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 May 10, 2000


Gary, Perry At State Track And Field Meet
Commerce's McFadden Takes 5th, 6th In Albany
Commerce High School's two representatives to the Class A boys' track meet will be in action Friday in the 29th Georgia Olympics in Jefferson.
CHS junior Casey Gary will compete in the shot put, while Adam Perry will compete in the pole vault in the Class A division of the state chamionships.
All four classes will hold their state track meets at Jefferson's Byran-Keen Track at Memorial Stadium.
The girls' state track meet was held last weekend in Albany. Commerce's Stephanie McFadden competed in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. McFadden took fifth place in the 1,600 with a time of 5:38.56. She was sixth in the 3,200 with a time of 12:39.83.
AREA COMPETITORS
Jefferson's Heather Green took third place in the high jump. Green equaled the best height of 5-2, but took third place based on the number of misses.
Annie Goza was seventh in the discus with a throw of 102-3. The winning throw was 121-1 by Lacresha Scott of Calhoun.
Jackson County Compre-hensive High School's Carly Parr took third place in the Class AAA 1,600 and sixth place in the 3,200 runs in Albany.
Parr ran the 1,600 in 5:19.78. She turned in a time of 11:46.34 in the 3,200.
Banks County's Taffy Carruth competed in the shot put, but did not reach the finals.
BOYS' STATE MEET
The top two competitors in each event move on to state, but Commerce's representatives did not need a second-place finish.
Gary won the Region 8-A shot put event to qualify for state with a throw of 49 feet, nine and three quarter inches.
Gary will compete in the state event at 1 p.m. Friday.
Perry, the CHS pole vault record holder with a mark of 12 feet, seven inches, also claimed first in the region meet. Perry and the other Class A pole vaulters will be among the first competitors to see action at 10 a.m.
Admission to the state meet will be $7 per person.


Collins Named All-Tourney At AAU Event In Charlottesville, Va.
Michael Collins's Tennessee Travelers AAU basketball team had a pretty good showing, but the Commerce High School junior stood out even more at the Southern Invitational Tournament at the University of Virginia in Charllottesville this weekend.
While the Travelers won their pool and advanced to the bracket tournament, Collins was named to the all-tournament team for the event, which was sponsored by Bob Givens All-Star and Hoop Group.
The event featured teams from up and down the eastern seaboard, according to CHS coach Rex Gregg.
"There were teams from Virigina, North Carolina South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey," Gregg said. "There were about 240 kids playing.
"Mikey probably had 15 points per game, which is good in the games they play. Each team is playing 10 people in a game."
Collins will play in several events with the Travelers in the spring and summer.
The Travelers will play July 15-20 at an event in Augusta.


Ivey set to jump into state meet
Banks County High School's representative to the Class A boys' track meet will be in action Friday in the 29th Georgia Olympics in Jefferson.
BCHS junior Chris Ivey will compete in the high jump of Class A's division in the state chamionships.
All four classes will hold their state track meets at Jefferson's Byran-Keen Track at Memorial Stadium.
The girls' state track meet was held last weekend in Albany.
Banks County's Taffy Carruth competed in the shot put, but did not reach the finals.
The winning throw came from Jennifer Oliver of Wheeler County for a mark of 36-3.
AREA COMPETITORS
Jefferson's Heather Green took third place in the high jump. Green equaled the best height of 5-2, but took third place based on the number of misses.
Annie Goza was seventh in the discus with a throw of 102-3. The winning throw was 121-1 by Lacresha Scott of Calhoun.
Jackson County Comprehen-sive High School's Carly Parr took third place in the Class AAA 1,600 and sixth place in the 3,200 runs in Albany.
Parr ran the 1,600 in 5:19.78. She turned in a time of 11:46.34 in the 3,200.
Commerce's Stephanie McFadden competed in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. McFadden took fifth place in the 1,600 with a time of 5:38.56. She was sixth in the 3,200 with a time of 12:39.83.
BOYS' STATE MEET
Ivey took second at the Region 8-A meet, clearing 6-2. He will be the first boys' state high jump participant for Banks County since Orlando Wiley set the Class A record in the high jump in 1998.
Commerce's Casey Gary and Adam Perry will compete in the state event.
Gary won the Region 8-A shot put event to qualify for state with a throw of 49 feet, nine and three quarter inches. Gary will compete in the state event at 1 p.m. Friday.
Perry, the CHS pole vault record holder with a mark of 12 feet, seven inches, also claimed first in the region meet. Perry and the other Class A pole vaulters will be among the first competitors to see action at 10 a.m. along with Jefferson's Blake Gooch. JHS' Steve Green will be in the triple jump. The Dragons' 1,600 relay team will also compete.
Chris and Chuck Kubiak will both compete at the Class AAA state meet for Jackson County.
Chris will compete in the 300 hurldes. Chuck will throw the discus.
Admission to the state meet will be $7 per person.


