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May 29--  The United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler Counties held its 26th annual golf scramble last week to raise money for community service agencies in the three counties.

United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon estimates the tournament raised $15,000 and thanked golfers, sponsors and volunteers for their support along with Dennis Donahue who served as the tournament director for the second year.

uwgolf19(L-R) Dennis Donahue with the winning team of Dennis Ingley, Jim Winskie, Bo Broadwell and John Somers who fired 17 under par on the par 72 Little Ocmulgee Golf Course near McRae. 

Ingley, Winskie and Somers also won the scramble last year with Hunter Brown rounding out the foursome.

DalleyVidalia High School didn’t have to look far to find its next Athletic Director to succeed retiring AD Chunk Reid.

Longtime Boys Basketball Coach Tommy Dalley was named to the position Tuesday morning.

In appointing Dalley, VHS Principal John Sharpe said "We are excited about having Coach Dalley as our AD at VHS. Under his leadership, our basketball program has grown to one of the top programs in the state. He has a tremendous work ethic, high energy and builds positive relationships with students and staff members."

Sharpe, himself a Vidalia graduate and Vidalia Principal since2013 said the selection process was lengthy and there were many qualified applicants "We were fortunate to have such quality applicants on our coaching staff from which to select a successor to Coach Reid."

Dalley, the Vidalia boys’ basketball coach since 2008, has established himself as one of the top coaches in the state. He has led Vidalia to two Championship appearances and three other Final Fours.

“I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity. This is an exciting time as we move forward with the athletic program here at Vidalia High School and continue to build on the great tradition that has been established here at Vidalia.” Dalley added “I realize that I have extremely big shoes to fill.  Coach Chunk Reid is one of the most respected Athletic Directors in the state and his longevity in the position says a lot about what he has meant to Vidalia High School.”

One of the first things Dalley plans is to meet with each of the head coaches and try and get a feel for, “What their needs are for their programs, almost a wish list of things, that could help them improve their program,” and noted “I work every day with some of the best coaches in the state and I am sure they will be there with support during this transition. After all, we currently have a number of coaches who have served as Athletic Directors at various schools for years and we can learn a lot from their past experiences.”

Although Vidalia High School moved into a brand new school at the beginning of this school year, Dalley sees the need for improvement in some athletic facilities, “A couple of areas that we need to take a look at right away are the track and the Ralph Parsons Gymnasium.  We will always be looking for ways to improve our facilities and make sure our students have the best we can provide.”

Dalley begins his tenure immediately and observed, “It is great to be in a city that supports athletics like Vidalia.  Our school system is one of the best in the state and our kids are able to learn a tremendous amount about life with what our coaches are teaching on a daily basis.  I look forward to serving our coaches and trying to make their job a little easier.”

Montgomery, AL--At the SSAC Awards Banquet on Sunday, the BPC men's soccer team was awarded the the first Mayor Todd Strange Champions of Character Team Award.

Each school from the SSAC could nominate one male and one female team. The SSAC then chose BPC men's soccer from that list and will submit to the NAIA for national consideration.

The team had to provide examples of how they exemplified the five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Members of men's soccer attended weekly bible study meetings, devoted their time to referee youth soccer games, helped coordinate a road race for a youth home, handed out food at a local food bank and even earned the SSAC Sportsmanship Award for their high character on the field. 2019 05 23T14 58 55 724 04 00 Graphic

Coach Frankie Ruiz also traveled to the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year to promote organized soccer and help with local youth organizations. 

"We are blessed to be recognized for this award," exclaims Coach Ruiz. "Our soccer program is truly growing a culture that exemplifies Brewton-Parker College's Christian values. It is our mission to develop these young Christian athletes into productive and positive individuals to be prepared for today's society. I am very proud of the buy with our athletes and coaching staff, in which we work together for the same goal. It is a team effort to build success. We will continue to improve our efforts each and every day to promote BPC." (Courtesy of Brewton-Parker College) 

May 28—The 57th Annual Lyons Youth Tournament gets underway Tuesday, May 28th at Partin Park in Lyons. Over one hundred baseball and softball teams have signed up to participate in the tournaments this year.

May 27Here are the latest local area sports scores and schedules.

Monday, May 27

Tuesday, May 28

Baseball: Nats 5, Braves 4

Wednesday, May 29

Baseball: Nats 14, Braves 4

Thursday, May 30

Friday, May 31

Baseball: Tigers 8, Braves 2

Saturday, June 1

Baseball: Braves 10, Tigers 5

Sunday, June 2

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Pocono Winner: Kyle Busch

Baseball: Braves 7, Braves 4 

May 23—The VHS Indians Golf teams competed at the AA State Tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Oak Mountain Golf Club in Carrollton.

The Indians finished in 9th place led in scoring by Jackson Toole who tied for 4th with a 76-73=149 total. Christopher Phillips finished 19th 80-78=158 total.

The Metter Tigers finished in first place with Ian Glanton of Metter as low medalist at 3 under par 70-71=141.

The Lady Indians finished in 6th place to winners Bremen. Cassidy Collins tied for 16th 95-95=190, C.J. Seabolt 93-98=191 tied 18th and Ryan Norfleet finished in 23rd place 92-105=197.

The Montgomery County Eagles competed at the Class A State Tournament in Warner Robins at Southern Landings Golf Club and finished in 8th place.

Riley Davidson finished tied for 11th place 80-86=166, Bo Davidson 92-91=183 tied for 27th and Hubert Miller 96-98=194.

May 22-- Treutlen County High School Shynovia “Dae Dae” Wright signed her letter of intent to head to Brewton-Parker College to play softball.

Wright was a standout in her senior season for the Lady Vikings as she not only led the team, but led the Region with a .529 batting average. She also was a solid defensive player as she committed just two errors in 22 games.

Wright said, “I am excited to go to Brewton-Parker and I am ready for that next step. I want to thank Coach Versprille and my dad who has pushed me to get better and to work for this scholarship. I am glad to get to stay near home and also to go to a Christian School for the values that they have.”

Lee Wright, father, added, “Really proud of her. We have been talking about this moment for a long time and for it to come true is just great. We are really glad that she will be close to home, and we look forward to getting to watch her play.”

Coach Kristy Versprille stated, “She is a good role model for those coming up. She worked hard and it has paid off for her. She had several colleges looking at her, but most were far away and Brewton-Parker fit and she can stay close to home.

“She played third for us and did a great job defensively and led the Region in batting average and is still improving at the plate. We are proud of her and wish her the best.”

