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Fun and interesting things that are happening in Toombs County-NOW 

TCMS Football- Toombs County Middle School football coach Derrick Fitzgerald will be having weight lifting for the Bullpups (at Toombs County High School) on Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks. The time is 11 a.m. til noon and the dates are July 22 and 24. For updates Bullpup players need to check the Toombs County Football Website  
Doug Stone- The Country music singer, who reeled off 15 straight top 10 hits, was a guest on Y-101 Radio. Listen to the interview Audio    
TCHS Softball- The Lady Bulldogs lost a tough 2-1 six inning game at Vidalia. Bailey Bryson pitched a complete game and did not allow an earned run and Dayo Waller drove in a tying run in the top of the sixth. Watch game action You Tube  
June 19th Sports- The Toombs County Lady Bulldog softball team lost to Swainsboro 7-5. Watch highlights You Tube and check out this slideshow which also features the Bulldog wrestling team.
Butcher signs with GSU- Former Bulldog Blake Butcher recently signed to play baseball at Georgia Southern. Listen to the Y-101 Story  
TCHS Graduation- Listen to highlights from Y-101 Radio's coverage of the graduation of Toombs County High School's Class of 2014 SoundCloud   
Berry Aldridge goes yard- The former TCHS Bulldog hit his first home run for Armstrong Atlantic. Listen to a Y-101 story SoundCloud  
Toombs County Websites- Coach L.M. Guy has started up two brand new websites with plenty of Toombs County High School sports information. Toombs County Football Website  or Toombs County Athletics
TCHS Bulldog Report- Listen to past recent episodes of Y-101's Toombs County Bulldog Report at SoundCloud
Toombs Now Videos- All videos are stored on You Tube. If you are ever bored and have nothing to do, you can watch Toombs County in action Click Here    


Shorter Camp in the Pit

 QB Jordan Usher (right) hands off to Jamar Smith

Five coaches from Shorter University in Rome conducted a one-day offensive camp in the Pit. Montgomery County, Claxton, ECI and Richmond Hill joined the Toombs County Bulldogs. The players ran the 40-yard dash for time and then broke into groups for position work which featured detailed instruction. Watch a slideshow and highlights 

Marquee Matchups in 7-on-7 football

Dawgs vs. Indians

Mark Johnson (#29) is in position to make a stop on an Indian receiver  

Toombs County and Vidalia- the two rivals will meet for real on September 5th in the Pit. However, on July 11th they met at Buck Cravey Field minus the pads in a 7-on-7 match up. Both teams scored touchdowns in a competive battle between the two. TCHS receiver Cole Dowd snagged a TD pass from Jordan Usher on a short throw. Watch highlights and a slideshow    

Toombs vs. Calvary

Johnson catches a TD pass versus Calvary with his finger tips 

For the first time sinec Mark Stroud left Toombs County after the 2007 football season, the former Bulldog coach took on his former team in 7-on-7 in Vidalia. Last season Stroud's Calvary Cavaliers made it to the Georgia Dome for the GHSA Single Private School Championship Game. Watch highlights You Tube

GRPA State Tourneys

Lyons Mite Girls in Dublin

Friday- The Lyons Mites season came to an end with a 20-3 loss to Douglas.

Thursday- The girls stayed alive in the losers bracket by knocking two teams out of the tournament including the District 1 champ Effingham County. Lyons pulled out a 13-12 win in seven innings and then the girls edged Bartow County 3-2.

Against Effingham Alli Taufman led off the seventh with a single and moved to second when Ziahya Griffin grounded out to the right side of the infield. Riliegh Robinson reached on a throwing error and wound up on second base. Tori Wright was intentionally walked to load the bases. With four Efffingham outfielders all postioned near the infield, Janna Hyers hit a sharp grounder to short. The ball was misplayed and Tauffman scored the game-winning run.

In the victory over Bartow, Ellie Graham layed down a perfect bunt and reached first base. Tauffman looked at a pitch allowing Ellie to steal second. With two outs Bartow walked Robinson bringing Wright to the plate. Tori jumped on the first pitch and hit it up the middle and deep to center. Graham got the green light from her father, head coach Paul Graham, and scored the winning run.   

Wednesday- Douglas scored three runs in the first, five in the second, one in the third, three in the fouth and one in the fifth in a 13-1 five inning win in the first round. Ziahya Griffin scored Lyons only run in the second. Watch highlights and check out a slideshow   Listen to a  Y-101 Story   

Other Scores- Dublin 24, Washington County 7, Crisp County 28, Hogansville 1, Ware County 33, Peach County 2

Lyons Junior Boys in Brunswick

Friday- The Lyons Junior Boys season ended with a 7-6 loss to Gilmer County.

Thursday- Lyons defeated Liberty County 6-3 in the losers bracket. Brock Harrison pitched five innings and Bryce Deloach the final two. Lyons trailed 3-1 after the fourth and won the game by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tristen Lynn had a bit hit. Harrison also had a double earlier in the game.

