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CC Spring sports compete in AAC Championships

Natalie Dubas, senior goalie and accounting business major, hugs the Columbia College mascot at lacrosse’s senior night.

Melvonia Taylor

Natalie Dubas, senior goalie and accounting business major, hugs the Columbia College mascot at lacrosse’s senior night.

Melvonia Taylor, Staff writer

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The Columbia College spring sports teams will be competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships, April 15-29.

The AAC is comprised of 12 full members in six southeastern states, and Columbia College is one of them. The spring sports teams will compete to claim the AAC Championship title, as well as a chance to compete in Nationals.

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With their season beginning in September, the golf team has improved since their first golf match at the Time Warner Cable Fall Invitational and has worked hard, according to Jasmine Chestnut, first-year business administration major. They competed in the AAC Spring Tournament at the Woodlands Country Club in Columbia, South Carolina, April 11-12 and placed sixth in the conference. They are coached by David Pennell, head coach, and Keith Davis, assistant coach.

“We struggled a bit here and there, but we bounced back and played our game,” Chestnut said.

The golf team will be participating in the Direct Qualifier NAIA Nationals.

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Columbia College’s track and field team began their season in February and will be attempting to end their season on a strong note.

“This year, we have faced many challenges, mainly issues with injuries. We have overcome these challenges by really coming together and supporting each other no matter the situation,” Bailey Dawkins, first-year English-education major, said.

CC’s track and field team will compete in the AAC Championship on April 22-23 at Sevier County High School in Sevierville, Tennessee.

“We haven’t let any challenges get in our way of training and becoming closer as a team. We work together really well and are always focused on having a positive attitude, no matter our situation,” Dawkins said.

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Michelle Troup serves in singles match against Anastasiia Pavlyeujova from Bluefield College.

The CC tennis team is coached by Nancy Powell, and she has helped them win 28.6 percent of their conference games. They will be competing in the AAC Championship April 15-17 at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Devon Walter, junior writing for print and digital media major, searches for a teammate to pass the ball to.

Although the Columbia College lacrosse team has gone through a recent coaching change, they have let that motivate them to set the standard for other teams. The lacrosse team is now coached by Daniel Carter.

“I think at first, the team was just surprised and unsure of what the season was going to hold for us, but after the first few practices with the new coach, we adapted and just used it as motivation to get us going,” Tiffany Tortorello, sophomore psychology major, said.

The Koalas’ lacrosse team has won 60 percent of their conference games and will be competing in the AAC Championship, April 14-16 in Montreat, North Carolina.

“Communication is key, and I think we have that as a main interaction on and off the field. That helps us to be successful. Trusting your teammates is another way to do well on the field, and we trust each other and believe in each other, so that helps us get through tough games and situations as a team. We help each other and support each other, win or lose,” Tortorello said.

Erin Blizzard, first-year pitcher and early childhood education major, pitches a shutout game against Montreat with a 66.1 strike percentage.

Erin Blizzard, first-year pitcher and early childhood education major, pitches a shutout game against Montreat with a 66.1 strike percentage.

The Columbia College softball team has won 50 percent of their conference games, which sets them up for a fair chance to compete well in the AAC Championship. The AAC Championship for softball will be held at Brickyard Ball Fields in Kingsport, Tennessee, April 26-29. The softball team is coached by James Morrison, head coach; Tatjana Matthews, associate head coach; and Taylor Johnson, assistant coach.

“I think the overall performance of the game depends on how well you and your teammates work together; so, in order to win, all players must be team players. Softball is not an individual sport; therefore, everyone involved with the team has to put the whole team above themselves, in order to really succeed,” Kelsey Fulton, sophomore psychology major and third-baseman, said.

To find out more about the spring sports or the AAC Championship, you may visit the Columbia College sports’ website or the AAC website.

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