The Suwannee Bulldog basketball team, temporarily led by Coach Jimmy Cherry and Coach Phillip Petway, are working hard. The team is determined to have a great season this year. Recently, the team traveled to Valdosta Sate for their second basketball camp of the summer. According to Cherry they did very well.

"We had a good weekend," Cherry said. "I was pleased with our performance. I can tell you these boys have been working hard."

The Bulldogs played six games, won three and lost three. But . . . they almost defeated Valdosta High. Cherry said the game was tied all the way until the last two minutes. The final score was 40-45 Valdosta.

"They had quite a squad," Cherry said about Valdosta. "Valdosta's coach was having a fit."

Suwannee took eight boys to this camp. Regeal Jelks, Quaramos Ross, Nate Herring, Mario Hawthorne, Alfonso Ross, Justin Haynes and Phillip Clark traveled with Cherry and Petway to Valdosta.

"Phillip Clark average six points, six rebounds and six blocked shots per game," Cherry said. "The coach from Valdosta State said if Clark gained 50 pounds, he'd consider looking at him."

The first night of the camp, June 25, Suwannee lost to University Christian 32-52 but beat Vermillion out of Jacksonville 40-33. The next day Suwannee played Fernandina and won 39-33 then beat Thomasville, Ga. 56-32. The Dogs lost their next game to Valdosta 40-45 and lost the last game of the camp to Fernandina 35-48.

"It was a great weekend," Cherry said.

The Bulldogs are off to yet another camp at the end of July at FSU. The camp is from July 23-25 at FSU in the Tulley Gym. They will also play Nolan McLeod's officers from the LOPD in a fund-raiser match at the Douglass center July 9.

The newly formed Suwannee Basketball Booster's Club is working hard to raise funds for the season. The team members collected spare change from drivers next to First Federal Friday, June 25. The club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Douglass Center at 7 p.m.

Janet Schrader may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 132 or by e-mail at

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