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Middle school and junior high teams building for future
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Seventh grade player Kirklyn Porter battles through Otwell defenders in last week’s road win. - photo by Amy French

The Dawson County Middle School and Dawson County Junior High School basketball teams are making their way through another solid year of fundamental building basketball. 

Coaches from the four programs recently gave updates on their seasons and their hopes for finishing the year strong. 

With the school realignments complete, the DCMS teams consist of seventh graders at one campus and the DCJH teams with eighth graders on the other.

Seventh grade girls

Natosha Beary is the coach for the girls seventh grade program and the team’s current record is 6-0 with five games left in the season.

Beary said that she is blessed with a great group of girls that continues to progress throughout each game.

“Being undefeated thus far is a standout moment in itself, but one true standout moment was when we tied the game with Fannin in the last seconds and went on to beat them in overtime,” Beary said. 

The five-year coach hopes the team can continue through the season undefeated and go on to a championship.

“These girls are always wanting each other to grow and get better individually as a well as a team. They work hard to be successful and seem humble in doing so,” she said. “They have a big heart and never quit on each other.”

Seventh grade boys

The DCMS boys team is coached by Kevin Grigsby.

The seventh grade Tigers are now 5-1 on the season and have five games remaining plus the end-of-season tournament.

“I’m very pleased with the progress our boys have made from our first practice until now,” Grigsby said. 

“This group of boys are really working well together as a team. I couldn’t be prouder of how they choose to play for one another and are unselfish on the court,” he said.

Eighth grade girls

The DCJH girls’ team is coached by Tina Brown who is a veteran with the program and has spent years developing students at all ages in Dawson County.

Though the team is currently 0-6, Brown is pleased with the efforts of the girls and their continued willingness to learn and grown as the season progresses.

They are looking for their first win and solid finish to the season by tournament time.

Eighth grade boys

The junior high boys team is coached by Judd Gravitt who has coached basketball for seven years. 

The team is currently 3-2 and 2-0 in region play with six games remaining.

The boys have had to battle through injuries but continue to be resilient and show improvement, according to Gravitt. 

The team defeated region opponents Fannin County by a score of 58-38 and Pickens County 51-27.

“Our team goal for the season is definitely to win the region championship,” he said. “However, I would love to see these kids continue to get better and to have fun and a good experience as an eighth grade basketball player.”

Throughout his coaching tenure, Gravitt said this group of players, managers, parents and community have been the best to be around.