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Bradley Dunham takes second in freestyle at Gwinnett County championships

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Bradley Dunham with DHS swim coaches

Bradley Dunham with DHS swim coaches

Hoschton resident Bradley Dunham, a sophomore at Dacula High School, placed second in the 500 Freestyle at the Gwinnett County High School Championship finals on Jan. 26.

Dunham’s swim in the 500 Freestyle also breaks the Dacula High school record set in 2013 by a senior.

He started his swimming career at the age of 8 and currently swims year around.

“With two years left of high school, I would like to hold all of the individual event records and look forward to competing on a college level,” said Dunham, who attributes his love for swimming, following in the footsteps of his father, who competed at an NCAA Division 1 level.

Dunham’s next competition will be the Georgia High School State Championship.

 

Jefferson area sports memorabilia sought for 2017 Smithsonian exhibit

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Kathi Roberts Bray attended Jefferson City Schools as did her parents, including her father whose letterman jacket will be displayed. Her children attended Jefferson City Schools and now her grandchildren attend. "This really hits home with us," she said.

Kathi Roberts Bray attended Jefferson City Schools as did her parents, including her father whose letterman jacket will be displayed. Her children attended Jefferson City Schools and now her grandchildren attend. “This really hits home with us,” she said.

Jefferson will be hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams, How Sports Shape America” in January of 2017, and in order to develop a local exhibit, the Crawford Long Museum and the Jefferson School Foundation is now collecting historical sports photos, news articles and artifacts.

This Saturday, area residents can bring sports photos and memorabilia of local alumni of Martin Institute, Bryan High and Jefferson High to the Jefferson Foundation office, located at 276 Martin St. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for deliveries of local sports memorabilia.

Kathi Roberts Bray, who serves as administrative assistant of the foundation, is excited about some of the memorabilia which has already been provided for the exhibit but she said she is hopeful more items will be forthcoming.

A 1952 Jefferson High School letterman jacket that her father, Davis Roberts, earned and recently decided to share with the exhibit gave Kathi an opportunity to see the jacket for the first time.

“He came in with the jacket and asked if this was the type of sports memorabilia I’d been talking about,” said Bray.

Also provided is the original basketball rim from the Martin Institute gym which Nat Hancock Jr., and Bucky Johnson asked to retain when the structure was being demolished. For years, the rim hung on the garage of the Hancock’s Washington Street home.

Two Martin Institute sports letters are available for display thanks to Garnett Spratlin and Albert Westmoreland. Spratlin and wife Nell provided an annual endowment to the foundation and a number of their items from Martin Institute are displayed at the foundation office.

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Jefferson seeking local sports memorabilia for January 2017 Smithsonian exhibit

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Jefferson will host a traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams, How Sports Shape America” in January of 2017, and in order to develop a local exhibit, the Crawford Long Museum and the Jefferson School Foundation will be collecting historical sports photos, news articles and artifacts throughout 2016.

Area residents are asked to bring sports photos and memorabilia of local alumni of Martin Institute, Bryan High and Jefferson High to the Jefferson Foundation office, located at 276 Martin St. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, for deliveries of local sports memorabilia.

Those submitting documents and photos will be asked to fill out a brief form about the items and staff members will scan the images and promptly return originals to the owners.

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Kristy Barrett joining UGA Equestrian Team for 2016-17 season

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Kristy Barrett signs her letter of intent to be a member of the 2016-17 University of Georgia Equestrian Team. Seated with her are her parents, Natalie and John Barrett. Standing behind are Heritage Academy athletic director Todd Weiner, academic dean Scott Sklenar and headmaster David Douglas. --- Photo by Stacey Boling

Kristy Barrett signs her letter of intent to be a member of the 2016-17 University of Georgia Equestrian Team. Seated with her are her parents, Natalie and John Barrett. Standing behind are Heritage Academy athletic director Todd Weiner, director of spiritual development Scott Sklenar and headmaster David Douglas. — Photo by Stacey Boling

Kristy Barrett, a senior at Heritage Academy, gets top billing in the Facebook welcome of the University of Georgia Equestrian Team. She is among the 14 riders signed for the 2016-17 season.

Georgia equestrian head coach Meghan Boenig made the announcement last month that Barrett was among those who have letters of intent to continue their riding careers and education at UGA.

“We’re very excited about this recruiting class,” Boenig said. “Having recruited early and signing 14 great riders, this freshman class is extraordinary for Georgia coming in. They have the combination of academics, athletics, great attitude and Bulldog loyalty that is outstanding and will breed many things for a successful future.”

Of Kristy, UGA coaches say she brings an impressive resume to Athens as a North American Affiliate Qualifier, as well as a Reserve Champion of Affiliate Regionals Novice Norse Nonpro who finished seventh in Affiliate Regionals Rookie I. Additionally, she placed first in both Novice Horse Nonpro and Rookie I.

Barrett is the daughter of John and Natalie Barrett.

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Commerce Tigers defeat Charlton Co. Indians, 31-29

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Tigers advance to take on Marion County on Nov. 27

The Commerce High School Tigers made the long trip Nov. 20 by charter bus to Folkston in south Georgia to take on the Charlton County High School Indians and likely the drive back home seemed shorter and sweeter after the 31-29 win.

Commerce’s victory came in the first round of the Georgia Class A state playoffs.

Running back Cole Chancey had 143 yards rushing against the Indians, while junior fullback Will Thomas had three touchdowns and 61 yards for Commerce.

The opening drive for the Tigers meant three points, coming on a 24-yard field goal by Andres Salgado. With half-time approaching, Commerce was attempting to put another trey on the board but a high snap provided the opportunity for a seven-point score. It was 10-0 going into the locker room.

However, the momentum of the game changed after halftime with Charlton County’s Andrew Lee scoring on a run of less than 10 yards.

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