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High school sports have ups and downs in ’07
by Kyle Sears
Jan 03, 2008 | 3119 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The year in sports began much like it ended in 2007 – on a sour note for the Jones County High basketball program.

While this week’s edition reports that the Greyhounds extended a 13-game losing streak and the Lady ’Hounds lost their first two games of the season in last week’s Security Bank of Jones County Holiday Classic, the Jan. 18 edition featured some similarly bad news.

Six days earlier, two-time All-State performer Chimere Jordan tore her ACL and MCL in a 59-48 loss to Northside in Warner Robins.

Minus Jordan, the Lady Greyhounds would still qualify for the AAAA state playoffs but made an early exit, falling 54-48 to Bainbridge in the first round capping an 18-12 season that followed two state ‘Final Four’ appearances.

The April 19 edition featured Jordan once again, as she inked a scholarship to play at one of the nation’s premier junior college basketball programs, Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.

That same issue introduced Jones County High’s new fastpitch softball coach, Blake Lyons, who guided the Lady ’Hounds to a 20-14 record, a second-place finish in region 4-AAAA, and a state playoff berth in his first year as head man.

In the April 26 edition, new boys’ basketball coach Johnny Williams was featured.

Williams came from Newton County to guide the Greyhounds, who had finished the season with an 8-19 record under former coach Grady Caldwell a couple of months earlier.

May 3, it was announced that sophomore Brandi Jones, also a standout on the Jones County High girls’ basketball team, had set a school record and won a region crown with a 58.03-second time in the 400-meter dash.

The next week, in the May 10 issue, the Jones County High baseball team was featured as it captured its first region title in five years with a sweep, 16-1 and 9-0, in a doubleheader against Jonesboro in Gray.

Twelve days later, the team’s season came to an end after it went 28-5 and reached the quarterfinals of the AAAA state playoffs.

The May 31 edition covered the team’s season-ending 1-0 loss to Heritage High out of Conyers in the deciding contest of a three-game series that saw Heritage win game one 4-1 and Jones take game two 11-1.

June 14, the annual Lake Jonesco Golf Course Club Championship was featured, as Brent Thornton bested Kenny Zediker in the tournament’s second playoff in as many years.

Additionally, Bill Sandefur earned the Handicap Championship; Zachary Zediker won the Junior Championship; Sandy Kendall finished as the Ladies’ Champion, and Bruce Hunnicutt was named Senior Division Champion.

In the June 28 edition, it was reported that seven Greyhound baseball players had been honored on the Macon Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Team, but none as highly as Brendon Hampton, who was named All Middle Georgia Player of the Year.

Two weeks later, in the July 12 News, local 10-year-old Luke Lawson was featured in a piece that had been written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the University of Georgia football team’s involvement with Camp Sunshine, which reaches out to kids affected by cancer.

One week later, July 19, it was reported that former Jones County High wrestler and three-time state champion Nate Carr, Jr. had won the 157-lb. weight class in the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships in Rochester, Minn.

Carr was named a NJCAA All-American representing Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

The Sept. 6 edition featured the Jones County High football team 7-6 win over Bleckley County to start the season.

It was the team’s first season-opening victory in head coach Bill Young’s five years at the helm of the program.

The ’Hounds lost their last seven games after starting the season 2-1, and in the Nov. 29 News, it was announced that Young had resigned after compiling a 14-37 record. A successor to the coach has yet to be named.

Nov. 1, the first of what organizer Wendy Vaughn hopes will be an annual event was covered – the Beauty and the Beast Rodeo at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.

Over 500 spectators and 70 contestants were in attendance for the two-day rodeo.

Finally, in the Nov. 22 issue, Anissa Roberts was featured as the first girl to make an all-star team as a participant in the Jones County Youth Football League.
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