Gone But Never Forgotten
They think about him often. Most of the time on the baseball diamond where he spent countless hours with his Crisp Academy teammates.
"A lot of stuff I learned from him. When I'm out there pitching a lot of times I think about him and what he's taught me. In a way, he's still living on," senior pitcher Rush Brown said.
James Bodrey, a former Crisp Academy standout pitcher, died in an ATV accident in Macon, months after his high school senior season. With a monument and a "JB" on the baseball cap, Crisp Academy has dedicated this year to him.
"I think after that first game it was pretty much implied. This is what it's about. Every game could be your last. Give it all you've got," pitcher and first baseman Jordan Howard said.
At 10-5, the region champions are pushing for a second state championship in the last three years. A roster of only 13 players, five of which are seniors, do it all for their fallen teammate.
"It's kind of been an emotional roller coaster. We've had our ups and downs. We feel like James is with usâ|pushing us and pushing us," Crisp Academy head coach John Penney said.
Gone but never forgotten. The Wildcats are looking for one more token to remember Bodrey by-- another Crisp Academy state title.
"It would mean the world to us and I know it would mean the world to his family. Of course, he would love it too," Brown said.
"Special. It's special now. We still have him at the field. We miss him," Howard said.