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

Wet weather continues to cause headaches

Rain, rain go away

One of the biggest challenges this week for local high school teams hasn’t been beating opponents, but finding a way to finish games b ... Read More


High School Lacrosse

Cougars unable to hold off Kennesaw Mountain

Newnan’s boys lacrosse team stayed close on Thursday against Kennesaw Mountain before falling to the the Mustangs 14-2. After the two ... Read More


College Football

Cronic hands over coaching reins to son at Reinhardt

Once upon a time, Danny Cronic handed over the starting quarterback job at East Coweta High to son Drew with as much faith as any head coach ... Read More


High School Tennis

EC boys cap perfect region run with championship

East Coweta’s boys tennis team capped off an undefeated season in Region 3-AAAAAA play by capturing a tournament championship on Thurs ... Read More


High School Baseball

Cougars follow through behind Thomley

For a few innings against Westlake on Thursday at home, the Newnan Cougars played with a split personality. After scoring two runs in the bo ... Read More

High School Baseball

Northgate hurlers combine on no-hitter in 12-1 rout

Northgate flexed its offensive muscle Thursday afternoon, beating Morrow 12-1 in a Region 4B-AAAAA contest called after five innings. But it ... Read More