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Mid 2007 meant summer baseball, rec
Sports Year in Review Part 4
Raul Rodriguez fires one from the mound. He led the Wildcat summer team to a second place victory at the GRPA state tournament in July. - photo by Terry Logan

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in the 2007 sports year in review.

June 2 – Richmond Hill baseball player Matt Schlag was selected as a member of the Georgia Dugout Club 2007 All State Southeast All-Stars Team. He won a bronze medal after a successful tournament with the team.

June 6 – RHRA and Hendrix Park complete their end of season baseball tournaments to decide champions for each age and gender bracket.

June 13 – RHHS baseball player Matt Schlag and BCHS track star Darrell "D.J." McElroy are both honored as a tie is declared for the Bryan County News’ May Athlete of the Month award.

June 20 – BCHS’s Wesley Wilkes signs a letter of intent to attend Armstrong Atlantic University on a baseball scholarship.

- The Wildcat summer baseball league, coached by Sean Strickland, heats up. Following a string of victories, the team becomes a strong hopeful for participation in the GRPA state tournament.

- Youngsters in the Richmond Hill-based Georgia Coastal Aquatics Swim Team (GCAT), coached by RH Swim Academy head and Olympic medal winner Bill Forrester, fare well at a swim meet at the University of South Carolina.

- Hendrix Park 8 and under girls coaches Dennis Seger and Richie Edwards hold true to their word by letting their team, the Dixie Chicks, shave their heads after a championship victory.

June 23 – The Annual Stacey Webb Memorial Golf Tournament has a record turnout at the Black Creek Golf Course. The event is held each year in the name of Black Creek resident Stacey Webb who was killed in an automobile accident in 2004, shortly after earning a golf scholarship to AASU. Proceeds go toward a scholarship fund in his name.

June 27 – Two Richmond Hill baseball players, Matt Schlag and Cameron Corbin, ink collegiate scholarship deals. Schlag signs with North Georgia while Corbin signs with Reinhardt.

- The Lady Redskin summer softball season heats up. The team racks up numerous victories while training for regular season play.

- The summer Wildcat baseball team earns a berth into the GRPA state tournament following a victory over Appling County.

- Coach Keith Bazemore and his Redskin basketball team play a string of summer games to prep for the upcoming regular season. Bazemore projects the following players to be among the top players come winter: Winston Johnson, Ivey Mutcherson, D.J. McElroy, Joseph Jenkins and Kyle Richardson.

- June 30 - Coach Al Butler and his Redskin baseball team wrap up a series of practices and tournaments as they prep for next season. Butler projects the following players to be among the top players come spring: Kurt Shuman, Justin Covington, Brad Cowart, Cameron Lee, Tyler Moody, Cody Crowe, Bryce Mingeldorff and Ming Lee.

- July 4 – Brand new BCHS girls basketball coach Mario Mincey is introduced to his new team. He replaced one-year coach Mike Butler who replaced 30-plus-year coach Johnnie Miller. Mincey is no stranger to region 3-A, having graduated from Claxton and coaching at Jenkins. After a few practice sessions, Mincey doted on the talent of Brittany Slater, Mitzi Cross, Tara Miles and Ashlei Jones.

- Pitcher Raul Rodriquez leads the Wildcat summer baseball team to a double-header victory over SEB in the last games before the GRPA state tournament. Jeremey Goolsby headed up the offense with two doubles.

- Brand new RHHS boys basketball coach William Altman complete a series of camps and practice games as they train for winter. He said Chakiris Moss and Robbie and C.J. Bynum were among the top summer stars.

July 7 - Brand new RHHS girls basketball coach Elizabeth Lyons-Bennett projects a season of growth for her team in the following season. Her predecessor, interim coach Wade Wright, is complimentary of the new coach after observing the new team throughout the month. The team wraps up a series of summer games, scrimmages and shoot-outs with Tyler Carlson and Colleen Keller leading the summer assault.

July 11 – RHHS baseball’s Jeremey Goolsby and BCHS’s Tara Miles prove to be two of the summer’s top players as the two tie for the Bryan County News’ June Athlete of the Month.

- 23 young GCAT swimmers, led by Richmond Hill swim coach Bill Forrester, qualify for the state swim competition.

July 14 – RHHS baseball star Aaron Pittsley signs a letter of intent to attend Brewton Parker College on an athletic scholarship.

July 18 – At the GRPA state baseball competition in Springfield, Coach Sean Strickland and his summer Wildcats earned a second place spot. Among the top players were Raul Rodriguez, Jeremey Goolsby, Alex Tucker, Steven Boaen, Cody Crow and Jacob Thrash.

- Steve Howard’s 14 and under Renegades softball team take second place in the GRPA state softball tournament. This is one more successful summer for Howard whose Renegades program is considered to be a valuable training league for BCHS softball.

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