Gridiron Leopards enjoy smooth practice pace
Banks County Leopards began spring practice this week with a familiarity that has coach Rance Gillespie welcome the new season, which is less than four months away.
But as the Leopards look toward next season, the competition is knows they are coming as well, Gillespie said.
"We're not going to sneak up on anybody next year," Gillespie said. "Everybody expects us to be better. We expect us to be better and be in every ball game."
With 50 players out for spring practice this year, strong leadership from the rising seniors has been important, Gillespie said.
"Our kids are giving a great effort," he said. "Our pace has been super. I attribute that to the seniors. They're doing a good jobof leading the team."
Gillespie said he would decide later if the team would have a scrimmage at the end of the two-week practice session next Friday.
"We're headed in that direction," Gillespie said. "With as many as we've got out, we might be able to have some team scrimmage like that."
"We've got a good group of kids," Gillespie said. "Our numbers are improving. We've gotten a lot of the (rising) 10th graders who had played before back out.
"Pleased with the way the kids are progressing," Gillespie said. "They're getting after it. If we can hold that pace for 10 days, spring practice will definitely have been a success."
Banks County will open the 2000 football season at home against Jackson County on Sept. 1.
The Leopards' first game in the new Region 8-AA will be Sept. 22 at Dawson County.
Banks County delayed the start of spring practice by one week from the April 29 start date set by the GHSA.


Georgia Olympics on tap this week
Jefferson High School will host the 29th Georgia Olympics beginning Friday at Bryan/Keen track at Memorial Stadium.
Top athletes from around the state will vie for state championships in all four classifications. Field events get under way at 10 a.m., with running preliminaries beginning at 3 p.m. Finals for running events are slated to start at noon Saturday.
The Dragons qualified a pair of individuals for the meet, as well as the 4X400 relay team of Roderick Young, Jacob Cole, David Boring and Hunter Garner.
Blake Gooch will begin the competition for Jefferson at 10 a.m. in the class A pole vault, and senior Steve Green follows at 1 p.m. in the triple jump. The 4X400 relay preliminaries are set for 9 p.m. Friday, with finals closing the competition Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Three Jackson County track members will make the short trek from Panther Stadium to Memorial Stadium.
Tim Birdette brings a region 8-AAA championship mark of 21 feet, eight inches in the long jump, which begins Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Chuck Kubiak will enter the discus circle for Jackson County shortly after 1 p.m., and brother Chris will run the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 8 p.m. Finals for that event are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.


Parr, Green finish third in Albany
Jackson County's Carly Parr and Lady Dragon Heather Green led area girls at the state track meet last week in Albany with a pair of third-place finishes.
Parr closed an incredible prep career with a personal best time of 5:19.78 in the 1600-meter run Friday. Rome's Shiona Jackson crossed the line first, seven seconds ahead of Parr. Region 8-AAA freshman sensation Kathleen Turchin of North Gwinnett took second, only 1.3 seconds off the pace.
Parr also claimed sixth in Thursday's 3200-meter run with a personal best of 11:46.34. That mark was 0.26 seconds better than Parr's state championship run of a year ago.
"Carly's been involved in eight state meets, including cross country," said Jackson County head coach Steve Collins. "She's placed no worse than sixth in any of them, and that's not including softball and basketball. That's about as consistent as anybody I've been around in my life. She may be the best long-term athlete I've had the opportunity to coach, and she's most definitely going to be missed."
Sara Freeland also represented the Lady Panthers in the 800-meter preliminaries Thursday. Jackson County finished 18th in the meet, behind only North Gwinnett from their home region.
"The quality of the running events was pretty darn good," Collins said. "It's good to see that girls' track is really beginning to take off."
For the Lady Dragons, Green fell an inch short of her personal-best Jefferson record with a high jump of five feet, two inches. The mark equaled the champion and runner-up's efforts, but Green settled for third place on attempts.
Freshman Annie Goza, nursing a rotator cuff injury, took seventh in the discus throw with a toss of 102'3". Goza is not expected to need surgery to correct the problem, but will undergo physical therapy during the summer.
Audrey Johnson ran for Jefferson in the 300-meter hurdles preliminaries, setting a new school record of 50.62 seconds in a highly competitive event.
"The 300 hurdles was a pretty tough event this year," Jefferson girls' coach Sandi Flint said. "There was a lot of good competition."
Flint also expressed her pleasure with the team's performance during the season.
"We had a good season," she said. "In the region alone, we had 13 personal bests." All three state participants should return for the Lady Dragons next season, in addition to a number of other team members.
Commerce's Stephanie McFadden took fifth in the 1600-meter run and sixth in the 3200. Athens Academy running icon Kristen Austin claimed the state championship in both events, giving her a total of nine gold medals in two sports during her high school career.


