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JULY 28, 2004

BCRD holding registration for fall sports
The Banks County Recreation Department is holding registration for football, cheerleading and soccer through Friday, August 13.
Age groups are as follows: soccer, ages 6-8 and 9-12; flag football, ages 5-6 and 7-8; tackle football, ages 9-10 and 11-12; cheerleading, ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Tackle football, flag football and soccer will cost $35 per participant. Cheerleading will cost $30 if participant already has a uniform. If a uniform is needed, the cost is $45.
For more information, contact the recreation department at (706) 677-4407.

Boosters to meet August 2
The Banks County High School all sports booster club will hold a meeting Monday, August 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. Any parent that has a child playing any sport for the high school is welcome to attend.


Two summer camps remain
The Banks County Recreation Department will host two more camps this summer.
A baseball camp will be held August 2 through 5 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The camp is open to boys ages 6-14. The camp fee is $25. Checks should be made out to the Banks County Commission.
A golf camp will be held August 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hammer’s Glen Golf and Country Club. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-15. The fee is $40 per camper. Checks should be made out to Hammer’s Glen Golf Club.
Registration for all camps will be held at the Banks County Recreation Department. For more information, contact the recreation department at (706) 677-4407.


Tiger Sharks Nab 17 Ribbons At League Meet
State Meet All That’s Left For Local Swim Team
The Commerce Tiger Sharks capped their regular season by collecting 17 ribbons through either individual or team relay competition at this past Saturday’s North Georgia Swim League championship meet in Gainesville.
A total of 23 Commerce swimmers competed against other league teams — seven of those which swim year-round.
Those finishing in the top 12 of an event earned ribbons as some events featured as many as 80 participants.
Jeremey Deremer was the most decorated Commerce swimmer on the day, winning four ribbons.
Deremer’s efforts included a sixth-place finish (50-yard backstroke), two seventh-place showings (100-yard individual medley and 50-yard breaststroke) and a ninth-place finish (100-yard free style) in the boys’ 14-and-under division.
Cason Hardigree won three ribbons in the boys’ 10-and-under division, taking seventh in the 50-yard free style, ninth in the 25-yard free style and 12th in the 25-yard butterfly.


Raider participation numbers still strong in second week of summer football practice
The Madison County football program has a problem it likely hasn’t had in a while: It might not have enough jerseys to go around for Friday’s picture day session.
With over 80 players still on the practice field this year after averaging around 50 the past few seasons for summer workouts, Raider preseason participation is remaining strong under new head coach Randell Owens as it’s in the middle of its second week of summer practice.
Owens said his team — which has now moved to practices in full pads — is still getting acclimated to the conditions as it readies for its Aug. 20 opener with Franklin County.
“It takes about a month for them to get used to the heat and full pads,” he said.
The team is in the middle of what Owens called “short” two-a-day drills and the coach said the week would involve continued work on fundamentals, finishing up one-on-one drills and evaluating players. The team is dividing its two daily sessions into hour and 40-minute segments.
The team opened its preseason workouts last week with practices in helmets and shorts.
With a week now under its belt, the team is giving a close look to its offensive and defensive schemes and will start refine them later on when practices after school start in early August.
“We’ll start looking at more situational things then,” Owens said.
While it’s still early in the preseason, Owens has been impressed by a handful of his new players.
The coach said he’s been particularly impressed with the play of the athletic Marcus Shivers on both sides of the ball at free safety and running back.
“He’s really been the bright spot on our secondary and he’s shown the ability to make people miss,” he said. For the rest of this story see this weeks Madison County Journal.


Last area teams bow out of state tourney
The last two area all star teams still alive in Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state play were eliminated in their respective tournaments during the past week.
The 10-and-under boys and the 12-and-under boys, both from Jefferson, were each playing in Class B action in Carrollton and Americus respectively.
The younger squad was knocked out of state title contention by Murray County, 5-2, during a close game in the losers half of the draw.
The loss was preceded by an earlier defeat to Carrollton on Thursday in a game that followed Jefferson’s opening-game victory over Camden County, 11-9, on July 21.
Meanwhile, in Americus the 12-and-under boys’ team opened up their state tournament play with a bang by knocking off Summerville to advance to the winners side of the draw.
Lucas Redd led the way for Jefferson in that contest, blasting back-to-back three-run home runs.
The team’s following contest against Wayne County did not go as well however, as Jefferson fell 11-2, thanks to a nine strikeout performance from Wayne County. That same Wayne County squad then went on to win the state title on Saturday by defeating Baldwin County.
After the loss, Jefferson was able to turn things around and stave off elimination thanks to a win over Effingham County on Thursday.
The contest was perhaps the most dramatic of the tournament, with Jefferson rallying from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 4-3. The two squads were deadlocked 2-2 heading into the eighth before Effingham jumped ahead 3-2. Jefferson then responded in their half of the inning to earn the victory and stay alive.
The tournament came to an end for Jefferson however during their next game, as they were eliminated the following day by Baldwin County 7-6.
Baldwin followed that victory with another over Carrollton before they eventually lost to Wayne County in the title game.


Senter takes Pro Late Model checkered flag at LNS
Joey Senter of Jefferson started on the pole and established leads of nearly two seconds twice before being forced to hold off Dwayne Buggay in the closing laps to win this past Saturday night’s Pro Late Model 50-lap feature at Lanier National Speedway.
In a classic short track duel under the lights at the north Georgia oval, Senter watched in his rear view mirror as Buggay, Richey Etheridge, and Tony Bennett rubbed fenders battling for second during the mid-portion of the event.
“My brother let me know that Dwayne (Buggay) and Richey (Etheridge) were out there battling it out,” Senter said. “So every little chance I could get I’d save my tires so I’d have something there for them at the end.”
Senter’s victory was his fourth of the season at Lanier, including his Southern All Star Pro Late Model 100 win in May.
Greg Motes of Midway passed Andy Gaddis for the lead with eight laps remaining then withstood a furious challenge from Rob Young to win the 30-lap Truck feature event.
Mike Bruce of Hoschton won his second feature of the season in the Sportsman division by out-running J.L Tullis during the 25-lap affair.
Ty Stewart started eighth but quickly worked his way to the front as he passed Hunter Green for the lead on lap nine of 20. Stewart then pulled away to claim the victory in the Modified Ministock class.
Spanky Hicks earned his third win of the year in the Factory Fours.
Legends winners were Chris Waters (Pro), Brian Weimer (Masters), and Matt McCullough (Semi-Pro).
The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series will be at the Braselton race track this Saturday. Gates opens at 5 p.m., with qualifying scheduled for 6 p.m. and feature races set for 7 p.m.
Visit www.lanierspeedway.com or call (770) 967-8600 for more information.

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