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Lady Cats surge with four staight road wins

Caitlin Smith on the defense.For most teams the thought of four straight road games over the course of a week would be daunting. But for the Wildcat girls’ basketball team it couldn’t have been better. The girls went on a four-game win streak to run their record to 5-3.

The Lady Cats defeated Baldwin 65-57 on November 29 to get a little revenge for a one-point home loss to the Indians earlier in the year. Tiana Raysor had her best game of the season, throwing in 20 points. The offensive woes that had bothered BCHS early in the season disappeared as four Cats were in double figures.

The game was close throughout, with BCHS up 31-23 at the half. Raysor came alive with 8 points in the third period as the Cats extended their lead to 48-31. The Indians came back in the fourth period, but it was too little too late.

Raysor had 20 on the night. Chelsey Ruise and Marnae Gaskins each had a dozen points and Shanice Paige added 11 points.

• The girls traveled to Terry Parker on November 30 and snatched a big district win over the Braves with a 72-49 romp.

BCHS broke open a 16-14 game in the second quarter, going on a 20-9 run. Parker never recovered and the Cats built on their lead. They were up 48-34 at the end on the third quarter but a 23 point final stanza sealed the win.

Ruise’s 29 led all scorers. Gaskins had 13, Raysor 11 and Paige 7 points.

• BCHS had a tough game in Callahan on Friday, November 2 coming from a 26-18 halftime deficit to grab a 52-47 win over West Nassau.

It was an exciting game that saw the Lady Cats pull it out in the fourth quarter. They trailed 35-30 going into the final period, but came back with 20 points to pull out the win.

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Polly Lane, 87, of Coca Beach

Pauline M. “Polly” Lane, 87, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 in a house fire at her home in Cocoa Beach.

She was born in New Bedford, MA on June 20, 1924. Polly was preceded in death by her husband Thomas G. Lane.

Survivors include sisters Bertha Brown and Irene Lavoie of New Bedford; daughter Joanne (Richard) Wallstedt of Macclenny; son Robert Shields of Leland, NC; grandchildren Brian (Michele) Wallstedt, Donald Wallstedt and Robert Owen Shields; great-grandchildren Jacob Michael and Jesslyn Nicole Wallstedt.

The funeral service was held Thursday, December 1 at the Church of Our Saviour Catholic Church in Cocoa Beach. Interment followed at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Jerry Moran, 76, of Macclenny dies

Jerry Ronald Moran, 76, of Macclenny died Saturday, December 3, 2011. He was born on November 22, 1935 in New Richmond, Ohio and was a lifelong resident of Macclenny. He was preceded in death by his parents Everitt and Flora Moran, son Donnie Moran and brother Everitt Moran.

Mr. Moran was a successful business owner of Moran’s Motor and Wrecker Service and Moran’s Motor Parts for many years, retiring in 1998. He was heavily involved in dirt track racing for 45 years and was inducted into the Jacksonville Raceways Hall of Fame in 1996. He enjoyed dirt track racing, fishing and his dogs. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Macclenny.

Survivors include wife of 58 years, Faye Moran of Macclenny; sons Steve (Sonya) Moran and Ricky (Robin) Moran, both of Macclenny and Ronnie (Amanda) Moran of Glen St. Mary; sister Ellen Hilliard of Tampa; daughter-in-law Christean (Tom) Raley of Glen St. Mary; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, December 6 at his church with Pastor Mike Ramondetta officiating, assisted by Revs. James D. Rogers and Torran Dismuke. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Rafuse, 86, of Maxville, dies December 4

Ella Mae Rafuse, 86, of Baker County died December 4, 2011. Ella was born in Palatka to the late Andrew and Vertie Scully Harris on November 12, 1925. She was a lifelong resident of Maxville and a member of Long Branch Baptist Church. Ella retired after 30 years as the cashier for Lucas Mini Mart. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, O.J. Rafuse, daughter Debbie Rhoden and brother Millard Harris.

Survivors include sons Randy (Linda) Rafuse and Oscar James (Donette) Rafuse Jr; brothers Sam (Bernice) Harris of Baldwin and Richard (Glenda) Harris of Macclenny; sister Verdine Harris of Baldwin; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held Wednesday December 7 at 2 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel with pastors Richard Fish and Edward Treadwell officiating. Interment followed at Long Branch Cemetery in Maxville.

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