Despite a hard-fought loss Saturday, the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers returned to Dawsonville with their heads held high, proud of their second-place finish and knowing they gave it their all. Senior Kenna Seitz described the season, which ended with Saturday's 77-55 loss to St. Pius X in the state Class AAA championship, as a "Cinderella story that almost came true."
MACON - Playing in their first state championship game since 1991, the Dawson County High girls came up on the short end of a 77-55 decision to St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship game on Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. The Golden Lions from Region 6-AAA jumped out to an 11-1 lead before Dawson County rallied behind the play of post player Ashley Parker.
Region 7-AAA selected its All-Region team last week. The team, voted on by coaches, chose Ebo Smith from North Hall and Carly Gilreath from Dawson County as Player-of-the-Year recipients. Selected for the girls' first team were Gilreath, Lady Tiger teammate Sheyenne Seabolt, Buford players Kristina Nelson, Maya Dillard, and Mackenzie Darrah and Taylor Kennedy from Banks County.
Three Dawson County High School basketball players will take part in the North Georgia All-Star Classic Saturday at Gainesville High School. Seniors Carly Gilreath, Tyler Dominy and Will Anglin all plan to take part.
The Dawson County High School varsity boys soccer team remained undefeated last week following a 6-0 smashing of Jackson County High School March 12 in Jefferson. The Tigers, currently ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, have a 4-0 record for the season.
It was Dawson County's toughest test of the season at Jackson County last week. The Lady Tigers soccer team matched up with a skilled Lady Panther squad.
Playing in their first state championship game since 1991 the Dawson County Lady Tigers came up on the short end of a 77-55 decision to St. Pius X. Coach Steve Sweat was headman 21 years ago when Dawson County lost to Clinch County.
The Dawson County High School girls basketball team will face a stiff test for the Class AAA state championship Saturday in Macon. Awaiting the Lady Tigers, who knocked off Southwest Macon in the semifinals to advance the school's first title game in more than 20 years, is St. Pius X.
Watching the Dawson County Lady Tigers clinch a berth in the Class AAA state championship game brought back a flood of memories for several members of the high school's 1991 state runners-up squad. "It's been kind of like an emotional roller coaster for me watching them," Mardie Townley said.
SAVANNAH - Dawson County senior Carly Gilreath had an idea it might be a good night. "I was telling my team before the game that I didn't miss a shot during warmups," she said, "and that they should knock on wood that it continues."
Dawson County scored seven first half goals in a 7-0 shutout of Pickens High School Feb. 27 in Jasper. The Lady Tigers are currently ranked No. 4 in Class AAA.
The Dawson County High School varsity boys soccer team, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, shutout Pickens County High School, 8-0, last week in Jasper. Despite the cold and the wind, the Tigers scored four goals in each half to pick up the team's third win in as many games. The Tigers remain undefeated.
On a bitterly cold and windy afternoon the Dawson County High School boys and girls track teams opened their seasons with a tri-meet against Jackson County and Johnson. Both teams came away victorious. The Tigers scored 33 points and routed Johnson's 28 points and Jackson County's 24 points.
It took five innings before Dawson County could muster a hit, but once that happened it led to three runs and a come from behind 4-3 victory against Lumpkin County on Feb. 25. Head coach Jimmy Pruett's team picked up its first win of the season.
SAVANNAH --Dawson County senior Carly Gilreath had an idea it might be a good night. "I was telling my team before the game that I didn't miss a shot during warmups," she said, "and that they should knock on wood that it continues."
Coach Jed Lacey knew last week was going to be tough for his Tiger soccer team. Playing two ranked teams in three days is physically and mentally demanding. The Tigers split games with a 3-0 win over West Hall on Tuesday before dropping a 3-0 decision to Blessed Trinity on Thursday.
Friday was a battle between two Class AAA top 10- ranked teams as the No. 4 Lady Tigers played a tough match against No. 7-ranked White County (7-3) at Tiger Stadium. Dawson County came out on top with a 1-0 victory.
Dawson County High School varsity soccer coach Jed Lacey was noticeably unhappy with how his third-ranked Dawson County Tigers played against White County on March 22 at Tiger Stadium. "It was a very sluggish game," Lacey said. "I knew coming back from the Tournament of Champions in Jekyll Island we would have to get the engines going again. This was not one of our better games, but we pushed through it and did enough to win. I'm glad we got that game out of our system."
Fighting the elements and some good Class AAA teams, the Dawson County High School varsity Tigers baseball team went 1-2 last week. Weather was an issue last week. On March 18, the Tigers were rained out against White County. The game was pushed back a day and was played on March 19 in Cleveland. Dawson County came out on the good end of a 4-3 win.
The fourth-ranked, Class AAA, Lady Tiger soccer team is currently 7-0 on the season after defeating three teams in Jekyll Island over the weekend. Head coach Jed Lacey's team dominated Cedar Shoals, Aquinas and Richmond Academy.
The Dawson County boys soccer team traveled to Jekyll Island over the weekend and proved why it is ranked No. 4 in Class AAA. The Tigers didn't give up a goal as the team defeated Cedar Shoals, 3-0, Brunswick, 5-0 and Richmond Academy, 6-0, at the Tournament of Champions event.
The Dawson County track team picked up two huge wins last week with a tri-match against Forsyth Central and Fannin County in Dawsonville. The Lady Tigers scored 101 points to capture first place. Central tallied 35 points and Fannin scored 25 points.
Dawson County High School football player Zack Martin was one of 10 players in the state of Georgia to receive the NAPA Auto Parts/Larry Csonka "Blue Collar Player of the Year" award. The award, which was presented March 19 in Macon, is given to "hard-working" players that, according to NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka in a released statement, "show up for work every day and never complain, unsung heroes who spend little time in ...