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July 25, 2001


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Love survives incident to take Lanier win
Maysville's Joey Love survived a lap-17 incident to take the win in Saturday's Akins of Winder Pro Truck division at Lanier National Speedway.
Love and pole winner George Williams Jr. put on a show early, racing side-by-side for 10 laps before making contact on lap 17 of 30. The incident sent Williams' truck spinning and relegated him to the rear of the field. Love then held off the challenge of Clifton Daniel to grab the truck feature win. Roger Adkins was third, Jimmy Motes collected fourth, and Mark Caudell finished fifth.
Clay Dale made a late rally to finish second after starting sixth in the 50-lap Budweiser Pro Late Model event. He appeared to be running leader Jamie Stephens down near the end, but ran out of time as the checkered flag flew. Stephens' margin of victory was three car-lengths in an event slowed by one caution.
"Tony's car was a little better than mine on the short run," Stephens said afterward. "It took a few laps for mine to get going, then I could run the groove I wanted to run. But I knew Clay was going to be tough. He's getting his car better every weekend, and he was coming on there at the end."
Bennett was third, ahead of Stacy Long and Chastain.
Kevin Stephens led all 30 laps in the Simpson's Trucking & Grading Sportsman division, then announced in victory lane that his Chevrolet is for sale.
"We're ready to move up to late model," a confident Stephens said. "If we can find sponsorship, then we'll go ahead and make the move." The remainder of the top five included Terry Crump, Mike Bruce, Harry Caudell and Larry Ferguson.
In the 40-lap Sunoco Ministock event, Jason Bates took the lead early and fought off repeated challenges from Curt Britt and Thomas Ross. Bates scored the victory with Britt, Ross, Brian Huff and Shane Nalley rounding out the top five.
The Pure Ministock class made its 2001 debut, with Greg Swink claiming his first career win at Lanier. He was followed by Chase Rutledge, Dafney Bates and Scott Dunn.
Lanier Notebook - Finishline Racing School will be at Lanier beginning August 7 to present their driving and instruction classes. Visit www.finishlineracing.com, or call 1-800-WIN-RACE for more information...Saturday's trophy dash winners were Clay Dale and Jason Bates...Friday's Legends races were canceled due to weather. Legends racing returns to Lanier this Friday...The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series returns to Lanier Saturday...Universal Chevrolet and Re/Max will present the Saturday of Speed August 4, with a 150-lap race from the Southern-All Stars, 100 laps from the Budweiser Pro Late Models, 30 laps from the Akins of Winder Pro Trucks and a pit stop contest...For more information on upcoming events at Lanier National, call 770-967-8600 or visit www.lanierspeedway.com.




Banks County teams play state competition
The Banks County Recreation Department sent two softball teams to South Georgia to participate in the state playoffs last week.
The 10-and-under girls finished fourth in its state tournament in Ashburn July 20. The team had to play its three games back-to-back.
In the first game the 10-and-under girls lost to Gilmer County 8-2.
Then in their first game in the losers' bracket, Banks County defeated Lamar County 14-5.
In the next game the Banks County 10-and -under team lost to Irvin County 13-12.
In the third game Banks County was losing 8-1 to Irvin County. Then Banks County pulled ahead 12-10 before Irvin County took the 13-12 lead in their last at-bat.
The 12-and-under softball team played in Adele July 19.
In the first game against Terrell County the Banks County girls lost 20-3 after scoring first and taking a one-run lead into the second. Kayla Parks drove in two of the three runs Banks County scored in the first and after that "the bats stopped," coach Jan Parks said.
"Our defense was strong, all the girls played well, they were just a better team," Parks continued.
Parks also said that the Terrell County team had won a national tournament as a traveling team.
The girls entered the losers bracket of the tournament where they lost to Gilmer County 17-6.




