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June 13, 2001

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Renovations to JHS facilities on schedule
New sports seasons always mean significant changes for any program, but the 2001-02 school year will bring big changes to a pair of sports facilities at Jefferson High School.
Jefferson's gymnasium, constructed in the early 1950s, is undergoing an impressive renovation this summer. As of last week, the stands on both the home and visitors' sides of the gym had been removed, to make way for new retractable stands. A girls' locker room is also planned for underneath the home stands.
The entire home side of the gymnasium has been gutted, and workers poured a new concrete pad last week.
"I'm no architect, but from what I've seen, they're really moving along well," said head basketball coach Bolling DuBose. "I've really been impressed not only with how many people they have down there, but how fast they're moving."
The renovations will also make room for expansion of the playing floor on both sidelines. That expansion will make the width of the floor almost the same distance as a full-length court, giving teams two courts to practice on.
The current girls' locker room will be used as a boys' basketball and wrestling locker room, and the current boys' downstairs locker room will be used by PE classes. The downstairs weight room has also been enlarged.
DuBose also indicated that he still plans to conduct some summer basketball camps in the middle school gym in July.
The Dragon field house, adjacent to Memorial Field, is also being expanded and was nearly ready to dry in earlier this week. Head football coach Bob Gurley said the improvements should be completed by August 1, though that would still leave the team short some equipment when summer practice begins in late July. Equipment is currently being stored in a trailer at the site.
Among the improvements to the facility are new team meeting and equipment rooms in the front, and expansions to the coaches' office, training room and visitors' locker room.

Banks County Recreation Department summer events announced
June 18-June 22
Boys' Basketball Camp (Ages 8-12)
Sponsored by Banks County head basketball Coach Mike Ruth
Cost $40 Per Child
Camp will be held at the Banks County High School Gym
Make Checks Payable to Mike Ruth
June 18- June 22
Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Camp (Ages 9-15)
Sponsored by Emmanuel College fast-pitch Coach and Players
Cost $50
Camp will be held at the Banks County Recreation Department
The camp will run 8:00a.m.-12noon
June 25-June 28
Girls Basketball Camp
Sponsored by Banks County head basketball Coach Mike Gordon
Cost $30 per child
$10 deposit is needed by June 15 to receive a t-shirt
11 year old through 8th grade
(anyone playing on 10ft goals next year)
Camp will run 9am-12noon
10 and under Camp will be from 1:00 pm til 4:00 pm
Make checks payable to Mike Gordon Baseketball Camp
Contact Mike Gordon at 335-6026 or BCRD for more information
June 25 - June 29
Boys' Baseball Camp (ages 8-14)
Sponsored by Banks County Head Baseball Coach
Michael Williams
Camp will run from 9:00am-12noon
Cost $40 per child
The camp will be held at the Banks County Recreation Department
Make Checks Payable to Michael Williams
July 16 - 20
Youth basketball Camp boys and girls (ages 8-12)
Sponsored by Children's Outreach
The camp will run 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Camp will be held at the Banks County Middle School Gym
Cost $40 per child
Make checks payable to Children's Outreach.

Commerce 9 in GADA Directors Cup Standings
The Commerce athletic department was recognized by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association when they announce their Director's Cup standings. The Tiger's spectacular year was ninth among all other class A schools in the state.
The Directors cup is awardewd to schools based on the performance of all its athletic programs combined. The points awarded are determined by the school's position at 23 state championships sponsored by the Georgia High School Association. One hundred points are given to the state champion, 80 points to the runner-up, 60 points to third and fourth place, 40 points to places 5-8, 20 points to places 9-16 and 10 points are given to 17-32 place.
1. Athens Academy 760 6. Walker 480
2. Landmark Christian 650 7. Jefferson 470
3. Wesleyan 630 8. Providence Christian 426.67
4. Brookstone 560 9.COMMERCE 420
5. Savahnnah Country Day 490 10.Breman 300
10. Pelham 300

Peach State Speedway suspends operations
PEACH STATE Speedway has temporarily suspended all race track operations, according to a press release Wednesday afternoon from Southcorp Properties, Columbia, S.C.
The move is effective immediately, and forces the cancellation of this weeken's American Racing Association Late Model Stock All-Star event and supporting local races.
Track manager Elaine Mize said she had just been informed of the decision Wednesday afternoon, and that no information on future plans was yet available.
Homer's Mitchell Roberts claimed the win Saturday in Peach State Speedway's Modified Mini Stock class, ahead of Joel Anderson and fellow Homer resident Keith Roberts. Pendergrass' David Murphy was fourth, followed by Bobby Anderson.
Among other locals in the event were Nicholson's Scotty Beck (7th), Jefferson's Kevin Perry (8th) and Russell Shore (12th), and Maysville's Brandon Wood (14th).
Pendergrass' Chad Hoopaugh crossed the line fifth, but the carburetor he'd used on his car previously at another local track didn't meet Peach State requirements in the post-race inspection.
Keith Barrett outdueled Greg Ausburn to win the Sportsman division, with Homer's Wes Whitfield, Hoschton's Chuck Cooper and Lou Tetrault completing the top five.
Lula's Mike Davidson topped the Pro Truck field, with Ronnie Milford, Mark Wilbanks, Brandon Franklin and Chris Wilson close behind.
Randy Johnson won in the Pure Stock category, ahead of Alto's Lamar Terry, Jerry Smith, David Cantrell and Jason Smith.
In other action, Greg Swink won in Mini Stocks and Rodney Landrum had the fast Late Model ride.

Ron's Pizza claims Junior American Division Championship
Ron's Pizza defeated the Royston Yankees 6-1 and the Lumberjacks 10-6 recently to end the year at 10-4 and claim the Junior League American Division Championship.
Against the Yankees, J.J. McCay pitched a two-hitter, striking out five, while throwing only 68 pitches. Garrett Hochstetler went three-for-three and Aquino Gantt was two-for-three.
Against the Lumberjacks, J.J. Brushaber struck out 10, giving up two hits. Jared Green went four-for-four. Brushaber had a triple and a double. John Davis and Matt Bales had two hits.
Modern Body Warriors down Lavonia Lady Dogs
With Megan Kesler pitching and Priscilla Pruett catching for the Warriors, the team picked up a 15-13 win over the Lady Dogs.
In the third inning, Chelsie Parham hit a grounder to left field, sending in three runs to make the score 5-2. Molly Smith then hit a single to second base and eventually scored by stealing home to make the score 7-6 with the Lady Dogs winning at this point.
Then, Erin Gibson, Stephanie Power, Priscilla Pruett and Leah Allen were walked. Jennifer Brushaber smashed a hit to right centerfield sending in Power, Pruett and Allen for a 10-7 lead. In the next inning, Parham and Marlaina Booth were walked. Stephanie Hettrick slams a hit knocking in Parham and Booth to make the score 12-12. Smith then walked, followed by Kesler who blasted a three-run homerun to center field to make the score 15-12. Kesler then held the Lady Dogs at the plate, with the team getting the outs in the field, to only one run.
Friday, June 8
The Modern Body Warriors picked up two runs in their last at bat to secure a 10-8 win over the Southern Surplus Mustangs Friday.
Priscilla Pruett pitched for the Warriors with Megan Kesler catching in the win.
Kayla Tolbert and Jennifer Brushaber worked the mound for the Mustangs in the losing effort with Morgan Spearing and Tolbert behind the plate.
Stephanie Hettrick, Prescilla Pruett, Molly Smith and Megan Kesler all picked up hits to lead the Warriors offensively and Erin Gibson and Monifa Yearby added runs by stealing home.
For the rest of this story, see this week's Madison County Journal.

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