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Baker signs with Point University

As a Bulldog senior football player Nathaniel Baker caught a touchdown pass at Tattnall County and made numerous plays on the line of scrimmage as a defensive player. Baker signed on May 6, 2015 with Point University to continue his football career. Watch the signing ceremony Video

Point, originally Atlanta Christian College, is located in West Point, Georgia. Although, Baker will actually play his home games in Valley, Alabama in a 6,000 seat stadium which was built in 2000. The Skyhawks play in the NAIA Sun Conference against Flordia based schools Webber International, Southeastern, Warner, Edward Waters and Ave Maria. Baker says he will probably play on defense as linebacker and he hopes to add some weight to his 185 pound frame. 

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.

Three Bulldogs are moving on to the next level

 Cole Dowd signs with the LaGrange College Panthers

 Jamar Smith will be a Holmes Junior College Bulldog

 Darius Scott is going to be a Benedict Tiger 

Three senior Toombs County Bulldog football players are going to take their game and academics to the next level. Cole Dowd, Jamar Smith and Darius Scott will all be playing college football in 2015. Watch the ceremony Video  

Jamar Smith- Jamar, who rushed for over 2,000 yards in his junior season, signed with Holmes Junior College in Goodman, Mississippi. Once a Bulldog always a Bulldog, Jamar's new team sports the same nickname. Last season Holmes went 4-5 in a very tough league which is usually putting a team in the national championship game. Jeff Koonz, who was a defensive line coach at Georgia Southern, is the head coach at Holmes.   

Darius Scott- In his senior season Scott moved from  the defensive line to linebacker and he will take those skills to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Benedict plays in the SIAC with Clark and Morehouse out of Atlanta and Fort Valley State and Albany State. The Tigers won four games last season prompting a coaching change. Mike White, who won 68% of his games in 15 seasons at Albany State is the new head coach of the Tigers.     

Cole Dowd- Cole is a tall, rangy pass rusher who can also catch the football and he signed with the LaGrange Panthers. LaGrange is a Division III team which plays in USA-South with teams like Berry and Birmingham-Southern. Matt Mumme, the son of former Kentucky head coach Hal Mumme, will begin his second season as head coach of the Panthers. Like his father's teams, the Panthers like to throw the ball around. They averaged 334 yards of passing offense in 2014.    

Walker, the nations leading rebounder,

signs with Coastal Georgia

Breanna Walker, who led the nation in rebounding in her senior season with 22.6 boards per game, became the first Toombs County girls basketball player to sign a college scholarship since Toya Rogers (Brewton-Parker) and Christi Bacon (Middle Georgia) did the same off the Elite 8 TCHS team in 2000-01. Walker, who averaged 14.7 points in her senior season, signed with the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. The school recently moved up from the junior college level to a four-year institution and the Mariners play in the SSAC with Brewton-Parker College. YouTube   

Breanna was named first team All-Region 1 AAA in her senior season by the coaches and she was a Wendy's High School Heisman winner. She joins a program coached by Jonathon Barbaree, who is a former assistant at Georgia College, Furman and Georgia State. In his first season as head coach at Coastal, the Mariners went 13-17 overall and 7-11 in the SSAC. Coastal finished strong winning five of it's final eight games and the Mariners swept BPC- winning 62-51 on the road and 72-38 at home. The Mariners lose two starters to graduation and they were the top two scorers averaging a combined 25.5 points per game.     

Trailblazing Jake Davis signs with South Georgia State College

For the past four years Jake Davis has been an athletic trailblazer at Toombs County High School. He and his family helped start the swimming program at the school and for the past two seasons Jake has been a one-man team practicing with the school's arch rival Vidalia High at Meadow's Wellness Center. He is the first Toombs County swimmer to quailfy for state and the first to earn points for the school at the GHSA State Meet at Georgia Tech. On March 16, 2015 he became the first Toombs County swimmer to sign a college scholarship. Jake signed with South Georgia State College, one of the top junior college programs in the country.

