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JUNE 4, 2003

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Local fast-pitch team picks up two tourney wins
A fast-pitch softball team made of local girls from Banks, Jackson, Barrow, Franklin, Madison and Oconee counties recently took two tournament wins.
The Atlanta Phoenix team went to the North Gwinnett ASA state qualifier and posted a 4-1 finish to win the tourney in Suwanee.
In the Memorial Day Classic in Dahlonega, the team lost its first game and came back to win the next four and the tournament.
The Phoenix also played in a tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., over the past weekend.
The Phoenix fast-pitch league is run by Wayne Gardner of Watkinsville, whose daughter, Lacey, pitches for UGA.

Diamond action heats up at JCPRD all this week
A slew of tournament action hits the softball diamond at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department this week with most age groups heading into semifinal-round action beginning Thursday.
In girls 7-8 year old softball action, the top-seeded Jefferson Flames are set to battle the Lady Tigers at 6 p.m. on Field No. 2 in the first of two semifinal affairs in that age division. In the other semifinal meeting Thursday night, the Jefferson Diamonds battle the Lady Bulldogs at 7:15 for the right to play in the championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Elsewhere on the girls softball scene the 9-10 year old division is still up in the air with the South Jackson Lady Warriors moving on Monday night by defeating the Lady Bulldogs in the winners’ side of the draw.
In other Monday action in the 9-10 division the Jefferson Stars advanced to play the Lady Warriors by virtue of their defeat of the Jefferson Renegades. On the losers’ side of the draw, four teams remain in the hunt for the tournament championship round this Monday night at 6 p.m.
In the 11-12 girls division three teams will vie for the JCPRD championship beginning Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Earlier this week the squads competed against each other in round-robin action with the Maysville Lady Jackets defeating the Lamar Murphy Lady Tigers in a tight 4-3 game. Elsewhere in the division the West Jackson Wildcats knocked off the Lady Tigers 11-1. The division championship will be held Monday night at 6 p.m. at Lamar Murphy Park.

Tiger Shark Registration To Run Through Friday
Registration for the Commerce Recreation Department’s Tiger Shark swim team will run through June 6.
The team caters to girls and boys ages 5-18 who already know how to swim. Team members train most weekdays beginning in late May. The season will end in late August. The team swims a schedule of competitive meets held in Commerce and the surrounding area. The registration fee is $50. Additional expense will be required for meet entry fees and swim suits.
Tennis camp
expanded to two sessions
The recreation department’s youth tennis camp has been expanded to two week-long sessions, the first, July 7-11 and the second, July 14-18. The camp will last one hour (to be designated) each day during the morning and will be held at American Veterans Memorial Park.
The camp is designed for boys and girls ages 8-15. Participants will learn the basic fundamentals of play including grip, forehand, serve and volley as well as the rules of the game and how to score matches.
The instructor is long-time tennis player Kerri Lord.
The registration cost is $35. Registration will be accepted to June 27.
Participants should furnish their own racquets. Balls will be provided.
Unless otherwise specified, registration for all activities listed may be made at the recreation department office at American Veterans Memorial Park on Carson Street from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Registration for each activity will be taken on a “first come” basis until filled.
For additional information, call the recreation department office at 335-3226.
The list of events is as follows:
Recreation swimming
The American Veterans Memorial Parks Aquatics Center is open Mondays through Saturdays from 1-5 p.m., weather permitting. The pool is closed on Sundays.
Admission is $1 for pre-schoolers through high school and $2 for adults.
Season passes for individuals and families are available at the recreation office.
There is no wading pool available. Young children not potty trained must wear air tight rubber pants or a diaper designed especially for swimming.
All children ages 8 or under must be actively supervised by an individual 16 years-old or older.
Learn-to-swim classes
This class targets children ages 5-12 who are non-swimmers.
Two separate eight-day sessions have been scheduled. Each class will run from 9:45 a.m to 10:45 a.m. The dates of the sessions are June 2-11 and June 23-July 2.
Registration fee is $45 and the number of students taken will be limited and on a “first come” basis.
Laura Sanders is the lead instructor.
Water aerobics
This activity is a water exercise for adult men and women in general, but it will be particularly beneficial to individuals with arthritis, muscular disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, those recovering from joint replacement as well as those with other disabilitating injuries.
Water aerobics strengthens all muscles and joints without the stress, stiffness and soreness which accompanies land exercise programs.
Workouts will require participants to use their arms, legs, hips and neck and will elevate the heart rate through the buoyancy of the water.
Certified water aerobics instructor Sharon Pruitt will lead the class at the Aquatics Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. beginning June 2. The class will be ongoing through early August. The cost is $2 per person per class at the gate. No advance registration is required.
No children will be admitted to or allowed during class.
Tennis camp
Tiger Town Twirlers camp
The rec. dept. will have two more summer sessions for the Tiger Town Twirlers’ camp — June 23-27 and July 21-25.
Becky Waters instructs the class and is experienced in twirling having been a majorette captain in high school and having taught classes in the Atlanta area.
Tiger baseball camp
A one-week camp for youths ages 7-14 will be held June 16-19 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. Players will be taught the fundamentals of fielding, hitting, throwing and base running. Players will be placed in groups according to age and ability.
Participants must bring a glove, hat, cleats and a bat. Everyone will receive a camp T-shirt.
The staff of instructors will include Commerce High School baseball coaches David Cash and Mark Hale, along with Ricky Woodruff of the Commerce Parks and Recreation Department.
The registration fee is $50 with a non-refundable deposit of $25 due Friday, June 6. The $25 balance is due on June 16.
Tiger basketball camp
Commerce high school head basketball coach Rex Gregg’s Commerce Tiger basketball camp is scheduled for June 2-5 from 9 a.m. until noon at the CHS gym.
Registration forms are available at the offices of all Commerce schools. The fee is $50.
For further information, contact coach Gregg at 335-3533 (home) or 335-5942 (school).

