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Grubbs signs with USM

Seated, from left, are Bobby Grubbs, Joanne Grubbs, Rob Grubbs, Brielle Grubbs, Natalie Grubbs, Judy McNair and Frank McNair. Standing, from left, are Coach Charles Echols, Coach Denise Roth and Coach Vic Loveless. Photo/Submitted.

Brielle Grubbs is on her way to fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing college softball, having signed with the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

An accomplished outfielder both offensively and defensively, she was nominated to the Softball Hot 100 Watch List (2013), named to the All County and All Region teams (2012 and 2013), received the Whitewater High School (WHS) Freshman of the Year Award (2011) and the Stephanie Phillips Leadership Award (2011) as a freshman starting outfielder for a Whitewater team that finished as state runnerup. Read More»

Cheer champs

The Brooks Bears Competition II Team won numerous awards this year and grand champions at the Halloween Jam. Photo/Submitted.

The Brooks Bears Competition II Team had an unbelievable season this year, according to its leaders, having recently competed in the Stingrays Halloween Jam, Stingrays Circus Jam and Inferno Spirit Competition.

The squad won numerous side awards as well as first place and grand champions at the Halloween Jam, also winning several side awards and being named state recreation champion at the Circus Jam. Read More»

Patriots beat Yellow Jackets

Sandy Creek players at a home game during the season. The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year after a rare, second-round, road game, winning 29-7 over Region 3-AAAA champion Wayne County in Jesup. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Seventh year making it to quarterfinals

The current senior class at Sandy Creek High School was in elementary school the last time its football team lost in the first two rounds of the state playoffs, and that legacy continues.

The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year after a rare second-round road game, winning 29-7 over Region 3-AAAA champion Wayne County in Jesup. The team will hit the road again Friday to face Cartersville, the top team from Region 7-AAAA. Read More»

‘Gift of Lights’ returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Gift of Lights holiday light spectacular, one of the largest and most affordable holiday light exhibits in Metro Atlanta, is underway at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) through Saturday, Jan. 3.

It features a two-mile drive-through course with more than two million LED lights, numerous light displays and a plethora of special promotional nights.

This year’s route takes visitors into the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield and onto a portion of the 1.54-mile oval racing surface.
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Sports calendar

A complete guide to the county's upcoming basketball games, swim meets and wrestling matches

Saturday, Nov. 22
Basketball: Fayette County, McIntosh at Sandy Creek Shootout (boys); OLM at W.D. Mohammed (girls); Whitewater at New Manchester.
Wrestling: Starr's Mill at Kennesaw Mtn. Duals; Whitewater at Mill Creek Duals.

Monday, Nov. 24
Basketball: Landmark at FCA Southside Thanksgiving Classic; OLM at Walker.

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Basketball: Landmark at FCA Southside Thanksgiving Classic; Sandy Creek at Shaw (boys).
Wrestling: Whitewater at Hillgrove Duals.
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Flash run to state title

The team lines up at the start of the state preview meet in Peachtree City a couple of weeks ago. They finished first in this meet. From left are Audra Daniel, Melanie Hargrove, Anna Marie Pakulski, Allie Walker, Avery Giffen, Olivia Gibson, Megan Dobso, Zoe Smith, Brianna Brown, Kaylea Fox, Abby Murray, Amy Bragg, Paris Alsup and Nia Blount. Photo/Sherri Smith Brown.

PTC Flash runners win state championship, compete at regionals

The Peachtree City Flash running team won last weekend’s 11-12 girls USATF state championship and is competing this weekend at regionals in Myrtle Beach. Based on their performance there, the squad could be going back to Myrtle Beach in December for the USATF National Junior Olympics. The runners are students at Booth, Whitewater and Rising Starr middle schools so the future looks bright for high school cross-country in the county.

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Undefeated Majestics win cup

From left, Majestics team Georgia Wessels, Emma Linton, Riley Munoz, Lauren Lawson, Lani Messer, Sofie Cupertino, Sara Bang, Ana Qovanaj, Julia Geise, Lauralee Walls. Back row, from left, coaches David Munoz and Brian Messer. Photo/ Carl Lowry.

The Majestics of the Peachtree City Lazers finished the Fall 2014 season with a perfect 10-0 record.

This past weekend they capped off their undefeated season by winning the U10 girls Kohl’s US Youth Soccer American Cup tournament held at McCurry Park in Fayetteville. In the tournament, the Majestics posted 3 shutouts in four games including a hard fought 2-0 final in the championship game against Henry County.

The coach is Brian Messer, who was named the 2013 assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for his work at McIntosh High School.

SMHS wins first-ever state championship

Above, The Starr’s Mill cheerleading team with their trophy from winning the state championship. This is the first state championship in cheerleading for the Lady Panthers, who earned a perfect 100 score with the judges. Photo/Submitted.

Panthers, Chiefs, Wildcats finish in top spots for regions

The Starr’s Mill Panthers earned their first-ever state championship in cheerleading last weekend at the Columbus Civic Center, while two other Fayette schools finished in the top three.

In the 5-A classification, Starr’s Mill scored 295 points to edge Union Grove (293). The rest of the top five were Ola (290), Northgate (288) and Houston County (286). Read More»

PTC locals dominate USAPA annual pickleball tournament

Above, Tyson Sandlin (left) and Chris O’Brien. Below, O’Brien, who won the pickleball championship in Athens, practices on his father’s homemade pickleball court. Photos/Submitted.

By Joel Kinsman (special to The Citizen)

Tyson Sandlin and Chris O’Brien won decisively in their brackets during the first annual Pickled Peach Tournament held in Athens, Ga. Neither Sandlin nor O’Brien lost a game, which placed them against each other for the championship.

In a game normally played in 20 minutes, the two battled for 45 minutes. It was a contest of speed versus size. Sandlin was fast while O’Brien possessed long reach and a bigger size. Eventually Tyson squeaked past his longtime friend and fellow player, 15-14. Read More»

SCHS moves up in playoffs

Sandy Creek wide receiver Korey Banks, Jr., in the game against FCHS, Nov. 7 (SCHS won 23-8). The Patriots are the only Fayette County team to advance in the state playoffs. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Last Friday was the busiest mid-November night in years for high school football in Fayette County, with four teams reaching the first round of the state playoffs. Unfortunately, only one will advance to this week’s second round.

SANDY CREEK 23, COLUMBIA 14: The Patriots (10-1), the only Fayette team playing at home this weekend, were in control the entire way, going up 14-0 on Eric Swinney’s 75-yard touchdown run and taking a 23-0 halftime lead. They will travel to Jesup this Friday to face Wayne County, the top seed from Region 3-AAAA. Read More»

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