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

TCHS Baseball on Y-101 Radio- The Bulldogs will play host to Swainsboro on Tuesday (April 11) at 5:55 p.m. The Bulldog Pregame Show begins at 5:45 on Y-101 Radio. To listen online Click Here or download the Mixlr App from the Apple App Store or Google go to
Former Bulldog baseball players- Berry Aldridge is now leading Armstrong State in hitting, Jeremy Beasley, Patrick Craft and James Ethredge are playing college ball. Keep up with the former Dawgs Click Here  
Shop for great deals on men's and women's workout shirts in Toombs Now's Amazon Associates Store Click Here   
Slade McDonald- The six year old son of former Toombs County Bulldog starting quarterback John McDonald talks about his wrestling career with video highlights Video  
TG Sheppard- One of the nicest guys in country music popped into Y-101 Radio to talk about singing, Jerry Lee Lewis and playing football on rollar skates with Elvis Audio
Janie Frickie- The country music singer called into Y-101 for an interview and she shared memories with a listener, the Emmylou Harris fan. Audio  
Richard Sterban- The famous bass singer from the Oak Ridge Boys talked to Y-101 Radio about is 41 years with the group. Audio  
Mickey Gilley- The country music legend, with 17 number one songs, appeared on Y-101 Radio. Audio  
Toombs County Websites- Toombs County Football Website  or Toombs County Athletics
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    

 

Islands plays A-Game in Region Semifinals

The Islands Sharks brought their A-Game to Optimist Stadium, in Savannah, for a Region 1 AAA Tournament semifinal matchup against the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Sharks prevailed 7-0, one week to the day after they beat TCHS 5-3 in Lyons in the final regular season game. Watch Highlights

Islands and Savannah Arts will meet for the Region 1 Championship, on Tuesday, at the same stadium while the Bulldogs will play host to Southeast Bulloch in the third place game. These two games will decide seeding for the GHSA State Tournament. Islands and Savannah Arts will have home games in the first round of the tourney while 11-3-1 Toombs and 5-7 SEB will have to hit the road. The Dawgs Beat SEB 5-3 on March 17 in Lyons.  

2015 TCHS Basketball Banquet

 Breanna Walker (middle) with coaches Walker & Standard

The Toombs County High School basketball teams celebrated the 2014-15 season with an annual banquet at Chatters in Lyons. The MVP's from the varsity teams were Breanna Walker and Carlos Eason. Walker, who has signed with Coastal Georgia has been named by the Georgia Sports Writers as first team All-State. Check out all of the award winners in this slideshow     

Soccer Dawgs are going back to state playoffs

It is a spring tradition for the Toombs County High School boys soccer team to be a part of the state playoffs. Since the 2007 season the Bulldogs have earned their way into the post season each and every year. The 2015 team clinched a playoff slot with a 5-2 win over Pierce County in a Region 1 AAA quarterfinal match. Y-101 Story with practice pictures

The 11-2-1 Bulldogs will play at 11-2-2 Islands HIgh, on Friday at 7 p.m., in the semifinals. The two teams played in Lyons on April 10 with the Sharks taking a rough and tumble match 5-3. The winner will play at 15-1-1 Savannah Arts for the region championship on Tuesday, April 21. Arts beat Southeast Bulloch 2-0 in the other semi.

The Bulldogs opened up a 2-0 lead on Pierce with Fernando Rodriquez and Zane Longtin each scoring a goal. The Bears rallied and tied the game at 2-all and then Toombs reeled off three straight goals. The school's all-time leading scorer Gilbert Zamorano scored a pair of goals sandwiched around a goal by Eddie Zamorano.  

