Bulloch Academy is rarely at a loss to find a great athlete walking its halls, but senior Cody Lanier is taking things to a new level.
Lanier is a solid contributor for both the cross country and tennis teams, and his additional commitment to success in both the classroom and in the community has made him a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award.
All schools are invited to nominate male and female athletes for the award, but Lanier is the only student from the area that was named a state finalist.
When not on the tennis court or running trail, Lanier is just as impressive with math formulas in his hand.
He has been taking college level courses for the last two years and has already been accepted to Georgia Southern and Mercer while also planning to apply at Vanderbilt and Yale.
“I’m looking at going into engineering,” Lanier said. “I’m interested in biomedical engineering and what can be done. I really like helping people and there are things in that field that can really help to improve peoples’ lives.”
Lanier has run his final race for the Gators’ cross country squad, but will pick up his racket — when not studying his differential equations — when tennis begins this spring.
Heading into the season, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch knew that they’d have to find some new contributors on the basketball court after losing plenty of talent to graduation.
SEB dropped its first three games of the season, but found someone ready to step up in earning its first win Tuesday night against Islands in the Jackets’ Region 1-AAA opener.
Trailing 31-30 with just seconds to play, the Jackets brought the ball up the floor. Cole Robertson received a pass in the lane and powered through a defender, laying the ball off the glass and in for the winning bucket with just eight seconds to go.
“I’ve never hit a winning shot like that,” Robertson said. “I just tried to stay cool and play defense for the final few seconds.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. They did a lot of work on that last play. I was just standing where I was supposed to be and took the shot.”
The slow start may have been expected for a rebuilding team, but a 1-0 record has the Jackets on track for where they want to be as the games start to grow in importance.
“When we start playing with more intensity like (Tuesday night), we’re going to start having more success,” Robertson said.