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BCHS baseball shut out by Mary Persons.

BCHS baseball shut out by Mary Persons.

Though held to three hits, Bleckley couldn't capitalize on five walks by Bulldog pitching as the Royals were shut out at home 5-0 Thursday night.  Benji Knighton went 2 for 4 with a double.  Lane Kitchens was 1 for 2.  Bleckey hosts West Laurens Monday.  JV play at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

BCHS girls battle their way to the elite eight.

BCHS girls battle their way to the elite eight.

After leading for a majority of Wednesday's second round game against Dade County, Bleckley found themselves down by four with less than three minutes to go in the fourth.  A pair of three-point plays, the second by Aliyah Whitehead with 55 seconds left, put the Lady Royals up 45-43.

BC missed six straight free throws in the final minute but held on to win 45-43.  You can read more coverage of the game here.  Whitehead had 15 points.  Jahnaria Brown led with 16.  

Bleckley takes on 6-AA top seed Hapeville Charter in the elite eight February 28.  A coin toss will decide location.

Girls state champion cross country team members recognized at BOE meeting.

Girls state champion cross country team members recognized at BOE meeting.

Members of the 2016 state champion girls cross country team were recognized at Tuesday night's monthly Bleckley Board of Education meeting.  Not all could attend due to other commitments.  Each received a Subway gift card that stated they were getting the gift "because you're awesome."

BCHS boys fall in round one of state.

The Bleckley boys made it to state for the first time since 2013 but saw their season end Saturday night at Thomasville 59-41.  No player scored in double figures.  The girls will host Dade County in a second round matchup February 22 at 6 pm.

BCHS girls clinch third straight Sweet 16 berth.

BCHS girls clinch third straight Sweet 16 berth.

Despite playing the entire second quarter without two starters due to foul trouble, the Bleckley girls defeated Thomasville 51-43 Friday night in round one of the state playoffs.  Jahnaria Brown scored 12 second half points with Aliyah Whitehead adding 11.  You can read more here.

Bleckley will host Dade County in round two February 22.  Tip time 6 pm.

Bats explode as BCHS wins home baseball opener.

Bats explode as BCHS wins home baseball opener.

Bleckley scored 12 runs on 13 hits, including a pair of fou-run innings, as they beat Lamar County 12-2 Friday afternoon.  Benji Knighton was 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI. Cody Dennis was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  Nash Mullis went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Chandler Abney was 2 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI. Chance Pittman went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Christian Kight went 1 for 2 with 1 RBI.

Sam Knighton had a double in the win and also threw four innings of two-hit ball.  The Royals host Mary Persons February 23.  JV play at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Late runs lift BCHS over West Laurens.

Late runs lift BCHS over West Laurens.

Down 1-0 in the fifth inning at West Laurens Thursday night, Bleckley got two runs in the fifth and a Sam Knighton RBI single in the sixth.  Though the Raiders scored in the home half of the sixth, reliever Shayne Cannon had a scoreless seventh to preserve the Royals 3-2 win.

Lane Kitchens went 1 for 2.  Carter Raffield gave up three hits, no earned runs, and struck out five in five innings. BC's home opener is against Lamar County today at 4 pm.