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East Jackson cheerleaders C-H-E-E-R on local youth at camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

Give me an “E-A-G-L-E-S”!

What does that spell? Eagles!

For some aspiring cheerleaders, a youth camp is, possibly, where they got their start on the road to cheering.

Last week, the East Jackson Comprehensive High School cheerleading squad taught chants, cheers and routines at the squad’s kiddie camp.

The campers ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade.

“It’s a really great experience for the little ones and (for) our cheerleaders,” said new head coach Andy Potts.

“The best part for me is we really hand it over to our cheerleaders.”

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

Youth take to the court to learn the game of basketball at JCCHS girls’ camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

If there was one thing that Jackson County girls’ basketball head coach Julie McCutcheon was proud of at the team’s annual youth camp, it was that the number of participants grew from last year to this year.

Coming from Tennessee, McCutcheon wants to continue to grow the excitement of basketball in the Jackson County community.

“I’m more excited about this than anything, because we’ve seen our numbers go up from last summer to this summer by 11 campers,” said McCutcheon. “It looks like we’re headed in the right direction.”

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

Ready To Be A Golden Tiger

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JCCHS grad Chelsey Bell ready to engage in competition cheerleading at Brenau

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

 When Chelsey Bell looks back on her four years at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, she is going to miss cheering on Friday nights during the Panthers’ football season the most.

She will miss seeing the home crowd get “pumped up” as she cheered from the sidelines and watching the energy level of the student section grow. Ultimately, she’s going to miss cheering in a Panthers’ uniform in general.

Cheerleading has been a year-round sport for Bell. She competed on both the spirit and co-ed competition cheerleading teams. As the next chapter in her life begins, she will only be competing for one of the two squads at the collegiate level.

Bell will write the next chapter of her cheerleading endeavors this fall at Brenau University.

She will be part of the Golden Tigers’ competition cheerleading squad. Her mom attended Brenau and Bell went to different functions such as seeing plays, taking swim and vocal lessons at the college when she was as kid.

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

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.