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The Boys of Spring take their swings

 Levi Alyea takes a swing at new pitching machine 

On Monday the Toombs County High School baseball team opened up practice for the 2013 season and hitting was one of the phases of the game the Bulldogs spent considerable time working on. This season the Bulldogs have a new state of the art pitching machine to help them work on their swings. With help from the Bulldog Baseball Booster Club and the community the program was able to purchase a HomePlate Pitching Machine. This pitching machine can throw eight different pitches between speeds of 40 to 90 miles per hour. It can pitch on the inside part of the plate and on the outside black and it can throw pitches in different sequences- fastballs, curve balls, sliders, splitters and even change-ups. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald demonstrates the capabilities of the HomePlate Pitching Machine You Tube   

Two Dawgs surge to Sweet Onion titles

 Eric Hester turns his match around in the third period 

Erion Gaffney nearly wins with a pin 

Two Dawgs surge to Sweet Onion titles

When the second and final day of the Sweet Onion Wrestling Tournament ended, two Toombs County Bulldogs were individual champions and the Dawgs were the fourth placed team in the ultra-competitive event staged at the TCMS Gym. Watch Highlights You Tube

The first Bulldog to win a title was Erion Gaffney at 170 pounds. Erion piled up the points as he defeated his opponent from Swainsboro 13-4 and he came clse to pinning him four differnet times. "I just kept my head up and tried to improve on last years fourth place finish at the Sweet Onion," said Gaffney. "I am just so determined when I wrestle at home. We have had two tournaments (The Christmas Brawl) and I have finished first in both of them."

The final match of the tourney featured the heavyweights and Toombs County's Eric Hester was giving up some pounds to his opponent from West Laurens. Nobody scored in the first period and then Hester fell behind 2-1 in the second. However,  in the third period Hester turned the match around by scoring three points in a short period of time to win the match 4-2. "I just wrestled smart and kept my head in it and never let myself loose my train of thought," said Hester. "He lost his balance and I attacked and that's what got me the victory." 

Xavier Horne also made it to the finals, however, he lost and finished second. J.D. Rogers lost another close match to a wrestler from Fitzgerald. J.D. lost to him in overtime in the Area Duals and by a 9-7 score in this event. Rogers rallied and won a 6-5 decision over a Crisp County Cougar. "I've been watching him today and after I lost my first one today in the semi's I knew I had to come out here and win," said Rogers. Solomon McLeod also finished third and Rafael Florez placed fourth.

Lady Bulldogs win 3rd straight game

For the first time this season the Toombs County Lady Bulldog basketball team has won three straight games. After trailing at Long County 6-5 after the first quarter, Toombs shutout Long in the second quarter and allowed just five points in the third quarter in a 47-25 victory. Watch Highlights Girls Game

Shaila Bacon led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, Diamond Boyd and Jamila Hopkins each scored 10, Megan Meadows had seven and Deavia Howard five. The Lady Bulldogs are 10-6.

The Toombs County Bulldogs led Long County 14-9 after the first quarter and 22-18 at half. Tomond Hampton, the Bulldogs leading scorer, picked up his third foul just one minute into the second quarter and he had to sit on the bench for the final seven minutes of the half.

Long County broke away in the second half and led 32-26 after three quarters and built up a nine point lead in the fourth. Toombs rallied and cut the Blue Tide lead to two points. However, Long County put the game away at the free throw line and prevailed with a 44-40 win. Watch Highlights Boys Game

Hampton led TCHS with 13 points, Chris Mobley had nine, Anthony Britt and Gary Terrell four, Matthew Hall and Hunter Braddock three and Melvin Blount and Michael Sulton two. The Bulldogs are 6-11.

TCHS wins in Alma

The Toombs County High School basketball teams both won at Bacon County by double-digits. The Lady Bulldogs were a 45-32 winner and the Bulldogs avenged a one-point, buzzer-beating loss in Lyons with a 67-57 victory. Both teams have three out of their last four games. Watch Highlights Girls Game  Boys Game

Boys Game- The Bulldogs spent the whole night building up double-digit leads only to watch the Raiders come back and cut the lead to single-digits. The Bulldogs forced Bacon to come out a 2-3 zone by outscoring the Raiders 20-10 in the first quarter. TCHS upped the lead to 14 in the second quarter. However, a rash of turnovers and missed shots allowed the Raiders to cut the lead in half by halftime at 37-30.

In the third quarter Toombs opened up a 43-32 lead on a Matthew Hall (16 points) bucket. But,once again at the end of the period the Bulldog lead was back to seven at 49-42. Finally in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs got a double-digit lead and held on to it. Tomond Hampton scored 12 of his game-high 23 in the final period. Gary Terrell hit a first quarter 3-pointer and tossed in nine points, Chris Mobley scored eight and Anthony Britt six. Jordan Usher scored his first varsity points by hitting a second-quarter 3-ball and Demtrius Taylor came off the bench and scored two for the 6-10 Bulldogs.

Girls Game- The Lady Bulldogs came out playing strong defense from the start and they held Bacon to single digits in each of the first three quarters. Toombs led 11-9 after the first quarter and then yielded only four points in the second quarter to build up a 24-13 lead at half. The Lady Bulldogs took the third quarter 11-6 and led 35-19 going to the fourth quarter which was the only period the Lady Raiders won 13-10.

