Toombs County Athletic HOF inductee- Tim Vaughn

January 4, 2019

Through the first three games of the 1975 Lyons Senior High football season, the Bulldogs were 1-2. They lost to Vidalia 6-0 at home, beat Claxton 34-12 on the road and then lost to Jeff Davis 12-8 in Hazlehurst. However, that defeat on September 19th would be their last. Led by quarterback Tim Vaughn the Bulldogs reeled off 10 wins in a row. The biggest victory in the regular season…


Toombs County Athletic HOF inductee- Kelly Martin

January 1, 2019

In 1995 and 96 Toombs County High School’s Kelly Martin broke through and excelled in track and field on the state level. At the GHSA State meet in 1995 she finished first in the 100 meter intermediate hurdles in 14.66, second in the long jump and third in the 100 meters. In her senior season- in 1996- she won three more events and scored all 30 Toombs County points as…


Toombs County Athletic HOF 2018 Inductee- Coach Bill Warren

December 8, 2018

Bill Warren made quite an impact on girls sports at Toombs Central High School in a relatively short period of time. He coached six seasons of basketball turning a losing program into a winner quickly. On Sunday, December 9,2018 coach Warren and 17 others were inducted into the Toombs County Athletic Hall of Fame. “I was 31 when I came to Toombs Central in 1973. I coached girls basketball at…


Toombs County Athletic HOF 2018 Inductee- Clinton Blount

December 6, 2018

  Clinton Blount played football from 1961 to 1964 for Lyons Industrial High School during a time when he felt fortunate to have 20 teammates and when he wore a helmet that either had no face mask or just one bar. They were called the Lions and according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website they shutout three opponents in 1962. They blanked Sylvania Central 6-0, Liberty County…


Toombs County Athletic HOF 2018 Inductee- Linda Parker Banks

December 5, 2018

Despite being one of the smallest schools in the state, Toombs Central High School fielded some very successful girl’s basketball teams in the 1960’s. In 1962-63 the Lady Yellow Jackets went 29-2 and defeated West Haralson 47-45 in the first round of the GHSA Class C Playoffs before losing to Butler 54-48 in the second round. The next season they finished at 27-8 after whipping Kite 48-24 in the state…


Toombs County Athletic HOF 2018 Inductee- David Bell

December 3, 2018

David Bell’s fascination with throwing a baseball began when he was a young boy in Toombs County. “Since I was a little boy that is all I ever wanted to do,” Bell said. “I put a tin can up on the pack house and I got 60 feet and six inches away and a lot times I could throw that thing right into that can. I had a great curve…


Toombs County Athletic HOF 2018 Inductee- Billy Benton

December 1, 2018

Very few families have made as many contributions to the success of high school sports in Lyons as three generations of the Benton family. Bill Benton is currently the athletic director and head wrestling coach at Toombs County High School and his sons Bradley and Bryan won a combined six state championships in wrestling while also making significant contributions to the football and baseball programs. Bradley was the head wrestling…