In early March South Georgia traveled to Buffalo, New York for the NJCAA National Swimming and Diving Championship. The womens team finished fourth and the men placed fifth. Two seasons ago both team ended up third and the program has been around for only five years. 

Coach C.M. Jenkins started the South Georgia program and has maintained the Hawks success by signing swimmers, like Jake, from the state of Georgia.    

Davis earns TCHS 1st ever points at GHSA State Swim Meet

Senior Jake Davis, Toombs County High School's one-man swim team the past two seasons, earned the Bulldogs their first ever points at the GHSA State Swim Meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Competing against swimmers from Class 1A through 5A, Davis finished 11th in the 50 Freestyle Prelim in a time of 21.87, which was faster than his qualifying time of 22.23.

Davis made the finals for the first time in his career and he finished third in the B-Final in 21.96. Overall, Jake placed 13th out of 61 swimmers earning Toombs County eight team points. He was second out of the Triple A swimmers entered in the event. 

Jake also competed in the 100 Freestyle Prelim and was 35th out of 54 swimmers in 49.93, .06 under his qualifying time. All of the times were personal bests.

Katie Hayes signs with Andrew College 

Katie Hayes contributed in two major ways to the Toombs County Lady  Bulldog softball team. The catcher provided defense and a big stick in the middle of the lineup. Katie was voted the team's 2013 Best Defensive Player while at the same time she helped her teammates with some big offensive games. These two skills have earned her an opportunity to keep playing softball as Katie has signed with Andrew College.

In her last high school game Katie doubled to the fence in her home ball park in a 12-4 win over Atkinson County. Hayes also went 2-for-4 in a 7-1 home win over McIntosh County Academy.

Hayes has played for a variety of teams in her career. She played recreation ball at Partin Park and was always an all-star. Katie played on the 2010 Lyons Junior Girls team that nearly won state. The Girls lost a pair of close games to Wayne County on the final day and finished second.

"The biggest goal I ever had was getting a college scholarship," Hayes said. "It is just a passion when I go out and play softball it makes me so happy. I love the game."

Hayes will of course be a catcher at Andrew College, "You have got to know the girl when she comes up to bat. Where to place the ball and where to tell the pitcher to pitch if you don't have your coach telling you the whole time where to pitch the ball. My best skill as a catcher is probably blocking. I worked really hard on my blocking skills lately." 

Katie says the coach at Andrew really liked her bat and she credits her success at the plate to her dad, Lucky, a Lady Bulldog assistant coach, "My dad has been there for me all the time. He always takes me out to the middle school on Saturday's. He sets up tees outside the house. He always told me to hit of tees."  

Katie's plans are to play two seasons at Andrew and then move on to a four-year school and her major will be speech pathology.

J.D. signs with BPC

Toombs County state champion wrestler J.D. Rogers is staying home to continue his academic and sports career. Instead of taking an offer from out-of-state he is going to wrestle and attend school at Brewton-Parker College. J.D. says he wants to continue to work with young wrestlers in the area and help build the new wrestling program at BPC. Watch the ceremony and Rogers talk about his decision You Tube  

Big Friday at TCHS

Good Friday was also a Big Friday for the Toombs County High School athletic program as seven athletes signed college scholarships. Pitcher Jeremy Beasley signed to play baseball at Darton State College and state champion wrestlers Erion Gaffney and Solomon McLeod also signed with the Albany school. Two Bulldog football players, lineman Gary Jones and defensive back Eric Hoskins, signed with Wittenberg University, a very successful Division III program in Springfield, Ohio. Demetrice "The Playmaker" Baker signed to play defensive back at the College of Faith in Charlotte, North Carolina and tight end Eric Hester signed to play at Reinhardt for coach Danny Cronic.  Watch the Signing Ceremony You Tube         

Family and Coaches Join Signees

 Jeremy Beasley signs with Darton State College

 Gary Jones signs with Whittenberg University

 Demetrice Baker signs with College of Faith

 Eric Hoskins signs with Wittenberg University

 Eric Hester signs with Reinhardt

 Solomon McLeod signs with Darton State College

 Erion Gaffney signs with Darton State College

Determined Dawg signs with VSU

James Ethredge has always been a determined Bulldog baseball player. That determination has carried over to his next level desires. When asked, James has always said he wanted to play baseball at Valdosta State. His wish came true on November 18, 2013 when he signed to play with the Division II school. "My ninth grade year I went to a showcase there and I got to tour the campus and I loved the campus and I loved the baseball program itself and the way they run it," Ethredge said. "They believe in hard work and I love that because I've been taught that's how you get where you are going, with hard work."

