TIFTON - Tift County split a pair of non-region basketball games Tuesday night. The Lady Devils had a mercy rule-shortened fourth quarter in beating Ware County 67-24, but the shorthanded Blue Devils fell to the Gators, 63-47.

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VALDOSTA — Tift County basketball teams split with Lowndes in Region 1-AAAAAAA action Friday night.

TIFTON — CHESS Academy celebrated Senior Night Jan. 10 and celebrated wins over visiting Appling Christian Academy.

ALBANY — Tift County’s swim teams took a combined victory Saturday at the Trojan Invitational at Darton campus of Albany State, their last stop before the region tournament.

TIFTON - Fitzgerald High teams combined for 101 points Tuesday, but fell short of the mark on the basketball courts. Tift County's girls and boys gave up 47 and 54 points, respectively, but game results were never in doubt. What the Blue Devils were giving up was nothing compared to what the…

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's sign-stealing during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season.

VALDOSTA — Former Tift County Blue Devil is among the names set to be inducted into the Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame, according to a list released recently by the university.

TIFTON — Camden County won Region 1’s team wrestling duals Saturday afternoon and the second and final spot in the state tournament went to Colquitt County in a fiercely contested battle over host Tift County.

TIFTON - Tift County's Lady Devils won in a rout and Camden County put itself in the driver's seat in the boys division following basketball games Friday.

VALDOSTA — After an executive session that lasted more than two hours, Lowndes football has its new head coach. Jamey DuBose was unanimously approved as the new coach at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday evening.

ATLANTA — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is heading to the NFL, despite some struggles during a junior season that led to speculation he might return for one more year with the Bulldogs.

CUMMING — Tift County’s swim teams took sixth place at the Lambert Holiday Invitational last weekend. It was a balanced effort from the Swim Devils; the girls were fifth at 218 points and the boys were seventh at 131.

CORDELE — Tift County continued its winning ways Tuesday, winning both varsity basketball games at Crisp County.

CHULA — Deerfield-Windsor may have played its last basketball games at Tiftarea Academy. The Knights move on the GHSA this fall. If Tuesday was indeed their final visit, Deerfield-Windsor made the best of it.

Mark Coley (left) of Tiftarea Academy vies against Jacob Odom of Crisp Academy Jan. 4 at Turner County. Coley, who placed second in the 160-pound division at the GISA state tournament last year, will help lead Tiftarea this weekend, when the Panthers are scheduled to wrestle at the Trinity I…

TIFTON — The 2019 calendar year was one of individual and team glory for area athletes. There was the thrill of a state championship in Ocilla and semifinals appearances by football, softball, basketball and baseball teams.

TIFTON — Region play starts up Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for Tiftarea Academy on the Chula basketball court. Tiftarea starts with a big one: Deerfield-Windsor will be in town. This is the last season in the GISA for their longtime nemesis from Albany. Parting may not be sweet sorrow with th…

TIFTON — Tonight starts the second half of Tift County’s basketball season and, with it, games that can directly influence the postseason.

TIFTON — There is a superstition out there that one should not sweep on New Year’s Day. Fortunately for Tift County, they broke out the brooms Friday, Jan. 3, defeating Lowndes in a pair of varsity basketball games.

TIFTON — The McDonald’s Invitational wrapped Saturday evening with Kathleen (Fla.) edging host Tift County, 59-55. It was a very successful two days of basketball for Florida schools. They went undefeated Friday and 3-1 Saturday, the only loss being by two points.

ATLANTA — Tift County swim fulfilled the billing at last week’s meet. The Swim Devils participated at the 13th annual Madeleine J. Brown Meet of Champions, posted their own champion and finished high in the standings.

TIFTON - Tift County and Kathleen (Fla.) staged an old-fashioned barn-burner of a basketball game Saturday night. While the Red Devils held on for a 59-55, every man, woman and child in attendance came to believe that Tift could pull off the unexpected.

TIFTON — There were six basketball games Friday as part of the first day of the McDonald’s Invitational at Tift County High School. Besides the Americus-Sumter win over Tift, the following results occurred: Rickards (Fla.) 71, Morgan County 37; Kathleen (Fla.) 56, Coffee 50; Lincoln (Fla.) 6…

TIFTON - The Americus-Sumter Panthers came in to Friday's McDonald's Invitational with an undefeated record. Four quarters after tip-off, they had proven why they are highly regarded, defeating Tift County 57-35.

BOGART - Tift County's Lady Devils sent a warning shot to Georgia's top Class AAAAAAA teams Friday night. They will be a force to be reckoned with in 2020.

TIFTON — A trio of Tift County football players will return to the field this weekend for the annual Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic.

TIFTON — Tiftarea Academy baseball is two months away, but the Panthers and head coach Chance Benson are already anticipating a Major League experience.

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TIFTON — Starting Friday, the annual McDonald’s Invitational returns to Tift County High School for two days of basketball. Thirteen schools, including the local Tift County Blue Devils, will be participating.

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TIFTON — Tift County football celebrated its players, cheerleaders and managers Wednesday with the annual football banquet at the high school’s Performing Arts Center.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Tift County Lady Devils wrapped their Beach Bash experience Saturday afternoon with a second win.

SYLVESTER — During Thursday’s regular Board of Education meeting, Worth County approved Superintendent Bill Settle’s recommendation to hire Phil Ironside as the Rams’ next head football coach. In a press release, Settle said Ironside will officially begin his duties with Worth County Schools…

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Tift County Blue Devils added to their 2019-20 basketball win total Friday afternoon, with a 63-59 victory over Ben C. Rain (Ala.).

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SYCAMORE [mdash] Kathy Lee Ashley, 79, of Sycamore passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in Thomasville. A private service and burial will be held for Ms. Ashley at a later date. Born October 21, 1940 in Marion, Ohio, Ms. Ashley was the daughter of the late John Wagner and Norma Ricksecker …

GREENVILLE, SC [mdash] Rev. James Mercer Hancock, 95, of Greenville, South Carolina, formerly of Barney, Georgia, went to be with his Savior on January 21, 2020. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Lakeview Baptist Church in Lenox, Georgia. A committa…

WINDER [mdash] Mr. Thomas "Stoney" Foy Stone, 80 of Winder, Ga., affectionately known as "Stoney" passed away quietly at his son's home, on Friday, January 17, 2020 in Winder, GA where he lived for the past 8 years. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday January 25, 2020 at …

OMEGA [mdash]Mrs. Tammy Sikes Hogan, 58 of Omega, died on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the residence of Robert and Traci Williams, 175 Sykes Lane Omega, Ga. 31775. Mrs. Hogan was born…