Championships are part of legacy

Telegraph StaffOctober 6, 2013 

Football is a big part of the athletics landscape in Middle Georgia, and the area is adding another attraction this season.

Bobby Lamb’s Mercer University Bears team is playing its first season after the program returned from a more than 70-year hiatus. The Bears are playing their first season in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League. But next year, the Bears, and all the school’s athletics teams, will move to the Southern Conference.

Mercer has eight home games this season, which began with its Aug. 31 contest against Reinhardt.

Mercer

The Bears have 18 intercollegiate athletics teams, eight on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s side.

The eight men’s teams are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. The 10 women’s teams are basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Mercer’s facilities are: men’s and women’s basketball (Hawkins Arena), football/lacrosse (Mercer University Stadium), baseball (Claude Smith Field), softball (Sikes Field), men’s and women’s soccer (Bear Field), sand volleyball (Mercer Sand Volleyball Complex), men’s and women’s tennis (LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center), men’s golf (Brickyard at Riverside), women’s golf (Idle Hour Club) and cross country (Georgia Industrial Children’s Home).

High schools

There are 22 high schools that have athletics teams in the five-county area, and those teams are split into the Georgia High School Association and Georgia Independent Schools Association.

In Bibb County, the GHSA teams are Central High, First Presbyterian Day School, Howard High, Northeast High, Rutland High, Southwest High and Westside High. The GISA teams in the county are Covenant Academy, Central Fellowship Christian Academy, Mount de Sales Academy, Tattnall Square Academy, Stratford Academy and Windsor Academy.

In Houston County, the GHSA teams are Houston County High, Northside High, Perry High, Veterans High and Warner Robins High, while the Westfield School competes in the GISA.

Jones County, Peach County and Mary Persons (Monroe County) high schools also compete in the GHSA.

Warner Robins and Northside have built powerhouse football programs in the GHSA throughout the years, and Peach County has joined them recently. Mary Persons is a traditional power, as well.

In the GISA, Tattnall Square has won 11 championships in football since 1998, but the school also routinely adds championships in baseball and basketball, while Stratford’s girls basketball team and tennis and soccer programs also are powers.

Golf

Bibb County

Barrington Hall Golf Club: 478-757-8358

Bowden Golf Course: 478-742-1610

The Brickyard at Riverside: 478-477-6765

Healy Point Country Club: 478-746-2411

Idle Hour Club: 478-477-1724

Oakview Golf & Country Club: 478-785-1833

Houston County

Houston Lake Country Club: 478-218-5253

Houston Springs Golf Club: 478-988-8200

International City Golf Club: 478-322-0276

Perry Country Club: 478-987-1033

Pine Oaks Golf Course: 478-923-7334

Landings Golf Club: 478-932-5222

Waterford Golf Club: 478-328-7533

Jones County

Lake Jonesco Golf Course: 478-986-3206

Monroe County

The Club at River Forest: 478-974-0974

Forsyth Golf Club: 478-994-5328

Peach County

Pine Needles Country Club: 478-825-3816

Tennis

Bibb County

John Drew Smith Tennis Center: 478-474-5075

Tattnall Tennis Center: 478-751-9196

Houston County

Tanner Park: 478-929-1916

Ted Wright Park: 478-929-1916

Jones County

South Complex: 478-742-3535

Peach County

North Peach Park: 478-956-1891

South Peach Park: 478-825-5197

Bowling

Bibb County

Gold Cup Bowling Center: 478-781-2096

Houston County

Gold Cup Bowling Center: 478-922-3054

Robins Bowling Center: 478-926-2112

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