Dogs and Lady Dogs close out regular season this weekend
Thomson’s Marquez Winfrey looks to shoot against Liberty County.
The regular season draws to a close this weekend for the Dogs and Lady Dogs.
The teams will host Windsor Forest Friday night, which will also be Senior Night. The girls game begins at 6 p.m., with the boys tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday night, the teams travel to Burke County with the girls game beginning at 5 p.m. and the boys playing at 6:30 p.m. Both teams are locked in a tie for second place with Burke County, making the meetings with the Bears crucial to where the teams will play in the first round of the playoffs.

Bucs defeat rivals from Thomas Jefferson, 79-33
Briarwood Academy’s Travis Pate drives the lane to score on a layout Saturday night against Thomas Jefferson Academy.
Saturday Briarwood Academy’s Runnin’ Bucs posted a season-high 79 points to defeat the visiting Thomas Jefferson Academy boys.
“It’s a good win and a good win for my kids,” said Briarwood Head Coach Ryan Gerlach.
Briarwood sophomore Zach Stadler was a dual threat, on both offense and defense, in the 79-33 win.

THS football banquet honors performance
Billy Mance received the Team MVP Award at the Jan. 25 football banquet. Coach Rob Ridings said the vote was a landslide for Mance.

TMMS Archery qualifies for state
Before Christmas, the TMMS Archery team traveled to Statesboro and won a qualifying tournament to be able to go to regionals. On Jan. 23, the team traveled to Wrightsville, winning the region tournament, middle school division, with a score of 3147 - their best yet, and the team qualified for state for the second year in a row. The program, coached by Brian Usry and Lisa Cody, is only in it's third year. In the spring, the team will travel to Perry for the state tournament.

There’s nothing shy about McNair on the track
Some of the hare scramble tracks, such as the one shown above, have sand areas that allow the riders to experience a different track type.
At the age of four, Will McNair knew he wanted to race dirt bikes.
“I went to a supercross race when I was four years old,” McNair said. “That’s when I knew I wanted to ride.”
McNair, now a sophomore at Thomson High School, began racing dirtbikes at the age of 10. Two years later, he won his first award for racing, a third place finish in a super mini competition

Bucs host Piedmont and EBA, lose both
Will James, No. 3, fires a short jumper past a defending Spartan in the Briarwood loss to Edmund Burke.
Briarwood Academy’s Runnin’ Bucs will be trying to bounce back this week after suffering back-to-back losses at home.
Saturday night Briarwood lost 64-40 to a visiting the Edmund Burke squad.
The Spartans held a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 28-18 lead at the half.
After the half, the Bucs kept pace with EBA for the most part as they scored 13 points to the Spartan’s 16. However, in the fourth quarter EBA outscored Briarwood 20-9.

Upward Basketball at FBC Thomson started Jan. 16
Luke Almeter, guarded by his Junior Seahawks team members Tripp Brantley and Jim Alfriend, dribbles down the court.
Cheers, applause and the sounds of bouncing balls and the screech of shoes on the gym floors filled the air Saturday as 20 basketball teams began play as part of Upward Basketball on Jan. 16.
Teams of boys and girls, from kindergarten through sixth grade, began the 2016 season of playing Christian-based basketball at First Baptist Church on Jan. 16.

Lady Dogs halve region games
Jazmin Howard stops and pops for Thomson in an earlier game. She was the leading scorer in both games over the weekend.
It was a case of bad and good as the Thomson Lady Dogs continued region play last weekend.
The Bulldogs tumbled at the Dog House to the Wayne County Lady Yellow Jackets 52-38 on Friday night. Things got better Saturday night and THS came away with a 54-52 victory in Savannah against the Windsor Forest Lady Knights.
At the outset, Thomson had a rough go, unable to respond to the quick defense of the visitors.

Lady Bucs defeat Piedmont, fall to EBA
Briarwood’s Lilly Cushman tries to take the ball away during the game against Edmund Burke Academy.
Briarwood Academy’s Lady Bucs found success on Friday night against Piedmont Academy but came up short on Saturday night as they hosted Edmund Burke Academy.
EBA won the defensive battle 36-26. Although his girls lost, Briarwood Head Coach Brinkley Bradshaw was pleased to see his squad improve its defensive play since the last time the two teams met.

Dogs take region win, look for physical battle hosting Burke County
Thomson’s Thomas flies in for a rebound in a game earlier this season. Thomas led THS in scoring with 16 points against Wayne County.
It will be a war in the Dog House Friday night at 8 p.m., as the Thomson Bulldogs entertain rival and region foe Burke County as the two try and seize second place in Region 3-AAAA.
Liberty County (15-1, 4-0) claims first place in the region, and Burke County (11-3) and THS (14-3) each have 3-1 records and neither wants another stain on the region slate.
Over the weekend, the Bulldogs got two wins – a 69-44 victory over the visiting Wayne County Yellow Jackets and a 79-58 win at the Windsor Forest Knights in Savannah.

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