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► WINDER-BARROW WINS TRI-MEET: At Jefferson, Winder-Barrow won seven events to score 68 points, slipping by Jefferson (66 points) and blasting Chestatee (38 points).

Alex Martinez was a multi-event winner for the Bulldogs, taking the 800 meters (2 minutes, 13.02 seconds) and the 1,600 meters (5:03.89). Other winners for Winder-Barrow were Dennis Riley (high jump, 6 feet, 2 inches), Jordan Duncan (triple jump, 39-4), Asa Thornton (shot put, 40-11 1/2), Tamarick Watson (400, 55.36) and William Wright (3,200, 11:04.16).

Derrick Perkins led Jefferson by winning the 100 (11.7) and long jump (20-3/4). Carson Newman won the discus (126-7) and was on the winning 400 relay team (46.89) with Maurice Pattman, Josh Watkins and Judson Stewart. Mason Hamrick won the pole vault (13-6) and Taj Nelson won the 110 hurdles (17.03).

Winder-Barrow will compete in the Region 8-AAAA championship on April 19 at Loganville. Jefferson will host the 47th annual Jefferson Relays at 10 a.m. on Saturday with some 16 teams set to compete.

Girls track

► JEFFERSON TOPS WINDER-BARROW, CHESTATEE: At Jefferson, the Lady Dragons won five events to score 72.5 points to defeat Winder-Barrow (62.5 points) and Chestatee (36 points).

Alison Misler led Jefferson by winning the 1,600 meters (6 minutes, 01.31 seconds) and the 3,200 meters (12:49.56). Eden Starnes won the triple jump (31 feet, 71/2 inches) and Rachel Goza won the 400 (66.12). Also winning for the Lady Dragons was the 1,600 relay team of Rachel Goza, Kelly Goza, Laura Price and Holly Baron.

Leading Winder-Barrow was DeLorean Itabiyi, who won the discus (101-0) and the shot put (31-10 1/2), and Dee Treadwell, who won the 100 (13.27) and the 200 (28.31). Brittany Witt won the long jump (15-3/4), Ja'Leisa Jackson won the 100 hurdles (16.69) and the 400 relay team of Laura Beth Brown, Witt, Crystal Chukwurah and Treadwell won in a time of 53.65.

Winder-Barrow will compete in the Region 8-AAAA championship on April 26 at Loganville. Jefferson will host the 47th annual Jefferson Relays at 10 a.m. on Saturday with some 16 teams set to compete.



April 10, 2010

► JEFFERSON 3, EAST JACKSON 2: At East Jackson, Drew Carson struck out 12 to help the Dragons to a victory over the Eagles.

Carson went the full seven innings, allowing just four hits and two runs. Jessie Tallent was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Austin Thompson was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI for Jefferson (8-10, 7-9).

Josh Chumley took a tough loss for East Jackson, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out eight in a complete game. Caleb Hardy was 2-for-2 with a run and RBI for the Eagles.


Dragons fall to North Oconee 8 - 5

BOGART - Given his team's four-game losing streak, North Oconee coach Dwayne Sapp wondered whether to sit back or go for it.

Save his pitching, or throw all of his arms for the win?

Once the Titans took the lead, Sapp went all in.

Thanks to a five-run third inning, helped by three Jefferson errors, North Oconee snapped its losing streak with an 8-5 victory on Wednesday night.

"Do you save here? Do you go here?," Sapp said of Jefferson's 5-1 lead in the third inning. "Once we got the lead, I said, 'We're going to pitch out and do what we need to do to try to win it.' "

The victory meant the Titans (10-7, 8-6) won the season series against Jefferson and secured a two-game lead and tiebreaker in the Region 8-AA South standings. They are in a battle for third place with Jackson County.

"Tonight was a good win for us, it helped get us back on track and to have something positive happen for this team," Sapp said. "We really needed something positive."

Jefferson (7-9, 6-8) entered the game with four wins in its last six games, with the losses coming to subregion leaders Elbert County and Hart County.

Only one of the five runs North Oconee scored in the third inning was earned, as Jefferson starter Drew Carson appeared to lose command of his curveball.

"When you have to throw 20 extra pitches in the inning, something's bound to go," Jefferson coach Tommy Knight said. "We've just got to play defense, that's the bottom line. To their credit, they made us make plays, and we didn't do it."

Neither team was crisp defensively, as they combined for seven errors in the first three innings.

After two walks to start the sixth inning, Jefferson still had hope. Then the Dragons popped up a bunt attempt that ended in a double play at second base.

"You spoil those chances," Knight said. "You really don't deserve to win the ballgame."

With a pitching staff that's been drained for a couple of weeks, Sapp went to Ryan Healan in the fourth inning to replace Garrett Marshall, who relieved starter Ethan Thornton. Healan held the Dragons scoreless over 2 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking a batter.

"When you get late in the year, weary arms, you have to turn to some fresh guys," Sapp said. "It's not like they haven't pitched before, but was nice to have somebody step up and throw strikes."

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Thursday, April 07, 2011


Track - Dragons win relay event

► DRAGONS dominate AT BO JAMES INVITATIONAL: Jefferson swept every running event en route to a first-place finish at the inaugural Bo James Invitational on Saturday.

The Dragons were first, followed by Habersham Central and host Rabun County.

The Dragons' winners included Jason Stewart (100-meter dash, 11.0 seconds), Josh Watkins (200, 24.18; 400, 53.52), Trey Timmerman (800, 2:15), Kyle Kashuba (1,600, 5:07; 3,200, 11:05), Derrick Perkins (110 hurdles, 15.55; 300 hurdles, 44.24), James Howard (pole vault, 12 feet, 6 inches) and Carson Newman (discus, 12-6). The 400 relay team of Carson Newman, Perkins, Watkins and Stewart won with a season-best time of 45.95 seconds. The 1,600 relay team of Watkins, Tate Sheppard, Josh Reid and Stewart clocked in at 3:48.25.


Boys golf

April 1, 2011

► JEFFERSON 179, JACKSON COUNTY 184: At Traditions Golf Course in Braselton, Nick Stowe shot a 43 to lead Jefferson over Jackson County.

Stowe was followed by Patrick Hilton (44), Josh Flowers (45) and Isaac Kelly and Andrew Thompson, who both shot a 47.

Girls golf

► JEFFERSON 98, JACKSON COUNTY 120: At Traditions Golf Course in Braselton, Hanna Chapman shot a 44 and Paige Pate shot a 54 as the Lady Dragons defeated Jackson County in Region 8-AA play.




The Jefferson High School Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps isn't large but has the coordination and precision to be named one of the best in the nation.

