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Posted: March 14, 2008 10:15 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
    Over 20 track and field teams from around the state will converge on Statesboro Saturday for the ninth annual Gator Relays.
    Held at Georgia Southern University’s state-of-the-art track and field facility and hosted by Bulloch Academy, the meet will boast some of the best athletes in the Georgia Independent School Association. Over 300 student-athletes will participate in the meet, which begins at approximately 10 a.m. Admission is $5 per person for the day-long event and full concessions will be available.     
    In 2007, 16 boys’ and girls’ teams competed for the top team trophies. Nine of the teams were Class AAA schools, six were from Class AA schools and one was Class A.
    Class AAA powerhouse First Presbyterian Day School of Macon walked away with both team trophies, winning the girls’ meet with 129 points and the boys’ meet with 149 points.
    In the boys’ meet, Mount de Sales of Macon took second with 65.5 points while Dominion Christian of Marietta  was third (56.5) Bulloch was seventh with 22 points. In the girls’ competition, Gatewood School of Eatonton took second (88) and Augusta Prep of Martinez was third (65). Bulloch Academy was sixth with 41 points.
    In today’s meet, some of the premier boys’ athletes will be Stephen Cannady from Sherwood Academy (6-5 in the high jump), Nick Edison from Mount de Sales (22.0 in the 200-meter dash), Ethan Lovett from Bulloch (16.3 in the 110m hurdles and 41.0 in the 300m hurdles), Nathan Bennett and Chris Svidesskis from Dominion Christian (10:30 in the 1600m run) and a 15-0 pole vaulter from Deerfield-Windsor.
    In the girls’ meet, some of the top athletes include Mallory Long from Stratford (33-0 in the shot put), Long and Bulloch’s Sally Marie Futch in the discus (100-plus), Katherine and Elizabeth Lacksen from Gatewood in the distance events, Molly McBrearty from Mount de Sales and Kelly Conway from Deerfield-Windsor in the distance events and an 11-0 pole vaulter from Westwood.
    The major sponsors of the 2008 Gator Relays are Waffle House, Walker Pharmacy, Southern Maids Cleaning Service, Ellis Meats, Hendley Properties, Sonic and Subway.

Statesboro tennis beats SEHS
    The Statesboro boys tennis team (5-1) defeated South Effingham 4-1 on Thursday.
    Matthew Eziashi won 6-2, 6-4, John Washington won 6-1, 6-1 and Mack Sanders won 6-2, 6-1 in singles play.
    In doubles, Jeffrey Corley and Samay Bhushan won 6-1, 6-0.
    The Lady Blue Devils (0-6) got a win from the doubles team of  Olivia Burnsed and Meredith Hein.
    Statesboro returns to action monday against Wayne County at 4 p.m.

GSU softball rained out
    CLEARWATER, Fla. — Georgia Southern's involvement in the first day of the USF Under Armour Invitational Friday has been washed out by rain.
    The Eagles' game against George Mason was called after the second inning with GSU leading 2-0. The game will be resumed at a time to be determined.

William James sweeps SEMS
    The William James Middle School girls soccer team defeated South Effingham on penalty kicks 4-3 on Friday after a 1-1 tie in regulation.
    Tori Thompson had two goals for WJMS (3-1) while Kristin Reichard and Sabrina Lux added one each.
    In the boys’ game, Cody Francis and Devin Budgett each had a goal to help WJMS win 2-1.
    William James faces Langston Chapel Monday at 4 p.m.

BA JV baaseball routs 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 home four runs with two hits while Smith Reeves had two hits and two RBIs.
    Bulloch (3-2) travels to St. Simons Island Saturday, playing Frederica at 10 a.m. and Edmund Burke at 11:30 a.m.

