August 1, 2021

HCMS Braves dominate small school division at track finals

The middle school track team dominated the field Saturday in both the boys and girls divisions to bring home the overall first place trophy in the small school division of the West Georgia Middle School Athletic Conference finals.

The Braves finished with an overall point total of 213.5 far besting the second place team Bowdon who finished with 101. Bremen (96.5), Villa Rica (53), and Mt. Zion (51) rounded out the small school division.

In the large school division the Carrollton Trojans flexed its muscle literally with 316.5 points to take home not only the large school division crown but also the overall trophy for the entire field.[gpslideshow]

Central was not far behind with 246.5 to finish a strong second. It was the Lady Trojans who provided the entire margin of victory as the Central Boys and Carrollton Boys finished in a dead heat with 167 points each.

For the Braves, it was also the girls squad who provided most of the points on the day as they claimed 137.5 in the female events.

“One of the real keys for us today and all year long has been the effort of some of our sixth graders. Most of the time we don’t really expect much production from these younger kids but they have really surprised a lot of people this year.”~Braves head coach Allen Sikes

Individually, Erica Emory was the force for the Braves capturing five medals including first in the long jump, third in the high jump, and third in the 100-yard dash. She was also a part of two relay teams which finished second and third.

The second place 4×400 team was made up of Emory, Nikki Grier, Tori Dobbs, and Maliyah Dunson. Dekali Ogletree, Ashton James, Tori Dobbs, and Emory were the third place finishers in the 4×100.

Tori Dobbs continued to show why she is one of Heard County’s most promising all-around athletes for the future as she captured four medals total. In addition to her relay medals she also won second place in the triple jump and third place in the 300-yard hurdles.

The speedy Ogletree finished third in the 200-yard dash. Maliyah Dunson brought home second place in the grueling 400-yard dash. Ashton James was a surprise strong fourth place finisher in the 100-yard dash just .04 seconds behind Emory.

The only other first place medal for the girls went to tiny sixth-grader Melissa Collins who won gold in the 1600-yard run.

Collins teammate Holly Moreland crossed the line just back of Collins to win second place. Moreland also finished a strong fourth in the 800-yard run.

In the field events, Hannah Sanders showed the way with a second-place finish in the Shot Put and a third in the discuss. Ashayla Hill scored a nice fourth-place finish in the shot put as well.

Madison Laprade didn’t quite medal but finished very well in the triple jump (4th place) and the long jump (6th place). Macey Freeman also had a solid finish at fifth in the 300-yard hurdles.

In the boys competitions, Brandon Cooley brought home the only gold medal after launching the discuss 120-feet and 7-inches. Matthew Brown snatched two medals, a third place in the discuss throw and a third place in the pole-vault.

Andrew Cannon placed second in the shot put. Austin Barron nailed second place in the triple jump and sixth place in the long jump. Jacob Thornhill captured third place in the 100-yard hurdles and also finished fourth in the 800-yard run.

Other athletes who did well but did not medal included Austin Brewer, Matthew Nilson, and Duncan Barr.

In the boys relays, the team of Austin Brewer, Matthew Nilson, Monterrion Cook, and Jontae Gray finished sixth in a strong field of competition in the 4×100.

In the 4×400 relay, the team of Cannon, Brown, Ryan Moody, and Cole Holiday  finished in eighth place which was a quality finish considering Moody and Holiday are both lineman on the football team. To see more photos from the meet go to



  1. Mandy Holloway says

    Love the pic of my baby girl Tori Dobbs!!!!

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