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Bleckley Unable to Complete Comeback in Region 3-AA Consolation Game

Bleckley Unable to Complete Comeback in Region 3-AA Consolation Game

Down 12 at the half to East Laurens Saturday, Bleckley opened the third on a 16-3 run to take a one-point lead.  However, they would be unable to sustain the rally as they fell 75-64. 

Marcus Mack finished with 21 points, Brentine Taylor and Vidal Nelson scored 10 each.

BCHS finishes as the fourth seed in Region 3-AA. 

They will open the state playoffs on February 26 at Thomasville, the top seed in in 1-AA.  Game time is 7 pm.

Bleckley falls in region semifinals.

Bleckley falls in region semifinals.

The Royals led 34-29 at halftime of Friday's Region 3-AA semifinal game at host Swainsbor Friday. 

But a Tiger 12-0 run over the final two plus minutes put Bleckley in a 48-42 hole going into the fourth. 

Foul trouble was also a factor as Brentine Taylor picked up his fourth foul late in the third quarter and the team had ten fouls early in the fourth.  BCHS lost 67-53.  Taylor and Vidal Nelson both scored 11.  Ken Hughes had 14.

Bleckley will play for third place Saturday versus East Laurens.  Tip time is 5:30 p.m.

Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

BCHS Soccer Teams Swept in Home Opener

BCHS Soccer Teams Swept in Home Opener

The Bleckley County High School soccer program has had to start over in a way this season. 

Both teams lost seniors.  Kevin Pych, who started the program and led the boys to a state playoff berth in just the program's second season, is no longer there. 

Thursday, Bleckley hosted perenial soccer power First Presbyterian.  BC was swept as the boys lost 6-0, the girls 10-0.

After traveling to Hebron Christian Saturday, the Royals begin Region 3-AA play February 22 at home versus Dodge County. 

Girls play at 5 p.m. with boys to follow.

Lady Royals Fall in First Round of Region

Lady Royals Fall in First Round of Region

The Lady Royals trailed 38-33 going into the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Region 3-AA tournament opener at Swainsboro. 

Though going through a long field-goal drought, they would stay close until less than three minutes remained. 

However, the Lady Tigers went on a 12-2 run over the final two plus minutes as Bleckley saw its season end 61-47. 

Tyresha Williams had 19 points.  Rickenya Jenikns finished with 10. 

The Royals play in the Region 3-AA semifinals Friday night in Swainsboro at 8:30 p.m.

MGC to Host 'Meet the Candidates' Night

Bleckley County Commissioner candidates Robert Brockman and Barbara Wright will take part in Meet the Candidates Night at Walker Auditorium at Middle Georgia College February 17 at 7 p.m.

The candidates will have a chance to answer questions from a panel consisting of an MGC faculty member, two MGC students and Cochran Journal Editor Jonathan Dye. 

That is according to a Middle Georgia College news release.

The event will be broadcast on Comcast channel 100 on February 25 at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the MGC Student Government Association and is free and open to the public.

Boys Clinch Top Seed in Region Tourney, Girls Fourth, as Bleckley Splits with East Laurens

Boys Clinch Top Seed in Region Tourney, Girls Fourth, as Bleckley Splits with East Laurens

Though never trailing by more than three points for most of the night, the Lady Royals never led versus East Laurens Saturday.  A three-point play with 2:16 left in the game put what was a five-point game out of reach as Bleckley lost 62-50.  Nyaisa Anderson scored 11.

The Royals led by as many as nine points in the first half versus East Laurens.  Though the Falcons tied the game in the third and led for about a minute in the fourth, Bleckley ended the game on an 18-6 run to win 60-49.  Brentine Taylor had 16 points.  Vidal Nelson added 12.

Bleckley's boys are the top seed from 3B-AA in the upcoming region tournament. 

They play Friday in Swainsboro at 8:30 p.m.  The girls are the fourth seed and will play the host Tigers Tuesday at 4 p.m.