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BCHS Royal Kingsmen Band gets perfect scores at Hawkinsville Marching Festival.

BCHS Royal Kingsmen Band gets perfect scores at Hawkinsville Marching Festival.

The Bleckley County High School Royal Kingsmen Band took their show on the road Saturday, making the short trip across the river for this year's Hawkinsville Invitational Marching Festival hosted by Hawkinsville High School.  The theme for this year's show for BCHS is "Movie Toons."  Songs performed are "When You Wish Upon A Star," The Incredibles theme song, Let It Go from "Frozen" and Happyfrom Despicable Me 2.

Judges results were announced a little after 3 pm.  At marching festivals, each band receives individual scores from a panel of judges.  The scores for Bleckley were as follows.  Judge 1, 1.  Judge 2, 1.  Judge 3, 1.  Overall Band Score, 1.  Percussion Judge, 1.  Dance Team Judge, 1.  Drum Majors, 1.  Overall Band Rating- "Superior."  

Lady Royals win 4-AA softball title.

Lady Royals win 4-AA softball title.

Taylor Dykes was a 4-4 with a pair of doubles and two-run triple as BCHS won the 4-AA softball title 7-3 versus Crawford County in Cochran Tuesday evening.  Dykes allowed one baserunner in the final three innings.  Her hit was one of three two-out hits with runners on base.  Jordan Williams had a two-run triple with two outs in the third.  Hannah Coulter had a two-out RBI single single in the sixth.

She finished 2 for 4.  Faith Harris was also 2 for 4.  Head coach Janice Bryan mentioned the timely hitting as part of the complete game she felt the team played.  "We got timely hits when we needed it.  We got good, solid defense.  We got good pitching.  We didn't have that one thing missing" (IE: getting hits but not be able to score runners.)

BCMS Competition Cheerleading breaks long first place drought.

BCMS Competition Cheerleading breaks long first place drought.

Competition cheerleading in Cochran has a proud tradition with Bleckey County High School having won state twice. Bleckley County Middle School though has a good tradition as well having won back to back MGMSAA titles in 2006 and 2007 and finishing region runner up in 2008.

But the past few years have been lean, with their best finish being third at region two years ago.  The squad hadn't won a trophy since 2010 at the Raider Rumble hosted by West Laurens High School.  That changed Saturday morning.

BCMS won the small school division of the Falcon Frenzy hosted by East Laurens High School.  It follows a third place finish last week at the Greyhound Cheer Invitational hosted by Jones County.  The head coach for BCMS is Becky Smith, who was on the last championship squad.

BCHS wins Middle Georgia Cheer Classic.

BCHS wins Middle Georgia Cheer Classic.

Already down a squad member due to a knee injury, BCHS had to make late revisions to their competition routine this week when another suffered a broken finger.  However, they would battle and won first place at the Middle Georgia Cheer Classic held Saturday at Houston County High School.

Head coach Heather Davis said she was very proud of the girls after what they'd been through this week.  Bleckley will be at the Greyhound Cheerleading Invitational hosted by Jones County High School September 27.  It starts at 1 pm and will be held at the Georgia College and State University Centennial Center.

A moving wall: Traveling Vietnam wall in Dublin through Sunday

A moving wall: Traveling Vietnam wall in Dublin through Sunday

The names are all different, but their mission was the same.

New Bleckley church softball champion crowned.

New Bleckley church softball champion crowned.

For the first time in three years, First Baptist Church of Cochran wasn't involved in the Bleckley County Church Softball League tournament final.  Their team one, winner of the past three championships, was eliminated Saturday morning.

St. Paul Baptist Church prevailed.  They defeated Mt. Calvary Baptist Church by scores of 4-3 and 2-1, avenging an earlier loss to Mt. Calvary.  

To read more from Saturday, click here.

Bleckley 9-10 girls finish GRPA state runners up

Bleckley 9-10 girls finish GRPA state runners up

The Bleckley 9-10 girls made it to Saturday's GRPA state title game by beating Berrien County 23-15.  Their title game opponent was Bacon County, the team to hand Bleckley their only loss.  

Though Bacon County won, Bleckley's runner up finish was the best for a 9-10 girls all star team since 2004.  

It was also the third girls softball trophy in ten years.

The team was coached by Mike Lee and Mike Brown.