In The Game High School Sports Magazine
Columbus Valley Edition
Winter is just about to give way to spring and that means the winter sports are nearing the end of their seasons with playoffs or championships in sight. A few spring sports are beginning to show signs of life, too. In this issue of In The Game High School Sports Magazine, we have a great variety of stories and events that showcase what is happening in this area in high school sports.
Our cover feature highlights a local athletic organization. The Columbus Hurricanes are well-known in this area for producing strong swim athletes. The cover photo shows eight of Coach Michael Stewart’s best high school swimmers. Look for other photos and bios on these athletes inside.
Speaking of the best athletes, the first Columbus Valley Athletic Awards Banquet was held in January. Sixty athletes from area schools were honored as the best in their sport. Photos of the fall sport winners and other pictures from the banquet are featured in this issue. Winter and spring sport athletes will be honored in other banquets to follow later this school year.
Basketball is still going strong and soccer season will crank up pretty quickly so we have a Player Spotlight athlete for each of those sports. Stephanie Kolwicz of Northside High School has gained quite a reputation as a soccer player both locally and beyond. Kolwicz is a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field and enjoys every minute of it! Shaw High School’s Deionte Corprew returns to ITG in another sport from when he was first featured as a Rising Star a few years back. Basketball is his game now and he is looking like he will be an athlete at the next level, too.
Other regular features in this issue include Harris County High School’s Lauren Billet as our Academic Athlete. Billet has learned the hard way that academics can’t be ignored, especially for an athlete. Billet’s outgoing personality and athletic talent make her a vital part of the Lady Tiger’s basketball team. Freshman Focus Prather Hudson of Brookstone School is preparing for his first year of high school baseball and Rising Star Kendra Henthorn is winding down one sport in order to begin another. Don’t miss all of their interesting stories inside.
Can’t have athletes without coaches but Larry Morgan of Columbus High School will soon leave that job to others when he retires from coaching wrestling. ITG managed to get one last interview before he packs up his coaching gear for our Coach’s Corner feature.
Also in this issue Merri Sherman of the Columbus Sports Council took time to answer 10 Questions about her organization and what will be on tap for this new year. In addition, Glenwood School’s baseball program is the focus of our Sports Zone. Hint: this year’s team is more than just a group of players who think only about baseball.
Our roving photographer, Chris Hood, has once again located sports fans throughout the valley area and captured them in action for our In The Stands feature. Be sure to check it out. You might see a familiar face or even your own.