Wednesday- Lyons opened up with a 7-0 loss to Wayne County. Listen to a Y-101 Story and watch a practice slideshow

Other Scores- Glynn County 6, Vidalia 4, Tift County 9, Liberty County 4

Young Dawgs take on varsity in 7-on-7

 Devin Matthews stops play from the Pit turf

With the varsity Toombs County Bulldogs in Carrollton participating in a 7-on-7 tourney at West Georgia, the young Dawgs were called on to entertain Claxton and Montgomery County in 7-on-7 passing league football in the Pit. On offense freshman quarterback Dalton McBride completed passes short and intermediate passes to Kyle Reynolds, Devin Matthews and Cole Williamson and he hit on two deep balls to Mark Johnson. Watch highlights and check out a slideshow

Beasley pitches in national tourney

 Jeremy Beasley (right) and William Browning from Jeff Davis

Jeremy Beasley spent a week in Norman, Oklahoma pitching for Team Georgia in the Heartland Classic. Beasley earned a save in his first outing, pitching the eighth inning in an 8-7 victory over Texas. Beasley also pitched four innings and gave up two earned runs as a starter in an 8-7 win over Ohio. Jeremy pitched one inning in a 6-0 loss to Oklahoma that gave Georgia a fourth place finish in the tourney. So, Jeremy pitched a total of six innings and allowed two earned runs.  

Watch Jeremy get his save against Texas You Tube  and check out his slideshow  and a Y-101 Story

Junior Boys storm back and make state  

After losing to Vidalia 13-0 in the opening round of the District 1 Junior Boys baseball tournament, the Lyons All-Stars were looking at a long trip through the losers bracket to earn a trip to the GRPA State Tourney. These determined 13-14 year olds turned around and won three straight games to make it to the championship round against their closest rival. Once again Vidalia won. This time by a 10-3 score. However, Lyons finished second and the Junior Boys are going to state for a third straight summer. Last year a different group of Lyons Juniors fnished second.

In their three game winning streak, Lyons routed Effingham County 18-0, defeated Twin City 11-3 and knocked off Swainsboro 11-7. Lyons lost to Swainsboro 12-4 in five innings in the Lyons Youth Tournament. Noah Anderson continued his hot hitting going 5-for-12 in the district tourney. 

Rainy 7-on-7 in the Pit 

 Nathaniel Baker was catching everything, even passes off his thigh

The Toombs County Bulldogs, the ECI Bulldogs and the East Laurens Falcons met for some 7-on-7 in the rain in the Pit. Quarterback Jordan Usher threw the wet football accurately to Nathaniel Baker and Cole Dowd. Javon Edwards also caught a touchdown pass. Watch highlights and a slideshow

Lyons Mite Girls are going to state

The Lyons Mite Girls softball team finished second in the District 1 Tournament earning them a trip to the GRPA State Tourney in Dublin to be held July 8-12. Lyons opened up the tourney, staged in Swainsboro, on Thursday with a 26-5 win over Dublin. Next, on Friday, was an 18-0 victory over Rincon. In the winners bracket championship game Lyons lost to Effingham 14-9. Y-101 Story   

On Saturday the girls earned a rematch with Effingham by beating Vidalia 21-5. Lyons edged Effingham 11-10 and then lost the if-necessary game to Effingham 13-7.

This group of girls are used to bringing home trophies from big tournaments. This season they have also finished second in a tourney in Soperton and third in the Lyons Youth Tournament. Last year seven of these girls played on a Flea All-Star teams which finished second in the Lyons Youth Tournament, second in the District 1 Tournament and third at state.

Pictured above left to right- Front: Ellie Graham, Tori Wright, Ziahya Griffin, K.K. Mobley, Lauren Hattaway, Aspen Johnson

Middle Row: Alli Taufmann, Janna Hyers, Bailey Holland, Mikenna Salem, Lily Mosley, Rileigh Robinson

Back Row: Coaches Shane Holland, Paul Graham, Kevin Johnson

More 7-on-7 in the Pit

  Dawgs cover this pass well as Bronza Jones leaps for pick

For the second straight Tuesday the Toombs County Bulldogs took on Claxton and East Laurens in 7-on-7 in the Pit. Left cornerback Rick Sanders had an early interception, Cole Dowd caught plenty of passes from quarterback Jordan Usher including several for touchdowns. Jamar Smith, Nathaniel Baker and Brandon Cubb were also busy receivers. Watch Highlights You Tube  Check out some more 7-on-7 pictures in this slideshow

On Thursday, June 12 the Bulldogs traveled to Athens for 7-on-7 on the campus of the University of Georgia. The Dawgs beat Decatur and Columbia (Atlanta), Check out a Slideshow

Dawgs rally falls one-run short

 Hogan White takes a 2-0 fastball over the rightfield fence

 and then celebrates his first Jacky Jones homer

Over the years the Toombs County Bulldogs have been known for their comebacks. In a summer league game at Jacky Jones Field, the Bulldogs trailed Metter 12-5 going to the bottom of the ninth of a nine inning game. The Dawgs once again rallied and scored six runs, half on one swing by Hogan White, who hit a three-run home run over the right field fence. Unfortunately, the rally ended with the bases loaded and Metter a 12-11 winner. Watch Highlights You Tube   

Austin Williams pitched the first four inninngs and Nick Taylor the final five- his longest stint as a Bulldog. Toombs made three errors in the seventh allowing Metter to push a 7-4 lead to 12-4. Toombs scored a run in the eighth. Alan Beverly walked and Stephen Garrett singled to put runners on first and third. The Dawgs sent the runner at first and Beverly scored when the Tigers catcher threw the ball to second.

In the ninth Brandon Helton walked and Martin Stephens was hit by a pitch. Lane Adams, who had two hits in the game, singled to load the bases. Williams drove in a run with a grounder to third, D.R. Meadows hit a liner to right that dropped in for a single and another run and Logan McGowan, who also had two hits, singled in a run.  

