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June 28--Congratulations to the Vidalia 14U Girls Softball team who defeated Swainsboro 10-5 Thursday in Augusta to win the GRPA State Championship. The team went undefeated in the tournament with victories over Wayne Co 19-1, Swainsboro 6-2 and Troup County 11-2. 6 28 19 VRD 14U Girls State

(L-R) Front: Emma Vinson, Brinley Spivey, Lydia Smith, Ekeria Curry, Madison Starr Back: Anna Claire Stephens, Ryleigh Seidling, Bralie Carey, Tymber Harris, Emma Humphrey, Cristal Franklin, Coaches Joe Bush, Shannon Humphrey, Hugh Smith, Chris Starr.

    June 27--  The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) presented one of its most prestigious awards to long-time referee Alan Smith of Vidalia at its 81st Annual Awards Ceremony in Dalton.

Smith received the Sam Burke Award in recognition of his “continuing interest in the youth of the nation” and “devotion of his time and talent to preserve, strengthen, and promote high school athletics in Georgia.” Sam Burke served as director of the Georgia High School Association for 30 years, contributing greatly to amateur sports in the state and nation during that time.

alansmithawardCoach John Page, GACA President (L) with Alan Smith.

    Charlton County Athletic Director Jesse Crews presented the award and thanked Smith for the “time, energy, integrity, and heart” he has “poured into the support of high school athletics.”

     Smith recently completed his fiftieth year as a basketball referee. He worked regular-season, post-season, and championship games for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) many of those years. He also has conducted basketball camps that bring together high school athletes, coaches, and officials and has acted as a clinician as well as director of those camps. He has worked as a GHSA district coordinator of officials in softball, baseball, football, and basketball.

     As an athlete at Vidalia High School in the 1960s, Smith played basketball, baseball, and football. He worked for the Vidalia Recreation Department under veteran director Ed Smith, coaching youth sports and teaching swimming and water-safety courses for lifeguards before attending Georgia Southern College.

     Smith began his professional career as a sports director for Department of the Army in Kaiserslautern, (West) Germany. Later, as the Director of Community Activities in Frankfurt, Germany, he oversaw youth sports programs, sports programs for soldiers, the community’s recreation facilities, as well as family support services.

     Following his return to Georgia after serving 13 years overseas as a Department of the Army civilian, Smith has committed much of his time to the Georgia Athletic Officials Association, an organization dedicated to the concerns of high school officials and to improving officiating across all sports throughout the state. He has served as executive director of the GAOA since 2006. Smith says that his interactions with other officials, especially mentoring younger officials, has been particularly rewarding.

     Smith commented that the recognition he has received from the Coaches Association is a highlight of his many years involved in youth sports. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by the GACA,” he commented. “Sometimes people think of coaches and referees as adversaries. But it takes all of us, coaches, officials, administrators, and fans, to make sure our young athletes have all the great opportunities they deserve. I’m thrilled to be recognized for playing a part in that.”

June 27—Here are the schedules and scores for the GRPA Class AB Baseball and Softball State Tournaments for area teams.

8U Boys at Savannah

Lyons 13, Bryan Co 7-Tuesday

Pooler 6, Lyons 1-Wednesday

Lyons 9, Ware Co 8-Wednesday

St. Simons 12, Lyons 11-Wednesday

10U Boys at Effingham Co

Vidalia 12, Pooler 3 -Wednesday

Vidalia 8, Ware Co 5 -Wednesday

Wayne Co 10, Vidalia 5 -Thursday

Moultrie 13, Vidalia 0-Friday

12U Boys at Augusta

Vidalia 9, Moultrie 1 -Tuesday

Glynn Co 5, Vidalia 0-Wednesday

Wayne Co 6, Vidalia 1-Wednesday

14U Boys at Augusta

Wayne Co 5, Lyons 2–Tuesday

Lyons 19, Warner Robins 2-Wednesday

Lyons 13, Glynn Co 3 -Thursday

Wayne Co 9, Lyons 8-Thursday

Vidalia 10, East Point 9–Wednesday

Vidalia 9, Wayne Co 0 -Thursday

 East Point Power 14, Vidalia 6-Friday

Wayne Co 13, Vidalia 9-Friday

8U Girls at Savannah

Lyons 10, Wayne Co 7–Tuesday

Lyons 15, Effingham Co 10- Wednesday

Wayne Co 10, Lyons 7-Thursday

Lyons 20, Wayne Co 9-Thursday (Championship)

