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NHRA: Brown, Wilkerson speed to wins at Atlanta Dragway

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Nitro-Gumout-TF BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com
COMMERCE – If you were around Commerce last weekend, chances are you heard the roar of the engines coming from Atlanta Dragway as the NHRA’s best drivers returned to “Georgia’s House of Speed” for the annual Southern Nationals.
Speed wasn’t hard to find on Sunday for Top Fuel driver Antron Brown. The No. 1 qualifier raced his way to his second victory in the 2015 NHRA season. It is his fourth victory at Atlanta Dragway and first since 2013. Brown defeated Leah Pritchett in the finals, laying down a time of 3.887 seconds at 310.48 mph.
“The day was good, it was good; Not just today, the whole weekend,” said Brown. “We (the team) talked about it in pre-race before we got here and we know what we have been needing to do, but doing it is another thing.”

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Jackson County athletics inducts its second Hall of Fame class

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The Jackson County Comprehensive High School gym was the venue for the May 16 Athletics Hall of Fame dinner. See Charles Phelps' photo gallery below.

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School gym was the venue for the May 16 Athletics Hall of Fame dinner. See Charles Phelps’ photo gallery below.

BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com
JACKSON COUNTY – The Hall is back, opening its door the history of Jackson County athletics. And, for the first time in 30 years, a new group joined the elite fraternity last Saturday.
The Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame opened its door to its second-ever class for enshrinement.
The first class – inducted in 1985 – was Jackson County’s 1964 boys’ state championship basketball team and the 1930 Braselton High School boys’ state championship basketball team.
This year’s class was comprised of current head wrestling coach Jason Powers, two-sport athlete (softball and basketball) Nikki Sosebee, former football player O’dell Collins, former girls’ basketball player Cheryl Martin, who also played two seasons of baseball, former assistant principal and basketball coach James Brown, former principal and basketball coach D.L. Hitchcock, Arlen Berryman, a former basketball player on Braselton High School’s 1945 district championship team, former lead custodian Florine Griffeth and the 1951 Braselton High School state championship basketball team.

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Hawks, Dragons, Eagles and Tigers have strong showing at boys’ state track meet

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Jefferson's Memorial Stadium was again the host site for Class AAAAAA track and field state championship meet held last week. See the photo gallery by Charles Phelps for scenes from the action.

Jefferson’s Memorial Stadium was again the host site for Class AAAAAA track and field state championship meet held last week. See the photo gallery by Charles Phelps for scenes from the action.

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – When the Mill Creek Hawks’ 4×400 meter relay team crossed the finish line in third place at last week’s Class AAAAAA track and field state championship meet, a top-three finish at state was secured.

Led by Jacob Zambo’s first-place finish in the pole vault, the Hawks finished third with 34 points in the final meet of the 2015 season. Rockdale County won the team title with 53 points.

Other local teams who had strong showings included host Jefferson, whom finished fourth in Class AAA with 39.5 points. East Jackson finished two spots behind Jefferson with 31 points. Jackson County finished tied for 24th with eight points. Commerce finished ninth with 31 points in Class A Public.

Sam Costa contributed to the Hawks’ strong performance by finishing third in the 3,200-meter run and sixth in the 1,600-meter run. Both runs were personal bests for Costa.

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Jefferson baseball advances to next round of playoff action

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At bat in the first inning, Christian Hutch got a single. See more scenes below.

At bat in the first inning, Christian Hutch got a single. See more scenes below.

Charles Phelps captured these scenes from Wednesday’s third game of the Jefferson Dragons Class AAA semifinals action against the Westminster Wildcats. The teams split the the two games, prompting the need for a third to decide which team advances to play at Blessed Trinity for the Class AAA state championship.

Jefferson Dragons to play Game 3 against Westminster today

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 BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@gainesvilletimes.com

ATLANTA – The Jefferson Dragons’ baseball team split its first two games against the Westminster Wildcats in the Class AAA semifinals on Tuesday in Atlanta. The deciding Game 3 is today at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster. The winner plays at Blessed Trinity for the Class AAA state championship.

GAME 1 (Jefferson 5, Westminster 4): Jefferson’s Jake Franklin led the Dragons’ offense, recording back-to-back RBI singles in the first and third innings to give the Dragons an early 2-0 lead over the Wildcats. He reached base one more time on a fielder’s choice and added his third RBI on another.

After trailing 2-0 headed into the bottom of the third, the Wildcats chopped into the lead when Rankin Woley connected for a solo home run off Jefferson pitcher Micah Carpenter (2-1). The Dragons stretched the lead back two (3-1) in the top of the fourth when Taylor Wilkes hammered a two-out double, bringing Jared Bates across the plate. The Dragons went quiet in the fifth but made more noise in the sixth as Joshua Hutch and Wilkes reached base on a pair of singles. Hunter Thompson brought Hutch home on the team’s third single of the inning (4-1).

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