Hybl finishes third in state
Madison County's Ryan Hybl wrapped up a stellar high school golf career with a two-over par 74 in the Class AAA state championship, good enough for a third place finish in the individual tournament at Goshen Plantation in Augusta Monday.
Hybl won last year's Class AAA crown with a 69. He placed second in the event his sophomore year with a 69.
Madison County golf coach Mark Turner said Hybl's high school golf career was outstanding.
"It will be a while before I coach another like that," said Turner. "We were fortunate to have him in our program. He helped kids to see what it takes to get to that level."
Turner noted that with all of Hybl's junior golf accomplishments, which included an appearance in a PGA tour event, the senior may have had some motivation troubles this year in high school golf, but he added that the Georgia signee was impressive nonetheless.
"He had accomplished so much; he had nothing left to prove this year," said Turner. "All he could do was go down. But for him to play like he did this season was a credit to him....I look forward to him blossoming at Georgia. And I wouldn't be surprised if he's the best player on that team."
With this year's Region 8-AAA individual title under his belt, Hybl qualified for the state tournament, though his squad narrowly missed a berth to the state competition.
Winning the individual crown on Monday was Pete Askew of Marist. Askew fired a 71 and defeated Wren Fowler of Thompson in a playoff. Marist captured the Class AAA title with a 298.


Ben Jeffers KO's 18 in Ranger win
Fireballer Ben Jeffers of Zeb's Rangers struck out 18 batters in his team's 4-3 win over the Modern Body Mets in Madison County Major League action Saturday.
Jeffers allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in six innings. Jason Wynn, who had a single and a double, pitched an inning in relief, giving up no runs on two hits and a walk. Michael Manley also had a single and a double, scoring the Rangers' winning run.
Brad Osborne pitched for the Mets, fanning 10 in six innings, while allowing six hits, three runs and one walk. Clint Lowe pitched one inning in relief, giving up one run on one hit and one walk, while striking out one. Lowe, Matt Hix, Josh Hix and Osborne led the Mets at the plate.
MARINERS 16 EXPOS 6
The Utility Pipeline Services Mariners defeated the Jackson EMC Expos 16-6 Saturday.
Kirk Patterson picked up the win for the Mariners, striking out seven and walking six, while allowing four hits in four innings. Patterson, Chris Gunnells and Tyler Hill led the Mariners at the plate.
Chad Boswell and Jamey Rice pitched for the Expos. Boswell led the Expos with two singles and Rice had a double.
PHILLIES 10 INDIANS 7
The Strick Non-Woven Phillies downed the Twin "W" Grading and Hauling Indians 10-7 Saturday. Timothy Childers was the winning pitcher, giving up seven runs and nine hits, while sriking out five in five innings. Josh Strickland, Timothy Childers and Adam Crowe led the Phillies at the plate.
Blake Jones pitched for the Indians. Mitchell Lee, Justin Pursley, Matthew Smith and Chris Jenkins were the Indians' leading hitters.
ASTROS 10 BRAVES 3
Ben McCain entered the game and struck out the side in the sixth to hold on to the Bank of Danielsville Astros' first win of the season, a 10-3 win over the American Pest Control Braves. Leading the Astros were Bobby Parker, Taylor Kellogg, McCain, Josh Deaton and Zach McCain.
Leading the Braves at the plate were Joshua NeSmith, Kevin Dean and Mitch Pike.
A'S 9 PIRATES 1
The TyCobb Healthcare A's downed the Bread Basket Pirates 9-1 Saturday. Caleb Williams went the distance for the A's, striking out 12 in six innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. Williams also smashed two singles and a double. Kevin Fields had two singles and a triple. Carter Whiten had two singles. Ben Morris blasted a double. Others with hits included Wes McGaha and Bryce Whitley.
Clay Wilson pitched one scoreless inning for the Pirates. Keith Kincaid pitched five innings, giving up nine runs, while striking out 11. Garrett Hochstetler, Justin Neal and Wilson led the Pirates at the plate.
LUMBERJACKS 7
DEVIL RAYS 3

