This Friday night ushers in the Fall Classic as the Pike County Pirates travel to Columbus to take on Pacelli. Last year the Pirates handed Pacelli a 42-28 loss to start their roll of winning nine games straight.
Can the Pirates do it again in the 2009 season? Head coach John McMillan says they have a better team this year than the 9-1 2008 team.
“If the region didn’t improve we can have a better season than we had last year. Our guys have worked hard in the weight room and at all the practices leading up to Friday night’s game,” said McMillan. “Pacelli is a very disciplined team and they’ve changed their offense a little. They’ll be ready and wanting to return the loss to us that we gave them last season. I look for it to be a dogfight for four quarters.”
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In a softball tournament loaded with some of Georgia’s largest high schools and strongest softball programs the Lady Pirates varsity team proved they are worthy competition for all challengers.
The local girls began Friday night with an impressive 4-1 win over Region 2AAAAA Luella High School. The Lady Pirates leaned on the strong right arm of senior pitcher Ally Smith, who allowed only one hit in five innings of play. Saturday morning Pike faced talent laden Starr’s Mill, a AAAA school from Fayette County. The Lady Pirates took their opponent to an international tiebreaker before losing 3-1.
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Charla Maddox has excelled at soccer since she was a little girl. Now she’s helping little girls in Germany do the same thing as a volunteer coach. Maddox, 19, graduated from boot camp with the Air Force Jan. 9, and was stationed in Spangdahlem, Germany. She is a member of the military police. [Full story »]
Pike County high school baseball players Justin Guy, Chris Long and Blake Ed-wards’ team won the Fle-tcher Championship Nation-al Baseball Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla., July 28-Aug. 2. Teams from the U.S. and Puerto Rico took part in the tournament hosted by former Major League player Scott Fletcher.
Guy, Long and Edwards played summer ball with the 16U Big Stix Gamers travel team of McDonough. The Gamers won three games and lost one in pool play. In bracket play, they lost their first game, putting them into the loser’s bracket. [Full story »]
Spirits were high as the Pike County Pirates football team pumped iron as part of the Lift-A-Thon to wrap up a summer of hard workouts. Players who made it through 22 of the 26 summer workouts were photographed for this year's poster picture.