Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

May 12, 2014

Lone senior helps lead the 'Cats in playoffs

VALDOSTA —

The Valdosta High Wildcats are a soaring 22-8 and making a deep run in the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Preparing for their quarterfinal appearance on Tuesday when they will face tough Johns Creek (20-11), the Wildcats have a unique special weapon. 
Senior Daniel Tefft is a first baseman with a love for batting, but what makes him special is the fact that he is the lone senior on the Wildcats squad. This season, Tefft has a batting average of .420 and has hit six home runs.
Born in Echols, Tefft and his family moved to Valdosta when he was in the sixth grade. Playing football since the age of 3, Tefft played for the Georgia Guns and Valdosta Outlaws before he began playing at Valdosta Middle.
In ninth grade, Tefft enrolled at Valdosta High and played pitcher for the freshman team. After being selected to move up to varsity his sophomore year, Tefft was moved to his current position at first base. Tefft admits that being left-handed made it easy to adjust to playing first base.
 “I’m left-handed so that kind of limits my positions in the infield and I always kind of liked first base. I used to pitch until my sophomore year. When I moved to varsity, they moved me up to play first base and to be a hitter. I didn’t get to pitch again after that,” said Tefft.
Tefft loves playing first base, however his true love in baseball is batting.
“I feel like my strong point is hitting. I have a good work ethic, and that’s needed to condition and stay in shape. You have to get in the reps in the offseason to stay on top of the game,” said Tefft.
Being the only senior on a team filled with underclassmen could be stressful for some, but Tefft takes on the chance to be a mentor head on.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0728-Lowndes practice4.jpg Vikings working out with padded practice, scrimmage on the horizon

    The look was familiar Monday at Martin Stadium.
    The Lowndes High football team’s conditioning practice was essentially a duplicate of the workouts the Vikings have completed throughout the summer.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomasville_Ryals.jpg South Georgia special for high school coaches

    Phillip Johnson remembers when he had a “Wizard of Oz” moment.
    The North Carolina native moved to Georgia when he was 26 and Johnson, now Lanier County’s second-year head coach, recalls a 7-on-7 tournament leading to the realization that he wasn’t in Kansas — or in his case, North Carolina — anymore.
     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Cooperstown Merchants: Weekend was a success

    Cooperstown merchants are elated about the exceptionally prosperous Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, several storekeepers said Sunday.

    During an afternoon lull in business, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony was taking place, area shop and restaurant owners took a quick breath, reflected and expressed satisfaction with their sales for the weekend.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall of Famers thank fathers for stepping up to the plate

    Great ballplayers thanking their dads at a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is about as original as oil and vinegar are to an Italian restaurant.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall_Maddux.jpg Hall of Braves

    The weird part was that Jeff Idelson didn't take a lot of time to answer.
    "Is there any word or description that unifies this class?" was the query posed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's president.
    "The common thread among the six is profound humility," Idelson said of former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and former players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall today. "I don't think I realized that fully until I spent time with them in December. It was uncanny to me, for the cumulative star power in that group, the humility among them. I think that's felt really strongly with baseball fans."

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story

  • Hall_Cox.jpg Cox’s willingness to defend players stands out to local coaches

    Bobby Cox will be able to add Hall of Famer to his resume when he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    But the former Atlanta Braves manager’s legacy will remain the same to area baseball coaches: his willingness to defend his players.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Valwood_Henderson.jpg Area teams hoping to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
    That’s the task faced by pretty much all 12 area high school football coaches present Saturday at In The Game Magazine’s South Georgia Football media day at the Holiday Inn conference center.
    It’s a task that also has the elite group searching for answers as to how to get past the state championship road block in recent years, aside from Valwood’s GISA Class AA crown in 2012.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Blazers Blog
More