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JULY 3, 2002


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Four of Banks’ all-stars teams out of tourney
12-under baseball playing this weekend. All but one of Banks County’s all-stars teams are out of their respective district tournaments.
The 11- and 12-year-old baseball all-stars have yet to play in their tournament, which begins Friday. Banks will face Towns County at 7:30 p.m. on field one at the Lumpkin County Recreation Department.
The 13- and 14-year-old boys baseball all-stars were eliminated from their district tournament over the weekend. The boys fell 16-0 to Lumpkin County in the opening game and lost 11-7 to White County to end their tourney run.
For the girls 9- and 10-year-old fast-pitch team, Banks fell 23-10 to Union County in their first game. Banks lost the second game 15-2.
The 11- and 12-year-old girls softball team was narrowly edged out 12-11 by Towns County. Banks fell 27-1 to Commerce in the second game.
The 13- and 14-year-old fast-pitch softball team lost game one to White County 14-10. Banks fell 12-0 to Rabun in the second game.


Tigers Sharks Set For Pentathalon This Sat.
Swim Squad Competes In Dacula Invitational This Past Weekend. The Commerce Tiger Shark swimming team will make their second trip to Gainesville’s Green Street Pool this Saturday at 9 a.m. for the five-event “Pentathalon.”
Swimmers can participate in any one of the five events in this meet, but those taking part in all events—the short free style, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley—will have their scores combined.
The top eight point-winners will be given a special award.
The Tiger Sharks will then swim Tuesday against Pineshore (Winder) in their second home meet of the year.
The team swam this past Saturday in the Dacula Invitational against Dacula, Cumming, Habersham, Pineshore (Winder), Blairsville, Lanier and Springbrook (Lawrenceville).
Josh Totherow had the banner day for the Tigersharks, picking up first place finishes in the 18-and-under division in the 100-yard free stroke and the 50-yard breaststroke while placing third in the 50-yard backstroke.
Totherow also swam with the Habersham Rapids, helping the team take second in the free relay and third in the medley relay.
Others taking ribbon were:
8-AND-UNDER GIRLS
•Gabrielle Joransen—sixth, 25-yard breaststroke; fifth, 25-yard backstroke; sixth, 25-yard butterfly.
•Allison Lewis—sixth, 50-yard free stroke.
•Beth Pritchett—eighth, 25-yard breaststroke; fourth, 25-yard backstroke.
•Hannah Smith—12th, 25-yard backstroke.
10-AND-UNDER GIRLS
•Adrienne Joransen—eighth, 25-yard free stroke; sixth, 25-yard back stroke.
•Haiden Nunn—ninth, 25-yard butterfly.
•Ashley Strealdorf—11th, 50-yard free stroke.
•Erin Tramell—11th, 25-yard breaststroke.
•Kayla Wade—ninth, 100-yard individual medley.
12-AND-UNDER GIRLS
•Kristina McFadden—fourth, 50-yard free stroke; third, 100-yard individual medley; 50-yard butterfly. McFadden also swam with the Habersham Rapids in 18-and-under girls’ relay action, helping the team take fourth in the both medley relay and free relay.
8-AND-UNDER BOYS
•Cason Hardigree—10th, 25-yard free stroke; fourth, 25-yard breaststroke; fourth, 25-yard butterfly.
•Kristopher Hart—10th, 25-yard backstroke.
•Ben Reaid—fifth, 25-yard free stroke; 25-yard breaststroke; 25-yard backstroke.
Also competiting were Elizabeth Smith, Chesley Flynn and James Joransen.