10U Girls at Effingham Co

Douglas-Coffee Co 19, Lyons 10 –Tuesday

Lyons 18, Effingham Co 4- Wednesday

Lyons 14, Summerville 9-Wednesday

Lyons 21, Swainsboro 9-Wednesday

 Moultrie 16, Lyons 9-Thursday

12U Girls at Tift Co

Lyons 12, Douglas-Coffee Co 2-Wednesday

Lyons 9, Swainsboro 1-Wednesday

Lyons 5, Douglas-Coffee Co 3-Thursday (Championship)

14U Girls at Augusta

Vidalia 19, Wayne Co 1 –Tuesday

Vidalia 6, Swainsboro 2 -Wednesday

Vidalia 11, Troup Co 2-Wednesday

Vidalia 10, Swainsboro 5-Thursday (Championship)

June 24-- The Vidalia Swim Team hosted its annual invitational on June 22nd at the Vidalia Aquatics Center. Over 100 swimmers from five different teams competed and all were very complimentary of the facility and meet.

The Vidalia Swim Team members participating included: LaLane Angeles, Justin Bowers, Maggie Bowers, Conley Brown, Reece Brown, Kaden Bruce, Jaden Collins, Brayden Coursey, Shelby Coursey, Jackson Crawley, Kensley Davis, Jason Edenfield, Dylan Fletcher, Isaac Fontaine, Ruth Fontaine, Gage Foster, Jack Godbee, Autumn Harris, Barrett Hodges, Kylin Hodges, Rose Johnson, Brady Lane, Terry Lane, Sofia Laubacker, Autumn Moore, Spencer Mosley, Belle Ogle, Kinsley Park, Wynn Ramsey, Alexis Reaves, Tyler Reese, Aliyah Smalley, Dallen Smalley, Elizabeth Sowell, Anthony Underwood, Augustus Underwood, Aarrao Underwood, Lake Wright, Aubree Zorn, Chad Zorn, and Leah Zorn.

The Vidalia Swim Team earned numerous event ribbons and hi-point awards. The following earned recognition for placing among the top three in their division: 6 & Under Girls division: 1st place – Aubree Zorn, 2nd place – Kinsley Park, 3rd place – Sophia Laubacker; 11-12 Girls division: 1st place – Kensley Davis; 11-12 Boys division: 1st place – Jack Godbee; 13-14 Girls division: 3rd place – Shelby Coursey; 13-14 Boys division: 2nd place – Reece Brown; 15-18 Girls division: 1st place – Conley Brown, 3rd place – Rose Johnson; 15-18 Boys division: 2nd place – Jackson Crawley.

The team is thankful for the many volunteers, vendors, and sponsors who worked diligently to make this meet such a huge success and look forward to even greater participation next year.

June 24—The VHS Lady Indians Softball team traveled to Woodstock, Ga. to play in the annual Cherokee High School Summer Classic. The Indians played four games against upper classification schools. Vidalia lost one game to Harrison 5-1, defeated 7A North Paulding 14-2, 7A South Forsyth 4-3 and tying 7A Kennesaw Mountain 6-6 in a time shortened game.

Coach Brad Thompson said, “I have a group of players that are committed to prioritizing growth over everything else to reach our team goals. We always try not to focus always on winning and losing in the summer, however, I also have a very competitive group. We faced some really large schools with great pitching and extended line-ups that will pay off for us in the process. My players are an exceptional group to take off that represents our community and school in many good ways. Team bonding, stiff competition and taking in an Atlanta Braves game, it’s great to be a Vidalia Indian.”

