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July 31—Professional Championship Wrestling from Georgia is coming to Vidalia High School for a fundraiser to benefit the TSA-Robotics and VHS Wrestling team on Saturday, August 10th at the Old High School Gym at 1001 North Street West in Vidalia. Doors open at 6PM bell time at 7PM. Tickets are $8 and $10. 7 31 19 VHS Fundraiser CWFG

July 30-- Brock Nobles, an upcoming 8th grader at Toombs County Middle School, was selected for the US National Football Middle School Team this summer.

Eighteen regional tryouts were held nationwide for top athletes on an “invite only basis” and Brock made the team after a regional tryout at Kennesaw.

brockBrock traveled to Canton, Ohio this summer and  trained under NFL and college coaches including hometown favorite Nick Eason (left) who is currently coaching with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brock and his teammates from across the country were given the name Team Freedom. They practiced for a week prior to competing against Team Honor in the US National Football Middle School Bowl Game.

Brock's Team Freedom defeated Team Honor 34-7 in the game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton 

Brock thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and is eager to try out again next year.

Brock is the son of Derrick and Tabatha Nobles of Lyons.. 

Monday, July 29

Baseball: Nationals 6, Braves 3

Tuesday, July 30

Baseball: Braves 11, Nationals 8 

Wednesday, July 31

Baseball: Braves 5, Nationals 4 F/10 

Thursday, August 1

Baseball: Braves 4, Reds 1 F/7 

Football: Broncos 14, Falcons 10 (2019 NFL Pre-Season Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio)

Friday, August 2

Baseball: Reds 5, Braves 2

Saturday, August 3

Baseball: Braves 5, Reds 4 F/10 

Sunday, August 4

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Watkins Glen Winner: Chase Elliott

Baseball: Reds 6, Braves 4 F/10 

July 26—7 26 19 VHS Soccer All Region AwardsCongratulations to two members of the VHS Indians Soccer team graduating seniors Tyler Dean (Left) was named the GHSA Region 2AA Player of the Year and Declan Owen (Right) the GHSA Region 2AA Offensive Player of the Year. Declan is headed to play soccer for the Brewton-Parker Barons while Tyler is going Charleston, South Carolina to play for Charleston United.7 26 19 Coach Josh Harrell COY

    

Congratulations to Coach Josh Harrell who was named GHSA Region 2AA Coach of the Year. VHS Athletic Director Coach Tommy Dalley(Left) and VHS Indians Soccer Coach Josh Harrell. 

Mount Vernon, GA--BPC is pleased to announce the hire of Joshua Campbell as the Track and Field Coach for the upcoming year. Previous assistant Destinee Collins will take over as the head coach for cross country. Former head coach Micah Shaw has chosen to pursue other endeavors. 7 26 19 BPC 2019 07 25T22 38 09 376 04 00 Graphic

Coach Campbell comes to BPC from Kennesaw State where he was an assistant coach. Previously, he ran collegiately at Chicago State University and was a team captain for 2 years. Coach Campbell volunteered at Chicago State from 2011-2012 and began coaching at Kennesaw State in 2012. During his 7 years at KSU, he has been a part of 15 conference championship winning teams and coached 23 individual conference champs, 14 first round national qualifiers. 6 school record holders, 3 conference meet record holders, 1 NCAA All-American and 2 US Championship qualifiers. He holds USTFCCCA Coaching Certifications in Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps, and Strenth and Conditioning.

"I'm really looking forward to getting to know the young men and women on the team, pouring into them, mentoring them, and helping them grow in all aspects of their lives," states Coach Josh Campbell. "I plan on building a nationally competitive program that recruits talented athletes and even better people."

Athletic Director Daniel Prevett is excited about the hire. "I'm looking forward to watching Coach Campbell build on the foundation that has been laid. Josh is a very detail oriented coach who will do a great job developing our athletes." (Courtesy of BPC)

July 24—To help prepare for the upcoming season the Treutlen Vikings hosted a padded camp Tuesday at Bobby Driggers Stadium in Soperton with Crawford County, GMC and Glascock County participating in the camp. 7 24 19 Viking Camp

“It was a really good day and all the teams got in a lot of good work. I just wanted to see our team compete and that is what they really did today. That was our main goal today. We had a lot of bright spots today during the camp. It has been a good summer for us with good participation and a lot of guys out who didn’t play with us last year and they are making a difference.” Coach Steve Versprille said.

IMG 20190720 151853L-R: Step-Father Bobby Htucheson, Mother Janna Hutcheson, Cassidy Martin (winner), Cassidy's little sister, and Grandfather Jay Hutcheson July 22- The Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby has done it again! On Saturday at the 82nd running of the First Energy All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio Cassidy Martin won the Local Stock World Championship! Cash Driggers won the World Championship in the Rally Stock Division.