Deavia Howard, celebrating her 17th birthday, led TCHS with 12 points. Shaila Bacon had 11, Megan Meadows seven, Jamila Hopkins and Diamond Boyd six and Deja Jones three. The Lady Bulldogs are 9-6. 

Williamson resigns as TCHS coach

After five years as head coach at his alma mater, Shane Williamson has resigned from Toombs County High School to accept the head coaching position at Forsyth Central in Cummings. Williamson met with his team on Friday morning and told them about his decision. "Anytime you make a change in your career it's not easy because you have got alot of things that weigh in on it," said Williamson. "I have three kids and a wife and my momma and daddy are here. But, this is something that we have prayed about. It's a golden opportunity. It's a bigger school, bigger program and it is just an opportunity that God has opened some doors for me and were going to walk through it and we have all the faith on him."  Y-101 Story

Williamson accepted the Toombs County head coaching job on February 14, 2008 replacing Mark Stroud, who left to take a similar position at Calvary. The former Swainsboro head coach won his first game as head coach of the Bulldogs 22-21 over East Laurens in the Pit. The Dawgs, who were 2-3 after their first five games, changed offenses from the spread to the I-formation and they reeled off seven straight wins and advanced to the Elite 8 before losing at Calhoun 41-14 and finishing with a 9-4 record. The Bulldogs shutout Vidalia 20-0 in the Pit and they beat Swainsboro, in the season's most exciting game 43-30, to make the playoffs. They defeated SW Macon 13-0 at Henderson Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs- the Toombs County Bulldogs first ever road playoff victory. In the second round the Dawgs knocked off Cook County 19-7 in a very cold Pit.

In 2009 the Bulldogs went 2-8 with home wins over Southeast Bulloch and Screven County. They lost four games by a touchdown or less including back-to-back four point losses at Dodge County and at home to Bleckley County. In their third game of the season the Bulldogs led Jefferson County, on the road, 17-7 in the third quarter and maintained their advantage until Barry Bostic scored on a long pass play with 4:39 to play.

After losing three straight games in 2010, the 1-4 Dawgs beat Appling County and Pierce County to get back in the Region 2 playoff race. Toombs then lost a hard fought game at Tattnall County 21-14 and their post season hopes were dashed with a 35-20 loss at Brantley County. TCHS finished with a 4-6 record.

The Bulldogs opened up the 2011 season with eight straight losses. Some were competitive and some were not. Toombs ended the season with a 20-16 home win over Brantley County and a 34-14 victory at Long County to go 2-8.

Toombs County opened up this past season winning four of five games, allowing only two touchdowns and shutting out three opponents. The Bulldogs only loss during this stretch was 7-6, at home, to Bacon County. The Raiders scored the game winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds. The Bulldogs biggest win of the 2012 season was 14-12 over Benedictine in week eight. TCHS finished the regular season with a 7-3 record as did Benedictine and Bacon and the three schools met at Long County for a mini-game playoff tie-breaker. The Bulldogs lost to Bendictine 6-0 and Bacon County 7-0, in overtime, to just miss making the GHSA field of 32 Double A playoff teams. Williamson's record at Toombs County was 24-29 and his lifetime record, including six seasons at Swainsboro, is 66-53-2.

Williamson takes over a Forsyth Central squad that has gone 2-8 the past two seasons and 1-9 before that. The last time the team, also nicknamed Bulldogs, made it to the playoffs was in 2001. Forsyth Central is a 5-A school with over 2000 students. There are five high schools in Forsyth County located north of Atlanta and 224 miles away from Lyons.

Senior Night Sweep

 Tomond Hampton throws down a 1st half dunk

 and then the senior jams one in the second half

The Toombs County basketball teams celebrated Senior Night on the 18th day of January because they close out the regular season with six straight road games and both teams won by double-digits over visiting Bryan County. Both teams have won three of their last four games. Watch Highlights Girls Game  Boys Game

Girls Game- Toombs County 61, Bryan County 49. The Lady Bulldogs three seniors scored 24 points. Jamila Hopkins scored 10 points by hitting four buckets and she was 2-of-2 at the free throw. Deja Jones scored six of her eight points in the first quarter and Shaila Bacon added six points. Junior Deavia Howard was the Lady Bulldogs top scorer with 15 points. Fellow juniors Megan Meadows and Diamond Boyd each had eight points and Breanna Walker scored six. The Lady Dawgs are 8-6. 

Boys Game- Toombs County 63, Bryan County 50. Senior Tomond Hampton threw down two dunks and led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Three other seniors scored in the Bulldogs fifth victory of the season. Matthew Hall had 10 points, Anthony Britt six and Gary Terrell, Toombs County's student of the month, had five. Coming off the Bulldog bench, Chris Mobley scored seven points, Kenny Goethe six and Melvin Blount four. The Bulldogs are 5-10.

Bullpups handle Dodge & Trippe

 Tucker Williford executes quick pin against Trippe

The Toombs County Middle School Bullpups wrestling team defeated Dodge County 57-25 and J.R. Trippe 66-33 in their final home action of the season. Watch action from the Trippe match You Tube  

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