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JUNE 2, 2004

Summer League Baseball Team Competing In Tournament
The Commerce Recreation Department’s 15-17-year-old traveling baseball team was off to a 3-0 start going into this week’s tournament in Banks County, but keeping their unbeaten record in tact over the next few days will be quite a significant undertaking with some good teams on hand in that event.
Commerce — who started the tournament Tuesday night against Apalachee but results weren’t available — is slated to take on both Flowery Branch and Banks County Thursday and will finish with North Hall Saturday.
“We’ll find out a lot about what we’ve got at that high school tournament,” head coach Gerald Jordan said.
As for week one, Commerce breezed through its three games by a combined 20-1 count, starting last Monday with 7-0 and 5-1 wins over Jackson County No. 1 and then beating Jackson County No. 2 8-0 on Tuesday.
Daniel Taylor, Commerce High School’s second-most used pitcher this past spring, hurled a shutout in game one Monday while Smith and Tiller, who hit .412 for the high school this past season, both homered over the course of the double header sweep. Caleb Jordan, who was the winning pitcher of game two, went 4-for-8 in the two games and had a triple and three RBIs in the first game.

Spring football brought 28 new recruits
Spring football practice brought 70 hopefuls to the field May 4 through 14.
Banks County’s head football coach Greg Moore said the group worked on fundamentals. Official practice begins July 19.
The team graduated 18 seniors this year, but 28 upcoming freshmen showed up for spring practice.
“We’re not dwelling on the fact that we lost seniors,” Moore said. “We are going to build on what we have and are very excited about the growth of the program with the incoming freshmen.”
Banks County will play 10 games in the fall, five at home and five on the road. The season will kick-off August 20 in Lexington when the Leopards take on Oglethorpe County.
Two scrimmage games are planned for early August; one against Athens Academy in Turnerville at 5 p.m. on August 5 and another on August 13 at home against Chestatee.
Moore is holding summer conditioning at the high school Monday through Thursday. There is a morning session that runs from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and an afternoon session that runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Conditioning is open to all high school students, participants lift weights and work on running exercises.
Moore said timeliness is important in the summer sessions.
“I don’t want to turn anybody away, but you have to be on time. If you are one minute late, you don’t lift,” he said.

JCCHS hoops camps set to begin June 7
Jackson County Comprehensive High School plans to host basketball camps beginning in June. Boys’ camps will begin June 7 and run through June 10. Girls’ camps are scheduled to run from June 21 through June 25. The boys’ elementary school camp is set for June 7-10 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day at JCCHS. Cost is $60 per camper. A middle school camp for East and West Jackson Middle School students will take place the same dates from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $40 per camper. Girls’ elementary school camps will take place from June 21 through June 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Cost per camper is $60. A camp for those attending East or West Jackson Middle School will run from June 21-24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per camper. Camps will focus on fundamental basketball skills and will be run by the JCCHS basketball coaching staff, including head boys’ coach Richard Crumley and head girls’ coach Chad Pittman.
For more information, contact the JCCHS basketball office at 367-5003 ext. 225. or pick up forms at the county recreation department.

Jefferson’s Senter takes first in Pro Late Models
Turner takes checkered flag in Super Late Models
Dawsonville’s Ricky Turner saved his best for last as he scrambled past Wayne Willard for second, then chased down and passed leader Jason Hogan during the closing stages of the Southern All Star Super Late Model 150-lap event Saturday night at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton.
Turner’s winning pass came on lap 118, but the victory nearly slipped through his fingers on lap 146 as he lapped Dwayne Buggay on the backstretch.
The two Fords collided with the impact shredding sheet metal off the right front of Turner’s No. 28. Hogan quickly closed onto Turner’s rear bumper, but could get no closer.
“I’m tickled to death to win this,” Turner said. “We had to race two of the best in the business right here, in Jason Hogan and Wayne Willard, and things worked out for us.”
“We had a good car even though it got a little off on the long runs.”
Joey Senter of Jefferson sat on the pole and dominated the Southern All Star Pro Late Model feature event, leading all 100 laps.
Senter’s No. 12 Chevrolet enjoyed a half straightaway lead at one point during round three of the Super Six Series which was slowed three times by caution flags. Senter’s margin of victory was one-car length over Flowery Branch’s Richey Etheridge.
“I hated to see that last caution (lap 87) because Richey is pretty tough on those restarts,” Senter said. “I’m just glad we had enough to hold him off at the end.”
Etheridge, who held off Tony Bennett for second, was one of the first well-wishers to greet Senter in victory lane.
“Joey had a good car and he knew right where to hold me off to keep me from getting a run on him,” Etheridge said. “I’m proud of him.”
Legends winners were Beau Slocumb (Pro), Brian Weimer (Masters), and Matt McCullough (Semi Pro).
Lanier National Speedway competition director Glen Simpson won the 10-lap school bus race Saturday.
The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series returns to Lanier National Speedway on June 5.

Parts of new complex should be open to public by August
Madison County school system officials are targeting August as the month when the high school’s new athletic complex should first be opened to the public — albeit in a limited capacity.
According to Madison County school system assistant superintendent Mitch McGhee, the complex’s track, tennis courts and cross country trail should be ready by then but school system leaders are asking that people stay off all fields at least through the fall so the grass can go through the proper growth cycle.
The track is nearing completion, needing only the installation of a rubber cushion surface on the top of it and to be lined for lanes.
Barring weather problems, the complex, which is located right across the street from Madison County High School, will “look done” by mid-July as all construction should be completed by July 15. However, there will still be some site grassing left to do, as well as work on sidewalks, the restrooms and the concession stand.
The 29.5-acre complex was first planned in 1998. The tennis team became the first to use the new complex, playing its late-season matches at the new courts this past spring. The baseball and soccer teams will move over to their new fields at the complex next year.

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