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Big man, big opportunity

Chace Ellison knows what opportunity looks like. He can read a defensive lineman’s postures, giving himself a chance to lay down a block and open a hole for his backs to score. 
He also knows just how fast opportunities can disappear, how holes close up after you’ve committed and there’s nothing but the stinging smack of driving shoulders until the whistle blows.

Warriors have 12 wins, two ties

Junior Warrior Fermin Garcia leaps up, using his head to send the soccer ball to a fellow player. Garcia currently has scored 24 points this season on seven goals and 10 assists. The Jefferson County Warrior boys’ soccer team is 12-2 this season, with an impressive 9-2 in region play, having recorded two ties, a 1-1 match against Harlem early in the season, and a 4-4 tie with Glenn Hills.  The team has only two games left in the regular season. Freshman Desmond Beale maneuvers for a shot.

Warriors are 7-4 in region

Special Report
The Warrior baseball team added a win and a loss last week to bring them to 7-4 in region play with just five regularly scheduled games left in the season. 
On March 28 the Warriors run-ruled the Butler Bulldogs 21-2 in the fourth inning. 
The Warriors went up three to one in the first inning, scored another run in the second, then six in the third and 11 in the fourth for the win. 

Lady Warriors beat Swainsboro

The Jefferson County High School Lady Warriors took a 2-1 win over Swainsboro last week to put them at 5-5 for the season. So far this season the Lady Warriors have recorded wins against Josey (2-0, 7-1), Laney (4-0) and Swainsboro (3-2 and 2-1). They are currently 3-5 and are scheduled to play Laney on March 30 and Johnson on April 11.

Warriors 6-3 in region

Special Report
The Jefferson County Warrior baseball team won four games in a row in recent weeks and pushed their region record to 6-3.
The Warriors defeated Josey (9-3), Screven County (5-3), Washington-Wilkes (10-5) and Glenn Hills (13-4) before giving up a non-region loss to Swainsboro (12-2) Monday. 

Warrior track team takes first in meet

Special Report
The Jefferson County High School Warriors track team went to Harlem last week  to compete in a four-team meet. JCHS, Harlem, Aquinas and Greenbrier attended. 
“We did very well with many athletes posting season bests,” Coach Scott Wheeler said. “It was our first 1st place finish of the season as we work toward the region meet the week of April 17.” 
The following athletes posted personal bests and placed in the top three in their events: 

Warrior baseball team getting into meat of schedule

 The Jefferson County High School Warrior baseball team has been out and swinging hard this season with new coach Tarry Stokes.
“Our record is 4-7-2 but it doesn’t show how hard they are playing or trying to win,” Coach Stokes said. “The team has grown tremendously since the beginning of the season and I am very proud of their effort.”

State Champs: JCHS wins state AA weight lifting championship

Championships are about more than trophies, rings and bragging rights. They are evidence that hard work and dedication pay off, that every drop of sweat and sore muscle was worth it. 
And to Keaton Wilson, a Jefferson County High School teacher and weight lifting coach, championships are about setting an example and raising the bar for expectations.

USA Football recognizes Arnold

Jefferson County High School Head Football Coach J.B. Arnold accepts a check from USA Football for $2,000 for his school’s football program. Arnold was invited as a VIP (all expenses paid) guest to the USA Football National Conference at NFL Pro Bowl weekend last week in Orlando. While there he was presented with the check pictured above. Arnold said that the funds will go to help student athletes with the cost of uniforms, travel and equipment. USA Football is the national governing body of the sport as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the NCAA.

Border Bowl brawlers

Jefferson County High School senior Warriors Parker Stokes  (#59) and Melton Brown (#52) represented their school in the recent Border Bowl. Warrior Coach J.B. Arnold said they both saw a lot of playing time and contributed two or three tackles each. Brown also had a couple of sacks. 
“This caps off a phenomenal year for both of these athletes,” Arnold said. “It’s special just to get chosen and both of these guys have a very bright future.” Both are expected to sign Division One scholarships on National Signing Day next week. 
(Photos by Anna Lush)

Hustle and heart: GCCS’ Tara Downs signs scholarship to play softball with GMC

Tara Downs can barely remember a time without cleats, bats and balls. She has been playing since she was 3. She craves the music in that sweet smack as her glove closes around a squarely hit pitch, the whistle as she hurls it to the base as well as those grunts of disappointment when she throws someone out. 

Swing batter: JCHS’ Brenna Johnson signs to play with East Georgia College

Brenna Johnson is 6 feet tall and can snatch up an infield grounder backhanded and fire it straight to first in the blink of an eye. But you should really see her hit.
Her JCHS softball Coach Jim Borum calls her swing a thing of beauty. 
“She has power to burn. A half swing can put one out,” he said. “But it’s not just the power. She has a sweet swing. She looks like she is barely reaching out there and the ball just jumps.”

Warriors end season

The Warriors ended their season Friday in the second round of the playoffs losing 6-14 to Hapeville Charter’s Hornets.
“It was one of the more frustrating games I’ve ever had as a coach,” JB Arnold said. “We won all of the statistics. We ran 73 offensive plays, had control of the ball for 30 minutes, had 20 first downs.  We just could not score. We ran everything we had in our arsenal, but untimely penalties and turnovers hurt us. It was a game we felt like we should have won.”

Warriors advance: JCHS traveling to Atlanta to face Hapeville Charter

The Warriors are advancing to the second round of the playoffs after a 29-22 win over Swainsboro’s Tigers Friday.
Jefferson County trailed Swainsboro during the first quarter after the Tigers put the first points on the board, scoring on a 24-yard touchdown and following it up with a 2-point conversion.

Warriors finish second in region: Will host Swainsboro in first round of playoffs

The Warriors’ undefeated record came to a screeching halt Friday at the hands and feet of the Screven County Gamecocks’ hardnose offense.
A fourth quarter rally saw Jefferson County score 21 unanswered points, but it was not enough to overcome the colossal six-touchdown lead the Gamecocks had collected by the third quarter.
It started early, and in the first three quarters, it just went from bad to worse.

Jaguars end season in second round

From Staff Reports
Thomas Jefferson Academy played against Memorial Day School from Savannah last week for the second round of the playoffs in GISA AA playoffs but came up short ending their 2016 season.  
Memorial is the defending state champion from 2015 in GISA AA.  
The Jaguars went in with a 6 and 4 record and second place in the region.  
The Blue Thunder went in with a 6-4-1 record and they were the Region Champions for their region.  

Panthers win final game of 2016 season

The Glascock County Panthers won their final game of the 2016 seasons 50-26 over Pataula Charter Academy.
“We really executed well on offense and moved the ball at will. It was 43-12 at halftime,” Coach Chris Kelley said after the game. “I was disappointed in our defense and felt like we didn’t play like we should have on that side of the ball. Overall, it was good to get everybody in and enjoy the win.”

Lady Panthers finish fifth in state: Community thanked for support

By Matt Swint
Correspondent
Thank you to a community that takes care of its own.  Thank you to a community that still realizes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  
The Glascock Lady Panthers enjoyed a 26-6 season with their first ever elite 8 appearance, to earn fifth place in the state.  
Thank you to a town that sends off its softball team with goody bags and over 100 fans on the porch of the Gibson Nursing Home.  

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