Jefferson High School’s Air Force JROTC Unarmed Drill Team recently won first place at the Air Force National Eastern JROTC Drill Championships. Team members include, kneeling left to right, Savannah Bailey, Mark Weaver, Taylor Bailey, Savannah Sloan, Juliann Watson, Jordan Bailey, and standing left to right, William Baldwin, Carlos Mendoza, Team Commander Lance Wilson, Christian Edens, Noah Vincent, Dominick Stanziale and Carlos Marte
Jefferson High School’s Air Force JROTC Unarmed Drill Team recently won first place at the Air Force National Eastern JROTC Drill Championships. Team members include, kneeling left to right, Savannah Bailey, Mark Weaver, Taylor Bailey, Savannah Sloan, Juliann Watson, Jordan Bailey, and standing left to right, William Baldwin, Carlos Mendoza, Team Commander Lance Wilson, Christian Edens, Noah Vincent, Dominick Stanziale and Carlos Marte
Jefferson High School Air Force JROTC's Unarmed Drill Team took home first place in unarmed drill at last week's 2011 Air Force National Eastern JROTC Drill Championships in Landover, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.

The win means they are the most coordinated, most polished Air Force unarmed drill team in the eastern half of United States. In this competition, teams aren't divided into school-enrollment classes; teams from schools with 5,000 students compete against schools like Jefferson, with about 750 students.

"It really is like David and Goliath out there," said Maj. Bryan Watson, who coaches the drill team. "This is a very young team. Most schools would not have freshmen on their unarmed drill teams, but we're so small we don't have that luxury. ... I try to make them understand that that's what makes what they've done so impressive."

This marks the third year Jefferson's AF JROTC drill team, coached by Watson and Chief Master Sgt. Budell Willis, have brought home big honors for their unarmed drill team. In 2009 and 2010, the team placed third at the National Eastern competition.

Unarmed drill routines consist of 13 or so students marching in intricate military formations.

There are no props - just cadets marching in lockstep with one another.

"It's just basic drive movements, but the judges are very nit-picky," said Group Commander Carlos Mendoza.

Jefferson's AF JROTC cadets practiced several hours every week to prepare for the national competition, said Drill Commander Lance Wilson, who took home an individual third-place award for his drill command skills.

The corps, made up primarily of underclassmen this year, was motivated to do well at nationals by the accolades they've already garnered at state and regional competitions, Wilson said.

"It's the trophies; but it's also the fear of Chief (Willis)," Mendoza joked.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, April 02, 2011



Dragons Slide By Panthers 6 - 2

March 31, 2011

► JEFFERSON 6, JACKSON COUNTY 2: At Jefferson, Drew Carson pitched a complete-game three-hitter, allowing one earned run and striking out five as the Dragons won for the fourth time in their last five games.

Jefferson (7-7, 6-6 in Region 8-AA) recorded 10 hits and the Dragons were led by Max Ford (two hits, one RBI), Carson (two hits, one RBI), Jesse Tallent (two hits, one RBI) and Nathan Carson (one hit, one RBI).

Jackson County's hits came from Austin Robinson (who also scored a run) and Tony Holton (who also had an RBI).


Dragons defeat North Oconee

March 23, 2011

JEFFERSON 10, NORTH OCONEE 9 (Tuesday): Austin Thompson had a fourth-inning grand slam for the Dragons (4-6, 3-5 Region 8-AA) in Jefferson. Max Ford, Jason Demos, Drew Carson and Patrick Martin each drove in a run for Jefferson.


March 23, 2011

JEFFERSON BOYS 3, GEORGE WALTON 2 (Tuesday): Zack Bost, Blair Buffington and Ben Daniel all won in singles for the Dragons on Tuesday in eight-game pro-set matches.

GEORGE WALTON GIRLS 3, JEFFERSON 2 (Tuesday): Bell Blankenship and Tristan McGarity won in singles for the Dragons on Tuesday in Monroe.


 Dragons 6 - Jackson County 3

March 14, 2011

► JEFFERSON 6, JACKSON COUNTY 3: At Jefferson, Drew Carson struck out nine as the Dragons beat their cross-highway rivals.

Carson allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) with nine strikeouts and five walks in seven innings. Andrew Bartek had a solo home run and Max Ford had two hits and an RBI for the Dragons.

Jackson County was led by Austin Robinson with two hits and Trey Sorrells with a hit and an RBI.

Jefferson (3-5, 2-4 in Region 8-AA) visits Elbert County at 5:55 p.m. on Friday. 

Dragons fall to East Jackson 4 - 3

East Jackson (2-5, 1-4 in Region 8-AA South) scored the game-winning run in the fifth inning and held Jefferson scoreless for the final three innings.

Drew Carson went 3-for-3 for the Dragons (2-5, 1-4) with a RBI. Jason Demos went 1-for-3 and Max Ford went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

The Eagles were led by Caleb Hardy, who went 2-for-3 and pitched all seven innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven.

Jefferson will play at Jackson County on Monday at 5:55 p.m. East Jackson will play at Elbert County on Monday at 5:55 p.m.



Seventh-inning rally just misses for Dragons

But ultimately, the hole Hart County dug for the Dragons in the last half of Friday's game was insurmountable as the Bulldogs beat Jefferson 7-5 at Horace J. Jackson Field.

Both teams combined to score 10 runs, five runs each, in the seventh and final inning.

"This group will not quit," Jefferson coach Tommy Knight said. "One of the things we have said the last few years is, whether we are up 10 or down 10, we are going to play the same way. We are going to play hard and give ourselves a chance to win."

The Dragons came into their final turn at the plate down 7-0, having given up all seven runs to Hart County in the previous three innings.

A one-out double by Drew Carson and a pair of infield hits by Cody Baker and Austin Thompson at the bottom of the order chased Hart County ace Landon Beck and gave the Dragons the spark they had been looking for all evening.

Jefferson sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh inning and scored five runs off four hits.

"At the end there, we talked and said that this is the last chance, so let's rally," junior pitcher Andrew Bartek said. "We couldn't pull it together, but it was fun. ... We had that one bad inning, and take a couple errors away, we had that game won."

The first half of the game was a pitchers' duel between Beck and Bartek, making his first start of the season.

Beck went 61/3 innings, striking out 10 and giving up five hits. Four of the Dragons' five runs were attributed to Beck, all of which were scored in the final inning.

Prior to the seventh, Beck looked untouchable, especially after battling out of a two-on, one-out jam in the second.

"He did a great job against us," Knight said. "He is throwing it pretty hard, first of all. Then he's got a good breaking pitch, and he's throwing it for a strike. With two pitches like that, he is going to be tough to hit."

Bartek, who was on a pitch count, went 42/3 innings, striking out nine and giving up just one hit and one earned run.

In the third, he got out of a two-on, no-out jam by striking out the next two batters and forcing a groundout to end the inning.

"I'm glad I found the strike zone tonight," Bartek said. "It has been a long while since I've pitched. It felt good to get a few innings out there."

Jefferson (2-4, 1-3 Region 8-AA) only got one ball out of the infield against Beck in the first six innings, a double to right-center field by Bartek.

Hart County (6-3, 5-1) was led by Ryan Phillips, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Brady Graham, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.

