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The Paper   | Thursday, April 10, 2014

ROGERS

Continued from 1B “I’ve wanted to get back into all-around gymnastics for a while and I’m glad to be moving outside my comfort zone by doing something I’m not used to doing. I decided a year ago that I wanted to get back into all around gymnastics and realized that I missed doing the beam, vault and floor, so I haven’t had much experience in those areas,” Rogers stated. “I came in this year scared to do anything on beam and falling off just walking on it and now I have many skills that I didn’t think I would be able to compete in only one season. I love doing my floor routine because I can incorporate all of my tumbling skills. I always seem to score pretty high in that area,” Rogers stated. And the beam will be the primary focus for the national champion in the Junior Olympics for the Intermediate Division of Tumbling. “I feel that I have improved most on bars and the beam. When I started back in the fall, I couldn’t even do my kip which is a skill that you must have in order to move to the next level,” Rogers. “I have been training for about a year and am finally feeling a little more confident in this area.” Lovett will host Jefferson, Stockbridge and others in the regular season finale April 15. For The Paper

Sara Rogers is ready to take her skills to the next level, knowing if she makes it to the state meet, it will be as tough as it gets.

Jefferson Dragons set to host county championship meet

MILL CREEK TENNIS Continued from 1B

boys make up a young Hawks team and “If you can crack one willThe have to believe they can play on the same as the best teams in the region. of [the Lady Lions court “I feel like the boys have done a great job of competing in our matches. They work hard, from Peachtree challenge each other and compete daily in practice,” Schroer said. Ridge], then you Schroer believes the boys’ team is beginning to create some separation which is what definitely have a the team needs to get through the tourney as the No. 5 seed. And the Hawks have been more chance to win the competitive in practice despite a lack of experegion tournament.” rience. “I do feel like our boys have done a great job of creating some separation within the lineup. We still have to continue to battle and get better. We are closer to where we want to be but still have a long way to go,” said Schroer.

Head coach Tim Schroer Mill Creek tennis

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Madison Hahn plays with a great deal of intensity; her leadership and experience will be needed as the Lady Hawks enter the region tournament as the No. 4 seed.

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Typically the running events is what gets the crowds attention but at the county title meet today, expect the field events to steal the show. Keep an eye on Jefferson’s Satchel Turpin and Tradd Porter (long jump and triple jump) and Jackson County’s Destiny Gaudlock and Layson Giles (high jump). All have the potential to do well at the state championship meet.

A BALANCED ATTACK Strong hitting could aid Panthers to top of the region BY LATRICE WILLIAMS

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Pitcher Coleman Barbee says he doesn’t believe there’s a secret remedy the Panthers can use to win the region. Simply put, if you play the game the way it should it be played, you’ll have success. And a little good fortune along the way never hurt. “It will take good pitching, good hitting, good defense and a certain amount of luck. As a coach of mine told me in rec football once, ‘Defense wins games and offense sells tickets.’ If we go with that philosophy, then good pitching and good defense are the keys to winning. But we better be able to put the stick on the ball and have a little luck too,” said Barbee. The Jackson County Comprehensive High School baseball team, 14-4 (as of April 7), has thrived with having multiple people make plays. Patrick Overstreet has blasted six homers and leads the team in RBI with 26. Add Nick Corso who has become a professional thief, swiping 18 bags complete with 23 runs and Andrew Fogarty’s key wins over Oconee County and Pike County and the Panthers may have cemented themselves as one of the better teams in AAA. “[I believe just about] every player on the team has the

“If I’m going to help my team the best I can, I need to be as perfect as possible when I toe the rubber.” Coleman Barbee Jackson County Panther potential to put the bat on the ball and get on base,” stated Barbee. While it’s obvious Jackson County has a lot of weapons, Barbee said maturity and leadership have been the key difference between this year and last years’ team. “We had two seniors and seven freshmen on last year’s team. This year, we have seven seniors and one freshman. We are still a young team but we have more players that have been

battle tested,” stated Barbee. In regard to the postseason, Barbee doesn’t let his mind wander that far yet. “It’s way too early in the season to think about playoffs. The football expression many people use is, ‘Any given Friday night.’ Well, the same applies to baseball, “Barbee stated.” “On any given night, the best team can be beat and we are not the best team. We have to take every game and win every moment in those games. There is a lot of baseball left to be played before any team can start looking to the playoffs.” And the Panthers lived up to that motto. On March 26, Fogarty earned the win over No. 10 ranked Oconee County, which includes Coastal Carolina signee Bobby Holmes. Fogarty also saw a key victory over Pike County, which was ranked No. 2 in AAA. With just a few weeks left in regular season play, Barbee looks to fine tune all areas of his game, saying he wants to be more versatile. “If I’m going to help my team the best I can, I need to be as perfect as possible when I toe the rubber. I like to hit and want to be able to contribute offensively, too, so I am working on trying to improve my play at the plate,” said Barbee.

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Patrick Overstreet watches his hit during a game against Morgan County.

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