The Dodge County Middle School (DCMS) Warriors ran their record to four and zero with a pair of home wins last week. On Monday, Dodge defeated Vidalia five to four in their first region game of the season. On Friday, Dodge once again defeated Vidalia six to two. This second game didn’t count toward the region standings. Wet field conditions prevented Thursday’s region game at Swainsboro. The seventh grade Warriors defeated Vidalia seven to five on Friday night in their first game of the season.
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The Dodge County Archery teams competed in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) regional tournament in Johnson County on February 15, 2014.
Placing first in the high school division, Dodge County High School’s archery team fired a 3,175 to beat five other schools. Placing first in the middle school division, Dodge County Middle School’s archery team scored 3,032 beating three other schools. These wins qualify both teams for the eighth annual Georgia-NASP state tournament April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
The Dodge County teams also excelled on individual levels. Dodge high’s Joshua Peterson arrowed a 286 (out of 300) to win the overall high-scoring male title at the regional and Dodge high’s Chelsea Barrentine shot a 281 to take home top female honors.
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Dodge County High School Senior Nicholas Evans, and member of the DCHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership team, shared a time of devotion and ministry at the recent Ocmulgee FCA board meeting on Tuesday, February 11.
Evans has been a key leader in the FCA Campus Ministry at the high school for several years and also at Dodge County Middle School while there. He shared the different ministry events such as “Fields of Faith” that was held October with around 100 in attendance; huddle meetings they have done in the last couple of weeks and the possible upcoming concert in April. Evans and the leadership team are an essential part of the FCA ministry in Dodge County. [Full Story »]
The Eastman-Dodge County Recreation Department is holding baseball and softball registration from now until Friday, February 21, 2014.
Kids between the ages of five and 14 are eligible to sign up. The season is scheduled to start on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
For more information call the recreation department at 478-374-4696.
Recently two Grappling Indians representing Dodge County Wrestling Club travelled to Atlanta to compete in the prestigious Georgia Grind Wrestling Tournament. This annual tournament draws the best of the best from the South East and is billed as one of the toughest tournaments in the south.
Representing Dodge County this year was Jared Cannon and McCay Turner. Cannon turned in a near perfect performance on the day fighting his way through the consolation bracket to win third place. Not stopping there, he was able to challenge for second place and defeated his opponent in grand fashion to bring home a second place finish.
At 85 pounds, Turner battled some seasoned opponents all day and never quit. He won his opening match quite impressively before being sent to the consolation bracket. Scrapping his way through the bracket he needed to win every match to stay in the tournament. By the time the dust settled, Turner had defeated all-comers and emerged victorious in the consolation finals to earn a third place trophy.
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 »]