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February 27—The Treutlen Vikings are headed back to the Final Four! The Vikings defeated the Hancock-Central Bulldogs at home Wednesday night 78-70 in the quarterfinals of the Class A State Basketball Playoffs. 2 28 19 Basketball Vikings

The Bulldogs opened the game with a 5-0 lead and led 22-19 at the end of the first period. Treutlen came back in the second to tie the game at 42-42 at the half. The Vikings ended the third quarter with a 60-53 lead and opened up to an eight point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the game and held off the Bulldogs to get the win. Treutlen went 24 for 31 on the night from the free-throw line.

Kamron Jordan led the way in scoring for the Vikings with 26 points.

“It was a close ballgame all the way and I told the team the difference in the game would be rebounds and free-throws. Hancock-Central is a very good team and they brought a great crowd with them. We knew we were going to have to be ready to play from the very first quarter and all the way to the end. We were able to get the win and I am very proud of my guys.” Coach Tyree Coney said.

The number two ranked Vikings will play Irwin County, who knocked off Wilcox County 80-74 Wednesday, this Saturday night at 8PM at Valdosta State University. You can hear the game on WYUM, 101.7 FM, Sweet Onion Country and streaming on

February 27-- The Vidalia Lady Indians used two first half goals and tenacious goal keeping from Emily Carter to knock off number one St. Vincent's Wednesday at Buck Cravey Field.

The win over the two time defending State Champions was the first time the Lady Indians had defeated the private school from Savannah and the first ever Region 2AA loss for the Saints. 

The Lady Indians scoring came on an own goal by the Saints, and a put back from Analyn Baldree off an Ella Owen shot on goal.

With the win Vidalia moves to 6-0 and will play next on March 5th when they travel to Douglas to take on 6A Coffee.2 27 19 VHS Lady Indians Soccer

February 25--  A three-point win by the Vidalia Indians over the Number One team in Region 6-AA propels the tribe to the State Semi-Finals in AA basketball for the fifth time in eight years.

Tommy Dalley's Indians overcame a third-quarter dry spell to beat South Atlanta 46-43 and were led by Anthony Jones with 16 points, Xavier McLendon with 11,  Adam McCloud with nine consisting of three 3's, Mark Wardlaw with eight and Anthony Murphy with  two.

"It's a huge accomplishment for them and how hard they played and the effort they gave. There was a time when we could have quit.  When they took a five point lead after erasing our lead at the half, it was a time where somebody had to make some plays.  The guys looked at each other in the eye and said let's go," Coach Dalley said.

"I couldn't be more thankful for the folks that drove up here and watched this game and showed us that support.  We don't do this without a bunch of folks sitting in the bleachers.  This is a tough environment.  This was a tough place to come play.  How resilient came you be?  We've driven across the state and now we've gone north and they've pulled this thing out a couple of times.  I'm super proud of them," the coach said.

The Indians will play the winner of Wednesday's quarter-final match between Laney and Callaway High Schools.

The semi-final contest is Saturday night at eight o'clock at Georgia State College and University in Milledgeville with John Koon's play-by-play on Your Favorite, 98Q and streamed on the web at

Meanwhile, in the other Tuesday night quarter-final, Elbert County downed Woodville-Tompkins, Vidalia's Region 2AA nemesis this year, 63-52.  Elbert will face the winner of Wednesday night's quarter-final between Northeast Macon, the team that eliminated the Toombs County Bulldogs in the playoffs, and Therrell High School from southwest Atlanta.

February 26-- Georgia Tech athletics, AMB Sports & Entertainment and Peach Bowl, Inc. have entered a partnership that will have Georgia Tech football play an annual home game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2020-24.

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Georgia Tech will host the following games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons:

2020 – Nov. 14 vs. Notre Dame
2021 – Date/opponent TBA
2022 – Sept. 5 (Labor Day) vs. Clemson – Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
2023 – Date opponent/TBA
2024 – Oct. 19 vs. Notre Dame

February 12-- The Toombs County 4-H BB Team competed in the State Invitational VFW BB Match  Saturday, February 16 in Douglas. The BB shooters are scored in four positions: prone, standing, sitting and kneeling.

Toombs County 4-H had one team participate, placing 12th in the event. The team includes Bobby Brinson, Adam Copeland, Kinsley Davis, Ty Foskey, Janee Johnson and Ryder Sears. The 4-H BB team is coach by Brett and Lori Copeland, 4-H S.A.F.E. Coaches.

4hbbteamFront row (L to R):  Ryder Sears, Bobby Brinson and Adam Copeland

Back row (L to R):  Coach Brett Copeland, Kensley Davis, Ty Foskey and Janee Johnson

The BB Team program is offered through the Toombs County Extension Office and is a program of 4-H Project S.A.F.E. in Georgia 4-H.

The Toombs County 4-H Program is under the coordination of Cheryl Poppell, Extension Coordinator and Mallorie Talvan, 4-H Program Assistant.  

For more information on 4-H or Project S.A.F.E., please contact the Toombs County Cooperative Extension office at 912-526-3101.

February 25-- Here are the latest local area high school sports, Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Brewton Parker College sports schedules.

Monday, February 25

Tennis: Jeff Davis 5, Vidalia 0 Girls

                Jeff Davis 4, Vidalia 1 Boys

Soccer: Montgomery Co Lady Eagles 1, Johnson Co 1

Tuesday, February 26

Basketball: Vidalia 46, South Atlanta 43 (GHSA AA State Playoffs- Quarterfinals)

Baseball: Vidalia 5, Pierce Co 1 

                   Johnson Co 13, Treutlen 2

                   Toombs Co 12, Coffee Co 11 F/8 

                   Montgomery Co 3, Jenkins Co 2 

                   BPC 4, Reinhardt College 3 Game 1

                   BPC 8, Reinhardt College 5 Game 2

Soccer: Toombs Co 8, Montgomery Co 0 Girls

                Toombs Co 3, Montgomery Co 1 Boys

                Monticello 5, Treutlen Lady Vikings 1

                Frederica Academy 4, RTCA 0 Girls

                Frederica Academy 8, RTCA 0 Boys 

Softball: BPC 12, Fort Valley State 0 Game 1

                  BPC 5, Fort Valley State 2 Game 2 

Tennis: Bulloch Academy 4, Vidalia 1 Girls

                 Bulloch Academy 3, Vidalia 2 Boys 

Wednesday, February 27

Basketball: Treutlen 78, Hancock-Central 70 (GHSA A State Playoffs- Quarterfinals)

