Players showcased in black and gold game
THS Head Coach Rob Ridings talks to his team following the May 16 Black and Gold scrimmage game.
The future of football in Thomson was on display May 16 as ninth graders and varsity players showcased their talents in the annual Black and Gold game. For additional details, see the full story in the McDuffie Progress. To have The Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe.
Coaches were able to see the strengths and weaknesses of the players who will be on the Thomson High School roster for the upcoming football season.



Johnson receives scholarship to Georgia Highlands
Alesheia Johnson signs her letter of intent to Georgia Highlands College.
Lady Dog 1,000-point scorer, Alesheia Johnson, signed a letter of commitment on Thursday, May 7 to continue her basketball career at Georgia Highlands College in Rome.



Briarwood captures state golf title
The State Champion Briarwood Golf Team includes (from left) Jesse Cushman, Dylan Reese, Jackson Sims, Travis Pate and Connor Corbitt.
The Briarwood Academy Golf team placed first in state competition at Hawk’s Point course in Vidalia. It was Briarwood’s first golf victory at state since 2010.
“It was an extremely difficult course for a high school golfers to play on,” golf coach Dennis Coxwell said.
Coach Coxwell was happy with senior, all-state golfer, Jackson Sims’ play at the state competition.



Jake Brooks selected as scholar athlete
Jake Brooks and his father, Jeff Brooks, pose together in the THS library after Jake Brooks was awarded the WJBF Channel 6 Scholar Athlete Award on Thursday, April 16.
Thomson High School’s senior defensive end, Jake Brooks, was recently named a WJBF Channel 6 Scholar Athlete and he received an award on April 16.
Ever since he can remember, Brooks’ report card has listed nothing but straight As.
Ever since he can remember, Brooks’ report card has listed nothing but straight As.
Brooks’ performances in the classroom and on the football field have earned him a scholarship to Mercer University in Macon, where plans to earn a master’s in pharmacy.



Thomson Diamond Dogs second in the region
The Thomson High School Diamond Dogs clinched two victories over their spring break in a double header at Burke County High School.


Thomson High School banquet goes beyond sports
Head varsity coach Michael Williams addresses his team’s season. Williams was happy with the perseverance his players displayed throughout the year.
On Thursday, April 2 Thomson High School held a banquet for the basketball and cheerleading teams. While the banquet celebrated the sporting achievements of the students, the theme of the night went beyond athletics. The coaches and the guest speakers, Maurice Smith and Chris Norris, both reminded players that sports go beyond the game, and that "student" comes before "athlete" in student-athlete.



Diamond Dogs trample Windsor Forest
Sophomore Cade Brown congratulates Garrett McClure after McClure crosses home plate and scores a run in the teams’ 15-0 victory in game one of the double header against Windsor Forest on Friday, April 3.
The Diamond Dogs had another double header against Windsor Forest, this time at home, on Friday, April 3 and won both games through the implementation of the mercy rule, 15-0.
In the first game the Dogs jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning and were up 4-0. Thomson continued piling on the lead: they scored three runs in the second inning, six in the third and two in the fourth. The game was then called at 15-0.



Basketball games raise money for college tuition
Participants in the Hattie Mae Marshall Scholarship fundraising basketball game included (from left) Reggie Reid and Kanez Dunn.
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, the Sweetwater Recreation gymnasium hosted a fundraiser basketball game between Rev. Roscoe Perry’s First Mt. Carmel Bulldogs and Rev. Frederick Favors’ Springfield Bulldogs. The event was sponsored by the Hattie Mae Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the game was to raise money so needy students can receive a quality education and accomplish their educational dreams.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must maintain a certain grade point average and have participated in one of the Hattie Mae Marshall scholarship fundraisers.
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Briarwood Lady Bucs place first at track meet
The Briarwood Academy track team recently participated in the Augusta Prep Track Invitational. Briarwood competed against: Augusta Prep, Westminister Schools of Augusta, Aquinas, Curtis Baptist and John Milledge. The Lady Bucs finished first overall in the meet while the Boy Bucs placed fifth.


TMMS archery team going to state
The Thomson McDuffie Middle School archery team is shown one morning after practice. The team, only in its second year of existence, competed in state competition on Wednesday, March 25. Two shooters from the team, Chloe Braddy and Daniel Burnley qualified for individual competition.
For two years the Thomson McDuffie Middle School archery team has practiced every morning during first period, which is a block of time set aside for classes outside of the normal curriculum of English, math, science and history. On Wednesday, March 25, the archery team competed at the state shoot in Perry.
Caleb Mims, two year archery veteran says his favorite part of being on the team is “shootin’.”






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