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Chapel Hill alumni shine for Kennesaw State
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
April 16, 2014 11:30 AM | 931 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, Kennesaw State softball players and Chapel Hill alumni Bianca Durant, Morgan Sikes and Sara Sikes after practice last Wednesday.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, Kennesaw State softball players and Chapel Hill alumni Bianca Durant, Morgan Sikes and Sara Sikes after practice last Wednesday.
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Three Kennesaw State softball players and Douglasville natives, senior Bianca Durant, sophomore Morgan Sikes and senior Sara Sikes, have shared several common traits throughout their respective careers.

Each played at Chapel Hill High School under head coach Mickey Harper, and the Georgia Elite summer team with head coach Daniel Caldwell. They now have impacted the collegiate level at Kennesaw State together, attempting to guide the Owls to their first-ever NCAA Tournament at the Division I level.

Right fielder Durant has appeared in 30 games this season for the Owls, joined in left field by Sara Sikes who has started in 42 contests for KSU while posting 35 hits and 20 RBIs. Her sister, Morgan, has become a top reliever for KSU with 12 appearances.

“Bianca has been a big asset here and stepped up throughout her career,” first-year Kennesaw State head coach Wes Holly Jr. said. “Sara had an immediate impact on our lineup and is a smart ball player with a strong softball IQ while Morgan is a left-handed pitcher for us, which is huge, who’s continuing to work hard and learning.”

The Douglas County connection has continued to bring the players together as a unit for the Owls. Durant noted the three “have known each other since middle school” while Sara believes the continuity has helped the outfield because “we’ve played together for years and know how to work with each other.”

The Owls have won four of their last five contests, placing them in prime position to qualify for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament in May and a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.

“We receive a lot of support from the KSU community along with Douglas County and making the NCAAs would generate more interest in our program,” Morgan said.

Kennesaw State returns to action on Friday against the University of South Carolina-Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.

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