For the second time in as many years, the Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs have made it back to the Class AAA softball state championship series.
What a feat.
It says so much about the players and coaches, as well as the softball program in general, since Jason Osborn took it over a few years ago.
When coach Osborn decided to accept the job as head coach of the softball program, he knew exactly what he had to do to establish not only a winning program, but a winning tradition, too.
His key ingredient for such results: hard work.
"Hard work and repetition is what it's all about," said coach Osborn during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "I've been preaching that since I got here."
And because he has, players have now bought into it.
Their hard work and dedication to the sport has now brought them statewide acclaim.
"I'm very proud of these girls and where this program has gone," said coach Osborn. "We're looking forward to going back to Columbus and representing Thomson High School in the state championship series. I hope we do better this year than last year."
Thomson is now one of just eight teams vying for a chance to win the 2010 state championship.
"It's great to be back in this position again this year," said coach Osborn. "It's a real honor."
The Lady Bulldogs already have accomplished something no other team in the history of the school had done before them. They won the 2010 Region 3-AAA Championship over the Harlem Lady Bulldogs this season.
"I'll never forget how these girls battled back to win the region championship," said coach Osborn. "That was pretty special and I thought said a lot about their character. It showed they are battlers. They never quit and I admire that about them as much as anything."
Thomson will take on Walnut Grove in the first game of the state championship series in Columbus today. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. The championship series will continue through Saturday.