BPC Coach Madison Herrin said, “We are excited to get her and to get another good local kid. She is very athletic, well coached and is hard working and has a good attitude. She worked out well with us and had an outstanding senior year. She made a good impression with us and we are happy to get her.”5 22 19 Treutlen Wright Signs

(L to R, Front): Jasmine Blaxton (sister), Brenda McKinney (grandmother), Christina Wright (mother), Shynovia “Dae Dae” Wright, Lee Wright (father), Lola Harris, Jada Wright (sister); (Back)) Treutlen Coach Kristy Versprille, and Coach Madison Herrin.

May 21-- The Vidalia Indians Football team wrapped up spring practice with an inter-squad scrimmage game Monday at Buck Cravey Field.

“I’ve been pleased with the spring we have had great effort, attitude and participation. There are three things that we lack from this past season. One is experience we have very little experience in a lot of places. Guys are going to have to grow up in a hurry. We are not quite as tough as we were this time last year, but we were heavy with seniors this time last year. We are going to have to get tougher. The support leadership has to get better. The seniors are going have to step-up and fill the void. All of these things can be fixed and can get better. If we have a great summer and we are here on time and ready to work, then we will be okay. We just have a long way to go.” Coac5 21 19 Bryce Davish Lee Chomskis said

. (#12 QB Bryce Davis Gets Ready For A Pass)

(#7 Mark Wardlaw Makes An Interception)                                (Pictures Courtesy of John Conner) 5 21 19 Mark Wardlaw

May 20-- Robert Toombs Christian Academy would like to recognize two of the Lady Crusader soccer players. Seniors Hannah Keane and Claire Walden were named to the All-Region soccer team. In addition, Hannah Keane was also named to the GISA All-State soccer team. These two players combined for 50 goals this season and lead the way for the Lady Crusaders to make it to the final four in the GISA State playoffs. We wish them the best of luck as they will be continuing their playing careers at the next level. Claire will be playing at Brewton-Parker College and Hannah will play at South Georgia College. Congratulations Seniors and Coach Robertson for a great soccer season!

(L-R): Hannah Keane, Coach Dan Roberson and Claire Walden. 5 20 19 RTCA Soccer

May 20Here are the latest local area sports scores and schedules.

Monday, May 20

Baseball: Braves 4, Giants 1

Football: Vidalia Scrimmage 5:00pm at Buck Cravey Field

Golf: AA State Tournament at Oak Mountain in Carrollton

          Class A State Tournament at Southern Landings in Warner Robins

Tuesday, May 21

Baseball: Giants 4, Braves 3

Golf: AA State Tournament at Oak Mountain at Carrollton

         Class A State Tournament at Southern Landings in Warner Robins

Wednesday, May 22

Baseball: Braves 9, Giants 2 

Thursday, May 23

Baseball: Braves 5, Giants 4 F/13

Friday, May 24

Baseball: Braves 5, Cardinals 2

Saturday, May 25

Baseball: Cardinals 6, Braves 3 

Sunday, May 26

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Charlotte Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Baseball: Braves 4, Cardinals 3 

May 18--  The Lady Saints of St. Vincent's overpowered the Vidalia Lady Indians to win their third consecutive state soccer title Saturday afternoon in Macon.5 18 19 VHS Ella Owen

The Lady Indians lost 5-0 and Coach William Harn said, "They played a very high pressure situation and we had a tough time winning anything in the middle of the field.  If you can't control the middle of the field, it's going to be a long day.  Our seniors and our girls gave every bit of heart and to be 20 and 2 is a great season and it'll take us a day or two and we'll be excited about being here, but it hurts right now."

It's the first time in Vidalia High School history that the Indians have made it to the state title game and Coach Harn is proud to be part of it,"You know, a chance to work with kids at Vidalia High School is a great opportunity.  These girls put in the work and it makes coaching a lot of fun.  You've got a class bunch of girls to work with and I'm pleased to be part of it."

5 16 19 GSU GolfPALO ALTO, Calif. –  For the first time since 2010, the Georgia Southern men's golf team is headed to the NCAA Championship. The Eagles took fourth place at the NCAA Stanford Golf Regional with a -6 three-day total to advance as the No. 10 seed in the regional. Joining Georgia Southern out of the Stanford Regional are No. 12 Stanford, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 26 North Carolina and No. 14 LSU.

While other teams started to drop, the Eagles stayed the course and finished with their third straight 2-under-par 278. Solid scores across the board paved the way for a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, next weekend. Senior Steven Fisk and junior Jake Maples led the way on the final day, both carding 68s (-2) as the course showed its teeth late. Freshman Colin Bowles shot even par while Brett Barron and Ben Carr both shot 72s.

A few notes:
• For the week, the Eagles didn't have a player shoot over 72, the only team in the regional to make that claim.
• The 834 team total is the lowest for the program in its 15 regional appearances.
• The Eagles last advanced out of regionals in 2010 when they tied for fourth at the Atlanta Regional.
• The solo fourth place finish marks the best regional finish in program history.
• Overall, this will be Georgia Southern's 15th appearance in the NCAA finals. The NCAA went to a regional format in 1989 and this is the fifth time in program history the Eagles have advanced out of regionals.
• The Eagles bested No. 24 NC State, No. 36 USF, No. 38 Kansas and No. 47 Virginia among others to earn the trip to NCAAs.

The day started with chilly temperatures and light rain scattered around the Palo Alto area. The Eagles started on hole 10 with LSU and Ole Miss and posted seven birdies on their front half. Making the turn, Georgia Southern went -5 on hole one, highlighted by an eagle from Fisk, to kick-start the drive to the finish. As the winds picked up, the conditions toughened and other teams began to fall by the wayside. Three birdies on the seventh hole and a birdie on 8 from Carr all but sealed up the trip to Arkansas.  

Scores
Steven Fisk – 71-65-68 (-6, 204), T6
Jake Maples – 67-71-68 (-4, 206), 9
Colin Bowles - 69-71-70 (E, 210), T15
Ben Carr – 71-71-72 (+4, 214), T33
Brett Barron – 72-71-72 (+5, 215), T38
Team – 278-278-278 (-6, 834), 4

The Eagles will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to play in the 2019 NCAA Golf Championship, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club.(Courtesy of Georgia Southern University)

May 15-- Arkavias Lovett of Treutlen County High School signed his letter of intent for a scholarship to play basketball for the Bobcats of East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. Lovett was a standout basketball player for the Vikings helping lead them to the State Championship Game this season and to a record of 30-2.

