Briarwood starters strong in scrimmage win
Briarwood Academy’s Ches McMichael sprints to the outside to turn the corner against the Community Christian defense during a preseason scrimmage hosted Aug. 11 at John Hancock Academy.
The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers head into the opening of their regular football season this week, but last week they had a chance to warm up with a pre-season scrimmage at John Hancock Academy’s 2016 Bob Peck Kick Off Classic.
In a Thursday, Aug. 11, scrimmage against Community Christian, the Bucs’ offense spread the ball around to various receivers and running backs on the way to a 42-28 win.
In the opening two quarters, the Briarwood starters outpaced Community 28-0. In the next two quarters, the Bucs fielded younger players and were outscored 28-0 by Community.

Bulldogs scrimmage Grovetown
Thomson running back Tyrek Braswell outruns the Grovetown defense.
The Thomson Bulldog varsity took a 21-0 win over Grovetown at The Brickyard Friday night.
A one-hour lightning delay saw Luther Welsh Field emptied and fans evacuated from the stadium.
When the game began, it was Thomson who provided the lightning during the first half which saw the teams’ varsity squads play.
The JV units played to a 0-0 stalemate in the third quarter with neither team scoring. In the fourth quarter, it was the 9th grade teams that also battled to a scoreless conclusion.

THS alumnus Rau signs professional baseball contract in Nebraska
Carl Rau, Rau’s father, and Rau are shown at the Lincoln Saltdogs stadium on Aug. 12.
Nick Rau, a 2011 Thomson High School graduate, signed a contract to play professional baseball on Aug. 10.
Rau, who now plays for the Lincoln Saltdogs, signed the contract in Lincoln, Nebraska, and he suited up for his first game with the team against the Kansas City T-Bones on the same day.

THS to hold first game of season against Grovetown High School
One of THS’ quarterbacks, Mills Ridings, hands the ball off to Tyrek Braswell during practice.
The Thomson High School Bulldogs will open their season with a scrimmage against Grovetown on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Luther Welsh Field at the Brickyard. The scrimmage will be Thomson’s first game of the year, and the first two quarters will be played as a real-life game situation with the Bulldogs’ varsity against the Warriors’ varsity. The quarters will be 12 minutes long, and all kicking will be live, simulating game-like conditions.

Lady Dogs softball coach previews 2016 season
Hailee Prince is shown getting in the ready position during a summer league game.
The Thomson High School Lady Dogs opened their season on Aug. 8 against Greenbrier.
This year’s team has 13 returning players and three freshman added to the team. The three freshman replace three of last year’s starters.
“Our goals are very simple. We are a team first. As a team we have set our goals as follows: to win the region, advance to the state playoffs and then to Columbus,” said THS head coach Daniel Farrell.

Bucs softball coach previews season ahead of first game
Sara Ingram is shown as she gets ready to hit the ball during an at bat in a summer softball league game against Washington-Wilkes.
Briarwood was scheduled to begin its 2016 season on Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. against Piedmont.
The 2015 season ended with four wins and 16 losses. The team also played in the first round of state playoffs.
Head Coach Wayne Wilson said the team will be young with five upcoming freshman, three sophomores, two of which are new to Briarwood, one junior and three seniors, with six returning players from last year’s team.

Thomson Athletic Booster Club hosts annual golf tournament
Tommy Wangness tees off during the Booster Club golf tournament at Belle Meade on Aug. 6.
The Thomson Bulldog Athletic Booster Club hosted the 7th Annual Bruce Blasingame Memorial Golf Tournament at Belle Meade Country Club on Aug. 6.
The first place winners of the tournament for the championship flight were
Stewart Young, Bill Carn and Larry Hyman. The first place winners for the first flight were Cliff Poston, Cully Poston and Van Langham.
The tournament, one of many fundraisers for the Booster Club, helped raise money for camps, scholarships, jerseys and player of the week awards and Friday pregame meals for the football team, and other things for Thomson High School athletics.

Davis signs football scholarship with Point University
Myles Davis signed a scholarship on July 31 to play football at Point University in West Point, Georgia. He was surrounded by his family and THS head coach Rob Ridings.
Myles Davis, a 2016 Thomson High School graduate, signed a football scholarship with Point University on July 31.
Point University is a private, Christian, four-year liberal arts university located in West Point, Georgia, about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Bulldogs begin full contact drills
Players head back to the fieldhouse after lightning forced the cancellation of Monday’s practice.
The Thomson Bulldogs took to the field for the first of 10 days of full-contact practices Monday, Aug. 1.
Close to 20 minutes later, lightning hit near the field and practice was stopped. The Bulldogs hoped to get back to practice Tuesday as they prepare for their Aug. 12 preseason game when they host Grovetown at 7:30 p.m.

‘Fun’da‘mentals’ stressed at camp
Players listened to talks from Robert Sapp each day before taking the field. The talks dealt with how to win at baseball and at life.
Close to 80 youngsters learned the basic fundamentals of baseball and softball during Robert Sapp Baseball-Softball Camp at Sweetwater Park last week. The camp stressed fun and the mental part of the game for kids 7-14 with group exercises in the morning and games in the afternoon.

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