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Two golden opportunities for you this week

Saturday was not a great day for soccer along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Duluth. It was freezing. A biting wind was blowing in off the river and the occasional snow flake or frozen rain drop hit the bill of my cap. We were there for the season opener for the Fury FC U13 Athena soccer team of which my youngest daughter is a member. The Fury is made up of girls from Pike, Lamar, Spalding and Upson counties and we were playing in the high rent district. The field was directly behind Notre Dame Academy. The parking lot was full of Range Rovers, Porsches, etc. The Fury scrambled to win their division last year. Their reward was moving up one level of play. Due to heavy rains that ruined the practice fields, the girls had really not worked together much since the end of the fall season. Two exhibition games the previous weekend in Tifton did not go well. As I watched our opponents, the Atlanta Fire United Gold West, warm up I thought we were in trouble. They were typical of the foreign-coached teams we see ‘“ excellent in the passing game and superb on defense. Somebody forgot to tell our small town girls that, however. The Fury ‘“ many of whom have played together since they were 4 or 5 years old under Coach Don Bohensky ‘“ clawed and scrapped their way to a 0-0 tie. The Fury defense was fierce. Goalie Brooke Shavers was credited with three saves but none of those shots was fired without pressure and she easily parried them. The Fury had three scoring opportunities but could not get the ball in the goal. Still, they fought to a tie against a team ranked higher than themselves on the road in about the worst possible conditions. I was so proud of them. The Fury are Dakota Housman, Shelbie Bohensky, Shavers, Hailey Hadsell, Jodi Hearn, Caylin Cornelius, Bailie Garland, Bean Butler, Alex Chapman, Jessie Chapman, Emily Natale, Whitney Hancock, Paige Wood, Riley Fuller, Emily Ogletree and Livia Lanier Geiger. They are one scrappy bunch and you can help them out by participating in the first annual Fury FC golf tournament at the Cedars Golf Course in Pike County. The entry fee is $240 per four-person team. The top foursome wins $800. A hole-in-one wins a new car from Moore Chevrolet. The funds go toward travel, uniform and other costs and, believe me, soccer is expensive. The weather Saturday is supposed to be perfect for golf so come out and support these fine young ladies who represent our communities so well. Contact Ryan Edge at 770-468-6768 to register. ********* Another event close to my heart this week is the Griffin Choral Arts presentation of Masterworks: French Romantics Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Griffin Auditorium. This concert will feature the works of Faure, Durufle and Poulenc accompanied by an organ, orchestra and pianist Cathy Willis. Tickets are $10 and available at Goggans Florist in Barnesville and A Novel Experience in Zebulon. The GCA singers have worked extremely hard rehearsing these difficult works. Their hard work will pay off in beautiful music to your ears. Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of the Herald Gazette.

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