Lovett was a four year player and a two year starter for the Vikings. Every year the Vikings made it to the State Playoffs, making it to the Elite 8 his sophomore year, the Final 4 his junior season and the Championship his senior year.

“It feels great. This is just a dream come true and have worked hard for. God has helped make my dream come true and I am excited today. I want to thank my mom. I have been through a lot growing up and she kept pushing me. I have to thank Coach Coney, he is definitely one of the reasons I am signing today.

“I want to go and major in criminal justice and hopefully use East Georgia to move on to a bigger school and to get to where I want to be.” Lovett said.

“I am very proud of him and just super excited for him. I am thankful for his coaches and his peers who have worked with him and helped him and have helped him throughout the school year. I feel that he will go on to East Georgia and do a super job.” Christina Lovett said.

Treutlen Head Coach Tyree Coney stated, “We are very proud of him. I knew this was a goal and a dream of his to be able to play on the next level and we are looking for big things. We tried to push him as much as we could and I know he is going to be a tremendous player at East Georgia. But the main point is he has the opportunity to further his education and to become a productive citizen later in his life. I am going to miss him a lot, and just wish him great success.”

East Georgia Head Coach Leroy Jordan said, “He just has good character. He is going to play hard and is going to represent this institute well. We are about molding young men into better men and we see that in him, that ability as a student and we know he can play the game. We want to get him educated, we want to show those younger kids here at Treutlen that they all can get there and we have high hopes for Arkavias.”5 13 19 Lovett

May 15-- Arkavias Lovett of Treutlen County High School signed his letter of intent for a scholarship to play basketball for the Bobcats of East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. Lovett was a standout basketball player for the Vikings helping lead them to the State Championship Game this season and to a record of 30-2.

Lovett was a four year player and a two year starter for the Vikings. Every year the Vikings made it to the State Playoffs, making it to the Elite 8 his sophomore year, the Final 4 his junior season and the Championship his senior year.

“It feels great. This is just a dream come true and have worked hard for. God has helped make my dream come true and I am excited today. I want to thank my mom. I have been through a lot growing up and she kept pushing me. I have to thank Coach Coney, he is definitely one of the reasons I am signing today.

“I want to go and major in criminal justice and hopefully use East Georgia to move on to a bigger school and to get to where I want to be.” Lovett said.

Christina Lovett his mother added, “I am very proud of him and just super excited for him. I am thankful for his coaches and his peers who have worked with him and helped him and have helped him throughout the school year. I feel that he will go on to East Georgia and do a super job.”

Treutlen Head Coach Tyree Coney stated, “We are very proud of him. I knew this was a goal and a dream of his to be able to play on the next level and we are looking for big things. We tried to push him as much as we could and I know he is going to be a tremendous player at East Georgia. But the main point is he has the opportunity to further his education and to become a productive citizen later in his life. I am going to miss him a lot, and just wish him great success.”

East Georgia Coach Leroy Jordan said, “He just has good character. He is going to play hard and is going to represent this institute well. We are about molding young men into better men and we see that in him, that ability as a student and we know he can play the game. We want to get him educated, we want to show those younger kids here at Treutlen that they all can get there and we have high hopes for Arkavias.”

(L to R, Front): Kenli Taylor (cousin), Tammie Miller (cousin), Jamay Ricks (sister), Carmen Lovett (sister), Jasmine Blaxton (girlfriend), Arkavias Lovett, Christina Lovett (mother), Louis Lovett (grandmother), Millie Lovett (aunt): Coach Tyree Comey, Assistant Principal Victor Turner, Derek Cone, Coach Jason Brooks, Principal Forrest Edge, Coach Steve Versprille and East Georgia Coach Leroy Jordan.

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May 15-- Coach Ladson Helms is retiring from the Vidalia School System. He has been a coach and teacher for 43 years and will be truly missed.

He was at Robert Toombs for two years and then moved into the Vidalia school system in 1978. He was at VHS for 20 years and then with J.R. Trippe Middle School for 21 years.

During that time Helms was an assistant football coach under Buck Cravey for 16 years and was the Head Football Coach at VHS from 1993-1997.

He was also the Head Coach of the VHS track & field team for 39 years where he had 22 individual State Champions and 8 Runners-up. As a team he coached the Indians to a State Championship in 2017 and a Runner-up in 2016 and also had one third place finish. The Indians also won 10 Region Championships under Coach Helms.

Helms coached the Cross Country team for 12 years and winning numerous Region Championships.

While at J.R.Trippe he was the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Chiefs for 20 years. During that time the Chiefs won five Middle Georgia Middle School Athletic Association Championships and they had a record of 101-41. They also were the MGMSAA Runners-up four times.

He was the Chiefs Track & Field coach for 18 years and during that time they won six MGMSAA titles and served as the MGMSAA League Secretary for 15 years.

“I feel very fortunate to have been able to stay in the Vidalia School System for 41 years. I have seen a lot of administers, teachers, coaches and staff come and go and I have made a lot of friends over the years. I am going to miss them...and these kids, that is why we do this, for these kids. It makes me feel so good that I can be up town and somebody will holler, 'Hey Coach Helms,' and it is times like that that make it worth it and make you feel good. Those ones that tell you that they appreciate what you did for them. We are doing it for the kids and I hope that I have made an impact on some of them.

“I am proud of all of the accomplishments as a coach as well, and I have to say that I didn't think I was ever going to get a Track Championship, but we did it and that was one of the happiest days of my life. We had come close the year before, but no cigar, but that was one of the most enjoyable Championships of all. Through the years we have had a lot of Championships both at VHS and here at Trippe and with Track and Cross Country and I appreciate all of them. I plan on going canoeing, fishing and some hunting in the fall. I know I have to get my other knee worked on but I will be good to go and go and enjoy this time.” Helms said.

(L-R): Lance Helms (son), Gloria Helms (wife), Ladson Helms, Lee Helms (son), and Heather Helms (daughter-in-law). 5 10 19 Ladson Helms

May 15-- Robert Toombs Christian Academy wrestler Adam Edwards signed his letter of intent to move on to Brewton-Parker College. Edwards was the State Champion at 145 lbs. For RTCA this year and finished his season with a record of 28-2. Edwards also played football and was on the track & field team for the Crusaders.

Edwards said, “I am really excited about it and really looking forward to going. Shout-out to J.D. Rogers, Coach Smith and my parents who have supported me through it all. I like that it is close to home and also that it is a Christian oriented school. They had three All-Americans at BPC this year and I hope to be a part of that.”

