Former major leaguer Colton now helps re-create MAGIC

By TOMMY CAMP tommy@newnan.com Chris Colton, former Newnan High School star who played in the Seattle Mariners organization, has been named head coach of one the two Under-14 teams of the MAGIC (Making Athletic Girls Into Champions), a Coweta County fast-pitch softball organization. After graduating from Newnan High School Colton was drafted in the 15th round of the amateur draft by the Mariners, but opted to attend Middle Georgia College in Cochran.
He was named MVP his freshman season for the team that captured the state junior college championship. He signed with the Mariners after that one season at Middle Georgia and spent eight seasons playing in the Northwest League, the Midwest League, the California League, the Frontier League and the American Association. He enjoyed his best season in 2005, hitting .335 for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Appleton in the Midwest League. For the past two years he has been working with the Lee Middle School (metro area) fast pitch team with coach Bush Denney and will head up the program at Arnall this year. MAGIC was started in 2004 by Larry Shelnutt and currently boasts seven teams - one U10, one U12, two U14, two U16 and one U18. During that short period of time MAGIC teams have won a number of championships and the organization has been instrumental in helping 85 girls win college scholarships. Prior to originating MAGIC Shelnutt was associated with the Sharpsburg Recreation League. He has also coached at Franklin County (Tenn.), East Coweta and Heard County High Schools.


More Sports

High School Soccer

Northgate opens annual Coweta Cup with sweep over Newnan

Northgate is off to a fast start in this year’s Coweta Cup soccer tournament, after its boys and girls teams swept Newnan on Monday at ... Read More


High School Baseball

Vikings cap off region sweep of Mundy’s Mill

Northgate’s baseball team erased a bit of a slow start with a five-run second inning and held Mundy’s Mill to just two hits en r ... Read More


Spring Sports Roundup

Cougars win Carrollton Invitational

Newnan’s golf team held on to its opening round lead during the final day of the Carrollton Invitational en route to a 21-stroke victo ... Read More


High School Baseball

Newnan sweeps Lowndes

For the Newnan Cougars, stepping out of region play must agree with them. After beating Lowndes High School in extra innings in the first ga ... Read More


Golf Digest

Local players among leaders at GSGA Four-Ball

Pairings comprised of local golfers remained in conten- tion during the second round of the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual Fo ... Read More

High School Baseball

Cougars survive in nine against Lowndes

Newnan head baseball coach Marc Gilmore knows except for the Cougars’ annual Region 3-AAAAAA clash with rival East Coweta, his squad d ... Read More