Birmingham, Al—The BPC Men's Track and Field team competed in the KMS Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday and had a very successful trip. There were many personal bests and 8 new school records. The highlight of the trip was Brandon Schultz's first place in the 60m hurdles. He is now #2 int he NAIA and #1 in the NCCAA. He is just .08 seconds behind a world champion hurdler. Nathaniel Shields also improved upon his own school record in the pole vault and placed 1st.1 31 19 BPC Track Mens

60m -Demond Evans-53/55 --7.53

200m-Demond Evans-52/54--24.32

800m-Bosco Hakuzimana--27/32--2:07.48 (School record)

Mile--Bosco Hakuzimana--19/27--4:52.15 (School record)

3000m--Nikobiri Paul--22/23-10:48.00

3000m--Jeremiah Coxton-Dease--23/23-10:51.88

60m hurdles--Brandon Schultz--1/7--7.95 (School record)

Shot put--Parker Dasher--20/24--12.59m

Weight throw--Parker Dasher--16/19--11.23m

Weight throw-Andrew Collins--17/19--11.20m

Pole Vault--Nathaniel Shields--1/7--4.25 (School record)

Coach Micah Shaw had this to say: " I'm proud of the continued improvement across the board!"

The next meet for BPC will be the Samford open on February 9th.(Courtesy of Brewton Parker College) 

The Toombs County High School Bulldogs wrestling team hosted the Sweet Onion Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday of last week and had a great showing as they had two wrestlers win their weight division and another five finished as runners up. The Team also came in 1st place overall.

Cruz Arredondo took 1st place at 113 lbs. He won the first round match over Aiden Grant of Harlem by pin and then won the quarterfinals over Zach Davis of Metter by pin. In the semifinals Arredondo won by pin over Ron'Quavious Goldsborough of Tift County. He won the Championship match over Matthew Phillips of Jeff Davis by technical fall.

Ricardo Santana also took 1st place at 138 lbs. Santana started with a technical fall over Matthew Womack of Pierce County and then pinned Jeremy Butler of Ware County. In the semifinals he pinned Aaron Baynon of Statesboro and won the title by pin over Kaleb Cook of Vidalia.

At 106 lbs. Jose Balderas was runner up for the Bulldogs. He won his opening match over Javarius Worthen of Vidalia by technical fall and then won the quarterfinals over Tyler Earick of Cartersville by pin. In the semifinals he got a pin on Caleb Barber of Tift County and then in the finals fell to Jacob Shepard of West Laurens by pin.

Blake Hall took 2nd at 120 lbs. He had a first round bye and then won ove Blake Hagins of Tift by pin, Gabe Hardy of Statesboro by pin, but fell in the finals to Kevin Martin of Fitzgerald.

Martin Santana was 2nd at 126 lbs. Santana opened with a win over Dustin Varnadore of Ware County by pin and then won a 4-0 decision over Zachery Neal of Cartersville. In the semifinals Santana won by pin over Jarrett Young of Fitzgerald, but lost in the finals to Reese Poole of Ware County by pin.

Isaiah Wright was 2nd at 195 lbs. Wright won his first match over O'Marion Guyton of East Laurens by pin and won the quarterfinals by pin over Noah Pace of Dodge County. Wright won his semifinal match by pin against Rashun Hurst of Carterville, but fell in the finals to Tahjah Watts of Vidalia.

The other Bulldogs taking 2nd was Rolando Tinoco at 285 lbs. Tinoco opened with a win over Kaleb Cannon of East Laurens by pin and then won by a 3-1 decision over Isreal Smalls of Ware County. In the semifinals Tinoco took a win by pin over Seth Spillers of Tift County. The finals match was a good one and evenly matched between Tinoco and Ted Dacus of West Laurens. The match was tied at 1-1 at the end of the third period and went to overtime with Dacus getting a 2-1 win to claim the title over Tinoco.

Others wrestling for the Bulldogs were Aarel Rodriguea who took 6th at 132 lbs., Demetrius Owens (160), Chandler Lynn (160), Ethan Halama (195) and DeVante Willis (220).

For the team totals the Bulldogs came in first place with 195.5 points. Second place was Ware County with 189.5, West Laurens was 3rd with 186.5 and Vidalia was 4th with 172.5. From there it was an over 50 point drop to the 5th place team, Fitzgerald.

The Bulldogs will be looking ahead to the Area Tournament next Saturday at Jeff Davis with Sectionals the following week.

(L-R): Cruz Phillips, Sam Sapp Jr., Martin Santana, Devante Willis, Ricardo Santana, Rolando Tinoco, Arael Rodriquez, Isiah Wright, Blake Hall, Coach Sam Sapp. 1 31 19 Toombs Wrestling

January 31-- Congratulations to Darique Williams and Da’Quan Jackson of the Montgomery County Eagles on being named to the 2018 Class A Georgia Sportswriters Association Second Team All-State Football Team. Williams (Top) was selected as a Defensive Back and Jackson (Bottom) as a Return Specialist.1 30 19 Darique Williams

1 30 19 DaQuan Jackson

January 31—The RTCA Crusaders Wrestling team competed at the Region Tournament last Thursday at Trinity Academy in Dublin. The Crusaders finished third as a team, ahead of Westfield, Pinewood and Twiggs Academy. Bulloch Academy finished in first place and Trinity in second place. The Crusaders qualified 7 wrestlers for the State Tournament next week in Americus at Georgia Southwestern.

