THOMASTON — The Georgia High School Association has honored Tift County High for its work on the fields and courts, but not necessarily because of their winning records.

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NORMAN, Okla. — The entire landscape of college football is in question after a report in the Houston Chronicle Wednesday indicated that the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have contacted the Southeastern Conference about leaving the Big 12 to become members.

TIFTON — Only seven months to go before the Tift County Blue Devils and head coach Bobby Earls start formal practice and begin the defense of their Region 1-7A soccer championship.

MEMPHIS — Connor Thomas is not currently considered one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ top 30 prospects. Major League Baseball may want to reconsider that following another strong outing of his at Class AAA Memphis.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trying to fill another injury hole with a trade, the Atlanta Braves acquired veteran catcher Stephen Vogt from the Arizona Diamondbacks late Friday night for minor league first baseman Mason Berne.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired Joc Pederson in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, bolstering their outfield after losing Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending knee injury.

TIFTON — Softball camp and a greased up slip and slide may seem like two different things, but for a couple of hours Wednesday, they were one and the same. Camp wrapped at Tift County High School with lunch, T-shirts and plenty of sliding.


TIFTON — The Tift County Blue Devils had their best week yet of practice under new head coach Noel Dean as the 2021 season quickly draws nearer.

TIFTON — A mere three weeks remains before the Tift County Lady Devils softball team makes it official for the 2021 season.


DENVER — Hayden Murphy threw a shutout inning July 9 and helped lead his team to victory in the second annual Major League Baseball All-American game at Coors Field.

CHULA — Tiftarea Academy has announced its 2021 football schedule, a list of schools the semifinalists for the past three years know well.

TOKYO (AP) — Fans were banned from the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics which will open in two weeks, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said after meeting with IOC and Japanese organizers on Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Rashod Bateman returned to a Minnesota sports field Wednesday, but for a different purpose. The former Golden Gopher and Tift County Blue Devil threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Minnesota Twins against the Chicago White Sox.


TIFTON — Hayden Murphy will be spending this Friday like many others, playing baseball. However, Murphy will be on a much bigger field for this game.

ty’s Lady Devils basketball team is ready to rebound from February’s early exit in the state tournament. First, however, Coach Julie Conner’s crew will have to get healthy.


PINEHURST, N.C. — Bo Carpenter will represent Tift County later this month as he participates in the U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament in North Carolina.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement with interim coach Nate McMillan to accept a full-time role after he led the team to an improbable run to the Eastern Conference finals.

CHULA — Royalty took over Tiftarea Academy for a few hours last week as dozens of princesses held court at the Kiddie Cheer Camp.


TIFTON — Chrishon Stephens and J.D. Bengston received two of the highest honors a Tift County football player can get Monday. The pair of seniors were presented with scholarships from the Bert Jones Scholarship Initiative Foundation Monday at the fieldhouse.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trae Young ran off the court clapping and yapping toward the few Hawks fans that braved the Philly crowd and stuck around and were rewarded with a comeback victory for the ages.


TIFTON — “Control the basketball,” Travis Williams said to a group of basketball players last Friday. “Don’t let the basketball control you.” It was just one of the pointers Williams delivered during a one-day basketball camp at J.T. Reddick Elementary.

TIFTON — C.J. Rose was named first Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association All-Region baseball team and four other ABAC Stallions picked up conference awards recently.

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