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BCHS summer basketball kicks-off this week v. Forest

Baker County High School varsity boys basketball coach Charles Ruise Sr. is expecting big things from the team when the season tips off later this year, and the foundation for that is being laid this summer.

The Wildcats begin summer games July 9 against Forrest, and will play nine more games over the course of the next month. Winning isn’t as important in these games, as they will primarily be used to get players some additional time on the court.

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Cats rolling in off-season play

Andrew Dehart caught in a squeeze playWhile other students are taking vacations this summer, members of the BCHS baseball program has been hard at work ensuring they will be able to build upon last season.

They are split between two rosters. The A-Team is made up of 16 players who have experience playing for the Wildcats, and the B-Team of 25 sophomores and incoming freshmen. The two squads have combined to win all but two games — a loss and a tie — during summer play.

Although it’s always good to win, summer ball is primarily used for gaining experience, which is especially true for the younger players.

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Macclenny hosting district softball All-Stars, boys on the road

Taylor Crews pitches.

Taylor Crews pitches.

The area’s best Little League baseball and softball players are competing against each other in District 11 All-Star tournament action.

Macclenny’s Minger Fields are hosting all the tournament’s soft ball games, which got underway June 29. A Saturday morning thunderstorm delayed the start and made for wet conditions, but the weather didn’t dampen enthusiasm.

A giant crowd filled the bleachers and lined a kaleidoscope of colored lawn chairs along the fences as the grounds keepers re-groomed the field after the downpour.

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Bullets finish second with 60+ best times

Aspyn Elliot in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Aspyn Elliot in the 50-meter breaststroke.

The YMCA Baker Bullets were not able to continue their team win streak at a tri-meet in Fernandina Beach on June 29, but the swimmers still had an impressive showing.

The overall team scores came down to the size of the rosters, which worked to the advantage of the host squad from the McArthur Y.

They had about 120 swimmers competing against Baker’s 61 and St. Augustine’s 21, which was too much to overcome, Coach Chris Knight said.

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