Region 8-AA could be the most difficult region overall for both boys and girls cross country in Georgia.
According to state rankings, as voted on by coaches, the region owns spots four through eight on the boys' side. North Oconee is fourth, East Jackson fifth, Dawson County is sixth, Jefferson holds down the number seven position, while Hart County is ranked eighth.
The Dawson County High School cross country team ran at the University of Georgia Invitational meet Sept. 3 in Athens. The 5,000-meter race was held at the Equestrian Center.
Madalyn Walters ran a wonderful race. She finished in third place and earned National Elite status for the second time this season. Walters recorded a time of 19:19.93, just behind first place winner Morgan Ilse of Marist, 19:07.19, and second place finisher Sarah Bowles, 19:07.21, of Lakeside, Evans.
Two extra-inning wins were on tap for the Dawson County Lady Tigers varsity softball team last week. Head Coach Jimmy Pruett and his team picked up an important Region 8A-AA win over East Hall on Tuesday, 1-0, and on Wednesday they came from behind to defeat Pickens, 4-3.
Jenna Abbott had a great week, not only from the pitcher's mound, but with her bat as well.
Dawson County Senior Madison Caldwell went into Monday's state championship golf match with nerves of steel, an unmatched mental focus and a drive to achieve the goal she set for herself four years ago.
The first round of state for the Dawson County Tiger men's soccer team was a defensive battle with Jackson County. Coach Jed Lacey's team prevailed in the second half taking a 2-1 victory and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.