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 May 31, 2000


McFadden Signs With Ga. Southern Track
Commerce High School senior Stephanie McFadden recently signed a scholarship to run track and cross country at Georgia Southern University.
McFadden finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run at the Class A state track meet in Albany last month. She also took sixth in the 3,200 run.
Last fall, McFadden was fifth in the state at the Class A cross country meet.
In her junior year, she was eighth at the state cross country meet and competed at state on the 4X400 relay team.
GSU Eagle track and field head coach Todd Lane said the school is glad to have McFadden on the team.
McFadden is one of nine recruits for the team this spring.
"Stephanie is a welcomed addition to our cross country and track team," Lane said. "We really have taken steps forward with these recruits.
"We were able to bring in some wonderful people who can help us in different areas on the track and on the field. With last year's group being stronger and the addition of this year's recruits, we will provide a stong challenge to teams in the Southern Conference."
Banks County High School 1999 graduate Keyonia Collins is one of the current members of the Eagle track team.
Seeing McFadden succeed is an assurance that dedication is repaid, CHS track coach Jason Oliver said.
"I'm out there begging girls to run in events and then I've got Stephanie asking to run everything," Oliver said. "She's an overachiever. You take her body size and her stride length and she shouldn't be able to compete. But because of her hard work and competitive nature, she's right there with them."
McFadden is the first Commerce cross country runner to sign a college scholarship, CHS coach Mark Hale said.
"She's a great person to have on the team," Hale said. "She's been one of my favorite athletes I've coached in my eight years here.
"She wasn't blessed with the best body for cross country. But she is a very hard worker and a very competitive person. She's a good athlete. She's playing sports all the time."
In her four years at Commerce, McFadden was a football cheerleader as well as playing softball, basketball, cross country and track. She has also been a member of the Tiger Sharks swim team in the summer.


Collins breaking in GSU track team
Banks County graduate Keyonia Collins has been a part of Georgia Southern's first women's track and field team.
As a freshman, Collins was one of the leaders for the Eagle team that claimed sixth in the Southern Conference meet last month.
Collins had the fourth-fastest time in the 100-meter dash with a 12.74 at the Florida State Relays.
She was also a member of the 4X100 team that ran a 46.77 at the Spec Towns Relays at the University of Georgia in April. The time was also the fastest time turned in by any Southern Conference relay team this year.
During the indoor season, Collins had a 7.31 in the 55 dash in a meet at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
Converted to a 7.81 in the 60 dash, her time was the eighth fastest time recorded in the conference in the 1999-20000 season.
She also ran a leg on the seventh-fastest 4x100 indoor time of 54.29.
Collins was slowed by a hamstring injury in January. GSU Eagle track and field head coach Todd Lane said Collins talent may have worked against her with her injury.
"She's such a powerful athlete," Lane said. "It's hard for her not to pull muscles. She just needs some work to improve her endurance. That will come."
GSU was sixth out of 11 teams at the Southern Conference outdoor meet. But retooling for next season should have them ready to be even more competitive, according to the team's coach.
Lane said the school is glad to have new recruits to go with the members already on the team.
Commerce High School senior Stephanie McFadden recently signed a scholarship to run track and cross country at Georgia Southern University. McFadden is one of nine recruits for the team this spring.
Of the 28 members of the GSU women's track team, two were seniors and one was a junior. With the nine new recruits, a team of 34 will take on the Southern Conference next year.
"We really have taken steps forward with these recruits," Lane said. "We were able to bring in some wonderful people who can help us in different areas on the track and on the field. With last year's group being stronger and the addition of this year's recruits, we will provide a strong challenge to teams in the Southern Conference."
Though the 1999-2000 season was the first for the track and field team, GSU has had a cross country team for three years.
McFadden finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run at the Class A state track meet in Albany last month. She also took sixth in the 3,200 run. Last fall, McFadden was fifth in the state at the Class A cross country meet.
In her junior year, she was eighth at the state cross country meet and competed at state on the 4X400 relay team.


Carly Parr signs letter of intent with West Georgia
Remember the little pink bunny in the television commercial that just keeps going and going?
Inside that pink suit is Carly Parr.
With her prep track and cross country careers completed, Parr signed a letter of intent with West Georgia Thursday that will keep her running competitively.
Head track coach Steve Collins was among a number of people who spoke at the signing ceremony.
"I wish we could have the entire school here, because Carly has touched everybody at some point in time," Collins said. "She's the kind of athlete that you get to coach once in a career. They don't come around much. For her to be able to continue in her academic and athletic endeavors is a tribute to her. I wish I could say I had something to do with it, but I didn't. I just made sure she got to the meets on time and had the right uniform. She's that self-motivated."
"In recent years," said athletic director Greg Lowe, "we've been misled into thinking that you have to concentrate on one sport in order to be successful at the next level. Carly is a shining example that it isn't true. Carly has done it all."
Parr will graduate holding at least seven school records, and possibly more. Her name is beside six Jackson County track records (3200, 1600, 4X400 relay, 4X800 relay, sprint medley and distance medley relays). She also holds the best mark in cross country for the 5K run. The cross country record and four of the track records were set during her senior year.
"I'm proud of her," said JCCHS principal Jim Gurley. "I think she's a good role model for all our students. I think she's probably set the school record for girls accumulating letters in sports. I don't know of any others who might have more, and that could possibly include the guys as well." Parr earned letters in four sports as a senior, and was tapped for the JCCHS Faculty Award.
"Carly isn't just talented athletically," said cross country assistant Christy Price. "She's also talented academically. She's a fine young lady, and a good role model for us all."
Parr was also a member of the girls' basketball team that qualified for the class AAA state tournament, and pitched for the Lady Panthers' softball team, which won the regular-season region 8-AAA championship.
Parr plans to room with another talented and highly regarded Jackson County senior, former basketball teammate Monic Stewart, who signed a volleyball scholarship with West Georgia earlier in the school year.


