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Demaryius Thomas makes camper's weekend

Demaryius Thomas makes camper's weekend

Demaryius Thomas's West Laurens football camp was part of an amazing sports weekend for one central Georgia boy.

Damien Johnson is from Rentz, Ga., in Laurens County. Dublin hosted a special basketball game for Damien Friday night. Johnson then met his hero, Demaryius Thomas, Saturday morning. After that, Rooms From the Heart, from Macon, decked Damien's room out in sports gear Saturday night.

The reason for the big weekend?

Auburn quarterback cited for marijuana in Reynolds, Taylor counties

Auburn quarterback cited for marijuana in Reynolds, Taylor counties

Auburn University quarterback Nick Marshall was cited for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana in Reynolds, Taylor County.

According to Police Chief Lonnie Holder, the former Wilcox County High School standout was pulled over at 1:19 p.m. Friday for having a tinted windshield.

He was driving east on Georgia Highway 96 on the east side of Reynolds -- a town of about 1,000 people, halfway between Macon and Columbus.

Former West Laurens athlete selected in MLB Draft

Former West Laurens athlete selected in MLB Draft

Day three of the MLB Draft saw two Mercer Bears get selected by big league franchises.

The Chicago Cubs picked junior third baseman Chesny Young in the 14th round. Two rounds later, Young's teammate and senior pitcher Brandon Barker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

The Cubs get a hot bat in Chesny Young. He had a .401 average and 105 hits as a sophomore, before leading the team with a .348 average as a junior. Young also finished second on the team in hits with 71 this season.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

Dublin High hosts Coach's training symposium

Dublin High hosts Coach's training symposium

Coaching staff throughout Central Georgia will be able to attend a symposium in Laurens County to learn the latest information on protecting students from injury and how to properly handle injury if it does happen.

That symposium happens Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Dublin High School Auditorium .

Royals lose home twinbill to West Laurens

Royals lose home twinbill to West Laurens

The Bleckley offense had been hot going to Firday's regular season finale versus West Laurens scoring a combined 33 runs in their previous two games.  Against the Raiders, BC struggled and was swept in both games of a doubleheader in Cochran.

Caleb Slaughter's first inning home run was the only run in a 2-1 game one loss.  BCHS left the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning.  Zac Evans had two of the team's four hits, going 2 for 2.

Despite seven walks from Raider pitching in game two, the offense had just two hits in a 6-1 loss.  Two bases loaded, two outs, opportunities were wasted.  Bryant Trice was 2 for 3 with a double and triple.

BCHS hosts Toombs County, the fourth seed from 2-AA, in round one of the state playoffs May 2.  Game one starts at 4 pm with game two to follow approximately 30 minutes later.

Royals lose season series to Dublin

Royals lose season series to Dublin

Thursday's home game versus Dublin was no ordinary non-region baseball contest at BCHS.  It was military appreciation night.  Active duty and retired military were recognized before the game.  That included former Royal and current Marine, Lance Cpl. Kace Kirkpatrick.  It was also the return of longtime team chaplain Keith Rustin.  He was hospitalized for over two months due to illiness.

The game itself didn't go well for Bleckley.  Zac Evans' seventh inning single accounted for the team's only hit with runners in scoring position in a 10-2 loss.  Numerous scoring opportunities were wasted including a two on, one, out situation in the first.

Thomas Adcock was 2 for 3.  Austin Simmons went 1 for 2.  

Region play resumes Friday at Macon County.  Game time is 5:30 pm.