Once again, the Dawson County High School athletes fared well in spring competition. The Tigers were well represented at the state level in both girls and boys soccer, golf, baseball and track.
In girls soccer the team hosted Woodward Academy in the first round of state play. The Lady Tigers gave up a goal from 35-yards out to the War Eagles.
The goal was the only goal of the contest, as the Lady Tigers fell 0-1.
Coach Jed Lacey's young Lady Tigers finished the season with an impressive 13-4 record. Only two seniors made up the roster, goalie Kenna Seitz and Jade Perry.
The team was ranked in the top five in Class AAA for the majority of the season.
Both seniors will play at the next level. Seitz will play at South Georgia State and Perry at Campbellsville University in South Central Kentucky.
The team had three juniors, nine sophomores and eight freshmen.
On the boys' side, it came down to the last week of the season.
If Dawson County was able to defeat North Hall then the team would enter region play as the No. 1 seed, if the team lost, it fell all the way down to the No. 4 seed.
The Tigers lost, which sent them into the tournament to play undefeated and No. 1 ranked St. Pius X of Atlanta.
Dawson County ran into a buzz saw as the Golden Lions jumped out to a 5-0 lead by halftime.
The game was all St. Pius as the team moved on to the next round of play and sent the Tigers home.
Dawson County finished the season with 75 goals and gave up 19 scores on defense.
Several Tigers had an outstanding year on offense, including Josh Lund, Brandon Lund, Sal Mendoza, Jose Miranda and Cole Edwards.
On defense the team was led by goalie Brooks Fulford and defender Gunnar Armstrong.
This year's seniors were: Armstrong, Miranda, Josh Lund and Chris Bywaletz.
Dawson County finished the season with a 13-4 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Region 7-AAA. They were also ranked in the top five all season in Class AAA.
Two golfers competed in the Class AAA State Championship for Dawson County last week.
Madison Caldwell teed it up at Chateau Elan in Braselton, while boy's golfer Levi Samples played at Reunion Country Club in Hoschton.
Caldwell made her way into the championship after winning the Region 7-AAA individual championship. Caldwell shot an 18-round total of 74. She qualified for the state even though the team didn't get in.
"Madison is playing well right now and we hope to see her finish in the top at state," said coach Wes Greer.
Samples qualified as the lowest scoring individual of a non-qualifying team. He shot an 85 at the Region 7-AAA championship. Samples shot just two strokes better than Tiger teammate Jake Phillips to make the cut.
"Levi has gradually improved all year and we hope to see him finish in the top 10 at the state tournament," Greer said.
"I am extremely proud of both these young people. They are great golfers and great kids," he said.
The boys team finished the season with an impressive 15-3 record.
Results of the state event were not available as of press time.
The baseball team qualified for the Class AAA state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AAA. In the first round the team matched up against third-ranked Blessed Trinity from Roswell.
It didn't go the Tigers way as they were eliminated from the playoffs losing 15-0 and 4-2 ending the team's season.
Coach Jimmy Pruett will graduate six seniors: David Chester, Hunter Wehunt, Jacob Wilkie, Jeffrey Partington, Mitchell Putnam and Elijah Fitts.
Dawson County finished the season 13-15.
Two Lady Tigers competed in the 2013 GHSA Girls State Meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany earlier this month.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Katelynn Simpson ran for Coach Arron Haynes. Simpson's best time in the event is 50.29. Simpson holds the school record in the event.
Simpson finished in 15th place in the preliminary round with a time of 52.11 at the state meet.
Hayden Wilson participated in the discus in Albany. Wilson's event was the shot put. Her best throw this season was 106'2." The Lady Tiger picked up a third place finish at the sectional meet.
Wilson threw 102'8" for an eighth place finish at the state meet.
At the boys' state track meet at Jefferson High School, Tiger Corey Jenkins cleared a height of 11'00" for a 15th place finish.
Winning the event was David Curry from Buford High School with a jump of 14'00."
Finishing in second place was Spencer Clapes from Woodward Academy.
Although the tennis team didn't qualify for state, they gave Banks County all they could handle on the girls side, at the region match hosted by West Hall.
Earning MVP at the awards banquet were Hannah Velcoff for the girls. Sharing the co-MVP for the boys was Hayden Roper and Dillard Blanton.
Velcoff and Spencer Roper received the spring academic award from the Dawson County High School Athletic Department for all spring sports.
For the girls, Velcoff was awarded the Tiger Award. Teammate Lauren Morgan was crowned MVP.
Roper won the Tiger Award for the guys.