Swim Dragons, Swim: Jefferson takes Riverside swim meet


Porter, Bartoletta have strong showings


GAINESVILLE – The Jefferson “swim” Dragons strong 2014-15 campaign continued on Thursday night at Riverside Military Academy.

Behind the Lady Dragons’ stellar 159-point performance, Jefferson won the overall competition with a score of 231 points, 67 points ahead of Riverside.

The girls’ closest competition was the Commerce Lady Tigers, who finished with 65 points, 94 behind the Lady Dragons.

Junior Camille Porter the led the Dragons’ dominant performance as she racked-up first-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke. She also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team take first.

Porter has qualified for the state meet in both the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley. The state meet takes place at Georgia Tech on Feb. 6-7.

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All-Area Softball Team


Pitcher – Peyton Sorrells, Sr., Jackson County

Catcher – Mattie Canup, Jr., Commerce

Catcher – Niki Carver, So., East Jackson

Catcher – Jessica Burke, So., Jackson County

First Base – Ansley Bowen, So., Commerce

Second Base – Arynn Baker, Sr., Jefferson

Second Base – Ashlie Wuertley, Jr., East Jackson

Third Base – Madi Pecht, Sr., Jackson County

Infielder – Amanda Natsch, So., Mill Creek

Infielder – Hannah Adams, So., Mill Creek

Shortstop – Alyssa Dasher, Sr., Jackson County

Shortstop – Faith Grooms, So., East Jackson

Outfield – Olivia Husted, Sr., Jefferson

Outfield – Emily Dufty, Jr., Jefferson

Outfield – Kayla Nichols, Jr. Mill Creek

Outfield – Morgan Partin, So., Commerce

Utility – Shelton Kendrix, Jr., Jackson County


Honorable Mentions:

Pitcher – Jessica Baker, Sr., Jackson County

Pitcher – Kaitlyn Howell, Jr., Mill Creek

Pitcher – Jessie Marvin, So., East Jackson

Catcher – CC Cox, Fr., Jefferson

Shortstop/Third Base – Rachel Floyd, Sr., Commerce

Utility – Savannah Mullis, Jr., Commerce

OF – Anna Flint, Sr., Commerce

OF – Bridget Barnett, Sr., East Jackson

OF – Ally Faith Adams, Jr., Mill Creek

OF – Kaylyn Anthony, Jr., Mill Creek



Lady Hawks cruise to victory over Meadowcreek, extend winning streak to 4


Schulte scores game-high 25 points


HOSCHTON – The Mill Creek Lady Hawks picked up its fourth straight win Tuesday night, dominating the Meadowcreek Lady Mustangs, 64-37.

The Lady Hawks scored 36 second-half points. Meredith Schulte recorded a game-high 25 points and dropped 15 points in the second half.

She went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line as well.

“I’ve been struggling shooting and coach (Ashley Phillips) said, ‘Just keep moving the ball and find who’s open,’” Schulte said. “The team really works well together. Sometimes, we struggle to find our groove. But, once we get in it, we (are) really successful and we work well as a team.”

Madison Phillips added 11 points and Tatum Ragsdale added 10 points.

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Comeback Kids: Clark’s buzzer-beating shot caps off Hawks’ comeback over Meadowcreek



HOSCHTON – The Mill Creek Hawks led two times during Tuesday night’s game against the Meadowcreek Mustangs.

The first came on a pair of free throws to snag an early 2-0 lead. The second time, the Hawks’ players, coaches and fans watched Davion Clark’s buzzer-beating shot swoosh through the net for the win.

The Hawks erased a six-point deficit with a minute left in the game and stunned the Mustangs, 74-73. The Hawks trailed by as much as 14 points in the first quarter and found themselves in a 10-point deficit at halftime.

“We willed it,” Mill Creek head coach Chad Rogers said. “We hit free throws late. We started getting steals and turnovers and turning them into some easy points.”

With seven seconds left, the Hawks took possession of the ball after a Mustangs’ turnover, the third within the final minute. Rogers called a time-out to draw up a play. It was designed to go to the man who took the final shot, Clark.

“He made a great shot,” Rogers said.

Clark finished the game with 11 points, none bigger than the final two.

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Tigers pick up win No. 2


From The Paper staff reports

 The Commerce Tigers picked up its second win of the season on Tuesday night, defeating George Walton Academy in a Region 8-A matchup, 54-50. 

 Kirk Vaughn led the way for Commerce with 16 points and eight rebounds. Jose Rodriguez also contributed with seven rebounds. 

 Commerce plays at Jefferson on Saturday night.