Davidson twins set to graduate from Lanett High School

Published 8:59 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019

LANETT — Kolby and Kaleb Davidson get recognized as a unit everywhere locally.

“Everywhere we go, it’s just always like ‘hey twins’ because they know there’s two of us,” Kolby said.

Now the brothers will walk across the stage as graduates at Lanett High School on Friday night.

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“It’s a blessing,” Kalen said. “It’s been a journey, but we’re blessed.”

The brothers started off high school at Valley, before transferring last year. Kaleb made the baseball team at Valley while Kolby didn’t, which was one of the reasons that motivated the move.

At Lanett, both brothers got a chance to shine on the baseball team, leading the Panthers to the program’s first playoff appearance in 17 years. Kaleb had a team-leading .581 batting average while Kolby was second on the team with a .413 average. Throughout the season, Kaleb pitched, played third base, catcher, shortstop and first base for the Panthers.

“It was wild,” Kaleb said after cracking a smile reflecting on the season. “It was good helping out the team win some games, and make it to the playoffs for the first time in so long.”

Kolby is attending Point University in the fall to play wide receiver on the Skyhawks’ football team in Ram Stadium. Kolby will be joined by Beulah running back Caden Dowdell as a freshman next semester as well.

“It’ll help because we’re local,” Kolby said. “I know there’s a lot of players who are from out of town, and we’re from here, so whenever they’ll text us asking about the city and we can let them know because we’re from here. All we have to do is play football.”

Although he wasn’t previously thinking of playing baseball in college, Kaleb said that Kolby’s signing motivated him to go to a school even more, whether he would play or just attend as a student. As of Wednesday afternoon, Kaleb said that he was leaning more toward attending Stillman College in Tuscaloosa as a student to study culinary arts.

“We push each other because we know that’s what we have to do,” Kolby said. “We would always play around and be like ‘okay. I can do this better than you,’ but at the end of the day, we were just supporting one another.”

Both brothers think they’re the best at sports.

“If I would’ve played football, I would’ve got you,” Kaleb said to Kolby. “I would’ve played every [position].”

Kolby takes the advantage in real life basketball and Madden football video games. Kaleb takes the title in Fifa soccer and NBA 2K video games. Both brothers believed that the sibling rivalry is tied up between the two of who’s better in baseball.

The brothers will remember the lunch periods from Valley the most, while Kolby will remember hanging out in the lobby at Lanett in the mornings before class started. Kaleb will remember making the baseball playoffs the most during his time as a Panther.

Kolby said that math was his biggest obstacle in high school, while Kaleb said that his sophomore year was his most challenging. Now after four years and two different schools, the brothers are prepared for the next chapter of their lives.

“Thank you to [our] parents, friends and all of our coaches,” Kolby said. “[Lanett head baseball] Coach [Hunter] Ames, [Lanett athletic director] Coach [Clifford] Story [,jr.] and all of the assistants.”