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Middle Georgia State Hosts First Round of GCAA Tournament

The Middle Georgia State men's basketball team hosts Georgia Perimeter Tuesday night in the first round of the GCAA Tournament.

The Warriors ended the regular season winning 7 of their last 8 games.  This year, MGSC split the meetings with Perimeter, falling by a point and then winning by eight.

Tip-off Tuesday night at Morris Gymnasium is slated for 7:30 p.m.. Admission is free.

Sole’s Tree Service Joins Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce

Sole’s Tree Service Joins Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce

The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce presented a plaque to their newest member, Sole’s Tree Service on February 28, 2012. Judy Hemphill thanked Bob Heath for joining the Chamber, and for his work in beautifying Dodge County.

Owned by Rodney Soles of Dublin, Sole’s Tree Service is represented by Bob Heath in Eastman, and offers a variety of services by ISA Certified Arborists. For more information, please visit www.solestreeservice.com.

For more information on becoming a member of the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, call 374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

Royals to Play for AA State Title

Royals to Play for AA State Title

Bleckley County High School didn't exist when the Royals last played for a state basketball title.  Cochran High School was the last team to make it that far in 1965.  BCHS would make the title game if they could get past the Jordan Red Jackets.

Mario Beck had 11 first quarter points as the Royals rallied from an early seven-point deficit.  Five of Rydealous Taylor's eight second quarter points came in the final minute to make it 31-25 BC at halftime.  Taylor and Beck combined for 14 points in the third as the lead grew to ten.

Up 13 in the fourth after Savon Walters' second three of the game, the offense went cold.  The Jackets would chip away at the lead, tying the score at 54 with 1:27 left.  Both missed chances to win in the final 20 seconds, so the game headed to overtime.

Royals Even Baseball Record with Win at Dodge County

Junior Bryant Trice threw a no-hitter, the first of his high school career, as Bleckley won 12-1 at Dodge County Friday.  Caleb Slaughter had three hits including a two-run home run. 

Trice and Dylan Churchwell both had two hits for the Royals.  BCHS plays at Jeff Davis High School Monday.  Start time is 6 p.m.

Prep Playoff Scores For March 1

Here are your GHS A and GISA state playoff basketball scores for Friday, March 1:

GHSA A Boys @ FVSU

Wilcox Co. 65  Portal 56

Wilkinson Co. 81  Jenkins Co. 65

GHSA A Girls @ FVSU

Randolph-Clay 57 Wilkinson Co. 34

Gordon Lee 57  Towns County 49

GHSA AA Boys @ GCSU

Bleckley Co. 64  Jordan 62 (OT)

GAC 64, Laney 56

GHSA AA Girls @ GCSU

Wesleyan 83, Thomasville 34

Laney 67, Kendrick 44

GISA A Boys @ Hawkins Arena

Dawson Street 51  Fullington 28

Curtis Baptist 58  Georgia Christian 42

GISA AA Boys @ Hawkins Arena

Memorial Day 58  Gatewood 43

First Pres. Christian 76  Griffin Christian 61

GISA AAA Boys @ Hawkins Arena

Deerfield-Windsor 63, Dominion Christian 55

Bleckley Gets Walk-off Win in Home Baseball Opener

Bleckley Gets Walk-off Win in Home Baseball Opener

The Royals trailed 5-2 going to the bottom of the fifth of Thursday's home opener versus Veterans High School.  Caleb Slaughter's RBI single made it 5-3. 

Slaughter would cause the tying run to score in a two-run sixth when a ball he hit was dropped.   In the bottom of the seventh.

Landon Anderson hit a ball to second with the bases loaded and one out. 

It was dropped.  Austin Williams (who had singled to lead off) scored to give Bleckley a 6-5 win.  Williams went 1 for 2.  Dylan Churchwell went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Slaughter was 2 for 4. 

Zac Evens went 1 for 2 with a double.  BCHS plays at Dodge County Friday.  JV play at 4 p.m. with varsity to follow.

Royals Return to Final Four After Near 30-Year Drought

Royals Return to Final Four After Near 30-Year Drought

It'd been three years since Bleckley and Vidalia, once region foes, had matched up on the basketball court.  Tuesday, the Royals and Indians squared off inside a packed H. Ralph Parsons gym in Vidalia for a berth in this weekend's final four.

Vidalia came out hot from three-point range, hittng four in the first quarter.  Two more Indian three's in the second made it a 12-point game.  Rydealous Taylor scored nine, his first points of the game, as part of a 19-4 run capped by Dytrez Nelson's layup as time expired.  BCHS led 33-30 at the break.

Taylor capped the third quarter with his third three as time expired to make it a nine-point game.  Mario Beck hit a pair of free throws early in the fourth after a flagrant foul as the lead grew to 12.  The Indians seveventh and eighth three-pointers of the game were part of their 13-1 run to go up 55-54 with 3:46.  Beck scored the next four points.