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Big change at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department.

The Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department this week that begining with the upcoming fall ball season, all 9-10 baseball and softball games would be live pitch.  The 7-8 division will do coach pitch.  For GRPA summer tournaments, the 7-8 division will still be pitching machine while the 9-10 will play live pitch tournaments.

The change came via the newly formed softball and baseball subcommittees who presented it to the board.  Field Supervisor Andy Brand said the decision was made to help develop talent which will benefit the middle and high school programs.  He also said they'd been speaking to other area rec. departments about their moving to live pitch as well.

BCMS Competition Cheerleading breaks long first place drought.

BCMS Competition Cheerleading breaks long first place drought.

Competition cheerleading in Cochran has a proud tradition with Bleckey County High School having won state twice. Bleckley County Middle School though has a good tradition as well having won back to back MGMSAA titles in 2006 and 2007 and finishing region runner up in 2008.

But the past few years have been lean, with their best finish being third at region two years ago.  The squad hadn't won a trophy since 2010 at the Raider Rumble hosted by West Laurens High School.  That changed Saturday morning.

BCMS won the small school division of the Falcon Frenzy hosted by East Laurens High School.  It follows a third place finish last week at the Greyhound Cheer Invitational hosted by Jones County.  The head coach for BCMS is Becky Smith, who was on the last championship squad.

A busy day at BCMS.

A busy day at BCMS.

Bleckley County Middle School was a beehive of activity Tuesday afternoon an evening.  The Lady Barons softball team hosted Toombs County in round one of the MGMSAA playoffs.  Landa Dominy went 3 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI as BCMS prevailed 9-1.  They'll play in the semifinals at 10 am Saturday at the Eastman-Dodge Recreation Department.

That evening, BCMS hosted literarcy night.  Designed to promote reading, students could shop at the book fair, take pratice tests in the computer lab, get free books from Communities in Schools, as well as win books from the Book Walk.  Popcorn, soft drinks, and board games including Scrabble were in the cafeteria.

Travel softball team to hold tryouts.

The Base Invaders, an 8 and under travel softball team, will hold tryouts at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department October 18.  Registration is at 12:30 pm with tryouts at 1 pm for girls who turn 7 or 8 by January 1, 2015.  For more information, call Scott Bowman, 478-278-1874.

Pilot Club of Cochran Golf Tourney October 11.

The Pilot Club of Cochran will hold their 13th annual golf tournament sponsored by the club and the Woods Golf Course October 11.  Cost is $60 per player (includes two mulligans) for the 18 hold, two-person scramble.  Welcome, cofee and donuts at 8 am, tournament at 9 am.  Lunch on the course follows the tournament.  Cash prizes awarded for top three places in each flight.

Proceeds benefit the Pilot Club programs.  To register, call the Woods, (478)934-0731.

MGSC to host intersquad football scrimmage.

Middle Georgia State College will host an intersquad football scrimmage (purple vs white) September 4 at NeSmith Field (soccer stadium.)  Gates open at 6 pm with kickoff at 7 pm.  Admission is free.  Both the MGSC band and cheerleaders will perform and concessions will be available.

Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department to provide NYSCA training for coaches

The Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department announced Thursday that they had formed a local chapter of the National Alliance for Youth Sports and would be providing required training for all coaches through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA.)  

Besides offering liability insurance and other benefits to coaches, a release states NYCSA certification will ensure GRPA certification requirements for all star tournament play will be met.

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