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Bleckley Unable to Hold onto Late Lead in Deciding 3-AA Playoff Game

Bleckley Unable to Hold onto Late Lead in Deciding 3-AA Playoff Game

"Just one more out!" Coaches and fans have shouted those words millions of times as a way of encouraging their team to get out of a bad situation.  Monday in Brooklet, Bleckley needed one more out to win their best of three series versus Southeast Bulloch and return to the state playoffs for the first time in two years.  That one out wouldn't come soon enough.

The Royals won the coin toss making them home team.  Up 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth, two runs scored with two outs gave BC their first four-run lead.  Though the Jackets cut it to 6-4 in the top of the fifth, small ball helped BC answer.  A Dylan Churchwell RBI groundout in the fifth, and a Bryant Trice sac fly in the sixth, each coming with the bases loaded, made it 8-4. 

Bleckley Wins Game Two of Region Playoff Series to Keep Season Alive

Bleckley Wins Game Two of Region Playoff Series to Keep Season Alive

It took ten innings before the Royals were able to score runs Saturday in Brooklet.  But as the old saying goes "better late than never."  In game one of this Region 3-AA playoff versus Southeast Bulloch, Bleckley was held to one baserunner in the first four innings.  Calab Bryant had the only hit in a 3-0 loss.  BCHS was the home team for game two.  They left runners in scoring position the first two innings before scoring twice with two outs in the fourth.

The Yellow Jackets answered with two in their half of the fifth.  Taking advantage of two SEB errors in the home half, the Royals scored three times.  Though a second and third, two outs opportunity in the sixth resulted in no runs, Bleckley worked out of a bases loaded, two outs jam in the seventh to win 5-3.  Jordan Perdue was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  Bryant Trice was 1 for 2 with an RBI double and sac bunt.  Cody Jones was 1 for 2 with a sac fly and 1 RBI.

Local Church Draws Hundreds for Easter Celebration

Local Church Draws Hundreds for Easter Celebration

Friday night, New Life Church of God had its Easter celebration entitled "Under The Lights." 

According to church members and head pastor Ryan Karnes, this year's event was scaled back in terms of promotion.  Because they'd been literally overrun with people the past two years (two years ago the church had an Easter Egg drop from a helicopter that attracted thousands.)  Though scaled back, hundreds still came out for what was a free evening of fun.

The church had carnival games like pick up ducks, a rock wall, bounce house and giant slide.  Funnel cakes and popcorn were available to snack on, and they also provided a hot dog dinner.  An Easter Egg hunt for kids up to 12 years old capped the evening's festivities.  When asked about being able to put on such an event, Karnes said "God's really blessed us."

Dodge Confederate Flag Flown Since 2002

 

BCHS soccer teams close out regular season with sweep of Jefferson Co.

BCHS soccer teams close out regular season with sweep of Jefferson Co.

Royal Stadium was a busy place Wednesday as the BCHS soccer teams had their final regular season games versus region opponent Jefferson County.  Goals by Blake Lucas and Thomas Lopez gave the Royals a 2-1 halftime lead.  In the second, Lopez scored again, Marty Souza had two goals, and seniors Gjorgi Karanikolov and BJ Durham scored as Bleckley won 7-1.

Between games, senior players were recognized.  In girls action, Ashley Burton had a first half hat trick as the Lady Royals led 3-1.  Jefferson got within 3-2 with about 14 minutes left but Amber Lucas got the clincher with 3:03 left as BC completed the sweep 4-2.

The boys finish second in 3-AA, the girls fourth.  Girls will play at Thomasville Friday at 3:30 pm, the boys will host Fitzgerald in the first round of state April 28.  Game time is 6 p.m.

 

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Area

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Area

The Bleckley FFA Forestry Team won the Area 3 Foresty Field Day Career Development Event held April 19 at Fort Valley State University.   

Those placing in events were: Darren Crews, 1st Timber Stand Improvement, Ricky Sikes, 1st  Tree Identification, Brandon Nobles, 1st Land Measurement, Gabe Outlaw, 1st Reforestation, Jon Googe, 1st  Board Volume Estimation, Matt & Brooks Jones,  2nd Forest Management, Desmond Josiah, 3rd  Forest Disorders, Spencer Kirkpatrick,  3rd Ocular Estimation.   

They advance to state competition May 4 in Swainsboro.

Confederate Flag Flies in Dodge

There's controversy in Eastman as a Confederate flag flies at the Dodge County courthouse.

The flag is flying at a Confederate memorial in front of the courthouse.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, some see the flag as a part of Southern history, others as a symbol of slavery.

John Battle, head of the Dodge chapter of the NAACP, say he's asked the county commissioners to take it down, but they won't.

Battle says, "It's a slap in all our faces, not just blacks. It's a slap in many white faces."

In fact, after his group and others sent them a letter from a lawyer asking that the flag be removed, commissioners voted Monday to fly it 365 days a year.

Battle says, "We don't have any heartburns against the confederacy veterans. We would like to see it moved from the courthouse because this is public grounds."