At 106 Hannah Keene placed 4th, at 120 Justin Dees was Region Champion, at 132 Jacob Edwards placed 3rd, at 145 Adam Edwards was Region Champion, at 170 Kenny Anderson placed 3rd, at 220 defending State Champion Blaine Miller finished as Region Champion and remains undefeated on the year at 21-0, at 285 Jody Graham came in second place. 1 30 19 RTCA Wrestling

Front row - Andrew Tuck, Jody Graham, Adam Edwards, Hannah Keene. Back Row - Coach Thomas Smith, Kenny Anderson, Justin Dees, Jacob Edwards, Blaine Miller and Coach JD Rodgers.

January 30—Tuesday night was Senior Night at Vidalia High School and it was a good one for the Indians and Lady Indians after sweeping rivals the Toombs County Bulldogs.

The Indians defeated the Bulldogs 75-51to improve to 21-3 overall and 10-3 in Region 2AA. With the win and the loss of the Swainsboro Tigers to the Metter Tigers Tuesday night the Indians are the #2 seed at the Region Tournament next week in Vidalia and earn a spot in the GHSA AA Basketball State Playoffs.The Bulldogs fall to 10-11 overall and 4-9 in the region.1 30 19 VHS Boys

The Lady 1 30 19 VHS Girls BBIndians defeated the Lady Bulldogs 45-25 and go to 7-8 in the region and lock up the #4 seed at the Region Tournament next week.The Lady Bulldogs fall to 9-11 overall and 5-10 in region play.

Vidalia ends the regular season this Friday night at the Metter Tigers at 6:00PM.You can hear all the action on Your Favorite, 98Q and streaming on southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

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Mount Vernon, Ga--BPC baseball hosted Rio Grande in their home opening weekend and lost three games.

First game- 0-1

Rio Grande scored their lone run in the fourth inning on a wild throw. Nick Curtis pitched 4 innings with 4 strikeouts. Jake Brown pitched 2 innings and had 1 strikeout and Jacob Johnson pitched one inning and had 1 strikeout. Seth Graham had a team high 2 hits.

Second game- 3-13

Rio Grande had a monsterous fourth inning, scoring 6 runs. Royce Grinaker pitched 3.1 and had 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. Ryan Dopson pitched 2.2 innings and had 3 walks. Nyles Huling pitched 1 inning and had 1 strikeout and 1 walk. Both Chris Starling and Jackson Smith had a RBI and Seth Graham went 4-4 at home plate. Peyton Nobles went 2-4 with a triple. 

Third game-11-18

Phillip Collins pitched 2.2 innings and had 6 hits, 3 walks and 0 strikeouts. Austin Visocchi pitched 2.1 innings and had 2 hits, 5 walks and 1 strikeout. Trey Jones pitched 1.2 innings and had 5 hits, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Blake Matheny pitched 2.1 innings and had 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 strikeouts. Jacob Johnson had 2 hits and 1 walk. 

Brandon Ector had 3 RBIs and 1 hit. Kendall Sellers had a hit with 2 RBIs. Phillip Collins went 2-5 at the plate and had 3 RBIs. 

BPC plays next weekend at home versus West Virginia Tech. (Courtesy of Brewton Parker College) 1 28 19 BPC Baseball

January 28-- The Vidalia Wrestling team competed in the annual Sweet Onion Memorial Classic this past weekend, finishing fourth for the second year in a row and placing nine of the eleven wrestlers entered in the tournament.

Coach James Ferry stated, “Our guys came into this tournament looking to work on their individual techniques to prepare for the Area Tournament next week. We had to rest a couple of guys, but overall our team performed very well.”

Placing for the Indians were Javarius Worthen fourth, Hunter Manning fifth, Markevious Mincey fourth, Damian Townsel sixth, Dawson Campbell fourth, and Jaylin Burns third. Kaleb Cook and Thomas Godbee finished as tournament runner up. The Indians had one tournament champion, Tahjah Watts at 195 pounds.

“I believe Tahjah is the first Indian to win this tournament two times in a row,” commented Coach Bobby Blount. Tahjah added, “It’s great to finish at the Sweet Onion as a champion. Now I can focus on area and state.”

Other wrestlers competing for the Indians were Robert Allen and Zack Edwards.

Coach Ferry concluded with, “It’s time to start focusing on the Area Tournament and getting these guys qualified for sectionals. Our focus has to be on us and the things we can control. God bless and roll tribe.”1 28 19 VHS wrestling

January 28-- Charleston Victoria is the Chick- fil- A Iron Indian of the Week! Charleston, a freshman, displayed tremendous effort, attitude and toughness in the VHS weight room this week! 1 28 19 Iron Indian

January 28-- The Vidalia Indians traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in their first ever indoor track meet.  The LAST CHANCE INVITATIONAL is a highly competitive, track meet with nearly 100 athletes in every event including athletes from 5 states.  

The Indians got to open up their season with some great performances.  Senior Robert Brown competed in the shot put placing 6th.  Sprinters Kahlil Jones led the way for the sprinters placing 10th, Raymond Collins placed 11th.  Senior Cailyn Jordan competed in track and field for the first time ever placing 15th.  This group of sprinters added Jesi McRae to the team and placed 3rd out of 28 teams in the 4x200m Relay.  Jamarcus Adams, Jesi McRae, Kahlil Jones and Markell Parrish joined forces to place 7th in the 4x400m Relay.

Junior hurdler Jesi McRae put in an exceptional performance at this meet placing 2nd in the 60m hurdles out of 70+ hurdlers.  “I have had the opportunity to watch Jesi from the beginning of his hurdle career and develop into an extremely talented hurdler. His future looks bright in the hurdle and sprint events.” Coach Mandy Godbee said.

Other competitors running well at this meet for the Indians included Markell Parrish, Chason Brogdon and Luke Palmer.  Markell and Chason ran the 800m and ran it several seconds faster than their season opener last year.  Chason also competed in the 1600 meter with a career personal best of 4:55.  Luke Palmer competed in the 1600m and the 3200m earning a personal best in both events.  