Because of the midweek rainstorm, Jefferson only got two of its three games in during the week. The Dragons, who will make up that lost game against East Jackson today, lost another close game at North Oconee on Tuesday, 3-2.

Even though his team's record isn't where he'd like it to be this early, Knight thinks the last two games have shown that the Dragons are capable of turning it around.

"This week tells me that we are going to be competitive against every team we play," the coach said. "Being such a young team, we are going to need to figure out what it feels like to be in a game like that, in a close game late. By the end of the year, we should be a pretty good baseball team."

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, March 12, 2011


Baseball - February 8, 2011 

► NORTH OCONEE 3, JEFFERSON 2: At Bogart, the Titans won their third consecutive game as Aaron Bentley claimed the victory pitching in relief.

North Oconee (5-1, 3-0 in Region 8-AA) was led on offense by Zach Sims (one hit, one RBI), Lane Smith (one hit), C.J. Hoag (one hit) and John Jarrard (one hit).

Girls golf - February 8, 2011

► JEFFERSON 93, NORTH OCONEE 107: At Lane Creek Golf Club in Watkinsville, Jefferson's Hanna Chapman was medalist with a nine-hole round of 40 and Kara Perry added a 53 as the Lady Dragons defeated North Oconee, which got a 53 from Brianna Avery and a 54 from Laura Abbott.

Boys track - February 8, 2011

► ATHENS ACADEMY TOPS JEFFERSON, RABUN COUNTY: At Jefferson, B.J. Speakes won four events and Ben Glauser won two as the Spartans captured 11 events and scored 70 points, defeating Jefferson (66 points) and Rabun County (34 points).

Speakes won the long jump (17 feet, 83/4 inches, the 400 meters (53.03 seconds) and was on the winning 400-meter relay team (46.69) with Kalupe Booze, Kyle Adams and Marquez Terrell and the winning 1,600-meter relay team (3:45.76) with Terrell, Henry Dwyer, and Adams. Glauser won the shot put (61-6 3/4) and the discus (173-9).

Booze also came in first in the 100 (12.10) and Dwyer won the 1,600 in a school-record time of 4:28.73. Tom Greene won the 800 (2:14.52), Adams won the 200 (25.17) and Kurt Crymes won the 3,200 (10:27).

For Jefferson, Derrick Perkins won the triple jump (41-8) and the 110 hurdles (15.57). Mason Hamrick won the pole vault (12-6) and Mark Weaver won the 300 hurdles (2:14.52).

Girls track - February 8, 2011

► STARNES, CARRENO LEAD JEFFERSON: At Jefferson, Eden Starnes and Carla Carreno both won three events as the Lady Dragons scored 105 points to defeat Athens Academy (48 points) and Rabun County (17 points).

Starnes finished first in the triple jump (30 feet, 5 inches) and the 300-meter hurdles (54.09 seconds) and was part of the winning 400-meter relay team (53.56) wtih Holly Baron, Rachel Goza and Carreno, who also won the high jump (4-10) and the 100 (13.97).

Other winners for Jefferson included Rebecca Stoudenmire in the pole vault (7-0), Savannah Holland in the 100 hurdles (18.73), Baron in the 800 (2:41.01) and Reese Bowles in the 3,200 (13:07).

Athens Academy's winners included Tori Owers in the discus (120-2) and shot put (44-3 1/2), Sarah Whatley in the 1,600 (6:03.96), Mary Matthews in the 200 (29.02) and the 1,600 relay team (4:36.89).

Boys tennis - February 3, 2011

► NORTH OCONEE 3, JEFFERSON 2: At Jefferson, the Titans swept doubles play and won at No. 3 singles to improve to 6-0 with a 2-0 record in Region 8-AA.

In singles, Jefferson's Zach Bost defeated Ray Donovan 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 and Blair Buffington bested Seth Taylor 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2. At No. 3, North Oconee's Spencer Powell topped Ben Daniel 7-5, 6-2.

In doubles, Jeff Bautista and Kerry Nozum beat Brandon Clabo and Jordan Tyler 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 and David Sloan and Stevie Hemerlein defeated Austin Pratt and Andrew James 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.

The Titans will host Hart County on Tuesday. Jefferson (2-1, 2-1) will play at 4:15 on Tuesday at Jackson County.

Girls tennis - February 3, 2011

► NORTH OCONEE 4, JEFFERSON 1: At Jefferson, the Lady Titans won at every position but No. 3 singles as they improved to 5-1 with a 2-0 Region 8-AA mark.

In singles, Rebecca Bruning beat Bell Blankenship 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 and Amber Hudson defeated Taylor Bost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2. At No. 3 singles, Jefferson's Tristan McGarity downed Sarah Rogers 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles, Kathleen Greenway and Casey Blanton beat Chelsea Runkel and Amanda Burgamy 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 and Lana Livesay and Cammi Shaffer bested Grace Main and Savannah Snap 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.

North Oconee will host Hart County on Tuesday. Jefferson (1-3, 1-3) will play at 4:15 on Tuesday at Jackson County.

Dragons Open track and Field season

February 3, 2011

JEFFERSON - Led by Derrick Perkins and Josh Watkins, Jefferson earned seven first-place finishes Thursday to win its season-opening track meet. The Dragons tallied 86 points, leading Commerce (52 points) and Banks County (14 points).

Commerce also made a good showing at the tri-meet, winning six events as Terrick Ramsey recorded three first-place finishes.

In the field events, Jefferson's winners included Perkins (triple jump, 45 feet, 51/2 inches), Carson Newman (discus, 111-5) and Mason Hamrick (pole vault, 12-6). In the running events, Perkins won the 110-meter hurdles (15.69 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (46.0), Watkins won the 400 meters (56.31), Michael Stephenson won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 24 seconds), and the 1,600-meter relay team of Watkins, Perkins, James Howard and Alec Jameson won in a time of 3:55.84.

For the Tigers, Jamal Browner won the long jump (19-41/2), Micah Eason won the shot put (49-91/2) and Marquavius Little won the high jump (5-8). In running events, Ramsey won the 100 (11.66), was part of the 400 relay team (56.31) along with Kyhrie Harris, Browner and Jamir Walton, and he also placed first in the 200 (25.09).

Jefferson returns to the track on Tuesday at 4 p.m., hosting Athens Academy.

Dragons make it 10 straight at state duals

Jefferson beat Sonoraville 37-18 in the finals at Toombs County High School, giving the Dragons a state title all 10 years the dual championiships have been held. Jefferson has now won 10 straight state dual titles and 11 straight state traditional titles.

The Dragons had three seniors win their final matches in the finals. Cason Turmond won at 125 pounds, Shaquille Maxey at 160 pounds and Zach Allen at 215 pounds.

Also on Saturday, Jefferson swamped Spencer 66-3 in the state semifinals.


Boys tennis

► JEFFERSON 5, HART COUNTY 0: At Jefferson, the Dragons had little trouble in singles as they swept visiting Hart County.

In singles, Zack Bost won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, Blair Buffington won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 and Ben Daniel won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3.

