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Bleckley Basketball Team Falls in Second Round of State

Bleckley Basketball Team Falls in Second Round of State

Just like the Northeast game, Bleckley got off to a 7-0 start in their second round playoff game at Albany Wednesday. 

They would give up a big run to end the first (16-4) and trailed at halftime, just as they did against Northeast. 

That's where the similiarites ended. 

The Royals did not have a basket for the first 6:32 of the third as an eight-point haftime deficit grew to 17.

BCHS would go on to lose to the third-ranked Indians 68-41. 

Team shooting was 31 percent including 3 of 20 from three-point range.

Mario Beck scored 11.  Bleckley finishes the year 20-11, 3-3 in 3B-AA.

 

Georgia Jobless Rates at Lowest Mark Since 2009

Georgia's jobless rate is at its lowest mark since March 2009.

Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says in January, unemployment sat at 9.2 percent.

That's a decline of two-tenths of a percentage point from December's 9.4 percent. 

A year ago, it sat at 10.1 percent. 

The Department of Labor also said Georgia gained more than 83 thousand jobs in the last twelve months.

According to a news release, that's the largest January to January job growth since 2006.

Locally, the Macon metro area added 1,300 jobs from January 2011 to January 2012, a 1.4% increase.

The Warner Robins area added 600 jobs in the past year.

 

Prep Tournament Scores For February 29

Here are your GHSA State Tournament basketball scores for Wednesday, February 29:

GHSA Boys:

AAA

Eagles Landing 67  Central 65 (Overtime)

Henry Co. 75  Howard 63

Crisp Co. 57  Westside, Augusta 49

AA

Albany 68  Bleckley Co. 41

Vidalia 65  Dodge Co. 58

A

Wilkinson Co. 61  Landmark Christian 40

Lanier Co. 57  Hawkinsville 39

GHSA Girls:

AAA

Westside, Augusta 43  Crisp Co. 42

BCHS Picks up Win at Fitzgerald

BCHS Picks up Win at Fitzgerald

The Royals baseball team took the field in Fitzgerald Tuesday coming off a tough home loss to Hawkinsville.  They were down three starters.  Bryant Trice suffered a knee injury in the seventh inning of Monday's game.  Also hurt were Frankie Lee Mullis (wrist) and Chastain Coleman (concussion.)  For six innings, the only run on the board came via Caleb Slaughter's two-out double in the third.  BCHS had left nine men on base.  In the seventh, Kyle Brown scored two more runners via a double.  Pitcher Kace Kirkpatrick made it stand up in a 3-0 win.  Kirkpatrick pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball.  He gave up three hits, no walks, and struck out 12.

Slaughter finished 3 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Dylan Churchwell was 3 for 4 with a double.  Ben Harris was 2 for 3.  Bleckley plays Friday at Wilcox County.  Game time is 6 pm.

Region 3-AA Softball Player Of The Year signs with MGC

Region 3-AA Softball Player Of The Year signs with MGC

BCHS softball player Lana Maddox spent four years as a Lady Royal.   As of Tuesday, she's now a Lady Warrior as the Region 3-AA Player Of The Year signed with Middle Georgia College.  Maddox hitn.429 with eight home runs and 28 RBI.  This season, Bleckley won its first fastpitch region title and made it to the elite eight for the first time since going to fastpitch nine years ago. 

BCHS Loses Season Series to Hawkinsville

BCHS Loses Season Series to Hawkinsville

BCHS trailed at home Monday to Hawkinsville 8-4 going into the bottom of the fourth. 

A pair of runs scored on a wild pitch with two outs capping a four-run inning to tie the game. 

Bryant Trice scored in the bottom of the fifth after Brantley Collins beat out a bunt to put Bleckley up 9-8.  HHS loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. 

A squeeze play tied the game.  The Red Devils scored five more times.  All bases loaded, no outs opportunity in the home half produced one run as the Royals lost 14-10.

Despite a season-high 14 hits, Bleckley committed four errors.  Chastain Coleman was 3 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Frankie Lee Mullis was 3 for 4. 

Trice finished 2 for 3 with a triple and 1 RBI.  Collins was 2 for 3.  Kyle Brown went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  BC plays at Fitzgerald Tuesday.  JV play at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Bleckley Gets Past Northeast to Advance in State Playoffs

Bleckley Gets Past Northeast to Advance in State Playoffs

After trailing for much of the first half, the Royals opened the third on a 20-2 run to erase a six-point deficit. 

Up 15 in the fourth, Bleckley see their lead dwindle to two with 10 seconds left but hung on to win 56-53.  Marcus Mack had 11, Ken Hughes added 10. 

BCHS plays at third-ranked Albany High School Wednesday at 6 pm.  To read more about the game, including the thoughts of head coach Clifford Kerbo, click here