In his junior season James was the Region 2 Player of the year for his pitching and hitting. On the mound he was 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA and it was his pitching that sealed the deal with VSU. "I did some stuff in the outfield and infield and they liked my ability to to play as a position player." Ethredge hit 87 miles per hour on the radar gun and struck out some hitters. "I struck out a few guys and I tried to keep my fastball low and not give them anything good to hit."

Ethredge's reputation also helped him gain a VSU scholarship. "James took care of his part having the year he had being named the region player of the year and leading us to the quarterfinals (GHSA State Tournament)," TCHS head baseball coach Brian Fitzgerald said. "When we got into discussions with Valdosta State there were a number of coaches who had seen him pitch and they (VSU) could call around and the coaches would say good things about him." 

Watch the signing ceremony You Tube    

Watch James pitch against  Westminster  Jeff Davis  Benedictine  ATCO   Metter   

Tomond Hampton signs with GMC

 

Tomond Hampton signs and puts on GMC hat 

In his senior season at Toombs County High School Tomond Hampton proved game in, game out that he was the ultimate multi-diminsional football player. He caught the ball, tackled it, punted it and kicked it too and on the offensive line Tomond's number eight was the number to run behind if you wanted to find an open hole. After the 2012 season, Hampton has been honored by being named to the GACA All-State team as a defensive player, he played in the GACA All-Star Game as an offensive player and he made the Middle Georgia All-Star team as a punter. However, the days of doing everything on the football field ended when he signed to be a tight end and up back at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

"It's a good day for me to sign with a good college so I can hopefully make something of myself," said Hampton, who wants to play at a big school after his two years at the junior college are over. "I think GMC will help tremendously because it will give me a lot of discipline and help me with my grades and if I show out for them and then maybe I can go to Division 1." Last spring Clemson sent assistant coach Robbie Caldwell to watch Hampton in action. Hampton says North Carolina also showed interest and Georgia did at one point.

Hampton led the 2012 Bulldogs in four different statistical categories. He caught a team-high nine passes for 176 yards and snagged two touchdown passes. He averaged 40.4 yards per punt and had 16 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. But, at GMC he will only be playing on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage. "Now that I am on one side of the ball I can focus more on one position and I hope to get better at what I do," said Hampton.

Bulldog head coach Shane Williamson paid Hampton to major compliments at his Thursday morning signing. "No matter if it's going good or not, Tomond is going to give you everything he has got for four quarters. That is just one-hundred percent effort and that is great work ethic." Williamson has always stressed Hampton's importance to the Bulldog offense, "He is the best drive blocker that I have ever coached. We do a drill called the board drill and when he fires off it's an automatic text book block. He is flat back, his hands come forward very fast and with his leg drive he just totally dominates. He is the reason why Jamar Smith (1574 yards and 15 touchdowns) had a big year this season."

Tomond's biggest fan also attended the signing. His mother, Tomara, was beaming, "I am so excited and I am so proud that he has made it to this point. I hope it can take him to another level."

Tomond is not the first family member to sign to play college football. His first cousin, Travares Tillman, also signed on a February 7 in 1996 with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Bellflower signs to play golf at BPC

Blaine Bellflower is taking a path that no other Toombs County High School athlete has taken. He has signed to play golf at Brewton-Parker College and will be a part of the Barons first venture in to the sport. "I'm pretty excited about that," said Bellflower. "I have never been on a team that is in it's first year and it is kind of a blessing really."

