Sports

FCA brings Florida baseball players to Rabun

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SKY VALLEY — Fellowship of Christian Athletes leaders Jason Schack and Jason Arnold wanted to give their group of Florida high school baseball players a chance to get away, while getting closer to their faith. Twenty-five student-athletes from Brevard County, Fla., took in a little bit of everything Rabun County and the surrounding area had to offer during their five-day retreat last week. “This is at the end of a summer where they’ve been investing spiritually. We’ve been praying with these kids, teaching them the word and we wanted to get them to a place where they could retreat,” Schack said.

TFS girls build golf skills at FCA camp

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Two Tallulah Falls varsity golfers spent a week beating the heat and honing their skills at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Golf Camp on St. Simons Island.  Rising juniors Brinson Hall of Mt. Airy and Maggie Jackson of Clarkesville spent five days at the clinic, led by professional golfers, college golf coaches and college golfers.  Golf clubs on both St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island served as host courses for the group of 60 high school golfers. 

Running back a hybrid position in Rabun’s offense

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TIGER — Running backs playing in Rabun County’s offense are doing more than carrying the football behind blockers. They are giving quarterbacks additional receiving options. The multifaceted group features returning starter Brody Jarrard and Garrett Bragg, a transfer from Tennessee. Bryson Addis, Cory Keller and Ethan Owens are others taking reps at running back this summer. “All of these guys can catch the ball in space and will have a chance to make big plays for us,” coach Jaybo Shaw said. “They are basically a hybrid between running backs and inside wide receivers.”

COLUMN: Media days, training camps a sign football is near

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Can you hear it? The coach speak. The cliches. Whistles blowing. Weights clanging. College football media days wrapped last week and NFL training camps began this week, shooting out a signal that football season is near. 

Pupils become teachers at Rabun’s Future Wildcats Camp

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TIGER — The students became the teachers at Rabun County’s annual Future Wildcats Football Camp this week. The players who were once in the shoes of elementary-age student-athletes helped varsity coaches teach football fundamentals and played two-hand touch at the two-day camp at the team’s practice field Monday and Tuesday night.

TFS middle school basketball team picks up skills

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Members of the Tallulah Falls Middle School boys basketball team competed in the Mountain Madness Team Camp in Young Harris last month. The Indians competed in three games each day against some tough competition, gaining valuable game experience and setting the tone for an offseason full of hard work, coach Anthony Cox said.

ONE LAST RIDE

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TIGER — AJ Wheeler is doing everything he can to squeeze every ounce of fun out of his final offseason with his teammates. At the Rabun County football team’s pool day June 27, the senior linebacker was an underdog in a belly flop contest. Pitted against offensive lineman Nolan Crane in the finals, Wheeler splashed his way to the championship.

Former Braves negotiating to join celebrity golf event

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CLAYTON — Some former Atlanta Braves players are among those in negotiations to join the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office Celebrity Golf Tournament next month. Sheriff Chad Nichols said he’s not yet releasing the names of the former players who have expressed interest in coming to the event benefiting Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, because he’s still awaiting confirmation.

Youth tennis league provides opportunities

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TIGER — During one of his tennis camps last summer, Bryan Getty watched as his then- 7-year-old son and a friend rallied with each other using a special beginner’s ball and it sparked som