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 July 19, 2000


Commerce Hosts Preseason Camp With More Than 250 Prep Players Participating
More than 250 high school football players have converged on Commerce High School practice fields for this year's Northeast Georgia Offensive Camp. Teams from all across North Georgia attended, including reigning Class AA champ Cartersville. Cresent High School from Iva, S.C., was also in attendence. Players are grouped into lineman and skill positions to receive small group instruction from one of several head and assisant coaches from around the area. The camp began Tuesday. Georgia High School Association teams will begin team practices Monday, July 24, with helmets as the only padding.
Full pads will be added to the practice regimen starting July 31. Commerce will participate in a jamboree Aug. 25. The Tigers will open the 2000 football season Sept. 1 with a game against Franklin County in Carnesville. The Tigers will open their home schedule Sept. 8 with Forsyth Central.

Tigersharks Compete in District Swim Meet
The Commerce Tigersharks competed last Saturday in the GRPA 7th District meet at the Green Street pool in Gainesville. The team will hold its final home meet Friday.
Nick Moulton took first place in the 18-under 50-yard freestyle and the 50 backstroke.
He will advance to the state meet in Carrollton, which begins on July 29.
Only the top three places advance to the state meet.
GIRLS
In the 8-under girls' 25 breastroke, Jessie Flint took eighth place. Katelyn Nevil was eighth in the 25 freestyle in the 10-under.
Amy Nichols was sixth in the 25 breaststroke. Sarah Pippin was eighth in the 25 butterfly.
Kristina McFadden was sixth in the butterfly and eighth in the 100 individual medley.
Casey Teague was sixth in the 100 IM.
In the 12-under 50 butterfly Sarah Ervin was eighth.
Laura Beth Baker was fourth in both the 50 breaststroke and 100 IM in the 18-under girls' meet.
BOYS
Drew Strickland was fifth in the 25 freesyle and backstroke events for the 10-under boys.
Josh Totherow was fifth in both the 50 backstroke and the 100 IM.
Also participating for the Tigersharks were: Sarah Ridling, Adrienne Joransen, Chelsea Wilkes, Kaylin Canup, Dankelle Hembree, Catherine Vance, Lauren Martin, Michelle Cornelison, Mallory Ridling, Beth Bigler, Kristy Teague, Whitney Canup, Alex Martin, Michael Edwards, Christopher Ervin and Chris Cornelison.


Leopards start 2000 football practice Mon.
It has been a long wait. After closing out the 1999 season with three straight wins, the eight-month wait for the follow-up season is finally over.
Banks County High School will begin the first week of football practice next Monday evening.
"We're excited with all the kids we have back," Leopard coach Rance Gillespie said. "We finished last year on a positive note. We expect more out of ourselves this year."
A year ago, the Leopard staff was putting in new systems. That has not been a problem this year.
The Leopards have much left to build, but much left to build on, Gillespie said.
"We've got a long way to go," Gillespie said. "But we've been excited about the last couple of weeks."
Taking part in passing league action with area teams, the Leopards have been able to test their system.
"Our quarterback (senior Drew Gowder) is a year older," Gillespie said. "He understands the system better. The backs and receivers both know why they have to do what they do. But that should be the case after a year of expericence."
Gowder, the BCHS starter at quarterback for the past two years, said the passing leagues have helped him and the team.
"I feel pretty confident," Gowder said. "I've gotten a lot of experience. Everybody gets a feel for it. You get to see some of how it's going to be in the season."
Senior running back Hank Jones said a year has made a big difference.
"Last year it was all new to us," Jones said. "Now we know what we're doing. Coming out here to the passing leagues really helped."
Banks County will practice this week with helmets as the only padding. Full pads may be added starting July 31.
Banks County will open the 2000 football season Sept. 1 at Jackson County Compre-hensive High School.


JCCHS hosts Georgia Games Saturday
Jackson County Comprehensive High School will host the 2000 Georgia Games wrestling competition Saturday. Sidney Garner, president of the Jefferson Wrestling Club, will serve as tournament director.
Weigh-ins for the folkstyle competition will begin at 7 a.m., and wrestling action is set to start at 9 a.m. Participants in the freestyle competition will weigh in beginning at 11:30 a.m. Freestyle matches get under way at 1:30 p.m.
Divisions for competition include: Bantam (born 1992-93), Midget (1990-91), Novice (1988-89), Schoolboy (1986-87), Cadet (1984-85) and Junior (born after Sept. 1, 1980 and enrolled in grades 9-12).
In addition, an open class will be available for anyone born prior to 1981, or anyone who has competed in wrestling at the high school level before the year 2000.
The entry fee for participants is $10. A USA Wrestling card is also required for all participants, and cards may be purchased at the registration desk for $25. The Georgia Games wrestling competition is officially sanctioned by Team Georgia USA Wrestling.
All Georgia Games events are open to Georgia residents who have lived in the state for at least 30 days prior to the date of competition for their sport. Georgia residents attending school or serving in the military in other states are also eligible.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top wrestlers in each division. In addition, the Georgia Games Sportsmanship Award will be presented to one wrestler considered a model competitor.
For more information on the Georgia Games wrestling competition, contact Garner at (706) 367-4124, or via email at Gabush@aol.com. Interested parties may also call the Team Georgia hotline at (770) 222-0903.
For information on this or any of the 42 other competitions, call (770) 528-3580 or (770) 528-3592, or visit the Games' website at www.georgiagames.org.


