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  • By LIZ MARINO STAFF WRITER
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A first-time occurrence happened this year at the annual Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program at the Rotary Club of Douglas County meeting held Monday at the Douglasville Conference Center.

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The Douglas County School System is one of six school districts in Georgia recognized  by the College Board with placement on 6th annual AP District Honor Roll.  In order to achieve the recognition, a school district must increase access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or…

  • Laura Corley / Staff Writer
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Lithia Springs High School Assistant Principal Jessica Ainsworth was named National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals during a surprise assembly Tuesday.

  • Laura Corley / Staff Writer
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Three students from Douglas County were recognized as 2015 Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education’s Excellence Recognition Office Wednesday.

  • Rick Winters / Sports Editor
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The Lions and Lady Lions of Lithia Springs traveled to Paulding County Tuesday evening to kick off the second half of the 2014-15 season. The Lady Lions dominated from start to finish, picking up a 5-AAAAA region victory, 68-43. The LSHS boys turned their offense up a notch in the second hal…

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Chapel Hill hosted a three-way local dual with New Manchester and Lithia Springs Saturday morning in the CHHS gym. All three squads were short staffed because of the holidays, with many kids having yet to returned from traveling to seeing families out of town.

  • Ashley Gulick / Special to the Sentinel
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The 2014 Cross Country season has closed for local Douglas County squads and comparable to years past, this one too was filled with several memorable performances by individuals and teams alike.

  • Rick Winters / Sports Editor
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The 2014 football season was a rememberable one thanks to the new classifications. Four of the five county schools squared off in the same region this past season, with the lone exception being Douglas County, which faced four of the five schools out of region, in either regular season games…

  • William Thomas / Special to the Sentinel
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After a long tournament, the stage was set for two Region 5-AAAAA foes to meet in the SMI Christmas Tournament championship game, hosted at Villa Rica High School. The game pitted the Lithia Springs Lions against the host school, the Villa Rica Wildcats.

  • Rick Winters / Sports Editor
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The Lithia Springs basketball teams traveled to Bowden High School Thursday night for a pair of games against Central-Carrollton to open the 2014 SMI Carroll County Classic. The boys dominated Central, winning 93-37. The Lady Lions lost another heartbreaking one point game, 51-50.

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The Lions of Lithia Springs traveled to Central-Carroll Wednesday evening for a wrestling dual. Lithia struggled with many starters missing, falling to the Lions of Central, 42-23.

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The Lions and Lady Lions of Lithia Springs dropped a pair of Region 5-AAAAA games at home to South Paulding Tuesday night. The girls suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Lady Spartans, falling by one point in overtime, 63-62. After the first quarter, the Lithia boys never led again, falling 56-46.

  • Rick Winters / Sports Editor
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Four of the five local schools, along with Paulding County and Creekside High School, competed in a swimming meet at Boundary Waters over the weekend. Chapel Hill, Douglas County, Lithia Springs and New Manchester were the county schools in action.

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Nearly every local basketball team saw action Friday night as region games begin to wrap up the first half of the season before the holiday tournaments begin late next week.

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For the 12th consecutive year, the Alexander wrestling team dominated the field at the annual Douglas County Wrestling Championship meet on Wednesday. The Cougars had 10 grapplers go perfect against their local competition.

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Lithia Springs took the short trip across the county Tuesday evening to play Chapel Hill in a pair of Region 5-AAAAA games. In the first meeting of the year between the schools, the Lady Lions and Lady Panthers battled in a heated game. Chapel Hill hit 13 shots from the line in the fourth qu…

  • Rick Winters / Sports Editor
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Several schools made the trip to Boundary Waters on Saturday to compete in a a swimming meet. Local school’s in attendance included Chapel Hill, Douglas County, Lithia Springs and Alexander. Newnan also sent a team.

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Lithia Springs hosted Hiram Friday night in a pair of Region 5-AAAAA games. The Lady Lions nearly pulled off an upset of one of the region’s best teams. Taking a big lead early, Lithia would eventually fall, 45-41. The boys suffered a bad third period, which led to a 68-65 loss.

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Lithia Springs made the trip up Interstate 20 Tuesday evening to take on the Villa Rica Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. The Lady Lions opened play with a 50-23 Region 5-AAAAA victory. In the boys game, Lithia might not have played their best game according to their coach, but came away with a 64…

  • Rick Winters / Sports Editor
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The 2014 volleyball season was a tale of one team’s domination in Douglas County. The Chapel Hill High School volleyball team had a very successful year with a 36-7-1 overall record. They lost only three games to Region 5-AAAAA opponents.

