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May 29, 2002

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Tigers Start Summer Weight Training Program
With football spring practice chores over, the next item on the agenda of the Tigers preparations for this fall is getting stronger.
The Commerce Tiger football team got back to pumping iron this week, starting their summer weight lifting program Monday.
Workouts will be held twice a week and run through July 15, a day before the Tigers’ Northeast Georgia Offensive camp is scheduled to kick off.
The team holds a morning session at 8:30 a.m. and an evening session at 6 p.m.

Walker Slips Past Dragons In Dramatic Semifinal
The drama was so thick, you could cut it with a knife, but unfortunately for local fans, the home team came out on the short end.
Jefferson High School’s Diamond Dragons closed their 2002 season Saturday with a gritty performance in a state semifinal loss to defending state champion Walker. The Wolverines took game one easily, 10-0, but Jefferson roared back with a 6-3 win in game two. Walker’s 12-8 win late Saturday earned the reigning champs a state final berth this weekend against Bowdon.
“We did better than we expected to,” an emotional Jefferson head coach Chuck Cook told a group of reporters after game three. “I knew what our seniors would do; they came out and gave [Walker] a fight to the very end. They’ve done that all along, for four years, and I’m a better person for being around that.”

In a dramatic game three, Walker scored early and often in the series finale, picking up two runs in the first inning, five in the second and three more in the third.
But Jefferson refused to go down quietly, rallying for seven scores to cut the Wolverine edge to four runs in the sixth.
However, Walker sealed the deal with a run in the seventh, and called on Wolverine ace and University of Georgia signee Rip Warren to close the game for the final two outs in the bottom half of the inning.
“We could have bowed down,” Cook said, “but we fought them with everything we had. We felt like it would take them using Rip twice to get us. We gave it everything we had, and our guys can walk off knowing they gave 150 percent for four years.”
Warren was dominant on the mound in game one, allowing just two Jefferson hits while striking out nine in Walker’s 10-0 win. Both Dragon hits came in the third inning.
Game Two
Jefferson ran out to a six run edge after four inning and clung to the lead the rest of the way in a 6-3 win in game two.
Chris Seibert drove in a run off a squeeze play and Nabors dropped a bloop single in to centerfield that drove in two runs followed by Tyler Murphy who drove in two with a bases-loaded single. Walker’s first run came in the fourth, off two singles and an error.
Walker then cut the lead to 6-3 in the final inning and loaded the bases, bringing the winning run to the plate, but Potts picked up his third strikeout of the game to end it at 6-3.

Dale finishes second in pro late model at Lanier
Jefferson’s Marty Roberts takes top spot in pure ministock eventJefferson’s Clay Dale made a late run for victory lane Saturday night but couldn’t wheel his way past eventual-winner Jimmy Garmon, leaving Dale with a second place finish in the 100-lap Pro Late Model race at Lanier National Speedway.
Local drivers following Dale in the late model event were Debbie Love-Lunsford, Maysville, who finished sixth; and Bobby Hill, Jefferson, who took 13th.
In Southern All Star action, the night of Maysville’s Mike Love got cut short as the local driver sustained damage to the rear end of his car near the midway point of the 150-lap race and finished 23rd out of 28 drivers.
Wayne Willard of Dacula took the top spot in the Southern All stars.
In other race results Saturday night:
Jefferson’s Marty Roberts nabbed first in the 20 lap pure ministock race followed by Chuck Cooper, Hoschton, who finished third; Chad Hoopaugh, Pendergrass, who placed fourth; James Gaines, Pendergrass, who finished fifth; William Earnest, Jefferson, who took sixth; Tracy Jones, Jefferson, who came in ninth; Phillip Wood, Jefferson, who finished 15th.
In the 20 lap truck race, Mike Davidson, Lula, finished eighth; Joey Love, Maysville, placed 11th; and Matthew Rouse, Braselton, finished 18th.
Five local drivers competed in the modified ministock division with Keith Roberts, Homer, placing fifth; Russell Shore, Jefferson, taking eighth; Scotty Beck, Nicholson, finishing 10th; Steve Hill, Jefferson, placing 12th, and David Murphy, Pendergrass, coming in at 14th.

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