Friday afternoon was busy for student athletes of Long County High School. The girls softball and the boys football teams played on adjacent fields in Blue vs. White scrimmages to prep for the upcoming seasons.
Nobody hit the hole-in-one but five local students received $1,000 scholarships and a few golfers did take away trophies in Saturday's seventh annual Henry "Hank" White Golf Tournament.
The Barracuda Baseball Team brought home the championship trophy from a USSSA 13U AAA "2011 Last Chance" tournament in Forsyth.
The Long County Recreation Department had its first Back-to-School Rally Saturday and kids from all over competed for sports medals and trophies.
Five college-bound students each received checks for $1,000 to help fund their educations courtesy of the seventh annual Henry "Hank" White Memorial Golf Tournament, which teed off 9 a.m. Saturday at Cherokee Rose Golf Course in Hinesville.
A Liberty County High School football player won't have to get used to a new mascot next year after verbally committing on Monday to play for the Georgia State University Panthers.
Team Hinesville weightlifters James Fox, 16, and Jaleel Menifee, 18, won the bronze and silver respectively, at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics held Aug. July 30-31 in New Orleans.
With two weeks to go before Bradwell Institute takes the field in a preseason scrimmage against Liberty County High School, the BI coaches and players are hard at work while trying to beat the summer heat.
The Long County High School softball team is coming off a tough 5-9 regular season in 2010, but that was still good enough to get the Lady Blue Tide into the Region 2-AA playoffs.
The race track in Chatham County will be rocking tonight.
Liberty's 14U traveling baseball team, the Thunder, won its final tournament of the season in Brunswick last weekend. It wasn't easy, but the boys held strong in a three-hour championship game, winning, 9-6, in extra innings. The boys finished their 2011 season with a combined record of 18-4. The team thanked parents, coaches and Carol Jarrett and Cut Loose Hair Salon for all their work and support.
The South Georgia Basketball League held a championship tournament Sunday at Myers Middle School in Savannah. The South Georgia Kings junior boys took the championship trophy by beating the Savannah Cobras, 57-50. Junior player Richard LeCounte (35) was recognized at the SGBL awards banquet for earning his division's MVP award.
Sixty-four golfers competed in the third annual HAPfan Golf Tournament on Saturday at Cherokee Rose Golf Course.
Saturday was a bad day for the semipro football team from Darlington, S.C.
Scott's All-Stars held their second annual awards banquet July 22 to honor the players' academic and athletic accomplishments.
The Long County 10-and-under all-star baseball team won the Georgia Recreation Parks Association Class C state championship on Friday in Blakely, sweeping the tourney field and outscoring their opponents, 55-6.
Although a preseason game primarily helps the coaching staff determine where their team is at, it's still a game coaches want to win.
The foothills of the Appalachians proved to be the perfect setting for Gravel Hill Farms and Dixie Stables at the third annual Northeast Georgia Charity Horse Show, as both stables claimed class championships.
The final Georgia Southern Eagle football camp, "Bash in the 'Boro," is set for Friday, July 18, at Allen E. Paulson Stadium in Statesboro.
Former Bradwell Institute football player Ulrick John was honored by Mayor Jim Thomas on Thursday for being the first Hinesville native to be drafted by a National Football League team.
Everyone was sporting new camp shirts Thursday morning as Atlanta Calcio Academy wrapped up its four-day elite soccer training at James Brown Park.
The Long County High School football team's summer conditioning program is winding down. The Blue Tide began their program in June and have been practicing three days a week ever since, with the exception of taking off last week. They will wrap up their conditioning July 17, and their football camp will run July 21-25. School practice begins July 28.
The Bradwell Institute Tigers resumed team practices this week after taking one week off as required by the Georgia High School Association. The players trained with their helmets on, allowing them to become acclimated to the heat.
Georgia Southern basketball player Eric Ferguson has been suspended indefinitely from the team following a June 26 arrest.
Another Liberty County High School basketball player is headed toward a potential NBA career.
Tom Dunlap started swimming at age 10 and still asserts - 70 years later - that the sport is good for the body and mind. His friend, Gary Burch, started swimming about two years ago and said it has improved his overall health. Both men regularly take to the pool at the Liberty County YMCA, and while they do it to stay in shape and have fun, they want others to know that the recreational activity can be deadly for those who don't know how to swim. "Most of the kids who drown probably thought they could swim," Dunlap said.
It's her first year competing in multi events, but former Bradwell Institute track star Quintunya Chapman is making the most of it. The University of Georgia junior recently was named to the National Team USA U23 squad that will compete in Canada on Aug. 8-10.
Riceboro native DeLisha Milton-Jones is in her 15th season with the WNBA.
Summer is here, and the Liberty County Recreation Department has a number of events, classes and opportunities that will let local residents keep cool in the pool.