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Different name, same success, for Bleckley residents involved in travel softball.

Different name, same success, for Bleckley residents involved in travel softball.

For many years, Bleckley-based Motion Fastpitch was a staple of the travel softball world.  Founded by Shane Coulter, the team had several Bleckley players come through their ranks.  Two of those players were Coulter's daughter Hannah and Taylor Dykes, daughter of Lee Dykes, a coach in the organization.

This past summer, Firecrackers fastpitch, a national softball organization, approached them about joining.  So Motion closed, and Firecrackers 16U Powell(16 and under team named for coach Payton Powell of Roberta, who was also a coach for Motion) was born.  Coulter and Dykes both play, Lee Dykes is a coach, and Shane Coulter serves as an advisor.  The Firecrackers have played in showcase events and tournaments throughout the southeast.

Second BCHS football player signs with LaGrange College.

Second BCHS football player signs with LaGrange College.

Shamar Slappy became the second Bleckley County High School to sign with a college and the second to sign with LaGrange College during a ceremony held Friday in the school's media center.  Slappy, a three-year starter for the Royals at linebacker, is a two-time first team 4-AA All Region Team selection.  This season, he had 104 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, three forced fumbles

Bleckley FFA teachers recognized at Capital.

Bleckley FFA teachers recognized at Capital.

Monday,Walt Parks and Doyle Floyd, FFA teachers for Bleckley County High School, were recognized at the Georgia Legislature in Atlanta.  Represenative Bubber Eppps (R-Dry Branch) sponsored a House resolution recognizing parks as GACTE (Georgia Association of Career Technical Education) Teacher of the Year.  Floyd was recognized as FFA Alumni Teacher of the Year.

BCHS football player signs with LaGrange College.

BCHS football player signs with LaGrange College.

Bleckley County High School football player Caleb Wynne signed with LaGrange College today in the media center. Wynne, a first time 4-AA all region team selection at tight end, caught seven passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. He also played linebacker and had 52 tackles, 12 for loss, and four sacks.

Bleckley FFA Wildlife Management Teams win Area competition.

Bleckley FFA Wildlife Management Teams win Area competition.

The BCHS FFA Junior and Senior Wildlife Management teams won Area 3 competition held Thursday afternoon at Bleckley County High School.  Senior team members picked up individual first place in their events.  Results are as follows.  Blake Bohannon- Wildlife Identification.  Cooper Felkins- Game Bird Management.  Dylan Cole- Aquatic Identification and Pond Management.  Tucker Felkins- Whitetail Deer Management.

Junior team individual results.- Evan Thomas- First in Game Bird Management.  Jonathon Fountain- First in Aquatic Identification and Pond Management.  Rebecca Arnold- Second in Wildlife Identification.  Mika Floyd- Third in Whitetail Deer Management.

Both teams advance to state March 21.

Travel softball team has good first tournament.

Travel softball team has good first tournament.

Bleckley based BC Storm, a 12 and under travel softball team, played their first tournament of 2015 and their second overall Saturday in Cordele.  The team is coached by Mike Brown and Jon Thrower.  It was sponsored by Extreme Girls Fastpitch, a new organization based out of Cordele.  The Storm split their first two bracket games, won a third to stay alive, then defeated another Bleckley based 12-u team, the Alley Cats.

One game away from playing for first, the Storm took on the Fitzgerald Flames.  It was they who had handed BC their only loss.  Down 7-1, the Storm drew within 7-5 but time expired.  BC Storm finished third.  They return to action March 14.

Cochran girl wins dance competition.

Cochran girl wins dance competition.

Kareonna Marshall is a member of the Bleckley based Dynamic Dancing Diamonds dance team.  She's on the 8-12 year old team.  Saturday night, she won the "Captain's Stand" dance battle held at the Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department.  It was part of the dance competition held between the diamonds and FADD (Forever A Dazzling Diva) from Macon.  

Dynamic Dancing Diamonds was started by Shedricka Reece.who got the idea from watching the show Bring It On seen on Lifetime.  The diamonds, like other area dance teams, have both the 8-12 year old and 13-19 year old teams.  They'll meet up again with FADD February 8.