Sports

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.

Rabun’s Shaw hopes for competitive scrimmage vs. Franklin

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TIGER — For first-year head coach Jaybo Shaw, the Rabun County football team’s scrimmage with Franklin (N.C.) has been a part of the program’s preseason since he was hired as an assistant in 2015. The tradition continues. The Wildcats host Franklin for their annual preseason game at Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the biggest question on Shaw’s mind being: How will the team compete against another opponent in a live setting?

Rabun cross country starts season at Tallulah Falls

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TIGER — With 10 runners returning, the Rabun County cross country team starts its season Thursday. The Wildcats visit Tallulah Falls for their first meet, beginning at 4 p.m. “We are excited to see where this team will go for the girls and boys,” fifth-year coach April Adcock said. “It will be a competitive year from top to bottom on who the top seven will be.”

Fair tosses 7-inning no-hitter, Cats top Tigers

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Alyssa Fair pitched a no-hitter through 7 innings and the Rabun County softball team defeated the Dawson County Tigers 8-1 in its home opener in Tiger on Thursday night. Fair recorded 13 strikeouts in the circle, while offering a hit and two RBIs at the plate. Rabun’s Caylin Dickerson finished with an RBI and scored a run. Birdie Jordan had two hits, an RBI and scored a run. Krissa Cannon had two hits with an RBI and a run scored, Isabella Green added an RBI and scored a run and Courtney Stewart had two hits and scored a run.

COLUMN: ESPN8 shines light on fringe sports

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Inspired by the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” ESPN8: The Ocho made its annual return to ESPN2 last Wednesday, shining light on all of those activities that live on the edge of the sports world. ESPN2 turned into ESPN8 and aired a full day of programming devoted to those fringe sports, like axe throwing, arm wrestling, lawn mower racing, putt putt and, of course, dodgeball. Most of the games on The Ocho can be played in the backyard.

COLUMN: Camping on the river with Dad

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We found ourselves in the same place we’d been dozens of times before. But this time was different. My dad and I set up camp, got ourselves some cold beverages and found a shallow spot to sit in the river. 

Cats climb Currahee

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The Rabun County football team made its annual summer visit to Currahee Mountain in Stephens County last weekend.

Rabun County splits volleyball season opener

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TIGER — In the final set of Match 1, Rabun County’s first-year volleyball coach Reggie Rider called a timeout and asked his team for seven straight points. The Wildcats obliged, defeating the Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines 2-1 (25-21, 19-25, 15-11), before forcing a third set against the East Hall Vikings in a 2-1 (18-25, 25-23, 15-7) loss at Ken Byrd Court on Tuesday night. “We have to learn to finish,’” Rider said during the timeout against the Wolverines. “We’ve learned to play, now we have to learn to finish.”

Rabun Gap volleyball, baseball get new head coaches

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The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee varsity volleyball and baseball programs will have new head coaches this season. Courtney Ledford will coach the volleyball team and Clark Wright will coach the baseball team. Ledford is a 2008 Rabun Gap graduate, playing 7 years of volleyball at Rabun Gap and was a team captain. She played setter and libero.