Jake Davis is very busy in Dawg loss

 Jake Davis makes a diving catch in the second

 Jake runs a fly ball down in the fourth

 Jake also went face first into the fence, but he was OK

Senior centerfielder Jake Davis was a busy Bulldog in Toombs County's 6-3 home loss to Tattnall County. Jake caught a career high seven fly balls including six in the first four innings. His two best catches were a diving grab in the second inning, with one down and a runner on base in the second, and a running catch in the right centerfield gap in the fourth. Davis also had one of the Dawgs' three hits off Peyton Knight. Cole Dowd and George Lucke stroked the other two hits. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Nick Curtis and Logan McGowan each walked and the Warriors made a big throwing error on a ball hit by Lucke which scored two runs. Dalton McBride drove in the third run with a grounder to second base.

The Warriors countered with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Chris Grant (1-for-4) singled in a run, Jeremiah Barnett (2-for-4) doubled in one and Mikey Anderson (1-for-4) tripled in one. Tattnall scored two more runs in the sixth when Knight (3-for-4) tripled in a Warrior and Dylan Smith (1-for-4) singled in a teammate.  

Victoria takes her flashy game to ABAC

Victoria Jordan has always played the sport of softball with a flair whether she is diving for pop ups behind home plate as a catcher or getting a hit and running the bases as a leadoff hitter for the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs. On April 13, 2015 Victoria signed a scholarship to play softball at ABAC in Tifton. Watch the signing ceremony Video

Jordan, who also plays travel ball for the Angels out of Savannah, tried out at ABAC and was given the opportunity to join a team which this spring is third in the GCAA. Victoria, academically, wants to make all A's while attending the two-year school and eventually become a veterinarian.

Aldridge singles & scores against PBC’s winningest pitcher

Flagler’s Danny Brown (8-3) leads the Peach Belt Conference in wins and he is third in strikeouts with 77. Former Toombs County Bulldog Berry Aldridge went 1-for-4 against Brown in Armstrong State’s 5-2 loss to the Saints from St. Augustine, Florida. Watch Highlights

Brown, a 5-10 senior, doesn’t bring the heat to the plate. Instead, he throws one strike after another keeping almost all of his pitches in the lower part of the strike zone. His specialty is his breaking ball and his change up plus he throws a cut fastball. He also is a righty with a very quirky delivery. 

Aldridge was one of five Pirates who didn’t strike out against Brown and four of those five had a hit or more. Brown struck out seven Armstrong hitters and walked two while allowing six hits. R.J. Dennard, from Soperton, broke up Brown’s no-hitter, with one out in the fourth, with a single through the right side of the infield.

Berry stroked Armstrong’s fourth hit when he singled with a runner on in the seventh. That inning was the only frame in which the two teams touched home plate. Flagler scored five runs in the top of the inning. Armstrong scored on a Zach Lance single and a sacrifice fly to center field, by Will Austin, which scored Aldridge.

Earlier in the game Aldridge grounded out to deep short and to third and in his final at bat he popped up.

In game game of this three game series Aldridge went 3-for-4 in Armstrong's 12-7 win. Berry drove in two runs and scored two. He singled through the left side in the third to plate a teammate and drove in his second run with a backside hit in the seventh.   

Berry is hitting .413 with one home run, four doubles and 14 RBI’s. 

In the Peach Belt Standings- 18-6 North Georgia is in first place, 16-7 Armstrong is second and 15-8 Flagler is third. 

TCHS & Pierce dual for nine innings

Lane turns an amazing double play

 2nd baseman Lane Adams makes a diving catch in foul territory

 Caleb Turner tagged up at 1st and D.R. Meadows tags him out at 2nd

On March 24, in Blackshear, Pierce County run-ruled Toombs County 14-4. 17 days later the two teams met in Lyons and it took the 20-1 Bears nine innings to nip the Bulldogs 4-2. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Watch second baseman Lane Adams make two spectacular defensive plays Video

Pierce took a 2-0 lead by scoring runs in the third and fourth innings on two out singles by Kyler Allen (1-for-4) and Zack Goble (3-for-4).

The Bulldogs tied the game at two after they scored runs in the fourth and sixth on grounders by Nick Curtis and Tyler Luke (1-for-4).

With rain approaching the Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in the eighth. D.R. Meadows (2-for-3 with a walk) singled with one out. However, the Dawgs left him at third.

