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Turley, Hawks finish 6-1 against the state’s best in Roswell

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

ROSWELL – Mill Creek head football coach Shannon Jarvis called last Friday’s 7-on-7 quarterfinals matchup against Mays High School at the 25-team Corky Kell 7-on-7 Invitational Tournament “one of the best 7-on-7 games” his team has played in several years.

The Hawks trailed the Raiders for much of the 22-minute contest, but after pulling out a 22-20 come-from-behind victory, the Hawks notched their sixth win of the tournament and clinched a berth in the semifinals against in-region rival Peachtree Ridge.

“Our kids were down and didn’t panic,” said Jarvis. “They just made play after play, both on offense and defense to win the game.

“Obviously, Mays played for a state championship last year. (They have) great players and coach (Corey) Jarvis is a good friend of mine and they do a great job, so I knew when we played them it was going to be a tough game.”

For more about the Corky Kell 7-on-7 Invitational Tournament, read this week’s edition of The Paper.

Lady Panthers pass on knowledge at youth camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – Young softball players aspire to be like some of their favorite players, Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, Taryne Mowatt and many more. But, in order to get to those players’ level of skill and dominance, a player has to learn the basics of the game.

Last week, the Jackson County Lady Panthers’ softball team helped 24 young aspiring softball players hone their skills during team’s annual youth camp. Twenty-four was the most campers since current head coach Chessie Laird has been at the helm, she said.

The campers learned everything from pitching to hitting, she said, and the week ended with fun on the Slip and Slide. Campers ranged from first grade to sixth grade.

The camp helped her current roster of girls as they taught the campers all the things they have been working on in the summer, Laird said.

For more on this story, read this week’s edition of The Paper.

Dragons help teach baseball to upcoming players

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – Just think back to when you were a kid. What were you doing?

For some, playing baseball with the other neighborhood kids may be a popular answer. Remember learning the game? Swinging the bat and connecting with the ball for the first time? Arguing about whether or not a tag was actually made?

Baseball can take you back in time. For 55 local kids, baseball is something they enjoy learning, and last week, the baseball field was their office for four days as the Jefferson Dragons’ baseball team hosted its annual youth baseball camp.

The camp was for kids ages 5-13 and included learning how to bat, run the bases properly, fielding and pitching. On the last day, all the kids competed in a run-the-bases challenge to see who could round the bases the quickest; a home-run derby; a who-can-throw-the-hardest contest, where coaches broke out the radar guns to clock how fast the kids pitched; and the kids competed in scrimmage games.

Dragons help teach baseball to upcoming players

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – Just think back to when you were a kid. What were you doing?

For some, playing baseball with the other neighborhood kids may be a popular answer. Remember learning the game? Swinging the bat and connecting with the ball for the first time? Arguing about whether or not a tag was actually made?

Baseball can take you back in time. For 55 local kids, baseball is something they enjoy learning, and last week, the baseball field was their office for four days as the Jefferson Dragons’ baseball team hosted its annual youth baseball camp.

The camp was for kids ages 5-13 and included learning how to bat, run the bases properly, fielding and pitching. On the last day, all the kids competed in a run-the-bases challenge to see who could round the bases the quickest; a home-run derby; a who-can-throw-the-hardest contest, where coaches broke out the radar guns to clock how fast the kids pitched; and the kids competed in scrimmage games.

For the full story, read this week’s edition of The Paper.

Kids kick and dribble at Tavani Soccer Camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – Over the last several years, the sport of soccer is growing more and more in popularity in the Jackson County community.

The high-school sports teams, plus local soccer academies are introducing the sport to kids who have never seen it, while at the same time, helping the more advanced players expound on their craft.

Last week, the Tavani Soccer Camp held its sixth annual local camp at the Jefferson Parks & Recreation Department soccer fields, which included camps for both the experienced players and returning campers, mixed with those trying the sport for the first time. The co-ed camp ranged from ages 4 to 15.

Camp director Gregg Tavani said the camp balanced “fun” and “intensity.”

To read the full story, read this week’s edition of The Paper.