“With a huge season opener, placing against the best in five states, I am very excited to see what this season will bring for these talented athletes and the rest of the team.  I believe this is a very diverse team with athletes capable of placing in nearly every event.  The Indians are ready to work and compete and hit the track to begin the outdoor season March 1st at Southeast Bulloch.  I have no doubt this will be a successful season!” Coach Godbee stated.

(L-R) Jamarcus Adams, Robert Brown, Chason Brogdon, Marquell Turner, Raymond Collins, Luke Palmer, Cailyn Jordan, Kahlil Jones, Markell Parrish. (front) Jesi McRae

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January 28-- The VHS Lady Indians Track team competed in Birmingham Alabama this past weekend at the Last Chance Invitational. There were 163 high schools from Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama were in attendance.

Placing for the Lady Indians:

Jasmine Smith placed 6th in Shotput

Kayijeah Victoria placed 7th in Shotput

Ashtyn Braddy placed 25th out of 84 runners in the 60 meter dash

Natalie Owens placed 27th in the 60 meter dash

Ashtyn Braddy placed 31st out of 97 runners in the 400 meter dash

Natalie Owens placed 32nd  in the 400 meter dash

Kaitlyn Allen placed 49th in the 400 meter dash

Kaitlyn Allen placed 25th out of 80 runners in the 800 meter run 

Natalie Owens placed 15th in High Jump

"I am very excited on the performances of all of our athletes. Each athlete ran some great times and threw some great distances to start off the season. Now it is time to work hard for our first outdoor track meet on March 1st at Southeast Bulloch." Coach Grady Hart said. 

January 28-- Here are the latest local area high school sports, Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Brewton Parker College sports schedules.

Monday, January 28

Tuesday, January 29

Basketball: Vidalia 45, Toombs Co 25 Girls

                     Vidalia 75, Toombs Co 51 Boys 

                     RTCA 59, First Presbyterian 42 Girls

                     First Presbyterian 82, RTCA 66 Boys

                     ECI 50, Treutlen 29 Girls

                     Treutlen 77, ECI 60 Boys 

                     Montgomery Co 59, Johnson Co 52 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 72, Johnson Co 26 Boys 

                     Arkansas 70, Georgia 60

Wednesday, January 30

Thursday, January 31

Friday, February 1

Basketball: Vidalia 49, Metter 37 Girls

                     Vidalia 52, Metter 44 Boys

                     RTCA 60, Twiggs Academy 20 Girls

                     RTCA 88, Twiggs Academy 39 Boys

                     Swainsboro 51, Toombs Co 28 Girls

                     Swainsboro 78, Toombs Co 44 Boys

                     Wheeler Co 62, Treutlen 21 Girls

                     Treutlen 77, Wheeler Co 64 Boys

                     ECI 45, Montgomery Co 40 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 80, ECI 72 Boys

                     Blue Mountain College 74, BPC 65 Men

Baseball: West Virginia Tech 9, BPC 5 Game One

                     West Virginia Tech 10, BPC 5 Game Two 

Softball: Montreat College 6, BPC 1 Game One

                    BPC 6, Montreat College 0 Game Two

Soccer: Tattnall Co at Vidalia 5:00pm (Scrimmage)

                   Toombs Co at Statesboro (Scrimmage) 5:30pm

Wrestling: RTCA at GISA State Tournament at Georgia Southwestern

Saturday, February 2

Basketball: South Carolina 86, Georgia 80 

                       Treutlen 78, Dublin 62 Boys 

                       Wheeler Co 49, Montgomery Co 35 Girls

                       Montgomery Co 98, Wheeler Co 67 Boys 

                       Bethel University 66, BPC 58 Women

                       Bethel University 96, BPC 63 Men

Wrestling: Area 1AA Tournament at Jeff Davis 9:00am

                     1A Area Tournament at Turner Co 9:00am

                     RTCA at GISA State Tournament at Georgia Southwestern

                     BPC 36, Midway University 12 Men

                     Southeastern University 33, BPC 6 Men

Baseball: West Virginia Tech 9, BPC 3 Game One

                     BPC 13, West Virginia Tech 7 Game Two 

Sunday, February 3

Daytona Beach, Fl--The first meet of the season for BPC is completed, with an astounding 9 new school record holders, 5 NCCAA National qualifiers and 1 NAIA A National qualifier. Brandon Schultz qualified for the NCCAA Nationals with the top time in the country and qualifies for the NAIA A Nationals with a top 8 time in the nation! He lost to the defending NAIA champ by only .02 seconds.

Men's 3000M- Bosco Hakuzimana--15th out of 32-- 9:44.72

Men's 3000M- Jeremiah Coxton-Dease--29th out of 32--10:42.11

Men's 60M Hurdles--Brandon Schultz--3rd out of 14--8.24

Men's 60M Hurdles--Jamon Tymes--9th out of 14--8.86

Men's 400M--Demond Evans--23rd out of 32--55.53

Men's 1 Mile--Jereminah Coxton-Dease--18th out of 20--5:20.92

Mens 200M--Brandon Schultz--23rd out of 47--23.70

Men's 200M--Jamon Typmes--29th out of 47--24.06

Men's 200M--Demond Evans--34th out of 47--24.31

Men's Weight Throw--Parker Dasher--10th out of 12--11.37m

Men's Weight Throw--Andrew Collins--12th out of 12--8.88m

Men's Pole Vault--Nathaniel Shields--3rd out of 9--3.95m

Men's Shot Put--Parker Dasher--9th out of 25--12.08m

Men's Shot Put--Andrew Collins--15th out of 25--10.72m

Men's Discus--Parker Dasher--18th out of 25--31.66m

Men's Discus--Andrew Collins--22 out of 25--25.13m

Coach Micah Shaw: "What an amazing first meet! We're just getting started!"