Coach Thomas Smith stated, “Adam had a great year this year.. He was getting recruited both for football and for wrestling but he decided that he wanted to go and wrestle. I am excited for him to have this opportunity. He had a great year for us, was a State Champion and I know that he is going to work hard and do good things at Brewton-Parker.”

His mother Amanda added, “We are proud of him and thankful for the opportunities that Robert Toombs has given him. We are proud that he will be able to follow his Christian faith and get to go to Brewton-Parker. We are excited for him and know he will do well.”

BPC Coach Tim Mitchem said, “He is a tough kid. I like what he has to offer and after we started watching him we knew he would be a good fit with us. It is a bonus that he brings that State Championship with him, so we know he will put in the effort and be what we want as a Baron.” 5 10 19 Adam Edwards

(L-R) Front: Ronnie Youmans (granfather), Jeffrey Edwards (father), Adam Edwards, Amanda Edwards (mother), Deborak Youmans (grandmother). Back: Jacob Edwards (brother), RTCA Head Wrestling Coach Thomas Smith, BPC Head Wrestling Coach Tim Mitchem, and RTCA Coach J.D. Rogers.  

May 14—The 2019 season came to an end for the Vidalia Indians Soccer team with a 3-0 loss to the Union County Panthers Tuesday in the semi-finals of the AA State Playoffs at Buck Cravey Field. The Indians couldn’t capitalize on some early opportunities to score in the match. 5 14 19 VHS Soccer Boys

The Panthers got on the scoreboard with a goal with 20:29 left in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime.

Union County scored two more times in the second half with 30.03 and again with 11:24 remaining in the game.

Vidalia ends the year at 17-4 and made school history making it all the way to the Final Four.

Union County will face Thomasville for the AA State Championship.(Picture By Carroll Williams)

May 14-- The Toombs County High School track team had three athletes place at the GHSA State AA Track & Field Meet in Rome last week. One Bulldog even came home with a State Championship.

Caleb Hartley had a solid showing at the State Meet as he brought home the State Title in discus. Hartley blew away the competition. His best throw of the day was 165'6” which was 13 feet better than the second place competitor from Elbert County. Hartley also threw well in the shot put as he took second place with a throw of 55'.5” which was just two inches shy of taking the top spot which was a throw of 55'2.25” by Zaylin Wood of Heard County.

LiliAnn Pittman took second place in the shot put at the State Meet. She threw a personal best with a throw of 38'11”, which was nearly two feet better than her previous best. It was also just three inches shy of the winning throw which was made by Shakira Ardister of Elbert County of 39'2”.

The third athlete to place for the Bulldogs was Divoria Gafney who came away with second place in the long jump. Gafney jumped 17'7.75” which came up just .25 of an inch shy of the State Champion who came from Vidalia, Myesha Hall, with a jump of 17'8”

May 13-- The VHS Indians competed in the Class AA State track meet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Rome, Georgia.  This year's field of athletes in this classification was extremely tough with Bleckley County dominating a majority of the events.  

The Indians opened up the meet running the 4x100 relay with an exceptional performance and a season best time of 42.1 turning the fastest time and entering the finals in the #1 seed position.  The relay consisted of Jesi McRae, William Page, Cailyn Jordan and Raymond Collins.  In the finals this team ran a 42.2 and placed 4th

Raymond Collins then ran the 100m with a time of 10.94 and narrowly missed qualifying for the finals by .01 seconds.  The field of sprinters this year consisted of 10 guys running under 11 making us one of the most difficult classifications in the state of Georgia in this event.

Jesi McRae hit the track next in the 110h. He was running an excellent race and was in position to qualify for the finals when he hit a hurdle and stumbled, after regaining his balance he caught up to the field but it wasn't enough to qualify for the finals. Jesi did qualify for the finals in the 300h, while the rain continued to pour placing 8th while running near his personal best.

Highly seeded Raymond Collins took the track again in the pouring rain to run the 200, yet slipped coming out of the blocks.  He avoided falling but once again came up a little short from qualifying for the finals. 

Cole Register finished the evening with a 20 personal best in the 3200 placing 7th in his event with a time of 10:40.  This is the first time in nearly 10-15 years to have a person to place in this event at state.  Freshman Luke Palmer qualified in this event and also had a personal best performance. 

In the field events, Senior Jaylen Clements was in 2nd place throughout the entire competition but was etched into 4th place in the final throws. William Page made his first ever appearance to the state meet and stepped up in a huge way by placing 6th place in the triple jump with a jump of 44'3". 

Hunter Manning continues to overcome challenges as a freshman in a new event and a first year track athlete.  After clearing opening height of 10' the competition was postponed to Friday.  Hunter again cleared opening height and competed well but came up short of placing at the meet, but was the first state qualifier in the pole vault in over 20 years.

The Indians put up a good fight in the 4x400 Relay once again running a season best time of 3:30, placing 6th. 

“Although the Indians placed 10th as a team this season and were a little disappointed in the way things played out at the state meet, every single athlete on the team had a personal best this season and every athlete showed substantial improvement throughout the season busting through personal bests performances each week.  These young men were diligent, committed and worked extremely hard all season and I couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments.” Coach Mandy Godbee said.5 13 19 VHS Bys Track 5 13 19 VHS Boys Track 2

(Pictured Freshman Hunter Manning in Pole Vault and Luke Palmer in the 3200)

May 13—The Vidalia Lady Indians Soccer team is heading to the ship! For the first time in school history the Lady Indians will play for the GHSA AA State Soccer Championship 5:00pm this Saturday at Mercer University in Macon. Vidalia defeated Model High School in Rome 2-1 Monday in the semi-finals. 5 14 19 VHS Girls Soccer Team

The Lady Indians scored with 20 minutes in the first half off of a corner kick with a header by Logan Reid. Ella Owen scored her 90th goal of the season from 10 yards out with 13 minutes to make the score 2-0 Vidalia at the half. Model scored their only goal of the match with 13:47 remaining in the game.

May 13—The VHS Lady Indians competed in the AA Track and Field State Championships this past weekend at Berry College in Rome. The Lady Indians finished 6th overall in the State out of 43 teams.5 13 19 VHS Lady Indians Team Picture

Placing for the Lady Indians: 

Myesha Hall (Below) placed 1st in long jump(17-8) and 2nd in triple jump(36-6)

Jasmine Smith placed 6th in shotput

Team A of the 4x100 meter relay team placed 7th, Team consisted of Natalie Owens, Myesha Hall, Kyleigh Johnson and Ashtyn Braddy.

