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10/3/06-Martin's Mill

Martin's Mill Runners Help Lead The Way For Jones Scholarship Fund

In a way, you can say the Martin's Mill boys and girls cross country teams are running for more than just themselves. The defending district champs carry with them the memory of two former Mustang standouts, twin brothers Bryan and Shaun Jones, who died in a car accident in December of 2002.

"It was a devastating loss," said senior Elliott Davis.  "I mean, Bryan and Shaun, they were everybody's best friend. They were just happy all the time."

"They were terrific guys," said sophomore Rebecca Hensley, whose older brother was on the cross country team with the Jones twins.  "Evertime you saw them they had a smile on their face. They never had anything negative to say about anybody."

"After a terrible loss you realize that you're not promised another day," Davis added, "and that just kind of snapped everybody back to reality here in Martin's Mill."

Immediately following the twins' deaths, nearly the entire school rededicated themselves to christ through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. A scholarship was also founded in their name, and to date, over $8,000 has gone to help Martin's Mill graduates continue their education.

"It was just a reawakening for a lot of us," said Martin's Mill athletic director Trae Moore, who is also the basketball and cross country coach, "that we need to examine the way we're living and our priorities in life and it was something that was such a negative blow that turned into such a positive."

"I think (the Jones twins) would think it's a great idea," said Davis about the scholarships.  "I hate to see them go. I hate to see them pass away in such a terrible accident, but I think this scholarship is a great way to continue on their legacy."

Martin's Mill hopes to grow the fund through the first Bryan and Shaun Jones Memorial Scholarship Golf tournament, which will take place October 9 at the Indian Oaks Golf Course.  The entrance fee is $150 per team or $40 per player.  If you would like to play in or help sponsor the golf tournament, or would just like to donate to the scholarship fund, you can call Coach Moore at 903-479-3234.

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