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What was Jason Strickland's record in his final season coaching Lamar County? 

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1. Marietta

2. Brookwood

3. Walton

4. Etowah

5. Mill Creek

6. West Forsyth

7. Peachtree Ridge

8. South Forsyth

9. Lakeside-DeKalb

10. Milton



1. Clarkston

2. Forsyth Central

3. Flowery Branch

4. Alexander

5. Starr's Mill

6. McIntosh

7. Morrow

8. Union Grove

9. Lakeside-Evans

10. Cambridge


Class AAAA

1. St. Pius X

2. North Hall

3. Woodward Academy

4. Marist

5. North Oconee

6. Whitewater

7. Johnson-Gainesville

8. Pickens County

9. White County

10. Wayne County


Class AAA

1. East Jackson

2. Westminster

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Oconee County

5. Savannah Christian

6. Coahulla Creek

7. Banks County

8. West Hall

9. Dawson County

10. Hart County


Class AA

1. Pace Academy

2. Wesleyan

3. Bleckley County

4. Lovett

5. Benedictine

6. Holy Innocents'

7. Union County

8. Darlington

9. Lamar County

10. Berrien


Class A

1. Trion

2. Jenkins County

3. Hebron Christian

4. Baconton Charter

5. Paideia

6. Landmark Christian

7. Georgia Military

8. Hawkinsville

9. Whitefield Academy

10. Galloway






1. South Forsyth

2. Etowah

3. Mill Creek

4. Harrison

5. Milton

6. Walton

7. Brookwood

8. Northview

9. Pope

10. Marietta



1. McIntosh

2. Northgate

3. Starr's Mill

4. Dunwoody

5. Cambridge

6. Columbus

7. Flowery Branch

8. Creekview

9. Loganville

10. Union Grove


Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. Heritage-Catoosa

3. St. Pius X

4. White County

5. North Oconee

6. Buford

7.  Whitewater

8. Woodward Academy

9. North Hall

10. Pickens County


Class AAA

1. Westminster

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Hart County

4. Oconee County

5. Savannah Arts

6. Dawson County

7. Jefferson

8. Coahulla Creek

9. Banks County

10. Morgan County


Class AA

1. Darlington

2. Lovett

3. Wesleyan

4. Pace Academy

5. Holy Innocents'

6. St. Vincent's

7. Model

8. Landmark Christian

9. Bremen

10. Bleckley County


Class A

1. Landmark Christian

2. Hawkinsville

3. Jenkins County

4. Commerce

5. Hebron Christian

6. Trion

7. Marion County

8. Athens Christian

9. Providence Christian

10. Towns County




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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

By Stephen Black
Clarkston boys, Dunwoody girls win county titles

The Clarkston boys and the Dunwoody girls each won at the DeKalb County Championships Tuesday in Decatur. The Angoras dominated the boys competition with five runners in the top 10 and 23 total points. Dunwoody had five girls finish in the top 11 and won the meet with 29 points.

The Lakeside girls came in second with 41 points and five runners in the top 14. Druid Hills, Columbia and Chamblee rounded out the top five. Lakeside also came in second in the boys rankings and was followed up by Druid Hills, Dunwoody and Chamblee.


Ermais Tewolde of Druid Hills won the boys race with a time of 17:12.58, beating out three Clarkston harriers who finished second through fourth (Gidey Sahlu, Awet Fitwi, and Suheib Muhammed).


Dunwoody's Kelly May Sheehan won the girls race in a time of 20:39.87. Corrie Smith of Lakeside took second with a time of 20:54.22 and Ansley Heavern of Dunwoody came in third at 21:03.62. Morgan Mihalis (21:08.64) of Lakeside took fourth and Dunwoody's Samantha Cavern took fifth (21:13.21).


The McIntosh girls and the Whitewater boys won the Fayette County Championships Saturday at Sandy Creek. Parker Nail of Whitewater won the boys race (16:35.25) while Whitewater's Ashley McMahon won the girls race. 


Several Georgia high schools took part in the Great American XC Festival in Cary, N.C. The Mill Creek boys came in second in the Boys Invitational- Blue while St. Pius X came in seventh and Marist took 10th. Ethan LoCicero came in seventh with a time of 16:55.24.


Parkview came in second in the Red race while Darlington's Spencer Fields won the race with a time of 15:55.31. Hebron Christian's Colson Hagan took fifth with a time of 16:24.73. North Cobb took sixth in the seeded race.


Hebron Christian won the girls Blue race as junior Maddy Howe took third with a time of 20:20.55. Darlington's Stephanie Ward won the girls race with a time of 18:50.54 and Melody Weiler took fourth in 19:18.05. In the team standings, St. Pius X took third, Darlington fourth and Parkview fifth. 


By Craig Sager II
Strickland honored for efforts on and off the field

This week's Falcons High School Coach of the Week is Fitzgerald head coach Jason Strickland. Successful football programs strengthen the surrounding community and a strong surrounding community helps take a football program's success to new heights. Fitzgerald and the Purple Hurricanes have established this

Courtesy of Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes

strong foundation in both regards and when Jason Strickland was hired for the 2012 season he has been able to find success on the field while serving as a valuable leader in the community.

On the football field, Fitzgerald lost its quarterback and the majority of the offensive and defensive line from last year. Despite the shuffling and new faces up front, the Purple Hurricanes are off to a 5-1 start this year and hold the No. 7 ranking in the Class AA Week 7 poll. The Purple Hurricanes advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2012 before falling two points short to eventual state champion Jefferson and lost to Benedictine in the second round of the 2013 postseason.

Off the field development has been one key to Strickland's success and also one of his biggest accomplishments since taking over the Purple Hurricanes program. Strickland was able to get a federal grant to help feed the football players during the summer. This new program provides breakfast and lunch to more than 100 players during the summer and Strickland includes implemented nutrition lessens that work in congruence with the strength and conditioning program to maximize results and safety in the grueling summer conditions.

Strickland aims to teach his players lessons that will stick with them beyond their varsity playing days, while allowing each individual to experience what it's like to make a difference in the community. Strickland initiated the "Great Day of Service" in Fitzgerald which brought together over 200 volunteers from Community along with the football team to complete over 100 community projects. The projects ranged from building wheelchair ramps, painting houses, painting churches to cleaning up empty lots around the city.

Coach Strickland also instituted "Habitudes" educational program within the Football Program two years ago. "Habitudes" is a 4-year program that focuses on character development, the use of positive habits and attitude and the qualities required for outstanding leadership on the field and in the community. This program has allowed Fitzgerald to bring in successful people from the community to teach these lessons and to the athletes. 

The program has helped build positive relationships between the athletes and important members of the Fitzgerald community. Coach Strickland also sets up visits from his team to local retirement homes in order to bring the Hurricane Spirit to fans who are unable to attend the games anymore. Players have also spent time volunteering at the Christian Kitchen, Fitzgerald's local food pantry and soup kitchen.

Prior to coaching at Fitzgerald, Strickland spent four seasons as Lamar County's head coach. Strickland helped the program grow from consecutive 1-9 seasons in 2007 and 2008 to a 12-1 team his final season (20




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