Kyleigh Johnson placed 6th in the 300 meter hurdles.

Team A of the 4x400 team placed 2nd overall in state with a new school record of 4:09.58. Team consisted of Aleria Simpson, Natalie Owens, Ashtyn Braddy and Myesha Hall. 5 13 19 myesha LJ

Coach Grady Hart, “This was a great year overall with a great team. They worked hard and believed in each other the entire meet. I am very proud of the way we finished the meet by breaking a school record in the 4x400 meter relay to seal the deal. I can’t give enough credit to Coach David McCloud in all he does for the team and with his throwers. We have a young team. We are losing one senior (Natalie Owens), I will miss her leadership and work ethic. Everybody else is coming back. We are going to work hard this off season and come back stronger than ever and push to win a state championship next year!!!

May 13Here are the latest local area sports scores and schedules.

Monday, May 13

Soccer: Vidalia Lady Indians 2, Model 1 (Semi-Finals GHSA AA State Playoffs)

Tuesday, May 14

Baseball: Cardinals 14, Braves 3

Soccer: Union County 3, Vidalia 0 (Boys) (Semi-Finals GHSA AA State Playoffs)

Wednesday, May 15

Baseball: Braves 4, Cardinals 0  

Thursday, May 16

Baseball: Braves 10, Cardinals 2 

Friday, May 17

Baseball: Braves 12, Brewers 8

Saturday, May 18

Soccer: St. Vincent's 5, Vidalia Lady Indians 0 (GHSA AA State Championship at Mercer University)

NASCAR: Monster Energy Open Winner: Kyle Larson Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Baseball: Braves 4, Brewers 3 F/10

Sunday, May 19

Baseball: Brewers 3, Braves 2 F/10

May 10--  The Georgia Athletic Officials Association is facing a shortage of referees and umpires for high school sports in the state.

Alan Smith of Vidalia is Executive Director of the Association and is mounting a statewide recruiting campaign for officials.

Alan discusses the challenge with John Clark of the Georgia News Network on the program "Georgia Focus" this weekend.

You can hear the program Sunday morning at 6:05 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. on NewsTalk WVOP, AM 970 and FM 105.3 and streaming on the web at www.southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

Alan will also be a guest Monday morning on the station's Southeast Georgia Today morning show at 8:05.

May 9—The Vidalia Indians Soccer team came from behind to defeat the Pepperell Dragons 4-1 Wednesday at Buck Cravey Field in the quarterfinals of the AA State Soccer Playoffs. For the first time in school history the Indians will play in the semi-finals. 5 9 19 Tyler Dean

The Dragons got on the scoreboard with a goal with 5:00 minutes remaining in the first half and took the lead into halftime 1-0. The Indians scored their first of four goals with 10:05 left on a Konner Owens assist to Tyler Dean (Left). Dean returned the favor on a assist on a goal by Owens with 9:12 remaining. With just over 6:00 left in the match Reid Cabe took a direct kick from the side of the box rebound to John David Hodges to score another goal for the Indians. Cabe scored the final goal with just 42 seconds remaining on a kick over the goalie that came out to defend.

Vidalia will host Union County next Tuesday or Wednesday. Union County defeated Jeff Davis 4-0 Wednesday. (Picture By Carroll Williams)

May 8-- Two Treutlen County High School Lady Viking soccer players signed their letters of intent last Friday to move on to play for the Lady Barons of Brewton-Parker College. Carli Meeks and Sydnee Nobles will be taking their talents to the Lady Barons Soccer team. 

They helped lead the Lady Barons to their best season in school history by making it to the second round of the GHSA State A Playoff this year. They were also the Area Champions for the first time in school history. The Lady Vikings defeated Echols County in the first round 2-0 before falling to Lake Oconee Academy in the second round.

Meeks and Nobles were both captains this season. Meeks was a fourth year starter and Nobles was a three year starter. 

Meeks said, “It means a lot to me. I love this game and have put in a lot of work over the past 10 years and to be able to keep playing something you love is just wonderful. I have to thank my mom and dad for pushing me to work hard and my teammates and coaches for being there for me and the Viking community. I like Brewton-Parker; it is small and you feel welcomed there. I think it is a good fit for me.”

Nobles added, “I am really excited for this opportunity. BPC is a nice place to go to college, it is close to home and to my family and my friends, but it gives me a new team and teammates to grow with and will help to get me out of my comfort zone. I really want to thank my coaches, and I want to thank Coach Prince for this opportunity. I want to thank my family for pushing me and supporting me and for always being there for me.”

Marty Meeks (father) stated, “We are incredibly proud of her. She has a talent and has worked hard to continue to improve. We have all been there for her, but she has that drive and has made this happen. We are also very happy that she will be staying close to home, and we look forward to getting to see her play at BPC.”

Ed Nobles father said, “I can tell you as being a 'soccer dad' that I didn't know a lot about the game when my other daughter began playing, but Sydnee followed her into the game and I have learned a lot over the years. It has just been a joy to watch her grow as a person because of the sport. I want to thank BPC and Coach Prince for this opportunity. It is also close to home, and we are very happy that she will be near and that we will get to go see her play and will be close if she needs anything.”

Treutlen Head Coach Davis Brinson added, “It is a great feeling to see them move on to play for Brewton-Parker. They have been a big part of what we have done over the past few seasons and for them to get to take this next step is exciting for them and I am proud of them. They have been great role models for our younger girls and have shown them what it takes to be successful and that attitude will hopefully continue to thrive here at Treutlen.”5 6 19 Lady Vikings Soccer Signees

(L to R, Front): Natalie Meeks (sister), Maci Meeks (sister), Lilly Meeks (sister), Marty Meeks (father), Christy Meeks (mother), Carli Meeks, Sydnee Nobles, Regina Nobles (mother), Ed Nobles (father); (Back): Coach Kristy Versprille, Head Coach Davis Brinson and BPC Head Coach Prince Borde.

May 8-- Vidalia High School's Tahj Watts will be taking his wrestling talents to Newberry College in Newberry, SC. Watts has racked up an impressive record in his years at Vidalia and finished his career with a career record of 173-32. 

Watts was 58-3 during his senior season with 31 pins, and brought home the title at 195 lbs. From the Morgan County Christmas Classic, was 2nd at the Viking Christmas Invitation, was Champion at the Hook 'Em Classic, Champion at the Sweet Onion Classic, Champion in Area 1AA, 2nd at Sectionals and capped off his senior year with a State Championship at 195 lbs. That was also back-to-back State Championships for Watts. He is also a three-time Area Champion, three-time Sectional finalist and those 173 wins are a school record.

