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Briefs for Jan. 8
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Coastal Crew Rebels to hold tryouts
The AAU St. James Coastal Crew Rebels will have tryouts at the St. James Sports Center for the upcoming basketball season. Dates and times are:
14U Rebels: Noon on Feb. 6
15U Rebels: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 6
16U Rebels: 2-5 p.m. March 6
17U Rebels: 1-4 p.m. March 13
Upcoming tryouts for the newly formed Lady Rebels teams will be announced soon. Also, there is a coaches meeting for all Rebels coaches at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the St. James Sports Center. For more information, call Ernie Walthour at 980-4559 or go to

YMCA after-school program
The Liberty County YMCA is offers an after-school program for middle school children. The program offers a safe place for teenagers and includes daily devotions, snacks and homework help. Participants take field trips, explore career opportunities, do arts and crafts and play in sports tournaments. Call Martez Rodgers or Corey Conner for rates and registration information at 368-9622.

Heaven Is a Playground basketball tournament
The first annual Jessie Fleming Heaven Is a Playground basketball tournament is accepting registrations for the tournament, scheduled for Jan. 23-24 at the Liberty County YMCA. Teams must have uniforms and a maximum of 10 players on the roster. Space is limited and early registration is $250. Deadline for early registration is Jan. 18. The fee after deadline is $300. For more information, call Jessie Fleming at 320-5204.

WBCBL Savannah Lady Warriors to hold tryouts

The Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League 2009 national champions, the Savannah Lady Warriors, will have tryouts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Salvation Army, 3000 Bee Road in Savannah. The registration fee is $30. For more information, call coach Curtis Foster at (386) 214-9993 or coach Terry Hines at (912) 844-3194, e-mail Foster at or go to

Try out for new AAU team
A new 10U AAU basketball team, Scott’s All-Stars, will have tryouts at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and a final tryout on Jan. 20, at the Liberty County YMCA. The team is seeking community support and sponsors. The squad will be coached by Darrell West and was organized by Marcus Scott IV. For more information, call 332-7482 or 655-4371.

16th annual Donell Woods Tournament is Jan. 16

The 16th annual Donell Woods Tournament still has slots available for ninth grade and junior varsity teams. The tournament is scheduled for Jan. 16, and will showcase the area’s best up and coming players. For more information call Faye Baker at (912) 572-3351.

Basketball shooting clinics

South Georgia Kings founder Jessie Fleming will offer clinics for shooting, ball handling, specialized shots and conditioning. Fleming helped coach Liberty County High School standouts Rion Brown (nationally ranked 51st), Jordan McRae (ranked 42nd) and Jaquez Motley (ranked 136th). The fee is $25 per session. For more information call 320-5204 or e-mail

Hinesville Katz needs players
Pitching and softball coach Misty Eastlake is looking for players for the 16U year-round traveling softball team, the Hinesville Katz.
The team needs infielders and pitchers. Interested
athletes should come to practice from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday at Bradwell Institute’s softball field. For more information on playing or sponsoring a team, call Eastlake at 977-2017.

YMCA basketball still open

YMCA basketball registration is still open until all teams are full. The season starts Jan. 9. For more information call Richard Sommerville at 368-9622.

Homefront assistance

Operation Homefront is helping financially strapped military families afford sports registrations, cultural and art classes, etc., for children of Georgia service members. For more information, call Christina Anthony or Ashley Carpenter at 368-9622.

Upcoming YMCA events
• The YMCA will have parents nights out from 5-10 p.m. Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years are welcome. RSVP by noon on the Thursday before the night out. Fees are as follows: E1-E2: $7, E3-E4: $8, E5-E6: $9, E7 and up: $10, civilians: $10.
• The second Friday of every month is “Freedom Friday” at the YMCA and military members get free childcare. Children ages 6 weeks-12 years are welcome from 5-10 p.m. on Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec 10. RSVP by noon on the Thursday before the event.
• The YMCA has lock-ins on the third Friday of every month from 6 p.m.-8 a.m. The cost is $25 per child with 20 percent off each additional child. Lock-in dates are Jan. 22, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec 17. RSVP by noon on the Thursday before the lock-in.
• The YMCA has Saturday escapes from 4-9 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month. Children ages 6 weeks-12 years can participate. Escape dates are Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. Fees are as follows: E1-E2: $7, E3-E4: $8, E5-E6: $9, E7 and up: $10, civilians: $10. RSVP on the Friday before the event.

Jiu-jitsu classes offered
Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes are under way. Registration is monthly for classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the YMCA. The youth class for ages 4-15 meets from 5-6 p.m. and costs $50 per month, per person, $60 for non-members. The adult class meets from 6-7 p.m. and costs $80 per month for members and $90 for others. Private lessons are available for $80 per hour, which can be split between four people. For more information, call Richard Somerville at 368-9622, (808) 927-1643 or e-mail

YMCA fitness challenge set
The Liberty County YMCA will have an eight-week ultimate fitness challenge from Jan. 11-March 3. Workouts will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $120 for members and $140 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older and must pass a health history screening. Registration is now open.

GSU offers baseball camps
STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University’s baseball program is offering two instructional camps this winter at J.I. Clements Stadium. They are open to players in fifth grade through high school.
Every Tuesday through Feb. 2, the Eagles will offer a winter hitting league. The camp is limited to the first 30 applicants and costs $250 per person. For more information or to sign up, call Carlos Love at the GSU baseball office at (912) 478-1350.

Kings workouts
Workout sessions for seventh- and eighth-graders under the guidance of South Georgia Kings founder and coach Jessie Fleming are open for enrollment. The fee is $10 per session. For more information, call 368-1868 or
320-5204, or e-mail Fleming at

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