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GIANT TALK: NFL player shares encouraging words with high school players

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Former Jefferson offensive linemen and current New York Giants player Brandon Mosley and Jefferson head coach Ben Hall shake hands after Mosley spoke to high school players on July 16 at the 2014 Elite Offensive Linemen Camp in Flowery Branch.  See more scenes below.

Former Jefferson offensive linemen and current New York Giants player Brandon Mosley and Jefferson head coach Ben Hall shake hands after Mosley spoke to high school players on July 16 at the 2014 Elite Offensive Linemen Camp in Flowery Branch. See more scenes below.

BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Hearing a kind word from someone who has been in your shoes can go a long way in shaping one’s dreams, goals and self.
Last week, football players from Jefferson, Mill Creek, Archer, Flowery Branch and more had the opportunity to take advice from a true professional player.
Former Jefferson High School football player and current New York Giants offensive linemen Brandon Mosley shared his story and path to the NFL with the high school players at the 2014 Elite Offensive Linemen Camp at Flowery Branch High School.
Mosley was a guest of Jefferson head coach Ben Hall.
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Headin’ West: Former Jefferson football player Tyler Cole headed to University of West Georgia

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

Former Jefferson High School football player Tyler Cole is headed to the University of West Georgia to continue his football career, he announced on Wednesday.

Cole missed the entire 2012 championship-winning season – his senior season – due to a broken elbow.

“I’m unbelievably excited about this opportunity,” he said. “Since I broke my elbow and was out the entire season – my senior year – I now know that this (is) God’s plan for me.

“It is truly a dream come true.”

He made the team after attending a July 9 walk-on tryout, he said.

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Gresham eliminates Mini Stock division from Stockerama; working on agreement to Bring Legends and Bandoleros

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By The Paper staff reports

JEFFERSON – Gresham Motorsports Park announced on Tuesday the elimination of the Mini Stock division from its Stockerama program effective immediately.

In a related announcement, the Jefferson track indicated it has completed a sanctioning agreement with INEX US Legends and will include Legends and Bandoleros to the mix of Stockerama divisions beginning on Saturday, Aug. 2.

“We didn’t have a single Mini Stock show up for our last Stockerama program on June 21,” said John Close, GMP general manager. “That was extremely disappointing. I, and a lot of other people, remember 10 or 15 years ago when 20 to 25 Mini Stocks would show up and put on an amazing show. Our records show the most Mini Stocks we’ve had here for an event since GMP reopened in 2010 has been 12 and, in recent years, that number has fallen to just a handful of cars regardless of what track we run them on – the half-mile or quarter-mile. The Mini Stock car counts seem to be down at other paved tracks that run them, too. It’s a darn shame, but times change.

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Lady Panthers gearing up for Barrow Bash tourney next week

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The Jackson County Comprehensive High School Lady Panthers are gearing up for their upcoming season. The team will play in the 2014 Barrow Bash volleyball tournament which starts next Monday, July 21, at Winder-Barrow and Apalachee High School and runs through Thursday, July 24. More practice scenes by Charles Phelps below.

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School Lady Panthers are gearing up for their upcoming season. The team will play in the 2014 Barrow Bash volleyball tournament which starts next Monday, July 21, at Winder-Barrow and Apalachee High School and runs through Thursday, July 24. More practice scenes by Charles Phelps below.

The Jackson County Comprehension High School Lady Panthers’ volleyball team began holding open-gym practices last week.

Conditioning, skill drills and scrimmaging were all incorporated into the practice.
Head coach Debbie Hayes – who is in her first year as head coach – said last year’s team graduated seven seniors and this year is about rebuilding and growing the younger talent to compete.
Six rising seniors took part in the practices along with a host of juniors and underclassmen.
The team will play in the 2014 Barrow Bash volleyball tournament which starts next Monday, July 21, at Winder-Barrow and Apalachee High School and runs through Thursday, July 24.
The Lady Panthers’ first game will be on Monday against Winder-Barrow at 5 p.m. They will play at Apalachee Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 5:50 p.m. on Thursday.

JCCHS volleyball practice

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G-Braves stumble into All-Star break

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From The Paper staff reports
The Gwinnett Braves dropped four of five games this past weekend against the Norfolk Tides.
The G-Braves’ record stands 44-54 heading into this week’s All-Star break.
In game one, the G-Braves’ bats weren’t enough in a losing 12-11 effort.
The team recorded 13 hits. Elmer Reyes recorded a three-run home run in the eighth inning.
Joey Terdoslavich recorded three hits and two RBIs, while Brandon Boggs in his only at-bat appearance smashed in two runs with a double.
The team’s only win came in an extra-inning thriller in a make-up game from April.
The G-Braves fell behind 3-0, but Boggs led the comeback, smashing a two-run home run as part of a four-run sixth inning to take the lead at 4-3.
After the Tides tied the game at 4-4, the game saw extra innings. In the top of the 11th inning, Jose Yepez, Sean Kazmar and Philip Gosselin each recorded an RBI hit to propel the Braves to a 7-4 victory.
On Saturday, the G-Braves dropped two seven-inning games, including a 9-8 loss in which the team carried an 8-7 lead heading into the final inning of play.
Game five turned out to be a defensive battle, but in the end, Tyler Wilson’s six strikeouts over seven innings was enough to propel Norfolk to a 2-1 victory.
Gwinnett’s Gus Schlosser allowed two runs off five hits. He also recorded four strikeouts.
The G-Braves begin an eight-game home stand on Thursday night against the Durham Bulls.

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