BA Sporting Clays results
    Jeff Davis of Screven County won the overall competition in the Bulloch Academy Sporting Clays tournament at Bay Gall Sporting Clays on March 8.
    Davis scored an 88 out of 100 targets on an extremely cold and blustery day at the range to win the grand prize. Walker Blitch scored an 84 for second place and Brandon Pye was third with a 79.
    Other winners in the various categories were: Senior Division — first place, Wendell Brannen (who also won the four-wheeler raffle); second place, Charles Hill; Ladies Division — first, Gilda Rackley; second,  Barbara Conner; third, Pam Averitt. Youth Division — first, Matthew Blitch; second, Harrison Averitt; third, Mitchell Ball. Junior Division — first, Ellie Finch; second, Ashley Conner. BA Alumni Division — first, Matt Blitch; second, James Conner; third, Everett Kennedy. BA Parent Division — first, Joe Davis; second, Presley Lomax; third, Dr. Johnny Martin.
    The Bulloch Academy Boosters Club would like to thank all station sponsors, those who donated raffle items, volunteers who helped at the range and especially Georgia Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Swainsboro for the donation of the four-wheeler.

Gator tennis falls
    ST. SIMONS — The Bulloch Academy tennis teams were swept at Frederica Academy Thursday. The Gators boys lost 3-2 while the girls fell 5-0. Winners for the Gators (1-1) were Paul Son in the No. 2 singles and Matt Williamson in No. 3 singles. BA hosts Trinity at Forest Heights Country Club Monday.

Southeast Bulloch Middle Track results
    On Wednesday, the Southeast Bulloch Middle School boys and girls ran against William James and Langston Chapel in Brooklet. The SEBMS girls won with 74 points over  William James’ 43 and Langston Chapel’s 35.  The WJMS boys won  with 79 points, over Southeast’s 56 and Langston Chapel’s 19
    In the girls’ long jump, Nira Byrd won with a jump of 14 feet, 2 inches.
    In the girls’ discus, Emily Herndon threw 68 feet, 4 inches for first place and Naomi Cook threw 63 feet, 10 inches for second. Herndon also won the shot put with a toss of 28 feet, six inches.
    In the girls’ triple jump Byrd landed at 31 feet, 1 inch, breaking her own school record she set last week.
    In the girls’ high jump Alex Smallwood (4 feet, 3 inches) was first and Katie Nevil (4 feet, 1 inch) was second.
    In the girls’ 100-meter relay, Breanna Gates, Nevil, Kerriyanna Wimberly and Byrd were first (54.01). Anthony Gardner, Josh Collins, Jamal Johnson and Jartavis  Smith won the boys’ event with a time of 49.25.
    In the boy’s 1600m run, Nick Knight (5:56) was first. Morgan Mew (6:05) was second in the girls’ event.    
    In the 400m Wimberly    (1:06.60) won the girls’ race and Gardner was second in the same event  with a 58:48.
    In the boys’ 100m, Johnson was first with a 12.22. In the boys’ 800m Knight was second with a 2:29.
    In the girls’ 200m Nevil (27.71) was second.
    In the 3200m Savannah Morris ran a 16:53 and Katie Tucker ran a 16:54. Blake Price ran a 13:32 to win the boys’ event.
    In the 1600m event, Smith, Johnson, Collins and Gardner    broke a school record with a 4:07 and won the boys’ event. In the girls’ race, Wimberly, Byrd, Nevil and  Gates ran a 4:54 to place second.
    Last Thursday, SEBMS ran against South Effingham and Ebenezer.  The boys of SEBMS won with 71 points over  South Effingham’s 46 and Ebenezer’s 32.  The SEBMS girls also won with 84 points South Effingham’s 46 and Ebenezer’s 16.
    In the girls’ long jump, Gates won first with a jump of 14 feet, 2 inches. Jasmine Roberts was second with a 12 foot, 9 and 3/4 inch jump.    
    Smallwood won the boys’ high jump with a leap of 4 feet 7 inches. Johnson got second at 4 feet, 9 inches.
    In the girls’ triple jump,  Byrd was first with a jump of 30 feet, five inches. In the boys’ event, James Jones (29 feet, 7 inches) was first and Gardner (29 feet) was second.
    In the boys’ shot put, Mitchell Duke and Ian Price tied for first with a throw of 35 feet.
    In the girls’ discus. Naomi Cook threw 60 feet, 11 inches to take first while Rachel Tillman was second (45 feet, 11 inches). In the boys’ event, Price (112 feet, six inches) was first and Duke was second (97 feet, 4 inches.
    In the boys’ 3200-meter race, Blake Price was second with a time of 13:24.
    In the 100m relay, Gates, Byrd, Nevil and Wimberly won the girls’ event with a time of 54:30. Gardner, Collins, Johnson and Smith  ran a 51:50 to win the boys’ event
    In the 1600m, Nick Knight ran a 6:05 to win the boys’ race and Mew ran a 7:04.
    In the 400 meters, Wimberly won the girls’ event with a1:08.40. Jasmine Roberst ran at 1:10 to come in second. Collins won the boys’ race with a 58.34, breaking a six year-old school record. Gardner was second at 58.42, also breaking the school record.
    In the 100-meter event, Nevil ran a 13.95 to win and Byrd came in second at 13.96 in the girls’ race. Johnson was second in the boys’ event at 12.65.
    In the 100m hurdles, Philicia Batton was first with a 20.08. Smith won the boys’ event with a 17.86
    In the 800m, Mew ran a 3:11 while Knight posted a 2:34. Both won first place.
    In the 200m, Nevil (28.62) was first and Byrd was second (28.70) in the girls’ competition. Johnson came in second at 26.40 in the boys’ race.
    In the 1600-meter relay Nevil, Roberts, Byrd and  Wimberly won with a time of 5 minutes, 40 seconds. Leah McCarthy, Brittany Wilson, Batton and Smallwood were second (5:14). Smith, Johnson, Collins and Gardner won the boys’ event with a time 4 minutes, 12 seconds.
    SE Bulloch Middle will be in action again on Wednesday against Langston Chapel Middle School and Screven Middle School at 4 p.m. in Brooklet.