Twelve racers traveled to Akron to compete in multiple races throughout the week in divisions including Stock, Super Stock, Masters and Super Kids. Mid-week races ended with four racers finishing in the top nine, Cason Hayes winning the first ever All-Star Race with Cassidy Martin coming in third place. Cason Hayes finished in second in the Rally Stock Division and Joey Todd finished in fifth place in the Local Super Stock Division.

Cassidy Martin said, “I just knew that everybody that was there was good because they had won their races to get there. I just had to believe in myself. I have thought about winning the championship, but I never thought it would actually come true.”

IMG 20190720 150826L-R: Mother Ashley Driggers, Sisters Aden & Quinn, Cash Driggers (winner), and Father Matt Driggers. “My dad told me to get down really low in my car, lower than I have ever been and that’s what I did to win. I am surprised and grateful that I won.” Cash Driggers said.

“I if do everything I can possibly do to make a car fast, it is still ninety-five percent in the hands of these drivers. It is a testament to how experienced they are and how they have learned through the years from their defeats and not given up, and just keep coming back and wanting to keep getting better and improving on that to win.” Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby Director Matt Driggers stated.

“The Stock Division at the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby in Lyons for the past three years has been the premiere division in Akron and people are recognizing what we have going on down here. We rally race during the year and we have people that come from eight states to race with us. You come here you know you are going to race the best of the best every time down the hill and nothing is easy here.” Driggers said.

Pit Pic 2July 22 - Booster Stadium which is fondly referred to as “The Pit” is undergoing a major renovation this summer, which includes among other things an artificial turf playing surface.

Toombs County Schools Superintendent Barry Waller says one reason for the change is that for the last 25 years the stadium has only been used for 6 or 7 events a year and this will give the historic stadium a chance to be used year round. “The major driving factor behind the turf, is we have looked at all of our facilities and want to get the most use out of all our facilities and The Pit has been used for maybe 6 to 8 times depending if we get in a playoff game and graduation. So with that it’s sitting there empty for the majority of the year, so to get the most out of the facility we partnered with the City of Lyons and they will play their rec games there and along with Soccer it will be used more.”

Waller went on to say that with the extra use the grass turf which was installed in 1985 wouldn’t hold up, so the decision was made to go with the turf. “We hope to be using it four to five times a week in the fall and then with soccer, it will be used during the spring, so the only time it will not be used will be during the winter.”

The project which will be paid for by ESPOLST funds will also include an improvement to the seating which has been concrete since the stadium was built in 1965 “we are putting aluminum metal bleachers on the concrete stands and on the home side it has been a concrete base with six to eight inch risers, which have been removed and from the 40 to the 40 will be aluminum seats and backs. So the home and the visitor’s sides will have aluminum bleachers on top of the concrete. “

The Pit isn’t the only project included in this round of ESPLOST funding as a new athletic complex will be built at the High School including new baseball and softball fields, an 8 lane track along with practice fields for football and soccer. “We will be breaking ground within the next couple of weeks on the new athletic facility at the High School and we are very excited about it. I know there is a lot of history at Jacky Jones, but we have gotten behind as far as facilities go, with the teams we compete against” Waller said.

The Superintendent went on to say that they are very excited from an athletic standpoint “what I want to tell everybody is that athletics plays a huge part in the shaping of young lives. Now by no means is it more important than the academic side of things, however when your kids are put on buses to go compete at another school and their facilities are better, what are you telling your kids? It’s our goal to catch up with everybody else.”

The turf installation began on Friday and Waller says that they hope to be finished in a couple of weeks in time for the start of the 2019 Football Season.

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July 22Here are the latest local area sports scores and schedules.

Monday, July 22

Tuesday, July 23

Baseball: Royals 5, Braves 4

Wednesday, July 24

Baseball: Royals 2, Braves 0

Thursday, July 25

Friday, July 26

Baseball: Braves 9, Phillies 2

Saturday, July 27

Baseball: Braves 15, Phillies 7

Sunday, July 28

Baseball: Phillies 9, Braves 4

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at Pocono Winner: Denny Hamlin

Soap Box 1The 82nd running of the First Energy All American Soap Box Derby Championships will be run Saturday in Akron Ohio and this area will be well represented at Derby Downs, with nine drivers hitting the hill on Saturday with dreams of becoming a World Champion.

