however, based on the strength of their singles play. Nate Ashley and Josh Oliver, the boys No. 1 and No. 3 singles players, respectively, are unbeaten through eight matches. So too are girls No. 1 and No. 2 players Shelby Ashley and Tricia Wharton.

Greenbrier situation eases Bears’ road

The path to a fifth consecutive region championship (and eighth in nine years) for the Houston County boys soccer team was made considerably easier because of disciplinary action handed out to Greenbrier players by the Columbia County school system.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, 18 Greenbrier players were suspended last week due to an incident of alcohol consumption during a team trip to a tournament on Jekyll Island. Greenbrier was ranked third in the state by eurosportscoreboard.com at the time. Playing with mostly promoted junior varsity players, the Wolfpack was soundly beaten by top-ranked McIntosh on Saturday. Greenbrier can still clinch the top seed from the east sub-region with a win in either of its final two sub-region games.

Houston County might not have needed any help. The Bears thrashed Northside 7-1 on Thursday, improving to 11-0 on the season. Houston County is now ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAA and was in position to clinch the top seed from west sub-region of 2-AAAAA if it could defeat Warner Robins on Tuesday.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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