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JULY 10, 2002


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Summer cheerleading camp coming up
The Banks County High School cheerleaders and the recreation department will be sponsoring the annual cheerleading camp July 29 through August 2.
Sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Camp will be open for girls who will be in first through eighth grades next year and will be held at Banks County High School.
Although it is not a requirement, any girl who plans to cheer for the recreation department or middle school is strongly encouraged to attend, leaders say.
Those who attend will receive small and large group instruction in proper cheering techniques and will learn several cheers, chants, jumps, stunts, and a dance.
In addition, they will have a chance to get to know the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders and benefit from the skills and knowledge that the older girls will learn from the Furman UCA Camp they will attend July 22-25, leaders say.
“At all times, proper safety procedures will be followed, and the faculty coach and several other adults will be present to supervise and offer expert adivce and instruction,” BCHS varsity cheerleading coach Kimberly Chosewood said. “All activities will be well-planned and as much individual attention as possible will be given to insure that each participant benefits by attending this camp.”
The cost of the camp is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt. All proceeds will go to the varsity and junior varsity squads to help pay for cheerleading supplies throughout the year.
Checks should be made payable to Banks County High School Cheerleaders.
Those who would like to participate can register at the Banks County Recreation Department on Mondays through Fridays during normal operation hours of 9 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.
Registration may also be mailed to to Coach Kimberly Chosewood, 212 Brockton Oaks Drive, Jefferson, Georgia, 30547.
Those who mail in their registration are asked to include the name, age, grade, address, phone number, and shirt size (youth or adult) for each participate.
“Please register in advance so that we can plan ahead to order shirts,” Chosewood said. “The cheerleaders are looking forward to working with as many young people as possible. This will be a fun and educational experience.”


Softball All-Stars Take Third In District, Junior League Boys Finish Fourth
The Commerce softball and junior baseball all-star seasons are now in the books with the girls’ squad using a four-game run through the loser’s bracket to secure a third place finish while the boys’ team picked up a win in tournament action to give them a fourth-place showing.
Here’s a run down of all all-star action through Monday night:
11-AND-12-YEAR-OLD BOYS’ TEAM
WINS THREE
As of presstime Tuesday night, the boys’ 11-and-12-year old team had picked up three wins in tournament action—10-0 over Rabun County, 6-3 over Lumpkin County and 12-2 over Towns County—putting them in the championship round against Lumpkin in the double-elimination tournament. Unbeaten Commerce only needed to win once to take the district title while Lumpkin had to win twice.
11-AND-12-YEAR-OLD SOFTBALL ALL-STARS ENJOY RUN THROUGH LOSER’S BRACKeT
Commerce’s 11-and-12-year-old girls’ softball all-stars captured third place at the District 7 tournament in Dawsonville last week, reeling off four consecutive victories after a tournament opening loss before eventually bowing out to runner-up Lumpkin County.
Commerce got off to a slow start in the tournament, managing just four baserunners in an 11-0 loss to host and eventual-champion Dawson County to start the tournament.
However, the team settled down after the setback and downed Rabun County 15-9 behind a four-for-four day, four-run effort from Melanie Upchurch, who was only retired at the plate three times in the tournament. Paige Redmon and Amber Haggard also added key hits in the win.
After their breakout game against Rabun County, Commerce ripped Banks County 27-1 in the next contest in the loser’s bracket, exploding for 17 runs in the first inning and 10 more in the second. Megan Lord, who pitched all six games in the tournament, faced just eight batters in two innings of work, striking out four.
Commerce then picked up their third straight win a day later, rallying past Union County 16-7 with Diana Eason and Katlyn Neil providing the scoring punch. From the mound, Lord fanned nine batters in five innings of work. The team lost starting right fielder Ellie Hardigree, however, in the win after she sustained a fractured ankle while stealing home in the second inning.
But the team played perhaps their best game in a 15-3 dismantling of Lumpkin II Saturday. Neil, who went three-for-three with five RBI’s, and Lord, who went three-for-three with four RBIs, provided the bulk of the offense in the game while Upchurch, Taylor Dillard and Jamie Allen all chipped in with key hits. Lord also had another stellar day from the mound, surrendering a single hit while striking out six and walking five.
In the championship game of the loser’s bracket, the squad took a 2-1 edge into the bottom over Lumpkin County I of the third. However, Lumpkin capitalized on six Commerce miscues over the next two innings to score eight runs to take a 10-4 win and oust Commerce from the tournament.
According to coaches, the tournament provided valuable fast-pitch experience for the team as many on the squad will play together again this coming fall on the inaugural Commerce Middle School fast-pitch softball team.
JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
ALL-STARS FINISH FOURTH
The Junior League baseball all-stars survived one contest in the losers’ bracket before being ousted from tournament play in Union County last Monday night, giving them a fourth-place finish.
The team opened up with a 23-11 loss to Union County before rebounding with a 13-10 win over White County. However, the team was sent home after falling to Rabun County 8-4.