                       Auburn 78, Georgia 75 

Baseball:  Treutlen 15, Twiggs Co 0 F/3

Soccer: Vidalia Lady Indians 2, St. Vincent's 1 

Thursday, February 28

Baseball: Vidalia at Westside-Augusta (Canceled)

                     Claxton 4, Treutlen 3

                     Toombs Co 17, Tattnall Co 7

                     Atkinson Co 18, Montgomery Co 5 F/5 

                     RTCA 6, Fullington Academy 2

Basketball: University of Mobile 68, BPC 59 Women

Tennis: Swainsboro 3, Vidalia 2 Girls and Boys

Track: BPC at NAIA Championships at South Dakota State University

Friday, March 1

Baseball: Vidalia 9, Tattnall Co 5 

                    Savannah Christian at Montgomery Co 4:00pm

                    Stillman College 11, BPC 10

Soccer: Toombs Co 3, Woodville-Tompkins 2 Girls

                   Woodville-Tompkins 3, Toombs Co 2 Boys 

                   Treutlen Lady Vidalia 2, Monticello 1

Track: Vidalia Lady Indians at Friday Night Lights at Southeast Bulloch

                     Vidalia Boys and Montgomery Co at Friday Night Lights at Baldwin Co

                     BPC at NAIA Championships at South Dakota State University

Saturday, March 2

Basketball: Vidalia 53, Laney 44 (GHSA AA State Playoffs-Semi-Finals at Georgia College and State University Milledgeville)

                       Treutlen 74, Irwin County 72 (GHSA A State Playoffs- Semi-Finals at Valdosta State University)

                        Georgia 61, Florida 55 

Baseball: Stillman College 11, BPC 10 Game One

                      BPC 9, Stillman College 0 Game Two

Golf: Vidalia Lady Indians at Red Terror Ryder Cup at Jekyll Island

Tennis: Vidalia at Wayne Co

Track: BPC at NAIA Championships at South Dakota State University

Sunday, March 3

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Las Vegas Winner: Joey Logano

February 22--  Game time has been set for the Vidalia Indians appearance in the State AA Basketball Tournament.

The Indians, number two seed in Region 2-AA, hit the road to Atlanta Tuesday to play South Atlanta, the number one seed in Region 6-AA.  The Indians are 24-4 on the year while South Atlanta has a 25-5 record.

Tip-off for the game Tuesday is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be heard on Your Favorite, 98Q (FM 97.7) and streamed on the web at

February 22-- Vidalia High School Boys and Girls Tennis team defeated Bryan County Thursday 5-0.

Nancy McKenzie won at 1st singles 6-1, 6-4.  Rachel Ellison won at 2nd singles 6-2, 6-0.  Marilee Cabrol won at 3rd singles 6-1, 6-2. Carrington Long and Allison Pittman won at 1st doubles 6-1, 6-0.  Carolyn Collins and Karlie McDonald won at 2nd doubles 6-3, 6-1.

Mason Torrance won at 1st singles 6-1, 6-3.  Mason Davis won a hard fought match at 2nd singles 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Carlos Guerrero won at 3rd singles 6-3, 6-3. Mitchell Moore and Evan Stephens won at 1st doubles 6-4, 7-5.  Kolby Huelett and Canyon Beck won at 2nd doubles 6-0, 6-2. 

Coach Kristen Champion said, “Great start to the season for Indian Tennis!”

February 22- The Treutlen Vikings defeated Dooly County at home Thursday night 88-63 to advance to the quarterfinals in the GHSA Class A Boys State Basketball Tournament. The Vikings will host Hancock-Central next Wednesday at 6:00PM. Hancock-Central eliminated the Montgomery County Eagles in Sparta Thursday 72-50.

February 21--  Early County missed an end-of-game three pointer Thursday night and the Vidalia Indians held on to win their second round state tournament game 49-46. 

Anthony Jones scored nearly half of the Indians points with 23 and Coach Tommy Dalley said, "I wanted that one so bad for our guys.  They gave every effort they had and that's what we asked them to do."

The Indians advance to the quarter-final round in the AA playoffs and are on the road again next week to play at South Atlanta, probably on Wednesday.

John Koon's play-by-play comes your way on Your Favorite, 98Q and streaming on the web at

Bowling Green, Ky-Four Brewton Parker College wrestlers have earned a spot to the NAIA national tournament.

David Hamil came in fourth place at the MSC Championship in the 197 bracket and is currently ranked 6th in the NAIA. He has a record of 16-2.

Lucas Nelson came in 3rd place at the Mid-South Championship in the 125 bracket and he was unranked and not seeded going into a brack with 5 wrestlers ranked in the top 20. He beat the returning champ and the 10th ranked wrestler. He has a record of 10-4.

In the 165 bracket, Nate Pristavec is currently ranked 2nd in the NAIA with a record of 10-2. He was also a Champions of Character nominee.

Brooks Climmons is the 184 Mid-South Conference Champ and earned First Team All-Conference. He has a record of 14-1. (Courtesy of Brewton Parker College)

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February 19--  Today's baseball game between the Vidalia Indians and Calvary Day School has been postponed due to weather.

The game will be made up with a double-header when the Indians finish their regular season schedule at Calvary Day on April 20.

February 19-- The J. R. Trippe Middle School Chiefs baseball team got their season off to a great start on Saturday, February 16 at a Tournament in Brooklet, GA. The Chiefs played three much larger schools coming away with victories in all three games. In the first game they beat Richmond Hill 2-1 with Walker Moncus scattering three hits over four innings for the win. Sloan Fountain pitched a perfect bottom of the fifth for the save. Fountain started the bottom of the fifth inning in relief of Moncus getting all three batters he faced for the save. Kaleb Bennett and Moncus led the offense going 1-2 and 2-3 respectively.

In the second game the Chiefs came from behind again to get a walk-off 7-6 win over South Effingham in the bottom of the fifth. Hagan Brantley started the game on mound going 1 and 2/3 innings. Again Sloan Fountain came on in relief and completed the game to get the win. Cason Banks scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Kaleb Bennett led the Chief offense going 3-3 at the plate.

