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TIFTON — Kyle Kirk was not surprised Thursday by the Georgia High School Association’s decision to end the 2020 spring high school activities and athletics schedules. That did not make it any easier to hear.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country’s first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients.

TIFTON — Georgia high school football coaches are looking for a bigger voice in the Georgia High School Association and Tift County head coach Ashley Anders will be helping them do that.

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TIFTON — Tift County Recreation Department areas will remain closed through at least April 24.

THOMASTON — The Georgia High School Association is deferring any major action on the remainder of the 2020 spring sports seasons.

TIFTON — Tift County’s Nicky Jones picked up an end-of-season award recently when the Lady Devil senior was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-State South basketball squad for Class AAAAAAA.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — It started with an infected person from out of town who attended a funeral. Now the largest hospital in Georgia’s mostly rural southwest corner is rapidly running out of space amid the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the entire state.

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TIFTON — While schools are out because of COVID-19, many people and organizations are stepping up to fill any potential food voids. Tift schools are distributing sack lunches throughout the county and Peanut Butter and Jesus has expanded its offerings.

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TOKYO (AP) — The IOC announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday, bowing to the realities of a coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down daily life around the globe and making planning for a massive worldwide gathering in July a virtual impossibility.

TIFTON — Tift County’s last track meet of the season — and the last varsity event held at home until school and athletics were suspended — saw the Blue Devils take on Crisp County.

TIFTON — News about COVID-19 is constantly evolving. So are plans for businesses around the city, state and globe. And that’s certainly the case at the Tiftarea YMCA.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

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The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks.

TIFTON — Tift County and Irwin County each boosted a win on the Blue Devils’ tennis courts Tuesday.

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This story has been updated March 14 at 12:30 p.m. to include news about Tift County Recreation Department and ABAC.

TIFTON — After winning only two games in her first season as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Julie Conner knew things had to change in her second year at the helm of the Golden Fillies. Mission accomplished.

TIFTON - No official word has come from Tift County Schools on the status of most upcoming sporting events, but there will be at least one cancellation.

TIFTON — Savannah Miller will change her Tift County blue for that of Georgia Southwestern State. She signed with the Americus school Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony at the high school media center.

The NCAA has canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference all canceled their basketball tournaments Thursday because of concerns about coronavirus, putting the playing of the NCAA Tournament in doubt.

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.

TIFTON — Tift County’s athletic department has announced schedule changes for a handful of events this week.

CHULA — Tiftarea Academy is preparing for its first home track meet, even if head coach Edd Cunningham is not quite sure what to expect.

TIFTON — For the past three weeks, Tift County baseball head coach Kyle Kirk, it seemed that his Blue Devils could not catch a break. Then they went to Camden County Saturday and played two games there. Two comeback wins later, the Devils now sit on the top of the region.

TIFTON — Emily Golden signed with Anderson (S.C.) University Monday, in front of perhaps the largest group to ever gather at Tift County High School for a single athlete signing.

TIFTON — Five Tiftarea Academy basketball players have merited honors in Georgia Independent School Association All-Region teams.

TIFTON — Basketball season has ended for the Tift County Lady Devils, but as the same does for everyone else — Westlake took on Collins Hill in the Class AAAAAAA finals Saturday — head coach Julie Conner is thinking about what is to come for her team.

WARNER ROBINS — A pair of soccer games ended in shutouts Friday night, one in Tift County’s favor and one against them.

TIFTON — Kellan Lukas has had a quite a month of wrestling. The Tift County youth competed in both the Georgia USA 2020 Georgia Kids State Wrestling Championships at Perry and the 2020 AAU kids state championship at Fitzgerald.

Crisp County is likely very happy to not face Hayden Murphy again. Tiftarea’s Murphy starred on the mound and in the batter’s box Tuesday in an 11-1 victory over the Cougars. Murphy went 2-for-3 at the plate, with a two-run homer (above) in the first inning. He also struck out 14 of 20 batte…

TIFTON — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Tift County athletic teams have announced a number of schedule changes because of heavy rains.

TIFTON — Tift County’s Lady Devils golf team finished third in its first tournament of the year, but only by the slimmest of margins.

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Dot Smith, 92, of Tifton passed away Monday. A private graveside funeral service will be held Thursday at Oak Ridge Cemetery with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date under the direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.