Special to the Courier
The Long County High School softball team, playing at home, defeated Liberty County on Thursday in a lopsided 16-2 game.
During the summer, many girls from the area play alongside each other on recreational and traveling softball teams. On Saturday morning, however, the friends became temporary foes as the Lady Panthers of Liberty visited Bradwell's Lady Tigers in a match hotter than the soaring temperatures.
Liberty County High School was thrust into Region 2A-AAAA last year and the football team suddenly faced a whole new set of Region opponents.
The Long County High School varsity softball team lost the season opener this past Tuesday to Wayne County 10-2.
The 12U South Georgia Kings placed fourth in the AAU National Classic Tournament July 19-25 in Hampton, Va. Head coach Shane Smith said the team earned an automatic bid to the 2012 nationals in Memphis.
In their final AAU tournament of the season the Coastal Crew 15U Rebels placed 11th overall, battling against older teams in Orlando the final weekend of July.
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.