In the third and final game the Chiefs won again in the final inning by a score of 4-2 over Effingham County. Cason Banks started on the hill for the Chiefs pitching 3 solid innings giving up only one run. Tucker McDonald pitched the last two innings giving up only one run and picking up the win. In the top of the 5th Walker Moncus hit a 2 run blast over the left field fence for a 4-2 lead. McDonald held Effingham scoreless in the bottom of the fifth for the win.

It was a good team effort in all three games with some good defense, pitching and hitting. The offensive leaders were Kaleb Bennett 5-7 batting, 2 walks and 5 runs scored, Walker Moncus 4-8 batting, 6 RBI’s and a HR, Cason Banks 3-9 batting. Sloan Fountain picked up a save and win with some good relief pitching.

February 19-- The Toombs County High School Bulldogs wrestling team sent 8 wrestlers to the GHSA State AA Traditional Championships at the Certreplex in Macon last week with Ricardo Santana coming home with a State Championship and the team taking fourth place.

Santana won his third straight State Championship, placing him in rarefied air in the Toombs Program. Bryan Benton is now the only Bulldog wrestler to win more championships as he won a title in all four years at TCHS. With the Championship win Santana also finished the year with a perfect 59-0 record.

Santana (132 lbs.) had a bye in the first round, and in the quarterfinals he won a tough 4-0 decision over Landon Camp of Pepperell. Santana got a pin to win his semifinals match over Irbin Olmos of Elbert County, setting him up to face Chance Mitchell of Fitzgerald in the finals.

These two met in the Sectional finals with Santana winning a 9-5 decision. This time around Santana won by a larger margin, 7-1, over Mitchell to claim his third straight State Championship.

Two other Bulldogs also made it to the finals, but lost their Championship match to take second place at State.

Jose Balderas (106) quickly won his opening match by pin just 53 seconds in over Mason Monte of Screven County. Balderas won in the quarterfinals by technical fall over Pierce Fincher of Model and then won by pin over Tyler Post of Social Circle in the semifinals.

That set up Balderas to face Griffin Jarrett of Chattooga. Jarrett handed Balderas his only loss in the Sectionals, and he bested him again at the State meet. But Balderas finished at the State Runner-up.

Rolando Tinoco took second place at 285 lbs. Tinoco had a first round bye, and won by disqualification in the second round over Micah Butler of Spencer. Up next for Tinoco was Qwen Moss of Elbert County and Tinoco took care of business, winning by pin to advance to the finals.

In the Championship match Tinoco lost by a 6-0 decision to Luis Medina of Chattooga who Tinoco had defeated in the Sectional finals a week prior, 12-5.

Cruz Arredondo (113) finished in third place for the Bulldogs in the State Meet. Arredondo won his first match by technical fall over Jesus Sandoval of Screven County. In the quarterfinals Arredondo lost to Wes Conley of Armuchee and was sent into the consolation bracket.

Arredondo fought his way back with a win over Chayton Tuck of Oglethorpe County, 5-2, and then a win over Quinton Tugle of Monticello by a pin. Up next was Nicholas Swan of Rockmart and Arredondo won by a 7-3 decision to advance to the conso-finals. In that final match he won over Malik Hardy of Spencer in a very close match, 9-8 to take third place at State.

Martin Santana (126) took fifth place at State for Toombs. Santana won his opening match over Brendan Harris of Glenn Hills by pin and then won by pin in the quarterfinals over Ivan Arguello of Pepperell. That moved Santana into the semifinals where he fell to John Webb of McNair by major decision.

In the consolation bracket Santana lost in the conso-semis to Dan Dozier of East Laurens but came back with a win in the fifth place match over Shane Watson of Oglethorpe County by pin to take fifth in the State.

Also finishing in fifth place for TCHS was Devante Willis at 220 lbs. Willis won his opener over Elijah McClendon of Oglethorpe County by major decision and then won in the quarterfinals over Parker Free of Banks County also by major decision. In the semifinals Alex Mears of Chattooga defeated Willis to send him into the consolation bracket.

Willis lost his first match in the const-semis to Gavin Hill of Nartheast Macon, but came back in the fifth place match with a win over Chase Fleming of East Laurens by a 9-3 decision.

Also wrestling for Toombs at State was Issiah Wright (195) who won his first match over Cameron Jackson of Butler by pin, but fell in the quarterfinals to Terrance Walker of Banks County. Wright won by an 8-6 decision in the consolation bracket but dropped his next match to Allen Woods of Model, 7-4, to finish a round out of the medals.

Aarel Rodriguez (138) also wrestled and lost his first round match to Parker Hobson of Banks County. Then after a bye in the next round he lost to Daniel Griffin of Berrien.

February 18-- The Vidalia Indians defeated the Southwest Macon Patriots 62-46 at home Saturday in the first round of the GHSA AA State Basketball Playoffs. The Indians move on to the second round and will face Early County in Blakely, Ga. this Thursday at 5:30PM. Early County defeated Glen Hills 77-69 in the first round  You can hear the game on Your Favorite, 98Q and streaming on the web at 2 18 19 VHS BB

February 18-- Khaliq Harrell is the Chick-fil-A Iron Indian of the Week! He is a sophomore at VHS and displayed tremendous effort, attitude, and toughness this week in the weight room.

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February 18-- The Vidalia High School Indian Wrestling team finished in 8th place out of 51 AA schools at the GHSA Traditional State Tournament in Macon. Tahjah Watts defended his AA State Championship at 195 pounds this past weekend, wining his second consecutive State Championship. After wining his third consecutive Region Championship and losing in the sectional finals, Watts battled through the GHSA State Championships like a man possessed. He defeated Woods of Model and then Walker of Banks County before facing off against one of two people to defeat Tahjah this season. Watts defeated Veatch of Chattooga by major decision in the State Finals. “Yes, yes, yes. This is awesome being a back to back champion. I have felt a lot of pressure to perform well here and I’ve enjoyed the competition. I’m a state champion again,” stated the usually reserved Watts after his dominating state championship match. Watts finishes his career with a school record 173 wins, two state titles, three region titles, six individual tournament championships, and eleven tournament placings. Coach Steve Fullam commented, “Tahj has had a great career for us at Vidalia. He wasn’t a starter his freshman year and has worked extremely hard since then to earn everything that’s about to come his way. Tahj will be a great ambassador for our team, school, and community at whichever school he chooses to attend.”

