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2007 Sports Year In Review Part 6
The senior Lady Skin lineup. The program had its most successful season to date in 2007. - photo by Michele Seger

Aug. 1 – Former RHRA player Christopher Alvarez signs a letter of intent to attend Brewton Parker College on a baseball scholarship.

- Richmond Hill Extreme Heat coach Keith Hall gives a behind the scenes look at his travel softball team, which has gained the reputation as a solid training ground for RHMS and RHHS softball.

Aug. 4 – The Savannah Six Pack, a U14 3v3 soccer team featuring Richmond Hill’s Lindsey Vasher and Alley Simpson, earn a vie into the national 3v3 tournament in Orlando.

Aug. 8 – Richmond Hill’s Melanie Goolsby and Raul Rodriguez and Melanie Goolsby tie for the Bryan County News’ July Athlete of the Month award. Rodriguez is spotlighted for his superior summer league play, including an MVP performance on the mound at the GRPA state tournament. Goolsby is spotlighted for superior play in four travel ball World Series national tournaments as part of both Georgia Heat Elite and the Jacksonville Streamline.

-The inaugural RHHS Gridiron Golf Tournament pleasantly surprises the Wildcat boosters by raking in $10,000. Proceeds will go toward enhancing the RHHS football program.

Aug. 11 – Head coach Ron Lewis and his Redskin football team reveals their goal to return to the state playoffs as they train for the coming season. Lewis and assistant coach Blake Nesmith say they are banking on the talent of players like Ivey Mutcherson, Willie Deloach, Deandre Walker, Taylor Lucas, Mike Mitchell, Matt Dutcher, D.J. McElroy, Jarrell Paulk and Tyler Bergstiner.

Aug. 15 – Wildcat football prepares to go on the air with a new live radio show as practice continues for the coming season.

- The BCHS softball team, having lost only two seniors, look strong as they start the season with an 18-2 wins over MCA and a 3-2 win over Richmond Hill.

August 18 - Pastor Alfred Banks nabs second place in the annual Faster Pastor Race at Oglethorpe Speedway in Rincon.

August 22 - Hendrix Park and RHRA prepare for a fall season of football, cheerleading and soccer. A record number of soccer players enlist in Richmond Hill while the north end kicks off its very first year of soccer.

- "Double Gobble", the Richmond Hill pro fishing team, nab a top ten spot at a FLW national tournament in Beaufort to qualify them for nationals.

- With only three remaining starters, the Lady Wildcat softball team begins their trend of turning an anticipated rebuilding year into a wildly successful one with three big victories at a Savannah tournament. A season win over Brunswick was to follow.

Aug. 25 – After a loss to Savannah Country Day, BCHS softball comes back big with an 8-0 region win over Claxton. Pitcher Ashley Barfield led the team by throwing an impressive no-hitter. Lindsay Seger led on offense.

Aug. 29 – Wildcat football coach Brian Brocato explains his methodical approach to rebuilding the program, using some of the methods taught to him by Erk Russell while at GSU.

- In scrimmages to get the football season started, BCHS beats Montgomery County 28-7 while Pierce County beats RHHS 34-20.

Sept. 1 – The Lady Cat softball team overwhelms 3-AAAA Brunswick with a 10-0 win. Hillary Roberts shines as a relief pitcher for Stefanie Ortiz. Other top players included Melanie Goolsby, Jena Reddick, Lauren Davis and Caitlyn Casey.

- Ashley Barfield leads the Lady Cats on the mound and at bat in a 14-1 win over ECI. Also strong at bat was Lindsay Seger, Samantha Howard, Meghan Shuman, Taylor Stanfield and Tara Miles who hit a triple.

Sept. 5 - A lone field goal by Wildcat Zach Alltop seals a 3-0 season opening win for RHHS football in the game versus BCHS.

- In a home meet, the RHHS cross country team starts their season in a big way with a first place win by the girls and a fourth placing by the boys. Lindsey Vasher turned in the best time.

September 8 – Lady Skin softball beats region foe Portal. Ashley Barfield shines on the mound while Samantha Howard leads in batting.

Sept. 12 – BCHS and RHHS football fall to Long and Tattnall Counties respectively. The Skins lost in a nail biting 41-40 contest, but Ivey Mutcherson amassed a school record-breaking 327 yards.

- Bryan County High School softball player Ashley Barfield is named the Bryan County News’ August Athlete of the Month.

Sept. 15 - BCHS softball beats Jenkins County. With two BCHS runners on base, Tara Miles slams an over-the-fence homerun to seal the deal.

- RHHS softball gets a region win over Liberty. Melanie Goolsby scores four runs in the 5-3 game. Jena Reddick begins to show her pitching talents by retiring 10 of 13 batters.

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