June 23—Congratulations to Vidalia High School upcoming senior Madison Toole who was named to the GHSA 2019-20 Student Advisory Council.6 19 19 Madison Toole

The GHSA office is proud to announce the members of the 2019-20 Student-Athlete Advisory Council:

Ashlynn

Anderson

11

Upson-Lee

Thomaston

4A

Cal 

Bowles

11

McIntosh

Peachtree City

5A

Emma

Castro-Poveda

9

ACE

Macon

A Public

Chase

Chafin

11

Wash-Wilkes

Washington

A Public

Chad

Cobb

12

Union Grove

McDonough

5A

Maylon

Cochran

12

Thomasville

Thomasville

AA

Kinnley

Coffman

12

Greenbrier

Evans

6A

Madelynn

Cronin

12

Woodward

Atlanta

4A

Jimbo

Finch

12

Mary Persons

Forsyth

4A

Justin

Harris

12

Peach Co.

Ft. Valley

3A

Caroline

Herrin

12

Pierce Co.

Blackshear

3A

Chandni Pari

Jain

11

Peachtree Ridge

Suwanee

7A

Ella

Newsome

11

West Laurens

Dublin

4A

Caroline

Schiltz

12

Kings Ridge

Alpharetta

A Private

Shaylen

Sutton

12

NW Whitfield

Tunnel Hill

4A

Lindsey

Tillman

12

Thomasville

Thomasville

AA

Madison

Toole

12

Vidalia

Vidalia

AA

John Carter

Upton

12

Calvary Day

Savannah 

A Private

Chloe

Van Nort

12

North Atlanta

Atlanta

6A

Caleb 

Williams

12

Early Co. 

Blakely

AA

June 19—The Vidalia High School Indians Basketball team hosted fourteen teams from around the state Monday for summer mini-games.6 19 19 VHS Basketball

Coach Tommy Dalley said, “What a tremendous day we had on Monday. We had teams from Macon to Brunswick and teams that are really well coached and some quality competition. We played twenty-plus games in three gyms and I think it was a high quality of basketball that was played. When you can put on an event like this hear the responses from coaches and teams that haven’t been in our new gym and on campus yet, they were really amazed and kudos to our school. Our cafeteria did a great job of feeding around 167 kids and coaches. It was a great day of kids playing basketball and learning and everybody doing what they were supposed to do. We all need to be thankful for what we have at VHS”

June 19—Congratulations to the LRD 8U Girls Softball team on winning the GRPA District One Championship held at Effingham County. The team won three games on Friday and defeated the host team 12-4 to win the title. 6 18 19 Lyons 8U Girls

(L to R, Front): Kylah Gay, Lindy Morris , Kanijah Toby, Layla Winge, Jerney Griffin; (Middle): Elin Haygood, Mary Frances Stanley, Raeann Smith, Ella Herndon, Braylin Pittman, Bella Otero, Annabelle Coe. (Back): Coaches Becky Pittman and Ivan Herndon. Not pictured: Londyn Johnson.

June 19—The Lyons 10U Girls Softball team defeated Swainsboro to win the GRPA District One Championship in Swainsboro. Lyons won the championship game over the host team10-9. 6 18 19 Lyons 10U Girls

(L to R, Front): Kylie Carroll, Rayne Sears, Addison Welch, Ta'niya Simpson, Anna Kate Joyner, Mackenzie Coursey; (MIddle): Elly Haygood, Breanna Allen, Alina Diaz, Makena Gardisser, Ava Martin, Kayleigh Montford, Allie Odom; (Back): Coaches LaShawn Fletcher, Buddy Martin, Jeremy Joyner, Michael Gardisser and Quentin Simpson.

June 19—Congratulations to the VRD 12U Boys Baseball team on winning the GRPA District One Tournamnet in Effingham County. Vidalia defeated Twin City twice Saturday 17-3 and 18-8 to take the title. 6 18 19 VRD 12 U Boys

(L to R, Front): Veer Patel,  Cayden Ridge Nance, R. J. Wells, Ashton Phillips, Ian Moye, Caleb Beck, Brittan Tabor, Coach Britt Tabor; (Middle): Jackson Jenkins, Luke Moxley, Andy Wolfe, Jayon Coleman, Dawson Stewart, Greer Posey, Carson Turner; (Back): Coaches Josh Beck, Billy Nance, and Chris Moye.

