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Banks County softball began its summer season with many new faces and some returning key players. The team has a summer lineup planned with games against Union, Commerce, Stephens, Lumpkin, Hart, Elbert, Jefferson, Flowery Branch and Peachtree Ridge.

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Banks County High School’s cheer squads were hard at work this past week getting ready for the upcoming fall season. Both JV and Varsity participated in the demanding and challenging week of stunt building, dances and new chants. Twenty-six leopards are leading the team for the football seas…

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There is no offseason for the Banks County Leopard football program as players and coaches have worked all summer in anticipation of the fall season. Players have worked on speed, agility, drills and practices to ensure their program enters the season in top form.

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Softball coaches Kim Carithers and Dylan Charles hosted a softball camp this past week. The camp had 24 participants ranging in ages six to 11. Coach Carithers is showing Coley Kate Evans the fundamentasl of pitching.

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Construction has started on the T-ball/Soccer Complex portion of Windmill Park. This new construction will turn the current Field 5 into four t-ball fields and dedicated space for soccer fields, with a plaza/pavilion area, renovated concession stand with restrooms and a new parking area. T-b…

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The Banks County High School baseball team started its summer season with many new faces, including a new head coach, Derrick Davis. With the former head coach, Peyton Hart taking on the new role of Banks County High School Strength and Conditioning coordinator, Davis transitioned from assis…

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Gabby Kennedy, a 2017 graduate of Banks County High School, is First Team All-American Soccer Player. Gabby plays for the University of Tennessee South (formerly Martin Methodist College). In her 17 starts, she had 49 saves and 7 shutouts. Gabby is also a member of the National Scholar Athle…

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Major Hunter (center) was recognized recently for his 35 years of service to the Banks County Recreation Department. He has coached his daughters' and granddaughters' teams, as well as other teams. This year, he coached his grandchild's volleyball team, as well as a softball team when a coac…

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Banks County High School football returned to the field this past week for its scrimmage game against West Hall. The game saw over 60 student-athletes participating in the scrimmage, which significantly increased from years past. The team played West Hall at home last week.

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The Banks County High School track team continues the Leopard tradition with several members qualifying for state. The team had several members place in the top five at the recent track meet held at Gordon Central High.

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The Banks County High School goys and girls golf teams finished the season this past week. The boys played at Dogwood Golf Club and the girls played at Wolf Creek Golf Club. Although both teams played extremely well, the seasons ended during the first round of state.

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The Banks County High School baseball team finished its run at state with an impressive 20 and 11 overall season record. The team finished 8AA Region Runner Ups. With the challenges of COVID, the Leopards not only finished with success, but they also overcame incredible obstacles.

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The Banks County High School Track and Field team hosted the region meet for 8AA this past week at Leopard stadium. Preliminaries were held on Wednesday, April 28, followed by finals on Friday, April 30. Girls and boys teams both dominated in several events. The strongest events for both tea…

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Both girls and boys tennis finished the season this past week when they fell to Pace and Lovett. Both teams finished with an incredible record of wins and stats and the title of Region Champs.

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The Banks County High School soccer team made history last week when they defeated Callaway to earn a Sweet 16 spot. This was the first time that the girl's soccer team has made it to the Sweet 16.

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The Banks County High School boys golf season wrapped up this past week with a fifth place finish for the team. The team traveled to the area golf tournament to face tough competition. Although the team finished in fifth, head coach Mike Owensby was impressed with the team's overall performance.

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Over a third of the student population of Banks County High School, each season, participates in athletics. Keeping those athletes healthy has a lot to do with proper conditioning, nutrition and athletic protocol. BCHS, Zoey Forrester ( LAT, ATC), plays an essential role for these students. …

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The Banks County High School Leopard baseball team will face Haralson for the first round of state playoffs on Thursday, April 29. Game 2 will immediately follow—the "If" game that will be played Friday at 2 pm.

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The Banks County boys 4x800 continues to set new records for as they shed 4 seconds off their original record at the track meet recently held at Apalachee. The team also placed first at the Leopard Classic held at Banks County this past Friday night.

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The state-bound diamond Leopards will host the first round of playoffs next week. The team finished as Region Runner Ups after a heartbreaking loss to Elbert in the final game of the series.

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The Banks County boys golf team has been busy on the course and finished with a 7-1 record for the regular season. The team has only one loss to powerhouse Jefferson.

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While many Banks County Leopards were on spring break this past week, the Banks County baseball team used the time to dominate the diamond. The team faced Oconee County, Pepperell and Alcovy and produced 20 runs combined over the games.

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Banks County High School sophomore Madison Adams is shown competing in the long jump at a recent track meet in Jefferson. See page 12A for more track coverage.

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The Banks County High School track team competed at Leopard Stadium this past week and also honored their senior members. Both teams were successful in winning several events. The teams also had several top ten finishers for multiple events.

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Banks County High School girls golf sole contestant Allie Clark played in the Valhalla Cup at Chimney Oaks this past week. Clark shot her season best with a 58 score.

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The Banks County High School Leopards wasted no time setting the tone against Union in the game series match-up this past week. The team had a total of 28 runs scored against the Panthers.

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The Banks County High School girls and boys tennis have proven to be an unstoppable duo on the courts this season and have remained in first place for Region 8AA all season.

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Coach Josh Shoemaker and his fishing club have been making steady improvements as they progress through the fishing tournament season. The team has had several top finishes with fishermen Clay Smith, Zack McClellon, Hunter Youngblood and Jacob Moran.

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The Diamond Leopards celebrated veterans on March 9. Several hometown heroes were in attendance as they were honored before the game for their military service. Banks County Leopards finished the week 3-0, as they swept Rabun County in all three games. The game scores were 6-2, 16-8, and 10-0.

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The Banks County High School fishing team recently competed in their second tournament of the season at Lake Hartwell. After a delayed start from heavy fog, the team struggled early in finding fish among the 280 boats competing in the weekend tournament.

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History was made for the girls' soccer team this past Tuesday night against Stephens County. Although the game resulted in a loss of 6-0, senior Sam Whitcomb made school history with 32 defensive saves as goalie.

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There was no surprise for the Banks County High School girl's tennis team, as they remain undefeated this past week. The girls beat both Tallulah Falls and Dawson.

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After last season's abrupt end, Banks County High School head golf coach Mike Owensby is excited and eager to see his team on the golf course and compete for the region title.

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Banks County baseball showcased their talents this past week by dominating on the mound and at the plate. The team had three big wins against East Jackson, Morgan County, and Monticello. The team also faced top-ranked Franklin County and were just shy of three runs for the victory.