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Meet the Vols pleases AJ boosters

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By Robert Howey

A “quick release” and a good turnout highlighted the annual Meet the Vols at Andrew Jackson High School on Aug. 14.The event’s major draw was the cow paddy bingo.“The bull ‘went’ about as quick as we could hope for,” said AJ Booster Club treasurer Kay ArantThe bull, provided by Ben Snipes of Lancaster, made its “drop” not long after exiting its stall.“It took them longer to get the bull back in the stall as it did for the bull to go out there,” Arant said.The major prize winner – $1,000 – was Olin Bailey. Davis Hightower won $500 as did Eddie Kelly, who were closest to the winning “drop.”“We sold 2,800 tickets, so we were real pleased,” Arant said. “We appreciate the turnout we had.”The AJ boosters also sold concessions and members of the Vols’ football team, volleyball team and cheerleaders were introduced.New AJ football coach Louis Clyburn said he was impressed with the support.“It was awesome, a swell of community support,” Clyburn said. “If that’s a pre-cursor of the support we will have at our games this season, then it will be outstanding.“Our players were pretty excited about the number of folks who came out,” he said. “We hope they will continue to come when we play.”AJ booster club memberships and season passes are still available.The Vols open their season Aug. 29 at Lancaster. AJ’s first home game is Sept. 5 when the Vols host Buford.The Vols’ second home game is Sept. 12 when AJ meets North Central. That night the AJ band, Volunteer Regiment, will hold its annual barbecue fundraiser, selling plates before the game. Plates are $7. For more details on the AJ band’s barbecue fundraiser, call the school at (803) 475-2381.The AJ Booster Club will meet in the school’s media center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.