Sometimes teams just want to play. Tom Velek and others involved in soccer in Columbus decided last year to do something about it. Their decision has grown into a full-fledged event this year. Velek and Columbus United Soccer will welcome more than 20 soccer teams and more than 200 players to town Friday and Saturday for the second annual Columbus Friends and Family Days at the Cook Fields.
At 8 a.m. April 4, the streets of Columbus will be filled with runners on a 6-mile course that will take them past the many faces of the city. To promote tourism in the city, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau decided to sponsor a race in the middle of Pilgrimage, the annual tour of the antebellum homes in Columbus. The race is used to promote tourism in Columbus. The event, which starts and ends at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, shows off the Mississippi University for Women, the cityís antebellum homes, and the river walk.
Seth Wood didnít want to make the wrong choice. As much as he was interested in accepting a scholarship to play soccer at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., Wood realized the school really didnít have a field of study that suited him. Wood didnít eliminate Williams Baptist, but he decided to finish his high school soccer season and what other offers came his way. When Wood received a call from East Mississippi Community College menís soccer coach Junior Noel, he had a feeling he had found his destination.
For years, Jeff Smith worked for the parks and recreation department and helped children discover and realize opportunities in sports. Now a county supervisor, Smith hopes to do similar things, starting this weekend. Smith has helped organize the Mississippi Madness basketball tournament, a 16-team event for men and women 18 years and older, which will tip off a 6 p.m. Friday at West Lowndes Middle School.
Reed Long used to be like a lot of fans who sit in the stands at Columbus Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Long would sit and watch the races with friends and would think to himself, ďI can do that. How difficult can it be to race a car?Ē That question is part of the reason Long, 31, of Columbus, finally left the stands and climbed into a race car.
Robert Harmon doesnít have as much time to fish as he would like. As a criminal investigator for the sheriffís office in Chickasaw County, Harmon needs to be available at a momentís notice, so planning leisure time can be difficult. This weekend, though, Harmon hopes to take a break from his full-time work as an investigator to a different kind of searching. Harmon hopes his time will be well spent Saturday when he competes in the American Bass Anglers district tournament in Columbus.
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