OAKWOOD - Johnson High football coach Paul Friel is a forward thinking kind of guy. He's more concerned about thinking about the possibilities the upcoming season has to offer, instead of dwelling on a disappointing 2008 campaign. He knows looking back doesn't do anyone associated with the Knights' program any good.
Donavan Tate, who led Cartersville High School to back-to-back state championships, parlayed that success into being chosen by the San Diego Padres No. 3 overall in baseball's amateur draft Tuesday night.
Through out his senior year of high school, Chris Beck prepared for the grueling schedule of playing college baseball.
With a scholarship to Georgia Southern in his back pocket, he woke up every morning at 5:30 to train, went to his classes and then participated in practices or games after school. That's what life as a college baseball player entails, but Beck may not ever have to deal with that schedule.