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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.

Two Bleckley all star teams advance to state

Two Bleckley all star teams advance to state

For the first time since 2006, two teams from the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department will participate in GRPA state tournament action.  The 9-10 girls lost Thursday's district title game to Dodge County 15-2.  But the runner up finish was the best in the 9-10 girls division since 2004.  BC will open state July 9 at 5 pm.  State will be played at Heritage Park in Madison.

The 11-12 boys got home runs from Brody Little,  Carson Waters and Bryce Bailey to avenge their opening loss to Screven County 6-2.  But the Bleckley pitching staff was spent and players who had little or no experience were forced on the mound versus Metter.  That and cold bats led to a 14-3 loss.  However, the 11-12 boys also secured a state berth.  Their first game is July 9 in Sylvania at 4 p.m.

Bleckley 9-10 girls clinch state berth

Bleckley 9-10 girls clinch state berth

The last time a Bleckley girls all star team went to state was 2006.  That year, both the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions advanced with the 11-12 team finishing state runner up.  Wednesday in Hawkinsville, the 9-10 girls broke that drought.

After dropping a district game to Dodge County 18-4, Bleckley played Metter.   Ten in the second erased an early 6-1 deficict.  BC went on to win 18-12.  For the fourth time in two weeks, it'll be Bleckley and Dodge Thursday.  This time for the GRPA Class C District Championship.  Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Also Wednesday, the 11-12 boys faced elimination as they trailed Dodge County 11-8 in the sixth inning.  BC scored three times to tie.  After hodling Dodge scoreless in the seventh, Parker Dixon came home on a grounder hit by Ethan Hulsey that the shortstop overthrow to keep the season alive, 12-11.  They'll play Thursday against Screven County at 5:30 pm.

Three Bleckley all star teams advance to district

Three Bleckley all star teams advance to district

Saturday wrapped up sub-district tournament play for area all star baseball and softball teams.  Three teams from Cochran will have a shot at state thanks to securing district berths Saturday.  The 9-10 boys edged Soperton 7-6 to claim the west top seed.  They open district Tuesday in Eastman at 6:45 p.m.

Meanwhile in Hawkinsville:  Despite blowing a 6-0 lead and 9-7 lead to Dodge County, the 11-12 boys finally prevailed in a shootout 12-9 to claim top seed.  BC plays Tuesday in Hawkinsville at 5:30 pm.  The 9-10 girls needed two wins to secure a district berth.

A 16-0 win in three innings versus Wheeler County and 17-8 victory over Soperton secured a #2 seed for Bleckley. District play begins Tuesday at 6:45 pm in Hawkinsville.

 

MGSC announces President's, Dean's Lists

MGSC announces President's, Dean's Lists

Middle Georgia State College announced spring semester President's and Dean's Lists Thursday.  Students must have a 3.8 GPA to qualify for the President's List, 3.5 for the Dean's List.  Both require a certain number of credit hours.

Students from Cocrhan making the President's List were: Brian  Bergeaux, Jacob Hunter Byram, Alexandria Chester, Christopher Mario Cuneo, Tyler Jackson Davidson, Morgan D Fordham, Joseph Taylor Foskey, Jessica Deanne Francis, Christopher J Giddens, Vickie Lynn Guy, Derek Mark Hankey, Brandi M Holland, Heather Katelin Johnson, Spencer  Kirkpatrick, Sheree Elizabeth Law, Danna Yvonne Matheny, Pamela  Moore, Oleksandra  Popova, Aubri M Rush, Rebecca M Smith, Ashley Brooke Stewart, Steven Wade.