Now that the holidays are behind us, sports teams will be back in full force coming up. While the high school basketball teams have been in action; the wrestling team and Bethune Middle School basketball squads start back up.
The Indians and Maidens will host a big region contest this Friday, when Turner County comes to town. The wrestling crew will be in Ocilla this weekend for the Area Duals Tournament and the Bethune teams return to action on January 10, when they go to Jacksonville to play Joshua Christian.
The Charlton County Recreation Department opens up their basketball season this Saturday, with ten games against teams from Brantley County.
A pair of Indian football players were recognized over the holidays. Jaylen Lilley and Kyler Williams were both named honorable mention all state. Lilley was selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Recruit Georgia, while Williams was a Recruit Georgia selection.
Former Indian, Chris Milton was placed on the active roster for the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday and saw his first game action of the year against the Tennessee Titans.
Georgia punched its ticket to the National Championship Game last Friday after disposing of Michigan 34-11 in Miami at the Orange Bowl. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 27-3 halftime lead and cruised to the win. Their opponent will be a familiar one in Alabama who handled Cincinnati with ease 27-6. The championship game takes place on Monday in Indianapolis.
Bowl action was iffy at best, with lots of the better players opting not to play or games being canceled altogether. But two games didn't disappoint - with Purdue taking down Tennessee in overtime 48-45 at the Music City Bowl and Ohio State edging out Utah 48-45 in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes.
One week after coming close to a victory, the Jacksonville Jaguars left no doubt on the outcome of their game against the New England Patriots. The Jaguars fell behind 28-3 at the half and were blown out 50-10 to fall to 2-14 on the year. The Jaguars wrap up their season this Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts.
The Atlanta Falcons fell to 7-9 after losing to the Buffalo Bills 29-15. The Falcons led 15-14 at the half, but were shut out in the second half. The loss eliminated the Falcons from the playoff picture.
There were no upsets in men's college hoops among the top ten last week. The only team that lost was eighth ranked Iowa State, who fell to top ranked Baylor. Conference schedules are beginning now so more upsets should be coming up.
In women's hoops, top ranked South Carolina was upset 70-69 by Missouri to give the Gamecocks their first loss of the season. Sixth ranked Maryland also fell at the hands of eighth ranked Indiana.
In the NBA the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns continue to battle it out for best record so far. The Warriors sit at 28-7 while the Suns are just a game behind at 27-8.