Verdun Wheeler receives coaching internship
A coaching internship with the National Football League’s Players Association has transplanted Thomson High School alumni and former NFL player Danny Verdun Wheeler to South Dakota.
|Danny Verdun Wheeler|
The internship is the 10th annual internship provided by the NFLPA, and it gives transitioning and former NFL players the opportunity to gain coaching experience at the DII, DIII and NAIA levels of college football. According to a press release from the NFLPA, more than 40 institutions have employed more than 60 coaching interns from the program, and many have continued coaching at all levels of football.
Jefferson Energy and Planters EMC award trophy
Since 2005, Briarwood Academy has opened its football season against rival Edmund Burke Academy, of Waynesboro. But, from this year forward the game will be about more that just bragging rights and starting the season with a win.
In most years Edmond Burke has won the rivalry. Last year in Waynesboro, however, the Bucs defeated the Spartans for the first time in six years. Then to kick off this season, Briarwood made it two in a row with a 16-6 win.
This year marked the first presentation of the Backyard Battle Trophy, which is sponsored by Jefferson Energy Cooperative and Planters EMC. One provides electricity to Briarwood and the other to Edmund Burke Academy.
Bulldogs blast Warriors 55-22
The Thomson Bulldogs defeated the Jefferson County Warriors 55-22 in Louisville Friday night.
|Thomson’s defense shuts down the Warriors’ Rodrick Nelson.|
The win was keyed by three touchdowns by running back Billy Mance. Mance scored on runs of 19, 9 and 1 yards and rushed for 155 yards on 22 carries.
Thomson Head Coach Rob Ridings said he was pleased with the performance.
Screaming Devils open 2015 football season
Under the leadership of third-year head coach Cherard Freeman, the Warren County Screaming Devils football team opened its 2015 season against the Oglethorpe County Patriots on Aug. 7.
|Sophomore quarterback Jarvis Collins drops back to pass to one of his receivers. Collins passed for 80 yards and rushed for 21 yards in the Screaming Devils’ win against Oglethorpe County. |
Freeman said he had high hopes for the team going into the scrimmage and he was proud of his players, many of whom hadn’t played football since playing in the recreation department league.
The Lady Bucs gear up for the regular season
The Briarwood Academy softball team traveled to Statesboro on July 28 and 29 and played four games in a preseason tournament. The Lady Bucs lost three of the games and tied one.
The scores of each game were: 1-0 against Bryan County where they faced off against a pitcher that will be playing at Georgia Tech; 9-6 against Effingham County; 1-0 against Bryan County in what head coach Wayne Wilson said was the team's worst performance; and 10-10 against Bulloch Academy.
Christian Tutt is at the top of his class
Soon-to-be Thomson High School sophomore Christian Tutt has already received offers to play cornerback at prestigious division one schools such as the University of Georgia, the University of Oregon and the University of Alabama. That’s just a few of the schools that have been enamored with Tutt’s talent.
|Christian Tutt is being heavily recruited by major colleges.|
Although Tutt has been playing football since he was 4, cornerback was a position he was unfamiliar with until he got inserted in the spot during a game last year versus Waco. Less than a year later, he is being recruited to defend the nation’s top receivers.
From Warrenton to Arizona to Finland
Basketball has taken former WCHS star Candice Warthen from Warrenton to the University of Arizona and soon across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. She recently signed a deal to play international basketball for the Forssan Alku team in Finland, a country which she said she knows next to nothing about.
|Candice Warthen playsdefense while a member of the University of Arizona basketball team. Photo courtesy of Jamarian Clark|
"The only thing that I know is that it's cold. I've been googling it a lot, but I'm not really sure about Finland at all," she said.
Five new honorees to be added to Brickyard Wall of Fame
The Brickyard Wall of Fame will pick up five new members this year.
This year, Sonny Poss, DeWayne Patrick, Paul Leroy, George Drake, and Eddie Lee Ivery will find their place on the wall.
Briarwood summer softball league
The Briarwood Academy (7-1) softball team is currently wrapping up its summer league play. Throughout the summer, Briarwood has faced off against teams they will play during the upcoming regular season. In addition, the team competed against several public schools in the area, including Washington Wilkes, Lincoln County, Grovetown and Glascock County. .
|The Briarwood Lady Bucs softball team huddles around head coach Wayne Wilson.|
Robert Sapp Baseball Camp returns to Thomson
The Robert Sapp Baseball and Softball Camp came to Thomson for the 35th time on Monday, June 22 on the fields at the Sweetwater Recreation Facilities.The camp’s main purpose is to instill the fundamentals of the game into the young players.
|Campers line up and practice their pitching stances. |
“We work on all the facets of the game,” camp instructor, Donald Wheeler, explained. Wheeler, who is currently the head baseball coach at Lincoln County High School said the campers practice throwing, catching, fielding, pitching and hitting.
Wheeler said the longer kids go without be taught the proper fundamentals, the harder it is for them to be learned later on down the line.