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Football Week 2 Regional Wrap-up/Look Forward

After two weeks of competition for high school football, some of the smack talk around the local water coolers are beginning to be resolved. With 2 weeks left before the start of region play, some questions remain to be answered. Who are the teams that have started to separate themselves from the rest as we near the start of region play and who are the teams that have work to do before region play begins? At Toccoa’s Indian Reservation, Stephens County hosted Hart County in a matchup of winners from week one of this season. Hart County used a strong running game and opportunistic passing to defeat Stephens County 26 to 13. This is the first time since 2009, that the Bulldogs have wins over both Stephens County and Elbert County in the same season. The Bulldog ground game was led by junior Malechi Thomas and sophomore J’len Lackey. Thomas…

Regional Football Recap and Preview of Week 2

We’ve had a week to think back on the opening weekend of the 2019 high school football season, and it was a weekend that saw rivals renew their battles and the return of fans to stadiums around our area. From the Reservation in Toccoa to Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, our regions fall passion renewed it’s hold on fans, both young and old. One fan of high school football that made its presence felt in a loud and Boisterous way was the weather this past weekend. A series of thunderstorms in the area added to the fireworks on the field. Multiple games in the area had weather delays which made for late nights for fans and players alike, as multiple games in our area had weather delays from lightning. Across the region, there were two games that brought the attention of fans. In Hartwell, the Hart County Bulldogs snapped a four…

Caroline Van Dora on Sports

Hart County vs Elbert County to open the season.  This was not my first football game.  It wasn’t even my first Hart County game, but I was seeing it through new eyes, as I attended this game for the first time, as a resident of Hartwell, and mother of two small children who will grow up here. Here is some of the backstory. I was raised in Birmingham, Alabama.  I come from a family who are the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of a sports information director turned conference associate commissioner, and a basketball coach whose career spanned from the NAIA all the way to Division 1 programs. My entire upbringing was steeped in football, baseball and basketball. I fell in love with a man from this quaint, Georgia town.  Jeremiah comes from a family whose traditions also lean in to the game.  He spent his formative years at Hart…

Friday night lights – Opening week

Week one of the 2019 season has finally arrived, and teams around our area and across the state are taking the first steps on a season’s journey that they hope will lead to a chance at being crowned Region Champions, and for the select few an opportunity to compete to be crowned State Champion. Each week, HartwellandBeyond, will preview the games that involve teams in our area. We will look at the game or in some cases best games in our area, in addition to listing all the games so you can know when your local team is playing. Week 1 of the season opens with two of the great rivalries in Northeast Georgia. The Indians of Stephens County will play host to the Franklin County Lions at the Reservation, while at Herndon Stadium in Hartwell, the Bulldogs of Hart County play host to longtime rival Elbert County in a…

2019 Regional Football Preview

Hard to believe that we are at the start of a new school year in our region. And with the start of the new school year, you have the start of a new year of high school sports for fans to follow across our area. What does 2019 hold for our teams? Who will be the top players in the area? Who is poised to challenge for a state championship? Only time will tell us the exact answer to each of these questions. We’re going to take a look around the region at the teams in our area, and ask the question, could they be the one that takes it all the way. Before we start looking ahead, let’s go back and look at the 2018 football season for a few minutes.  In Class AAA, the Region 8-AAA championship went to the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes. Led by an unbelievable…

In memoriam – Tyshon Dye

Throughout history, football fans in our area have been blessed with many great players. Beginning in 2010, one such player lead the Elbert County Blue Devils to 3 play off appearances, while trilling fans of all schools with his unique blend size, power, and speed. Tyshon Dye was a 6’1 210 lb running back and linebacker for the Blue Devils between 2010 and 2012. During those three seasons, Dye rushed for all most 3400 yards while scoring 45 touchdowns. On defense, Dye played middle linebacker for one of the best defensive teams in our area. Dye’s success on the playing field earned him multiple All-State Honors while playing for Elbert County. He also played basketball while at Elbert. After finishing at Elbert, Dye played running back for Dabo Sweeney and the Clemson Tigers before transferring to East Carolina, where he earned his degree in parks, recreation, and management. This past…

Spring Sports Round up

With a little over a month to go in the 2018-2019 school year, many of the schools in our area are looking to continue what has been a successful year, while these final days offer others an opportunity to experience success. The dominant sport for many teams in our area is baseball. Multiple teams in both Northeast Georgia and in the upstate of South Carolina are jockeying for positions in the upcoming post season.  In northeast Georgia, teams in our area are getting ready for post season play which begins this week. In Region 8-AAA, Jefferson and Morgan County have battles to the top of the Region, and will play host to opening round series this week against Westminster and Redan. The Bulldogs of Hart County qualify for post season  and will be playing on the road against Lovett, while East Jackson continues their schools athletic success by entering this…

Summer Football Roundup

As the calendar moves from April into May, many of the high school sports we have enjoyed around our area this school year are winding down, as the days click by till the time of graduation. May is also the month where many of the areas high schools will conduct spring football practice. These ten days are the true start of preparations for the upcoming football season. A team can accomplish a good bit in those 10 days. Whether it’s the first opportunity for a new coach and staff to work with players, or a veteran coach and staff to improve and develop talent, these 10 days are a chance to spend time with the fundamentals and the skills required to be successful in the fall.  According to Rance Gillespie, entering his third season at Hart County, “Spring is the start of our summer program. May 6th is the start…

Sport Fishing

Recognized as one of the fastest growing participation sports for young people in the United States, fishing is no stranger to high school sports. Area high school fishing teams at Hart County and Franklin County are winding down their season and looking toward championship tournaments in May. Matt Beasley, who leads the Hart County Anglers, calls this sport “one of the fastest growing sports in this country, and one where boys and girls can compete on an even playing field.” He went on to add that competitive fishing has grown on the college level, “with many area schools offering schlorship and financial assistance to high school students.” As part of the Palmetto Boat Center Series, Hart County’s anglers have participated in tournaments held on many of our areas lakes. “We’ve been able to involve more kids in tournaments, and our better fishers have gone above the scheduled matches, and have…