Blaine started playing golf when he was eight years old. "I pretty much started with my dad when he was out there playing. I would follow along and hit a couple of shots. I developed a real passion for it and it has grown from there." Blaine was the Bulldogs number one player and he says an improved attitude has helped him improve his game. Bellflower also said that his best high school round of golf was the 85 which he shot in the Region 2 Tournament this year. "I kept my head level for the most part and I knew what I had to do and went out there and did it." Bellflower wants to take his game in to the 70's at BPC and says his main focus is improving his driving and his irons.  

The Barons golf team will be headquartered at Hawks Point Golf Club and the head coach of the men's team will be Judson Clark- the Assistant Golf Pro at the club. "I have seen Blaine grow as a golfer and his skills continue to grow and I glad to have him as part of the program," said Clark. 

Toombs County golf coach Jay Cravey said that Blaine started as his number two player as a freshman and he advanced to the top spot by his sophomore season. "His scores consistently got lower as an underclassman and in his senior season he was more consistent with lower range scores," said Cravey.    

Haley Carter signs with Gordon College

Haley Carter is the fourth Toombs County athlete to sign a college scholarship in the 2011-12 school year. Carter will continue her soccer career at Gordon College- two-year junior college in Barnesville. Haley had the option of picking from a list of four nearby junior colleges, but she liked the Gordon the best. "It's a really big deal, I didn't expect it and it really wasn't in my plans," said Carter. "She (Gordon coach Vicky Bright) showed up at a soccer game and offered me a scholarship. I like the school, the campus and everything about it."

Haley started off as a two-sport middle school athlete playing soccer and softball. Eventually she choose soccer as her sports passion, "Soccer is a big deal to me. I have played since I was six years old. I like that I can be aggressive. Many girls don't have a sport in which they can be aggressive."

Both her high school coach and her soon-to-be college coach appreciate Haley's aggressive approach to soccer. "Haley is a tough girl with a fiery attitude," said Lady Bulldog coach Jimmy Price. "She is always going to give you everything she's got." Coach Bright added, "Haley is an all around athlete. She shows a lot of aggression. She's a small player, but you can't tell that when she is out on the field. She is 100% dedicated to the game and I know she is going to be there and put all her effort in to our team and be a team player."

Haley has played in the midfield and on the back line and she hopes she can play on defense, at the stopper position, at Gordon. Carter played that position as a senior, "My fingers are crossed, but you never now."  

 Driggers picks roundball and Waycross

Brandon Driggers days of being a three-sport athlete are over. The senior Toombs County Bulldog, who played football, basketball and baseball all four years, signed with Waycross College to play basketball. "Every game we had during basketball season I was more excited to play the game and to be out there with my teammates- I just love it," said Driggers. In the past two seasons Brandon has been a scorer who is also loves to set up his teammates, "When I really started playing my sophomore year against Dublin coach (Benny) Dees gave me a chance to start and I started feeling the game more and more and instead of just taking shots and I wanted to get my teammates involved." Watch some highlights from Brandon's senior season You Tube

Driggers attended a tryout at Waycross several weeks ago and his skill set impressed head coach Corey Baldwin, "He is a real good passer who sees the floor well and he is also so energetic, he constantly brings energy even when it is a positive or a negative on the court. He may have to redshirt a year as he trims up, but the sky is the limit he could really be a good player for us."

Brandon says he has already began the process of getting ready to play junior college ball, "I've been working out in the gym everyday after school since the end of basketball season and now that baseball season is over I can get in to the gym even more." "I have been looking forward to playing at the next level since rec ball.