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The 2014 softball season was one to remember for squads from Alexander and Chapel Hill High School. With 10 teams in Region 5-AAAAA, the region tourney came down to four teams, which also included Allatoona and South Paulding. The tourney played out just like the regular season, with Chapel …

  • Rory Sharrock / Special to the Sentinel
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The onset of a new season brings about several changes, and at Lithia Springs, the biggest modification to the program is at the top with the hiring of first-year head coach, David Dalton.

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One week after having to postpone their first rivalry matchup of the 2014-15 basketball season, Lithia Springs traveled to Douglas County Friday night for a little cross-county action. In a defensive game, the Lady Tigers managed to slowly pull away from Lithia, winning 52-33. The Tiger boys…

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Lithia Springs hosted their first home game of the 2014-15 basketball season Saturday afternoon against Whitewater High School. The Lady Lions took on the Lady Wildcats in the opening game, falling in heartbreaking fashion, 32-30. The Lithia boys pulled away in the third quarter of their gam…

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Lithia Springs opened the 2014-15 basketball season for Douglas County schools on Tuesday with a sweep at South Cobb High School. The Lady Lions opened the evening with a defensive battle, beating the Lady Eagles, 43-31. The Lithia boys battled in a back and forth game, eventually gaining a …

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The Lithia Springs girls basketball team enters the 2014-15 season with a lot of promise and a defensive mindset. Head coach David Mills says the team feeds off defense, which is helped out by good team speed and a pushing pace.

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Lithia Springs will travel to Paulding County High School Friday night to take on the Patriots in the final game of the 2014 season for both schools. The Lions are in desperate need of some offense, after being shutout in three consecutive games, and they will look to upset the Patriots at LSHS.

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Clinton Farms played host to the Region 5-AAAAA Cross Country Championship on Thursday. All ten teams competed in the 5K, including four local teams, Alexander, Chapel Hill, New Manchester and Lithia Springs.

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Three weeks ago, when New Manchester capped off a three game losing streak with with a 28-7 loss at Allatoona High School, coach Rob Cleveland had a talk with his team.

  • Beck Shadinger / Special to the Sentinel
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It did not take long for South Paulding to exert their will against Lithia Springs in a 47-0 romping on Friday evening at LSHS. The Spartans gained chunk yardage consistently, both through the air and on the ground.

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The 2014 season has been a roller coaster ride for the Lithia Springs football team. The Lions opened the year with high hopes of slowly changing the school’s football culture, but change so large, does not come without its setbacks, and takes time to come to fruition.

  • Ashley Gulick / Special to the Sentinel
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Traveling to East Paulding on Friday night, the Lithia Springs Lions looked to bring home a non-region win and give the Raiders a Homecoming upset, but Lithia just could not keep up with the speed of senior running back Tae Ray and the Raider offense.

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Lithia Springs has shown vast improvements since last year’s winless season. The Lions are now getting to the point where losing is unacceptable, no matter who the opponent is or how well the team plays. This was evident on the face of every player and every coach last Friday when Lithia los…

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Lithia Springs and Villa Rica will battle at LSHS Friday night in a game that could propel one of the two teams up the standings. On paper, the contest looks like two struggling programs, as the Lions and Wildcats come in with similar records, but it is anything but the case.

  • Jason Jenkins / Special to the Sentinel
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The Lithia Springs Lions went on the road Friday night, losing 41-9 to the Hiram Hornets. While the final score is indicative of a blow out, Lithia played fairly well early to keep it close. The Lions were in the lead at the half, 9-7.

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Lithia Springs wrapped up its 2014 softball season Monday evening with a 12-3 loss to Villa Rica. The Lady Lions played well through the first three innings, and held a 3-2 lead going into the fourth.

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Chapel Hill High School hosted the annual Douglas County Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Panthers tore through the competition through pool play, going undefeated on the way to the title game, They did not drop a game over that run.

  • Jason Jenkins / Special to the Sentinel
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Alexander has gotten off to an impressive start early in the 2014 season. The Cougars have won their first three games and have showed their dominance locally by defeating county foes, Douglas County and Chapel Hill, by a combined score of 79-23.

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Alexander’s softball team rolled past visiting Lithia Springs High School Thursday evening, winning 15-0 by mercy rule in three innings. The Lady Cougars scored nine runs in the second inning and six in the third.

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The Lady Lions of Lithia picked up their first victory of the season on Monday and it came at the expense of crosstown rival Douglas County High School. DC jumped out to an early lead but Lithia took over in the bottom of the first and never let go of their advantage, winning by fourth innin…