The Dodge County Middle School Grappling Warriors traveled to Dublin recently to compete in the Middle Georgia Middle School Athletic Association Region Championships. Thirteen wrestlers represented Dodge County on the mat and nine walked away placing in the top four. As a team, the Warriors brought home third place honors and crowned four champions.
Winning his third region championship was Christian Grauberger, 100 pounds, who pinned his way through the bracket with ease. Also earning a gold medal was Jared Cannon, 138 pounds, who finished up the season as our only undefeated wrestler.
First year grapplers Chandler Davis, 145 pounds and Ethan Rice, 152 pounds, surpassed all expectations and turned in flawless performances to bring home their first wrestling gold medals. At 106 pounds, Aiden Greer, placed second while Cade Cranford, 170 pounds, brought home the bronze medal in his first region competition. Finishing just shy of the medal rounds and placing fourth were Jeremy Mullis, 85 pounds; Noah Atkinson, 126 pounds and Archer Rowland, 180 pounds. The Grappling Warriors have placed third at region for the past three years and despite giving up several weight classes, those who compete have done a remarkable job on the mat.
This is a great time of the year to give a brief summary of the Dodge County High School Squaws as the 2013- 2014 season draws to a conclusion. The current record is 18-2, 5 -1 in the region and a state ranking of seventh in AAA according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
If two terms had to be chosen that describes the Squaws this season they would be “defense” and “balance” according to coach Paula Selph. The Squaws have relied heavily on their full court pressure both man-to-man and switching to zone trapping defenses that keep the opposition guessing and off balance. This type of defense has led to numerous scoring opportunities off forced turnovers.
A balanced offensive strategy has also proven effective this year. The “bigs” have drawn a great amount of attention from defenses, which has led to fantastic opportunities for the shooting guards to pull the trigger from the outside.
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The Dodge County Archery Booster Club is sponsoring a NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) tournament on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
The tournament is open to any archer that is trained through the NASP Program. Several schools in Georgia and one from South Carolina will be competing in the winter invitational tournament.
The tournament will be at the Peabody Complex located at 1400 Martin Luther King Drive in Eastman. There is no admission fee. However, all registered archers will pay a $5.00 registration fee. Flight times start at 11.30 a.m. [Full Story »]
The Middle Georgia State College (MGSC) basketball team, head coach Scott Moe and the athletic department will honor Perle Peacock at 7:15 p.m. on January 27, 2014 in Morris Gym on the Cochran campus for his years of service as clock keeper for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. For over 45 years Peacock held the duty of the clock keeper, ending his time on March 5, 2013 with a win in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) playoffs.
Asking around, no one was able to provide the year that Peacock began working the clock only that it was during the tenure of Coach J.L. Padgett which ended in 1968 and resulted in the hiring of Coach Ben Rogers. Coach Rogers only knows that Peacock was already working the clock for the team when he arrived on campus to take over the men’s program. From historical records, it appears Coach Padgett arrived around 1963-64 giving a window between 1963 and 1968 that he would have begun running the clock for the program.
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Middle Georgia Impact finished second place at the Turkey Classic ten and under (10U) tournament in Valdosta on November 23, 2013. Impact lost the championship game to Power Mill of Tallahassee, Florida. Team members pictured are Meg Lewis, Gracie Lewis, Madison Hardy, Sierra Webster and Linzy Bowen, Maggie Quick, Chastity Stevens, Macy Shattles, Amy Dalton and Abby Cooper. Coaches for the team are Al Lewis, George Quick, Spencer Webster and Wade Bowen.
Several Dodge County High School Indian football players were named to the Region 3-AAA All Region Football Team.
Jacob Gurien was named to the first team offense as an offensive lineman. Romello Cummings, defensive lineman and Marlek Lamb, defensive back, were also named to the first team defense.
Landon Martin, quarterback; Roscoe Wilcox, running back; Devonare Jackson, wide receiver; Hunter Graham, tight-end; and Cain Peterson, offensive line were all named to the second team offense for the region.
Second team defense honors went to Josh Edwards, defensive line; Devonta Floyd, linebacker; and Cam Young, defensive back.
Dodge County seniors Cummings, Lamb, Edwards and Jackson were recognized.
Dodge County juniors recognized were Gurien, Martin, Wilcox, Graham, Peterson and Floyd.
One Dodge County sophomore, Young, was recognized.
The honors continued for Dodge County High School Lady Indians Nikki Graham and Margaret Simmons. Graham, a Junior catcher, was named to the first team all-state by the region champion coaches in AAA. She hit .471 and lead the team in homers and runs batted in (RBIs). Simmons, a Freshman shortstop, was named to the second team all-state. She led the Lady Indians with a .505 average. She was also named region player of the year.
Leonard Floyd, a 2012 graduate of Dodge County High School, has been named to the South East Conference (SEC) All Freshman Team. He leads the University of Georgia defense with 6.5 sacks. He also has 47 tackles including 8.5 for losses. He has 22 quarterback hurries, a pass break-up, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Floyd and the rest of the Dawgs will play in the Gator Bowl against Nebraska on New Year’s Day.
The eight year old and under (8U) Middle Georgia Hurricanes softball team were undefeated champs in the Premier Sports “Adopt An Angel” tournament which was held in Cordele on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The Hurricanes fought hard that day playing teams from all over, they never gave up and stuck together through fifteen hours of tough, freezing cold softball. Awesome fall season Middle Georgia Hurricanes! Pictured (front row, l-r) Lauren Slaughter, Allie Mathis, Brooke Perdue, Jayci Yawn, Tannah Cobb and Caitlynn Lancaster; (middle row, l-r) Ansley Brooks, Ava Roland, McKenzie Maddox, Riley Haley and Bryn Yawn; (back row, l-r) coaches Chad Slaughter, Ricky Maddox, Brian Perdue and Terry Cobb and bat boy A.J. Mathis.