But the last few days have been filled with other races leading up to Championship Saturday, and SE Georgia Soapbox Derby Director Matt Driggers says that the drivers have competed well, “we have had a long week, racing Tuesday and Wednesday all day in the rain, but we have nine drivers from SE Georgia and we’ve had some favorable results with several drivers going deep in the rounds with Cayson Hayes wining the first ever All Star Race and Cassie Martin taking third.”

Every division will be represented with young people from the area in a win or go home format which begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. But Driggers is excited about the races which will be held on Friday in the “Super Kids” division which features young people who are physically or mentally challenged, riding in a car with an experienced driver. “This is one of those things that you have to see and you will really get hooked on it. When you see the smile on their faces, you will never want to miss it again.”

The area will be represented by Cash Driggers, Aidyn Driggers, Joey Todd, Alexis Head, Alyssa Head, Trenton Jresiat, Cayson Hayes, Thayne Hayes and Cassie Martin.

The Championships on Saturday can be viewed on several avenues including Facebook, You Tube and also by following the link http://aasbd.soapboxderby.org and clicking the webcast link.

Raymond Collins resized

On Monday former Vidalia High School athlete Raymond Collins signed a letter of intent to run track for Dodge City Community College in Kansas. Collins who graduated in May not only was a stand-out for the Indians on the track but also on the football field where he played for the Indians for four years.

Collins who ran the 100 meter and 200 meter along with the 4X100 had a great senior year and lowered his 100 and 200 times significantly this year, said the reason he chose Dodge City was “The coach really showed interest in me and I just wanted to get that opportunity to run at the next level and to prove myself. I think that I can get faster and if I keep moving up it may give me a chance to run at the next level.”

If Dodge City Community College sounds familiar to you, it’s because several Indians over the past few years have chosen the school to continue not only their education but also their athletic careers. One of those is Lakia Henry who chose the Junior College route and is now set to play for Ole Miss on Saturday’s in Oxford. Former VHS Track standout Mylan Parrish is currently enrolled there and Collins said that made his decision easier. “With Lakia I was able to see what he accomplished and it inspired me to go there because it showed if you work hard, you can get to the next level. And of course Mylan and I ran together so seeing what he is doing is exciting because he is already getting some looks for bigger schools.”

His Head Coach Mandy Godbee said she is obviously happy for Raymond and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for him “I’m very proud of Raymond for pushing himself and improving as much as he has throughout the season and getting an opportunity to run at the next level and excel.”

Godbee went on to say that this year in particular was a key season for Collins as he cut his 100m time to under 11 seconds “What he has done on the track really blew us away and kind of surprised us all. We knew Raymond was fast and he was going to show up and work hard, but when he lit that fire, we couldn’t tame it, and we just kind of cut him loose let him go and he responded so well and he worked so hard on every detail of the race to get under 11 seconds.”  

Collins reports in Mid-August to begin his Collegiate Career.

July 17 - The Vidalia Recreation Department Swim Team had a great showing at the GRPA Class B State Swim Meet this past Friday and Saturday in Tifton .

Sixteen swimmers competed in the meet with numerous swimmers making it to the finals and bringing home awards. This year, the team also had several state champions.

The 12 & Under Mixed Relay Team won double state championships with 1st place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:19.57 and 1st place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:00.49, just shy of the current state record of 2:00.33.

swimgroup(L-R) Team members Autumn Moore, Jack Godbee, Kensley Davis and Spencer Mosley.

swimgodbeeJack Godbee also earned a state championship in the 11-12 boys 100 yard freestyle with a time of 1:02.67.

swimbrownConley Brown brought home a state championship in the highly competitive 15-18 girls 50 yard freestyle with a time of 25.88.

In the 11-12 year old age division, Kensley Davis earned 5th in the girls 50 yard freestyle with a time of 29.07 and 8th in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 1:06.64. Jack Godbee earned 4th place in the boys 50 yard freestyle with a time of 29.07 and 5th in the boys 50 yard butterfly with a time of 33.47. Anthony Underwood brought home 7th place in the boys 50 breaststroke with a time of 43.51.

The boys 11-12 relay team of Justin Bowers, Anthony Underwood, Augustus Underwood, and Lake Wright earned 4th in the boys 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:15.19 and 8th place in the boys 200 medley relay with a time of 2:41.62.

In the 13-14 year old age division, Shelby Coursey brought home 7th place in the girls 50 yard backstroke with a time of 35.73. Conley Brown also earned 3rd place in the 15-18 girls 100 yard freestyle with a time of 56.64.  

Volunteer Coach Rob Hilton has coached the Vidalia Recreation Department Swim Team for 27 years and more than 23 State Champions have been crowned during that time. This year Rob was assisted in coaching by his former swimmers Rhiannon Brown & Brianna Mobley and by parent Jason Brown.