In doubles, Brando Clabo and Jordan Tyler won 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 at No. 1 and Andrew James and Austin Pratt won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2.

Girls tennis

► HART COUNTY 3, JEFFERSON 2: At Jefferson, the Lady Dragons managed two victories in singles in a narrow loss to Hart County.

Bell Blankenship won at No. 1 by a 7-5, 6-2 score and Tristan McGarity won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, February 26,


Diamond Dragons fall to Tigers 11- 7

► COMMERCE 11, JEFFERSON 7: At Commerce, Colton Davis pitched six innings and hit a home run to lead the Tigers to victory in their season opener. Davis gave up six hits and four earned runs and struck out 12.

Commerce had nine hits and was led by Davis and Brandon Brooks, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Jefferson's Andy Nicholas hit a two-run home run. Kevin Ross (two hits, one run) and Jason Demos (two hits, one run, one RBI) were the only Dragons with multiple hits. 


Jefferson Mat Dragons win eleventh consecutive state title

DULUTH - The uncertainty was fairly new to the Jefferson wrestling team, but the ending was very familiar.

The Dragons claimed their 11th consecutive state traditional title on Saturday at the Gwinnett Arena on Saturday, edging out Sonoraville. Coming into the finals, Jefferson held just a 10-point lead, but ultimately won by 19.5 points.

"It is official, thank goodness," a relieved Doug Thurmond, Jefferson's coach, said. "My hat is off to Sonoraville. They are sitting there with nine or 10 seniors. It is hard to beat a team that is a bunch of seniors. ... It was a battle and we just stayed a little bit ahead."

It wasn't until Jefferson's final wrestler of the day, Forrest Przbysz, claimed the team's second individual title that the team championship was official.

"If anyone needed to be that guy, I wanted it to be me," Przbysz said after winning the 171-pound title in Class AA. "My win sealed the deal."

The win is the second state title for Przbysz, who won the 160-pound title last year.

"I was giving up a lot of weight at 171," he said. "I weighed about five or six pounds under the limit. Every guy I wrestled felt so much bigger than me."

Jefferson's first state title of the day was won by Cain Finch at 145 pounds, beating Jeremy DeBerry of Cook County by a 9-1 decision.

During the match, DeBerry injured his knee but finished the match.

"I felt like I was in control the whole time," said Finch, who won a state title at 140 pounds. "I worked harder than anybody."

The Dragons had wrestlers in all 14 weight classes qualify for the state meet, but only placed four into Saturday's finals. Last year, Jefferson won seven individual traditional titles on its way to a 10th consecutive team championship.

"Our guys didn't want to break the chain," Thurmond said. "They all bowed up. It was complete teamwork. Everybody that came with us added points to our team. They all have a part in it, and that is what's neat."

Ten Jefferson wrestlers finished the weekend as state placers. Kyle Kashuba (103 pounds), Josh Harris (119 pounds), Jack Dollar (135 pounds) and Zach Allen (215 pounds) all finished third for the Dragons.

Cason Thurmond, a three-time state champ, finished fifth overall at 125 pounds, as did Clay Richardson at 130 pounds.

Jefferson's first wrestler of the finals, Isaac Kelly at 119 pounds, lost a 12-6 decision to Elbert County's Braxton Owens. Jake Sherman lost a close match at 152 pounds, dropping a 3-0 decision to Chip Ness from Buford.

Jefferson’s Cain Finch celebrates between rounds before defeating Cook County’s Jeremy DeBerry to win the GHSA Class AA state championship at 145 pounds Saturday.


Class AA
► Kyle Kashuba, Jefferson, 103 pounds – 3rd place
► Josh Harris, Jefferson, 112 pounds – 3rd place
► Isaac Kelly, Jefferson, 119 pounds – 2nd place
► Cason Thurmond, Jefferson, 125 pounds – 5th place
► Clay Richardson, Jefferson, 130 pounds – 5th place
► Jack Dollar, Jefferson, 135 pounds – 3rd place
► Cain Finch, Jefferson, 145 pounds – 1st place
► Jake Sherman, Jefferson, 152 pounds – 2nd place
► Forrest Przbysz, Jefferson, 171 pounds – 1st place
► Zach Allen, Jefferson, 215 pounds – 3rd place


Dragons close season with loss to Rabun County

February 17, 2011

► RABUN COUNTY 87, JEFFERSON 68: At Hartwell, Tate Chesser scored 17 points and David Watson added 13 points, but the Dragons were eliminated from the Region 8-AA basketball tournament by Rabun County, which was led by Tanner Plemmons' 33 points.

Jefferson ends the season at 15-12.


Lady Dragon Netters fall to Banks County

February 16, 2011

► BANKS COUNTY 3, JEFFERSON 2: At Homer, the Lady Dragons earned two singles victories but lost a close match to the host Lady Leopards.

Bell Blankenship won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and Taylor Bost won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Amanda Burgamy lost at No. 3 singles 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (4-7) in a match that lasted 21/2 hours.

Chelsea Runkel and Grace Main lost 4-6, 2-6 at No. 1 doubles and Maggie Paul and Savannah Sapp lost 0-6, 0-6 at No. 2 doubles

Dragons win first Region Tournament game over Fannin County

February 15, 2011

► JEFFERSON 79, FANNIN COUNTY 56: At Hartwell, Jefferson had four players score in double figures as the Dragons easily defeated Fannin County in the Region 8-AA tournament.

David Watson scored 20 points and was followed by Dre Clarke (16 points), Joe Boyd (12 points) and Austin Thompson (11 points).

Jefferson (15-11) will play at 4 p.m. on Thursday against Rabun County in Hartwell.


Jefferson High School Wrestling News 

February 11, 2011

JEFFERSON - Each senior class on the Jefferson wrestling team is charged with an unspoken, self-enforced task - don't break the streak.

Jefferson seniors Shaquille Maxey, Cason Thurmond and Zach Allen hope to extend the Dragons’ streak of consecutive state championships.

The Dragons have won 10 consecutive state traditional championships (and nine straight dual championships) and will seek their 11th in a row in the next two weeks. That process starts this weekend in the Class AA sectionals held at Dublin.

This year's senior class consists of just three wrestlers - Cason Thurmond, Zach Allen and Shaquile Maxey. Each has made it a goal to keep the streak alive.

"My goal is for the team to keep the tradition of winning state alive," Maxey said. "Sometimes we get overwhelmed and we think we are going to win it just because we are Jefferson. Coach (Doug Thurmond) has to remind us that we can't just walk on the mat and win it."

Keeping the Dragons' historic run alive may put a lot of pressure on some wrestlers, but these seniors use it to push harder during practice and matches.

"Our senior class is always talking about it, that we aren't going to be the ones to break the streak," Allen said. "We are going to keep pushing harder. I think it adds motivation. We are pushing them because we are not going to give it up."

This year's senior class is a diverse one, ranging from a multiple-time state champ to a first-year starter.

