WALB PLAY OF THE WEEK (10/16/17): T’ville’s Shy goes 55 yards for the TD

Shy pulled away from the pack (Source: WTXL)Shy pulled away from the pack (Source: WTXL)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –

Thomasville reached the end zone man times Friday night in the win against Early County, none more exciting than Kevon Shy’s punt return.

The senior wide receiver ran a punt back 55 yards for a score.

During the play he reversed field and executed a spin move that freed him up for a sprint down the sideline.

Nobody could keep up with Shy’s stride, and the Bobcats couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs.

Thomasville went on to win 38-10 at home improving to (7-0) on the season.

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Pitino fired ‘for cause’ following multiple scandals at UofL

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Three weeks after a second embarrassing scandal rocked the University of Louisville basketball program, Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has been formally fired.

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Led by UofL Interim President Dr. Greg Postel, the school’s athletic association made the decision in a private meeting Monday. Postel announced at about 2:45 p.m., Pitino was fired for cause.

The scandal was the second in two years — a Louisville woman’s tell-all memoir detailed a sex-for-cash scheme involving strippers and UofL players and recruits in 2015 — and brought embarrassment for the third time in Pitino’s 16 years at the school. In 2010, a woman named Karen Sypher was convicted of extortion following her efforts to force Pitino to pay her money to keep quiet about a one-night stand they had at a Louisville restaurant in 2003. Sypher just left prison over the summer.

Pitino was placed on unpaid leave in September, following the FBI’s announcement of a massive investigation into bribery and corruption allegations at several prominent college basketball programs.

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Former UofL player and assistant coach David Padgett is currently the acting coach of a Cards team that begins its regular season in less than a month. Padgett will be only the third UofL coach since 1971.

Padgett’s contract was formally approved at Monday’s meeting. He’ll earn a base salary of $400,000, with bonuses taking the one-year deal up to the $1 million range.

Legal Battle Ahead?

Pitino appears poised for a legal fight over the many millions of dollars remaining on his contract.

The coach had a 416-143 record in his 16 seasons at UofL. The Cardinals reached the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the last 15 years. They won the national championship in 2013, but the still-unfinished investigation into the prostitution scandal could force that banner to come down.

He is the first head coach to win national championships at two schools; his 1996 Kentucky team cut down the nets after Pitino revived a program that was on probation.

Pitino also led an upstart Providence team to the 1987 Final Four, parlaying that success into an NBA job, but his tenure as coach of the New York Knicks was a rocky one. Pitino would try the NBA again after his time at Kentucky, but again, leading the Boston Celtics proved to be more difficult than coaching college players. He left the NBA a second time in 2001 after UofL legend Denny Crum stepped down.

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Golden Rams pull off homecoming win

ASU hosted Morehouse (Source: WALB)ASU hosted Morehouse (Source: WALB)
The Golden Rams came out on top (Source: WALB)The Golden Rams came out on top (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

What would Albany State Homecoming be without a big football game on the schedule.

The Rams hosted Morehouse College. Albany state hasn’t lost during homecoming since the 90s, but the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse had hopes of changing that. 

The game would stay close for much of the first half, but the Rams would pull away with the win late 34 – 10.

“We’ve got to get to the point where we don’t sleep all through the first half anymore. We’ve got to get that fixed. That’s on me,” Head Coach Gabe Giardina said. “I’ll get it right. It ain’t that I’m giving these great second half speeches. We are just focusing and we’re executing and playing so much better.”

Albany State will hit the road to take on Clark Atlanta next Saturday at 2 p.m. 

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Challenger League opens kick ball season

Six teams competed (Source: WALB)Six teams competed (Source: WALB)
Participants ran with buddies (Source: WALB)Participants ran with buddies (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) –

There are always some tell-tale signs that its opening day for different sports seasons.

When it comes to Challenger League Kickball, that indicator is big smiles all around.    

Children, who have special needs, hit the diamond with buddies in Leesburg Saturday. 

This is the third season of kick ball the organization has hosted. 

Parents got a chance to sit back, relax and watch their children have fun. 

Challenger League Executive Director Jennifer Sapp said the excitement helps families, that may feel isolated, make new friends. 

“Their boy may never be on that Friday night football field,” Sapp said. “Its hard to accept that they may be different. Now, this gives them an outlet, where they can grow, they can see their boy participate in sports.” 

The Challenger League was launched about four years ago with 20 athletes playing baseball.

Since then, more than 200 kids have participated in 11 different programs.

A total of six teams met up Saturday. Some of them had interesting names including the Yard Goats and the Thunder Ducks. 

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GHSA softball Sweet 16 schedule

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Here’s the schedule for the second round of the GISA and GHSA fast-pitch softball playoffs.

Each pairing will be a doubleheader with the start time for game 1 listed. “If” games will be the following day.

Winners of the 3-games series will advance to the Fast Pitch Softball Tournament in Columbus October 26-28th.

GHSA

7A:

Lassiter @ Lowndes: Thursday @ 5 p.m.

6A:

Greenbrier @ Lee County: Wednesday @ 5 p.m.

3A:

Cook @ SE Bulloch: 

Peach Co. @ Worth County:  Wednesday @ 5 p.m.

Crisp Co. @ Pike County: 

2A:

Bleckley County @ Berrien: Wednesday @ 2:30 p.m.

A-Public:

Echols County @ Baconton: Wednesday @ 4 p.m.

Seminole County @ Emmanuel County: 

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