Adel native Cowart makes first 2017 majors appearance

Source: Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimSource: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Former Cook County standout Kaleb Cowart, 25, was called up to the majors Sunday afternoon.

Cowart was recalled from the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees by the Los Angeles Angels before their road game against the Boston Red Sox.

In three plate appearances, Cowart had two hits, two RBI, walked once and scored a run.

The Angels went on to defeat the Red Sox 4-2, improving to (40-39).

In 68 games, Cowart was batting .315 with 87 hits for the Salt Lake Bees this season.

This was his third time being called up by the Angels, but his first major league appearance in 2017.

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Parkerson leaving TCC for Cairo


After 13 seasons as the Thomas County Central head baseball coach, Chad Parkerson is making the move down US-84.

Parkerson will be taking over as the Cairo head baseball coach next season.

“I just think the competitor in me wanted a new challenge,” Parkerson says. “You always want to leave a program better than you found it, and I think we did that here. Now it’s time to see if I can do it again.”

Parkerson will take over for Steve DeVoursney, who acted as the Syrupmakers interim coach in 2017.

As for the Jackets, they’ve already turned the reins over to Ryan Strickland, who has been an assistant coach with the program.

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Harber keeping high expectations for Crisp


If Shelton Felton were still the head coach, Crisp County probably enters the 2017 season as the Class AAA title favorites.

But interim head coach Brad Harber says don’t count the Cougars out just yet.

Felton left his alma mater earlier this month to coach outside linebackers for the  Chattanooga Mocs last month. The next day, interim head coach Brad Harber was hired after serving as the Cougars offensive line coach a year ago.

Harber is taking over a program as head coach for the first time in his 24 year career. He says one thing that helps any transition is talent, and the Cougars have plenty of that. Linebacker Quay Walker committed to Alabama earlier this summer, while running back Jamie Robinson and defensive tackle DeAngelo Griffin are just two of the Cougars with major Division I offers.

“Without counting it up right here, I’ve probably taken 10 recruiting visits to Division I schools, and I’ve been the head coach for 11 or 12 days,” laughs Harber. “So it’s great to be a Cougar right now.”

So the man leading the team on the sidelines may be new, but Harber says the expectations will stay the same.

“What y’all have going on now is a football program. Not a team, not an individual, not a coaching staff. A program,” he says. “Our main focus right now is to be consistent in everything that we do, not just on the football field. But we’re also staying with the expectation of a program that is at a high level, year in and year out.”

Harber has hired a new offensive and defensive coordinator for the Cougars, but says the team will continue to look the same offensively and defensively.

Crisp County opens the season August 18 at Dooly County.

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Schwarzer is NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year

Courtesy: Andrew College athleticsCourtesy: Andrew College athletics

Talk about a good week for Andrew College catcher Chris Schwarzer.

One day after earning an NJCAA Gold Glove, the Fighting Tiger was named the NJCAA Division I Baseball Defensive Player of the Year.

It’s the first national player of the year award for an Andrew Fighting Tiger in any sport.

The sophomore from Lawrenceville didn’t commit an error all season, handling 282 chances in 57 games. He led the GCAA by catching 20 potential basestealers and posted the highest percentage of runners caught stealing at 49%.

Schwarzer was also a 3rd Team Academic All-American selection, as well as a GCAA 2nd-team pick.

The Fighting Tigers star will continue his baseball career at the University of South Carolina-Aiken next season.

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ASU celebrates Jackson’s national titles


Albany State’s track and field program has had success before, but never a two-time national champion.

That is until Cervantes Jackson leapt his way into the ASU history books.

The Bainbridge native won the Division II high jump and triple jump last month, becoming the first Golden Ram to win two national titles.

On Wednesday, the school honored Jackson’s accomplishments. His family and coaches were on hand for the ceremony also attended by Albany State University president Dr. Arthur Dunning and city commissioner Roger Marietta.

During the ceremony, Jackson received his three All-American medals and a letterman jacket. He earned All-American honors in high jump, triple jump, and long jump, in which he finished 4th.

The rising junior star has a chance to earn more accolades, and that’s exactly what he plans to do.

“This means a lot to the school and my family, but I’m just looking at it as another accomplishment,” Jackson says. “I have to keep pushing, go farther. I need more of these [medals]. So this is just an accomplishment.”

Jackson hopes to continue to develop as a jumper, but will also look to add to his SIAC and NCAA honors in the decathlon and several other events in 2018.

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