JCPRD holds sports camps
The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department is currently holding its summer soccer camp at Lamar Murphy Park. On tap for the department next week is softball camp.
Athletic Coordinator Clayton Munnell said this week that 16 children are participating in the soccer camp, coached by soccer guru Karl Langheinrich. Approximately the same number met the July 13 registration deadline for next week's softball camp.
ADULT SEASONS END
The JCPRD Spring adult softball leagues ended regular season play last week. While the coed and women's league champions have been determined, the men's league championship will come down to one final game tonight (Wednesday) at 7:15 p.m. between Chapman Fence and Venom.
Both Chapman Fence and Venom have only one loss on the season. Venom, coached by Jimmy Rouse, lost their first game of the season to B&N Service Center, while Chapman Fence lost to
to Double-0 Bonding later in the season. The winner of Wednesday's game will receive a berth to the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's District 7 men's open tournament, to be held the week of July 24 at Lanier Point in Gainesville.
In the women's league, the Roadsters took the championship with an 8-2 record, but had to decline the GRPA district berth due to a prior tournament commitment. That decision allowed second-place Baker & Taylor to go on to the district level. The women's district tournament is slated for Saturday at Madison County. Baker & Taylor finished the regular season with a four-game win streak, including a 30-8 win over the Roadsters in their final game. The team is coached by Kay Thomas.
The coed league looked as if it would come down to a playoff between Nitro and The Cats, but The Cats stumbled down the stretch. Nitro, coached by Charlie Banks, went 9-1 on the season, the only loss coming at the paws of The Cats in the first game of the season. Nitro avenged that loss six weeks later to take the top league spot. Jackson County will host the coed district tournament at Lamar Murphy Park beginning next Thursday.
FALL LEAGUES
The JCPRD will hold an organizational meeting for its fall adult softball leagues August 16 at 6 p.m. at Lamar Murphy Park. Munnell said in a press release this week that anyone interested in entering a team for the fall league should attend the meeting. For more information, contact Munnell at 367-6350.
SAFETY PLANS
Department director John Hoos said last week that the JCPRD is continuing to pursue plans to improve safety at the Lamar Murphy Complex. Hoos plans to meet with Chris Chapman of Chapman Fence Company to develop a new plan for safety features. Earlier plans for a large-scale netting concept were scrapped when it was learned that the Habersham County recreation department had been dissatisfied with a similar feature. Hoos said he is considering going back to his original plan of extending existing fencing.


13-14 National League all-star team cruises on, picks up two more more wins at state tournament
No one has yet to derail freight train that is the Junior League National all-star squad from the track to the state championship-and they're picking up more steam.
Thus far, the all-star season has been one big path of destruction for the Madison County team as they have laid to ruin anyone that dareD stand in their way-shellacking two more foes early this week in the state tournament in Cedartown, Midway 9-3 Sunday and Masters City 16-3 Monday.
"The team has just been playing really well and they've been hitting good and the defense has been there," head coach Rick Ryder said of his squad's success.
The team, who is two wins away from the state championship if they stay in the winners bracket, will look to continue their winning ways today (Wednesday) in the third round of state tournament action as they are slated to play at 4:30 p.m. against Cartersville. If the team wins, they will then play for the state championship Friday at 7 p.m.
With the two lopsided wins in the state tournament, the Junior League National squad has swept through the postseason without a blemish, racking up a perfect 6-0 mark while pounding teams by a combined score of 73-13.
Both Michael Young and Josh Fields have continued their stellar play on both sides of the ball in the two games as both pitched complete game victories while Young has slammed three homers and Fields has added two long balls.
However, the entire squad's lumber was in full force during their victory Monday.
"It was a really big day for us," Ryder said of his team's bats.
Runs came often in the Junior League team's 13-run thrashing of Master's City as the squad got homers from Brent Burkhalter, Fields, and a grand slam from Young to help lead them to the win.
The squad exploded as the team pounded out 18 hits and each player on the team crossed the plate at least once.
From the mound, Young worked his third complete game performance of the all-star season in the run-rule-shortened win, going six innings, scattering six hits, surrendering two earned runs and walking two while striking out eight batters.
"He did a great job of controlling the game," said Ryder. "Lots of balls were hit on the ground."
Ryder also commended the squad's defensive effort in the win as he said he felt they played well against a good hitting Master's City team.
"Our defense did a great job," he said. "They (Master's City) hit the ball pretty well but our defense was there. Michael Young even commented after the game about how comfortable he felt with the defense."
In the team's 9-3 victory Sunday over Midway, Fields dominated from the mound, working seven innings, racking up 12 strikeouts while surrendering only one earned run, scattering three hits and walking three.
From the plate, Fields smashed his first homer of the state tournament, and Young blasted two long balls to lead the team offensively.
And the team's success hasn't gone unnoticed.
Ryder said the overwhelming amount of support his team has received in Cedartown has helped fuel their winning ways thus far in the tournament.
"There lots of people from Madison County supporting us," he said. "The fan support has been phenomenal. There were probably 60 to 80 people at our game Sunday. It really gives the kids a charge."
The team earned the trip to Cedartown to represent District 7 in the tournament earlier this month by sweeping through the area tournament held at the Madison County Recreation Department in three games, downing Franklin National 10-1 July 1 and Habersham National 16-5 July 2 and then again, 17-1 July 5 to grab the tournament title.
They then toppled Toccoa American 5-0 in Royston to claim the district championship.


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