JCCHS runner wins age division at Peachtree
After posting an eighth-place finish in the state in cross country during the school year, Panther runner Daniel Elder added another highlight to his distance-running resumé Thursday.
For the second consecutive year, Elder, 15, placed first in the 13-15 boys’ age division in Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10K race in the world.
Overall, the Jefferson resident finished 153rd out of over 55,000 participants.
This was Elder’s third time running the event. Last year, he finished 416th with a time of 39:39.
This year’s Peachtree Road Race was a family affair for Elder. His father, Bert, also participated, finishing 1,795th with a time of 47:47.
Elder’s solid showing in the Peachtree Road Race continued what’s been an equally solid distance running career.
He enjoyed a standout season this past fall on the cross country trail, taking sixth at the Region 8-AAA meet with a time of 16:41 in October. Then in November, Elder placed eighth at state with a time of 17:46.
According to Jackson County Comprehensive High School cross country coach Bob Roller, Elder’s participation in the Peachtree is just part of what’s been a busy summer of training.
“He’s been running 60-90 miles per week,” Roller said. “He’s really serious about this...he really wants to win state.”
OTHER LOCALS
PARTICIPATING IN THE PEACHTREE
The Elders weren’t the only Jackson County residents to participate in the Peachtree Road Race.
Other local runners participating in race were: Douglas Cassidy, 36, Commerce, finished 323rd with a time of 38:12; Scott Brooks, 25, of Nicholson, who finished 2,806th with a time of 51:18; Charlie Wetzel, 42, Hoschton, who finished 2,883 with a time of 51:32; Michael Robach, 48, Braselton, who placed 3,044th with a time of 52:01; Duane Champlin, 43, of Jefferson, who finished 4,293rd with a time of 56:58; and Shawn O’Neal, 33, Jefferson, who placed 4,555th with a time of 58:23.
PANTHER RUNNERS IN THE COLBERT CANNA RUN
Two other Panther cross country runners took part in the holiday road race action in Colbert’s Canna 5K Thursday.
Michael Rudio placed 26th overall and fourth in the 15-19-year-old mens’ division with a time of 21:18. He will be a junior this year.
Megan Lerett finished 51st overall and first in 15-19-year-old women’s division with a time of 24:09.
Over 400 runner participated in the race.


Senior team splendid in title run
The late “splendid splinter” probably would have been proud of the great batsmanship.
The Madison County Senior League all stars batted over .400 as a team, while claiming the District 7 tournament this past week, winning four games by a combined score of 59-4 in just 22 innings of action.
The senior team trounced Habersham 17-0 in five innings that day, followed by a 15-4, five-inning win over Franklin Wednesday, a 14-0 blowout of Hart County in seven innings Friday and a 13-0 shutout of Habersham in the district championship Sunday.
Madison County will travel to Peachtree City Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup with Oconee County in the first round of the state all-star tournament. The winner will play at 1 p.m. Monday in Peachtree City, while the loser will play Sunday at 4 p.m. at the same locale.
Senior League manager David Fields praised his team, saying his squad is a tight-knit group that has been together on the baseball diamond since they were practically waist high to the umpires. He pointed out that three players — including his son, Joshua, along with Corey Boswell and Conrad Carey — have played on eight all-star teams together.
“This group of guys is awesome,” said Fields. “They have the right attitude. They come from good families. They are just a great group of guys.”
Madison County jumped on its opponents early this past week, scoring seven runs in the first inning of the Franklin game, six runs in the first inning of the Hart County matchup and four runs in the first of the championship game against Habersham.
THE NUMBERS
Madison County dominated in every facet of the game. The squad out-hit its opponents .404 to .145, while crushing seven homers. Madison County pitchers fanned 40 batters in 22 innings, while giving up just 11 total hits.
Leading the Madison County assault was area standout Joshua “Hounddog” Fields, who batted .600, going 9-for-15 with four home runs, including three grand slams, with two of those coming in the championship game.
Others who led Madison County at the plate included: Michael Young, 5-for-10, five walks; Corey Boswell, 3-for-6, three walks; Blake Haagen, 3-for-4, two walks; Cody Ferguson, 4-for-9; three walks; Conrad Carey, 5-for-13, two walks; Josh Pederson, 4-for-11, one home run; and Brent Burkhalter, 3-for-8, one walk.
On the mound, Fields was unhittable, fanning 15 batters, while walking none and allowing no hits in six innings. Young struck out 11 batters in four innings, giving up two hits and four walks. Dusty Black pitched seven innings, fanning seven batters and allowing five hits. Haagen struck out five in two innings, allowing no hits or walks. Carey also pitched two innings, striking out one and surrendering one hit.


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