A story in The Moultrie Observer in the fall of 1959 hailed the Moultrie High's promising "Four Freshmen," Sam Freeman, Clyde "Piggie" Isom, Tommy Tucker and Wayne Tucker.
All went on to have excellent careers for the Packers the next three seasons.
Another member of that talented young group left Moultrie and had an excellent career far from Mack Tharpe Stadium.
Duncan Dunn moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Military Academy (now Woodward Academy) and went on to become All-State in football and track and president of his senior class.
Dunn was a good friend of Tommy Tucker's and someone happened to e-mail him the story The Observer ran on Tucker before last week's Hall of Fame banquet.
Dunn remembers coach Tom White teaching him to throw the discus while coaching Ed Griffin.
He later nearly won the Atlanta Decathlon and came in fourth in discus and shot put at the state meet.
After his senior season at GMA (where the baseball coach was Grant Gillis), he played for the North team in the North-South High School All-Star football game. Wayne Tucker was on the South team.
The North team scored late to tie the game 6-6, but Valdosta's Butch Luke blocked Dunn's extra point attempt and the game ended in a tie
Like Isom and Buddy McCoy, Dunn went on to Georgia Tech, where McCoy started two seasons and and Dunn earned a letter.
Dunn is now in the real estate business in Albany.
Former Colquitt County football star Tyran Robinson is having an excellent junior season at Valdosta State. In helping lead the Blazers to a 7-0 start, Robinson is leading the team in rushing with 408 yards on 72 carries, a 5.7 average, and four touchdowns.
He also has 10 catches for another 48 yards and completed his only pass of the season, a 64-yarder for a touchdown to Tyrone Jordan in Valdosta State's 31-28 victory over Arkansas-Monticello.
And he has returned nine kickoffs for an 18-yard average.
Robinson rushed for 95 yards on six carries and had a 44-yard touchdown run in the Blazers' 26-21 Gulf South Conference victory over Central Arkansas last Saturday.
Brooke Bassham had three first-place finishes in the University of Georgia swimming and diving team's first two meets of the season.
The junior from Moultrie won on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards when Georgia met North Carolina on Oct. 15 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
She finished first on the 1-meter board on Saturday when Georgia traveled to Clemson. Both Bulldogs and Lady Dogs are 2-0 after their first two meets.
Sister Lane Bassham, a senior at the University of Alabama, will begin her final collegiate season on Friday when the Tide plays host to LSU.
Colquitt County coach Mike Singletary will be an assistant to South team head coach Sam Barrs in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's North-South high school all-star football game, which will be played at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Parkview's Cecil Flowe will be the head coach of the North team.
Soccer games should be shorter next spring after the Georgia High School Association's executive committee voted to eliminate overtime and penalty kicks in regular-season soccer games.
To decide region tie-breakers, teams will be awarded three points for wins, one point for ties.
Playoff games will require overtime and penalty kicks.
This Week's Circulars
GRIFFIN [mdash] Mrs. Viola (Vi) Mercer Hewett, age 84 formerly of Griffin, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. She was born November 7, 1936 in Moultrie, Georgia, a daughter to the late Charles and Liza Mae Mercer. Viola served in the US Army Company C, Second Platoon, Section A…
MOULTRIE, GA.- Amarylis Blender Abercrombie Jordan, 76, of Moultrie, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at her home. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Union Morris, 66, of Moultrie, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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