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/ / Parks, Williams Share More Than Football By Michael C. Snider FOOTBALL BROTHERS - HGHS head football coach Tommy Parks (right) and Greenville High Coach Jeremy Williams (left) share a laugh during 2009 summer passing drill between the two teams at Tiger Stadium. By MICHAEL C. SNIDER The HCHS football team's season and off- season workout programs are major ingredients in the program's success - as they are at Greenville High, up the road so to speak, though just about everyone in America knows where that school's head coach resides in Harris County. And, there are personal connections between the school's football programs and par- allel success. When HCHS head coach Tommy Parks came to Harris County from Manchester as defensive coordinator with then offensive coordinator Tommy Drew, he found a weight program that had been improved under former Tiger defen- sive coordinator Jeremy Williams...yes, that Jeremy Williams -- head coach and athletic director at Greenville High who had also served as defensive coordinator at HCHS the three years prior to Parks and Drew's arrival. THAT WASN'T their first football crossing trail. Parks had been defensive coordinator, Williams, offensive coordinator for the 1995 Blue Devil's Class A State Champions. The two have remained close friends since. The trail was well blazed at HCHS by Coach Williams as far as off-season workouts were concerned, not unlike when the two were wet- behind-the-ears coordinators for Manchester. The two "coaching brothers" come from the same work ethic, and both programs - Harris County and Greenville -- have progressed under the leadership of the two precocious young coaches. Elliott Wins Again! Page 3B Babe Ruth Action Is Heating Up! Page 8B The Harris County Journal * Thursday, May 27, 2010 * Page IB Parks: Preparation Ke), to Success By MICHAEL C. SNIDER HCHS head football coach Tommy Parks remind- ed his football team follow- ing Spring practice that high school football games are not won on Friday nights...they are won by teams that work hard the remainder of the year. And no brief period of time - June to August - is as crRical as the.ca. !ysu.mmer months when players are lift- ing weights and working on conditioning drills. HARRIS COUNTY foot- ball players have bought into the Tiger coaching staff's prescription for a winning program, four state playoff teams in six years - includ- ing three in a row, bear tes- timony that that. And the turnout for spring practice and the summer workout roster supports the continuation of that course - - 27, 22 and 18 upcoming soph- omores, juniors and seniors attested to that. "We have had success and I believe the reason we have is because of the dedication of these kids during the sum- mer. When other kids are out having a good time, these kids are back up here working hard to get better. "In today's world of foot- ball or any sport, it takes a lot of preparation. We know we are taking a lot of these See HCHS kids away Schedule from the and Roster house and for -Page 2B!  the most part, it isajob to "We try o teach them a sense of responsibility and to be dedicated to some- thing...and I think that goes further in life than the game or the sport itself." THE SPRING game had an extra incentive with the gates receipts - mostly from students-pledged to the com- munity's Relay for Life...around $1,500 going towards Harris County's con- tribution to the American Cancer Society annual event. Meanwhile, the 2010 HCHS football season has already begun...for the foot- ball team. By Michael C. Snlder FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE HERE - HCHS head football coach Tommy Parks talks with his players following spring game, encouraging them to continue to work towards next season. Team Photos Needed HCHS TENNIS TEAM EXCELS - The Harris County High Tennis Team completed its best season ever this year, find out all the team's accomplishments on Page 2B. In the top photograph, the team proudly displays its region championship trophy won for two consecutive seasons. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) James Smith, Josh Allen, Cole O'Neal, Cameron Williams, Tanner Childs, John McLemore, Will Pitts, Brett McLemore and Coach Kristy Bradley; (second row) Geordie Wolfe, Leigh Stowe and John Todd Lee. In the bottom photograph, the team celebrates after defeating Ola High to make the Final Four. Pictured are: (front row) Josh Allen, Tanner Childs and Will Pitts; (second row) James Smith, John McLemore, Geordie Wolfe, Coach Kristy Bradley and Cole O'Neal; (third row) Brett McLemore and Cameron Williams; (back row) John Todd Lee and Leigh Stowe. HCHS Moved to Region 3-AA00kA By MICHAEL C. SNIDER Under the new two-year realignment, the Harris County football team will con- tinue to compete in classifi- cation AAAA. But a steadfast effort by school administra- tors, Coach Parks and athlet- ic director Bryce Robinson challenged the 2010-11 realignment and resulted in the schools' athletic teams competing in Region 3-AAAA Sub-Region B. The school system was initially frustrated by a schedule that would have included another time-con- suming road schedule that not only would keep HCHS athletes out of class, but also result in another increase in travel costs for the school's teams. Five of the sub-region match-ups are in the Fayette County area, and Upson-Lee's campus is an hour east of Hamilton. The Harris County Journal is preparing for the annu- al Youth Sports Section featuring team photographs of all the county's youth teams. Photographs will be accepted as 3PEG files through email, as regular photographs (that will be returned) or as J-PEG files on disk. All photographs must be accompanied by a list of players' names, coaches, etc. and must be in order left to right from front 'ow to back row. If you would like to have your team featured in the upcoming section, please submit a photograph by Friday, June 18 before S p.m. Photographs and photograph information may be emailed to: starmecurynews@charterinternet.com; mailed to: The Harris County Journal, P.O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816; or delivered to The Journal's Publishing Office located at 3051 Roosevelt Highway in Manchester. For more information or questions, please call Johnny Kuykendall at (706) 846-3188.