 Lyons Mites play some good D

Saturday- The Lyons Mite baseball team made some fine plays on defense in their two game run in the Lyons Youth Tournament. However, a lack of timely hitting plaqued them in back-to-back losses on Field 2 at Partin Park. Jenkins County outhit Lyons 17-11 in an 11-2 victory. Bryce Davis, Jake Lively and Bryson Jones each had two hits for Lyons. On defense third baseman Darian Harris and shortstop Clayton Meadows each fielded their position well. Meadows turned a grounder into a double play by running to the second base bag and then throwing to Davis at first to end the fourth inning. Watch game action You Tube   

Friday- Four 4 1/2 innings the Lyons Mite Boys baseball team had a real good shot at opening up play in the LYT with a victory. However, Twin City scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull out a 10-3 victory. Watch Highlights You Tube

Twin City built up a 3-0 lead by scoring a run in each of the first three innings. Lyons rallied in the top of the fourth by scoring three runs to tie the game at 3-all. Harris (1-for-3) provided a RBI single and Bryon Jones drove in a run with a grounder to second. Cody Cortez went 2-for-3 and Davis, Jason Dukes, Bryson Stanley, Benny Jernigan and Tyler Heath all had base hits.   

7-on-7 in the Pit

 Jamar Smith snags a pass near the south end zone

The Toombs County Bulldogs staged their first 7-on-7 Tuesday at the Pit and joining them were East Laurens, Claxton and Bulloch Academy. In each match up of schools the offense had the ball for 10 minutes and then the defense would take the field. Junior quarterback Jordan Usher threw some nice deep balls, against East Laurens, to Jamar Smith and Cole Dowd. Jamar also made a spectacular leaping interception. Watch Highlights You Tube     

Bulldogs go 7-on-7 in Auburn

 Ryan Coursey makes an indoor catch in Auburn

The Toombs County Bulldogs traveled over to Auburn to compete in a 7-on-7 Tourney against some big school competition from around the south. The Dawgs took on Byrnes High School from South Carolina. The back-to-back South Carolina state champs have won 11 total state titles and feature Marcus Lattimore (former South Carolina running back) as an alumnus. The school is nearly three times bigger than TCHS with an enrollment of nearly 2,300. Toombs also took on Callaway (Georgia), Mays (Atlanta), Niece (Tim Tebo's alma later) and Valley (7A from Alabama). The Bulldogs didn't win a game, however, they were competitive. Ric Sanders intercepted a couple of passes and Nathaniel Baker, Jamar Smith and Ryan Coursey were effective receiving targets for quarterback Jordan Usher. Watch a slideshow  

Lyons Mite Girls finish 3rd in LYT

Wednesday- Sixteen teams started the Mite Division on Friday and on Wednesday only three were left. A young group of Lyons Girls, many playing their first season in the nine and 10 year old division, was one of them and they finished third. Dodge scored four runs in the fifth to overcome a one-run deficit and defeat Lyons 14-9. Watch Highlights You Tube  

Lyons scored a run in both the first and second innings. Ellie Graham (1-or-3) singled and scored on a base hit by Alli Taufman (2-for-3) and Tori Wright (1-for-3) reached on an infield hit and scored on a single by Janna Hyers (3-for-3).

Trailing 6-2, Lyons scored five times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. Ziahya Griffin (2-for-3), Emma Salter (2-for-3) and McKinna Salem (1-for-3) each singled and KaKa Mobley (2-for-3) drove in a pair of runs with a single. 

Tuesday- Lyons lost to Bacon County 16-1 in the winners bracket undefeated game.

Monday- Lyons defeated rival Jeff Davis 5-1 in a winners bracket semifinal match up. Lyons allowed an unearned run in the fifth and turned two doubles plays which were started by Riley Robinson at third base and Mobley in left center field. Both players threw to second base for the second out after making a catch. Watch Highlights You Tube

Lyons scored at least a run in every inning except the fifth. Aspen Johnson (2-for-2) singled in two runs in the first and one in the third. Salem (1-for-2) singled in a run in the second and Hyers (2-for-2) doubled in a run in the fourth. Taufman and Bailey went 2-for-2 and Robinson and Lilly Mosley were 1-for-2. 

Saturday- Lyons made only five errors in 12 innings of softball as they won their first two games of the Lyons Youth Tournament- 14-0 over Evans County and 15-9 versus Dublin. Lyons successfully fielded 22 grounders and caught five balls in the air. At the plate the girls scored at least a run in eight of their 12 innings.

Watch Highlights Evans County Game  Dublin Game

In the Evans County victory- Mobley was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Graham 2-for-4 one RBI, Robinson 1-for-3 one RBI, Hyers 2-for-3 one RBI, Salter 2-for-3 one RBI, Holland 1-for-3 two RBI and Salem 1-for-3 one RBI.

Against Dublin- Mobley 2-for-4 with a inside the park homer and three RBI, Grahm 3-for-4, Aspen Johnson 1-for-4, Alli Taufmann 1-for-3, Griffin 3-for-3 with two triples, three runs scored and a RBI, Wright 2-for-3 one RBI, Robinson 1-for-3, Hyers 1-for-3 one RBI, Salter 1-for-3, Holland one RBI and Salem 2-for-3.

