For the first time since 1993, a new banner will soon be hung in the Thomson High Gymnasium.
The new banner will honor the 2004-2005 Thomson High Bulldogs for capturing this season's Region 3-AAA Basketball Championship. Thomson took the crown Saturday night, February 12, at Burke County High School, as they defeated the Glenn Hills Spartans 57-48.
Now, for the first time in the history of Thomson High athletics, a state basketball playoff game will be held on the campus of Thomson High. The Bulldogs will host Crisp County this Saturday evening, Feb. 19, with a scheduled tip-off set for 7 p.m. Tickets for this game will be $7 for all ages.
Crisp County (17-8 ) is the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAA
"This is a great opportunity for our fans and the community to see two state tournament teams participating in post-season action," said THS Head Basketball Coach Michael Thomas.
"Crisp County has two good guards on its roster, with one of them (Lewis Clinch) having already signed a scholarship to play for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets next season. That player has also scored over 50 points in one game earlier this year."
The reason the first round of the Class AAA State Playoffs is being held at 16 different sites across Georgia is simple: to cut traveling time and costs for one-half of the participants. Out of the 32 teams in the Class AAA State Tournament, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams from each of the eight regions were awarded home games for the first round. Thomson's next game -- if the Bulldogs beat Crisp County -- would be played in Albany.
The Bulldogs (21-6 overall) earned a right to host this week's playoff game by winning three games in the region tournament last week at Burke County High. THS defeated Jefferson County 61-45 to open the tourney, then defeated Hephzibah 51-46 before defeating Glenn Hills 57-48 to capture the crown.