Thomson players and coaches to appear in Border Bowl IV
Jarrett Troxler, left, and Josh Ingram will be assistant coaches on Team Georgia Saturday in Augusta.
Thomson Bulldog players and coaches will take the field in Saturday’s Border Bowl IV.
Team Georgia and Team South Carolina will battle at noon, at Lucy C. Laney Stadium in Augusta.
Thomson players include offensive lineman Tavarius Jones; offensive lineman JuWuan Cheatham; defensive lineman Will Roberts; and receiver Davon Crockett.
THS offensive coordinator Jarret Troxler will be the Georgia squad’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Bulldog offensive line coach Josh Ingram will coach Team Georgia’s offensive line.
The head coach is James Leonard, Aquinas’ head coach.

Former resident qualifies for prestigious event
Heather Shourds
A former McDuffie County resident and Thomson High School graduate has qualified for a prestigious duathlon. Heather Shourds qualified in November for Team USA in the 2017 Duathlon World Championship to be held in Penticton, Canada, in August. She will begin her training regimen next month.
The daughter of Thomson resident Richard Downs, Shourds is a personal trainer, triathlon coach and master swim coach at New Tampa Family YMCA.

Lady Dogs battle with Baldwin in first region loss
Lady Dog Aleze' Evans keeps the ball away from a Brave.
The Thomson Lady Dogs lost their first region game of the season 53-50 against Baldwin High School Friday night.
The visiting Braves took control early, building a 21-11 lead in the first period.
The Lady Dogs battled steadily throughout the first half but were outscored in the third period before finishing stronger in the fourth period.
Thomson had its chances to win, but Williams said mistakes got in the way.
“At the end, we had a great chance to take the lead but missed free throws, and turnovers the last minute derailed our chances,” THS head coach Michael Williams said.

Bulldogs lose in overtime for first region loss of year
A Baldwin player arrives in time to watch THS’ Darius Turman slam dunk.
The Thomson Bulldogs lost 71-67 in overtime to the Baldwin Braves Friday night.
The Bulldogs (5-6, 0-1) survived a sluggish five-point second period, but could not come up with the win at The Dog House. Both teams endured a leaky roof that dropped water onto the court, causing several stoppages of play.
Jucorius Thomas hit a three-pointer close to the buzzer in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Bulldogs take three wins, set sights on region games
The Lady Dogs battle for a ball.
The Thomson Lady Bulldogs loaded up three wins in basketball action as they get ready for region games.
THS defeated the Elbert County Blue Devils 34-29 in Elberton, Dec. 27. Two nights later, Warren County visited and Thomson came away with a 40-14 win over the Screaming Devils. The Bulldogs took a 52-39 win over the Tigers at Washington Wilkes, Dec. 29.
Elbert County defeated THS earlier in the year, but this time Thomson won with better defense, as the Bulldogs led 17-11 at the half, before outscoring the visitors 13-5 in the second period.
Thomson head coach Michael Williams said the entire Thomson team played great defense.
Thomson, 7-4, hosts 8-4 Baldwin at 7 p.m. Friday, in the first region game of the year. Saturday night, Thomson travels to the region’s Hephzibah for a 4:30 p.m. game. Thomson visits Cross Creek Tuesday for a region matchup against Cross Creek at 5 p.m.

TMMS and THS archery team competes in district tourney
The Thomson-McDuffie Middle School and Thomson High School archery teams recently competed at the district tournament at Georgia Southern University.
The Thomson-McDuffie Middle School and Thomson High School archery teams recently competed at the district tournament at Georgia Southern University. Both teams qualified for the regional tournament (date and time to be determined). The archery coaches are Lisa Cody and LaBrandon Hudson (TMMS) and Rick DuBose and Jason Brooks (THS).

Dogs 5-5 as region play begins Friday
Zavian Smith drives past a Devil.
Thomson took two losses and a win recently, as the Bulldogs look to begin region basketball games this week.
The Laney Wildcats slipped by Thomson 62-59 at home Dec. 27. The Dogs came back with a 90-33 win over the Warren County Screaming Devils, Dec. 29, and then found the win column again the next night with a 65-43 win at the Washington-Wilkes Tigers.

Players and coaches to appear in post-season games
Thomson’s head football coach, offensive coordinator and two players will participate in the North-South GACA All-Star game Friday at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Dogs go 1-2 in South Carolina tournament
Radaren Johnson drives against Hartsville’s Alvin Joyner.
The Bulldogs struggled early in the Savannah River Shootout at North Augusta (South Carolina) High School.

Thomson High School Lady Dogs lose two
The Lady Dogs listen to head coach Michael Williams during a timeout.
The Thomson Lady Bulldogs took two losses in recent basketball games.
On Saturday, Thomson lost 42-38 to Liberty County in Hinesville. On Monday, the Dogs lost 43-33 to Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the first game of the Seahawk Holiday Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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