Fellow senior, Noah Tippett came back from shoulder surgery a year ago to finish 4th at 120 pounds. Tippett defeated Cornell (Lamar County), Clark (Banks County), and Gomes (Oglethorpe County) on his way to a top four placing; losing to only one person the entire tournament. After his last high school wrestling match, Tippett commented, “I am very appreciative of getting to come back this year and wrestle. Two weeks ago, I didn’t think I would even qualify and now a have a state medal. This medal represents continuous hard work and perseverance, not just placing in a tournament.” Tippett leaves Vidalia Wrestling with 73 career wins and ten tournament placings. “We are very proud of the season Noah was able to put together. He battled with that shoulder all year and many times in the last two weeks he won through sheer grit, one of the cornerstones of our program. We’ll miss that grittiness his has,” Coach James Ferry stated. Senior Lawson Paradice also competed at the State Tournament, winning two matches over Martinez (Union County) and Santos-Cunningham (Hephzibah). Paradice also came back this season from a severe knee injury that required complete reconstruction. Paradice said, “It meant a lot to return this year, find a weight I could compete at, and finish my career with a trip to the state tournament.” Paradice completes his career with 86 wins and ten tournament placings. Lawson is the school’s only four time All Area Academic Team member. Coach Bobby Blount stated, “Lawson has been a staple of our program for a long time. We are excited to see him end his career with us well.”

 Junior Markevious Mincey finished fourth at 132 pounds and sophomore Thomas Godbee posted his second consecutive fourth place finish at 170 pounds. Both wrestlers recorded four wins on their way to the medal stand. Mincey defeated Nunley (Callaway), Hames (Social Circle), Tuck (Olgethorpe County), and Olmos (Elbert County) on his path to fourth place. Godbee beat Carpenter (Josey), Sullivan (Jordan), Page (Dade County), and Fortson (Elbert County) on his trac through the bracket. In fact, Godbee’s only loses came to the same opponent. Coach Ferry stated, “We are not only pleased with these guys’ results, but also that they are returning next year to lead a young team. Mincey is a gifted athlete that will do tremendous things next year. He’s finally serious about what he can do in wrestling. Godbee is amazing to watch wrestle. He exemplifies what we refer to as pace, another one of our cornerstones. He has one speed and we love it. Tom is also a highly intelligent kid having placed on the All Area Academic Team both years of high school.” Also competing for the Indians was Jaylin Burns, posting a 44-win season along with him qualifying for the state tournament.

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February 18-- Here are the latest local area high school sports, Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Brewton Parker College sports schedules.

Monday, February 18

Baseball: Telfair Co 2, Toombs Co 1

                  Treutlen 11, Portal 1 

                  Dodge Co 11, Montgomery Co 1

Tuesday, February 19

Baseball: Calvary Day at Vidalia 5:45pm (Postponed to April 20)

Soccer: Vidalia 10, Dublin 0 Girls

                Vidalia 7, Dublin 1 Boys

                 Toombs Co 9, Bryan Co 0 Girls

                 Toombs Co 5, Bryan Co 0 Boys 

                 Swainsboro 4, Treutlen Lady Vikings 0

Tennis: Screven Co at Vidalia 4:30pm (Canceled)

Wednesday, February 20

Basketball: Mississippi State 68, Georgia 67 

Baseball: Swainsboro 12, Treutlen 1 

Thursday, February 21

Basketball: Vidalia 49, Early Co 46 (Boys) (GHSA AA State Playoffs Round Two)

                      Treutlen 88, Dooly Co 63 (Boys) (GHSA Class A State Playoffs Round Two)

                      Hancock-Central 72, Montgomery Co 50 (Boys) (GHSA Class A State Playoffs Round Two)

                       BPC 77, Middle Georgia State University 67 Women

                       BPC 77, Middle Georgia State University 71 Men

Baseball: Appling Co 5, Toombs Co 2 

Soccer: Vidalia 6, Jeff Davis 0 Girls

                  Vidalia 4, Jeff Davis 3 Boys

                  Calvary Day 10, Toombs Co 0 Girls  

                  Calvary Day 5, Toombs Co 1 Boys 

Tennis: Vidalia 5, Bryan Co 0 Girls

                  Vidalia 5, Bryan Co 0 Boys

Friday, February 22

Baseball: Treutlen 8, Dublin 0

                    Milligan College 15, BPC 10 F/12

Soccer: Bradwell Institute 8, Toombs Co 0 Girls

                    Toombs Co 1, Bradwell Institute 1 Boys

                    Johnson Co 1, Montgomery Co 1 Girls

Saturday, February 23

Basketball: Ole Miss 72, Georgia 71 

                       Faulkner University 62, BPC 57 Women 

                       Faulkner University 75, BPC 57 Men 

Baseball: Vidalia 5,  Fannin Co 4 at Newnan

                  Trinity Christian 5, Vidalia 3 at Newnan

                   Appling Co 5, Toombs Co 4 

                   Toombs Co 12, Wheeler Co 0

                   Milligan College 6, BPC 4

                   BPC 11, Milligan College 2

Sunday, February 24

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway Winner: Brad Keselowski 

February 13—Anna Stanley signed her letter of intent for a scholarship to shoot sporting clays at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs. Stanley is a member of the RTCA Shotgun Team and is the first Crusader to sign a scholarship in this sport.

She has been a member of the National Sporting Clays Association for three years and has competed for RTCA since the 8th grade.

“I think this is an amazing opportunity, I think it will be great to get to go shoot in new places around the country and to get to meet so many new people. I am so happy to be able to continue my education and participate in the sport that I love. I really liked the college, it had that small town feel and that was one of the things that attracted me to it. I want to thank my grandfather for giving me my first gun, my mom and daddy, all my coaches and everyone who has helped me out along the way.” Stanley said.

Janet her mother added, “We are very proud of her. This is a great opportunity and who knows maybe she will end up on the Olympic team one day the sky is the limit for her. She has worked hard and we know she will continue to do well.”

