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MAHONE: Never any downtime in the sports world

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

We have entered into the one of the most exciting times of the year for basketball junkies.

In fact, if you are a die-hard sports fan, you should be excited about the next few weeks in the sports scene.

For starters, the various college conference tournaments are in full swing with Selection Sunday taking place on Sunday. The bracket hysteria will soon begin.

Then its three weeks of basketball fun as a new NCAA champion will be crowded.

The start of the NCAA Tournament signifies that golf’s most historical tournament — The Masters is right around the corner. Who would have thought that a green jacket would become one of the most coveted prizes in all of sports?

With the azaleas in full bloom, Augusta National Golf Course will soon be in the spotlight.

But for now, March Madness will capture our attention as we look for the next Cinderella to become the bracket buster.

Just last week the Southern Crescent was all the buzz with Jonesboro finally winning a state title. A talented group of underclassmen defeated powerhouse Columbia at the Macon Coliseum earlier this month to win only the second boys basketball title in Clayton County history.

It was the second straight season that a team from the Southern Crescent won a state title. Last season, Eagle’s Landing won the first boys state title in Henry County history.

Professional football continues to be in the news for much of the three months of 2014. First there was the Super Bowl then the NFL Scouting Combines. Now, the free agent season and college Pro Days are what’s making the headlines.

Next month, the NFL Draft will take center stage, and the Southern Crescent will be back in the spotlight.

The draft could be a big time for a pair of former Riverdale High standouts. Lavelle Westbrooks of Georgia Southern and Hakeem Smith of Lousivlle could be a pair of late-round defensive backs taken in the draft.

Smith will be participating in Louisville’s Pro Day on Monday, which will feature quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a likely high-round draft choice.

On the high school scene, several players and coaches will head down to Savannah next week to participate in the annual Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Basketball weekend.

All the spring high school sports are in full swing with Union Grove and Ola making history. Last week, Union Grove played the first girls lacrosse match in Henry County history. Ola is fielding its first gymnastic team in school history.

It is an exciting sports time around here.

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com. On Twitter? @DerrickMahone_.