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Sports briefs for Aug. 21, 2009
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More scrimmages


There are two more football scrimmages tonight. The Liberty County Panthers head to Wayne County for a 7:30 p.m. scrimmage and the Long County Blue Tide hit the road to Glynn Academy for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

The Panthers scrimmaged the Yellow Jackets last season amid Tropical Storm Fay. Although the weather calls for some thunderstorms on Friday, Hurricane Bill does not appear be a threat.

LCRD baseball


Registration for fall baseball and softball at the Liberty County Recreation Department runs through Aug. 28. Age divisions are 7-9 machine pitch and 10-12 live pitch leagues. The age cut-off date is May 1. The games will be played in September and October. The fee is $45 per child. Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams. Additional information and on-line registration is available at or you may call the LCRD Office at 876-5359.

Liberty Hunting Club trout tournament


The Liberty Hunting Club is hosting a trout tournament at the Sunbury Shrimp Dock on Aug. 29. The fee is $100 per boat (three people). The first-place winner will receive $1,000 and the second-place winner will receive $300. There will be a captains meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at shrimp docks. For more information, call Jake Horton at 884-7557 or 977-4573 or David Rogers at 884-2728 or 977-4020.



Sign up for YMCA sports


The Liberty County YMCA is currently registering children for the following sports:

• Soccer, ages 3-14

• Gymnastics, 18 months and up

• Ultimate fitness challenge, ages 16 and older, a competition to see who can lose the most weight.

For more information on any event, call Richard Sommerville at 368-9622.


GSU football tickets on sale


Single game tickets for the upcoming Georgia Southern University football season are on sale. The Eagles play five regular season games at Paulson Stadium, starting Saturday, Sept. 5, against Albany, N.Y.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the GSU ticket office at 800-GSU-WINS or online at Youth tickets for each home game are also on sale for $10 each (ages 3-12). In addition to single-game tickets, season ticket packages, such as the Subway Family Plan and Coca Cola Mini Plan, also are available.


First annual Ricefest Golf Tournament


Registration is now open for the first annual Ricefest Golf Tournament, scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Ricefields Golf Course on Hampton Island Preserve. Fees are $300 per team or $75 per individual, which includes two free beverages. Mulligans cost $5 for two. Prizes will be awarded for the closest to the pin, longest drive and a hole-in-one. Golf attire is required. For more information, call Chris Stacy at 695-0481 or Bianca Croft at 880-8804.

Make checks or money orders payable to:

City of Riceboro

Attention: Ricefest Committee

P.O. Box 269

Riceboro, GA 31323


Monday night mixed bowling


Monday night mixed bowling league will have its league meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Bowling will begin after the meeting. For more information, call Jeff Eastlake at 369-8384 or Marne Lanes at 767-4866.


Saturday youth


The Fort Stewart youth bowling will register bowlers, ages 3-18, from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 12 at Marne Lanes. You must register that day to reserve your place on a team. The league will start Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Call Jeff Eastlake at 369-8384 or Marne Lanes at 767-4866 for more information.


Fire dept. golf tourney


The first annual Hinesville Fire Department MDA Golf Tournament will be Sept. 26 at the Cherokee Rose Country Club. It will be a scramble tournament with an entry fee of $50 per player. Plenty of prizes will be given out, and proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information on playing or on being a sponsor, call 876-4143.


After-school programs


The St. James Center is accepting registration for its free after-school program, which includes homework assistance for children enrolled in kindergarten-6th grade. The program runs from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call St. James at 884-3016 or program coordinator Alfreda Golden at 884-3205.


Register for
golf tournament


The Henry "Hank" White Golf Tournament is Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Cherokee Rose Country Club in Hinesville. For more information, call Derrick Taylor at 977-6714 or Hank White Jr. at 663-0827.


Bridge run is Dec. 5


The Savannah River Bridge Run is set for Dec. 5

Participants can register online at The entry fee is $28 for anyone who signs up before Oct. 31, and $30 for anyone who registers between Nov. 1-Dec. 3.

Runners can pick up their registration packets Friday, Dec. 4, inside the Savannah Civic Center. Participants can register during packet pick-up for $35. The entry fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. Participants cannot register on the day of the race.

The course spans Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, which is 1.4-miles long and has a 5.5 percent incline. It is 196 feet above the Savannah River.

For registration, race details and information, call Fleet Feet Sports of Savannah at (912) 355-3527 or go to


Cheerleading Academy to hold classes, tryouts


Registrations are being accepted for cheerleading classes at Inspirational Cheerleading Academy for children ages 6-18. Classes begin Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9-12 p.m. behind the VFW on Highway 196. There are 15 openings for beginners, intermediate class has 15 slots and the advanced class can accommodate 20. Registration fees are $50 per person and the class fees are $55 per week per person.

The academy’s All-Star Competitive Cheerleading Squad try-outs for children ages 8-18 are at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The location has not yet been determined.

For registration and information, call Linda R. Purnell, ICA cheerleading director and certified trainer/instructor, at 332-5452 or 492-8085 or e-mail


LCRD soccer


Registration for youth soccer at the Liberty County Recreation Department runs through Aug. 21. This program is for ages 4-17, as of Aug. 1. The fee is $18 per child. Games will be played on weekday evenings at James A. Brown Park, starting in late September. Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams. Additional information and on-line registration is available at or you may call the LCRD Office at 876-5359.


Shrine Club tournament


It’s time for the 24th annual Hinesville/ Fort Stewart Shrine Club Golf Tournament. Registrations are being accepted for the 18-hole, four-person scramble at 8 a.m., Sept. 12, at the Cherokee Rose Country Club. The fee is $50 per person and includes cart, green fees and food. Open to men and women with prizes awarded on every hole, closest to the pin, longest putt, longest drive and the bullseye shot. Registration closes Sept. 9. Send players’ names and handicaps to:

Al Nelson Jr.

Hinesville/Fort Stewart Shrine Club

P.O. Box 2002

Hinesville, GA. 31310


Soccer registration



The YMCA is registering for its fall soccer program. Children ages 3-15 are eligible. Practice begins Saturday, Sept. 12. Registration ends when the teams are full. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, call Richard Somerville at 368-9622.


BI discount cards


The Bradwell Tigers football squad has 2009-10 discount cards available for sale for $10. The cards get discounts at local restaurants and Pro Feet shoe store. For more information, call the BI athletic office at 368-6123.


Baseball fall league


The Chain Baseball Academy is accepting registrations for a fall baseball program. The fall league will consist of 18U (grades 9-12) teams that will play double headers on Saturdays. Chain will also have a fall showcase team that will play at different colleges. Deadline for registration is Aug. 28. An instructional league will be also offered for players ages 9-14. Players can register online at or at the Chain Baseball Academy: 5501 Abercorn Ext., Savannah. For more information, contact Mike Alvarez, fall league coordinator at (912) 313-1556 or call the Chain Academy direct at (912) 352-8466.


Training for pitching arms



The Savannah Chain Baseball Academy is hosting three Velocity Arm Care Program sessions in the fall. The program's goal is to develop arm strength, while teaching the fundamentals of pitching and throwing mechanics, as well as proper arm care to insure the health and safety of participants. Participants will be supervised and an average of 3 to 5 MPH increase has been documented throughout the six week program. All positions players can benefit from the program. Doug Wollenburg, head baseball coach at SCAD, is the instructor. The first session begins the week of Aug. 16. Open to ages 10 and up. Each session runs for six weeks, two workouts per week, for an hour and a half per workout. For more information, call the academy at (912) 352-8466 or visit


Homefront assistance


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



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