Trojans shut out Dogs 23-0 in spring scrimmage
There was a lot of learning that went on in Saturday night’s loss to Peach County in the spring scrimmage.
The Dogs fell 23-0 in the game played at Trojan Stadium in Ft. Valley.
Rob Ridings, Thomson head coach, returned to coach the team on Friday, after being suspended with pay on April 25, after a confrontational situation between Ridings and a student at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School
The McDuffie County Board of Education ruled Thursday night that Ridings would be suspended without pay for 10 days. Since he had been out of the classroom for 12 days, he was allowed back at the school on Friday.
Three Screaming Devils win state track championship
|Aja Alexander won the 100M hurdles with a time of 14.83. She placed second in the 300M hurdles with a time of 46.36, and she finished third in the high jump with a jump of five feet. Alexander and other students from Warren County Schools competed in the GHSA A state track meet May 11-13.|
|Jarvis Collins placed first in the state for 110M hurdles and second in the state for 300M hurdles.|
|Stedman Hall, shown above won the long jump for single A high schools with a jump of 21 feet, 11 inches. CarDrez Slocumb placed eighth in the shot put with a 41'7" throw, and Nicholas Briddy placed eighth in the state for single A discus with a 117 feet throw|
Three THS basketball players sign scholarships
Thursday was a big day for three Thomson High School basketball players as they signed to continue their careers.
Rodriquez Wiley, Darius Turman and Radaren Johnson, who have played basketball all four years at THS, helped lead the Bulldogs to a third round appearance in the GHSA AAAA state tournament during the 2016-17 season.
|Rodriquez Wiley signed to play basketball at Reinhardt University with his family, coaches and THS Athletic Director Larry Dunn looking on.|
|Darius Turman signed to play basketball at Cleveland State Community College with his family, coaches and THS Athletic Director Larry Dunn looking on.|
|Radaren Johnson signed to play basketball at Olive Harvey College with his family, coaches and THS Athletic Director Larry Dunn looking on.|
Bulldogs prepare for spring game at Peach County
The Thomson Bulldogs entered the second week of spring practice and the heat was up.
|Bulldogs run through a play during Monday practice.|
Heat referring to climbing temperatures and to preparation as the Dogs get in early routines for the 2017 season.
Directly at hand is THS’ visit to Peach County Saturday, May 13, for a spring game.
The AAA Trojans and AAAA Dogs will tangle at 7 p.m. in Fort Valley. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $8 at the gate. Advance tickets are on sale through Friday at the THS main office.
Peach County finished 12-2 last year, losing to Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinal.
Thomson has not had the services of head coach Rob Ridings during spring practice. This after a THS teacher-coach was placed on administrative leave with pay April 25, pending an investigation by the McDuffie County School District.
Allen signs to play softball at Wesleyan College
A Thomson High School softball player will continue her career in softball at Wesleyan College.
|Hannah Allen signed to play softball at Wesleyan College on May 8 surrounded by her school coaches, travel ball coaches, family and THS Athletic Director Larry Dunn.|
Hannah Allen, a THS senior, signed a scholarship to Wesleyan on May 8. The scholarship is a full ride based on Allen’s abilities in softball and academics.
The Wesleyan Wolves compete in the USA South Athletic Conference in the National Collegiate Athletics Assocation Division III. Wesleyan College is a liberal arts college for women located in Macon, Georgia.
Spring practice underway for Bulldogs
Spring practice began for Thomson Bulldogs football players Monday, May 1.
|Players work on receiving during drills Monday.|
An unsteady drizzle greeted the 9th grade Bulldogs as they hit the field for 10 days of practice.
On Tuesday, the varsity team members began practice and cooler than normal temperatures were welcomed by players and coaches.
Bulldogs fall in first round of state tournament
The Thomson Bulldogs fell in both games of a double-header Friday, April 28, in the first round of the Class AAAA State Baseball Tournament.
|Devin McNair smacked a home run for the Bulldogs in game one Friday.|
The Bulldogs traveled to Columbus to take on the Blue Devils in the best-of-three series.
Briarwood track team wins GISA AA state championship
The Briarwood Academy track team traveled to Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany to compete for the GISA AA state championship on April 29.
|The Briarwood track team are the 2016-17 GISA AA state champions.|
Brown signs to play with the Indians
A Thomson Diamond Dog signed to become an Indian team member of a South Carolina junior college April 21.
|Cade Brown, a second baseman with the THS Diamond Dogs, prepares to sign to play baseball at USC at Salkehatchie on April 21. Pictured with him are his mother, Alicia Weathers, Robert Brown, his father, Cody Brown, his brother, Larry Dunn, THS athletic director and Brad Smith, THS head baseball coach.|
Bulldogs get ready for Columbus Blue Devils in first round of state playoffs
Thomson has its bats and gloves aimed at one of the best baseball programs in state as they take on the Columbus Blue Devils beginning Friday.
|The Bulldogs, victorious in 13 of their last 17 games, charge toward Columbus and the Blue Devils Friday in the first round of the state playoffs. |
The Bulldogs finished in third place in Region 3-AAAA with a 14-9, 6-4 record.