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Wildcat baseball secures top seed in district

Jacob Milton gets a hit during the Wildcats win over Fernandina at Suns stadium in Jacksonville.The Baker High varsity baseball team went 2-0 the past week to improve to 13-1, and locked up the number one seed in the district tournament in the process.

On March 19 the Wildcats beat the visiting Fernandina Beach Pirates 2-1. Freshmen Dylan Hall picked up the win, throwing 3.2 innings and giving up only one run. Jacob Milton pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief and Hunter Hanks picked up the save with a scoreless seventh inning.

Jared Crews led the offense with a pair of hits and Ethan Wilkerson added an RBI double.

“We didn’t swing the bats very well that night; maybe we were looking ahead to Friday’s game,” said Coach Fred Matricardi.

On March 22 the Cats hosted Bishop Kenny to determine the number one seed in the district tournament and handled the Crusaders 8-2 in what Matricardi called “our best game of the season.”

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Martine Jones, 68, day care owner

Martine Sandra Jones, 68, of Jacksonville for most of her life, died  on March 19, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church of Maxville, owner and operator of Sandra’s Day Care in Jacksonville and in Maxville. Her love for children prompted her to care for foster children for many years. Her passions in life were gardening, plants, flowers, children and her family.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Charles E. Jones; daughters Donette Rafuse (Jr.), Rita Padgett (Joey), Cindy Smith (Matt), Joy Peterson (Vernon); sister Elsie Devon Cruce (Ray); grandchildren Oscar Rafuse, Lee Rafuse, Cricket Barton, Cookie Griffis, Noah Smith, Bailey Smith, Hannah Peterson, Gunner Peterson; great-grandchildren Tanner and Jozie Rafuse, Jasmine and Zoey Barton; three nieces and two nephews.

The funeral service was held on Monday, March 25 at 2 pm  at Fraser Funeral Home in Jacksonville with Pastor Gene Dillon and Chaplin Reese Edwards officiating. Interment followed at Long Branch Cemetery.

Colson Johns, 76, Friday service

Colson Johns, 76, of Macclenny died on Monday, March 18, 2013. He was the son of the late George and Ruby Gainey Johns and is survived by daughter Jannette Copeland of Sanderson; grandchildren Ronny (Deedra) Dinkins of Glen St. Mary, Jaime Sigers of Macclenny and LaDonna Rhoden of Jacksonville; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter; special friend Debra Crawford of Macclenny; son-in-law Sammy Berry of Jacksonville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29 at Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church at 4 pm. The family will receive friends at the church following the service until 6 pm. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Ellen Covey, 89, of Jacksonville Beach

Ellen Compton Covey, 89, of Jacksonville Beach died on March 23, 2013. She was born in Jacksonville on January 20, 1924, the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Compton. Ellen graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and attended Florida State College For Women. She was a faithful member of Community Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, an elder, president of the Presbyterian Women and a choir member for 46 years. She also played the piano to first and second graders in Sunday School for 10 years.

Mrs. Covey was an active volunteer with Baptist Beaches Hospital Auxiliary for years, and a member of Selva Marina Country Club since 1957. The family business, Covey Furniture, was one of Ellen’s passions and she enjoyed years of working with customers.

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