Lyons Midgets lose to Long

The Lyons Midget Boys baseball team opened up in the Lyons Youth Tournament with a 9-1 loss to Long County at Little Fenway at Partin Park. Justin Thomas and Luke Wells (3-for-4) each doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning for Long. Wells hit another double in the fourth and ended the game in the fifth with another RBI two-bagger. Luke Hattaway (2-for-3) stroked both of Lyons's hits. He doubled in the third and singled in the fifth. Lyons lefthanded pitcher Trey Cloud struck out three batters and stranded bases runners on second and third in the first and the bases loaded in the third. Watch Highlights You Tube    

Bulldogs swing wood

A Treutlen batter swings and misses and strikes out against D.R. Meadows 

Swinging the wooden bat is a yearly tradition for the Toombs County Bulldogs. Once again the Bulldogs are playing host to their Wooden Bat Tourney. On the first day the Dawgs lost two one-run games- 3-2 to Statesboro and 4-3 to Treutlen. Austin Williams pitched four innings against Statesboro and Nick Taylor threw the final three.

Against Treutlen D.R. Meadows pitched five innings of shutout ball with a least six strikeouts. Meadows pitched into the sixth when the Vikings staged a comeback and scored four runs for the victory. Lyons took a 3-0 in the fifth inning. Logan McGowan and Lane Adams each had RBI singles and another run scored on a wild pitch. Watch Highlights You Tube    

Their are games scheduled for Friday and on Saturday the Bulldogs will play the Vidalia Devils at 10 a.m. and Glynn Academy at 5:30 p.m.

Lyons Junior Boys are out on Day 3

Wednesday- The Lyons Junior Boys were knocked out of the 52nd Annual Lyons Youth Tournament by Vidalia 7-1. Vidalia scored three runs in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth. Noah Anderson smashed a double for Lyons, his third extra base hit of the tourney. Bryce DeLoach pitched a complete game for Lyons. Watch Highlights You Tube

Tuesday- Lyons stayed alive with an exciting 6-5 seven inning, extra inning win over Metter on the Big Field at Partin Park. Lyons scored four runs in the first and then scored the game-winner in the top of the seventh. Jarrett Jackson singled in a run and then pitched the the bottom of the seventh and stranded a runner at third on a grounder which he handled near the mound. Jackson, fearing a bad throw, ran the ball all the way to first to end the game. Anderson had a triple and Willie Campbell had a big base hit. Brock Harrison pitched the first four innings. Listen to Y-101 stories on both games SoundCloud

Monday- Swainsboro scored three runs in the second, five in the third and four in the fifth in a 12-4, five inning win over Lyons. Watch Highlights You Tube

Lyons took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tristen Lynn reached on a walk, stole second base and scored on a single to right by Harrison. Lyons had only two hits off lefty Donald Williford in the first four innings while striking out seven times. In the fifth Lyons stoked four hits and scored three runs. Lynn (1-for-2) tripled, Harrison (2-for-3) singled and both scored on a double by Anderson (1-for-3). Dylan Womack (1-for-3) singled in the final run. Jackson (1-for-3) also had a single. Second baseman Bryce DeLoach made a diving catch in right field.

Beasley and Ethredge are All-Stars

For the first time since 2009 the Toombs County Bulldog baseball program had two players participating in the Georgia Dugout All-Star Weekend. Back in '09 Justin Adams and Neal Rodgers both played in the games at Grayson Stadium, in Savananah, and over the weekend Jeremy Beasley and James Ethredge both pitched and and swung the bat at Golden Park in Columbus. Y-101 Story  

Jeremy and James played for the Southeast team which split a pair of games and had one rained out. On Friday Southeast lost to Northwest 6-2. Beasley pitched a scoreless inning. He allowed a double and walked a batter and recorded his three outs on two grounders and a strikeout. Jeremy also go to hit once in the event and went 0-for-1.

Ethredge was the starting and winning pitcher on Saturday morning when Southeast beat Northeast 5-0. James pitched the first three innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts. He also played centerfield in the Friday game and went 0-2 on a grounder to third and a strikeout.   

Baseball Bulldogs celebrate 2014 season

(L to R) Jeremy Beasley, Tyler Luke, Hunter Braddy, Christian Moore, Brandon Beckum, D.R. Meadows and James Ethredge 

The 2014 Toombs County Bulldogs celebrated their season, with good food and a big crowd, at their annual banquet held in the Durden Cabin at Partin Park. TCHS, which opened up with five straight losses including two in Region 2 play, rebounded and finished 15-12 winning three out of five games in the GHSA Double A State Playoffs. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald has been to the post season in 10 out of the 12 seasons he has been either an assistant or the head coach of the Bulldogs.

Watch The Banquet  Varsity Highlights  Junior Varsity Highlights

Coach Fitzgerald handed out four team awards. The Most Valuable Player award went to not one, but two Bulldogs. Seniors James Ethredge and Jeremy Beasley shared the honor. Ethredge went 7-4 on the mound with a 3.54 ERA. Opponents hit only .214 against the righty and he struck out 85 batters. Lifetime Ethredge finishes his career with a 19-11 record, a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 187 innings. Offensively James hit .318 in 2014 with two triples, eight doubles and 16 RBI. Lifetime he hit .320 with four triples, 19 doubles and 43 RBI. Ethredge was selected first team All-Region 2 as an outfielder.