Watts said, “I am just blessed to have this opportunity. I want to thank God. I also want to thank my coaches who strengthened me mentally and physically and pushed me to be better and to work hard. I wasn't the best, but they made me all they could. And now I want to move on to Newberry and continue to work and to become an All-American. Newberry has a great feeling. It is a small community like Vidalia and just feels like home.”

VHS Head Coach James Ferry stated, “We are very proud of Tahj and he has just worked hard for all of our coaches. He came into this season focused. I think he surprised himself last year when he won the State Championship, but this year he just had that drive that he was going to be a State Champion. He had a target on his back and even with that just did a great job. He has worked every year and has given himself this opportunity.”

Maggie Jacobs (grandmother) added, “I am proud of him certainly. I am going to keep on praying for him to stay on the right path and to work. I want to thank his coaches and everyone else, and I am just so proud.”

(L to R, Front): Jvion Williams (brother), April Byrd (aunt), Tahj Watts, Maggie Jacobs (grandmother), Shanise Smith (aunt); (Back): Chris Hamilton, Coach Bobby Blount, Coach Daniel Copeland, and Head Coach James Ferry.

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May 8--The Montgomery County Eagles Golf Team won the Area 2-A Tournament held at Little Ocmulgee State Park on Monday, April 29. The Eagles won by a whopping 32 shots.

The team was led by Tournament Low Medalist Riley Davidson who fired a 75. He was followed by Hubert Miller who shot 86. Both Davidson and Miller were selected to the All-Area team. The team will travel to Warner Robins on May 20-21 to compete in the Class A State Tournament at The Landings Golf Course.

Coach Mark Davidson stated “I am very proud of these young men. They worked hard during the season and it paid off. This is a very special group of guys and I’m very proud of each one of them. They all played a big part in this championship.”5 8 19 MOCO Golf

Team Members:

Bo Davidson

George Arnsdorff

Skylar Bailey

Riley Davidson

Hubert Miller

Cameron Coleman

May 8-- Christopher Phillips of Vidalia High School is heading on to play golf for Brewton-Parker College. He signed his letter of intent last Thursday. Phillips has helped the golf team to a State Runner-up finish last year and is looking forward to the State Tournament at Oak Mountain in Carrollton later this month. Christopher Phillips said, “I feel pretty good, and am really excited to go. It has been a dream to get to play in college and here we are. I have put in a lot of work and it is paying off. I do like it being close to home, getting the chance to get a feel for it all without having to go far away will be nice. I want to thank my mom and dad and all of those that helped me get through the tough times.”

VHS Head Coach Chad Barker stated, “I am proud of Chris. He has worked really hard having to go through a surgery on his shoulder and all. He has made a great comeback as he has continued to work to get back to where he was, and he keeps getting better and better. Just happy he is getting this opportunity and hope it all works out for him. He is also the perfect example of a true student athlete. He makes very good grades and works hard on the course.”

BPC Coach Frankie Ruiz said, “We first saw Chris out at Little Ocmulgee and we talked about his injury and his bouncing back. His game has come a long way already, and we are looking for it to continue. He is just a great kid, has great character and is what we are looking for at Brewton-Parker.”

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(L to R, Front): Chris Phillips (father), Shea Phillips (mother), Christopher Phillips, Taylor Moses (sister); (Back): VHS Head Coach Chad Barker, and BPC Head Coach Frankie Ruiz.

May 8—For the first time in school history the Vidalia Lady Indians Soccer team is headed to the Final Four in the AA State Playoffs. Vidalia came from behind to defeat the Lamar County Trojans 4-3 in Barnesville Tuesday in the quarterfinals. Vidalia advances to face the number one seed from Region 7 AA Model High School in Rome, Ga. next Tuesday in the semi-finals. 5 9 19 VHS SoccerGirls

May 8-- The Toombs County 4-H Shotgun Team recently competed in the 2019 Southeast District 4- H Shotgun Match. Members competed for individual and team honors and the opportunity to advance to the state Match at Rock Eagle on May 11, 2019.

Toombs County 4-H 2019 Shotgun Team competed in two divisions: Junior (Grades 7-8) and Senior (Grades 9-12). The team is coached by Project S.A.F.E. Certified Coaches Brett Copeland, Wendell Harvey, Matthew Jones, Jeffery Page, Steve Page, Robert Roberson, and Dover Williamson.

In the Junior division, Ryan Page placed 4th and Caleb Jackson placed 5th. Senior member Dalton Underwood was the second place individual in the Senior Division. The Toombs County Junior team placed third and the Senior Team placed second in the event.

To advance to the state match at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Junior 4-H members had to break at least 16 of 25 targets and Senior 4-H members had to break 20 of 25 targets. Advancing to the state match were Cheyanne Anderson, Conner Colbert, Adam Copeland, Jazlyn Denmark, Elijah Fowler, Dawson Harvey, Logan Harvey, Caleb Horne, Caleb Jackson, Drew Johnson, Blake Jones, Dawson McClendon, JP Page, Ryan Page, Cason Thigpen, Dalton Underwood, Drew White, Clayton Williamson, and Cole Williamson.

The Georgia 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education Program (S.A.F.E.) is sponsored by The Georgia 4-H Foundation. The Toombs County 4-H Program is under the coordination of Cheryl Poppell, Extension Coordinator and Mallorie Talvan, 4-H Program Assistant.

4-H is the Youth Development Program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For more information about this or any other 4-H activity, call the Toombs County Extension Office at 526-3101 or visit Toombs County Extension online at http://www.ugaextension.com/toombs/.

May 7-- The RTCA Weightlifting team competed in the GISA State Weightlifting Championships Friday at Bulloch Academy.  RTCA finished as State Runner- Up as a team and had three individual State Champions.

Jody Graham was the State Champion in the heavyweight class and was also top lifter overall in all classes.  Jody benched 345lbs and power cleaned 350lbs.

Latson Ennis was the State Champion in the 190-205lb weight class.

Sam NeSmith was the State Champion in the 130-140lb weight class.