June 18—Congratulations to the Lyons 12U Girls who won the GRPA District One Championship at Partin Park in Lyons. Lyons defeated Swainsboro 11-3 in the championship game.6 18 19 Lyons 12 U Girls

(L to R, Front): Laura Zamarano, Kinsley Monroe, Emerson Powell, Marishka Smith, Natalie Quintero, Aniston Powell; (Middle): Autumn Jarriel, Brinley Miller, Casey Cantwell, Madalyn Joyner, Giana Hamlin, Shaylin Stringer; (Back): Coaches Lisa Miller, Scott Ford, and Shaun Stringer.

June 18—The Vidalia 10U Boys won the GRPA District One Championship in Thomson and are now qualified for the state tournament next week. The team went undefeated and beat Waynesboro 8-3 in the championship game. 6 17 19 VRD 10U Mite Boys District Champs

(L to R, Front): Eion Ryals, Tucker Reynolds, Gabe Cleghorn, Boss Franklin, Jake McCaw, Christian Osborne, Tyshaun Franklin; (Back): Coach Bill James, Rylan Keene, Reve Page, Stone Smith, Jayden Spivey, Ryan Brantley, Henry Adams, Banks Hopkins, Nate Hollis, and Coach Drew James.

June 18—Congratulations to the Lyons 8U Boys who won the GRPA District One Championship held at Partin Park in Lyons.The team went undefeated and beat Dublin 21-6 Friday to win the title.6 18 19 Lyons 8U Boys 

(L to R, Front): Austin Quintero, Zion Carrol, Carmelo Ricks, Joel Hussey Jr., Jacob Caraway, Aarrao Underwood; (Middle): Jackson Gooden, Cameron Brown, Brody Hutcheson, Carlos Diaz, Leyton Yeomans, Remington Braddock, Case Sikes; (Back): Coaches Clint Sikes, Adam Caraway, and Joel Hussey.

June 18—Congratulations to the VRD 14U Boys who went undefeated and won the GRPA District One Tournament held at the Ed Smith Complex in Vidalia. 6 18 19 VRD 14 U BoysVidalia defeated Lyons in the championship game 8-4 Friday.

(L to R, Front): Ty Carter, Carson Ricks, Leyton Dunford, Mason Toole, Morgan Moye, Brayden McCaw, Brycen Coleman; (Back): Coach Johnny Whited, Tucker McDonald, Cason Banks, Walker Moncus, Sloan Fountain, Rhett Rodgers, Conner Whited, Kaleb Bennett, Ledger Curl, Coach Clint Moncus, and Coach Rhett Carter.

June 13-- Congratulations to the VRD 14U Girls Softball team who defeated Swainsboro Wednesday at the GRPA District One Tournament in Dublin. The team went undefeated in the tournament and have now qualified for the state tournament in Augusta. 6 13 19 Junior Girls District Champs VRD

(L-R) Front row: Emma Humphrey, Brinley Spivey, Emma Vinson, Ekeria Curry, Cristal Franklin. Back Row : Coach Joe Bush, Bralie Carey, Tymber Harris, Anna Claire Stephens, Ryleigh Seidling, Madison Starr, Lydia Smith, Coach Hugh Smith.

June 12—All GRPA District One Baseball and Softball games scheduled for Wednesday at Partin Park in Lyons and at Ed Smith in Vidalia have been postponed until tomorrow due to inclement weather and wet field conditions.

June 12-- The All-Region 2AA Boys Soccer Team has been named with VHS Indians selected as the Region 2AA Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

Tyler Dean -Player of the Year and Declan Owen- Offensive Player of the Year

First Team: Tyler Dean, Declan Owen, Reid Cabe, John David Hodges, Christian Barber

Second Team: Ben Cato, Grady Blount, Miguel Cruz, Justin Bennett, Chase Alexander, Tate McDaniel

Honorable Mention: Konner Owens, Ethan Wright, Will Hamilton

June 13—The GRPA District One Baseball and Softball Tournaments got underway Monday.

