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Baseball coach steps down
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After two years at the helm of the Dawson County High School varsity baseball team, Head Coach Thad Burgess has decided to step down.

Burgess posted a 24-27 overall record and a 17-22 Region 7-AAA record during his tenure.

"I felt like I needed to give all my energies to the basketball program, especially with a very young team and it was difficult doing both," Burgess said. "My twins will be in their senior year on the girls' varsity basketball team and I want that time with them as well."

Burgess said he is pleased with the progress he has seen with the program, especially with the facilities, during his tenure.

"I am very pleased in being a part of helping get the new hitting facility and field up to a first class level. The new coach will have a really good group of young players. I will enjoy watching them play over the next years. The baseball program has a bright future," he said.

Likely replacing Burgess will be Dwayne Sapp, former coach at North Oconee High School in Bogart.

Sapp started the program at North Oconee 11 years ago and led the Titans to the playoffs in each of those years.

During the last season, North posted a 13-12 overall record and was eliminated in the second round of the state AAAA playoffs by Cartersville.

Sapp's appointment is dependent on school board approval.