The team is thankful for the support of the community and parents are look forward to seeing great success again next season.

VHS VolleyballJuly 17th - When you talk about High School Fall sports, your mind immediately goes to Football, Softball, Cross Country and Competition Cheer. But last year Vidalia High School added another sport to their portfolio, when they fielded a Girls Volleyball team for the first team in the school’s history. And Coach Sandi Calloway says that although there were a lot of growing pains, the first year was a very positive one. “The first thing we had to do was learn how to hit the ball and the rules of the game, but we won some matches playing a JV Schedule and a few Varsity matches and walked away feeling very accomplished from day one to the end of the season.”

The Lady Indians will return 12 players from last years’ squad and with several new girls coming in Calloway says there is an excitement about the upcoming year and that the sport is catching on. “You can even tell with the new girls and not having played a year, that they have bought in and everybody has taken an ownership in the team.”

Although just in their second year of existence the Vidalia Lady Indian Volleyball team is already looking forward to competing at the Varsity level and even making the state playoffs. “We won some matches last year and even several against the teams that are in our area, and if we would have been playing a Varsity schedule last year, we probably would have come out third, so the expectations are to make the playoffs this year.”

Calloway went on to say that she is looking for some of the “seasoned” players to take on leadership roles on the team “I think people like Lydia Poole have done a great job in leading, even though she is just a sophomore. Then Tatum Calloway and Marilee Cabrol my two seniors have bought in and they are doing a great job on the floor and the girls respect them.”

One player that Coach Calloway is looking forward to watching this year is Rachel Ellison “Hands down the most natural and graceful player we have. Even last year when none of us knew anything, you could just tell she has a natural ability.” Calloway went on to say that a couple of college coaches have their eye on her “the few coaches we have had come in including Brewton Parker and the coach from Statesboro have commented on her abilities and how natural she is.”

The Lady Indians begin their inaugural Varsity Season August the 8th when they travel to Jesup to take on Wayne County.

July 16 - The beginning of the High School Football season is just 38 days away, so that means area teams are busy getting ready for the upcoming year participating in camps and pre-season workouts.  

One of those camps took place last week at the Ed Smith Recreation Fields where Vidalia High School hosted 5 other schools for a Padded Camp on Thursday and Friday, and Indian Head Coach Lee Chomskis said that the teams who participated were very talented and well coached “we have some great teams here, in fact I think all of these teams have been here for the past four or five years, including Screven County, Washington County, Metter, Statesboro and Harlem.” Chomskis went on to say “I like it, because I know the coaches and what kind men they are and what kind of programs they run and that helps you run a camp that you want, because you have the right culture and the right atmosphere here.”

The camp allowed the team’s first and second units to get reps against other teams and get them prepared for the upcoming preseason. And according to Chomskis “I like it better than the 7 on 7, because it allows you to make reads. In the 7 on 7 you know that nobody was running, but with this kind of camp you have to make your reads and respect the run, as well as the pass.”

Chomskis was pleased with the progress of his team, especially from Thursday to Friday “I think I saw a lot of improvement from yesterday (Thursday) to today. Even though we got a slow start because of being sore and we didn’t respond very well to begin with but steadily improved.”

Chomskis credited a lot of that to being young and inexperienced in several spots “we are very young and we have a lot of growing up to do and I hope these days in the July heat are going to help us do just that.”

The Indians open up the 2019 Regular Season on August 23rd when they host Appling County at Buck Cravey Field.

                                      

July 15Here are the latest local area sports scores and schedules.

Monday, July 15

Baseball: Braves 4, Brewers 2 

Tuesday, July 16

Baseball: Brewers 13, Braves 1

Wednesday, July 17

Baseball: Brewers 5, Braves 4

Thursday, July 18

Baseball: Nationals 13, Braves 4

Friday, July 19

Baseball: Braves 4, Nationals 3

Saturday, July 20

Baseball: Nationals 5, Braves 3 

Sunday, July 21

NASCAR: Monster Energy Cup Series at New Hampshire Winner: Kevin Harvick

Baseball: Braves 7, Nationals 1

July 14-- From July 15 until July 20, five current residents of the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) will bike more than 500 miles to honor the home’s founder, Olympic legend and “World’s Strongest Man,” Paul Anderson. The group will begin the ride in Flagler Beach, Florida, and will continue north through Ponte Vedra before crossing into Georgia. Once in Georgia, the ride will include stops in St. Simons, Savannah, Augusta and Statesboro before ending in Vidalia.

