Posts tagged with "Bill Banks"

Remembering ‘Doc,’ Decatur High’s No. 1 fan

Posted by March 6, 2015

By Bill Banks, contributor I can’t remember when I first met Doc and Gwen Fowlkes. I’ve been going to Decatur High football and basketball—later softball and baseball—games regularly since the mid-1990s. Somewhere along the way Doc and Gwen were always there, like a couple of exclamation points in the middle of drab paragraph. Doc approached […]

Historic Decatur season ends in Final Four loss

Posted by March 1, 2015

By Bill Banks, contributor Columbus –The Decatur girls basketball team’s storybook season thoroughly unraveled Saturday afternoon into an aimless narrative of one missed shot after another. Playing in their first Final Four game in 43 years, Decatur dropped a 63-37 decision to a taller and far more unselfish Laney of Augusta at Columbus State’s Lumpkin […]

Seats still available for charter bus to Decatur’s first Final Four game in 43 years

Posted by February 27, 2015

By Bill Banks, contributor The third-ranked Decatur Bulldogs (29-2) meet second-ranked Laney High of Augusta (27-3) in Saturday’s semifinal opener at the 4500-seat Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center on the Columbus State University campus. It’s the Bulldogs’ first Final Four game in 43 years. The CSU address is 4225 University Avenue, in Columbus, GA, about […]

No. 1 fan dies shortly after historic win by Decatur girls basketball team

Posted by February 25, 2015

This story has been updated.  By Bill Banks, contributor Decatur’s girls rode the broad shoulders of junior post Janay Williams’ 23 points and 22 rebounds and now will keep cruising, straight to Columbus for their first Final Four appearance since 1972. Playing before the season’s largest crowd at the DHS Arena, third-ranked Decatur beat seventh-ranked […]

Decatur High girls basketball team wins, headed to final four

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 24, 2015

The Decatur High Girls basketball team has beaten Kendrick High School 64-49. The team will now advance to the final four for the first time since 1972. Decatur beat Ringgold on Saturday, 66-46. There next game will be in Columbus, Ga. on Saturday. Check later this evening for a full game recap.

Lady Dogs beat Ringgold; advance to Elite Eight Tuesday

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 22, 2015

By Bill Banks, contributor Utilizing their characteristic grinding, physical tenacity Decatur’s girls systematically wore down Ringgold Saturday night, 66-46, in a second-round state tournament game at the Decatur High Arena. This Decatur team was a distant cousin to those out-of-synch Bulldogs who won ugly over Josey several days earlier. Junior point guard Jayla Morrow played […]

Decatur Girls prevail after slow start

Posted by February 18, 2015

This story has been updated.  By Bill Banks, contributor It took Decatur girls basketball team 18 minutes to shake off their lethargy before cruising to a routine, if often erratic, 53-36 victory over Josey on Tuesday. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs clinched the first round of the state playoffs. One can forgive them for […]

Decatur girls take region crown

Posted by February 16, 2015

This story has been updated.  By Bill Banks, contributor Decatur’s girls’ basketball team used an impromptu 2-1-2 full-court press to roar past previously unbeaten South Atlanta 56-38, for the Region 4-AAA championship at Douglass High Saturday night. The region title is the girls’ first since Bill Clinton was president. Decatur won its only state championship […]

Decatur High ready for homecoming

Posted by October 10, 2014

By Bill Banks, contributor  There’s a lot not to like about football these days. The National Football League is stocked with criminals and the money Ole Miss paid this week to simply replace its goalposts could fund a small country. Thankfully almost none of that has anything to do with the sport at its grass-roots […]

Nic Wilson is Appy League’s ‘Player of the Week’

Posted by August 5, 2014

By Bill Banks, contributor Decatur High 2010 graduate Nic Wilson was named the Appalachian League’s “Player of The Week” for July 21-27, as selected by the (Minor League Baseball) staff. Wilson is the son of Decatur High Athletics Director Carter Wilson and Valarie Wilson, the democratic candidate for state school board superintendent. His grandmother […]

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