On the local scene a really fast Ethiopian out paced the field of approximately 2,000 in the Albany Snickers Marathon.
The annual event has become a huge boost to our local economy with runners from as far away as Russia and even Fitzgerald coming to participate. I don’t really know where Ethiopia is, but it sounds far away. It must be somewhere in north Georgia.
Anyway, the runners completed a 26.2-mile marathon. Since I am firmly opposed to jogging, the only thing I really know about this event is to avoid going to downtown Albany the morning of the race. So I have a question. Is there a kid on a bicycle dragging a Snickers bar in front of the field? They do that at the dog track down in Florida. “Here comes Rusty!”
On Friday night the local restaurants were packed! Hotels too. Translation? Events like this good. Do more, please.
Down in Valdosta, junior infielder Samantha Posey is leading the 7-1 Lady Blazers with a .600 batting average, but will miss several games due to a foot injury. VSU is ranked No. 2 in D-II softball.
Meanwhile, in Tallahassee, Jack Posey is recovering from Tommy John surgery after sitting out the 2010 season, and is hoping to return to his earlier form, where he played four positions and pitched for the ‘Noles. FSU is 10-1and ranked No. 5 in the country after losing for the first time Saturday 2-1 to Georgia. Jack is also on the ACC honor roll.
The youngest of the clan, Jess, is playing for the Lee County Trojans, who are 3-3.
Of course, the oldest Posey brother is a pretty good ball player, too. Makes you wonder how Demp and Traci Posey keep up with it all.
Knights to Bears
Up in Macon, the Mercer Bears are off to a 11-3 start on their season. Former Deerfield-Windsor Knights Thomas Carroll and Evan Boyd are a both having a solid season.
Carroll is playing in the outfield and carrying a .418 average with 23 hits, three homers and 19 RBI. Boyd is at shortstop and hitting .250 with 12 hits, one homer and 11 RBI. Both have started all 14 games this season.
The Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball squad is going to their first NCAA D-II tournament. The ‘Canes finished the regular season with a 20-8 record and won the Peach Belt Conference regular season title. They will begin tournament play on Saturday as a third seed against eighth-seeded Montevallo.
The Hurricane baseball team is also off to a strong start with a 9-6 record. Former Lee County Trojans Gray Carden and Mathew Suggs are both getting action out of the bullpen. Carden has a 2-0 record and a 1.42 ERA in seven appearances, while Suggs has two saves in three appearances and 10.1 innings.
Former Westover Patriot Andrew Anderson is hitting .328 with 11 RBI and has started all 15 games.