"They bring different lights into the situation," Doug Thurmond said. "They will be missed next year when we don't have them in our lineup. They are good kids."

Cason Thurmond, who wrestles at 125 pounds, is one of the most successful wrestlers in Jefferson history and is approaching a rare feat - four straight traditional state championships.

Only 23 wrestlers in Georgia history have accomplished the four-peat, three coming from Jefferson. Kyle Baird, who wrestled from 2004-2007, was the last Jefferson wrestler to accomplish the feat.

"It is hard," Cason Thurmond said of dealing with the pressure. "I'm trying to just forget about it and worry about one match at a time. I've heard a lot of people say that they are going to stop it from happening."

The Dragons' coach, who doubles as Cason's father, doesn't want to add any undue pressure on his son and emphasizes how few wrestlers win three titles in their careers.

"I'm very proud of him, but I'd be proud of him regardless, if he doesn't have quite the season he'd want to," the Dragons' coach said. "He's been a mainstay for us. He's had a great career. I just hope he can finish it out good."

Cason has been successful in shrugging off any trash talk coming his way. As one of the few wrestlers who have earned the right to brag, he intends to let his wrestling speak for itself.

"I just have to finish it off right," he said. "I feel like I'm a pretty good bit better, just more time and effort. I'd say practicing the moves over and over again have given me better technique."

Allen, who wrestles at 215 pounds, is a defending state champ and a four-time state placer, but his high school career nearly ended midway through his senior year.

Thurmond suspended Allen from the team for three days after breaking team rules. The coach told Allen to think hard about whether he wanted to be on the team and if he was willing to spend some extra time in the gym proving it.

"He came back after his suspension and told me that he did want to be on the team," Doug Thurmond said. "He did his due for three weeks after practice every day, and our practices are pretty hard. He did everything he needed to do to be in good standing."

Allen paid for his mistake in sweat after each practice, proving to his team how committed he was.

"Some days I would have to run for 45 extra minutes," Allen said. "Some days I would have to ride the bike. It was just extra work. I was beat down more than I was tired. Practice was killer, but it got me in a lot better shape. I knew that I messed up and I had to make it up to the team."

Thurmond was willing to give Allen a second chance because the senior had been an upstanding individual prior to his mistake. Allen is a straight-A student and helps tutor other students.

With his spot on the team again secure, Allen is anxious to defend his title.

"You just have to come out and show them that you can do the same thing again, show them that you are better than you were last year," Allen said. "I've been working hard and I think I've been working harder than most people."

Maxey, Jefferson's 160-pound wrestler, is in his first full season as a starter. Last season, he held a starting spot early, but lost it.

"It was pretty tough for me to come back for my senior year and wrestle for my spot," Maxey said. "It was hard for me to stick with it. Sometimes you just want to quit, but you know that you'll get your turn soon."

To get back into a starting spot, Maxey had to put in extra time after practice and used the feeling of losing his spot as motivation.

"He's come into his own," Thurmond said. "We've had some good people in front of him. It is kind of nice he found it in his senior year. We hope he has a good couple of weeks."

Finishing his final season as a starter was big accomplishment for Maxey.

"It feels good to keep doing what the seniors before me have done," Maxey said, "and keep the tradition alive."


Dragon Boys and Girls win over East Jackson

February 8, 2011

JEFFERSON - In the span of just a few seconds, Jefferson's Austin Thompson turned a potential fourth-quarter collapse into one of his team's most exciting wins of the season. Thompson hit a 3-pointer as time expired to break a tie with rival East Jackson, beating the Eagles 76-73 at home. The win gives Jefferson its fifth straight and guarantees the Dragons will finish no worse than third in Region 8-AA North.

It also provided Thompson, who was mobbed by teammates and students after the shot, a career highlight.

"I've never had a shot like that in my life," said Thompson, still smiling wide minutes after the win. "That is a big rival for us and that is a big win for us."

Thompson scored his team's last five points, tying the game at 73-73 with 11 seconds left. East Jackson's Cody Gibbs, who had been the game's hottest shooter in the second half, brought the ball across midcourt with a chance to win.

Gibbs was quickly guarded by Thompson, who produced a steal and drove down the side of the court, behind the Eagles' 3-point line.

Jefferson coach Bolling DuBose said he tells his players not to call a timeout if they get a steal late in the game, so the defense can't recover. The Eagles' defense, however, did recover and were quickly on Thompson.

Guarded by three East Jackson players, Thompson spun quickly and threw up a shot as the clock ran out, hitting nothing but net.

"They cut me off, so I just shot it up," the junior guard said. "It was a prayer shot. I tried to get open and I saw a little light. So I thought I better take it. ... I thought it might go in because I felt pretty good tonight."

Thompson led the Dragons with 20 points, 13 of which came in the second half. David Watson scored 16 points and went 6 of 6 from the free throw line and Tate Chesser added 12 points.

The buzzer-beater ended what had been a disastrous fourth quarter for the Dragons (13-11, 7-4), who came into the final period with an 11-point lead. They hit just one shot from the field in the first 5:30 of the quarter and went 1-for-7 from the free throw line.

Jefferson's fourth quarter followed a third quarter in which it scored 28 points and took advantage of nearly every possession.

"They made a great comeback," DuBose said. "We've been in this situation before, where we've had a hard time closing a game out. We keep letting people back in the game. You have to give them credit for fighting back."

East Jackson, losers of five straight, may have had a feeling of déj vu at the game's conclusion. The Eagles lost to Jefferson 69-60 in overtime on Feb. 5, a game in which the Dragons again came from behind late.

In the first game between the two teams, Jefferson trailed by six points with 35 seconds left before Watson hit a pair of 3-pointers, one as time expired, to force overtime.

"We got the ball in our best players' hands and we just turned the ball over," East Jackson coach Brian Turner said of the last 11 seconds. "It is that simple. That is twice in three days that they throw up a prayer and get us."

East Jackson (9-15, 4-7) went on a 17-3 run to start the fourth quarter and held Jefferson scoreless for the first two minutes of the quarter.

"We finally started playing defense to get back in the game," Turner said. "I don't think we stopped them at all in the third quarter. We started boxing out better and hitting some baskets in transition."

East Jackson's Gibbs led all scorers with 24 points, 20 of which came in the second half. He hit two 3-pointers in a row to start the fourth quarter. Jermaine Davis scored 20 points for the Eagles.

► Jefferson girls 29, East Jackson 26: The Lady Dragons came back late in a defensive battle to top the rival Lady Eagles.

Skylar Evanson, who finished the game with four points, hit a 3-pointer in the last minute of the game to give the Lady Dragons a lead they would not relinquish. Jefferson was led by Kellie Goza's nine points.

East Jackson was led by Caroline Hicks (nine points) and LaShundra Gresham (four points).


► JEFFERSON 74, JOHNSON-GAINESVILLE 71: At Gainesville, David Watson scored a game-high 29 points as the Dragons defeated host Johnson-Gainesville.

