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’.”

Tutt commits to Fort Valley State University
Thomson High School senior football player Chris Tutt signed a letter of intent to play defensive back at Fort Valley State university.
Previously, on National Signing Day, Tutt thought he was going to play at Dean Junior College in Massachusetts.
Head Coach Rob Ridings explained that Dean initially proposed a better scholarship option for Tutt. But recently, Fort Valley came back around with a new offer, which Ridings thinks is for the best.
Both of Tutt’s parents, Chris and Rochelle Tutt, and his brother, Christian, are all excited that Chris will not be leaving the state.
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Diamond Dogs defeat Grovetown
Junior Morgan Hyde throws a strike to a Grovetown batter. Hyde pitched for the entire seven innings. It was Hyde’s first start and victory at the mound this season for the Thomson.
On Saturday, March 7 the Thomson High School Diamond Dogs were victorious against Grovetown High School. The Dogs won the home game 7-4, making their overall record 4-2.
Junior Morgan Hyde took the mound and was victorious in his first start for the Dogs this season. Hyde pitched the entire game, allowed eight hits, four total runs and struck out four opposing hitters.

•Former WCHS star Pac-12 Player of Week

•Diamond Dogs open with doubleheader win

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