In the big picture that’s far more important. After all, getting your education is what counts the most.
The kicker: If you can use sports as a vehicle to get an education, that’s great.
There are few things healthier in life than exercising and playing a sport you love. Throw in developing life-long friendships and lessons learned along the way and it’s a win-win.
Bottom line: The virtues of playing sports and getting an education are worth it in every sense of the word.
That’s why I’m proud to announce once again the local town and county has exceeded the 20-athlete mark, again. The past 11 or so years that has been the case every time except for one, last year when there were 16.
As you can see from this list above, three Spalding High football players signed in August - too late for last year’s list, but in time for this year’s. So I guess you can safely say the area averages more than 20 a year.
Throw in the fact three athletes - Whitewater High’s Miles Head (baseball-Georgia), Luella High’s Victoria St. Clair (softball-North Georgia) and Salem High School’s Precious Elkins (basketball/Lenoir-Rhyne) - with strong Griffin ties, who aren’t enrolled in the local school system, also signed and it’s easy to see talent in the area is plentiful.
To all who have signed, the Griffin Daily News says congratulations for a job well done. Never forget where you came from. Carry it like a badge of honor. For it is most honorable.
Good as Gold: The signed-
No. Player (High School) Sport College
1. Bernard Goodrum (SHS) Football Ft. Valley
2. Marcus Duvall (SHS) Football Ga. Southern
3. Tavares Jackson (SHS) Football Ft. Valley
4. Cameron Scott (SHS) Baseball Armstrong-Atlantic
5. Telvin Nash (GHS) Baseball Kennesaw State
6. Kentorius Jackson (GHS) Football Georgia Military
7. Greg Worthy II (GHS) Football Furman
8. Najee Leftwich (SHS) Football Alabama State
9. Patricia-Anne Upson (SHS) Soccer Mercer
10. Tedra Alford (GHS) Softball Tennessee State
11. Will Ficklen (SHS) Running Wake Forest
12. Matt Himel (SHS) Running Darton
13. Ken Gates (SHS) Football Concordia
14. Nate Baker (SHS) Football Concordia
15. Greg Murphy (SHS) Football Concordia
16. Cortez Puckett (SHS) Football Concordia
17. Shun Wiley (GHS) Football Feather River
18. Nhyjal Sims (SHS) Football Clark Atlanta
19. Travis Lee (SHS) Baseball Darton
20. Matt Turner (SHS) Soccer Gordon
21. Shaq Barber (GHS) Basketball South Carolina St.
22. Willie Hamm (SHS) Football Ventura
23. Pete Driver (former GHS) Basketball Gordon/Life
24. Leon Berry (former GHS) Football Mississippi State