Watson was followed by Hoytez Damons, Austin Thompson and Joe Boyd, who scored nine points each.

JEFFERSON GIRLS - Jefferson's Skyler Evanson scored a team-high 16 points Tuesday to lead the Lady Dragons to a 47-43 upset of North Oconee in Region 8-AA play.

North Oconee - ranked eighth in Class AA - was led by Brooke Satterfield's 16 points, and she was paced by Brooke Hubbard (13 points) and Jessica Watson (11 points).

Jefferson (12-6, 4-2) will play at 7 p.m. on Friday at Hart County.

► JEFFERSON BOYS -  59, NORTH OCONEE 39: At Jefferson, the Dragons had three players score in double figures as they won for the second time in their last three games.

David Watson led Jefferson (8-10, 3-3 in Region 8-AA) with 12 points and was followed by Bryant Shirreffs (11 points) and Andre Daniel (10 points). North Oconee (5-12, 1-5) was led by Nick Colvin, who scored a game-high 17 points.

The Dragons will play at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at Hart County.



► JEFFERSON 94, OGLETHORPE COUNTY 75: At Jefferson, the Dragons had seven players score in double figures as they posted a decisive Region 8-AA victory over visiting Oglethorpe County.

David Watson had a team-high 18 points and he was followed by Bryant Shirreffs (16 points), Austin Thompson (11 points), Dustin Casey (11 points), Jeshua Kidd (11 points), Tate Chesser (10 points) and Andre Daniel (10 points).

Oglethorpe County's Duveriux Jones led all scorers with 28 points. Shaq Fleming added 12 points and Maurice Freeman contributed 10 points.

Jefferson (7-9, 2-3) will play at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at Flowery Branch. Oglethorpe County (3-11, 1-4) will play at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at Elbert County.


 Tigers Blast Dragons 67 - 46 in New Gym

► Commerce 67, Jefferson 46: At Commerce, Tyler Gamble led three players in double figures as the Tigers beat the Dragons by 21.

Gamble scored 19 points, Brandon Romans 18 and Anthony Norris 16 for Commerce ( 8 - 3 ). Jefferson ( 6 - 9 ) was led by Dustin Casey with 10 points.

Jefferson Girls Roll Over Commerce 57 - 40

► Jefferson 57, Commerce 40: At Commerce, Skylar Evanson scored 17 points to help the Lady Dragons rally from a halftime deficit to win.

Kellie Goza added 15 for Jefferson (10-5). Commerce (3-7) was led by Jaz Grier with 15 points and Vanessa Chandler with nine.


Dragons Pounded by Patriots 72 - 54

December 7, 2011 

► OGLETHORPE COUNTY 72, JEFFERSON 54: At Lexington, the Patriots had four players score in double figures - and three with double-doubles - as they claimed a decisive Region 8-AA South victory over visiting Jefferson.

Duveriux Jones led Oglethorpe County (3-9, 1-3) with 17 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. He was paced by Maurice Freeman (15 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks), Josh Jarrells (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Jarrett Davis (11 points).

Bryant Shirreffs and Tate Chesser scored 12 points each for Jefferson (7-8, 1-3), and Austin Thompson added 10 points.

Dragons fall, Lady Dragons win

The Dragons lost their fourth game in five tries on Tuesday, losing a back-and-forth contest to subregion foe Hart County 87-86. The loss also marked the second in a row for Jefferson in Region 8-AA South.

Three of Jefferson's (7-7, 1-2) last four losses came by a two points or fewer.

"We are playing good teams," Jefferson coach Bolling DuBose said. "We don't play any weak teams. You are going to lose some games."

Before the season, DuBose picked the Bulldogs as the team to beat in Region 8-AA South. The Dragons will play Hart County (7-4, 3-0) again on Jan. 28.

Tuesday's contest marked the highest-scoring game for the Dragons and was the third time Hart County scored more than 80 points.

Jefferson led 35-34 at halftime before both times combined for 57 total points in the third quarter. The Dragons again held a small lead, 64-62, at the end of the third.

Each team held the lead in the fourth quarter. The Dragons led early by as many as four points and the Bulldogs lead late by as many as five points.

Jefferson pulled within a point of Hart County with a minute remaining but had a hard time even getting a shot off in that final minute. Five straight free throws by senior guard David Watson pulled the Dragons to within a point again.

But Jefferson's last-ditch effort for the win bounced harmlessly off the backboard.

"We played hard and they played hard," DuBose said. "I just thought they made one or two more plays than they did. ... It was a great game. They are a really good basketball team. I'm proud of our team. I thought they played really tough."

Watson scored a game-high 24 points and was one of three Jefferson players to reach double digits. Austin Thompson dropped in 18 points and Dre Clark added 13 points.

Hart County was led by Moe Fortson's 22 points and Donterrius Clinkscale's 21 points.

If the Dragons were looking for a bright spot in the one-point loss, they could find it in their depth. Jefferson received points from 10 different players and 20 points off the bench.

"We play a lot of guys," DuBose said. "I really like that about us right now because I feel like we are moving the ball around. We are getting everyone involved. We aren't relying on one guy."

DuBose added that he has been impressed by his team's effort in the last four or five games, despite the unfavorable results.

The Dragons will have a chance to get back on the winning side on Friday when they visit Oglethorpe County, against which the Dragons scored a combined 189 points in two games on last season.

► Jefferson girls 47, Hart County 43: In their first game of the new year, the Lady Dragons survived a tight game to start 2011 with a subregion win.

With 1 minute, 45 seconds left in the game, the Lady Bulldogs were within a point of the Lady Dragons, For the remainder of the game, Jefferson gave up just a single free throw and padded its lead enough to put the game out of reach in the closing seconds.

Jefferson's Skyler Evanston, Kellie Goza and Rachel Goza each scored a game high 11 points. Hart County was led by Vivian Botley, who scored 10 points.

The Lady Dragons (7-5, 2-1) will travel to Oglethorpe County on Friday for another Region 8-AA South matchup.


Dragons fall to Grady in Tournament

December 30, 2010

► GRADY 59, JEFFERSON 44: At Atlanta, the Dragons fell behind 20-3 in the first quarter and got within eight points at the end of the third quarter, but Grady proved to be too powerful in the final round of the Westminster Holiday Classic.

Jefferson (6-6) got 12 points each from David Watson and Joe Boyd.


Jefferson Boys defeat Brookstone

December 29, 2010

► JEFFERSON 62, BROOKSTONE 56: At Atlanta, Jefferson connected on 11 3-pointers and led by as many as 15 points in a second-round victory in the Westminster Holiday Classic.

The Dragons (6-5) were led by Austin Thompson, who scored 20 points (including six 3-pointers). Joe Boyd and David Watson scored 12 each for Jefferson, which faces Grady at 1:30 p.m. today.

Jefferson Boys fall to Paideia

December 28, 2010

► PAIDEIA 55, JEFFERSON 53: At Atlanta, Paideia got a tip-in at the buzzer to take a narrow victory over Jefferson in the first round of the Westminster Holiday Classic.