Beasley also compiled a 7-4 record this past season. He had a career low 1.58 ERA and opponents hit .215 against him. Jeremy struck out a career-high 107 batters and walked 26. In 162 lifetime innings he struck out 194 batters and went 16-13 with a 2.38 ERA. At the plate Beasley was mighty consistent. He hit .293 in 2014 and wound up with the same batting average for his career. Jeremy hit two triples and three doubles and drove in 18 runs. As a varsity Bulldog he had 66 hits with five triples, six doubles and 38 RBI. Beasley was also named the Best Defensive Player and was voted first team All-Region 2 team as a pitcher. He was selected to play for Senior Team Georgia later this season. Both Beasley and Ethredge were selected to play in the Georgia Dugout Club's All-Star weekend in Columbus.

The Best Offensive Player was Hunter Braddy. The senior moved from the leadoff postion to third and hit .309 with nine doubles, a triple and 15 RBI. Braddy also had a career-long hitting streak of 13 games. Hunter hit .307 for his career with 80 hits, two triples, 21 doubles and 36 RBI. Braddy also received a plaque for being named first team All-Region 2.

The coaches award (selected by Fitzgerald, George Miller and Hunter Adams) was given to Tyler Luke. After an 0-2, with two strikeouts, against Benedictine's Chipper Wiley in a home region game, Luke was hitting .175. He was 7-for-40 at the plate. Tyler went 14-27 (.519) over his final nine games and he hit three home runs in the state playoffs. Luke wound up hittin .313 with a triple and two doubles and 15 RBI in addition to his three homers.

Another Bulldog who improved his batting average by a big margin was senior Brandon Beckum. In 2013 he had five hits and batted .147. In 2014 he turned himself into a .300 hitter. Brandon went 6-for-18 (.333) to open up the season and then he went into a little slump- 1-for-11. However, Beckum finished strong. He was 4-for-8 in his final three games and even had two hits in one inning in game three of the second round of the state playoffs and he wound up hitting .322 with four doubles. Beckum was selected to the All-Region 2 team as an honorable mention.

Christian Moore (All-Region 2 outfielder) did his best hitting in the most important games in the regular season- the Region 2 games. Moore went 16-for-48 in the 18 region games hitting .333. His best game was a 3-for-3 at Vidalia with two singles, one double, three RBI and a walk. He also went 2-for-3 at McIntosh County Academy, at Bacon County and at home against Long County. Christian hit 14 doubles in his Bulldog career including 10 as a junior and he drove in 24 runs.   

The Bulldog B-Team finished the season with a 10-5 record. However, with D.R. Meadows on the field they were 10-2. Meadows, a freshman, at one point during the JV season had a .700 batting average. He went 5-for-6 in a game at Jeff Davis and on the mound pitched a complete game two-hitter against ECI at Jacky Jones Field. Meadows became a full time starter on the varsity at shortstop and was the leadoff hitter. D.R. hit .378 to lead the varsity with two doubles and 9 RBI. He finished the season with a six-game hitting streak and had a .610 on-base percentage. During the state playoffs his on-base percentage was .708.

Justin's Big Day in Annapolis

Justin Adams left Toombs County in 2009, an All-Star catcher who had hit 23 career home runs for the Bulldogs. Five years later, after spending a year at the Naval Prep Academy in Newport Beach, Rhode Island and four years in Annapolis, Maryland at the Naval Academy, Justin returns home a graduate of that prestigious academy. 

The Commissioning Ceremony was held on May 23 and featured the Blue Angels and the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as the main speaker. Justin, from Company 6 had his name called out and he received his diploma in front of a big crowd that included his parents, Alan and Tracy, and many other members of his family.

Justin has 30 days off and then he will begin training to be part of the Navy Seals team as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert. He will begin training in October. Listen to a Y-101 Story   

Lady Bulldogs compete at state

Golf Tournament

The Toombs County Lady Bulldog golf team has been making waves and history during the 2014 season. The Lady Bulldogs qualified for the GHSA Double A State Tournament for the first time ever. On Monday TCHS finished 13th in Augusta. Brooke Nusall shot a 96 and Emma Venable 108.

The Lady Bulldogs began their trip to Augusta by finishing fourth at the Region 2 Golf Tourney which qualified them for the GHSA Double A Sectional Touney at Waycross. On May 5th Brooke Nusall shot 83 (her lowest round ever) and Emma Venable 93 for a team score of 176 which was the second best total behind Rabun County's 169. Nusall and Venable are both seniors and also on the team are two freshmen. Taylor Thompson and Carly Moore joined the Lady Bulldogs after playing golf for the Toombs Middle School Bullpups.

Listen to the Lady Bulldogs talk about their season and the state tourney Y-101 Story

Matthew and Antonio are TCHS's top scholars

Salutatorian Antonio Casas and Valedictorian Matthew Carter

The competition for the top position in Toombs County High School's Class of 2014 was close. By a fraction Matthew Carter earned the title of valedictorian and Antonio Casas salutatorian. Both are friends and both said that A.P. Chemistry, taught by Kip Hart, was their most challenging subject. "It came within a fraction of a point, Carter said. "I didn't know which way it was going to go for awhile. Up until ninth grade I was usually top of the class, But, then Antonio stepped in and for three years he was top of the class. So, I was worried. He is really a close friend of mine." Y-101 Story  Listen to highlights from Y-101 Radio's coverage of the graduation of Toombs County High School's Class of 2014 SoundCloud   

Both seniors will be making speeches at Saturday's graduation ceremonies. "I put alot of thought into it,"  Casas said. "We had to turn it in on Monday. My speech is more of a reflecting on what was. We had alot of teachers helping and they were very helpful."

