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From staff and GSU AMR reports

    Looking to build on a six-game win streak at J.I. Clements Stadium, Georgia Southern University baseball continues their homestand this weekend. The Eagles play host to Columbia Friday-Monday to cap six straight games at home.
    A 7 p.m. start is scheduled for tonight, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday then 4 p.m. on Monday.
    The Eagles (8-6 overall) have won seven of their last nine overall, most recently a two-game home sweep of USC Upstate in which they outscored the Spartans 28-16.
    Brian Pierce went 8-for-8 against USC Upstate and drove in a career-high six runs in the finale. The junior shortstop's average has jumped from .200 to .404 over the past week. Overall he has scored eight runs and driven in seven.
    Phillip Porter leads the squad with a .476 batting average. He hit his first home run of the season during Wednesday's win, and just missed by inches his first career grand slam in game one settling instead for a 3-RBI double. He owns a .532 on-base percentage and swiped 6-of-7 bases, already matching his season total from last year.
    Fellow junior Chris Shehan brings a .396 batting average into the weekend. He shares the team lead with 18 runs scored, in addition to his team-high 17 RBIs and five home runs. Shehan is a perfect 6 of 6 in stolen bases.
    Aaron Eubanks, Drew and Andy Moye are scheduled to start the first three games of the series.

BA track results
    DUBLIN — The Bulloch Academy boys’ varsity track team dominated a six-team meet at Trinity Christian School Wednesday while the girls’ squad took second.
    The Gators notched 181 points to walk away with the victory. Class AAA John Milledge was second with 87 points. In the girls’ meet, host Trinity nipped Bulloch by a mere 4.5 points, 164 to 159.5.
    In the boys’ meet, Darion Carter won the 100-meters (11.87), the 200m (25.06) and ran the anchor leg of the winning 100-meter relay team (47.15) which included Troy Poulin, Ethan Lovett and Chan Newton.
    Lovett also won two events, the pole vault (11 feet) and the 110m hurdles (16.60). Other winners were Newton in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), Poulin in the 400m (57.34) and Ben Newton in the shot put (39 feet, 10 inches).
    Second-place efforts were turned in by John Manack (3200m, 11:47), Jordan Walker (triple jump, 37 feet, 10 inches), Paul Son (discus, 100 feet, 9 inches), David Poole (300m hurdles, 47.74) and the 1600m relay team (Poulin, Poole, Lovett and Walker).
    For the Lady Gators, Rachel Gilbert won the 200m (28.63), the 400m 67.14) and ran the anchor leg of the 1600m relay team (4:37), which included Kaylee Lanier, Kelcie Jacobs and Taylor Collins. Sally Marie Futch hurled the discus 96 feet 4 inches to far outdistanced her competitors for the win.
    Second-place efforts were turned in by Kelcie Jacobs (3200m, 13:26; 800m, 2:49), Heaven Hinton (discus, 74 feet, 6 inches), Gilbert (long jump, 15 feet, 7 inches), Collins (400m, 67.30), Whitney Hinson (high jump, 4 feet, 9 inches) and Kaylee Dennard (300m hurdles, 56.0)
    Bulloch Academy hosts the 9th annual Gator Relays Saturday at the Georgia Southern University Track and Field Complex behind Paulson Stadium.

Blue Devil boys
track wins
     SYLVANIA — The Statesboro boys won a four team-meet with a total of 71 points Thursday at Screven County.
    First place finishers for the Blue Devils were: Jrie Warton (400m, 52.9), Justin Jordan, (800m, 2:12, Patrick Jenkins triple jump43’9) ), , Mario Jackson (high jump, 6’2), Sherard Hankerton (shot put, 44’11), Victor Sweet (discus, 146’8), Mario Jackson (20’4, long jump) and Khild Smith, Cedric Wynn, Joseph Mainer and Jrie Warton (4x 400, 3:36).
    The Devils travel to SEB Tuesday.

Portal boys take
first in track meet
    PEMBROKE — Portal’s varsity boys track team finished with 68 points to beat Richmond Hill, South Effingham and host Bryan County Thursday.
    First place winners for PHS were: Nick Prescott (shot put, 43’5), Steven Cox (triple jump, 40’3), Octavius Rawls, Justin Raymond, Donnie Raymond and Chase Sheffield (4 x 400m relay, 45.03), Mike Hagins (110 m hurdles, 19.56) and Octavious Rawls (200m, 23:53)
    The Lady Panthers finished third and took home first place with the 1600m relay team of Darien Sanders, Katherine Mincey, Jaleisia Coleman and Cassandra McBride.
    Both of Portal’s teams travel to Tattnall County Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Screven tennis sweeps Metter
    METTER — Both Screven County tennis teams topped Metter Thursday with the Gamecock girls winning 4-1 and the boys winning 5-0.
    Winners for the Lady Gamecocks (10-2, 1-1) were: Evan Sheppard (3-6, 6-2 6-0), Kathryn Wells (6-2 6-2), Carter Mills/Missie Ziegler (6-1, 6-4) and Kelsey Forehand/Sydneey Weater (6-3, 6-0)
    The boys improved to 5-5 and 1-0 with wins from Eric Boddiford (6-0, 6-0), Jim Freeman (6-0, 6-0), Hunter Summers (forfeit), Grant Tripplet/Murch Frankhouser (6-0, 6-1) and Zackery Parker Mathew Lairsey (forfeit).
    Screven travels to Westside on March 18.

BA JV tops DEA
    Bulloch Academy run-ruled David Emanuel Academy 11-0 in junior varsity baseball action Thursday.
    Hunter Jacobs was the winning pitcher. Aaron Roberts drove in four runs with two hits while Smith Reeves had two hits and two RBI.
    Bulloch (3-2) travels to St. Simons Island’s Mallory Park Saturday to participate in the Frederica Academy Jamboree. The Gators take on the Knights at 10 a.m. and Edmund Burke Academy at 11:30 a.m.

GSU outdoor track ready to make run
    Fresh off a third place finish at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships, the Georgia Southern track & field team is focused and prepared to make a run at the SoCon outdoor title in hopes of reclaiming their crown.  
    The Eagles understand that the 2008 season is a marathon and not a sprint and have been making the most of their opportunities. The outdoor track & field season opens this Saturday as the Eagles head to Conway, S.C. for the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
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