The Valdosta Daily Times, April 18, 2017:
VALDOSTA — Walking out on a youth softball field just before a game brought back memories for Valdosta baseball coach Bart Shuman and Lowndes softball coach Stewart Thomas.
The two coaches each tossed a ceremonial first pitch on opening day of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority's youth baseball and softball season at the Vallotton Youth Athletic Complex on Monday evening.
"It does bring back old memories," Shuman said. "A lot of good players have come through here and it's a fun time of year for these kids."
While Shuman has watched his kids have their experience growing up around the diamond, Thomas is just reaching that point as a parent with his 5-year-old son, who will play his first baseball game (today).
"I have a little daughter that will come through and start playing before too long. So it's just fun seeing kids getting involved with positive things," Thomas said.
"I know coach Bart (Shuman) probably had a couple of sons come through the rec. department. I came through the rec. department in my hometown, so it's just awesome to see kids get involved."
For Jesse Sheeley, the VLPRA's youth athletic supervisor, it was his 21st opening day with the Authority. He invited the two coaches to come be a part of the event after seeing the years of work they've both done around youth athletics.
"Lowndes and Valdosta and coach Shuman and coach Thomas have always done a real good job offering to put on clinics and everything," he said. "Whenever I reached out to them, both of them were very receptive and they thanked us for letting them be a part of it.
"These kids will hopefully grow up to play for both of them, whether it's Lowndes, Valdosta, baseball softball."
The VLPRA offers baseball, softball and T-ball twice a year. The Authority has nine leagues for ages 3-12.
"These kids need stuff to do and this is great place to bring them out, a good family atmosphere and it's just all positive," Shuman said.
Reported by Coach Phelps:
Lowndes Tennis closed out another successful season this week. The Lowndes Girls (9-12) finished as the Region 1-7A Runner-Up and lost to Kennessaw Mountain in the first round of the State Tournament. Our Boys (17-5) finished the season as the Region 1-7A Champions and #1 seed headed into the State Tournament. However, the boys were defeated by Milton yesterday in the 2nd Round (rd of 16). I would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported our teams this season. Please congratulate these student-athletes on a job well done.
#1 Singles: Hannah Gandy
#2 Singles: Amber Daughtrey
#3 Singles: Kyra Williams
#1 Doubles: Kandice Williams / Tori Voorhees
#2 Doubles: Emma Campbell / Kariah Freeman
#1 Singles: Ethan Wetherington
#2 Singles: Matthews Powell
#3 Singles: Brant Chancy
#1 Doubles: Grayson Thomas / Liam Wetherington
#2 Doubles: Hunter McMillan / Will Henry
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Reported by Coach Robinson:
Yesterday in Tifton, your LHS boys and girls track teams won their 4th straight region title. They will go to sectional next week at Mill Creek.
Kaleb Wolfenden placed 1st in the 1600 & 800;
Brishen House placed 1st in the 3200;
Morgan Jamison placed 1st in the 400m & 200m;
Travis Tisdale placed 1st in the 100m;
JT Patterson placed 1st in the pole vault;
Elgin Griffin placed 1st in the disc;
Jourdan Wright placed 1st on High jump;
The team placed 1st in the 4x100 and 4x400 relay;
Mackenzee Page placed 1st in the 1600 & 800;
Tanija Turner placed 1st in the 400m;
Jaylah Lawson placed 1st in the 300H & 100H;
Katelin Stecz placed 1st in pole vault;
These kids did a great job! #onelowndes
Reported by Coach Watson:
Congratulations to the LHS Girls Golf Team for winning the REGION 1-7A CHAMPIONSHIP. This is the first ever Region Championship for Girls Golf at Lowndes High School. The team consisted of Payton Elkins, Emma Somers, Whitney Warren, and Lauren Barringer. Please congratulate the girls as you see them throughout the day!
Reported by Jasmine Adkins:
Congratulations to the LHS gymnastics team for qualifying and competing in the GHSA Gymnastics Preliminary Meet. Grace Perry (12th grader) has qualified to compete at the state competition this Friday on bars! This is a huge accomplishment. Wish her luck.
Reported by Ms. Dorsey:
Thank you to all of you who came to the Spring Art Show opening yesterday afternoon! We had a great turn out!
Below is a list of the winners from the show. Please congratulate them!
3-D Winners: 3rd Place-Amanda Bishop “Dinomight”, 2nd Place-Mary Grace Strom “Cranium”, 1st Place- Taylor Elliott “Gerald the Giraffe”
2-D Winners: 3rd Place-Sarah Lee “Mood Swings”, 2nd Place- Taylor Gray “Through Someone Else’s Eyes”, 1st Place-Hannah Gandy “Reflections of the South”
Best of Show: Ramiro Santillan-“Science is Art”
Honorable Mentions: Dylan Schweiger-“Cold Blooded”, Jaliyah Brantley- “Behind the Scenes: Beauty has No Boundaries”, Brayden Castleberry-“Euphoria”, Evelyn Montgomery- “Untitled”, Courtney Raymond- "Kylie Jenner", Caila Vinson-“Mary Marylin”, Kaleigh Truett- “Hera”, Kaitlyn Smeenk- “Blue Bloom”, Kethry Royer-“Floral Drinks”, Abigail Branch-“Professor Squirell”, Linea Bennett-“Artifacts”, Alyssa Davis-“In Bloom”, Sky Starling-“Faith and Sky”, Alexyss Essl-“The Chin”, Caitlyn Lefebvre- “Bloom”, Kirsten D’imperio-“Oh, An Avocado…Thanks”, Krecia Poulson- “Southern Fragrance”, Alexandria Barker- “A Mother’s Warmth”
Reported by Coach Breit:
Please congratulate your varsity soccer teams on their wins at Camden County Friday night. The girls team went to PKs in a very exciting game and upset the number one team in our region, and the boys team clinched their 3rd region title in a row with a 5-2 win over Camden Boys.
Region play finishes up Tuesday night at Tift County, and playoffs start April 26th.
We appreciate all your support and help with these student athletes.
Reported by Mr. Redshaw:
Congratulations to the Varsity Boys tennis team for winning the Region 1-7A title yesterday in Tifton. The boys defeated Camden in the finals in a great competition that came down to the final set of the final match. We had lost to Camden three times previously this year!
Congratulations to the girls tennis team as well.They lost to Camden in the finals and finished as runner-up.
Nice job players and Coaches Phelps and Herrington!
Both teams will host the first round of the state playoffs next week. Date and time TBA.
Lowndes High Art Department students entered the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. This is a competition for high school students in the 8th Congressional District. Ramiro Santillan won 1st Place and his work will be displayed for a year in the United States Capitol alongside artwork from every congressional district across the country! Alyssa Davis won 2nd place and her work will be displayed in Congressman Austin Scott's Tifton office for a year. Sarah Lee received an honorable mention. Please congratulate these students!
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