Regional

PREP ROUNDUP: Rabun softball routs Putnam in region opener

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The Rabun County softball team rallied in the third inning to rout Putnam County 10-3 in its region opener in Eatonton last Thursday. After trailing 1-0 after the 2nd inning, the Wildcats (2-2, 1-0 Region 8-AA) plated three runs across each of the next three innings and added another in the 6th. The Wildcats host Social Circle in another region contest at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rabun ready for North Murray’s passing attack

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TIGER — North Murray gave the Rabun County football team some trouble with pass coverage in last year’s meeting. The Wildcats are ready to defend the pass, while respecting the run game when they host the Mountaineers for their home opener at 7:30 p.m. at Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium on Friday. “We just have to be prepared in the secondary and ready for the passing game. Our D-line, down safeties and linebackers will be ready for that run,” cornerback Braxton Hicks said.

Stockton’s big night propels Cats past Devils in opener

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STATESBORO — Gunner Stockton did a little bit of everything for Rabun County’s offense in the team’s season opener. It resulted in a victorious water cooler bath for first-year head coach Jaybo Shaw. Stockton ran for three scores and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tate Ramey, as Rabun opened the season beating the Bremen Blue Devils 34-13 at Georgia Southern’s Paulson Stadium last Saturday night.

Eagles rout Raptors by mercy rule in opener

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RABUN GAP — The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee football team not only started fast, it started so fast that the officials had to end the game early. Matt Linn threw for 108 yards and three touchdowns, Paul Steidl caught two passes for two scores and the Eagles routed the Greenwood Raptors (S.C.) 41-0 in 19 minutes of their season opener last Saturday afternoon. “It was good to see our team get off to a fast start on Saturday,” coach Shawn Bryson said. “We constantly talk to are players about starting fast and playing with high energy. I'm glad that we showed that we can start fast. It's something that we can continue to build on going forward.”

Rabun aims to even series vs. Bremen in Erk Russell Classic

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TIGER — When the Rabun County football team traveled to Statesboro to open its regular season at the annual Erk Russell Classic last year, it had a lot to endure. Bremen’s defense kept the game gridlocked at 10 and thunderstorms delayed the contest on two separate occasions. The Blue Devils ran the ball inside the red zone and Evan Fuller’s successful field goal kick as time expired sent the Wildcats back to Rabun County with a loss in their first game.

Stockton has 5 TDs, Wildcats roll past Panthers in preseason game

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TIGER — The Rabun County football team rang its victory bell for the first time this season. Gunner Stockton threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as the Wildcats scored on all five offensive possessions and rolled past Franklin (N.C.) 37-0 in two quarters of a preseason game at Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium last Friday night. “I thought we executed our offense. Each guy did their job and it resulted in some big plays for us, but we still have a long way to go to reach the point we are wanting to get to,” coach Jaybo Shaw said.

PREP ROUNDUP: Tallulah Falls hosts Rabun County for cross country meet

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CROSS COUNTRY The Tallulah Falls cross country team hosted Rabun County and Peachtree Ridge for a three-man, 6-mile relay last Thursday. TFS’ Chris Geiger (5:15, 6;13), Grey Bourlet (5:33, 5:27) and Evan Prince (5:10, 5:35) won the boys’ relay with a total time of 32:44. Peachtree Ridge took the next three team places, based on time. Rabun County placed fifth.

Rotary Club tours Rabun County’s athletic facilities

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TIGER — Rotary Club of Clayton met with Rabun County’s new head football coach and athletic director Jaybo Shaw and toured the school’s athletic facilities during their meeting last Thursday. Shaw, who coaches his first regular-season game as the Wildcats’ leader in Statesboro on Saturday night, talked about his playing and coaching background. From playing quarterback in high school at Flowery Branch to playing collegiately at Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, Shaw has always been around sports. He knew what career he wanted to pursue when he graduated high school.

Rabun Gap expands athletic training services

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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee has expanded its sports medicine staff and space to enhance services for the growing number of student-athletes on campus. Jackson Roper will begin as assistant athletic trainer this year alongside Head athletic trainer Mark Green. A native of Franklin, N.C., Roper graduated this spring with his master’s degree in exercise science from Liberty University and earned a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Western Carolina University. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 2017, and completed internships that placed him in the college and high school athletic settings, as well as performance centers and industrial settings.

Rabun rallies past Stephens after loss vs. Lumpkin

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TIGER — Destiny Deetz and Gracie Deetz were on the attack in the Rabun County volleyball team’s final match Tuesday night. The duo helped lift the Wildcats past Stephens County 2-1 (20-25, 25-21, 15-12), following an opening match 2-0 (18-25, 25-21) loss against Lumpkin County at Ken Byrd Court. Destiny Deetz had five kills, four blocks and an ace in Rabun’s win against Stephens, and Gracie Deetz finished with five kills, four blocks and an assist. Lexi crump added two aces and two assists, while teammate Ali Ramey dished out four assists with two kills.