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Church volleyball combines faith, athletics

Hundreds of people gather at Macclenny’s Knabb Sports Complex every Tuesday and Friday from June until August to participate in the Church Coed Volleyball Ministry of Baker County.

The volleyball league has grown in popularity almost every year since it was created more than 15 years ago. Committee member Nancy Griffis said it started in the ballpark’s outfield with “maybe five teams.” The league now boasts 52 teams with more than 300 players from 15 churches in the area.

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Several Baker squads win district titles

Allie Crummey pitching last week.

Allie Crummey pitching last week.

The Little League District 11 All-Star softball and baseball tournaments continued throughout last week despite the poor weather, and Baker County teams posted a great showing.

Several local teams have already been crowned district champions, while a few others will get the chance to play for the title through the remainder of the week.

The major softball team won the district title in front of a home crowd on Friday, July 5.

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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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