Sports

Bonding at the food bank

The Rising Starr Cheerleaders met in November to work at the Midwest Food bank along with two of the captains of the football squad, Hannah Defler and Kristen Decos. Each month, the team gets together for a bonding event and in the month of November they decided to give back. Photo/Submitted.

The Rising Starr Cheerleaders met in November to work at the Midwest Food bank along with two of the captains of the football squad, Hannah Defler and Kristen Decos.

Each month, the team gets together for a bonding event and in the month of November they decided to give back. Photo/Submitted.

Adams named All-American

Garrison Adams of Fayetteville, a defender at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American first team, a week after his team won the national soccer championship. Photo/Special.

Garrison Adams of Fayetteville, a defender at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American first team, a week after his team won the national soccer championship.

Adams attended Landmark Christian School and came up through the AFC Lightning academy program.

A sophomore, he came to Lee last year from Mississippi State and scored five goals this season for the Flames, who defeated Bethel College of Indiana 2-1 in the Dec. 6 championship in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo/Special.

Olympic gold medalist eyes two more

Olympic gold-medalist and Fayette County native Christian Taylor. Photo/Special.

One of Fayette County’s most successful international athletes is gearing up for another season, and perhaps a repeat of Olympic glory.

So far, Christian Taylor’s biggest moment during his track and field career was when he stepped on the platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London to receive the gold medal for the triple jump.

While the Olympics is by far the most visible venue in which he competes, he stays busy in between Olympic competitions.
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Landmark senior signs with Stanford baseball

Ben Baggett, a senior at Landmark Christian School, signed a baseball scholarship with Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., during the early signing period in November. Photo/Submitted.

Ben Baggett, a senior at Landmark Christian School, signed a baseball scholarship with Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., during the early signing period in November.

So far in his prep career he has been named a Perfect Game third-team All-American, team MVP at Landmark and preseason All-State selection.

Last year he broke the school’s single-season and career strikeout records.

He also trained at Explosive Mechanics with Jared Bidne and played summer baseball with Esteban Maldonado and Lloyd Thompson with Home Plate. Photo/Submitted.

Basketball players net gifts for Christian City

The JV and varsity basketball teams at Landmark Christian School collected more than 45 gifts for the children at Christian City during the recent second annual “Landmark Never Stops Giving” Christmas party. Christian City is a non-profit, non-denominational organization providing ministry and care to children, the elderly, and the infirm in nearby Union City. The gifts were delivered last weekend. Photo/Submitted.

The JV and varsity basketball teams at Landmark Christian School collected more than 45 gifts for the children at Christian City during the recent second annual “Landmark Never Stops Giving” Christmas party. Christian City is a non-profit, non-denominational organization providing ministry and care to children, the elderly, and the infirm in nearby Union City. The gifts were delivered last weekend. Photo/Submitted.

Basketball results

BOYS
Fayette County is 1-3 and did not play last week.


Landmark is 5-2 after a 94-53 loss to Pace Academy and wins over Whitewater (87-71) and Drew Charter (104-48).


McIntosh is 5-0 after wins over Mundy’s Mill (66-40), Forest Park (57-54) and Starr’s Mill (69-55). In the Starr’s Mill game Jordan Lyons scored 32 points on seven three-pointers and 7-of-7 foul shots, while Chase Walters blocked seven shots, Will Washington had eight assists and Dishon Lowery grabbed nine rebounds. Read More»

Eye socket injury doesn’t dissuade eighth-grader

Pictured above and below, eighth-grader Summer Johnson. Johnson was hit by a 95 mph fastball in the eye last year, but has since recovered and now plays volleyball for Konos Academy. Photos/Submitted.

Konos volleyball player almost died after 95 mph hit to eye

A year ago, volleyball was not in the cards for Summer Johnson.

In fact, for a short time in 2013, her life was in jeopardy.

It makes her accomplishments on the volleyball court this fall even more remarkable.

In August of last year, Johnson sat in the stands on the third base line at a game in California, watching her older brother try out for the USA baseball team.

A 95 mph fastball was fouled off and hit her directly in the eye before she had time to react.
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Payne named top defensive player

Donald Payne, a Fayetteville resident and graduate of Landmark Christian School who has been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore defensive back for Stetson University. Photo/Submitted.

Donald Payne, a Fayetteville resident and graduate of Landmark Christian School, has been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore defensive back for Stetson University.

He received the honor by a vote of the league’s coaches.

Payne garnered the top defensive award just one year after being named the league’s Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, making him the first to accomplish that feat since freshman honors were created in 2006. Read More»

Laskey, Jackets gear up for big game against Florida State

Even the casual sports fan anywhere in the state knows about Georgia Tech’s overtime win over Georgia last weekend in Athens.

For every current member of the Yellow Jackets it was the biggest game of their careers. But that sentiment will only last seven days, as Georgia Tech looks to take another giant step on the national stage this weekend.

Zach Laskey, a former standout at Starr’s Mill, scored the winning touchdown in Georgia Tech’s 30-24 overtime victory over Georgia. Read More»

Starr’s Mill standout Laskey scores big against Georgia

Starr’s Mill standout Laskey scores big against Georgia

Georgia Tech senior running back and former Starr’s Mill player Zach Laskey, seen here with the ball in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game against Georgia, scored the winning touchdown in overtime of the Yellow Jackets’ 30-24 win over the Bulldogs. An interview with Laskey will be featured in this weekend’s edition of The Citizen as he and his teammates prepare to face unbeaten Florida State Saturday night in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, televised nationally on ABC-TV. Photo/Danny Karnik.

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