By FARAH BOHANNON
Runners of all abilities lined up at the starting line at Crow’s Lake for the third annual Primal Rush race on Saturday, Aug 29, however, things were a bit different this year, due to the lack of obstacles.
Primal Rush was a trail run this year, and the fundraiser for The Tree House, the children’s advocacy center serving Jackson, Barrow and Banks counties, offered participants the opportunity to experience a 5K, 10K or a half marathon. A handful of runners even ran back-to-back races and participated in both the 5K and the 10K.
All three events took runners through the dense woods of Crow’s Lake, yet the course was marked very well to ensure no one became lost. And, of course, with a wooded trail comes the grueling hills and the tree stumps that can cause tripping if runners do not look out for them as they take each step. That just added to the challenge of the run — a challenge that many athletes, including this writer, enjoyed. There were also ample water stations throughout the trails, thanks to hard-working volunteers who braved the early morning to help hydrate the runners.
By FARAH BOHANNON
Joy Wallis was on a hospitality management internship at the Braselton-Stover House and saw it as the perfect venue for a special event.
She is now working an internship at Disney World in Florida and reflecting on the birthday party which celebrated her grandfather’s 91st birthday in July.
Roy Wallis and his wife Evelyn had five children but one died at birth. She was pregnant when her husband was called into service. While in the Philippines, his lip was injured by a sniper’s bullet and sustained a concussion from a near-miss mortar explosion. During his recovery, he contacted malaria and got sent to Daytona Beach, Fla., for treatment. He was discharged on Sept. 28, 1945 and their first child was born five days later but died. He would contract malaria again from a doctor’s contaminated needle but was successfully treated at the VA hospital in Atlanta.
BY CHARLES PHELPS
JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers saw a 3-1 lead evaporate in the fifth inning against the Oconee County Lady Warriors. The Warriors managed two runs to tie the game at 3-3.
With extra innings looming, the Lady Panthers showed why they are the defending Region 8-AAA region champions as freshman Joni Lott smashed a single and brought the winning run home as the Lady Panthers toppled the Lady Warriors, 4-3, at Jackson County.
Jackson County (12-3, 5-1) is tied with Morgan County (9-3, 5-1) for first place in the region standings.
Madi Pecht led the Lady Panthers with a double and two RBIs from the plate. Shelton Kendrix went 4-for-4 from the plate. Jessica Burke recorded two hits and an RBI and Lott’s seventh-inning single was her lone hit and RBI of the game.
The Lady Panthers fell behind 1-0 in the second inning, but struck in the third, snagging three runs (3-1) to take the lead. The teams went scoreless in the fourth, but the Lady Warriors managed two runs in the fifth to tie the game, 3-3.
Lott’s brought home the last run of the game.
Jackson County hosts Elbert County tomorrow night.
Nashville songwriter Donna Nolan Wilson, who lived in Winder for 12 years, was inspired to write the song, “The Little Boy That Could” when she saw the number of lives which were being touched as they followed the Tripp Halstead story. The youngster, who now lives in Jefferson, captured the hearts of Facebook followers after he was critically injured when a tree fell on him in the yard of his Winder daycare. She feels connected since her granddaughter attended day care in Winder and there is a Hurricane Sandy connection as that storm not only downed that tree but impacted her family and friends with devastation on Long Island. Tripp is also featured in her new book, and she is donating portion of the proceeds from book sales as well as from song downloads to the family.
BY CHARLES PHELPS
BOGART — The Jefferson Lady Dragons’ volleyball team continued its great start to 2015 Tuesday night at Prince Avenue Christian School.
The Lady Dragons downed the Wolverines in straight sets (25-21, 25-17) and slid past Hebron Christian Academy in straight sets (25-19, 25-21).
Lindsey Nilsen and Abby Wood turned in a “great hitting night,” head coach Mike Paul said. Nilsen and Wood combined for 23 kills (Nilsen-12, Wood-11). Wood also served two aces. Nilsen recorded two blocks on the defensive end.
Darien Matlock served well, recording 12 aces. Madison Corbett recorded 18 assists and Grace Haney added 14.
The team also played “excellent” defense, Paul said. As a group, they recorded 45 digs. Three players recorded double-digit digs (Olivia Przybysz-13, Wood-11, Matlock-10).
The Lady Dragons play tomorrow at Habersham Central.