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by Steven Tucker • photography by Emrich Photography
The 2010 Cook High Hornet baseball regular season can be described in two words: nearly perfect. This exceptionally talented team is led by seniors Kaleb Cowart, Parker Nix, D.J. Johnson and Steven Tucker. The Hornets took the field and finished their regular season with an overall record of 22 wins and two losses. They had a perfect region record, beating out some stiff competition. The season goes down as one of the best regular seasons in Cook High’s history. The Hornets started the playoffs as the No. 1-ranked team in AA baseball in Georgia.
The success in the regular season carried over to the first round of state playoffs with the Hornets sweeping Putnam County. The first game was 14-0 and the second game was 19-0. Two high points in the first round were the shutouts by both Cowart and Johnson and four home runs by Johnson.
The Hornets are to host Jeff Davis in the second round of the playoffs. Cook has already defeated Jeff Davis twice this season with scores of 9-0 and 3-2. The Hornets look for this to be the next step on their road to a state championship.
by Hali Walker • photography by Emrich Photography
Cook High’s 2010 baseball season started off with high hopes for the year. The team will be looking to its four seniors, D.J. Johnson, Kaleb Cowart, Steven Tucker and Parker Nix, for inspiration and encouragement. Three of these four have already committed to play at the next level. Kaleb will graduate and move on to play at Florida State University, Parker will join Florida State College in Jacksonville and D.J. will head off to Mercer University.
Currently the Hornets are ranked second in the state with 41 straight region wins – a record the team is hoping to add to. Recently the team won against Thomas County (4-2), Berrien County (11-0), and Ringgold (1-0), with only one loss against Wesleyan (2-9).
The Hornets have competed in the playoffs for 21 consecutive years and are hoping to compete once again this year as they work toward a state championship. The team is a force to be reckoned with under the coaching of head coach Bob Owsley, who is also a member of the Georgia High School Hall of Fame. Senior Kaleb Cowart achieved the highest batting average of .535 in 2009, along with a tie for most homeruns (16), and fellow senior D.J. Johnson broke the strikeout record with 148. The team is comprised of strong players this year, and they intend to dominate the fields this season and achieve the ultimate – the state championship.
by Fredy Gomez and Justin Felts • photography by Emrich Photography
After a disappointing 2009 season of placing fourth in region, the Cook High Hornets tennis team is well on its way to having a successful comeback. With a split record of 1-1 for the current 2010 season, the program is off to a very promising start. After a victory over Albany High School, both the Hornets and Lady Hornets are optimistic.
Their next match was a dogfight against region rival Berrien High School. The Hornets showed tremendous effort, but both teams were defeated 1-4 with most matches ending in tiebreakers. While Justin Felts currently leads the Hornets with two region wins, the doubles team of Whitney Yarber and Courtney McCall leads the Lady Hornets with two wins as well.
We wish the Hornets luck on their future matches and achieving their goal of winning the region and moving deep into the state playoffs.
Complied by Steven Tucker • photography by Emrich Photography
The tragedy of head coach Mac Thompson’s passing shocked his family, friends, players and the entire Hornet nation. All of the Cook High School football players were very close to “Mac Daddy,” and here’s what his seniors had to say about their friend and coach:
Steven Tucker #66 OL
Without Coach Thompson I would have never played football. He helped me to discover the confidence I needed to perform my best on and off the field. He definitely saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself, and he was a great all-around Christian man. He left a huge and permanent impression on me that will last throughout my life.
Armad Turner #5 RB
He was the most strong-minded [positive] individual that I have ever met. You could really see how much he loved his players, as though we were his sons.
Waylon Chester #25 LB
Coach Thompson was an all-around great coach, dad, husband and family man. The love he expressed to his family, school and community was indescribable. Above all, the most important thing about him was his Christian faith. People could see just how great a man he was by being around him.
Jonathan Keeley #34 DE
Coach Thompson was one who surely did not tolerate inappropriate behavior. He was all about having high grades and keeping school first. Coach and I had our tougher times, but they pulled us closer together. I felt like he was my coach for years. I will always remember “Mac Daddy.”
Ladale Abernathy #7 DB
Coach Mac Thompson was not only a superb coach but was also a great friend, father and brother. Coach treated us all with great respect and pushed me as hard as he could. I will always thank and love him for that. He also taught me how to be a better person and father.
Desmond Roberson #65 OL
Coach Thompson was a great coach and also a great father; he always told me he saw something in me – that’s why he pushed me the way he did. It’s still so hard to believe Coach is gone.
B.J. Henry #1 CB/RB
Coach “Mac Daddy” Thompson will truly be missed. He showed me and taught me many things. Out of these things, what I remember most is that you have to work extremely hard to be the best and get what you want.
Ledarius Norwood #26 DE/Special Teams
He was a great father and coach. He was very passionate about football. He not only cared about winning but immensely cared about the well-being of his players.
Tim Rowe #16 QB/WR
Coach Thompson was a good coach, an even better family man and a great Christian. He taught me many things in the year that God allowed him in my life: “You must always fight ten times harder, no matter who is opposing you, to prove them wrong. Always hold God up above all.” He will be greatly missed in my heart and life.
by Waylon Chester
The 2009 football season had its ups and downs for the Cook High Hornets. Under new offensive and defensive schemes, they extended their consecutive playoff appearance streak to ten years. In the first round the Hornets traveled to Northeast Macon. Motivated by their coaches, the team’s hard work paid off as the Hornets easily defeated the Raiders 28-14.