“She is the first one to get this chance and we are really excited for Anna and the whole sporting clays team here at RTCA. They continue to improve and our coaches have done a great job.” RTCA Athletic Director Hayne Brant stated.

(L-R) Front: Janet Stanley (Mother), Anna Stanley, Beverly Thigpen (Grandmother). Back: Catherine Thigpen.2 13 19 Anna Stanley

February 11-- Here are the latest local area high school sports, Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Brewton Parker College sports schedules.

Monday, February 11

Baseball: Swainsboro 9, Treutlen 1

Basketball: BPC 71, Florida College 65 F/OT Women

                      BPC 89, Florida College 82 Men

Tuesday, February 12

Basketball: RTCA Lady Crusaders 35, Gatewood Academy 24  (GISA AA State Playoffs) (Round One)

                     Texas A&M 73, Georgia 56 

Baseball: Telfair Co at Toombs Co 5:45pm (Postponed Until Wednesday)

                     Montgomery Co at East Laurens 5:30pm (Postponed Until Wednesday)

Soccer: Vidalia 9, Coffee Co 1 Girls

                    Coffee Co 6, Vidalia 2 Boys 

                    St. Vincent’s 10, Toombs Co Lady Bulldogs 0 

                    Screven Co 7, Treutlen Lady Vikings 0

                    Montgomery Co at East Laurens 4:00pm (Canceled)

Wednesday, February 13

Basketball: RTCA Crusaders 49, Monsignor Donovan 42 (GISA AA State Playoffs, Round 1)

Baseball: Tattnall Co 9, Vidalia 3 

                     Toombs Co 12, Telfair Co 2

                     East Laurens 11, Montgomery Co 1 

Thursday, February 14

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Daytona Can-Am Duels

Duel 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Duel 2 Winner: Joey Logano 

Baseball: Toombs Co 10, Coffee Co 3 

Soccer: Vidalia 7, East Laurens 1 Girls

                 Vidalia 7, East Laurens 0 Boys

                 Toombs Co 3, Claxton 0 Girls

                 Toombs Co 3, Claxton 1 Boys

Wrestling: GHSA Traditional State Championship Tournament at Macon

Basketball: Martin Methodist 72, BPC 63 Women

                      Martin Methodist 64, BPC 62 Men 

Friday, February 15

Basketball: Northeast Macon 53, Toombs Co 30 Boys AA State Basketball Tournament, Round 1:

                     Terrell Academy 46, RTCA Lady Crusaders 40 at Tattnall Square in Macon (GISA AA State Playoffs) (Second Round)

Baseball: Treutlen 13, Dublin 1 F/5 

                  BPC 5, Calumet College of St. Joseph 2

                 Calumet College of St. Joseph 6, BPC 5  

Wrestling: GHSA Traditional State Championship at Macon

Track: BPC Men and Women at NCCAA Championships at Cedarville University, OH

Saturday, February 16

Basketball: AA Basketball State Tournament, Round 1: Vidalia 62,Southwest Macon 46 (Boys)

GISA AA Basketball State Tournament Round 2: Furtah Prep 80, RTCA 51 (Boys) at Tattnall Square

                  Montgomery Co 56, Gordon Lee 48 (Class A State Playoffs) (Round One)

Baseball: Vidalia 9, Heard Co 3 (Paul Thigpen Diamond Day)

                 Vidalia 14, Westside Augusta 13 (Paul Thigpen Diamond Day)

                 Toombs Co 9, Tattnall Co 1

                 BPC 10, Calumet College 5

                 Calumet College 8, BPC 2

Basketball: LSU 83, Georgia 79

Wrestling: GHSA Traditional State Championship Tournament at Macon

Track: BPC Men and Women at NCCAA Championships at Cedarville University, OH

Sunday, February 17

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Daytona 500 Winner: Denny Hamlin

February 15—The RTCA Lady Crusaders lost their second round game in the state GISA AA tournament Friday afternoon in Macon. 

The Terrell Academy Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Crusaders 46-40 to advance to the Final Four next week.  

Kayla Blackshear led the Crusaders with 14 points.

The Lady Crusaders were called for 22 fouls while Terrell Academy only had nine.

February 12—Vidalia High School standout golfer, Jackson Toole signed his letter of intent to play golf at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Toole has accomplished quite a bit over the last several seasons as he has won AA Player of the Year the past two seasons and was runner up his freshman year. He has had an accomplished junior career competing in many tournaments and picking up several wins over the years.

VHS Coach Chad Barker said, “Jackson has played for me and Denis Watkins over the years and he has developed into a great golfer. I have known his family for a long time. They have done everything they could to help him along the way. He has played hard as a junior golfer and here at the high school. We are very proud of him and we know that he is going to be a great asset for Delta State and he deserves this scholarship.”

His father Jonathan added, “We are very proud of him. He has put a lot of time and effort in over the years, and we are happy it got him to this point. We really like Delta State after our visit there and it seemed like a great fit for him. They are a good school and have a good golf program and we are excited to see him be a part of it.”

Toole stated, “It is a great opportunity for me and I am happy with where I am going. I think it will allow me to mature as a golfer and continue to improve my game. The school felt like a home away from home and I think it is the right fit for me. I have to thank my family, friends, Coach Barker, Coach Watkins and everyone at the school who has helped out.”

Toole still has his senior year at VHS to go and said they have some unfinished business as they were in the lead last year in the State Tournament, but it was called due to weather giving them second place. (L-R) Front: Jimmy Alexander (Grandfather), Jackie Alexander (Grandmother), Jackson Toole, Holly Toole (Mother), Jonathan Toole (Father). Back: VHS Coach Chad Barker. 2 8 19 Jackson Toole

February 12-- The Toombs County High School Bulldogs wrestling team hosted the GHSA 2AA Traditional Sectionals on Friday and Saturday of last week and had nine wrestlers qualify for the State Traditional Tournament which will be held at the Macon Centreplex this Thursday through Saturday.

Toombs had two wrestlers win their weight division at Sectionals with Ricardo Santana (132 lbs.) and Rolando Tinoco (285) winning their titles.