Coach Baldwin, a Jonesboro native who played guard in high school, started the basketball program at Waycross beginning with the 2009-2010 season and in his second year took the program to the Division 1 Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Wilhite continues wrestling career at Darton

Kalin Wilhite, who finished first, second, third and fifth at the state tourney in his Toombs County wrestling career, will continue to compete in the sport at Darton College. Kalin signed with a program that sent six wrestlers to the national tourney this past season and is coached by Chris Fleeger, who was an assistant at Purdue- his alma mater. While wrestling for the Boilermakers Fleeger was a three-time All-American and a two-time NCAA National runnerup. Y-101 Story

Wilhite, who won his state championship as a junior wrestling at 160 pounds, will be probably wrestling at 184 pounds at Darton- a junior college in Albany. In his last two seasons competing for the Bulldogs Kalin compiled a 59-2 record as a senior and 63-1 as a junior.

Aldridge signs early with Armstrong

Instead of waiting until Spring to take care of his baseball future, Toombs County High School senior baseball player Berry Aldridge signed with Armstrong Atlantic State University on November 9. Aldridge said it was in his game plan to sign early, "I told my parents I really wanted to sign early. When I took my I took my official visit I really liked the campus and the school and it seemed like a really good fit."

Armstrong Atlantic plays Division 2 ball in the Peach Belt Conference against schools like Georgia College, Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern. Berry said he is familiar with the style of play in the Peach Belt, "I've been to a few games, I went to a Georgia College and Montevallo game and it is a really high quality of play and I am looking forward to it."

As a Bulldog Aldridge has had a flair for the dramatic. In the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs in 2010, Berry hit a walk-off homer off the left field foul pole to beat Berrien County 6-5 in eight innings in game three of that series. In the state playoffs in his sophomore season Aldridge hit .478 with two homers, two doubles and nine runs batted in. Aldridge hit .411 in the 2010 season with four homers, eight doubles and 35 RBI's.

In 2011, as a junior, Aldridge caught almost every inning and hit .341 with two home runs, seven doubles and 15 runs batted in. His career numbers include a .359 batting average with seven homers, 16 doubles and 53 RBI's.

Two more Bulldogs are going to BPC

Jonathan Salter joins the Barons 

And so does his Bulldog teammate Lance Mosley 

Lance Mosley and Jonathan Salter have joined Patrick Craft as Toombs County Bulldogs who have signed with Brewton-Parker College. Mosley and Salter made their decisions official on Tuesday in a joint signing at TCHS. Y-101 Stories

Mosley played varsity baseball for all four years and was a full time starter for three seasons. Lance finished his Bulldog career with a .319 batting average and hit five home runs with 14 doubles, three triples and 50 RBI's. As a junior he hit .347 and stroked nine doubles and had 14 multi-hit games. Lance was a versatile defensive player. He played third base in middle school, shortstop and second base in high school and all three outfield positions. Mosley also excelled on the mound. He had a 13-3 career record and a 3.92 ERA. He won his first 13 varsity decisions going 2-0 as a sophomore, and 8-0 as a junior with a 2.69 ERA. Lance' s highlights include a 4-for-4 game at Metter as a freshman, hitting a homer at Cook County in the state playoffs as a sophomore, hitting a solo homer against Brantley County in the state playoffs as a junior and pitching six innings of five-hit ball, at Jeff Davis, as a senior.

Salter became a full time starter as a junior replacing Neal Rodgers at first base. Jonathan turned himself in to a fine defensive player and a good RBI man at the plate. Salter hit .369 as a junior and drove in 27 runs and in his career he hit .313 with two homers and 51 RBI's. On the mound the lefty showed his true potential in his senior season. He was 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA. In his last 12 1/3 varsity innings, against Appling and McIntosh, he allowed only six hits and four earned runs and during this span he struck out 17 and walked five.He did not allow Appling a hit in innings two through seven. In the McIntosh game, for the third time in his career, he struck out nine and he ended his Bulldog career with 100 strikeouts. Salter's career highlights include striking out nine Bleckley batters in five relief innings as a sophomore, nine in three innings, at Tattnall, as a junior and in his senior season he went 3-for-3 against Brantley County with a three-run homer and seven RBI's and in that game he pitched four innings of two-hit shutout ball to earn the victory.

