Burton signs with Gulf Coast State College
Senior Payton Burton signed to play softball at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. In addition to her parents, Payton is joined by Athletic Director Sam Holland, Coach Mike Greek, Coach Layne McDermond, Head Coach Robyn Trammell, and Principal Trista Jones.
Three Baseball Players Sign
Stone Stephenson (Wallace Community College), Johnathan Robinson (Gordon State College), and Eli Taylor (Gulf Coast State College) signed letters of intent to play baseball at the college level next year. Pictured with the players are (standing l-r) Coach Ryan Strickland, Coach Doug Smith, Head Coach Chad Parkerson, Christi and Rick Stephenson, John and Melanie Robinson, Rhonda and Todd Taylor, Principal Trista Jones, and Athletic Director Sam Holland.
Lawing signs with Mercer University
Mason Lawing will be playing football at Mercer University. He is joined by his parents, Lorie and Bill Lawing (front) and (back l-r) Athletic Director Sam Holland, Offensive Linemen Coach Bill Wilhelm, Principal Trista Jones, retired TCMS Coach Job Coleman, and Head Coach Bill Shaver.
Wilhelm receives Wendy's High School Heisman recognition
Senior Conley Wilhelm was named as the Thomas County Central High School winner in the Wendy’s High School Heisman competition. Wilhelm, though not selected as a state finalist, is happy to have earned the recognition.
“I am happy to be named as our high school’s winner,” Wilhelm said. “It is something nice to put on a college application, and it was really nice to get recognition for being a student athlete.”
The Wendy’s High School Heisman, according to its official website, honors “the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors.” It is an award that honors excellence, dedication and achievement in learning and leadership in the classroom, on the field, and within the community.
“To apply, you had to have at least a 3.0 (GPA) and participate in a varsity sport,” Wilhelm explained. “I had to fill out an online application that involved questions about sports, education, and community service.”
Coach Bill Wilhelm, Conley’s father and a teacher/coach at TCCHS, is proud of his son’s accomplishments, both as a student and an athlete.
“Conley has been involved in five sports every year of his high school career,” Bill Wilhelm said. “To keep at least a 3.0 and to letter in five varsity sports is unbelievable.”
As a school winner, Conley will receive a certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman patch for his letterman jacket.
“We are always pleased when our students are successful both in and out of the classroom,” TCCHS Principal Trista Jones said. “Conley has certainly made the most of his years here at TCCHS, playing multiple sports and excelling academically. We are proud of his accomplishments.”