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Tigers compete in team camp

POSTED: July 3, 2012 4:30 p.m.
Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News/

Dawson County point guard Jonathon Sanderson dribbles down the floor during a summer league game at Fellowship Christian recently.

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The Dawson County High School boys basketball team finished its summer camp schedule at Auburn University last weekend.

The team has played 35 games this summer. The team has lost only twice, ending the season with an impressive 33-2 record.

Head Coach Thad Burgess' team has attended Birmingham-Southern, Jefferson, Berry College, Georgia, Fellowship Christian High School and Auburn. The team has won 22 straight games during this time.

Over the past four weeks the Tigers have mixed in 10 practices along with their games.

"It has been good to see a lot of different schools we don't get to play on a regular basis," Burgess said.

Dawson County has picked up wins over Berkmar, an Elite Eight team last season in AAAAA, Roswell, Johns Creek, Habersham Central, Jefferson, South Forsyth, Dalton, Lanier, Etowah and other schools from both Alabama and Georgia.

"It has been a very busy and worthwhile summer for us. We still have a lot of work to do and must learn to rebound more and continue to get some depth on our roster," Burgess said.

Off season workouts are very important to be a successful basketball team, according to coaches.

"The off season will be important for player development and will show which players will work for playing time," Burgess said.

The Tigers will move into Region 7-AAA in the upcoming school year. The region will be split into two sub-regions each with four teams. Dawson County will be in Region 7-AAA (A) which includes Fannin County, North Hall and White County.

In the other sub-region, the teams will be Banks County, Buford, East Hall and West Hall.

"I think this region will be one of the most talented regions in the state," Burgess said. "I do feel our basketball program is now at a level that we expect to win. I do know we will compete every night. This is obvious by our summer competitions."

Dawson County will return several players off of last year's 25-7 team.

Tyler Dominy, Will Anglin, Gunnar Armstrong and Jonathan Sanderson are returning starters.

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