Diamond Dogs celebrate season
Players receiving individual awards, from left: Cody Brown, lowest ERA; Morgan Hyde, most valuable offense award; Duncan Adams, most valuable defense award; and Hunter Norman and Brian Smith, co-coaches award. Coaches, from left: assistant Robert Brown, assistant David Whitfield, head coach Brad Smith, and assistant Brett Chalker.
The Thomson Diamond Dogs held their recognition banquet May 16 at the school.
Players honored coaches by presenting them with team pictures that the members autographed.
Head Coach Brad Smith praised the team for finishing the season at 21-9.
Players selected for all-region teams were honored as well as several individual awards.

Baseball camp to sharpen youngsters’ skills
Players are coached on the basics during the Robert Sapp camp.
Former professional baseball player and manager Leo Durocher is said to have stated: “There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power.”
An upcoming camp will seek to help youngsters with those five strengths.
Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will be June 27-July 1 at Sweetwater Park. A girl’s softball camp is also scheduled.
In its 36th year, the camp invites campers ages 7-14 to attend a camp from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., each day.

Bulldogs named to all-region team
Players from All-Region teams were, back row, left to right: Brad Smith, head coach; Morgan Hyde, player of the year and outfield first team; Cody Brown, pitcher; Hunter Norman, pitcher and Duncan Adams, first base; and Brian Smith, outfield. Front row, left to right: Patterson Hutto, outfield, and named to second team: Cade Brown, second base; Garrett McClure, third base; Adonis Kendrick, outfield; and Garrett Walden, pitcher.
The head coach and nearly a dozen Thomson Bulldog baseball players were named to AAAA – Region 3 Baseball All-Region teams.
In a May 11 meeting at Burke County High School, 11 members of the Diamond Dogs were picked for the honors by coaches from region teams: Thomson, Burke County, Liberty County, New Hampstead, Wayne County and Windsor Forest.

Black and Gold Game winds up spring practice
Head Coach Rob Ridings, left, and defensive coordinator Lee Hutto watch blocking drills before the scrimmage.
The Thomson Bulldogs ended spring practice with the Black and Gold Game at The Brickyard Friday night, and while the scoreboard may have shown an overwhelming 50-16 score, the Dogs believe a lot was learned.
The offense played the defense, and points were awarded to the defense for holding the offense. Varsity and JV and incoming 9th graders got rotations and chances to show what they had learned in practice.

Smith to continue coaching Diamond Dogs
Brad Smith
After agreeing at the beginning of the year to coach the Diamond Dogs for a single season, the team’s head coach said last week that he would return next year.
“Lord willing, I will coach next year,” said Brad Smith, who was also the Bulldog head baseball coach from 2001-2005, when he was relieved by then Superintendent Mark Petersen.

Mighty Bucs track team competes at Brentwood
Shown above are the girls fifth grade 4x200M relay champions Makenzie Newsome, Mary Kate Daniel, Madison Kay and Ella Jackson.
The Briarwood Mighty Bucs track teams traveled to Brentwood on May 3 for a track meet between the two schools.

Dogs defeated by Hurricanes in second round playoffs
Bulldogs players celebrate after centerfielder Morgan Hyde, right, made a leaping catch at the fence to rob the Hurricanes of a homer.
The Diamond Dogs lost two games to Cartersville last week in the second round of the state playoffs.
On Wednesday, the Dogs’ season ended when the visiting Hurricanes defeated Thomson 13-3 in game one and 6-4 in game two, claiming the best two-out-of-three series.

Thomson High School soccer celebrates its seniors
Photo courtesy of Erica Matherly Some the seniors celebrated during the April 22 senior night are shown above with their escorts. Seniors shown from left are Anna McNair, Hannah Neville, Dylan Lanting, Tristan Fulmer and Deprimathon Jackson.

Briarwood boys track wins GISA AA state championship
The Briarwood boys track team defeated the second place team by 38 points to become the 2016 GISA AA state champions on April 30.
The Briarwood boys and girls track teams traveled to Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, Georgia, for the GISA AA state championships.
Both teams did well, but the boys team came out on top with 118.5 points, beating the second place team by 38 points to win the GISA AA state championship

Bulldogs close out regular season with win over Cross Creek
Garret McClure makes a throw to first against Westside.
The Thomson Bulldogs took two wins and a loss in recent baseball games.
The Dogs, who had wrapped up the Region 3-AAAA championship with double-header wins against Burke County, April 15, defeated Harlem 15-2 Tuesday and dropped a 4-1 loss to Westside on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a 7-5 win at Cross Creek.

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