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June 5, 2002


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BCRD to host baseball, golf camps
The Banks County Recreation Department will host a baseball camp July 8-12 on field one for kids ages 8 to 14.
High school head baseball coach Mike Williams will teach the course from 9 a.m. until noon.
The cost is $40 and the deadline to register is June 28. Registration forms are available at the recreation department office. Officials ask that checks be made payable to Mike Williams.
The recreation department and Scales Creek Country Club will host a golf camp June 17-20 for kids ages 9-12 at Scales Creek.
The camp will be from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and the cost is $60. The deadline to register is June 14. Registration forms are available in the recreation department office.
For more information on either camp, call the Banks County Recreation Department at 677-4407.


Commerce standout transfers to Clemson
Collins to play basketball, football. After officially transferring from Tennessee to Clemson this past week, former Commerce football and basketball star Michael Collins said he now feels he’s in the right place to continue his collegiate athletic career.
“I’m very happy with my decision,” Collins said Monday at the Commerce High School gym while helping out Tiger head basketball coach Rex Gregg with his youth basketball camp. “...I get to be closer to home.”
Collins, who announced his decision to leave Tennessee last Thursday after just one redshirt year with the Volunteers, signed a scholarship with Clemson this past Friday. But Collins explained that the decision was something that he’d been considering for a while.
“It was something that had been weighing on my mind since I got to Tennessee,” Collins said. “The thought just kept crossing my mind. I just decided that I needed to go ahead and transfer while I have three years of eligibility left.”
However, he emphasized that the decision to leave Tennessee had nothing to do with displeasure with the school or football program.
“It had nothing to do with Tennessee,” he said. “Tennessee is a great place and has a great athletic program...It just wasn’t the place for me.”
Collins will play both football and basketball for the Tigers which was his original intention at Tennessee after coming out of high school.
Due to NCAA rules, Collins will have to sit out for another year in both sports since he is transferring from another Division I-A school.
Because Collins will have had two red shirt years after this season, he will only have three years of playing eligibility remaining instead of four.
At the time he left Tennessee, Collins was listed third in the depth charts at wide receiver and had also practiced briefly with the Volunteer basketball team.
Gregg said Friday that he contacted several schools interested in Collins, including Furman, which is coached by former Commerce quarterback Bobby Lamb.
But in the end, Collins felt at home with Clemson which is less than an hour’s drive away from Commerce.
“He felt that Clemson was just the best place for him,” Gregg said.


Jefferson top public school for Class A sports
The final standings for the Gatorade/Jostens Directors Cup were released last week, and several area schools ranked well in their respective classifications.
Leading the way for area schools was Jefferson High School, which finished eighth among Class A schools. Adding to that accomplishment is the fact that the top seven schools in Class A are private, making Jefferson the top-ranking public school in Class A.
Georgia High School Association member schools earn points toward the cup rankings according to their finish in each of 23 GHSA-sanctioned state events. They include girls’ and boys’ cross country, swimming and diving, basketball, track and field, tennis, golf and soccer, as well as fast- and slow-pitch softball, volleyball, football, wrestling, gymnastics, competition cheerleading, riflery and baseball.
The award is given by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.
The higher ranking of private schools may be at least partly due to the fact that those schools generally field teams in more of the 23 activities than do public schools.
Jefferson picked most of its 401.4 points in four sports: wrestling (100), slow-pitch softball (80), girls’ basketball (80) and baseball (60).
Other area teams that placed among their classification’s top 50 were Madison County (11th in AAA), Jackson County (24th in AAA) and Commerce (18th in A).


Area sports camps usher in summer season
Rising temperatures are just one sign that the summer break has arrived. With it, area sports camps began last week, and several others are planned.
GOOD TURNOUT
Two camps kicked off this week, and directors of each indicated the turnout is strong.
At Jackson County Comprehensive High School, girls’ basketball coach Chad Pittman said the Panther girls’ camp registered 45 participants Monday and Tuesday of this week. The camp will run through Friday, and a middle school camp is scheduled for later this month.
Meanwhile, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department director Ricky Sanders said that turnout for the JCPRD summer day camp is up over last year.
“We’ve got about 20 to 30 kids, depending on which day it is,” Sanders said. “We’ll probably average between 25 and 40 each day, and we’ll see more toward the end of summer. Last year in the middle of summer we really had a lot of kids. There are so many opportunities out there right now, but later we’ll see even more than we have this week.”
The JCPRD continues to accept registration for the upcoming weeks of camp.
Camp dates are June 3-July 26, with no camp held on July 4 and 5. The program is open to children ages 6-12, and will operate Monday through Friday. Dropoff time will run from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., with pickups from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
A one-time registration fee of $20 per child applies, in addition to a $60 per-week rate, or $15 per day.
Planned activities include swimming, camp games, arts and crafts, and field trips. The JCPRD will provide a morning snack and drinks at lunch and throughout the day. All campers must bring a sack lunch.
For more information, call 367-6350.
JEFFERSON FUTURE STARS BASKETBALL
Jefferson City Schools will host the annual Jefferson Future Stars basketball camps beginning Monday in the high school gym.
The boys’ camp is scheduled for June 10-14, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The girls’ camp will be held June 24-28, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Each camp is open to children ages 5-14, and the cost is $60 per child.
Participants will receive instruction in individual skills and team play, and a number of contests will be held, including a free throw contest, one-on-one, hot shots and team games.
All participants will receive a T-shirt and basketball, and awards will be presented to contest winners.
For more information, call the high school office at 367-2881 and speak with Bolling DuBose for the boys’ camp and Brandy Corbett for the girls’ camp.
JEFFERSON DAY CAMP
The City of Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for its summer day camp.
The camp will be conducted in four sessions beginning June 17 and continuing through July 19. Weekly themes will include Celebrate the Arts, Wacky Water, Be Healthy – Be Safe, and Extreme Sports.
New to this year’s camp will be a half-day or full-day option. The price will be $45 for half-day sessions, and $65 for full-day sessions, and field trip costs are not included. Current plans are for field trips to an Atlanta Braves game and to Lake Lanier Islands.
For more information, contact the JPRD at 367-5116.
VOLLEYCATS YOUTH CAMP
Jackson County’s VolleyCats will offer a youth volleyball camp June 17-21 for athletes in grades 8 and under.
The camp is designed to help players become familiar with the game, and develop skills needed in order to compete at the high school level.
The five-day camp will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day, and participants will receive a camp T-shirt and certificate of participation.
The cost is $50 per child, with proceeds benefitting the VolleyCats’ 2002 season. For more information, contact Robin Potter at 367-5003.
PANTHER BOYS’ HOOPFEST
Jackson County Comprehensive High School will host a boys’ hoopfest basketball camp June 24-27.
The camp will be open to boys ages 6-12 from 9 a.m. until noon, and boys ages 13-17 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $70. All participants will receive a T-shirt.
For more information, contact Ron Smith at (770) 317-1412 or (706) 367-5003.
JEFFERSON BASEBALL CAMP
Jefferson baseball coach Chuck Cook will conduct his summer camp July 1-4, from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The camp is open to players ages 5-12, and all participants will receive a T-shirt and snacks. Players will be instructed in the basics of the game and drills.
The cost is $50, and registration will be done prior to the first day of camp, at 8:30 a.m. July 1 at Horace Jackson Field.


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