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JUNE 18, 2003

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Several summer camps planned at recreation dept.
A youth fast-pitch softball camp for girls ages 7-14 is planned for July 14-17 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The camp costs $35 and will primarly focus on the fundamentals of the game. Deadline for registration is July 9. Call the BCRD at 677-4407 for more information.
A cheerleading camp has been planned for July 28 through August 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Banks County High School. Contact the BCRD for more information.
The John Devore pitcher-catcher camp will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for boys ages 9-16.
The cost for the camp is $40 if registration is done before July 12 and $50 if done after that date. Checks should be made payable to John Devore.
Call the recreation department at 677-4407 for more information.
Boys who will be in the third, fourth and fifth grades next year can participate in a basketball camp June 23-26 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
The cost of the camp is $50 and checks should be made payable to Mike Ruth. Call the recreation department for more information.
A baseball camp will be held June 30 through July 3 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon for boys ages 8-14. The cost of the camp is $40 and deadline for registration is June 25.
Checks should be made payable to Michael Williams.
Call the recreation department for more information.

Summer Baseball Team To Play For Trip To State Monday
A best-of-three series with Lumpkin County next week stands between a return trip to state for the Commerce Recreation Department’s 15-17-year-old summer baseball team.
The 10-6 squad, which split a pair of games with Lakeview this past week, will square off with Lumpkin for two games Monday at home and will host a third game Tuesday if necessary.
Head coach Gerald Jordan said he knew little about his team’s opponent but pointed out that Lumpkin County, whose ace pitcher has already signed with Georgia Tech, has a solid baseball reputation.
“They’re always tough...They have a history of being a good baseball county.”
Commerce, which scored 13 unanswered runs to beat Lakeview 13-4 in the opening game of a double header Monday before losing the night cap 4-2, has reason to go into the series with confidence though. Other than having homefield advantage, the team’s pitching staff has done a standout job so far this summer according to Jordan.
“If we get beat with our pitching, then they deserved to win,” he said. “...This might be the best pitching staff that I’ve had.
The two teams were supposed to meet a year ago in a three-game series to decide who’d move on to the parks and recreation leagues’ state tournament.
However, Lumpkin County withdrew, opting instead to take part in Dixie League competition giving Commerce an automatic pass to state where it finished third.

JHS’s Keen now among Georgia’s coaching greats in GACA Hall of Fame
DALTON, GA. — Legendary Jefferson coaching icon Jack Keen was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday along with five fellow coaching greats from the state.
Keen’s career spanned 45-years, with stops at three Georgia high schools along the way.
The bulk of his time was spent at Jefferson High School where Keen made a name for himself as a wrestling, track and field and cross country coach.
He was also athletic director during that stint, which began in 1965 and lasted until 2000 when he retired from coaching the powerhouse wrestling program that he built from scratch.
“It’s extremely exciting to be involved in and it’s just an unbelievable honor,” Keen said of his induction.
Keen, who still teaches part-time at JHS, has amassed some of the more impressive numbers in state coaching history along the way.
His combined 111 individual state champions, 115 state runners-up, and 14 state championship teams in three sports have etched his name in stone among the greatest coaches ever.
A track and gymnastics star at Georgia Tech in the early 1950’s, Keen’s career as a coach first began in 1958 when, fresh out of college, he began coaching in Atlanta. Seven years later he migrated to Jefferson where he has since remained.

Tourneys conclude; district preparations underway
The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department’s Lamar Murphy Park will take center stage in the coming weeks, as the District 7 All-Star boys Little League tournaments come to Jefferson on June 25-30.
Three different age groups will take the field during that time with the 9-and-10, 11-and-12 and 13-and-14 year-old teams all participating. JCPRD officials are expecting a large influx of people associated with the 19 total teams that will be playing for the right to move on to state during that week.
Those that advance onward from District play will next compete at the state level of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. The 9-and-10 year-olds and 13-and-14 year-olds will play in Walton County for state from July 9-12. Meanwhile, the 11-and-12 year-olds are scheduled to compete in Carroll County from July 16-19.

Little league tournament champions crowned
A slew of championship games wrapped up tournament play last week at Lamar Murphy Park. All four age divisions saw teams secure their crowns:
• in the 7-and-8 year-olds, the North Jackson Tigers held off the Nicholson Astros to win their division’s title.
• the 9-and-10 year-old South Jackson Mariners were victorious over the Maysville Devil Rays, thus earning the crown.
• the Nicholson Brewers defeated the L.M.P. Angels to win the 11-and-12 year-old title.
• the Braves defeated the Pirates in the oldest division, the 13-and-14 year-olds, to win the tournament crown.

Fast-pitch regular season wraps up
Also last Thursday, in girls fast-pitch action in the 7-and-8 year-old division, the West Jackson Lady Bulldogs held off the Jefferson Flames to earn the title. Next up for fast pitchers in the 9-and-10 and 11-and-12 year-old divisions is District play. Games are scheduled to take place starting June 27 at the Jefferson Recreation Department.

Eagles soccer camp coming to Comer July 14-18
For the second year, Eagles soccer camp is branching out this year to include a week long camp in Comer for soccer players ages 3-12 July 14-18.
The 3-5 year olds will meet each evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for the “my first soccer camp” experience, the 6-8 year olds will meet each morning from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and the 9-12 year olds will meet each afternoon from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The camp features a T-shirt and water bottle given to each player. Every player in the 3-5 year olds will receive a trophy.
The 6-12 year olds will run a three-on-three and a one-on-one tournament as well as have different contests running through the week helping players excel at the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting.
This year, International Children’s Outreach is bringing in college players from around the country to run the camp. They will be assisted by teenage volunteers who specialize in giving each player lots of personal attention.
The camp director is Jon Perkins, a two time all-american soccer player at Clearwater Christian College, who now is finishing his second year as a high school teacher and soccer coach in Tampa, Fla.
Jon will be assisted by Eagles soccer camp founder Phil Walker who will teach the finer points of the soccer camp program.
To maximize personal attention for each and every camper, the sessions are limited to 30 players for the 3-5 year old camp and 40 players for each of the older camps.
Eagles’ soccer camp will host three other camp sessions in five nearby locations including Homer, June 23-27; Commerce, July 7th-11th; and Bowman July 21st-25th.
The cost of the camp is $35 for the one hour camp and $45 for the hour hour camp.
This fee helps to cover the expenses used to run the camp. However, the desire camp leaders is that no one be excluded due to finances. Partial and full scholarships are availablebased on financial need.
Players can be registered online or can print a registration form at or can call (706)789-2432 or email

Tennis instruction offered for kids
Junior players of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in USA Team Tennis this summer.
Co-ed groups are organized for beginner, intermediate and advanced players from ages 8 to 18.
Beth Dean, Madison County Middle School coach and experienced instructor, will conduct weekly sessions on Monday evenings for beginners and Tuesday evenings for intermediate and advanced players.
Play begins the week of June 9 and continues through the summer.
The cost is $30 for the season and includes a T-shirt for each participant. Registration forms are located in the recreation office. For further information, call Beth Dean at 783-5701.

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