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Life Well Led

Behind every decision exists a reason. Behind every outfit....uniform...face mask...lives a person with a story.

Now most prominently known as a Georgia Bulldog, formerly a Tucker Tiger, and before that, a Holy Innocents Golden Bear...while the colors, mascots and team names attached to Jonathan Ledbetter have changed over the years, one constant has remained for this "old soul" of a seventeen-year-old: authenticity to himself, his purpose and the people that helped shape him into the person he is today.

Football Fridays In Georgia Is Back!

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in those famous Terminator movies, Football Fridays in Georgia is BACK on GPB Sports starting in August.

GPB Sports will kick off our season August 21 at Roswell High School where the Hornets will host one of the top teams in the state against a team with five state championship trophies in their trophy case: Lowndes High School. The Vikings programs knows what success tastes like, as state champs in 1980, 1999, 2004, '05 and 2007.

The Process Prevails

Patience for the process…it's far easier to preach than to practice.

But the kings of football in Moultrie, Georgia are all about their process. Especially once it led them to the peak of their mountain this past December.

The Savior Inside The Silver Comets

Seventy-six-year-old Jim Rhodes has built a career out of his way with words. But his actions have spoken louder.

When the man nearly as synonymous with South Gwinnett sports as the school's silver comet logo makes his way into the football press box this August, Rhodes will kick off season number thirty-eight as the PA announcer.

Nearly four decades in any one position is nothing short of impressive. But that’s not even the coolest part….

He’s never missed a game.

….never missed a football game…baseball game…or softball game.

7-On-7 Heaven

I had a blast last Friday over at St. Pius X High School watching the 10th annual George B. Maloof Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament. Sixteen teams and close to 500 athletes took part in this day long pigskin passing palooza.

I ran into many coaches, players, officials, and administrators that we work with during our GPB Football Fridays in Georgia broadcasts and these coaches already have their game faces on getting ready for the upcoming season. Coach Mark Fleetwood of Peachtree Ridge High School really enjoys coming to this tournament.

The Sweet Sixth

High school baseball fans in Evans, Georgia are very proud of their Greenbrier Wolf Pack baseball team: this year’s GHSA Class 5A state champions. This is coach Jason Osborn’s second year as head coach and this year’s championship trophy will go right alongside those won in 1997-1998-1999-2006 and 2007.

Coach Osborn told me at the beginning of the year that he wasn’t quite sure what kind of team was going to develop.

Dominating The Diamond

I want to send out a big congratulations to Parkview High School baseball coach Chan Brown and his 2015 state champion team. There have been many many exceptional teams in Panther baseball diamond history and this year’s team did not disappoint. In fact, they put in a historic effort. Let’s start with 34 wins -- that is tops in Georgia baseball history. Plus, the Panthers posted an incredible 26-game winning streak to wrap up the year, surpassing a 22-game win streak that was tops in Gwinnett County.

Defending Champs Practice To Repeat

There is an old saying that there are only two seasons in Georgia: football season and 'spring football season'. Spring drills have wrapped up and this week, the GPB Sports team traveled south to visit the defending Class 6A state champion Packers of Colquitt County.

The Packers have a great tradition in football. Since the program began in 1978, the team has won 276 games, lost 164 and left two with a tied score. In the trophy case sit state title trophies from 1994 and 2014.

Superstar Takes Flight

If you follow high school sports and high school track in particular, you have to just scratch your head and be amazed at what is going on at Rockdale County High School, particularly in the running world of sprinter Candace Hill. At only fifteen years old, Candace has successfully defended a title in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes at the GHSA Girl’s State Track Meet.

Not only did the sophomore defend her standing title, but she did it with by logging an exceptional 11.34 in the 100 meter sprint and a time of 23.05 in the 200M.

Milton Lacrosse is Chasing a 10th Championship Ring

Catching, cradling and making goals are a way of life for the girl’s Lacrosse team at Milton High School. The Lady Eagles have a championship mindset.

Tim Godby has been the head coach for Milton’s Lacrosse team ever since 2005. From the beginning he has instilled a, “Whatever it takes” attitude. Consequently, the phrase has become a team motto, a motto that has carried the team to 9 state championships.