BPC coach Boo Mullins talks about his new Barons and his program Audio

Patrick Craft joins BPC Barons

In his career as a Toombs County Bulldogs and before that as a TCMS Bullpup Patrick Craft has always done the little things to help his team win ballgames. Craft finished his varsity career with 49 walks and as a .380 lifetime hitter, with two seasons at .392 and .393, he always maintained an on-base percentage around .500. It was these attributes as an offensive player that impressed Brewton-Parker College head baseball coach Boo Mullins and his assistant, former Baron and Appling County Pirate, Kale Lewis, who attended Craft's signing to play at BPC. Y-101 Story

As a sophomore and a junior Craft hit ninth in the Bulldog lineup and whether by walk or base hit started many amazing TCHS comebacks by simply getting on base. As a senior Craft hit first and second and in the middle of the lineup and hit .330. Patrick was also versatile as a defensive player. He played primarily right field and also center field, first base and catcher and he even pitched an inning.

Craft's goals for his Baron career include earning playing time for a program that has earned to straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament and to do what he did in high school against college pitching.         

Ryan Davis signs with South Georgia

In December Toombs County High School senior pitcher Ryan Davis attended an Unsigned Senior Day and with college scouts watching the right hander threw an 87 mile per hour fastball and a nasty slider. One of the schools checking him out was South Georgia Junior College and on that cold day Ryan showed up on the Tigers' radar. In March Davis committed to the Douglas school and on April 7 he officially signed to play to for them. Y-101 Story

Ryan is 5-2 lifetime with the Bulldogs with a 2.32 earned run average. He has twice been the winning pitcher at Pierce County throwing a combined seven innings while allowing just two earned runs. So far this season he has beaten the Bears, Metter and Long County. In 2010 he pitched in 14 games and had a 2-1 record with five saves and a 1.82 ERA.

Despite an ankle injury early in his high school career, Ryan made up for a lost freshman season with a strong second half of his sophomore season pitching for the junior varsity and then as a junior Davis was used a finisher, who would come in a pitch the final three innings of a game. In a late season start against Jefferson County, in a Region 3 crossover series, he pitched six innings and allowed only three hits, no earned runs while striking out seven and walking just one.

TCHS athletic signings

Cole Lynn signs to play soccer at Middle Georgia Junior College 

Caitlin Vinson is going to East Georgia College to play softball 

Maurice Hunt is a GSU Eagle 

Maurice Hunt with parents Gloria and Maurice Sr. 

Coming off a 10 win seaon and a trip to the NCAA Division One Subdivision Semifinals the Georgia Southern Eagles appear poised to make another run at winning a national championship. On Signing Day the Eagles welcomed 26 new players to their program including Toombs County High School's Maurice Hunt. Hunt signed his papers with GSU at 10 a.m. in the school's media center. Y-101 Story

Maurice was one of eight offensive lineman signed by GSU. When he committed to the Eagles, in December, he told Y-101 Radio that the schools location and the direction the football program is headed were two big reasons why he chose the Eagles. Hunt said his goals are to help GSU win national championhips and to do well in school.

Maurice was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs. A First-team All-State selection and a two-time All-Region choice on the offensive line. At the recent football banquet he won the Offensive "Pain Train" award for his play at center and guard during the 2010 season. Maurice, who is 6-2 and roughly 260 pounds, says the GSU coaches indicated to him he has a chance to play as a freshman.

The last TCHS Bulldog to play for Georgia Southern was Derrick Nobles. Nobles, who was also an offenive lineman, wore number 57 and played on National Championhip team in 1999 and 2000. Watch Signing Day at TCHS Video

Listen to the Y-101 Story on Hunt's commitment which aired in December. 

Two Bulldogs sign to play college ball

 

Demery Hawkins 

 

 Neal Rodgers

Demery Hawkins and Neal Rodgers were apart of a nationwide phenomenon called Signing Day. The two Toombs County High School seniors signed to play college football. Hawkins, who led the Bulldogs in rushing yards a total tackles, signed with Georgia Military, the state's only junior college program. Rodgers, who played on the offensive and defensive line, signed to play at Furman University. Y-101 Story  Watch Video