In the top of the ninth Goble reached on a infield hit and Madison Tuten singled. The Bears scored two runs on two separate throwing errors.

Adams & Stephens combine on JV 3-hitter

Lane Adams and Martin Stephens shared a three-hit Toombs County junior varsity victory over Bacon County. Adams threw the first four innings and allowed three hits and Stephens handled the final three innings and retired Bacon County nine-up, nine-down in a 4-3 TCHS win at Jacky Jones Field.

Tristan Lynn and Christian Conley led the Dawg offense with two hits a piece and Adams and George Lucke each had one hit.   

Bulldogs drop another one-run game

 Logan McGowan slides in with a third-inning run

For the third time in their subregion schedule the Toombs County Bulldogs lost by one single run in a game played on the road. The Dawgs lost by a run at Dodge County, Tattnall County and on Tuesday night 8-7 at Brantley County. The loss dropped Toombs County’s subregion record to 2-6 with two more sub games to play. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows slideshow

Most of the scoring occurred in the first three innings. TCHS jumped up 1-0 in the top of the first. D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) singled and scored on Tyler Luke’s (1-for-2 with two walks) double to deep left field.

Brantley scored a pair of unearned runs, off Meadows, in the bottom of the first and then an earned run on a double by Mikel Collins (2-for-3) in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

In the third TCHS regained the lead by scoring five runs to jump on top 6-3. Nick Curtis (1-for-3) doubled in a run, George Lucke walked with the bases loaded, another run scored on a wild pitch and Meadows singled in two Dawgs.

Brantley came back in the bottom of the third and tied the game at six with three runs including the equalizer which was scored when the Herons stole home.

In the top of the fourth Cole Dowd reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on a Curtis sacrifice fly to put Toombs up 7-6.

Brantley tied the game in the sixth on a run scoring single by Kole Clark (1-for-3) and won it in the bottom of the seventh on a Bulldog throwing error. The leadoff batter walked, went to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a bunt in which the Dawgs were trying to get an out at third and the throw to that bag sailed away.  

Bulldogs rise up and score eight in the 7th

 Dalton McBride enjoys his 7th inning RBI hit with coach Hunter Adams 

 Cole Dowd doubled and scored the tying run

 The Bulldogs celebrate a "Team Victory"

An eight-run seventh inning propelled the Toombs County Bulldogs to a 10-6 win at Appling County. A subregion victory which improved the Dawgs’ sub record to 2-5 and 5-12 overall. Toombs has won three straight and four out five since being run-ruled at Pierce County. Watch some of the key moments in the 7th inning Video  Watch full game highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Y-101 Story

Trailing 4-0 after four innings, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the fifth inning off an Appling error on a ball hit to second by Cole Dowd (2-for-4). The seventh began with Tyler Luke (1-for-4) earning a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Dowd doubled to left putting runners on second and third for Nick Curtis (1-for-4). The junior third baseman lined a pitch into left to score a pair of runs tying the score at 4. With one out and Curtis at third base, Appling brought the infield in. Freshman catcher Dalton McBride (1-for-2) worked the count full and then poked a pitch into right to put TCHS up 5-4. And the Bulldogs weren’t done.

Jake Davis walked and then D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) doubled by dropping a ball into right center which wasn’t caught by two diving outfielders. Two Dawgs scored to make it 7-4. Lane Adams (2-for-4) singled to right to push the lead to 8-4 and then Luke doubled to deep left to make it 9-4 Bulldogs.

Luke started on the mound and pitched all seven innings. The senior, who entered the game with a sub two ERA, was 0-for-4 with two no decisions. But, despite not having his best control he won his first game. Luke allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in six of the seven innings and that runner scored in five different frames.

Appling scored single runs in each of the first four innings. The score could have been worse for the Bulldogs had Luke not stranded nine runners on base in the first four innings, including five in scoring position. Plus the Bulldogs played some spectacular defense. Meadows made two diving stops on balls hit up the middle and each time he flipped to Adams for outs at second base. Curtis made a tough catch on a foul ball near his third base bag and Logan McGowan ran down a ball in right field.

