It was a festive atmosphere at Lanier Point Softball Complex in Gainesville. There was a huge crowd on hand to see local teams open the 2011 softball season.
Teams from all over the area competed Aug. 13 in the 10th Annual Lanier Point Invitational.
Opening of softball season is a special time for middle school sports in Dawson County. Aug. 9 saw the first game of the season for both Dawson County and Riverview middle schools.
Playing on a new field at Dawson County Middle School, the Riverview Lady Eagles spoiled the opener for Dawson County and came away with an 18-12 win.
The Dawson County High School Lady Tigers junior varsity softball team opened the 2011 season with a 12-0 loss at North Forsyth on Aug. 11.
"We got a chance to take a good look at all the players," Head Coach Nickie Rogers said. "Everybody got in the game against a really good team in North Forsyth."
Last week's scrimmage against Greater Atlanta Christian School was not the kind of start Head Coach Jeff Lee hoped for at the newly renovated Tiger Stadium.
On the first play from scrimmage, the visiting Spartans ran a toss sweep on the Dawson County defense. Eighty yards and eight seconds later, DaSean Daniels from GACS was in the end zone.
The sound of a softball hitting a mitt and the sharp metallic noise that a bat makes when it connects just right are starting to be heard again at Dawson County High School. Yes, softball season is almost here and for the Dawson County Lady Tigers games will begin soon.
With the annual preseason scrimmage this week, the Dawson County Tiger football team prepared with an inter-squad scrimmage game Saturday.
Football is back. Despite the hot and humid days of July and August, head coach Jeff Lee and his 70-plus football players began practice at midnight Monday.
The excitement was in the air as the Tigers football coaches ran the players through conditioning and drills early Monday morning.
Summer break is coming to a close for Dawson County High School students, but the school's cross country program has yet to take a break. Both the boys and girls teams have used the summer months to prepare for the upcoming season beginning this month.
Runners have trained at least two days a week to prepare themselves for the 3.1 miles they must run in each meet.
The Dawson County High School Lady Tigers softball team will hold tryouts from 9 a.m. until noon Aug. 1.
Tryouts will be held for all girls interested in playing either junior varsity or varsity softball at the school.
The Dawson County High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams will play a game at Philips Arena during the upcoming season.
Both teams will play Towns County before the Hawks game at a date to be determined once the National Basketball Association schedule is released in August.
As July heats up so does preparation for the upcoming 2011 Dawson County High School football season.
The Tigers started training last week after a week off during the GHSA state imposed "dead week."
All sports activities came to a standstill last week.
There was no bouncing of balls in the gym, no weight lifting, no 3-mile runs, no conditioning of any kind, as the Georgia High School Association's "dead week" was honored by schools throughout the state.
Practices for the Dawson County High School cross country teams recently resumed following the Fourth of July break.
Head Coach Brian DeRose is busy preparing his team for the upcoming season.
A busy summer of basketball came to an end last week when the Dawson County High School Tigers finished playing in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes team camp at Fellowship Christian High School in Roswell.
A very tired Thad Burgess, head boys basketball coach, was pleased with the effort and hard work his team put in this summer.
The Dawson County High School Cross Country Team is busy conditioning for the upcoming season.
The team has been practicing since June 14 at Tiger Stadium. Practices usually begin around 6:30 p.m.
The Dawson County High School varsity wrestlers traveled to Blue Ridge Jan. 20 for a tri-match with host Fannin County and Towns County. The Tigers came away with victorious with a 54-21 win over Fannin County and a 48-33 victory over Towns County.
The Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers' basketball team didn't miss a beat after being off for 10 days. Coach Steve Sweat's team made the long trip to Homer on Friday and defeated Banks County, 55-40.
Playing on the road in a very hostile environment and against the No. 2 team in Region 7-AAA was not a good combination for Coach Thad Burgess' varsity boys' basketball team Friday night. The Tigers dropped to 4-17 after losing to Banks County 73-38.
The 2014-2015 Varsity Lady Tigers have done something that no team before them has managed - the longest winning streak in Dawson County High School history.
The Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers' basketball team ran its winning streak to 20 after demolishing West Hall in Oakwood last week.
The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team dropped a close 50-48 decision to West Hall last week in Oakwood.
Coach Anne Hyams' junior varsity girls' basketball team picked up its seventh win of the season last week.
The winning streak continues at 19 for Dawson County High School Head Coach Steve Sweat's varsity Lady Tigers basketball team after picking up two Region 7-AAA wins last week over Lumpkin County, 77-29, and Fannin County, 83-43.
The Dawson County High School varsity Tiger basketball team picked up a huge Region 7-AAA win over Lumpkin County Jan. 6 by a 49-44 score before falling to Fannin County, 43-34 on Friday.
The Dawson County High School varsity Tiger wrestling team finished in fourth place at the Region 7-AAA Duals Tournament at West Hall High School in Oakwood on Saturday.
Dawson County High School Athletic Director Grady Turner confirmed on Wednesday that longtime football coach Jeff Lee will not be returning to lead the Tigers next season.
The Dawson County High School junior varsity boys' basketball team defeated Franklin County in Carnesville by a 52-22 score on Dec. 19.
The Dawson County High School Lady Tigers' varsity basketball team ran its winning streak to 17 games following four wins over the last nine days.
Dawson County High School Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach Thad Burgess' varsity boys' basketball team played four games last week.
The Dawson County High School varsity wrestling team finished in second place in the Osley B. Saunooke Tournament at Cherokee High School in North Carolina on Jan. 3.