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Columbia College sports kick off a new year

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Columbia College student athletes, who account for 25 percent of the student body, are heading into another year of sports and will be playing games throughout the school year.

Columbia College is home to a wide variety of women’s sports teams that include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, and tennis. Our college houses 155 student athletes from places as close as Columbia, to as far away as Serbia. CC athletes play approximately 160 home and away games every year, and there are currently six sports in season.

CC student athletes hold an overall GPA of 3.25 and have won several good character awards, including winning the National Champions of Character Award twice and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Champions of Character Award six times.  

In addition to excelling in academics, Columbia College athletes have made a name for themselves in the community by averaging over 1,000 hours of community service each year.

Reanna Lehman, sophomore basketball player and psychology major, said that she chose Columbia College over other schools because it just “had something different about it.” Lehman specifically cited the togetherness she shares with her fellow student athletes because of activities like studying and service projects. She said, “ there is never a dull moment with [her teammates] and they are truly a joy to be around. I look forward to hanging out with them everyday.”

Kellyann Stubblefield, athletic director, is also a national record-holding collegiate high jumper from Missouri Baptist University.  She is in her seventh year as athletic director and is entering her 22nd year working in higher education athletics.

As the athletic director, she oversees all of the school’s athletes, coaches and athletic staff. She is also responsible for making sure the department is reflective of the values and mission of Columbia College. “Seeing the success of the individual coaches and athletes as they meet their individual goals” is her favorite part of her job, Stubblefield said.

The college is “always  looking to see what new sports would fit well…and [to see] if we would be competitive at the conference and national level,” Stubblefield said in regard to whether the program may be planning to add more sports.

In the past few years, Columbia College has considered adding a competitive cheer and dance team, a bowling team, and an “E-sports,” or competitive video gaming, team. In order to accomplish her goal of adding new sports teams, Stubblefield would also like to “grow and enhance our athletic facilities” to serve not only athletes, but the general student population as well as faculty and staff.

Students wishing to show their support for Columbia College can attend a Cross Country meet, catch a game of golf, watch a soccer game, attend a swim meet or go to a tennis match.

Stubblefield would like for students to know that when it comes to CC sports, student attendance is crucial. “When students come to games to cheer on the teams, it makes a big difference in how [our athletes] perform. Having student support in the stands makes it easier for them to play at a higher level and play much more competitively. It is a fun and intense atmosphere with a lot of good and helpful energy.”

Those wanting to show their school spirit are welcome at all sporting events. Full schedules for all of Columbia College’s sports as well as game highlights and team stats can be found on the college’s sports page at GoKoalas.com

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