On Monday Ansley Tatum became the first Toombs County High School athlete to sign a college scholarship since the new school opened back in August. Tatum, who has always been a soccer and softball player, signed to play soccer at Middle Georgia State University. The school, which used to be a junior college, is now a four year NAIA school which plays in he Southern States Athletic Conference. This past season the Knights went 12-7 and made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Tatum has always had a knack for kicking a soccer ball into the back of the net. As a Toombs County Middle School Bullpup she scored a goal in the her teams 2-1 win over J.R. Trippe in the championship game of the MGMSAA Tournament. Listen to Ansley talk about the goal and the game on Y-101 Radio Audio In her 11 goal season she also scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over West Laurens.
In her freshman season in high school Tatum, who wears number 19, was one of three Lady Bulldogs to fire in a penalty kick to give TCHS a 3-1 win over Westside in the state playoffs. In her sophomore season Ansley scored three goals against Atkinson County and she scored the only goal in a 2-1 loss at Vidalia.
Ansley missed the entire 2015 season with a knee injury and she has bounced back in her senior season scoring two goals against Johnson and one goal against both Claxton and Dodge County.
Ansley’s mother, Jennifer, has been her coach in both middle school and high school and like daughter she was also a collegiate athlete. Jennifer (Poole) was an All-Gulf South Conference softball player in 1992 at Valdosta State.