Santana had a bye in the first round and won his second round match by a pin in the first round. In the second round he won by pin over Landon Camp of Pepperell to advance to the finals. His finals match was against Chance Mitchell of Fitzgerald and it was a good one. The match went back and forth early, but Santana did what he needed against the tough opponent and came away with a 9-5 decision to win his title.

For Tinoco at 285 lbs., he had a bye in the first round also. Tinoco won his second round match by a 7-1 decision and then defeated LaJavis Nelson of Lamar County by pin in the first round of the semifinals. In the Championship match Tinoco also faced off with a tough opponent in Luis Medina of Chattooga. Tinoco played a smart match and walked away with a 12-5 decision and the title.

Jose Balderas (106) took third place. He had a bye in the first round and then won by pin in the second round. Balderas lost his next match to Griffin Jarrett of Chattooga, but bounced back in the consolation-semifinals with a pin over Kohl Streetman of Rockmart. In the conso-finals Balderas won by major decision over Thomas Hardy of Spencer.

At 113 lbs. Cruz Arredondo took third place for the Bulldogs. He also had a bye in the first round and then won his next match by pin just 30 seconds into the match. Arredondo lost the next match to Wes Conley of Armuchee but came back in the conso-semis with a win over Garrett Phillips of Jeff Davis by a 7-2 decision. He then lost in the conso-finals to Nicholas Swan of Rockmart having to forfeit for medical reasons. 

Martin Santana (126) also took fourth place, and had a rough time dealing with an injured shoulder though out the tournament. Santana had a bye in the first round and won his next match by pin. Santana lost the next match to Dan Dozier of East Laurens in a close 6-4 decision. Santana came back with a win in the conso-semis over Levi Banks of Lamar County with a pin, but fell in the conso-finals to Jarrett Young of Fitzgerald by a 10-3 decision.

Issiah Wright (195)had a fifth place finish for the Bulldogs. He won his first round match by pin but dropped the second round to Ty Veatch of Chattooga. Wright won his next two matches by pin to get into the conso-semis. Wright lost that match to Allen Woods of Model and then won the fifth place match by pin over Alex Vasquez of Jeff Davis.

Aarel Rodriguez (138) came away with sixth place. He won in the first round by an 8-3 decision but lost in the second to Thomas Zenga of Pepperell by pin. Rodriguez won the next match by a major decision and the next by a 7-2 decision to move into the conso-semis where he lost to Bradley Owens of Jeff Davis. In the fifth place match Rodriguez lost to Daniel Griffin of Berrien by pin to take sixth place.

At 152 lbs. Chandler Lynn finished with sixth place. Lynn had a bye in the first round and then won by pin in the quarterfinals. Lynn then had a tough moment as he lost his next match on a technicality. Lynn lost to Cory Young of Lamar County in the semifinals through a disqualification, which then forced losses in the next two matches to give Lynn a sixth place finish. 

Finally at 220 lbs. Devante Willis took sixth place to earn a spot in the State Tournament. Willis won his opening match by a pin, but fell in the next round to Javon McNeal of Dodge County. Willis picked up a win by pin in the consolation bracket and in the next round won by a 4-1 decision over Zack Edwards of Vidalia. In the conso-semis Chase Fleming of East Laurens defeated Willis and then in the fifth place match Willis lost to Gavin Hill of Northeast Macon to take sixth place.

Also wrestling for Toombs in the Sectionals was Blake Hall (120).

February 12—Congratulations to Robert Brown and Cailyn Jordan of the Vidalia Indians who have signed to play football at the Georgia Knights Prep Academy in Snellville, Ga.

“I want to thank my teammates, coaches and family for helping me. Hopefully I can get an offer in a couple of years to a bigger school and continue my academic and football career.” Brown said.

“Robert was all-in from the time he arrived at Vidalia High School. He is one of those kids that made our football team better but our school better. We are going to miss him and he is just a blessing to have in your program.” Coach Lee Chomskis said.

“I have been working for this a long time and now I can finally get to show what I can do at the next level. I am thankful for my family, coaches and teammates for helping me to get this great opportunity.” Jordan stated.

Coach Lee Chomskis said, “Cailyn is probably the best prospect of all of our guys that are getting signed. We played him out of position his high school career. He played down lineman his sophomore and junior years and moved him to defensive end his senior season knowing he could have been one of our linebackers. I think in college he will be an inside linebacker. He has incredible speed and he will strike you. We are going to miss him because he is a great example for others when he is out there playing.”

(L-R): Front: Robert Brown Sr.(Father), Kris Brown (Mother), Robert Brown, Cailyn Jordan, Dorothy Prayor (Cailyn's Grandmother),Tony Prayor (Cailyn's Grandfather). Back: Coach Eric McDonald, Coach Chris Hamilton and Coach Lee Chomskis.  2 7 19 Robert Brown and Cailyn Jordan

Baseball Pitcher of the Week: Bradley Cammack, Georgia College

A preseason All-Conference pick as a relief pitcher, Brad Cammack made the adjustment to starter and pitched five shutout innings in a 13-0 win over Paine in the season opener.  The senior from Soperton, Ga., allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out nine.  He set down the first eight batters he saw in order, five of those via strikeout, and held batters to a .176 average.  His nine strikeouts are currently second in the Peach Belt Conference and he is fifth in the league in strikeouts per nine innings.(Courtesy of Peach Belt Conference)

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Congratulations to Vidalia Indian senior standout Nyshun Bell on signing his letter of intent for a scholarship to play football at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.

“I want to thank my parents and the rest of my family, and my coaches at Vidalia High School, it really was a blessing coming up through the program and having the success while I was there. Pikeville felt like home to me when I visited the school and I am thankful for this opportunity. I hope I can open the door for others players from Vidalia to maybe also get this opportunity at Pikeville.” Bell said.

Coach Lee Chomskis said, “I am proud for him and his family, it takes a total team effort to get to where he is going and he has done a lot of hard work. Nyshun is a great player and I think Pikeville is very lucky to get him. He was AJC AA First Team All-State and Region 2AA Player of the Year. He also worked hard in the classroom to be able to get this great opportunity.”