Summertime recreation activities coming up
With Jackson County and Commerce City schools closing this week and Jefferson already done, area students are eagerly considering their options for summer activities. Hundreds of bookworms are ready to toss aside the hardback textbooks and pick up swimming trunks, baseballs, fishing rods and anything else they can find to fill their new-found free time.
JEFFERSON POOL OPENS
The Jefferson city pool opened Saturday, and a healthy crowd of visitors celebrated Memorial Day Monday by taking a dip. Operating hours for the pool are from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., and private parties may be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission to the pool is $3 per person, and summer family passes have been reduced to $50.
Parties must be reserved in advance, and require a $75 fee with a deposit of $25. Anyone interested in booking a party should contact Hilda Corbett at 367-5672, or call the pool at 367-5621.
DAY CAMP JUNE 12
The City of Jefferson will again sponsor the Jefferson Day Camp, beginning June 12. The camp will run through July 7.
Daily camp times are 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. An adult will be present for early dropoff at 7:30 a.m. The price is $30 per camper, with a sliding fee for larger families.
Camp activities will include arts and crafts, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, tennis, track, bowling and swimming, with other special events scheduled each week.
The camp is open to children ages 4-13, with those 4-6 in a self-contained group. Campers should bring a sack lunch, towel and swim suit. Drinks will be provided at lunchtime.
James Pinion and Hilda Corbett are co-directors of the camp. For more information, call 367-5672.
NATIONAL FISHING WEEK JUNE 3-11
A pair of events in nearby Banks County will recognize National Fishing Week June 3-11.
Scales Creek Golf Course will host a kids' fishing rodeo Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The event is open to children 16 and under. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult, but only the children will be allowed to fish.
The course lake has been stocked with 2,000 channel catfish by the Fisheries Section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. One albino catfish was stocked, and will earn the grand prize for the child who catches it.
Other prizes will be awarded, and a drawing will be held for door prizes.
The event is sponsored by the Georgia DNR, the Grove Level Chapter of the Christian Sportsmen's Fellowship, Phil Scales and the Banks County Board of Commissioners.
Fishermen will be limited to the use of one hand-held pole. Bait will be provided, or may be brought.
Pre-registration is required, in order to provide lunch for all attendees. Spaces are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Interested parties should call Trent Wilson at 652-3452.
After the Scales Creek event, young fishermen may want to attend another fishing event in Banks County, this one at Jim Dickson Pond. Fishing begins at noon and continues through 4 p.m., and only children under 16 may participate. For more information, contact Jim Dickson at 677-5137.
A host of other Kids Fishing Events, call the nearest Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management Office, or call (770) 918-6418.
SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
In addition, instructional camps are being offered beginning this week in a variety of sports.
Jefferson girls' basketball coach Kevin Jacobs began his girls' basketball camp Tuesday at JHS. Boys' coach Bolling DuBose will offer a camp next week.
Jackson County coaches Ron Garren and Annette Watts will hold basketball camps at JCCHS the following two weeks, and a Commerce camp is slated to begin June 19.
Jefferson coach Jackie Thurmond begins her summer tennis camps Monday with a clinic for children in grades 2-6 for the upcoming year. The Commerce Parks and Recreation Department will offer a week-long camp, also beginning Monday.
DeMaris Gurley's Superstar Softball camp begins June 12, and both Jefferson and Commerce baseball coaches have baseball camps scheduled for later in the summer.
See the Summer Sports Camp Roundup on this page for more information on these and other events.


Diamond Raiders honored at banquet
The Madison County Red Raider baseball team gathered Monday night to celebrate this past season's 20-win campaign and to also honor the squad's top players.
Junior Andy Coile, the team's catcher, who hit .365 with seven homers, was named the Most Valuable Player.
Head coach Charlie Griffith said Coile's clutch hitting during the course of the year was one of the main reasons he was so valuable to the squad.
"You would have to count on two hands all the big hits he had for us during the year," Griffith said.
Receiving the Best Hitter Award was senior Chad Gillespie, who hit .378 with eight homers during the season.
Georgia Southern signee and possible major league draft pick Scott Tolbert was recognized as the squad's best pitcher as the senior put together a solid 2000 season, going 5-1 with a 2.26 ERA while striking out 95 in only 52.2 innings pitched.
Other award winners Monday night included: Bo Williamson, who received the team's Best Hustle Award; Jeremie Strickland, who was given the team's Most Improved Player Award; Jamaris Mattox, who was recognized as the team's top defensive player; Chad Youngblood, who received the Coach's Award; and Daniel Smith, who was honored with Team Captain's Award.
All awards were voted on by players.
Griffith said that despite "falling short" of what they wanted to accomplish, the 2000 squad, which won the Northeast Georgia Tournament during the year, still had a successful season.
"A lot of teams would die to be 20-10," said Griffith of the squad's record.
For the junior varsity, Adam Jordan was the big winner, walking away with both the Best Hitter and Best Pitcher Awards. Other junior varsity players getting awards were Tony Tittle, who was given the Best Hustle Award, and Cody Threlkeld, who received the Most Improved Player Award.
Head junior varsity coach Ken Morgan said his squad learned a lot during the season depite their sub=par, 1-11 mark for the 2000 year.
"They went out there every day and got better, so I'm not worried about the record," said Morgan. "I see a lot in their future."


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