Tyler settled down in the fifth and sixth and faced only seven batters. However, in the seventh Appling sent nine batters to the plate and scored twice. Luke recorded all three outs in that frame with strikeouts.

Luke allowed only six hits. However, he walked nine batters and hit one with six strikeouts.

Bulldogs win first subregion game

 Logan McGowan legs out a hit which scores a 1st inning run

 

 Nick Curtis drives in a pair

 

 D.R. Meadows goes 3-0

The Toombs County Bulldog baseball team came close to winning their first subregion game in their first trip around the league. The Dawgs lost two of their first five sub games by one run including a 1-0 defeat at Dodge County. Toombs avenged that loss at Jacky Jones Field, with a 9-5 victory giving the 4-12 Bulldogs their first two game win streak of the season. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Y-101 Story

TCHS raced to a 7-0 lead by scoring five runs, after two outs, in the first three innings. In the bottom of the first, with two out, Cole Dowd (1-for-3) doubled to left, Logan McGowan (1-for-3) singled in a run, Nick Curtis (1-for-2) singled in a pair of runs, George Lucke (1-for-3) singled and Christian Conley (1-for-4) singled in a run.

The Dawgs scored an unearned, with two outs, in the third and then two runs, with nobody out in the fourth on a two-run double to deep right by Tyler Luke (2-for-4). In the fifth D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) and Lane Adams (1-for-1 with three walks) each singled in a run to give Toombs County a 9-1 lead.

Meadows pitched six innings and earned his third win of the season. He allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out eight Indians and walking four. Luke pitched the seventh inning and struck out a pair of hitters. 

Tyson takes 2nd in the Georgia Dome

 Tyson Brantley wears his second place medal

Toombs County first grader Tyson Brantley led a large group of  local wrestlers at the Georgia Kids State Championship staged on 36 mats in the Georgia  Dome in Atlanta. Tyson advanced to the championship round and lost a tough match 7-5. In the waining moments, with the score tied at 5-5, Tyson took his opponent down to the mat. However, the move was not awarded two points by the officials. Then with just seconds remaining Tyson was brought down to the mat and a take down was awarded. Watch the match with comentary by Tyson video and a slideshow     

GHSA Traditional State Wrestling Tournament

Jamar gets his state championship

 Jamar Smith executes a state championship pin

In 2014 Toombs County's Jamar Smith was denied his first GHSA State Championship because of an illegal slam in the title match at the Toombs County Middle School Gym. 358 days later, in the Macon Centreplex, the senior ended a perfect 47-0 season with the perfect result- a first round pin with just two seconds left on the clock.

Smith is the 13th Toombs County Bulldog to win a state champsionship.The Dawgs have won at least one state title in each of the last four years and they have totaled seven championships during this span. Watch Jamar win state Video  and watch and listen to Jamar break down his state championship victory Video  Coaches Adam Hightower and Bradley Benton discuss Saturday night at the state championships Audio  Watch some Sights and Sounds from Macon Video

Smith opened up his match with McNair's Derek Clayton with a short feeling out period and then he collected two points for a take down. From the top position Smith was able to get Clayton on his back and then he stuck him for his seventh first round pin in eight matches of the sectionals and state.       

Bryson- from JV to 2nd in state

 Bryson Smith finishes second in state

One of the most amazing stories in the Macon Centreplex was the rise of Toombs County's  Bryson Smith. Due to the strength of the Bulldog wrestling program, in 2014, in his weight class Bryson was relegated to the junior varsity squad. But, in his senior season the tall 195 pound wrestler got his chance to compete on the varsity level and he went 47-12. He was an Area 1 champion. finished sixth at the tough AAA East Sectional and after a string of upsets at the GHSA State Tourney Bryson finished second in the state.  

Rockmart's Marlon Morales won the state championship and improved his record to 54-6 with a first round pin of Smith.