The next week would prove to be a battle for the Hornets; they traveled to Appling County to take on the Pirates for the second year in a row. The teams were fairly matched, resulting in a back and forth game. The Hornet defense and offense came alive to sting the Pirates. CHS’s warriors never lost their composure; this game was their finest moment of the season. Through their perseverance, the Hornets would prove to be victorious with a final score of 29-21.
In the third round of the playoffs, the Hornets travelled north to face the Buford Wolves. The players and coaches practiced hard all week but could never seem to get any momentum in the game. They ended the season with a 26-0 loss to Buford.
Proud of his first season coaching on a Georgia gridiron, head coach Mac Thompson had this to say: “We were able to overcome the tragedy of losing Roy White during Spring training. The kids stuck together and played hard all year long. I am very proud of our seniors and the leadership they have shown this season; they held our team together through some pretty tough days. Next year looks bright with several offensive and defensive starters returning.” With only four defensive players graduating, the Cook High Hornets have much to look forward to in 2010.
The REAL Region Champs!
by Harley Gatewood • photography by Emrich Photography
The Cook High Lady Hornets have ended their season with a BOOM! In the three-game series for the region title, Cook won best two-of-three against Berrien County and became Region 2AA Champions. The Lady Hornets dominated the first game 9-6, lost the second 2-7, and came back to win the last game 7-1.
Succeeding to state, the Lady Hornets traveled to Southwest Macon to win the first round. In the second round of the playoffs, they lost the first game to Dodge County but came back to win the last two games. Traveling to Columbus for the first time in a while, the Lady Hornets won their first two games against Dade County and Rockmart. Cook lost their third and fourth games against Buford and Rockmart, finishing third in the state.
Hardworking and Dedicated
by Devin Hunt
Devastating news hit the team when classmate and team member Roy White passed away during spring practice. ”It was tough. I didn’t expect to lose someone so positive, and I realized life could pass you at any time,” Turner says.
As the conversation turned to this season, Armad was very determined and very energetic in his tone, which is so different from his laid-back persona. “Cook County’s going to be on the map this year!” he states.
But life hasn’t always been so easy for Armad. While grades never stopped him from playing, a fractured ankle in spring of 2009 almost did. “I didn’t think I was going to come back; it threw me off,” he says. “I was shook up and discouraged.” Armad was told by his doctor and therapist that he wouldn’t be able to come back quickly from the injury.
Little did his teammates know, he would come back stronger and better. A regimen of painful exercises, lifting weights, additional practice (like running every Sunday) and constant workouts led to a recovery. “I had to come back and prove myself. I love the game too much − it’s my life,” he says.
While Armad is passionate about the game, he says grades come first but God comes above everything. His inspirations are his mother (for keeping him busy and off the streets) and Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. Since age six or seven, he knew this game was for him. Being mentally prepared for the games is a big deal for Armad. “I pray, turn off the phone, put my headphones on, allow no distractions, and just focus on the plays.”
This season, the Hornets are very focused and ready to go all the way to state. “We have a very effective passing game this year,” Armad says. As for the plays, he says, “I don’t want to tell too much, but we have some tricks up our sleeves.”
Armad is looking forward to going to Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Georgia Southern, Albany State, or Valdosta State. As far as going professional, he would love to play with the Minnesota Vickers or the San Diego Chargers, but any team would be okay “as long as I make it!” he says.
Armad is a very passionate person. When asked about encouraging upcoming players, he offers: “Work hard and never quit. Have no regrets; once it’s done, it’s done. Try not to get yourself into negative situations, and always know what you want to do with your life!” This advice carries beyond the field and into their everyday lives.
by Mary Davis and Haley Rutland
Cook County’s 2009-2010 Varsity football cheerleading squad has been working to ensure that the players and fans are pumped up for this year’s season.
The Little Hornet Cheer Camp fundraiser for girls ages 3-12 was held on May 26-27. These future cheerleaders learned cheers, chants, stunts, and dances. This event was held at Cook Middle School and was well attended with over 100 participants. During these few days the girls were getting ready to perform during halftime at the first home football game.
The squad puts forth much effort during their practices, which are held Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:00 pm. At their practices, the girls work on improving cheers, jumps, stunts, and preparing for upcoming pep rallies. Varsity cheerleaders are actively involved in community and school fundraisers such as selling Hornet t-shirts, holding middle school dances, and selling candles along with football programs.
Head coach Becky Beard and assistant coach Debi Brady have been outstanding in giving the girls guidance and support to make this squad the best it can be.
Varsity cheerleaders include senior Haley Castleberry (captain); juniors Andi Dickerson and Jenna Whitaker (co-captains); seniors CiCi Allen, Mary Davis, Lindy Faircloth, Brittany Jordan, Lauren Mainor, Cortney McCall, Christina Miley, Lauren Mitchell, and Whitney Yarber; juniors Courtney Abrams, Cara Brady, Haley Rutland, and Kerri Williams; and sophomores Tori Duren, Nicole Futch, Ashley Johnson, and Ashleigh Nelson.
Lady Hornets Softball
by Leah Pickle and Sara Ray • photography by Leah Pickle and Sara Ray
The Lady Hornets had a rough start to the season with the starting catcher straining her ACL, the starting center fielder pulling her quad, and a freshmen starter injuring her back. In their opening game, the Lady Hornets had a tough loss against the Lowndes High Vikettes. Towards the end of the ballgame, things started to look better for the Lady Hornets. With their first region game right around the corner, Coach Scott Ray is intensifying practices; while the training is difficult, it is productive. Hopefully, the rigorous practice will translate into a winning season.