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Players put to the test

Flipping the tire the first time is enough of a challenge.Doing it a second time, after making it through an obstacle course on a stifling July morning, is a particularly brutal test.The obstacle course is part of Troup High’s Iron Tiger competition which measures the players in a number of different areas.There were weight-lifting events, speed events, a jumping competition, events designed to test strength and endurance, and also the obstacle course....

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Troup ready to get started

It’s go time.The Troup Tigers, along with every other team across the state, will officially kick off preseason practice on Friday.Friday is the first day, according to the Georgia High School Association, that teams can hold an official practice.On Aug. 1, a week from Friday, teams can hold their first full-contact practice.The Tigers will be on the practice field from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, and they’ll maintain that practice s...

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Thompson at Vanderbilt camp

One of Troup’s players was absent from the Iron Tiger competition the past few days, but he had a pretty good excuse.Tristan Thompson, an offensive lineman for Troup, is attending a camp at Vanderbilt University this week for players the team is interested in.“They invited 100 guys to come up, and he’s one of the 100 that came,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said.Thompson will be a senior this season, and he’ll be a key member of ...

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Freeman to get his shot as a freshman

Former Callaway Cavalier KeShun Freeman wasn’t at the ACC media days in Greensboro, N.C., but his name did come up.Freeman is a freshman linebacker for Georgia Tech, and as an early enrollee he has been with the team since the winter.That allowed Freeman to participate in spring practice with the Jackets, and head coach Paul Johnson said he made quite an impression.When talking about the defense with members of the media this week, Johnson said Freeman w...

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Nationals drop one

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies tried a little bit of everything to break out of their funk. They wore their socks high and even engaged in a pregame staring contest.Turns out, the best cure for their slump was simply the left arm of Jorge De La Rosa.De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 as he pitched efficiently into the eighth inning and the wobbly Colorado bullpen held off Washington’s late rally, helping the Rockies snap a seven-game skid with a 6-4 win ove...

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Team shakes things up

During their summer conditioning program, the LaGrange Grangers did a lot of familiar things, like weight-lifting and other traditional exercise regimens for football players.It wasn’t all about the status quo, though.New head coach Dialleo Burks wanted to shake things up a little bit, so he had the players participate in some unconventional activities during the summer.“We worked out in the pool, we did some Zumba and everything,” Burks said...

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Practice set to kick off

Summer isn’t officially over, but for high-school football teams in Georgia, it might as well be.With a new season just a month away for some teams, and even less for others, preparations for the fall are about to heat up.According to the Georgia High School Association, teams can hold their first official practice on Friday, and the first full-contact practices can be held on Aug. 1.It’s go time, and the LaGrange Grangers won’t waste any tim...

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Players in the spotlight

He wanted to put them in the spotlight.With a new season a month away, LaGrange High head football coach Dialleo Burks wanted to give his players a taste of what it’s like to perform in front of a crowd.So he decided to open up the team’s annual Iron Man competition to the public this year.The competition measures the players in a number of different events designed to measure strength, speed and agility.After the final event Friday morn...

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Coach back for 20th season

He’s as fired up as he’s ever been.As Mike Pauley prepares for his 20th season as the LaGrange High head boys’ basketball coach, he’s as eager to get into the gym as he was on his first day on the job.“I’m probably as energized about what we do now, as much as I have ever been,” Pauley said on Monday at the close of the first day of the Blue Star Basketball Camp, which he has overseen for the past 20 years. “I think the kid...

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Blue Star hoops camp returns

A trio of LaGrange Grangers are on the other end of the player-coach relationship this week.The Blue Star Basketball Camp, which is being held at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center, kicked off Monday and goes through Thursday, and among the instructors are a trio of players on the LaGrange High basketball team.That includes a rising senior in Danterrious Bray, who was one of the Grangers’ top players last season.Mark Veal, an assistant coach at LaGrange H...

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Troup’s title run falls short

WRENS - They were one win short.After making their way all the way to the championship series in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old state tournament, the Troup National all-stars found themselves in a winner-take-all game on Saturday in Wrens.Troup National and Perry split the first two games in the series, setting up the final game.Unfortunately for Troup, the quest for a state title ended with a 14-2 loss, but it was still an extremely successful summer ...

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