Looking ahead to their futures both Matthew and Antonio have similar interests. "I want to be a mechanical engineer," Carter said. "I want to develop alternative resource vehicles and hopefully improve the environment." Matt plans on going to Emory and then Georgia Tech to achieve his goals.

Casas plans on attending Georgia Southern and getting an electrical engineering degree. "I would like to work at Georgia Power and then later work for a research and development firm and make solar power more available to low income families within my community and hopefully expand it from there.

Soccer Dawgs hang with Westminster

The Toombs County Bulldog soccer team didn't score in their GHSA State Quarterfinal home match against defending state champion Westminster. However, in a 4-0 loss the Dawgs played a much more competitive match then they did in an 8-0 defeat to the Wildcats, at the same stage of the playoffs, last year in Atlanta. 

Westminster scored two goals in each half. Two were on throw-ins which were deflected into the goal. Another goal was scored on a penalty kick and one on a fine move by a Wildcat striker. The Bulldogs finish one of their best seasons ever with a 14-4 record. Watch Highlights You Tube  

Bulldogs season ends despite heroic comeback

Did Christian Moore touch home in the fifth inning? 

Trailing 8-1 in the top of the fifth inning, in a game three matchup at Cook County, in the second round of the GHSA State Tournament, it looked like the Toombs County Bulldogs had rallied to take a 9-8 lead on a two-run single, up the middle, by senior Brandon Beckum. However, this comeback, which was called heroic by Bulldog head coach Brian Fitzgerald was altered as the Hornets appealed requesting the home plate umpire to make a call on whether senior Christian Moore had touched home plate (pictured above). The umpire ruled he did not and the Bulldogs had a run taken off the scoreboard and they went to the bottom of the fifth tied at 8-all. Watch Highlights Game 3

Ironically, Cook took the lead for good when the Bulldogs were appealing a play at second. They were questioning whether Gunner George had left early on a tag-up play at second. While this was happening the Hornets scored a run from third. Cook scored three more times and beat the Bulldogs 12-8. Tyler Luke hit his third home run of the playoffs in the fourth.  His solo blast over the center field fence cut the Hornetl lead to 2-1 in the fourth. 

Game 2- The Bulldogs stayed alive in the series by beating Cook 9-5 in game two. James Ethredge pitched a complete game in 90 degree heat on five full days of rest after throwing 10 innings at Bleckley County. He allowed nine hits, walked four, hit two batters and struck out three. Ethredge never allowed the Hornets to have a big inning. Watch Highlights Game 2

The Bulldogs, who had six hits in 12 innings the night before, came out and stroked three hits and scored four runs in the bottom of the first.D.R. Meadows (1-for-2 with two walks) doubled, Ethredge (1-for-3) singled and Hunter Braddy (2-for-3) walked to load the bases off ace lefty Sam Goberdahn. Jeremy Beasley (1-for-4) singled in a run, two runs scored on an error and Brandon Beckum squeezed in a run with a bunt toward first. 4-0 Dawgs.

TCHS made it 6-1 in the second. Meadows walked, Braddy doubled and Beasley hit a ball to the right side of the infield that would have scored just one run. However, the Hornets made an error and an addition run scored.

Cook scored two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Dawg lead to 6-4. The Bulldogs bounced back in the bottom of that inning and scored two more to push the lead to four runs for the third time in the game. Beasley reached on an error, Tyler Luke (1-for-4) singled in the infield. Christian Moore (1-for-3) drove in a run with a grounder and Luke scored on a wild pitch.

Toombs scored a final run in the sixth after Meadows walked and touched home on a Braddy single.     

Dawgs lose to Cook in 12 innings

In their four previous trips to Adel to play the Cook County Hornets in the GHSA Double A State Baseball Tournament it has been very challenging for the Toombs County Bulldogs to win a game. In eight games they had one victory. Back in 2009 Javec King struck out 15 Hornets and allowed only two hits to lead Toombs to a 12-0. On Wednesday, in the first game of this second round series, Jeremy Beasley pitched 10 innings and struck out a career-high 14 batters and the senior did not win. Instead, the Hornets Maysoe Whiley hit a deep drive to center field, with no outs, in the bottom of the 12th to single in the game-winner as the Hornets prevailed 5-4. Watch Highlights You Tube  Game 1 Full Game Rewind

Beasley allowed eight hits and walked only two batters as he yielded just one earned run. This season Jeremy is 7-4 with a 1.53 ERA and teams are hitting .214 against him. He has struck out 105 batters and walked 26. Lifetime he is 16-13 with a 2.35 ERA and 192 strikeouts and 58 walks

The Hornets scored four runs in the second on a little bit of everything. The Dawgs made an error, the Hornets scored on a squeeze bunt single by Blake Daughtrey, they were two balk calls of which the second plated a run, Cook scored on a wild pitch and a two-out single by Zane Folsom.