The Dragons (5-5) were led by Austin Thompson and David Watson, who scored 10 points each. Tate Chesser and Dre Clark added eight points apiece for Jefferson, which plays at 1:30 p.m. today against the Westminster/Brookstone loser.

Panthers defeat Dragons

December 17, 2010

► JACKSON COUNTY 56, JEFFERSON 54: At Jackson County, the Panthers defeated the Dragons in Region 8-AA play to win for the sixth time in their last seven games put the skids on Jefferson's three-game winning streak.

Kolin Zimmer led Jackson County (6-5) with 19 points (including four 3-pointers). He was paced by Jarvis Shaw (14 points) and Ben Weaver (11 points).

Jefferson (5-4) was led by Austin Thompson's 17 points and Bryant Shirreffs added 11.

Lady Dragons down Jackson County

December 17, 2010

► JEFFERSON 54, JACKSON COUNTY 52: At Jackson County, the Lady Dragons had three players score in double figures as they bounced back from their loss to North Oconee on Tuesday and stopped Jackson County's five-game winning streak.

Freshman Bailey Boyd led Jefferson (6-3) with 16 points and was followed by Skyler Evanson (11 points), Kellie Goza (10 points) and Rachel Goza (eight points).

Jackson County (7-4) had a game-high 23 points from Ashley Skelton, 12 points from Breanna Drew and 10 points from Emily Elrod.

 Jefferson High School All-Sport News, comments and results

Mullis returning to coach Jefferson

Mullis was approved Tuesday to be named Jefferson's new softball coach, filling the hole left by Brad Puckett, who resigned at the end of the 2010 season.

Mullis was the team's coach from 2004-06, but resigned after the 2006 season because she was preparing to give birth to her third child.

With her children - 9, 7 and 3 - more grown up, she thought the timing was right to return to coaching.

"I want to pick up where I left off," Mullis said. "The girls here have been successful and I want to keep that going."

The three seasons Mullis coached at Jefferson were some of the team's most

successful. She led the Lady Dragons to two region titles, two elite eight appearances and one state runner-up finish. She had a record of 70-28 overall and 29-5 in the region.

Jefferson finished the 2010 season with a 22-9-1 record (10-2 in Region 8-AA) and ended its season in the region tournament.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday, October 20, 2010



Vollyball Honors for Jefferson High School 2010

Middle hitters

Taylor Cramsey, Jr., Jefferson

► Above the net: Cramsey was named to the All-Area 8-AA/A first team after finishing the Lady Dragons' 34-11 season with 356 kills and 96 aces. Jefferson finished third in Area 8-AA/A.



Amanda Daniel, Jr., Jefferson

► Above the net: Daniel finished the season with 635 assists and 121 kills as team captain.


2010 all-Area Softball Team for Jefferson High school

Designated hitter

Summer Bartek, Sr., Jefferson

► Highlights: Bartek, the Lady Dragons' third baseman, finished the year with a .398 average and drove in 38 runs to go with 13 doubles

Announced in the Athens Daily News ~  December 11, 2010



December 11, 2010


October 05, 2010  ► JEFFERSON BEATS HART COUNTY: At Bogart, Jefferson swept Hart County 25-16, 25-20 in the first round of the Area 8-AA/A tournament at North Oconee.

Cassie Metcalf recorded eight aces and one kill and was complimented by Amanda Daniel (12 assists, five kills, one ace), Taylor Cramsey (five kills), Eden Starnes (two kills), Sarah Wood (five kills) and Savannah Holland (three kills).

Jefferson improved to 32-8 with the victory.

The Lady Dragons will play at 6 p.m. on Thursday against the North Oconee-Prince Avenue Christian winner.


October 05, 2010  ► JEFFERSON SPLITS: At Jefferson, the Lady Dragons opened the Region 8-AA tournament with an 8-0 loss to Dawson County but then bounced back to defeat Oglethorpe County 10-2. Jefferson (22-8-1) will play at 5 p.m. on Thursday at North Oconee against the North Oconee-Fannin County loser.

Against Dawson County, the Lady Dragons managed but five hits against Jenna Abbott. Jordyn Whitfield had two hits and was followed by Morgan McKinney, Catherine Knight and Cason Anderson, who had one hit each.

Against Oglethorpe County, McKinney earned the victory in the circle, allowing six hits and striking out six. The Dragons were led on offense by Anna Alexander (two hits, two runs, three RBIs), Lindsey Miles (two hits, one run, three RBIs) and Summer Bartek (two hits, two RBIs).


Girls Softball

October 3, 2010 @ Jefferson

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson softball team slammed Rabun County 11-1 on Monday in the Region 8-AA Tournament

Kara Perry was the winning pitcher for the Lady Dragons (21-7-1), who advanced to face Dawson County today at 4 p.m.


October 1, 2010. ► JEFFERSON 4, OGLETHORPE COUNTY 1: At Lexington, the Lady Dragons had eight hits and Kara Perry pitched a complete-game four-hitter to go with five strikeouts.

Jefferson (20-7-1 overall, 10-2 in Region 8-AA) was led by Morgan McKinney (two hits, one RBI) and Paige Pate (two hits, one RBI).

Oglethorpe County's only run came on a home run by Kalen Callaway in the fourth inning.

In the Region 8-AA tournament, the Lady Dragons will play at 3 p.m. on Monday at home against the winner of Saturday's game between Rabun County and East Hall.


October 1, 2010. ► JEFFERSON SPLITS: At Jefferson, the Lady Dragons - champions of Area 8-AA/A North -- ended the regular season with a loss to Hebron Christian (23-25, 24-26) and a sub-region victory over East Jackson (25-11, 25-17).

Against Hebron Christian, Jefferson was led by Cassie Metcalf (three kills, two aces), Amanda Daniel (11 assists, two kills), Taylor Cramsey (nine kills, one assist), Eden Starnes (six kills, two aces), Savanna Holland (four kills, two blocks). Against East Jackson, Metcalf had six aces and three kills and she was paced by Daniel (15 assists, three kills, two aces), Cramsey (six kills, one block), Starnes (five kills, one ace) and Sarah Wood (four aces, two kills, one assist).

Jefferson (31-8, 12-0) has a first-round bye in next week's area tournament. The Lady Dragons will play a to-be-determined opponent at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at North Oconee.

Girls Softball

Jefferson claims No. 2 playoff seed


By Staff Reports - Athens Banner-Herald

Published Thursday, September 30, 2010


JEFFERSON - Jefferson's softball team beat Jackson County 3-0 on Wednesday to claim the No. 2 playoff seed from Region 8-AA South.

Morgan McKinney earned the win, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing one hit and one walk while striking out six.

Jordyn Whitfield finished 2-for-3 with a run for Jefferson and Anna Alexander was 1-for-3 with a two-run single in the fifth.

Madison Whitmire tripled in the fourth inning for Jackson County's only hit of the game.