BPC competes next at the KMS Invitational on January 27th in Alabama.1 24 19 BPC mtrack

Photo: Hakuzimana leading the pack.

(Courtesy of Brewton Parker College) 

Marshall, Mo--BPC traveled to Missouri to compete in the 2 day Missouri Valley Invitational. They placed 17th with 39 points out of 41 teams.

David Hamil earned 3rd place in the 197 bracket. He only lost to the #3 wrestler in the nation and beat the #11, #13 and #16 wrestlers. Hamil went 5-1 and had 10 ranked wrestlers in his weight class. 

Here are the complete results:

Lucas Nelson (125)--vs Ybarra (Concordia)-W Fall 4:00

vs Burks (Central Christian)- W Fall 2:49

vs Kunz (Montana Stat) L Fall 4:35

Ryan Rubenacker (125)--vs Sharp (Marian) L Dec 5-2

James Stoudenmire (141)--vs Mills (Northwestern) W Fall 2:13

vs Lyle (Jamestown) L TF 16-1  

Dean Esquibel (149)--vs Heckadon (Graceland) L Dec 5-2

Douglas Peppers (165)--vs Seibert (Missouri Valley) L Dec 7-1

David Hamil (197)--vs Jorgensen (Concordia) W Maj 14-4

vs Buckman (Lindsey Wilson) W Dec 11-4

vs Sheppard (Missouri Baptist) W Fall 1:52

vs Dow (Baker) L Dec 4-2

Chandler Butler (285)--vs Brickey (Bethany) L Fall 0:57

Jose Carrillo-Garcia (285)--vs Johnson (Midland) W Fall 1:39

vs Thomas (Grand View) L Dec 5-3

BPC competes next January 25th at Cumberland University in Tennessee.1 24 19 BPC Wrestling

(Left) Coach Mitchem with David Hamil

(Courtesy of Brewton Parker College)

January 23—The Vidalia Indians improved to 8-3 in Region 2AA and 19-3 overall with a 54-48 win at home over the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets Tuesday night. The Indians got off to a slow start and trailed 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and then went on a 16-2 run and took the lead at the half 26-23.Vidalia led 37-34 at the end of the third period and stretched the lead to 48-38 in the fourth quarter.1 23 19 VHS BB

Three players in double figures in scoring for the Indians Anthony Murphy scored 17 points, Anthony Jones and Antrell Williams both with 12 points.

The Lady Indians picked up their sixth region win with a seven-point 39-32 victory over the Lady Yellow Jackets. Vidalia trailed 9-5 after the first quarter and came back in the second to lead 17-11 at halftime. Treyunna Roundtree led the Lady Indians with 15 points.

Vidalia travels to Bryan County Friday night to face the Redskins. You can hear the games on Your Favorite, 98Q and on the web at southeastgeorgiatoday.com starting at 6:00PM.

January 21-- Bryce Davis, freshman, is the Chick-Fil-A Iron Indian of the Week. He displayed tremendous effort, attitude, and leadership in the weight room this week at VHS!

1 21 19 Davis

January 21-- The Vidalia Wrestling team finished in the top 6 in the state at the GHSA State Duals this past weekend. The Indians defeated three opponents, only losing to the four-time defending state champions and the third-place team.

“I believe we have an argument for fourth. The consolation finals score was much more than we were beat in the consolation semis. If we had been on the other side of the bracket we would have been wrestling for third,” stated Coach James Ferry after the tournament.

The Indians defeated Screven County 67-12 in the first round. Coach Bobby Blount said, “We felt very confident going into our first match since we had defeated them earlier in the season and we’re a lot better now.”

Vidalia then faced Social Circle, the eventual champion, and although the Indians were able to post three victories they were defeated 15-63. Vidalia came back the second day facing the sixteen-time state runner up, Bremen, in the second round of consolations.

“We came into Friday’s match with the goal of wrestling that night,” commented Coach Steve Fullam.

The Indians defeated Bremen 45-32 to set up a match with Spencer High School in the consolation quarterfinals. “Going into the consolation quarterfinals I challenged the guys to earn a right to wrestle Saturday,” remarked Coach Ferry.

The Indian wrestlers responded to the challenge defeating the Green Wave from Spencer 41-30. Saturday morning Vidalia faced a familiar foe in Toombs County. The Indians wrestled hard and well, staying in the match until finally falling 24-45 to end their tournament run.

“We are extremely proud of the effort our kids put into this tournament. For most of our matches we were able to control our pace, technique, and grit. We believe if we control our PTG then we have done all we can do, and we will be satisfied with the results. God bless and roll tribe,” concluded Coach Ferry.

January 21-- Here are the latest local area high school sports, Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Brewton Parker College  schedules.

Monday, January 21

Tuesday, January 22

Basketball: Vidalia 39, Jeff Davis 32 Girls

                     Vidalia 54, Jeff Davis 48 Boys 

                     RTCA 49, Memorial Day 7 Girls

                     Memorial Day 74, RTCA 65 F/OT Boys

                     Bacon Co 37, Toombs Co 36 Girls

                     Toombs Co 63, Bacon Co 40 Boys 

                     Telfair Co 52, Treutlen 14 Girls

                     Treutlen 48, Telfair Co 32 Boys 

Wednesday, January 23

Basketball: LSU 92, Georgia 82 

Thursday, January 24 

Basketball: BPC 68, William Carey University 48 Women

                     William Carey University 78, BPC 59 Men

Friday, January 25

Basketball: Vidalia 90, Bryan Co 35 Boys 

                      Bryan Co 66, Vidalia 43 Girls 

                      St. Andrews 53, RTCA 47 Boys

                       RTCA 53, St. Andrews 23 Girls

                     Woodville-Tompkins 64, Toombs Co 25 Girls

                     Woodville-Tompkins 80, Toombs Co 31 Boys

                     Montgomery Co 39, Jenkins Co 37 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 56, Jenkins Co 48 Boys