After that strange frame Beasley stifled the Hornets. He stranded runners on second and third in the fourth and fifth and then started piling up the K's including striking out the side in the seventh. To get to that point of the game the Bulldogs had to start hitting. Dalton Rentz held TCHS to two hits through four innings. In the fifth Rentz hit Jeremy Beasley and Tyler Luke (3-for-6) followed with a long, two-run home run over the right centerfield fence that made it 4-2. Hogan White hit a grounder to short that scored a run to make it 4-3 and then pinch runner Jake Davis scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4. The Bulldogs only had six hits. Christian Moore went 1-for-5, Brandon Beckum 1-for-4 and D.R. Meadows 1-for-4 and he was on base four times also reaching on two walks and an error. Meadows has been on base 13 times, from the leadoff position, in three playoff games. The Bulldogs walked six times and struck out 18 times against three different Hornet pitchers.

In extra innings the Hornets tried to win the game in a dramatic way. Stacy Sailor tried to steal home. However, Stephen Garrett tagged him out at the plate to move the game on and on and on.  

Dawgs charge back and down Dublin

 Jose Delgado dribbles around two Irish defenders

 Delgado fires a right footed shot at the net

 Jose beats the keeper at the near post to put TCHS up 2-1 

For 65 minutes of their 80 minute second round GHSA State Tournament home match against the Dublin Irish, the Toombs County Bulldogs were scoreless. Dublin scored on a shot from 30-yards out to take a 1-0 lead with 24:09 left in the game. The Bulldogs stormed back in the final 15 minutes and won 2-1.

Oswaldo Guzman scored the tying goal on a direct kick from outside the box, on the left sideline, with 14:56 left and then Jose Delgado scored the game winner on a short shot past four Irish defenders and the goalie with 5:16 remaining in the game. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Carrolls rule the Soap Box Derby

 Alexie Carroll, Tucker Moxley and MaKensey Grimes

 Michael Williamson, Peyton Carroll, Tyler Spell, Cole Williamson and Madison Lynn 

Something amazing happened at the 2014 Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby. A brother and a sister each earned a trip to Akron, Ohio by winning a division at the 23rd running of the event in Lyons. Peyton Carroll, the 2012 stock champion, won the super stock and his younger sister, Alexie, won the stock division. Neither lost a race all day. They both contorlled the winners bracket. Peyton defeated Cole Williamson, the 2009 stock champ, in the finals and Alexie, who finished third in 2012, beat Tucker Moxley. Tyler Spell finished third in the super stock and MaKensey Grimes, last years second place finisher, was third in the stock. Watch Highlights You Tube

Ethredge & Beasley toss 17 innings

 Jeremy Beasley and James Ethredge after a successful day

Allow six hits and three earned runs

in Bulldog sweep of Bleckley County

James Ethredge and Jeremy Beasley have anchored the Toombs County Bulldogs pitching staff for three seasons. However, the two seniors have never combined to accomplish, in one day, what they did at Bleckley County in the first round of the GHSA State Tournament. The two college signees pitched 17 innings and allowed only six hits as the Dawgs swept the Royals 4-3 (10 innings) and 7-1. Ethredge threw all 10 innings yielding five hits in the first game and even drove in the game winning run with a two-out single to left field- his fourth straight hit in a 4-for-6 effort.

Watch Highlights Game 1  Game 2  Full game highlights Game 1  Game 2

Beasley tossed a one hitter in game two and he went 1-for-2 at the plate and drove in the Bulldogs first run with a sacrifice fly in the first and doubled in the fourth and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Luke, who also went 2-for-4 in the first game highlighted by a lead off home run to left in the third, his first varsity home run.  

TCHS will play the winner of the Screven County at Cook County series. Friday's doubleheader was rained out. The games will be played on Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m. If necessary game will be on Monday.

All four Region 2 teams swept their Region 4 opponents. Number 1 seed Benedictine beat Lamar County 10-0 in five innings and 7-2. Number 2 seed Jeff Davis routed Monticello 11-1 in five innings and 9-1 and third seeded Metter swept Taylor County, on the road, 9-0 and 6-5.

Game 1- This nearly three hour thriller started slowly as the Bulldogs made five outs in six at bats to open up the game against lefty Austin Williams. Luke leadoff the third with his solo homer and Hunter Braddy (1-for-5) singled with two outs to make it 2-0.

Bleckley County got the two runs back in the bottom of the third on RBI hits by Wiliams and Dalton Churchwell. The Bulldogs regained the lead in the fifth. D.R. Meadows (3-for-4 with two walks) leadoff with a double and scored as Braddy grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Ethredge struckout the first two batters. However, one reached as the ball got away. Ethredge hit Cal Young and power hitter Caleb Slaughter (0-for-1 with four walks) was intentionally walked.  Zac Evans hit a sacrifice fly to left field with one out to tie the game at 3-3. Ethredge stranded runners at first and second in the seventh and then left them at second and third in the eighth. The Bulldogs turned a double play in the ninth as Slaughter hit a ball that Braddy (2nd baseman) caught in the outfield grass and then he threw to second for the second out. 

The Bulldogs left runners at first and third in the eighth and stranded three more in the ninth. Blake Horton (1-for-5) singled, with two outs in the top of the tenth, Meadows walked and Ethredge stroked the game winning hit to left as Horton scored from second base beating two throws to the plate.

In the bottom of the tenth Churchwell leadoff with a walk. Thomas Adcock sacrificed him to second and then he moved to third on a grounder to second. On a 0-1 pitch Austin Simmons hit a challenging grounder to Beasley at first. The senior went to a knee to field it, waved off Ethredge, and ran to the bag to end the ten inning marathon.  

