Sports

PTC native makes it to Wimbledon

Kevin King and partner Ryan Harrison on the storied courts of Wimbledon. Photo/Special.

King, partner Harrison exit in first round of doubles play

A Peachtree City native has reached the biggest stage in professional tennis, taking to the court at the All-England Club for the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Kevin King, who has recently climbed to a ranking of 329 in singles and 132 in doubles, teamed with fellow American Ryan Harrison in the men’s doubles draw. The duo lost their first-round match to Eric Butorac of the United States and Raven Klaasen of South Africa (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4). Read More»

Riverfest makes a splash in downtown Newnan

Who would have thought that a tug-of-war featuring participants in canoes would ever happen in downtown Newnan? But that is what happened June 25 when 400 participants in the Paddle Georgia 2014 trip down the Chattahoochee River spent time off the river and were honored at the RiverFest event on the courthouse square. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Downtown Newnan was awash Wednesday evening with a water-themed event that included a tug-of-war contest between canoes in a 60-foot by 20-foot pool. “Riverfest” was a way for Newnan to provide the 400-strong 2014 Paddle Georgia group traveling 110 miles of the Chattahoochee River a place to step out of the river and enjoy the city.

Paddle Georgia 2014 is a project of the Georgia River Network. This year’s river trip by canoe and kayak included 400 people who began the journey in Buford on June 21 and ended in Franklin some 110 miles to the south on June 27. Read More»

College baseball signee from McIntosh

McIntosh senior Charles “Tre’’ Hudak III has recently signed to play baseball at Reinhardt University and study physical therapy. Seated are parents Chuck and Raelynn Hudak. Standing, from left, are McIntosh head coach Brad Campbell and pitching coach Scott Camp. Photo/Special.

Challenger baseball families ‘chip in’ for scholarship as season concludes at Peachtree City's ‘Field of Hope’

Hayden McCurdy, a participant in Peachtree City’s Challenger League baseball program, couldn’t help but grin in joy as she took a healthy cut on the field May 17, assisted by her grandfather Alan Walsh. The Challenger League plays on a special rubberized surface designed to be used by children of all various abilities, and the games offer an opportunity for many players to be helped by “buddies” and, as one supporter recently noted, “lead the league in fun.” Photo/Steve Geyer.

Peachtree City’s Challenger Baseball awarded a $1,000 scholarship to one of the league’s most beloved athletes. Challenger Baseball is a division of Peachtree City’s Little League specifically for children and teenagers who have special needs. At the end of each Challenger season, the “Sugar Award” is given to the athlete who displays good sportsmanship and inspiration for the other athletes. The “Sugar Award” is named after 17 year-old John Sugar who won the very first sportsmanship award.
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American Legion baseball season starts Monday

An American Legion game from last season. Photo/Special.

Peachtree City American Legion Post 50 will again be sponsoring American Legion baseball.

All home games will be played at McIntosh High School.

The home schedule includes the following:

Loganville (June 9, 7 p.m.)

Alpharetta (June 17, 7 p.m.)

Douglasville (June 25, 7 p.m.)

Newton County (July 15, TBA)

Conyers (July 19, 2 and 4 p.m.)

McIntosh, Starr’s Mill at top of AAAAA standings

McIntosh, Starr’s Mill at top of AAAAA standings

With last week’s baseball finals closing the book on high school sports for the 2013-14 school year, the final standing were released by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for the annual Directors Cup, with McIntosh and Starr’s Mill the top two for girls’ sports in AAAAA and in the top three overall.

The two Fayette schools were extremely close to each other in all three listings, with both in the top five in boys’ sports as well. Read More»

Off to college

Off to college

Creekside Christian Academy’s Koby Hill signed a letter of commitment to play basketball for Erskine College in South Carolina. Hill helped lead his team to the GICAA 2AA state championship and a region championship. 

He led the Cougars in scoring (13.3 ppg) and was an All-State and All-Region Selection. Hill is pictured with his teammates, Asst. Coach J.J. Hines, brother, mother, father and Head Coach Burton Urarow. Hill is a resident of Fayette County. Photo/Special

Veteran coaches join forces at Mercy

From left; Glenn Griffin, Mike Earwood and Clint Wade. Photo/Special.

All high schools dream of having a successful head football coach.

This fall Our Lady of Mercy will have three proven veterans on the same staff.

Going into his fifth season at OLM, Mike Earwood has taken a program that won ten games in ten years and now is coming off consecutive winning seasons and state playoff appearances. He joined the Bobcats after a very successful stint at Starr’s Mill, where he started the Panthers’ football program and had eight winning seasons and as many trips to the state playoffs in 12 years. Read More»

Trinity captures GISA region title

The girls track team from Trinity Christian School celebrates its region title. Photo/Special.

Trinity Christian School’s track team has made huge strides in only its second season.

The girls won the GISA’s 1-AAA region championship April 16. Andrea Campbell and Dee Cowan finished first and second in the 100 and 200 meters and Ashley Caldwell won the 100-meter hurdles. Cowan was the top individual scorer due in part to her performances in the long jump and as part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Read More»

Summer track series on the way this week

Participants from last year’s track series. Photo/Special.

The Peachtree City Running Club has announced the schedule for its 2014 summer track series, which is open to runners of all ages and abilities.

Meets will take place Wednesday evenings from June 4 to July 2 at Riley Field adjacent to Peachtree City Elementary School. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the first event at 6:30 p.m.

Participation is free for all runners and spectators. Read More»

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