Last year brought many championships and state playoff runs to the athletes in Dawson County. Community support is at an all-time high as witnessed during the boys' basketball Elite Eight game in Dalton.
Following are a list of the major accomplishments of Dawson County athletes and team from 2012.
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame celebrated its 2012 class of inductees Friday night in Dawsonville.
Selected for their contributions to Georgia's motorsport's heritage, the new class of inductees includes Pete Hamilton, Bill Ingram, Warren Johnson, Doug Kenimer and Herman Wise.
With less than three months left before the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, the Speed Channel is giving the nation a look at last year's festivities with an episode of My Classic Cars this weekend.
The episode, which features host Dennis Gage at last year's festival, will first air at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and again at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26.
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame hosted the fifth annual Lakewood Speedway Reunion on Saturday in honor of the hundreds of racers who competed on the famed Atlanta track.
"This is the kind of reunion I want to have more of," said racing historian and board member Gordon Pirkle. "One where you sit among the cars, watch racing footage on the TV's and visit with one another."
A member of River Bend Gun Club in western Dawson County is the 2012 Black Powder Cartridge Rifle National Champion.
Shooting in the master's class, Doug Gazaway of Gainesville won the scope division held July 17 and 18 in Raton, N.M. His spotter, Steve Hubbard, is also a club member.
The Dawsonville Post 247 American Legion team was one win away from advancing to the regional tournament.
The team, coached by former Dawson County star Kasey Wilson, came up short and lost its last two games of the tournament to finish the season.
Dawsonville resident Tristan Melton, 13, has garnered national recognition for his performance in various recent rifle competitions.
A rising eighth-grader at Dawson County Middle School, Melton has earned three first-place medals, been named a state champion and set a National Rifle Association record in his sub-junior class. All since April.
Head Coach Kasey Wilson's American Legion Post 247 team had a busy weekend. The team played four games in two days.
Battling the weather and humidity Dawsonville pulled out three big wins and lost the fourth game in a heartbreaker after leading the entire contest.
Kids from Dawson County and the surrounding area have one more chance to take part in a free self-defense program.
The program, hosted by White Tiger Yongin Mixed Martial Arts in Dawsonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event began as an effort to reduce bullying in schools and the local community.
Local racing historian Gordon Pirkle has a prediction.
"Chase Elliott, he's going to be as big as his dad was in his hay day. I've never seen someone as young as him carry himself and race the way he does," Pirkle said.
The Georgia racing industry paused last week to remember a legendary announcer and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee.
Known as racing's "little, bitty buddy," Jimmy Mosteller died July 4 at age 85.
American Legion Post 247 bounced back with an 18-4 win over Cumming on Saturday.
The game proved to be some revenge following a 13-9 loss to the same team on June 19.
An ancient game has started a new history in Dawson County.
The United Futbol Academy'94 Elite team took home the State Cup Championship title for the second year in a row.
The Dawsonville Racer swim team opened the season with a meet at Hunter's Chase last Saturday.
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Each year, the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inducts a new class into its hall of legends.
This weekend, the newest class of racers will join their peers in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
Dawson County High School graduate, Emily Beusse, helped lead the University of North Georgia's cross country team to a second place finish in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships.
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