Jefferson (19-7-1, 9-2) will play at Oglethorpe County today at 5 p.m.


Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 9 ► JEFFERSON 5, JACKSON COUNTY 4 (eight innings): At Jefferson, Morgan McKinney scattered 10 hits and struck out four as the Lady Dragons won in eight innings to improve to 11-5-1 overall and and 5-1 in Region 8-AA.

Anna Alexander had two hits and an RBI for Jefferson, and she was followed by McKinney (two hits) and Catherine Knight (one hit, two RBIs). Jackson County was led by Macey Latty (two hits, one RBI), Victoria Fontana (one hit, one RBI) and Andrea Ledford (one hit, one RBI).

Jefferson will host Hart County on Tuesday. Jackson County will face South Effingham at 5 p.m. today in the Veterans Memorial Tournament in Watkinsville.

Girls Vollyball

September 9 ► JEFFERSON BEATS JACKSON COUNTY: At Jefferson, the Dragons improved to 18-5 overall and 7-0 in Area 8-AA/A with a 25-11, 25-22 victory over Jackson County.

Jefferson was led by Cassie Metcalf (12 assists, five aces, three kills), Taylor Cramsey (eight kills, three aces), Eden Starnes (two aces, two kills) and Sarah Wood (four kills, three aces, two assists).

The Lady Dragons will host Lakeview Academy (5 p.m.) and Prince Avenue Christian (7 p.m.) on Tuesday.

Girls Vollyball

September 14 - Tuesday ► JEFFERSON BEATS LAKEVIEW, PRINCE AVENUE: At Jefferson, the Dragons improved to 20-5 overall and 8-0 in Region 8-AA with victories over Lakeview Academy (25-13, 25-15) and Prince Avenue Christian (26-24, 25-17).

Against Prince Avenue, Jefferson was led by Taylor Cramsey, who had 15 kills (on a hitting percentage of .800) and five blocks. She was paced by Cassie Metcalf (five kills), Amanda Daniel (14 assists, three kills) and Brianna Patterson (five aces). Against Lakeview Academy, Metcalf had five aces and one kill and was followed by Daniel (eight assists, three kills), Cramsey (seven kills, one assist), Eden Starnes (three aces, three kills) and Sarah Wood (three aces, three kills, one assist).

The Lady Dragons will host a home quad match on Thursday, facing Athens Christian (5 p.m.), North Oconee (6 p.m.) and Jackson County (7 p.m.).

Girls Vollyball

► JEFFERSON WINS TWO OF THREE: At Jefferson, the Lady Dragons sandwiched a loss to North Oconee (16-25, 25-23, 23-25) between victories over Athens Christian (25-8, 25-12) and Jackson County (25-15, 25-14).

Jefferson (22-6, 9-0 in Region 8-AA/A) was led by Cassie Metcalf (13 aces, 11 kills), Amanda Daniel (51 assists, seven aces, five kills), Taylor Cramsey (32 kills, 10 aces), Eden Starnes (17 kills), Sarah Wood (six kills, five assists) and Savannah Holland (five kills).

Jefferson will host Rabun County (5 p.m.) and East Hall (7 p.m.) on Tuesday.

Girls Softball

► JEFFERSON 13, ELBERT COUNTY 3 (five innings): At Elberton, Summer Bartek had three hits and two RBIs and Cason Anderson contributed two hits and three RBIs as Jefferson posted 12 hits and defeated Elbert County in Region 8-AA play.

Morgan McKinney earned the victory for the Lady Dragons (13-5-1, 7-1), allowing four hits and three earned runs and striking out two.

Bartek and Anderson were paced at the plate by Jordyn Whitfield (three hits, one RBI, three runs) and Kasey McDonald (one hit, two RBIs, two runs).

Jefferson will compete in the Heritage Park-Lady Dogs Invitational this weekend in Madison, facing Monroe Area (6 p.m.) and Heritage (9 p.m.) in today's first round.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Friday, September 17, 2010

Girls Vollyball

September 9 ► JEFFERSON BEATS JACKSON COUNTY: At Jefferson, the Dragons improved to 18-5 overall and 7-0 in Area 8-AA/A with a 25-11, 25-22 victory over Jackson County.

Jefferson was led by Cassie Metcalf (12 assists, five aces, three kills), Taylor Cramsey (eight kills, three aces), Eden Starnes (two aces, two kills) and Sarah Wood (four kills, three aces, two assists).

The Lady Dragons will host Lakeview Academy (5 p.m.) and Prince Avenue Christian (7 p.m.) on Tuesday.

Girls Softball

September 14 - Tuesday  ► JEFFERSON 5, HART COUNTY 2: At Jefferson, Kara Perry pitched a complete-game one-hitter and had three strikeouts as the Lady Dragons defeated Hart County in Region 8-AA play. Jefferson (12-5-1, 6-1) had seven hits and was led by Morgan McKinney, who had two hits and an RBI.

The Lady Dragons, who closed out their home schedule on Tuesday, will play Elbert County on Thursday.

September 14 - Tuesday ► JEFFERSON BEATS LAKEVIEW, PRINCE AVENUE: At Jefferson, the Dragons improved to 20-5 overall and 8-0 in Region 8-AA with victories over Lakeview Academy (25-13, 25-15) and Prince Avenue Christian (26-24, 25-17).

Against Prince Avenue, Jefferson was led by Taylor Cramsey, who had 15 kills (on a hitting percentage of .800) and five blocks. She was paced by Cassie Metcalf (five kills), Amanda Daniel (14 assists, three kills) and Brianna Patterson (five aces). Against Lakeview Academy, Metcalf had five aces and one kill and was followed by Daniel (eight assists, three kills), Cramsey (seven kills, one assist), Eden Starnes (three aces, three kills) and Sarah Wood (three aces, three kills, one assist).

The Lady Dragons will host a home quad match on Thursday, facing Athens Christian (5 p.m.), North Oconee (6 p.m.) and Jackson County (7 p.m.).


► JEFFERSON 6, EAST JACKSON 3: At Commerce, Kara Perry and Morgan McKinney teamed up in the pitcher's circle to take care of the Eagles. Perry pitched 51/3 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs to go with six strikeouts; McKinney came on to pitch 12/3 innings in relief, allowing no hits or runs and striking out three.

The Lady Dragons (18-6-1, 8-1 in Region 8-AA) had 12 hits, with Jordyn Whitfield recording four hits and two runs. She was followed by Summer Bartek (two hits, two runs, one RBI), McKinney (one hit, one run, one RBI), Kasey McDonald (one hit, one RBI), Tristan McGarity (one hit, one RBI) and Ashley Boyd (one hit, one RBI).

East Jackson's Brooke Yarbrough had two hits and one run. The Lady Eagles got RBIs from Rebecca Turner and Kelsey Palette.

Jefferson will face North Oconee at 1 p.m. on Saturday at North Georgia College in Dahlonega. East Jackson will host Jackson County at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday.


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