Prep sports notebook: Former Northside standout shines at Oregon State

Sun News correspondentSeptember 18, 2013 

Former Northside High School standout Steven Nelson continued his outstanding start to the 2013 college football season by intercepting two passes for the Oregon State Beavers in a 51-48 overtime victory against Utah on Saturday.

In just his first season at the school, Nelson’s total of three interceptions in three games ties him for the NCAA lead in picks.

He is also tied for third nationally with five passes defended. He leads the Beavers in both categories and also ranks second on the team with 13 solo tackles.

Nelson was an All-Middle Georgia performer as both a kick returner and a defensive back in 2010 for the Eagles.

He signed with the College of the Sequoias after high school and played two seasons there on his way to becoming a four-star recruit and the No. 2 ranked junior college cornerback in the country, according to 247Sports.

Nelson originally committed to play for the University of Georgia last December, before ultimately electing to sign with Oregon State in January.

Sharks open season

The Houston County Sharks opened its 2013 handball season with a double-header against the West Georgia Wolverines at the Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation Saturday.

The adaptive sports program is entering its sixth year of existence and allows students with physical disabilities to participate in sports such as wheelchair basketball, handball and football.

An extremely successful program, the Sharks are defending AAASP State Champions in all three sports.

Local fans will have their first chance to watch the handball team this season when it squares off with the Wolverines at Bonaire Middle School on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

Museum marathon set for Jan. 18

The 18th annual Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Run/Walk will be held Jan. 18.

The marathon will begin at 8 a.m., the half marathon at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m.

The three races take place on Robins Air Force Base, and proceeds go to benefit the Museum of Aviation.

Space is limited to just 1,500 participants.

For museum and race information, call June Lowe or Mary Lynn Harrison at 478-923-6600 or email

Online detailed race information can be found at or

Runners can register online at

Contact Ryan Jordan at

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