Wrestling: Sweet Onion Memorial at Toombs County

Baseball: University of Rio Grande 1, BPC 0

                   University of Rio Grande 13, BPC 3

Saturday, January 26

Basketball: Georgia 98, Texas 88 

                       Montgomery Co 54, Treutlen 26 Girls

                       Treutlen 77, Montgomery Co 56 Boys 

                       Loyola University 66, BPC 60 Women

                       Loyola University 105, BPC 69 Men

Wrestling: Sweet Onion Memorial Tournament at Toombs County

Baseball: University of Rio Grande 18, Brewton Parker 11

Sunday, January 27

January 18—Congratulations to Nyshun Bell of the Vidalia Indians and Da’Quan Jackson of the Montgomery County Eagles on being named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s All-State Football Team. Both were selected 1st Team, Bell for Class AA and Jackson for Class A Public. 1 21 19 Bell

Bell (Left) had an outstanding year on offense and defense for the Indians and got his All-State recognition for his play as linebacker on defense. He had 82 tackles for the season and 1 interception. On offense Bell carried the ball for 890 yards and 88 yards receiving. Bell was also named as the Region 2AA Player of the Year.

Jackson (Below) helped lead the Eagles to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in thirty years. He was named to the 1st Team All-State Team as a defensive back. Jackson had 32 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 6 forced fumbles on the defensive side of the ball.1 21 19 Jackson

On offense Jackson had 1,216 yards rushing and 18 catches for 300 yards and also threw for 101 yards. Jackson had a total of 21 rushing touchdowns, 1 receiving and 5 others on special teams and defense for a total of 162 points and 27 touchdowns for the season.

January 16—The RTCA Crusaders and Lady Crusaders picked up their third region wins of the season by sweeping First Presbyterian in Lyons Tuesday night.

The Crusaders won the important region game in overtime 72-62. The game was tied at sixty at the end of regulation with RTCA outscoring FPCA 12-2 in the overtime period to get the victory. 1 16 19 RTCA Boys BB

The Lady Crusaders won their game easily over FPCA 62-38. Kayla Blackshear led the team in scoring with 19 points.

RTCA is on the road this Friday night at Twiggs Academy at 6:00PM. You can hear the games with Lynn Moore on News Talk WVOP-AM 970 and 105.3 FM and on southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

January 16—The Vidalia Indians swept Bacon County Tuesday night at home, the Indians winning 68-30 and the Lady Indians picking up a 55-28 victory.

The Indians improve to 18-2 and 7-2 in the region.1 16 19 McLeod

Adam McCloud(Left) led the way in scoring with 13 points and Anthony Murphy had 12 points.

The Lady Indians improve to 4-6 in region play and 9-11 overall.Jaynia Bobbitt (Below) scored 14 points and Madison Taufmann had 13 points to lead the way in scoring. 1 16 19 Bobbitt

Vidalia heads to Savannah Friday night to face Woodville-Tompkins at 7:00PM. You can hear the action with John Koon on Your Favorite, 98Q and on the web at southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

January 15-- The Toombs County wrestling team won their 6th straight Area Dual title and it’s 10th in 11 years Saturday in Jeff Davis.

The Mat Dawgs won the opener against Berrien Co. 66-16. Jose Balderas, Cruz Arredondo, Martin Santana, Blake Hall, Ricardo Santana, Ariel Rodriguez, Jaden Banks, Chandler Lynn, DJ Mincey, Jonathan Morales and Devante Willis all had pins for the team.1 15 19 Toombs Co Area 1 AA champs

The Toombs team defeated Jeff Davis 57-24 in the second match of the day. Jose Balderas, Cruz Arredondo, Martin Santana, Blake Hall, Jaden Banks, Ricardo Santana, Chandler Lynn, Jonathan Morales, Devante Willis and Rolando Tinoco all had wins in the dual.

The Championship match pitted the Matdawgs against county rival Vidalia. Toombs was able to secure the championship with a 46-20 victory. Jose Balderas, Cruz Arredondo, Martin Santana, Blake Hall, Jaden Banks, Ricardo Santana, Chandler Lynn, Jonathan Morales, Devante Willis and Rolando Tinoco all had wins in the dual.

Coach Sam Sapp commented on the win. “The team wrestled hard all day and we continue to improve week to week. We had to bump some guys again today to get some of our younger guys in the line-up. This weekend made us 20-1 in dual matches for the year and I’m real proud of that. We won’t have to move as many people next week because we will have Demetrius Owens in at 152. He has been practicing for several weeks now and we really just wanted to give him one more week to be ready. Looking at today as whole, I am excited about the job our younger guys did. Our seniors set the tone, but the younger guys wrestled well today. Sophomores Jose Balderas, Blake Hall and Chandler Lynn all went undefeated on the day the future continues to be bright. I am really excited to have an opportunity to watch these guys wrestle at state next week.”

Toombs County will try to improve in the 2nd place finish they had last year at state and received the #2 seed for next week and received a bye in round 1. They will wrestle the winner of the Bremen vs Dade winner in round 2 that starts at 8:15 in the Macon Coliseum on Thursday.

January 14-- Dawson Ricks, 11th grade, is the Chick-Fil-A Iron Indian of the Week! He displayed tremendous effort, attitude and leadership in the weight room at VHS!

  1 14 19 Dawson Ricks

January 14-- The Vidalia Wrestling Team qualified for the GHSA State Duals for the second time in school history and in the last five years. The Indians won three out of four duals to finish second in Area 1AA.