Led by a 14-strikeout performance from Chaz Perry, the Armour Plumbing and Well Lumberjacks defeated the Huddle House Devil Rays 7-3 Saturday. Perry went the distance for the Lumberjacks, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. Leading hitters for the Lumberjacks included Will Sartain, Jesse Compton, Sam Tonge, Levi Hanson, Nick Ginn and Joshua Swaim.
Anthony Moody pitched for the Devil Rays, giving up seven runs, while striking out nine. Michael Freeman, Adam Dees and Nick Tarver led the Devil Rays at the plate.
BRAVES 9 A'S 7
The Braves out-slugged the A's 9-7 last Monday as Dustin Temple drove home two runs while Mitch Pike and Kevin Dean each picked up an RBI in the win.
Dean also worked five innings from the mound as he struck out eight while allowing only three hits.
For the A's, Kevin Fields pitched five innings in the loss, allowing only two hits but also walking 11 batters.
Shaun Gerrett and Kevin Fields led the way offensively as they each picked up a double while Bryce Whitley added a single.
RANGERS 11 ASTROS 1
The Rangers' pitching duo of Jason Wynn and Chris Ford baffled Astros batters last Monday as the two combined for 17 strikeouts in the squad's 11-1 win.
The Rangers' starter Wynn worked the first three innings, surrendering no hits and no runs while fanning eight batters and walking two.
Ford then picked up where Wynn left off as he worked the final three innings, allowing a single run off three hits while striking out nine and walking only two
Zeb Osley, Ford, Ben Jeffers, Michael Manley and Jeremy Elrod all led the way offensively in the Ranger win.
For the Astros, Josh Deaton and Justin Cape each worked three innings from the mound in the loss while Chad Griffin led the way from the plate as he picked up an RBI double and also had a single. Gabe Lewis also collected a single.
METS 8
PIRATES 0

The Mets' Matt Hix turned in a stellar performance from the mound last Tuesday as he worked six scoreless innings, surrendering only four hits while striking out four and walking only one.
Hix, along with Brad Osborne, Will Moon and Cy Strickland, also lead his squad from the plate.
For the Pirates, Clay Wilson pitched five innings in his squad's loss.
Leading the way offensively for the Pirates were Garrett Hochsteler, Keith Kincaid and Sam Arnold.
DEVIL RAYS 11
INDIANS 0

The Devil Rays' Matthew Freeman worked a gem of a ball game last Tuesday as he fired a one-hit shutout, working four innings, striking out six, while only allowing a hit and a walk.
Anthony Moody and Nick Tarver accounted for the bulk of the Devil Rays' offensive damage as Moody ripped a single and a triple while Tarver picked up a double and a triple in the 11-0 rout.
For the Indians, Kenny Reynolds pitched three innings in the loss while Steven Bellew picked up the squad's only hit.
LUMBERJACKS 6
EXPOS 3

Will Sartain led the way in the Lumberjacks win Thursday as he worked six innings, surrendering three runs off six hits while fanning six and walking five.
Keying the Lumberjack squad offensively were Chaz Perry, who went three for three from the plate, driving in two runs, and Jesse Compton, who picked up a single and three RBIs.
Kyle Cooper, who worked six innings on the mound and struck out eight batters, led his team from the plate as he collected a single and a double. Expos Jeremy Jordan and Alex Gaskin also collected two hits in the loss.
MARINERS 9
PHILLIES 2

The Mariners' Kirk Patterson homered and picked up a single Thursday in his squad's 9-2 victory over the Phillies. Also aiding the Mariners offensively in the win were J.J. McCay and Chris Gunnells, who each picked up base hits.
Dustin Chandler worked six innings for the Mariners in picking up the win as he allowed only two runs and three walks while striking out eight batters.
For the Phillies Josh Strickland fanned 11 batters in six innings in the loss.
Leading the way from the plate were Timothy Childers, who picked up three singles, and Andrew Brannon, who collected a single, double and also picked up a run.


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