“I am very proud of Nyshun and I like Pikeville, it is a small community and a Christian based school and I know he will be getting a good education, along with a chance to further his football career.” Aleshia Gillis said. 2 6 19 Nyshun Bell

February 7—On National Signing Day Wednesday in College Football Former Vidalia Indian Lakia Henry signed with the Ole Miss Rebels. He had offers from Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Iowa State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Auburn before deciding on Ole Miss. Henry is the #1 Junior College Inside Linebacker in the nation (247 Sports). 2 7 19 Lakia Henry

The 6’0” 225lb. linebacker was a dual threat at Vidalia when he graduated in 2017 before signing to play for Dodge City Community College in Kansas. In his two seasons he had 187 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss.

“It has been a long journey and process but I am grateful for it and I am blessed. It really came down between Arkansas and Ole Miss. I chose Ole Miss because of the program and the people there, it almost felt like home. It is closer to home and my family can come and see me play. My advice to players in high school is to get the job done in the classroom and never give up on your dreams.” Henry said.

VHS Head Coach Lee Chomskis said, “Anytime you hear a kid from Vidalia that has landed on his feet and doing well I get excited. He had to go play at the junior college level and has done extremely well. I am very proud and excited for him and his family, it is a grand opportunity. The sky’s the limit if he takes advantage of the situation we may even see him playing on Sunday one day.”

February 7—At the GHSA Region 2AA Basketball Tournament Wednesday night at Vidalia High School the Toombs County Bulldogs upset the Swainsboro Tigers 58-52. The Bulldogs trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, 28-27 at the half and 41-37 after the third period. Tyrese Lewis led the Bulldogs with 28 points. With the win the Bulldogs qualify for the state tournament.2 7 19 TCHS Tyrese Lewis

Toombs County will now face rivals the Vidalia Indians Friday at 5:30PM. The Indians are the number two seed in the tournament. You can hear the game on Your Favorite, 98Q and on

February 6-- The Robert Toombs Christian Academy wrestling team finished 5th as a team this past weekend at the GISA State Wrestling Tournament at Georgia Southwestern in Americus. The Crusaders were the only AA school that finished in the Top 10.

Blaine Miller became the first two-time State Champion in school history, finishing the year a perfect 27-0 in the 220 lb. weight class. Blaine was dominant at State with none of his matches making it past the first minute of the first period on his way to the Championship.

Adam Edwards won the State Championship in the 145 lb. weight class and finished the year at 28-2. Adam had a war in the semifinal match against a solid wrestler from Gatewood, winning 8-7. That sent Edwards into the Championship where he took the title with a first period pin.

At 285 Jody Graham finished as State Runner-up. Graham exceeded expectations as a first year wrestler and Coach Thomas Smith said they are very excited to have him again next year with some experience.

Justin Dees finished as State Runner-up at 120 and had one of the most exciting matches of the tournament in the finals against his opponent from Windsor Academy. The match went all three periods, but Dees lost the close match by decision.

Jacob Edwards finished 3rd at 132 as a 9th grader and had a tremendous season for a freshman. Hannah Keene finished her wrestling career on the podium again as she placed 5th in the 106 lb. class. After a great middle school season Kenny Anderson qualified for State and wrestled well but didn't place at 170.

Coach Smith said, “I am super proud of this group of wrestlers and all of the hard work is paying off. We finished with four in the finals and two State Champions, it was a good year.. I want to thank Coach J.D. Rogers for all of the work he put in with the team, he was a huge part of our success this year as well."

(L-R) (Front): State Champion Adam Edwards and State Champion Blaine Miller. (Back): Coach Thomas Smith, Jacob Edwards, Jody Graham, Kenny Anderson, Justin Dees, Hannah Keene and Coach J.D. Rogers. 2 6 19 RTCA

February 5-- The Toombs County wrestling team won their 6th straight Area Traditional Title last Saturday in Jeff Davis. Toombs County put 10 wrestlers in the finals and came away with 8 champions. Winning Area titles for the Matdogs were Jose Balderas 106 lbs, Cruz Arredondo 113lbs, Martin Santana 126lbs, Ricardo Santana 132lbs, Chandler Lynn 152 lbs, Demetrius Owens 160 lbs, Johnathan Morales 182 lbs, and Rolando Tinoco 285 lbs. Also making the finals were Blake Hall 120 lbs and Devante Willis 220 lbs. Ariel Rodriquez 138 lbs and Isaiah Wright 195 lbs both placed third.

Coach Benton said this about the tournament: “ I was extremely proud of how our guys performed this past weekend. I thought we got some momentum at the Sweet Onion and it certainly carried over to this weekend. I was happy with putting 10 in the finals and when we came away with 8 champs, that broke the record for most champs we have ever had. We have had 7 champs before, but not 8. I can’t say enough about the work these guys put in everyday. Brooks and Sam worked them really hard this last week. I think the fact that they continue to pound on each other in the room every day is what makes the difference when we take the mat."

Toombs will be hosting the Sectional tournament this Friday and Saturday with wrestling starting Friday at 4:00 and Saturday at 9:00.

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February 5-- Greenville, Sc--Chloe Chaney, a freshman 2nd baseman from Hazlehurst, GA, won NCCAA Softball Player of the Week as announced by the national office today. 

The Barons played a double header against Montreat College on Friday and split the series 1-1. In the first game, the Barons lost 1-6, but Chloe went 3-4 from the plate and had 1 triple and scored a run. In the second game, the Barons won 6-0. Chloe was a perfect 3-3 with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 5 RBIs. (Courtesy of Brewton Parker College) 2 5 19 190204 Chaney Chloe SB Fielder

February 4--Torre Bellamy is the Chick-fil-A Iron Indian of the Week for last week. Torre showed tremendous effort, attitude, and leadership in the VHS weight room.

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February 2-- In Metter Friday night the Vidalia Indians wrapped up the regular season with a sweep of the Metter Tigers. The Indians defeated the Tigers 52-44 and the Lady Indians winning 49-37.

Vidalia will host the GHSA Region 2AA Tournament starting this Tuesday. The Indians are the number two seed in the region and will have a bye until Friday at 5:30pm. The Lady Indians are the number four seed and will play Wednesday night at 7:00pm.

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February 4-- Here are the latest local area high school sports, Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Brewton Parker College sports schedules.