Three area all-star teams move on to state tourneys
Basketball has “March madness.” The Jackson County Recreation Department has now had a taste of baseball’s “mid-summer madness.”
A total of 22 all-star teams flocked to Lamar Murphy Park this past weekend for four district tournaments to battle it out for the right to move onto state.
One team from Jefferson Recreation Department and two teams from the Jackson County Recreation Department will move on now to seek a state title after emerging out of their brackets.
The 9-and-10-year-old Jefferson boys all-stars went undefeated in their district title run which was clinched with a 10-8 Monday win over the Jackson County red all-stars.
They’ll travel to Carrollton July 18 for the state tournament.
The 11-and 12-year-old Jackson County girls softball all-stars did the same, taking their title with a Saturday win over Forsyth I.
The squad will go to Statesboro Jully 17-20 for the state tournament.
Though Jackson County’s 11-and 12-year-old boys red all-star squad finished as district runners up to Hall County I after a 3-0 loss in the championship round of the district tournament, the team will still move on to state because that particular tournament takes two teams from the district.
They’ll take part in state tournament action July 18-20.
Here’s a run-down of this past week’s action for Jefferson and Jackson County all-star squads:
JEFFERSON
9- AND 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS ALL-STARS
The Jefferson 9-and-10-year-old boys’ all-star team rolled through tournament action unscathed, downing Alpharetta in the opening round, followed by a no-hit performance from Kyle Hardy against Jackson County’s Red all-star team Saturday before taking the title with a 10-8 win in a Monday rematch.
JACKSON COUNTY
9- AND 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS RED ALL STARS
The Jackson County 9- and 10-year-old boys’ red all-star team received a first-round bye and topped Hall County II Friday in the second round of action before falling victim to a no-hitter by Jefferson’s Hardy Saturday.
The team then recovered later that day in the losers’ bracket by downing Hall II again, earning their Monday rematch with Jefferson.
JACKSON COUNTY
9- AND 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS BLUE ALL STARS
Jackson County’s 9- and 10-year-old boys’ blue all-star team lasted three games into the tournament, falling to Hall County I in the opening round Thursday, defeating Alpharetta in the losers’ bracket Friday and bowing out against Hall County II Saturday.
JEFFERSON
11- AND 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS ALL-STARS
Jefferson’s 11-and-12-year-old all-stars opened with a win over Alpharetta Thursday, but fell against Hall County I Friday and bowed out with a loss to Hall County II Saturday.
JACKSON COUNTY
11- AND 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS RED ALL STARS
The Jackson County 11- and 12-year-old boys’ red all-star team clinched their pass to state by reaching the championship round.
They did that by getting a first-round bye, topping Atlanta Friday, falling to Hall County I Saturday and then beating in Hall County II later that day to set up a rematch with the first Hall County team in the title round.
The team, however, was eliminated after a 3-0 loss.
JACKSON COUNTY
11 AND 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS BLUE ALL-STAR TEAM
Jackson County’s 11-and-12-year-old boys’ blue all-star team fell to Hall County I Thursday in the first round before topping Alpharetta in the losers’s bracket Friday. However, the team’s run ended against Atlanta with a loss in the following round Saturday.
JACKSON COUNTY 9- AND 10-YEAR-OLD GIRLS SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
The Jackson County 9-and-10-year-old girls softball all-stars fell to eventual-champion Forsyth II in the opening round Friday before beating Jefferson Saturday in the losers’ bracket and then bowing against Forsyth I later that day.
JEFFERSON
9- AND 10-YEAR-OLD GIRLS SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
Jefferson’s 9-and-10-year-old girls’ all-star team lasted only two games in the tournament, falling to Forsyth I in the opening round Friday and getting ousted by Jackson County Saturday in the loser’s bracket.
JACKSON COUNTY 11- AND 12-YEAR-OLD SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
The Jackson County 11-and-12-year-old all-star softball squad trucked over the field of teams in their bracket on their road to the state tournament, downing Forsyth II Friday, Jefferson Saturday and Forsyth I the same day to take the district title.
JEFFERSON
11- AND 12- YEAR-OLD SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
Jefferson’s 11- and 12-year-old softball team opened with a win over Forsyth I Friday but fell to Jackson County in the second round Saturday and exited the tournament with a loss to Forsyth I.


Madison County hosts high school softball camp
Some of the nation’s best fast-pitch softball coaches and players visited the Madison County Recreation Department last week to share their expertise with local high schoolers.
Those on hand for the four-day instructional camp included players from seven high schools: Madison County, Woodstock, Shaw, Starrs Mill, Oglethorpe County, Stephens County and Franklin County.
The camp included morning lessons on fundamentals with former collegiate All-American players and top college coaches, including Kennesaw State head coach Scott Whitlock and head coaches from Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, USC Aiken, Longwood (Virginia) and the assistant coach from Coastal Carolina.
The afternoon sessions included scrimmages between the high school teams, including two squads from Madison County and Shaw.
Madison County head coach and camp organizer Doug Kesler said the camp is a good learning opportunity both for the players and coaches.
“This is good for the girls, not only for the instruction, but for the exposure,” said Kesler. “It’s a chance for the (college) coaches to see them.”
Kesler said the Madison County squads showed improvement between the beginning of the week and the end of the camp.
“We’ve gotten better this week,” he said. “The girls learned a lot....I’ve learned a lot too, sharing ideas with the coaches.”


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