“We are excited about the opportunity to represent our area as well as the team effort it took to accomplish this goal. In a day when the whole world talks about individuality, to qualify as a team and to have our guys embrace the team effort is something special,” stated Coach James Ferry.

The Indians defeated Swainsboro 78-6 with wins coming from Hunter Manning, Noah Tippett, Robert Allen, Markevious Mincey, Kaleb Cook, Damian Townsel, Dawson Campbell, Thomas Godbee, Lawson Paradice, Tahjah Watts, Zack Edwards, Jaylin Burns, and Javarius Worthen. Vidalia then faced familiar foe and long-standing area runner up; having defeated Vidalia three years in a row; Fitzgerald. Vidalia beat Fitzgerald 45-30 in a match that went back and forth until the Indians took control of the last three matches. Fitzgerald opened with two wins before Mincey tabled a fall in the first period making the score 6-12. Fitzgerald won the next match, 6-15. Townsel defeated his opponent to close the gap to 9-15. Fitzgerald then reeled off two pins to take a 27-9 lead. Vidalia’s next three wrestlers; Godbee, Paradice, and Watts; were able to put up 18 point to tie the team score at 27-27. Fitzgerald won the next match in a close decision to take a 27-30 lead. Indian Jaylin Burns took the mat at 285 and ended Fitzgerald’s state bound hopes with a monstrous second period pin to put Vidalia in the lead for good 33-30. Worthen and Manning scored six points each to give the Indians a 45-30 victory.

“Jaylin’s win was exciting and put the stamp on us traveling to Macon,” Coach Bobby Blount commented. In the area title match the Indians lost to Toombs County 20-46, but the match was 20-21 after nine matches. Vidalia got wins from Mincey, Campbell, Godbee, and Watts. Jeff Davis challenged Vidalia for a true second, but the match was never in question with Vidalia winning 50-27. Winning Indians were Mincey, Cook, Campbell, Godbee, Paradice, Watts, Burns, Worthen, and Tippett.

The Indians will open the State Dual Tournament on Thursday against Screven County in Macon. Coach Ferry finished with, “We are certainly blessed to have these young men wrestling for our school and representing our community. Regardless of what happens in Macon, we are extremely proud of the team effort these guys have demonstrated all season long. God bless and #rolltribe.”

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January 14-- Here are the latest local area high school sports and Georgia Bulldogs Basketball schedules.

Monday, January 14

Basketball: Montgomery Co 50, Claxton 41 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 64, Claxton 53 Boys 

                      RTCA 52, Thomas Jefferson Academy 21 Girls

                      RTCA 65, Thomas Jefferson Academy 45 Boys

Tuesday, January 15

Basketball: Vidalia 55, Bacon Co 28 Girls

                     Vidalia 68, Bacon Co 30 Boys

                     RTCA 62, First Presbyterian 38 Girls

                     RTCA 72, First Presbyterian 62 F/OT Boys 

                     Jeff Davis 42, Toombs Co 30 Girls

                     Jeff Davis 71, Toombs Co 51 Boys

                     Jenkins Co 26, Treutlen 15 Girls

                     Treutlen 86, Jenkins Co 32 Boys

                     ECI 52, Montgomery Co 40 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 57, ECI 54 Boys 

                     Kentucky 69, Georgia 49 

Wednesday, January 16

Thursday, January 17

Friday, January 18

Basketball: Woodville-Tompkins 46,Vidalia 29 Girls

                     Woodville -Tompkins 53, Vidalia 50 Boys 

                     RTCA 57, Twiggs Academy 30 Girls 

                     RTCA 79, Twiggs Academy 50 Boys

                     Bryan Co 76, Toombs Co 37 Girls

                     Toombs Co 51, Bryan Co 45 Boys

                     Johnson Co 50, Treutlen 44 Girls

                     Treutlen 117, Johnson Co 24 Boys 

Saturday, January 19

Basketball: Florida 62, Georgia 52 

                     Vidalia 58, St. Vincent's 34 Girls  

                     Calvary Day 57, Treutlen 12 Girls

                     Treutlen 42, Calvary Day 36 Boys

                     Wheeler Co 72,  Montgomery Co 41 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 82, Wheeler Co 52 Boys 6:00pm

Sunday, January 20

January 11—The Vidalia High School Indians Football team held the 2018 Indian Awards Banquet Thursday night at the Vidalia First Baptist Church. Head Coach Lee Chomskis and the coaching staff handed out awards to the players after a 9-2 season and making it to the first round of the state playoffs.

Some of the Varsity Awards included: Special Teams MVP Grady Blount, Offensive MVP Chris Gay, Offensive Coaches Award Robert Brown, Defensive MVP Nyshun Bell, Defensive Coaches Award Bryant Phillips, the Buck Cravey Award (Effort and Character) Cailyn Jordan, the Charles Wood Memorial Award (Overcame Adversity) went to Kaleb Henry and the Teresa Morris Award (Servant) to Carson McClellan. The winner of the Jack Sasser Award given to a booster or fan was Darren McClellan.

“It is always nice to be able to award your kids at the end of the year. We had a good year at 9-2 and I think we all would have liked to have won a few more games. This was a special senior group just because of the character of the kids. It was a large group of guys who had really bought in. We are going to miss them but we are excited to get to see them go out on a positive note.” Head Coach Lee Chomskis said. 1 11 19 VHS Football Awards

January 10-- The Vidalia High School Swim Team has been busy the past three months competing in meets at Camden County High School Kick-off, The Pumpkin Plunge in Savannah, 16th Annual Coffee Trojan Invitational and the Ware County Invitational. The Indians have a meet this Friday in Savannah at the Savannah Country Day Invitational.

