Vena wins state, national awards

Vena wins state, national awards

The Georgia Athletic Directors Association has named Whitewater High School athletic director Mike Vena the 2017 Georgia Overall Athletic Director of the Year. In addition to taking the overall award, Vena was also selected as the Georgia Region 3-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year. Vena’s selection by the GADA for both awards is in recognition […]

FCHS gets lacrosse win

FCHS gets lacrosse win

The Fayette County Lady Tigers lacrosse team came back from a tough first half to defeat the Locust Grove Wildcats 14-11 last week, with three goals each by juniors Jocelyn Arnold, Trinity Brown, and Alyssa Klinger (who also made some key saves for the team during the first half as goalie). Also scoring were junior […]

Fayette rivals meet on college diamond

Fayette rivals meet on college diamond

Two former Fayette baseball standouts faced each other recently at the college level. Mercer, with former Whitewater High School first baseman Hunter Bening, swept a two-game series in Macon against FAMU, whose roster includes former Sandy Creek pitcher Rodney Randers, Jr. “It is a great series win for the Mercer University baseball program, especially since […]

The woman who makes Eagles — 1000 of them

The woman who makes Eagles — 1,000 of them

The woman who makes Eagles — 1000 of them

There’s no merit badge for this Peachtree City woman’s unique accomplishment It was 22 years ago when Ute Whatley’s husband came home one afternoon and said he’d seen a flyer at a local school advertising a Cub Scout troop. He thought it might be a good activity for their two sons to be involved in. […]

Closing out a stellar college hoops career

Closing out a stellar college hoops career

College athletic programs and student-athletes talk frequently about the importance of education with varying degrees of seriousness. Safiya Martin is downright excited about her education. Having just wrapped up her collegiate basketball career at Temple University, the former Sandy Creek High star is now focused totally on graduate school and beyond. The 6-foot-4 center was […]

Garvin tapped to lead Patriots this fall

Garvin tapped to lead Patriots this fall

By RUSSELL COOKS russell@TheCitizen.com Sandy Creek didn’t have to look far to find a new head football coach. A few weeks after Chip Walker stepped down to take the same position at Newnan, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Brett Garvin was named head coach for the Patriots. Garvin served 16 years under Walker, whose […]

Booth takes 2 county titles

Booth takes 2 county titles

It was a clean sweep for the J.C. Booth Middle School eighth-grade girls and boys basketball teams, as both won the Fayette County middle school basketball championship for the 2016-2017 season. The girls defeated Rising Starr 39-23 and the boys defeated Flat Rock 48-33. Both games took place Feb. 16. The last time both Warrior teams […]

Local teams fall in semifinals

Local teams fall in semifinals

The 2016-2017 high school basketball season in Fayette County has officially come to an end. The final three teams in the GHSA state tournament each reached the semifinal round before suffering season-ending losses. All three games took place Saturday in Augusta and Columbus. The Fayette County Tigers concluded their season with a 23-8 record after […]

Lena Johnson aims her sword toward the Olympics

Lena Johnson gloves up for fencing in the Ivy League. Photo/Serge Timacheff.

Lena Johnson aims her sword toward the Olympics

Every day Lena Johnson picks up her books and goes to her classes at Columbia University in Manhattan, where she is a junior. Then, when her studies are over, she picks up her sword. The Peachtree City native has achieved international success as a fencer, competing across the globe since her early teens and now […]

Former FCHS Principal Phillips ousted as head of GHSA

Gary Phillips

Former FCHS Principal Phillips ousted as head of GHSA

Former longtime Fayette County High Principal Gary Phillips has been forced out as executive director of the Georgia High School Association, the organization that makes and enforces the rules for high school sports and other academic competitions throughout the state. The official action was confirmed Monday morning during a special called meeting of the organization’s […]