14U Junior Boys at Ed Smith Vidalia

Vidalia 13, Dublin 0 F/4-Monday

Vidalia 9, Lyons 0-Tuesday

Lyons 12, Effingham Co 0-Tuesday

Vidalia 15, Swainsboro 4- Thursday

Lyons 7, Dublin 1- Thursday

Lyons 3, Swainsboro 1- Thursday

Vidalia 8, Lyons 4 - Friday (Championship)

14U Junior Girls at Southern Pines in Dublin

Vidalia 13, Lyons 1-Monday

Vidalia 11, Dublin 1-Tuesday

Swainsboro 7, Lyons 3-Tuesday

Vidalia 5, Swainsboro 3-Wednesday (Championship)

12U Midget Girls at Partin Park Lyons

Lyons 16, Dublin 1-Monday

Vidalia 9, Swainsboro 8-Tuesday

Lyons 5, Vidalia 4- Thursday

Swainsboro 9, Vidalia 7- Thursday

Lyons 11, Swainsboro 3 - Friday (Championship)

12U Midget Boys at Effingham Co

Vidalia 19, Waynesboro 2-Thursday

Lyons 18, Rincon 3-Thursday

Lyons 11, Thomson 9-Thursday

Vidalia 5, Statesboro 2 - Friday,

Vidalia 20, Waynesboro 4 - Friday

Vidalia 13, Lyons 1 - Friday

Vidalia 17, Twin City 3 - Saturday

Vidalia 18, Twin City 8- Saturday (Championship)

10U Mite Boys at Thomson

Vidalia 7, Thomson 0- Monday

Lyons 10, Statesboro 9- Monday

Vidalia 2, Lyons 0-Thursday

Vidalia 4, Waynesboro 0-Thursday

Lyons 14, Washington Co 5 - Friday

Twin City 11, Lyons 10- Friday

Vidalia 8, Waynesboro 3 - Friday (Championship)

10U Mite Girls at Swainsboro

Lyons 12, Vidalia 10- Monday

Vidalia 20, Dublin 4-Tuesday

Vidalia 21, Thomson 5-Tuesday,

Vidalia 14, Effingham Co 5- Tuesday

Lyons 11, Effingham Co 5-Tuesday 

Lyons 10, Swainsboro 9-Tuesday

Swainsboro 7, Vidalia 5- Thursday

Lyons 10, Swainsboro 9- Thursday

Lyons 10, Swainsboro 9- Thursday (Championship)

8U Boys at Partin Park Lyons

Lyons 12, Vidalia 4-Tuesday

Lyons 11, Swainsboro 3-Tuesday

Dublin 18, Vidalia 17- Thursday

Lyons 11, Rincon 3- Thursday

Lyons 21, Dublin 6 - Friday (Championship)

8U Girls at Effingham Co

Vidalia 15, Dublin 3-Thursday

Effingham Co 10, Vidalia 6-Thursday

Swainsboro 6, Lyons 3-Thursday

Lyons 21, Dublin 8-Thursday

Lyons 17, Vidalia 6 - Friday

Lyons 14, Swainsboro 6- Friday

Lyons 12, Effingham Co 4 Friday (Championship)

June 10-- Vidalia High School just finished up four days of basketball camp filled with fundamentals, games, and contests.  This was the 11th year of the camp and it continues to be a huge success.  The camp had 73 boys and girls in attendance. 

"We hope that each camper enjoyed their experience and it is our desire that each camper took a few skills home with them to work on so that they can one day be VIDALIA INDIANS." Coach Tommy Dalley said. 6 7 19 Camp Photo6 7 19 Coach Al Talks Defense

June 6—A group of student athletes from Vidalia High School participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Captain’s Camp May 29-31st at Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Ga. The group was selected by their coaches to take part in the "boot camp" style camp to become better team leaders.

Madison Sharpton said,"The hardest thing for me to do at the camp was the three-mile run. It also taught me how to be a leader and finish with my team."

"My favorite part about the camp was the emphasis that they put on God and how much hard work you need to do to set the trend for your team." Tyler Black stated.

