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Top-scoring Bulldog to play college soccer

Jay Bieltz's dream of becoming a college soccer player has come true.

The son of Dr. John and Linda Bieltz, of Thomson, Bieltz signed a national letter-of-intent to play on the Georgia Southwestern University Men's Soccer Team next season. The signing ceremony took place in the media center of Thomson High School last Wednesday.

The special signing ceremony was held in the media center at the high school with his parents and his girlfriend, Heather Coleman, who also is preparing to graduate from Thomson High School.

Miss Coleman will be attending Georgia Southern University in Statesboro next fall.

The 19-year-old Bieltz, who is looking forward to graduating from high school soon, is excited about his decision to play college soccer.

"It makes me very proud," said Bieltz, who played soccer, golf and football while at Thomson High School.

"I'm looking forward to playing college soccer at Georgia Southwestern."

Coaches at Georgia Southwestern had been interested in the Thomson High soccer star his entire senior season.

It wasn't until after Bieltz helped the Bulldogs to the first-round of the Class AAA state soccer playoffs that he made up his mind to play at Georgia Southwestern.

"I went down there and visited the campus and liked it," said Bieltz. "It's a smaller place and I think I'll like it down there a lot."

Bieltz was a starter on the soccer team all four years.

Soccer is a sport he began playing when he was a little boy.

"I have always loved playing soccer," said Bieltz, who plans to workout at YMCA's Thomson facility this summer to stay in shape for his first college soccer season.

The standout soccer player said getting a chance to play college soccer is like a dream come true.

"I've always wanted to play college soccer," said Bieltz. "This is what I dreamed about doing."

His parents are most proud of him.

"We're extremely proud of Jay," said Dr. Bieltz, an orthopedic surgeon who practices out of his office in Thomson. "He's worked awfully hard to get where he's gotten."

The younger Bieltz said he is proud of his accomplishments in soccer at Thomson High School, adding it's nice to graduate and to leave behind a legacy -- that of becoming the all-time leading scorer.

"It makes me feel very proud," said Bieltz.

Web posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010

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