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June 12, 2002

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BCRD teams to play in district tournaments
Several Banks County Recreation Department teams will be playing in District 7 Class C youth baseball and softball tournaments.
The 9- and 10-year-old girls softball tournament will begin Thursday June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Union County Recreation Department. Banks will be playing Union County in their first game.
The 11- and 12-year-old Banks County softball girls will play Towns County during a tournament that starts June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Dawson County Recreation Department.
Banks County will host the 13- and 14-year-old girls softball tournament on Thursday, June 27, beginning at 6 p.m. Banks County will be playing White County in their first game of the tourney.
The 11- and 12-year-old boys baseball tourney will be played at Lumpkin County Recreation Department on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. Banks County is playing Towns County.
Banks County’s 13- and 14-year-old boys baseball team will be playing Lumpkin County in their first game of their tourney, which will begin on Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Union County Recreation Department.
For more information on any of these games, call the recreation department at (706)677-4407.

Nine JCCHS soccer players named to All-NE Georgia team
The Jackson County boys’ soccer team wasn’t short on postseason accolades this spring as seven Panthers were recently named to the All-Northeast Georgia team.
Midfielder Arturo Ricardo headed that list, grabbing first-team honors after notching 22 goals this past season in Jackson County’s 10-4-3 breakout season.
Making the second-team were leading scorer Jeremy Friedman, who collected 26 goals at forward this season, and midfielder Alex Bates, who handed out 22 assists in 2002.
Earning honorable mention honors were Jordan Breit, Jace Brewer, Tyler McKinnley and Michael Rudio.
The girls team boasted two All-Northeast Georgia selections—freshmen Tori Craft and Ashley Rogers—who both received honorable mention recognition.

Racing returns to Lanier Speedway
The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series returns to action at Lanier National Speedway Saturday June 15. The Budweiser Pro Late Models headline an evening which will see all divisions in competition.
Shane Chastain is the most recent Budweiser Pro Late Model race winner. He will be one of the favorites this week along with Clay Dale, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Garmon, Stacy Long, Kevin Stephens, Mike Love, Debbie Lunsford-Love, and Jamie Stephens in the 50-lap feature.
Curt Britt was flagged the winner in the June 1 Team Ford of Marietta Truck event, but his No. 21 was disqualified 48 hours later resulting in Mike Davidson being declared the victor. Britt, Davidson, Joey Love, Mark Caudell, and George Williams, Jr will be among those competing in the 30-lap truck feature.
The Simpson's Trucking and Grading Sportsman class has been one of Lanier's most competitive divisions in 2002. Mike Bruce claimed the June 1 Sportsman win and will return to Lanier Saturday looking to repeat. But, he will be facing talent such as Jackie Daniel, Terry Crump, Norm Layton, Kevin Little, Randy Stoudemire, and Chuck Cooper.
Thomas Ross looks to duplicate his June 1 win in the Longhorn Steakhouse Modified Ministock race.
The Garrison Racing Equipment Pure Ministock and X-Karz will also see action Saturday evening.
According to Lanier National Speedway General Manager Stan Narrison, the track will match June 15 race winnings which are donated to the Stephen Cothran Memorial Fund.
Gates open Saturday at 5 PM, Pepsi Qualifying rolls at 6 PM, and heat races begin at 7 PM.

An open practice is scheduled for 6 PM Thursday June 13. Legends racing returns to Lanier Friday June 14 at 8 PM.

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