Monday, February 4

Basketball:  Montgomery Co Lady Eagles 36, Portal 34 (GHSA Region 3A Tournament)

                       Savannah Country Day 35, Treutlen Lady Vikings 24 (GHSA Region 3A Tournament)

Tuesday, February 5

Basketball: St. Vincent's 48, Toombs Co Lady Bulldogs 43 F/OT (GHSA Region 2AA Tournament at Vidalia)

                     Toombs Co 60, Bacon Co 52 (Boys) (GHSA Region 2AA Tournament at Vidalia)

Baseball: Wayne Co 7, Vidalia 1 (Scrimmage)

                    Toombs Co 5, Treutlen 0 (Scrimmage)

Soccer: Toombs Co 5, Appling Co 1 Girls

                   Toombs Co 4, Appling Co 1 Boys

                   Bleckley Co 11, Montgomery Co 0 Girls

                   Bleckley Co 2, Montgomery co 2 Boys

Wednesday, February 6

Basketball: Toombs Co 58, Swainsboro 52 Boys (Region 2AA Tournament at Vidalia)

                     Jeff Davis 30, Vidalia Lady Indians 23 (GHSA Region 2AA Tournament at Vidalia)

                      Savannah Christian 32, Montgomery Co Lady Eagles 23 at Wheeler Co  (GHSA Region 3A Tournament)

                      Alabama 89, Georgia 74 

Thursday, February 7

Basketball: Montgomery Co 50, Portal 40 (Boys) (GHSA Region 3A Tournament at Savannah Country Day)

                       Treutlen 73, Calvary Day 50 (Boys) (GHSA Region 3A Tournament)

                       RTCA 71, Twiggs Academy 31 (Girls) (GISA Region 2AA Tournament at St. Andrews)

                       St. Andrews 51, RTCA 38 (Boys) (GISA Region 2AA Tournament at St. Andrews)

                       BPC 73, University of Mobile 65 (Women)

Softball: BPC 9, Talladega College 0 

                     Auburn University-Montgomery 8, BPC 0 (AUM Tournament (Montgomery, AL)

Soccer: Vidalia 4, Statesboro 2 Girls

                     Statesboro 4, Vidalia 2 Boys

                     Jeff Davis 5, Treutlen Lady Vikings 1

Friday, February 8

Basketball: Vidalia 60, Toombs Co 39 (Boys) (GHSA Region 2AA Tournament at Vidalia) (Semi-Finals)

RTCA 77, FPCA 45 (Boys) (GISA Region 2AA Tournament at St. Andrews)

RTCA 45, FPCA 35 (Girls) (GISA Region 2AA Championship at St. Andrews)

Treutlen 69, Claxton 67 F/OT (Boys) (Region 3A Tournament at Savannah Christian) (Semi-Finals)

Montgomery Co 50, Savannah Christian 44 (Boys) (Region 3A Tournament at Savannah Christian) (Semi-Finals)

Soccer: Johnson Co 2, Treutlen Lady Vikings 0

Wrestling: Sectional Tournament at Toombs Co 4:00pm

BPC Women at WCWA National Championship Tournament at Marietta

Baseball: Edward Waters College 17, BPC 9

                  Hawkinsville 4, Montgomery Co 1 (Scrimmage)

Softball: Montreat College 10, BPC 2

                 Spring Hill College 10, BPC 2  (AUM Tournament) (Montgomery, AL)

Saturday, February 9

Basketball: Woodville-Tompkins 59, Vidalia 46 (Boys) (GHSA Region 2AA Championship at Vidalia)

                      Metter 78, Toombs Co 26 (Boys) (GHSA Region 2AA Tournament at Vidalia) (Consolation Game)    

Treutlen 67, Montgomery Co 48 (Boys) (GHSA Region 3A Championship at Savannah Christian)    

                      Ole Miss 80, Georgia 64

                      Stillman College 95, BPC 93 Men

                      Stillman College 75, BPC 63 Women

Wrestling: Sectional Tournament at Toombs Co 9:00am

BPC Women at WCWA National Championship Tournament at Marietta

Baseball: Edward Waters College 3, BPC 0 Game 1

                    Edward Waters College 3, BPC 2 Game 2

Track: BPC at Samford Open

Sunday, February 10

February 4-- The Vidalia Indian wrestling team qualified twelve of their fourteen wrestlers for next weekend’s Sectional Tournament. Senior, Tahjah Watts (195) won his third consecutive area championship in dominating fashion. When asked about the tournament result, Tahjah said with a smirk, “Three region championships. It feels great.” Fellow senior, Kaleb Cook (138) won his first area tournament at the end of a very successful and focused season. “I came into this season with one focus and that was the area. Now it’s onto qualifying next week and get to the state finals,” Kaleb commented after his championship match. Sophomore, Thomas Godbee (170) won the area tournament after finishing runner up last year. Godbee stated, “This feels great! I knew I would be happy about it, but this just feels great.”

            Lawson Paradice (182) fought his way to the finals finishing second. Dawson Campbell (160) moved up a weight class to take the runner up position as well. In the consolation finals the Indians almost posted a perfect record, winning seven of eight matches. “We had a great medal round. Overall, we won ten out of the thirteen placing matches,” Coach Bobby Blount said at the conclusion of the tournament. Third place finishers were Javarius Worthen (106), Hunter Manning (113), Noah Tippett (120), Markevious Mincey (132), Zack Edwards (220), and Jaylin Burns (285). Robert Allen (126) finished fourth and Damian Townsel (145) finished fifth.

All these wrestlers have earned All Region recognition. Unlike other sports, in wrestling the All Region must be won not voted on by the coaches. First Team All-Region; Tahjah Watts, Kaleb Cook, Thomas Godbee, Lawson Paradice, and Dawson Campbell. Second Team All-Region; Javarius Worthen, Hunter Manning, Noah Tippett, Markevious Mincey, Zack Edwards, Jaylin Burns and Robert Allen. Honorable Mention All-Region; Damian Townsel. Coach James Ferry concluded, “We are ecstatic with the finish, especially in the placing round. We haven’t had a round like that all year. Although we were shooting for a team first place, I must remind myself that five years ago we would be happy with not finishing last. Our guys have done a great job this season to put themselves in a position to qualify for the state tournament in two weeks. God bless and roll tribe.”2 4 19 VHS Wrestling

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