Other Crusaders that placed

Blaine Miller 190-205 3rd

Sensier Carnes 205-225 2nd

Tylan Hardy 205-225 3rd

Mason Moxley 120-130 4th

Lando Botelho 130-140 6th

Max McCoy    130-140 7th

Trey Brant    140-150 6th

Jacob Edwards 140-150 7th

Paul Ledford 140-150 8th

Jashawn Powell 150-160 6th

Clayton Meadows 150-160 8th

Cade Jones 160-170 4th

Jackson Newton 160-170 5th

Ridge Vauss 170-180 4th

Nelson Thigpen 180-190 5th

Fernando Zayas 190-205 5th

Bryce Miller 225-245 6th

Tyshawn Powell 245-260 4th

Coach Smith said, "I'm very proud of how hard our guys competed and encouraged each other.  We had a good number of guys break their maxes during the competition.  This was our first weight lifting competition and to come out as State runner ups competing with AA and AAA schools shows how hard our guys have been working."

(L-R) Front: Coach Collins, Mason Moxley, Nelson Thigpen, Fernando Zayas, Tylan Hardy, Trey Brant, Clayton Meadows, Ridge Vauss, Max McCoy, Bryce Miller, Jody Graham, Sam Nesmith, Paul Ledford, Landon Bohtelo, Cade Jones, Coach Nesmith, Sensier Carnes, Jashawn Powell, Coach Smith. Back:Jackson Newton, Tyshawn Powell, Blaine Miller, Jacob Edwards and Latson Ennis.  5 7 19 RTCA Weight

May 7—The Vidalia Indians defeated Fitzgerald 4-0 last Thursday at home in the second round of the GHSA AA State Soccer Playoffs.

Vidalia is the number one seed from Region 2AA and will host Pepperell, the number two team from Region 7AA, in the quarterfinals this Wednesday at 6:00pm.

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VHS Keeper Tate McDaniel blocks a Purple Hurricane shot in last week's victory. (Photo Courtesy Carroll Williams)

May 7—Congratulations to Vidalia Indian Antrell Williams who signed a letter of intent for a scholarship to play basketball for the Brewton Parker College Barons.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and all the time my coaches put in to get me better and ready for this next step.” Williams said.

Coach Tommy Dalley said, “Antrell holds a special spot here at Vidalia, from our coaching staff and his teammates. He has worked hard in the gym and in the classroom to get to this point. He is a great kid and just the way he carries himself in every manner, his character and that means so much. It is a great fit for him and Brewton Parker. I am super excited for him and his future there.”

“Antrell first and foremost is a really good kid. We are always looking for high character athletes to add to our program. From a basketball standpoint he has great length and is very athletic and he is very aggressive to the rim. He really likes to play defense and you have to do that at this level. We are really excited about bringing him to BPC.” BPC Athletic Director and Head Coach Daniel Prevett said.

“I am really proud of my son and I am looking forward to seeing his games and being there for him as a mother.” Jade Williams said.

(L-R) Front: Jariyah Williams(sister), Jade Williams(mother), Antrell Williams, Saboris Johnson(grandfather), Antrevion Williams(brother). Back: BPC Associate Head Coach Stephen Birchfield, VHS Coach Tommy Dalley and BPC AD and Head Coach Daniel Prevett. 5 6 19 Antrell Williams

May 6-- Saturday in Fitzgerald, GA, the Vidalia Indians continued their quest for the state championship meet, competing in the AA Sectional A meet. The Indians performed very well with a personal best in nearly every event. Once again, the field events racked up points early.5 6 19 VHS Boys Track sectionals 

William Page had an outstanding day in the triple jump with a personal best jump of 45'4" putting him in 2nd place. 

Raymond Collins continues to break through boundaries and lead the team in the sprinting events.  He put in another personal best in the 200m with a time of 22.20, placing 3rd, and running and 11.01 in the 100m. 

Jesi McRae also turned in some big personal best times in the 110h with at time of 14.76, placing 2nd, and the 300h with a time of 40.74, placing 4th. 

“Heading into the Sectional meet, one in which the state is divided in half for our classification, the guys faced many tough challenges to get through the round and qualify for state. Never have I seen and entire team step up and outperform their own personal bests. These young men are up for the challenge and are ready to compete with the best. They have focus, talent and perseverance and an amazing desire to win. I am beyond proud of them and their accomplishments." Coach Mandy Godbee said.

The Indians had 20 competitors compete at sectionals 15 of them will advance to the state meet.

State qualifiers:

100m- Raymond Collins

200m- Raymond Collins

800m- Markell Parrish

            Chason Brogdon

1600m- Cole Register

3200m- Cole Register

              Luke Palmer

110h- Jesi McRae

300h- Jesi McRae

4x100m- Jesi McRae, William Page, Cailyn Jordan and Raymond Collins

4x400m- Jamarcus Adams, Jesi McRae, Markell Parrish, Joe Summerset

High Jump- Antrell Williams

Triple Jump- William Page

                     Jonathan Moody

Pole Vault-  Hunter Manning

Discus- Jaylen Clements

Shot Put- Xavion Michaels

May 6-- The Lady Indians competed in the South AA Sectional Track Meet this past Saturday in Fitzgerald. Regions 1AA,2AA,3AA and 4AA were in attendance.5 6 19 VHS Girls Track Sec

The Lady Indians had 13 athletes to compete in the Sectional Meet.

Placing for the Lady Indians:

Myesha Hall placed 4th in the 100 meter dash

Ashtyn Braddy placed 5th in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash

Natalie Owens placed 5th in the 400 meter dash

Aleria Simpson placed 7th in the 400 meter dash

Kaitlyn Allen placed 8th in the 800 meter run and 1600 meter run 

Zoee Jones placed 11th in the 3200 meter run

Kyleigh Johnson placed 4th in the 300 meter hurdles

Team A of the 4x100 meter relay team placed 1st with a time of 49.93. Team consisted of Natalie Owens, Myesha Hall, Kyleigh Johnson and Ashtyn Braddy.

Team A of the 4x400 meter relay team finished 3rd with a time of 4:15.15. Team consisted of Aleria Simpson, Natalie Owens, Kyleigh Johnson and Myesha Hall.

Team B finished 9th. Team consisted of Crystal Boyd, Ivory Wilder, Makaila Wardlaw and Moriah Wardlaw.

Jasmine Smith placed 5th in shotput and 12 in discus.

Myesha Hall placed 1st in long jump and 2nd in triple jump. 

Myesha Hall jumped a new school record in triple jump with a jump off 37feet(37-0).

Myesha Hall, Natalie Owens, Ashtyn Braddy, Kyleigh Johnson, Jasmine Smith, Kaitlyn Allen, Aleria Simpson and Carleigh Wardlaw have advanced to the AA State Championships on May 9th-11th in Rome, GA.

