Columbia Academy’s Division II-A championship softball team was recently recognized by the City Council, as Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder declared June 10 as “Columbia Academy Lady’s Softball Team Day”.
The Council also recognized CA track standout Connor Henson for his three Division II-A championships at the recent state meet, along with Collins Malone, who placed second in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Tipton-Rosemark 2-1 in last month’s state finals in Murfreesboro, winning their second state title in as many tournaments, following their 2019 Class A championship.
Led by Carson-Newman signee Journey Mitchell and junior all-state selections Myleah Hardy and Averi Slaughter, CA posted a 41-2 record and finished the year on a 27-game winning streak.
Included in the proclamation read by Molder was: “The Lady Bulldogs and coaches have shown professionalism, commitment, sportsmanship, determination and dedication that has brought positive recognition not only to themselves, but to the entire student body of Columbia Academy, the City of Columbia and Maury County.”
Henson, who won the Division II-A cross country championship last fall, added victories in the 800 (1:55.39), 1600 (4:24.15) and 3200 (9:53.96) meters at the state meet in Rockvale. He became the third boys runner since 2005 to sweep the three longest races at the state finals.
“Henson, Malone and their teammates have shown commitment, sportsmanship, determination and dedication that has brought positive recognition not only to themselves, but to the entire student body of Columbia Academy, the City of Columbia and Maury County,” the proclamation read.
Athletes, coaches and support staff from Columbia Academy were recognized as well as school president James Thomas and athletics director Pernell Knox.