Turner’s Blanks has an emotional signing on his birthday

Devascea Blanks (Source: WALB)Devascea Blanks (Source: WALB)
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) –

No two journeys are identical.

What’s most important is the destination, and Turner County’s Devascea Blanks was very emotional in when picking his destination to play college football.

Blanks signed with Lamar Sports Academy.

The Steelers are a prep school program out of Jacksonville that participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Union.

Blanks played defensive end and tight end for the Turner County Rebels.

His college announcement also came on his birthday.

With his families, teammates and friends present, Blanks celebrated life and overcoming self-doubt with his playing career.

“It was some times I thought about giving up on my dreams,” said Blanks. “But people just kept pushing me to don’t give up.”

Blanks plans to play for a 4-year football program after his stint at LSA. 

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Friday’s high school baseball scores

VHS vs. LCHS (Source: WALB)VHS vs. LCHS (Source: WALB)
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Scores from Friday night’s high school baseball games in South Georgia:

Lee Co. 3, Valdosta 0 (Lee Region champs)

Lee Co. 5, Valdosta 1

Crisp Co. 7, Worth Co. 2 (Worth region champs)

Charlton Co. 10, Clinch Co. 0

Jeff Davis 4, Fitzgerald 1

Thomasville 10, Thomas C.C. 4

Deerfield-Windsor 11, Tiftarea 5 (DWS Region champs)

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Thursday’s Region 1-AAAA baseball playoffs scores

Syrupmakers win 2nd Region championship in school history (Source: WALB)Syrupmakers win 2nd Region championship in school history (Source: WALB)
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The Region 1-AAAA Playoffs began Thursday with four doubleheaders. Here are the final scores:

Shaw @ Cairo:

Game 1:Cairo 7-0

Game 2: Cairo 10-1

Carver @ Columbus:

Game 1: Columbus 13-2

Game 2: Columbus 6-0

Westover @ Hardaway:

Game 1: Hardaway 9-0

Game 2: Hardaway 11-0

Northside, Col. @ Americus-Sumter:

Game 1: Northside 10-3

Game 2: Northside 16-0

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Pelham’s Thomas has big goals for Clemson

Thomas trying on her new apparel (Source: WALB)Thomas trying on her new apparel (Source: WALB)
PELHAM, GA (WALB) –

One of the beauty’s of being great at what you love, is getting paid to do it.

Pelham High’s Destiny Thomas isn’t yet making an income via basketball, but she also won’t be incurring any student debt.

The senior guard tied the knot with Clemson University Thursday afternoon.

Thomas has a long list of accolades at Pelham that includes a state title, region titles and over 1,000 career points.

With offers from several ACC programs, Thomas chose to join the Lady Tigers.

The 5 foot 9 guard is leaving the Lady Hornets program fresh off a title-run and has plans of doing the same at the next level.

“That gives me a boost to keep going,” said Thomas. “I would like to win a championship in college as well, and that’s what my coaches at Clemson were telling me that now that I have a championship, I can come and help us win a championship at Clemson.”

Thomas is joining former Randolph Clay forward Kobi Thornton, and her former AAU teammate Aliyah Collier when she attends Clemson this fall.

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Golden Rams prepared for Saturday’s Spring game

ASU football (Source: WALB)ASU football (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

Wednesday was the last full-speed practice for the Golden Rams.

They’re off Thursday and will have a quick walk-through on Friday before Saturday’s exhibition.

With just three days until they kickoff the Spring game, the Golden Rams have been perpetually filling holes.

Interim football coach Anthony Kelly talked about the team sticking to the Golden Rams process from the beginning of Spring football.

They’ve had turnover on offense and defense, and the departure of their head coach.

The process and veteran leadership is what has gotten them through the Spring.

“It’s very intense leading up,” said senior linebacker Zavondric Shingleton. “We got a lot of competition going on. We lost some guys so right now we’re just trying to replace them.”

Kelly believes the team is about where they need to be in preparation for this weekend.

“Passing game is pretty solid right now, running game is pretty solid,” said Kelly. “Just a couple things that are just a part of football, every day practice, that you have to tighten up on. But overall today we just want to make sure we’re looking good, that everybody is healthy, so we can come out Saturday and have an exciting game.”

The Rams will kickoff the exhibition at 2:30 p.m. in the ASU Coliseum.

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