THOMASVILLE -- Thomas County Central held the fall sports banquet Thursday night, reliving a memorable year in football, cross country and fast-pitch softball.

Central football coach and athletic director Ed Pilcher presided over the program and gave his appreciation to the success of his fellow coaches.

"I've been very fortunate to work alongside them," Pilcher said. "Sometimes they don't get enough recognition. Our coaches do a great job."

Pilcher's football team finished 12-2 and advanced to the state semifinal.

Despite the Yellow Jackets falling just short of the state title, offensive line coach Bill Wilhelm voiced his opinion about which team he felt was the best.

"I really feel like the best team in the state is in this room right here," Wilhelm said.

Central's softball team finished second in Region 1-AAAA and advanced to the state playoffs. Central had three seniors this year, Kristen Hurst, Blythe Upton and Amy Mitchell, and head coach Cara Hankinson thanked her trio for their hard work.

"Girls, the future is bright for you, keep doing what you're doing," Hankinson said.

Central's cross country team was led by the girls who won the region for the fifth straight year.



"(The coaches) do a great job of motivating kids," Pilcher said. "That's a tough thing to do, to motivate someone to run five miles."

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