Registration for fall recreation programs now being accepted
Registration for fall recreation programs offered by the City of Jefferson and Jackson County Parks and Recreation Departments began earlier this week.
Both the city and county programs will field competitive football teams participating in the Vince Dooley Football League.
JACKSON COUNTY
Parents may register their children at the JCPRD office at Lamar Murphy Park at 180 I.W. Davis Road from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays through August 3, and August 11 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Late registration will be held August 13-17, and will incur an additional $15 fee.
Local school registration dates will also be held at the following elementary schools from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.: Maysville Aug. 6; North Jackson Aug. 6; Benton Aug. 7; South Jackson Aug. 9; Jackson County Elementary Aug. 9.
The JCPRD is offering contact football for ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. A $60 fee covers a minimum of six games, helmet, shoulder pads, pants and jersey. All equipment except the jersey must be returned to the department at season's end. Lower pads sets may be purchased for an additional $5.
Cheerleading is offered in conjunction with the football programs, for children ages 7-12. The $65 fee covers a minimum of six games, pom-poms (which must be returned following the season) and a uniform.
A fall fast-pitch softball season will be held for athletes ages 9-12. The age control date is January 1, 2002.
A $45 fee includes jersey and visor, and a minimum of eight games for county teams.
Play will begin Sept. 15.
Competitive soccer will be offered for children ages 4-13. A $45 fee covers a minimum of eight games, instruction and a jersey.
For more information, call (706) 367-6350.
JEFFERSON
Jefferson residents may also register their children at the CJPRD main office at 178 Mahaffey Street during regular business hours. Football registration will also be held August 14 and 19 at Jefferson Elementary School.
The CJPRD will offer flag football for children ages 5-6 and 7-8. A $25 fee covers a minimum of six games and a jersey.
Children ages 9-10 and 11-12 will play contact football. A $50 fee covers a minimum six games, helmet, shoulder pads, lower pads set, pants and jersey. All equipment except the jersey must be returned at season's end.
Cheerleading is offered for children ages 5-12. A $25 fee covers pom-poms (which must be returned) and a T-shirt.
The CJPRD will also offer introductory soccer for athletes ages 3-6. The fee is $15, and covers instruction and a jersey.
For more information, call (706) 367-5116.




N.E. Georgia Offensive Camp Starts Preseason For Tigers
The Commerce Tigers hosted 320 athletes from 18 schools at the Northeast Georgia Football Camp July 17 through 19. Athletes practiced in all areas of offensive football and were coached by 34 members of coaching staffs from all over the state. The Tigers had 45 players participate.
"The camp went good. The kids enjoyed being around other folks, and I want them to be around other folks that are doing what we do. It is good to have them be told what to do by somebody besides us," Coach Steve Savage said.
The camp consisted of two halfback stations, two fullback stations, four quarterback stations four wide receiver stations and 14 offensive line stations.
The Tigers' offensive line won the line competition. For the competition the line ran through a play inside its offensive scheme against a defense. The coaches at the camp judged the performance of the line on a scale of 1 to 10. Offensive line coach Michael Brown said, "We won one of many (of the camp's competitions). our kids gave a good effort." The offensive line is returning three of its five starters.
"Our kids held their own. It is a tribute to Michael Brown. The kids are coached as good here as anywhere in the state," said Coach Terry Canup.
Canup continued, "The camp went really well. Good kids working hard in an environment like that... It is good to see 300 young folks working hard and sweating and giving up part of their summer. It makes you think things aren't as bad as they say. There are still some good kids in the world."
The camp allowed Commerce to get some repetitions in at the offensive positions before practice officially started Monday, July 23.
Savage said the first goals in practice are," fill all the slots and develop some semblance of a team attitude. We got a good mixture of players that have been around a while. the younger kids have to find their role."
The team will practice in shorts and helmets this week and will put on shoulder pads and girdles for full workouts starting July 30.


Back to the grind
Raider football team starts summer practice Friday nights under the lights may be where the glories lie, but the players know they must first pay their dues in the summer heat.
So the Madison County football team got back to the less glorious side of football Monday, kicking off their summer practice schedule with the gridiron season looming just a month away.
Fifty-one players hit the practice field as the team ran through drills in helmets and shorts in their first meeting back since the May spring practice sessions.
Head coach Tom Hybl said team showed some signs of off-season rust.
"We looked really sluggish, we needed more enthusiasm," he said. "The older guys with experience moved around well, but the other guys have a long way to go."
But the fourth-year Raider coach who owns a 14-16 mark during his tenure in Danielsville said the first few days of practice aren't the most exact measuring stick of a team.
"It's hard to get a lot done without equipment," he said. "It's hard to tell right now."
Hybl said the team will try to hit the basics this week and adapt to the physical conditions.
"We've got to try to get used to the heat and get in good shape without our pads on," he said, adding that the team will also work on installing a base offense and defense and develop their kicking game.
The team has until August 24 to get ready when they will kick off the season at home against South Forsyth.
Madison County will be in their second season of non-region football after completing a 10-0 campaign a year ago outside of region play.


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