"Captain's Camp was a great experience, it taught you how to bring positive energy and encourage everybody the best you can and to always be a great leader." Ty Dalley said.

(L-R): Riyon Adams, Tyler Black, Adam McCloud, Ty Dalley, Madison Toole, Sara Kate Palmer, Madison Sharpton, Abby Phillips, Dawson Ricks.

  6 4 19 Captains Camp

June 5—The Lyons 12U Girls finished in second place at the Lyons Youth Tournament at Partin Park . Lyons lost a heartbreaker to Bacon County 11-10 in the second game in the sixth inning in the championship.6 5 19 Lyons Midget Girls Second

(L-R): Front: Kinsley Monroe, Marishka Smith, Laura Zamorano, Emerson Powell, Natalie Quintero, Aniston Powell. (Back): Coach Scott Ford, Brinley Miller, Casey Cantwell, Autumn Jarriel, Shaylin Stringer, Maddie Joyner, Gianna Hamlin, and Coach Shaun Stringer.

June 5—The Lyons 12U Boys All-Stars defeated Vidalia 6-3 in the championship game to win the Blue Division at the 57th Lyons Youth Tournament at Partin Park.

6 5 19 Vidalia Midget Boys SecondLyons Midget Boys -1st Place- (Blue Shirts) (L-R), Front: Cameron Ledford, Tucker Braddy, Slade McDonald, M.J. Burton, Tyson Brantley, Ryder Sears, Cameron Harris. Back: Coach Dirk Brantley, Parker Stanley, T.J. Stanley, Sam Sapp, Levy Martin, Dylan Vetter, Riley Kersey, and Coach Travis Blewett. Not pictured Coach John McDonald.
6 5 19 Lyons Midget Boys ChampsVidalia Midget Boys-2nd Place-(White Shirts) (L-R), Front: Coach Britt Tabor, Cayden Ridge Nance, Brittan Tabor, R.J. Wells, Ashton Phillips, Ian Moye, Caleb Beck, Jayon Coleman, (Middle), Veer Patel, Jackson Jenkins, Carson Turner, Andy Wolfe, Dawson Stewart, Luke Moxley, Greer Posey. (Back): Coach Billy Nance, Coach Chris Moye and Coach Josh Beck.

June 5—The Region 2AA All-Region Team has been named with several players from Vidalia and Toombs County being selected. For the Indians on the 1st Team were shortstop Landry Mead and outfielders Bryce Davis and Jordan Walden. On the 2nd Team were pitcher Bryson Whited and Garrett Gillis. Mead was also named to the Georgia Dugout Magazine 1st Team All-State and Whited 2nd Team.

For Toombs County at catcher Cole Graham was named to the 1st Team. Pitcher Chase Musselman earned a spot on the 2nd Team for the Bulldogs.

Adam Newberry of Bacon County was named Player of the Year. Cooper Brown also from Bacon County was named Pitcher of the Year.

June 5—Congratulations to the Lyons Junior Boys who defeated Vidalia 6-2 to win the championship at the 57th Lyons Youth Tournament at Partin Park.

Lyons Junior Boys 1st Place(Blue)(L-R)(Front): Hayden Kight, Gallan Wilds, Caden Marsh, Kipp Mosley, Trayvone Harris. (Back): Coach Patrick Craft, Dawson Brantley, Lucas O'Conner, Brantley Upshaw, Will Watts, Ashton Luke, Jesus Quintero, Carson Braddy, and Coach Kirk Brantley.

Vidalia Junior Boys 2nd Place(White)(L-R)(Front): Ty Carter, Brayden McCaw, Carson Ricks, Leyton Dunford, Mason Toole, Morgan Moye, Brycen Coleman. (Back): Coach Clint Moncus, Tucker McDonald, Cason Banks, Walker Moncus, Sloan Fountain, Conner Whited, Kaleb Bennett, Ledger Curl, Rhett Rodgers, and Coach Johnny Whited.

6 5 19 Vidalia Junior Boys Second6 5 19 Lyons Junior Boys Champs

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