The team consists of four girls and three boys. In the meet this past Saturday in Douglas Jackson Crawley came in 2nd in the 50 yd. Freestyle with a time of 22.35, Chayton Tippett came in 8th with a time of 25.63 and Cole Register came in 16th with a time of 26.79. 100 yd. Freestyle Jackson Crawley came in 1st in the 100 Freestyle. 

In the Girls 200 Freestyle Bess Wilcox came in 8th. 50 Freestyle Rose Johnson came in 18th with Lilly Loosberg 21st and Jesslyn Collins 22nd.  In the 100 Freestyle Rose Johnson came in 12th followed by Lilly Loosberg at 13th and Bess Wilcox at 16th. The Girls team also competed in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay coming in 9th.1 10 19 Swim Team

Jackson Crawley has qualified in the 50 and 100 Freestyle for the State Swim Meet at Georgia Tech, Feb, 7-9.  Crawley is the first swimmer in at least 11 years to qualify for State from Vidalia High School.  

January 9—After a region loss Friday night at home to the Swainsboro Tigers, Tuesday night the Vidalia Indians rolled over rivals the Toombs County Bulldogs in Lyons 60-16. The Indians improve to 16-2 and 5-2 in region play with the Bulldogs falling to 9-5 overall and 5-4 in the region.1 9 19 VHS BB Boys

The Lady Indians lost to the Lady Bulldogs in overtime 44-40. Vidalia led 21-11 at the half and by as many as fourteen points in the game. The Lady Bulldogs go to 9-5 overall and 5-4 in the region with the Lady Indians falling to 7-10 and 3-5 in region play.1 9 19 VHS Girls BB

January 9-- In the GISA the RTCA Crusaders came from behind to beat the Memorial Day Matadors 55-53 in Lyons. The Crusaders trailed by thirteen points at halftime 31-18. Robert Brown of the Crusaders scored a two-point basket with eleven seconds to play for the big region win.

The Lady Crusaders opened up the region schedule with blowout win over the Lady Matadors 61-13. The Lady Crusaders improve to 11-1.

RTCA will host St. Andrews Friday night starting at 6:00PM.You can hear the action on News Talk WVOP-AM 970 and 105.3 FM and on the web southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

January 8-- Last night, in an exciting College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Santa Clara, California, the Clemson Tigers took home their third trophy—adding to one in 1981 another in 2017. Again at the helm was head coach Dabo Swinney, a longtime friend of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org).

“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is thrilled today for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers,” said Shane Williamson, President and CEO of FCA. “His testimony both on and off the field shines for Jesus Christ. Countless football players over the years have been impacted by Coach Swinney, as he sees that long-lasting life lessons take precedence over the playbook. His commitment to FCA has also been a bright spot for our ministry. We congratulate both the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide on their incredible seasons.”

Swinney has had a longstanding relationship with FCA, speaking at events and sharing his faith story in publications. In the fall of 2017, FCA featured the championship coach on the cover of FCA Magazine. That feature story opened with Swinney’s words to ESPN after his team’s epic 35-31 win over Alabama in 2017. And these words revealed perhaps more about who he is as a man than who he is as a coach.

With some 26 million more watching on TV, Swinney said: “Only God can do this. If anybody thinks anything different, they’re really missing it. This is nothing that I’ve done. Truly, only God can write a script like this.”

FCA Magazine recounted how Swinney became one of the top coaches in the game and brought Clemson its first national championship football trophy in 35 years. Swinney said the great moment of that victory “pales in comparison to the journey it took to get there.”

After Swinney—who was nicknamed “Dabo” because of the sound his 17-month-old brother made when referring to him as “that boy”—gave his life to Christ, his eternity in heaven was secured, but his life circumstances didn’t change.

“In fact, they got worse,” Swinney told FCA. “But I had this peace and this hope for a better future that I never had. My spirit changed, my attitude changed, the way I perceived things changed. I was certainly a long way from perfect, but I knew there was a purpose for my life because I met the Creator of my life.”

FCA also highlighted Swinney’s time playing college football, his forgiveness of and reconciliation with his father, and his stellar coaching career thus far. In 10 seasons leading Clemson as head coach, he’s taken the team to a slew of bowl games, three of the five National Championship Games. In fact, Clemson and Alabama have met for three of the five matchups.

And Swinney gives all the glory to God.

“I think God has honored the way we’ve done things,” he says. “I believe that with all my heart. That’s why I said what I said: ‘Only God can do this.’ We serve a big God—big, powerful—and He’s real, and I know that. To experience what I’ve experienced is surreal, but it’s comforting because I know that He is. I know He loves us. We’re imperfect people, but I know God has a plan, and I just try to live my life in a way that can hopefully be an encouragement to others.”

Swinney has also told FCA, he has ups and downs like everyone else, but has the “true peace, happiness and hope that can only come from having a solid spiritual foundation in knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior.”

FCA also highlighted Swinney in its “Heart of a Coach” feature in a past magazine, where he told FCA that he accepted Christ through FCA while in high school in Pelham, Ala. One of Swinney’s childhood heroes, Joey Jones, a great receiver at Alabama, spoke at an FCA meeting, he recalled.

“I was fired up to hear him and thought he would talk about football,” Swinney told FCA, “but, instead, he talked about what God had done in his life. He offered us the opportunity to be saved, and the next thing I knew I was praying with Joey Jones and accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior. I went home that night and wrote in my Bible, ‘February 3, 1986—I dedicated my life to the Lord today, and He will be with me forever.’”

Swinney has also said of the 62-year-old international sports ministry: “FCA is important because it is on the front lines with our young people spreading the good news about the peace and hope that can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

In 2014, Swinney was named the FCA Grant Teaff Coach of the Year Award recipient, one of many coaching and character honors he’s been bestowed. Named after Grant Teaff, former Baylor University coach and Trustee Emeritus of the FCA Board of Trustees, the award recognizes a football coach who exemplifies Christian principles and who is involved in FCA.

