From Warrenton to Arizona to Finland
Candice Warthen playsdefense while a member of the University of Arizona basketball team. Photo courtesy of Jamarian Clark
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.
"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 Lady Bucs softball team huddles around head coach Wayne Wilson.
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. .



Robert Sapp Baseball Camp returns to Thomson
Campers line up and practice their pitching stances.
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.
“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.



Ohana Karate brings home more gold
Ohana Karate students competed in the Battle in the ‘Boro’ on May 23. The pictured students are Clifford Farmer, III, Jayden Carroll, Julie Ovalle, Lee Ovalle, Zion Moss, Dior Landers and Vertenski Peterson. Not shown are Allen Simpson and Tripp Brantley.
Nine Ohana karate students competed at The Battle in the ‘Boro’ in Waynesboro May 23.
The students bringing home the goal were:
•Sensei Clifford Farmer, III (black belt)--placed first in weapons and third in kata.
•Sensei Jayden Carroll (black belt)--placed first in kata and second in weapons.
•Julie Ovalle (green belt) --placed first in kata, weapons and sparring.
•Lee Ovalle (blue belt, green stripe)--placed first in kata, weapons and grappling and fourth in sparring.
•Zion Moss (blue belt)--placed first in kata and weapons, second in continuous sparring and grappling in age division 9-10, second in grappling in age division 7-8 and third in point sparring.
•Dior Landers (purple belt)--placed first in kata, weapons, and continuous sparring, second in grappling, and third in point sparring.
•Vertenski Peterson (white belt, purple stripe)--placed second in kata, weapons and sparring.
•Allen Simpson (brown belt, black stripe)--placed first in kata and weapons.
•Tripp Brantley (purple belt)--placed second in kata, weapons and grappling, and first in sparring.
Ohana Karate also won the most supportive school award, which was accepted by Sensei San Walker Tharpe.



Jones named to Georgia All-State baseball team
THS baseball player Tripp Jones is shown with his 2015 Georgia All-State team plaque.
Thomson High School senior baseball player Tripp Jones was recently selected to the 2015 Georgia All-State baseball team by the Georgia Dugout Club.
Jones participated in the Georgia All-State games as a member of the Southeast team on May 29 and May 30 at Golden Park in Columbus.



Thomson High School hosts baseball camp
Canden Beasley takes a swing during batting practice at the THS baseball camp on Wednesday, June 5.
The Thomson High School baseball coaches hosted a week-long summer camp for children aged six through 12. In all, approximately 36 enthusiastic young players attended this years camp. THS holds two youth camps every year, one during the summer and one in the winter.



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.






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