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November 29, 2012

Two HamCo boys heading to playoffs

Jasper — Two Hamilton County boys, Charvunta (Char) and Charmarik (Marik) Merine are heading to a championship football game after an undefeated season.

Charles and Chris Merine of Bellville, a small community in Hamilton County near the Georgia border, along with their family are ecstatic. Their sons Char and Marik have played an exciting undefeated football season at Valwood School in Valdosta, Ga. and they are entering the final bracket of the playoffs Friday night. 

Hamilton County High School Guidance Chair Paula Williams said, “The parents, grandparents and all live in Hamilton County at Marion Station, Bellville and Jasper and they’re all grads of Hamilton County.”

The boys‘ mother, Chris Merine teaches at Central and her sister is a paraprofessional at North Hamilton Elementary, Williams said, and the two boys went to school in Hamilton County from kindergarten through last year.

“Bernice Robinson Jackson retired from the sheriff's department, Edgar Lumpkin retired from emergency services, Anthony Williams, Emily Lumpkin and myself...we are all kin folks,” said Williams. “These boys have spent the last 10 years playing ball for coaches since pee wee ball. Everyone knows them and keeps up with what they are doing.”

According to Charles Merine, “We have traveled all over Georgia not missing a single game all season and it has been well worth the effort. My sons have had a great time and they are enjoying the change in this great program. Little did we know, it would be one win after the other and now a showing in the championship game this Friday night at Valwood.”

Kick-off is at 7 p.m. and the entire Merine family invites everyone to come out and help cheer these young men on to victory.

“A championship would be the icing on the cake for an undefeated season,” said Charles Merine. “We are also very excited about our son Char who is one of three students from Valdosta to be invited to the all star game on Dec. 31. Valdosta and Lowndes High will have one student represented in the game as well. This game will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.”

Char Merine is one of 98 top high school football underclassmen in the state of Georgia who will gather in Atlanta for a five day developmental program known as RisingSeniors. The program was created to assist high school juniors with their athletic, academic and social development, while preparing them for their senior year and instilling in them the necessary tools to thrive academically, athletically and socially. It is offered to selected participants as an all-expense paid scholarship program covered by the RisingSeniors Foundation.

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