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Fury players rack up school awards

Fury players rack up school awards

Fury players rack up school awards

South GA Fury players showcase their ...

    BROOKLET — As the winter wears on, the 70-plus girls making up the five teams of the South Georgia Fury are preparing for another successful season on the softball diamond.
    The Fury had an excellent tournament season throughout 2013 and its players spent the fall putting up big numbers for their respective school teams. In all, 13 Fury players received a variety of awards for their teams at William James and Southeast Bulloch Middle Schools, as well as Portal, Statesboro, and Southeast Bulloch High Schools.
    “We’re really proud of what our girls are able to accomplish, both for the Fury and for their schools,” program director Bobby Costlow said. “It’s good for us to compete in tournaments during the summer, but it’s great that these girls are able to take what they’ve learned into their school season.
    “One of this program’s aims is to help the schools in Bulloch and the surrounding areas to build better programs.”
    This past season, Fury members — in both the high school and middle school ranks — racked up just about every sort of award to be won. Offensive and defensive recognition was represented and three high school players earned All-Region honors.
    For the girls — who compete in levels from U8 all the way up to U16 — softball is a year-round venture that they work hard on to excel at.
    “If we want to keep improving, we can’t just take the winter off and wait months for a new season to start,” Statesboro High’s Kalli Harsha said.
    “By playing (with the Fury) and school ball, we’re constantly practicing or competing,” Portal’s Caitlyn Girardeau agreed. “This keeps us on top of our game.”
      Without having to worry about the needs of other sports — and by employing experienced and committed coaches — the Fury is able to provide an elite atmosphere for practices. When the season starts, the Fury is also able to test itself against some of the top competition in the region during tournament play.
    Growing each girl’s individual skill and sending her off to tournaments and school play is only part of the program’s goal. The Fury requires plenty of commitment from its players, but also provides the best opportunities for girls who want to carry their love of softball beyond the high school level.
    “It’s always good to be able to play in front of recruiters,” Statesboro’s Alexis Costlow said. “We’re pushing ourselves to get to the next level, so it’s great to know that we’re being watched.”
    College recruiters aren’t the only ones watching.
    The Fury also employs technological advantages to go along with its year-round coaching and practicing.
    This past weekend, the weather was cold as the Fury practiced at Southeast Bulloch High School. The girls didn’t practice long, but did enough to ensure that they’d be staying ahead of the competition.
    “When it’s too cold, we go from the field to the classroom,” Bobby Costlow said. “We film each girl hitting and fielding and we’ll go to a classroom and break things down to make sure everyone is getting into good habits.”
    If last fall was any indication, the Fury girls seem to be on the right path. The tournament teams will assemble for play this spring and play through the summer before sending another group of girls to continue boosting the level of play in schools around the area.
    “This organization has come a long way in the past few years,” Bobby Costlow said. “Ulitimately, we want to continue preparing girls to get to the collegiate level and want to be able to do all we can for all of the schools in the area.”

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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