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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.  

Warriors break school scoring record

The still undefeated Jefferson County Warriors might have only been leading by one point at the half, but went on to break a school record Friday, scoring 64 points in a single game.
Twin quarterbacks junior CJ Hales and sophomore Jaden Jenkins, together passed for almost 300 yards and ran for nearly 230. In all the Warriors racked up 640 yards of total offense against the Eagles, averaging nearly 10 yards per play.
The first half of the game was a back and forth struggle with Nikel Stone scoring the Warriors’ opening touchdown. 

Jaguars win first round of playoffs

From Staff Reports
The Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars beat their first round competition of the playoff season last week, Georgia Christian’s Generals, 42-21. 
On their first possession, the Jaguars drove 91 yards before senior Dakota Lamb punched in the touchdown. Kicker William Miller’s extra point was good.
The Jaguar defense held the Generals inside the 34-yardline and when the Jags took over they drove another 66 yards before Lamb scored again, this time on a 9-yard run. 

Lady Panthers among elite eight

Special Report
How does one determine a great season? Is it determined by wins versus losses? The amount of trophies? Or maybe it’s the banners. 
In the old gym on Highway 102 in Gibson hang many softball banners from Coach Mary Jo Kemp’s Slow-Pitch Dynasty. Here, the banners echo of Lady Panther greatness of the 1990s. Since changing over to fastpitch, the Lady Panthers have managed some success making the playoffs 11 out of 16 seasons, being region runner-up, two Sweet Sixteen appearances, but never a trip to Columbus. 

Jags win 77-39 over Rams

From Staff Reports
The Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars won their senior night and final game of the regular season 77 to 39 over the Monsignor Donavan Rams. 
Early on it was a back and forth battle with both teams trading scores for most of the first half.  
The Jaguars struck first with Dawson Gardner on a 1-yard run and William Miller adding the PAT.  Zack Douglas then scored on a 39-yard interception and Miller added the PAT to put them up 14-0. 
The Rams then completed a 65-yard pass to score.  

Panthers beat Indians 48-20

From Staff Report
The Glascock County Panthers beat the Cross Keys Indians 48-20 last week.
The Panthers came out rolling and scored two quick touchdowns before the Indians found holes in Glascock’s special teams and ran back a kickoff to make it 14-6.
“The starters never looked back after that and it turned out to be a rout,” Coach Chris Kelley said. 
Midway through the third quarter the Panthers were up 48-6 and started subbing so that all of their players saw a good bit of playing time.

Jags miss tie by inches

From Staff Reports
It came down to seconds and inches, but after the play and the pileup was cleared the referees said the Briarwood Bucs had held the line and beat the Jaguars by a single touchdown.
The Thomas Jefferson Jaguars kicked off Friday and the Bucs scored quickly, taking an early lead. 
For the next few series, the two teams locked up. The Jags were forced to punt and then stopped the Bus on the 20 when Briarwood attempted a doomed field goal. 

Warriors beat Butler

After a first quarter that had the undefeated Warriors reeling, trailing the Butler Bulldogs 6-8, the home team finally found its footing and rode on to a 44-8 victory and their eighth straight win of the season.
“We got off to a slow start,” Coach JB Arnold said. “Butler had two weeks to prepare for us and brought a scheme that we had to adjust to, but we also had several players who were trying to play through injuries and it showed.

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