 In 1961, Anderson founded the residential home as an alternative to incarceration for young men struggling to find the God-given purpose in their lives. The 14th Annual Bike Ride continues to spread the message of the transformative work the Christian rehabilitation home has done in the lives of countless troubled teens over the last 58 years, as well as the preventative resources it provides to parents and families.

One of this year’s riders is seventeen year old Camden who said, “I feel like this is a really good opportunity for me to connect with all of the other people on the ride and it is going to bring us all closer together as brothers. I am definitely going to enjoy being able to go out away from the youth home for a week and go down to Florida to the beach and back to Georgia, it is all going to be a great experience.”

“Since I came to the Youth Home I gave and dedicated my life to Christ. Spiritually this is really going to help me. Six months ago I could have never done anything like this. Now that I can realize that I can do all things through Christ, it has really given me an incentive to do it.” Eighteen year-old rider Caden said.

Stephen Nichols of the Paul Anderson Staff said, “The ride is probably my favorite event of the year. It gives me an opportunity to get to know five guys in a way that I wouldn’t get to know them. It is good to watch them grow and develop into seasoned cyclists who are capable to ride100 miles at a time and to see them transform and realize God’s Will for their lives.”

Supporters may contribute to the Paul Anderson Bike Ride by sponsoring one of the five young men participating. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000, which will allow the Paul Anderson Youth Home to effectively carry out its mission of helping troubled youth. The Bike Ride is one of three annual fundraising events for the not-for-profit Christian organization. Supporters can learn more about each boy’s story and donate at payhbikeride.com.

Live blogs, stories, and videos by the team will be posted daily at payhbikeride.com along the way. Interviews with leadership, graduates and participants are available before and during the Bike Ride. Follow the journey, meet the boys participating in the Bike Ride and learn about sponsoring a rider at payhbikeride.com or on Facebook (Paul Anderson Ministries) or Instagram (@paulandersonyouthhome).

Greenville, SC—Brewton-Parker College Women's Basketball Head Coach and Campus Pastor Steve Edwards was awarded the NCCAA Game Plan for Life Award at the NCCAA Annual Convention's Hall of Fame banquet held at the end of May. The purpose of the award is to honor student athletes and staff who represent and exemplify the Christian characteristics of love, integrity, faith and excellence. Out of many applicants nationally, Coach Edwards was chosen as the Male Athletics Staff Representative.7 9 19 Edwards

"Steve is a man of integrity in everything he does," states Sports Information Director Jenni Prevett. "He is someone who students know have their best interests at heart and is well respected among faculty and staff."

In the Campus Pastor role, Steve has been a great contributor to over 200 students receiving Christ during his time at BPC. In addition, more than 200 have made other commitments to Christ. "Most of these decisions were the direct efforts of Steve's ministry," reflects President Steve Echols.

Focusing on his basketball team, Head Softball Coach Madison Herrin sees the relationship Steve has with his players. "His players know he has high standards for himself, his family and for them. He does not accept mediocracy in his own life, nor does he accept it from his players." One of those players, Jada Ivy agrees. "Coach Edwards has helped me grow in numerous ways that I did not know I could. He is not only a basketball coach, but a spiritual coach."

Athletic Director Daniel Prevett reflects on Coach Edward's past season: "His teams love playing for him and how he holds them accountable. This season has been his most successful to date, winning SSAC Co-Coach of the Year and winning 20 games in the toughest conference in the NAIA. I am excited to see how he continues to build the program to have success on and off the court."

"It was extremely tough to fight back tears when I read and heard what others thought of me as a spiritual leader," states Coach Edwards. "To me, ministry is all about serving Christ by loving and serving others. Ultimately, I want Christ to be pleased with the way I live and lead others. I'm thankful for the ministry God has given me here at BPC and it's humbling to experience others express their appreciation for what God is doing through me."(Courtesy of Brewton-Parker College)

Vidalia High School and JR Trippe Cross Country is gearing up for another successful season. Summer workouts have begun.  Cross Country is a distance running sport that helps athletes get in shape as a unified team while incorporating lots of fun and team building skills. If you are interested in running cross country please join us for a run on Monday, July 8th. We will run each evening, Monday through Thursday at 6:00 in preparation for the season.  Current physical is required.  Please contact Mandy Godbee with any questions at; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.7 7 19 VHS Cross Country

July 1--  Vidalia golfer Michael Kay won the Cuscowilla Men's Golf Association tournament over the weekend at the Lake Oconee golf course.

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Kay fired a 74 Saturday despite a bogey on Hole 17 and a double bogey on number 18. 

He held on Sunday with a 77 to win the 36-hole tournament by ten strokes over his nearest competitor in the 61-golfer field.

Kay is a 12-handicap golfer and finished with a net 127 score.

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