Head Coach Grady Hart said, “I am very excited in our results in the sectional meet this past Saturday. We had 8 to qualify for state. This is a good group going to Rome. I know they will work and compete hard at the State Championships. This has been a big team effort overall. Coach David McCloud, our throwers coach, has really put in a lot of work with our throwers this year. We have three days to practice this week, get our game plan together and then we are off to Rome to bring the State Championship back home. I am very proud of all of our athletes they are ready and excited for next weekend.”

May 6-- Here are the latest local area sports scores and schedules.

Monday, May 6

Baseball: Dodgers 5, Braves 3

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Dover Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Tuesday, May 7

Baseball: Dodgers 9, Braves 0 

Soccer: Vidalia Lady Indians 4, Lamar Co 3 (AA State Playoffs-Quarterfinals)

Wednesday, May 8

Baseball: Dodgers 9, Braves 4 

Soccer: Vidalia 4, Pepperell 1 (Boys) (AA State Playoffs-Quarterfinals)

Track: BPC at NCCAA National Championship at Grace College

Thursday, May 9

Baseball: Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 F/10

Track: GHSA AA State Meet at Berry College

            Class A at Hugh Mills Stadium at Albany

            BPC at NCCAA National Championship at Grace College

Friday, May 10

Baseball: Braves 2, Diamondbacks 1

Track: GHSA AA State Meet at Berry College

            Class A at Hugh Mills Stadium at Albany

            BPC at NCCAA National Championship at Grace College

Football: Toombs Co 45, Johnson of Savannah 0 (Scrimmage)

Saturday, May 11

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Kansas Winner: Brad Keselowski

Baseball: Braves 6, Diamondbacks 4

Track: GHSA AA State Meet at Berry College

            Class A at Hugh Mills Stadium at Albany

Sunday, May 12

Baseball: Braves 5, Diamondbacks 3

May 4—The Vidalia Indians lost to the Harlem Bulldogs 11-1 in five innings Friday in Harlem in the third game of the AA State Baseball Playoffs ending the season for the Indians. Vidalia ends the 2019 season 21-13. Vidalia made it to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Indians say goodbye to four seniors, Garret Gillis, Riley Powers, Carson McClellan and Matt Moye.

May 2—The Vidalia Indians split with the Harlem Bulldogs Thursday in Harlem in the second round of the GHSA AA State Baseball Playoffs. The Indians won Game One 5-0 behind a complete game three-hit shutout from Bryson Whited. Whited had one strikeout and only walked one and threw 11 first pitch strikes. The Indians scored five runs on nine hits. Ty Dalley added a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

The Indians lost to the Bulldogs in Game Two 13-9. Vidalia fell behind early and trailed 8-0 before scoring three runs in the third and one in the fourth. The Bulldogs added three runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the seventh. The Indians came back to score three in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth inning. Pitcher Riley Powers gets the loss for the Indians.

The series deciding game three is Friday afternoon at 5:00PM in Harlem. You can the game on Your Favorite, 98Q and streaming on southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

May 2—Toombs County High School Bulldog Ricardo Santana signed his letter of intent for a scholarship to wrestle and run cross country at Newberry College a Division II school in Newberry, South Carolina. Santana was a three-time State Champion wrestler winning his senior year at 132 pounds and finishing his career with a record of 214 wins and 10 losses.Santana plans to majoring in physical therapy at Newberry College.

“It was my mom’s dream for one of us to go to college and I am happy that I can do that. I feel it is the right size college for me. The town there is small too so it just seemed like the right place for me to focus on my education and athletics. I want to thank my family and friends, my coaches and everyone who has helped to push me and keep me going. I want to thank my older brother for making me tough and for giving me a reason to wrestle, play soccer and run cross country.” Santana said.

“Ricardo is one of the best athletes we have had come through these doors. He is a three sport guy and this is just a great way to end his career here. He is going to go over there and between his athletics and grades he is going to get his whole education paid for from top to bottom and that is huge. He knows what hard work is all about. We hate to see him go, but we are not worried about what he will do when he gets there. He will do a great job.” Coach Bill Benton stated.

“I am very proud of him. He has done an excellent job in everything he has done. I told him now is the time to buckle down and work hard and I know he will do well.” Alicia Lynn said.

(L-R) Front: Ricardo Santana, Martin Santana(brother) Back: Coach Sam Sapp, Coach Jeremy Moore, Tristen Lynn(brother), Alicia Lynn(mother), Brittney Diaz(sister-in-law), and Coach Bill Benton. 4 30 19 Ricardo Santana

May 2--The Vidalia Lady Indians scored six goals in the first half and then cruised to a 6-0 win over Fitzgerald Wednesday in Fitzgerald in the second round of the GHSA AA State Soccer Playoffs. Sarah Owen & Logan Reid each had one goal while Ella Owen led the way with four goals.The Lady Indians will travel to Lamar Co next Tuesday in the quarterfinals. 5 2 19 VHS Lady Indians Soccer Carter5 2 19 VHS Soccer

May 1—Sissy Anderson has been named the Head Coach of the Vidalia Lady Indians Basketball team. Anderson (Below Left) was the Assistant Coach for the Lady Indians for twenty four years under Coach Chunk Reid. 4 25 19 Sissy Anderson Coach Reid and Courtney Williams

“I want to thank Coach Reid for all the years he instilled in me his work ethic and all of his coaching knowledge. Thanks to Vidalia City Schools for all of the years that I have been able to teach here and to watch us grow athletically and as a school. I want to thank my family for allowing me to have this great opportunity.” Anderson said.

Kourtnee Williams (Right) has been named as the Assistant Head Coach. Williams started for Coach Reid for four years and was a great player for the Lady Indians.

“It is always great to come back home and know that folks that are here have such confidence in you. Coach Thompson did such a great job in steering the program back to where we want it to be in the future. The icing on the cake is to have Coach Anderson back because she worked with Coach Reid and we have an extension of him on the bench. I am looking forward to this upcoming season.” Williams said.

VHS Principal John Sharpe said, “One of the things that they both bring to the program is their work ethic and their love for the community. Coach Anderson spent twenty four years under Coach Reid and got out of coaching to spend more time with her family, but because of the need and her love for the program and all that it has done for her, she has come back to coach. Her goal is to help mentor Coach Williams to be the long term head coach in the future.”

“We couldn’t have done any better in getting two people to lead the program. Their relationship together will do an excellent job. I wish the best to our Girls basketball program and I am looking forward to it stepping up and sort of getting back to old days.” Coach Reid said.

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