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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Ridge Smith

Ridge Smith (11) and Columbus are 5-0 to start the season. (photo: Carolyn Eddington)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Oct 5, 2017

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month for their performances over the month of September is Columbus senior quarterback and linebacker Ridge Smith.

The 5-foot-10 180-pounder is getting it done on both sides of the football for the 4A-II #1 ranked Titans. On offense he has pased for 564 yards with six touchdowns, while completing 63 percent of his passes. He has also added three rushing touchdowns. On defense he has registered 32 tackles over five weeks in limited time, due to Columbus beating three opponents by at least 27 points and two by 47 or more. Last season Smith passed for over 1,100 yards and had 18 combined touchdowns. 

Columbus (5-0), led by head coach Dan Grundy, will be back in action this Friday against CNC league rival Galena on the road. Galena is also 5-0 on the season and receiving votes in the 3A rankings. The Titans have won their last five meetings dating back to 2012.

Labette Bank would like to congratulate Ridge Smith and the Columbus Titans for their efforts this season!

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete or Team (girl(s)or boy(s)) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

-Labette Bank is a proud supporter of local athletics in the Southeast Kansas area.. Visit them online here