Honorees bring many accolades to Brickyard Wall of Fame
Mike Perry
Three more names will be added to the Wall of Fame at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard this year.
John Barnett, Jerry Mays and Mike Perry will be honored at this year’s 2017 Brickyard Wall of Fame Banquet Saturday, Aug. 26.
The wall, just inside the main entrance to the stadium, honors individuals who have made significant contributions or have achieved extraordinary success through their involvement with athletics in the McDuffie County School System.
The Thomson Bulldog Athletic Booster Club sponsors the event, and in a press release, Jay Poston said the club strives to shine the light of those who have made a difference.



Briarwood Bucs kickoff season with scrimmage win
Dylan Reese works to outrun a Dawson Christian Academy tackler.
The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers again traveled to Sparta for the John Hancock Academy Kick Off Classic, which is in its 19th year. Last Thursday, Aug. 10, the Bucs defeated Dawson Christian Academy 38-29.
“It showed us what we’ve got to work on up front. Our backfield’s good to go. Defensively, we’ve got a few positions to iron out,” said Briarwood Head Coach Bo Fleming. “But, the scrimmage overall was good for us and we had a lot of success, which builds confidence.”



Miscues cost Bulldogs in scrimmage against Warriors
Tyrek Braswell moves through Grovetown tacklers.
Mistakes led to the Thomson Bulldogs having a rough night Friday night it a scrimmage with the Grovetown Warriors.
The Dogs’ varsity was shut out 21-0 in the first half. Thomson’s only points on the night came on a fourth quarter touchdown by the 9th grade Bulldogs. The JV battled to a 0-0 tie in the third quarter.
Cortavious Catchings scored on a 12-yard run, and the extra point was scored by Skylar Lewis.
Thomson head coach Rob Ridings said THS was plagued by miscues in the first half.



Bulldogs to face Warriors in Friday scrimmage
Senior defensive back/receiver Jacorey Crawford looks at senior defensive back/receiver Christian Tutt during a light moment at picture day at The Brickyard Friday.
The Thomson Bulldogs will travel to Grovetown Friday night for a scrimmage against the Warriors.
Thomson begins its regular season Aug. 18, at Laney, but Friday night’s game will give fans and coaches a chance to see the Dogs under game conditions.
Thomson head coach Rob Ridings said with the earliness of the season, there is not a lot available on the Class 6A Warriors.



Havrilla selected to All-Academic Teams
Sage Havrilla is a member of the Berry College Tennis Team. She was named to All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Representing the Berry College Tennis Team, Sage Havrilla has been named to the 2017 All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the organization announced July 25.



Dogs busy in off-season
Other top Iron Men were, from left: Jacorey Crawford, 237 points; Christian Tutt, 236; Tyler Curry, 231; Bubba McMurray, 230; Tyrek Braswell, 229; Jalek Nicholson, 228; Tyrese Jones, 225; Artest Banks, 224; and TJ Williams, 223.
While conditioning days ended Monday, the Bulldogs had a busy summer preparing for the 2017 football season.
The Bulldogs attended the one-day Georgia 7-on-7 in Athens, two-day Palmetto Showdown in Duncan, South Carolina, and four-day Mike Hodges Offensive Lineman Camp at Middle Georgia College.
The team also labored at the school with the Iron Man Competition.
“Iron Man Competition is our conclusion to the Summer Weight program in which our players performed 24 workouts between May 30-July 24,” said Rob Ridings, THS head football coach.
The competition measures three facets - lifting, running and agility - and all totals based upon one point being the lowest to 30 points being the highest.



Hunt and Learn programs teach basics, provide hands on opportunities
Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, rabbit – all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them?
Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational weekend for beginners to those with experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
The Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide exceptional instruction from qualified teachers for children ages 10-17 accompanied by an adult. Classes include everything from the basics to learning how to care for harvested game. The weekend additionally provides guided hunt opportunities. Adults and children (16 and older) must possess current hunting licenses.
Due to the popularity of the Hunt and Learn programs, there are now three participant levels. Participants must complete Level 1 to advance to Level 2 and likewise to Level 3.




Thomson High Bulldogs preparing for 2017 season
The Dog offense goes through it paces.
While the Thomson Bulldogs have been working in conditioning and various football camps over the summer, the preparation is ramping up toward the season’s opening regular season game Aug. 18.



Three more athletic contributors to be honored on Brickyard Wall of Fame
Three more honorees will be saluted with their names featured on the Brickyard Wall of Fame.
The 2017 Brickyard Wall of Fame Banquet will be Saturday, Aug. 26, and honor John Barnett, Jerry Mays and Mike Perry.
Located at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard, the wall bears plaques that recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics in the McDuffie County School System.
Jerry Mays

John Barnett

Mike Perry



Tournament honoring Widener a huge success
Skipper and Bonnie Widener clasp hands as prayer is led before the tournament.
It was a time to celebrate, remember and play softball Friday night at Sweetwater Park.
Hundreds attended the 2017 Drake Widener Scholarship Fund Softball Tournament. Widener, 19, a past member of the Thomson Bulldog Diamond Dogs and a welder lost his life in a car accident in May of 2016.






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