January 7-- Ri’Yun Adams a junior at VHS is the Chick-Fil-A Iron Indian of the week! Ri’Yun displayed great effort, attitude and leadership in the weight room.

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January 7-- Here are the latest local area high school sports and Georgia Bulldogs Basketball schedules.

Monday, January 7

Tuesday, January 8

Basketball: Toombs Co 44, Vidalia 40 F/OT Girls

                     Vidalia 60, Toombs Co 16 Boys

                     RTCA 61, Memorial Day 13 Girls

                     RTCA 55, Memorial Day 53 Boys 

                     Dooly Co 54, Treutlen 33 Girls

                     Treutlen 53, Dooly Co 45 Boys

Wednesday, January 9

Basketball: Georgia 83, Vanderbilt 62 

Thursday, January 10

Friday, January 11

Basketball: Metter 38, Vidalia 37 Girls

                     Vidalia 80, Metter 50 Boys

                     RTCA 60, St. Andrews 10 Girls

                     RTCA 54, St. Andrews 42 Boys 

                     Swainsboro 72, Toombs Co 38 Girls 

                     Swainsboro 76, Toombs Co 46 Boys

                     ECI 51, Treutlen 29 Girls

                     Treutlen 90, ECI 39 Boys 

                     Montgomery Co 43, Jenkins Co 19 Girls

                     Montgomery Co 57, Jenkins Co 52 Boys 

Saturday, January 12

Basketball: Auburn 93, Georgia 78 

                     Montgomery Co 54, Treutlen 21 Girls

                     Treutlen 93, Montgomery Co 57 Boys 

Sunday, January 13

January 6-- The Vidalia Indian Football team will celebrate the 2018 season on Thursday when they hold their Annual Awards Banquet. The festivities will get underway at 7:00 PM at the Vidalia First Baptist Church and all Indian boosters and fans are encouraged to attend. This is a free event.

January 4-- The Swainsboro Tigers ran out to an 11-0 lead to open the game and never trailed as they ran past the Vidalia Indians 72-51. The #6 team in the state didn't score their first points of the game until the 2:26 mark in the first qtr. Swainsboro led by as many as 13 pts in the 2nd qtr before the Indians closed the gap to 3 behind the 3 pts shooting of Adam McLoud who ended the night with five 3's. But it was a Jamil Watkins three pointer with 2 seconds to go in the half to give the Tigers a 31-25 lead at the break. Swainsboro would extend its lead to 54-37 at the end of 3 before closing out the Indians in the 4th. Artis Kingsberry hit six 3's for the Tigers and ended the night with 21 pts. Vidalia falls to 15-2 & 4-2 in Region 2AA.

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January 3—The Vidalia Indians basketball team continues to play well improving to 15-1 with a Wednesday night 75-46 win at home over the Appling County Pirates. Anthony Murphy and Xavier McClendon led the Indians in scoring with nine points each.

Vidalia will host Region 2AA rivals the Swainsboro Tigers Friday night with the girl’s game starting at 7:00PM. You can hear the games on Your Favorite, 98Q and on the web at southeastgeorgiatoday.com.

January 2—Members of the 2018 Vidalia Indians Football team were selected to play in the East-West All Star Game in Macon. Nyshun Bell #10, Robert Brown #56, Sheldon Washington #42, Jaylen Clements #18 and Cailyn Jordan #79. Nyshun Bell and Cailyn Jordan were chosen as captains of the game.

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January 2-- The Vidalia Wrestling team finished 14th out of 36 teams at the Lambert Hook ‘Em Classic, earning three medals. Tahjah Watts continued his record setting senior campaign with a tournament championship where he had earned a previous second and sixth place. Watts, the number two seed, defeated Beasley (Lanier), James (HF Byrnes) and Gonzalez (South Forsyth) before winning the championship over Hawthorne (North Hall). This brings Watts’ career record to 148 wins. Thomas Godbee had an equally impressive weekend finishing third. Godbee, also a number two seed, defeated Fioranza (Lassiter) before dropping an early round match to Mehl (Cypress Lake). Godbee bounced back by defeating six opponents; Compton (Hambersham Central), Mincey (Toombs County), Connelly (HF Byrnes) Cochran (White County), and McGlone (Boyle County). In the consolation finals, Godbee faced Stephen (Chattahoochee) who had defeated him last year and went on to win the tournament. This year was different, Godbee defeated him 5 – 2. Noah Tippett (120) placed 6th in his final Hook ‘Em Classic. Tippett, unseeded, Alejo, Chadwick (Flowery Branch), Yum (Lassiter), and Fuemmeler (Loganville) on route to earning his medal.

“We are enormously proud of these three guys battling their way through this tournament. This is the toughest tournament we go to each year for the purpose of getting tough competition and our guys stepped up showing the grit we need to push forward,” stated Coach Bobby Blount. Others competing and earing team points for the Indians were; Javarius Worthen, Mason Galbreath, Hunter Manning, Robert Allen, Kaleb Cook, Damian Townsel, Dawson Campbell, Lawson Paradice, Eddie Wadley, Zack Edwards, and Jaylin Burns.

Coach James Ferry commented, “I am personally very thankful that we have young men like we have that will travel this state and outside the state looking to wrestle. We’re never afraid to go looking for a battle. I am also very blessed to have the assistant coaches I have that can keep this train moving even while I’m out. I want to take a moment to thank the boys that wrestle for us, their families, our coaching staff, our school system, and our community for everything you’ve done for this me personally and our program.”

(L-R): Thomas Godbee, Tahjah Watts, Noah Tippett and Coach Bobby Blount. 1 2 19 VHS Wrestling

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