Game 2- The Bulldogs didn't mess around in the first inning in this game. Meadows (1-for-2), who was on base eight times in the doubleheader from the leadoff positon, singled. Ethredge (2-for-4) stroked a double and Beasley hit a sacrifice fly that scored Meadows to make it 1-0. 

Toombs scored it's second run in the fourth. Beasley led off with a double and scored on a Luke (1-for-1) sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs had the only big inning of the entire day in the fifth. Brandon Beckum and Horton (three walks) opened up the frame by walking. Meadows bunted the ball down the first base line. Slaughter elected to go to third and Jake Davis (running for Beckum) was safe to load up the bases. Ethredge followed with a RBI single. Horton and Meadows each scored on a wild pitch and Luke stroked a run scoring single. Horton walked and scored the game's final run.

Bleckley County scored it's only run in the third as the Bulldogs made three straight errors.    

Soccer Dawgs win 1st round match

 With the goalie on his back Gilbert Zamorono has an open net to shoot at

They were a little rusty at the opening kick. However, the Toombs County Bulldog soccer team, playing their first match in 17 days, defeated Bleckley County 5-0 in the opening round of the GHSA State Tournament in Lyons. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs scored their first goal 12 minutes in and they built up a 4-0 lead at half. Gilbert Zamorono scored two goals and Oswaldo Guzman and Brandon Rosales each had one. The Bulldogs will play host to a second round match on Tuesday at the TCMS Soccer Field. 

Coach L.M. Guy talks Bulldog Football

New Toombs County High School football coach and athletic director L.M. Guy has been on the job for a month and on a school holiday he stopped by Y-101 Radio to talk about a variety of different subjects. Watch You Tube

Building a relationship with his player- Has allowed Guy to see who is consistent in the weight room. An average of 40 or 50 players have showed up after school for workouts and chalk talks. 

Spring Practice- There won't be a two week spring practice this year. Instead the Bulldogs will play an additional scrimmage game in the Pit against Bradwell Institute. They also will scrimmage ECI.

7-on-7- Each Tuesday night, begining June 10, the Bulldogs will play host to 7-on-7 passing in the Pit which will be open to the public with no admission charge.   

Success breeds success- Guy says he needs athletes from successful programs like wrestling, soccer and baseball to play football so the Bulldogs can play essentially two-platoon ball. Guy says he has been recruiting the halls looking for potential Bulldogs.

Daily Walk- There is a desire in the community for the program to be successful with a Christian emphasis and the Daily Walk wlll be a big part of this.

Dawgs offensive scheme- The option will be a part of the scheme. At Richmond Hill Guy ran a no-huddle fast paced offense like Oregon and Auburn in the college game. The final offensive look of the Bulldogs will depend on the personel available.

Bulldog practice- Will be fast paced with players moving around. For the first 45 minutes there will be music and the players will be going at it pretty good. There will be prayer requests. It will be physical. As the season goes on their will be more drill work, stressing fundamentals, instead of 11-on-11. Practice time will be 2 1/2 hours. 

Coaching staff- There will be some new faces on the sideline along with familar ones from last season.

Richmond Hill success- Guy says he took players, who alot of people didn't think could get it done, and through player development begin producing Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 type athletes.   

The Flying T- The emblem of the Toombs County Bulldogs is not going away. However, there may be a new spin on the Flying-T. The Bulldogs will have new uniforms in 2014.  

Toombs County's New Region

Toombs County High School has been reclassified, by the GHSA, to Triple A (from Double A) and placed in Region 1, Sub-region A with Appling County, Brantley County, Dodge County, Pierce County and Tattnall County. Sub-region B consists of Beach, Islands, Jenkins, Johnson-Savannah, Savannah, Savannah Arts and Southeast Bulloch. All new regions will become official on January 14, 2014.  

Toombs County goes from being one of the largest Double A schools to being one of the smallest in Triple A with 831 students. Twenty-one Triple A schools have more than 1,000 students including two from the Bulldogs' new region (Pierce and Appling). Dawson tops AAA with 1,087 students.

TCHS has been in a AA region with all five of their new sub-region schools in the past. As for competition, four of the five schools had at least two of three teams (football, softball and baseball) make it to the state playoffs in their most recent seasons. Only Brantley County didn't make state competition in those three sports. All five of these former Double A's have played Triple A the past two school years.

The travel will be familar and also similar for the Toombs sports teams. In Region 2, Double A TCHS traveled an average of 51.3 miles to play a game. The long trip was to Benedictine (90 miles) and the shortest was to Vidalia (seven miles). In the new sub-region Toombs will travel an average of 52 miles to play a game. The long trip will be to Brantley County (84 miles) and the shortest trip will be to Tattnall County (22 miles). 

The Bulldogs moved from Single A to Double A beginning in the 1996-97 school year. Toombs County High School spent 18 consecutive years in Double A.    

Region 1 Sub-region A Enrollment From TCHS  Football Softball Baseball
Appling County  1005 32 miles 9-3 2nd round state 14-14 1st round state  20-9 2nd round state 
Brantley County  968 84 miles 1-9 9-18  12-13 
Dodge County  872  58 miles   5-6 1st round state 22-11 2nd round state  19-12 3rd round state 
Pierce County  1085  64 miles  10-2 2nd round state  25-8 2nd round state  25-8 3rd round state 
Tattnall County   945  22 miles  5-6 1st round state 24-8 2nd round state  19-8 1st round state 
Toombs County  831    4-6  15-15  18-9  3rd round state