JHS takes sixth in Director’s Cup
Following another successful year of athletics at the Class A level, the Jefferson athletic department clinched sixth-place in the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association (GADA) Director’s Cup recently.
The finish was two spots better than last season’s eighth-place showing in the standings, which award points for first- through 32nd-place finishes in Georgia High School Association state playoffs.
Region rival Athens Academy clinched the top spot in the Cup standings for the second time in the four year existence of the competition, which will be officially complete once the state baseball playoffs conclude this week.
Landmark Christian, Savannah Country Day and Brookstone rounded out the top four in the latest standings.
Jefferson had a shot at finishing as high as fifth however Bremen’s march to the state semifinals in baseball earned them valuable points and allowed them to clinch at least fifth-place.
Among the top male schools in Class A, the Dragons were fourth overall according to the latest standings, while the girls program ranked seventh behind first-place Athens Academy’s girls.

Raider netters honored at banquet
The Madison County boys’ and girls’ tennis teams were recognized at a recent banquet.
The 18-2 girls were region champions for the third straight year and were in the state playoffs for the sixth straight year. The 17-3 boys were in state playoffs for the third straight year.
Those honored included:
•Girls MVP — Tegan Tonge
•Girls MVP Freshman — Kerri Martin
•Girls Red Raider Award — Sarah Tippins
•Boys MVP — Chad Coulter
•Boys MVP Freshman — Justin Powers
•Boys Red Raider Award — Ethan Dean
Girls’ 2003 Outstanding Achievement Awards:
•Four-year starter — Sallie Fitzpatrick
•P.J. Holcomb doubles champions — Tiffany Ledford and Kerri Martin
•Undefeated regular season — Kerri Martin
•2003 Senior Recognition Awards—Tiffany Ledford and Sallie Fitzpatrick for four straight state tournaments, three region championships, one region runner-up, two elite eight appearances and one sweet 16 appearance.
Boys’ 2003 Outstanding Achievement Awards:
•Four-year starters — Cole Tonge and Paul Wildes
•Undefeated regular season — Ethan Dean, Justin Powers, Jake Alford and Nick Jones.
•P.J. Holcomb doubles runnerups — Ethan Dean and Michael Wildes
•2003 Senior Recognition for three state tournaments, two elite eight appearances, one region championship, one region runner-up and one sweet 16 appearance — Chad Coulter, Cole Tonge and Paul Wildes.

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