GSU tennis loses to Elon
    ELON, N.C. — The Georgia Southern men’s tennis team fell in a tough battle Friday afternoon to Elon, 6-1, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. The Eagles dropped to 5-6 on the season overall and 1-2 in conference action. The Phoenix improved to 10-3 overall and remained undefeated in conference play, going 5-0.
    Elon won two of three doubles matches to seize the team point and jump off to a 1-0 start. Joris De Weerdt and Matthew Sands were victorious for the Eagles at the three seed. The duo downed Chase Helpingstine and Cody Stauffer-MacDowell by an 8-4 margin. This was the Eagle tandem’s first pairing of the season and thus their first dual victory.
    The Phoenix clinched the match in singles action, sweeping five seeds to clinch the match 5-0. Borja Malet claimed Georgia Southern’s only point in the afternoon. Malet defeated Alberto Rojas at the four seed in three sets, 7-5, 6-7, 10-6. With the win, the Barcelona, Spain sophomore improved to 9-11 overall and 5-5 in dual action.
    Georgia Southern is back in action this afternoon at the College of Charleston. Doubles action is set to begin at 1 p.m.

SBCPRD travel team tryouts
    The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department will host make-up Travel Team Tryouts on Saturday at Mill Creek Park. Baseball ages 10, 11 and 12-and-Under will tryout at 2 p.m. on Field 9. Ages 13 and 14 will tryout at 3 p.m. on Field 6. Softball ages 12 and 14-and-under will try out at 2 p.m. on Field 3. Ages 16-and-under will tryout at 3 p.m. on Field 3. For more information, call Dadrian Cosby at 912-764-5637. There is no cost to tryout.

SprintSouth registration
    Registration for the SprintSouth track team is now open for this upcoming summer.
    Go to www.sprintsouthtrack.com for more details.

SEB Hall of Fame inductions
    Southeast Bulloch High School will induct new members into its Hall off Fame on Saturday, April 19.
    For details and ticket information on the 7 p.m. ceremony, call Bobby Costlow at (912) 842-5412.

GSU Hall of Fame nominations
    Georgia Southern University Athletics is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Hall of Fame Induction Class.
    The Hall of Fame selection criteria includes: a 10-year eligibility moratorium for all student-athletes and five years for coaches and administrators. Nominees must also have made a significant contribution to the success of Georgia Southern Athletics.
    Those wanting to nominate former Eagles can submit names via e-mail to Lanell VanLandingham at Lanellv@georgiasouthern.edu. Please include Hall of Fame Nomination in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 30.
    The 2008 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on September 26-27.

    If you have a score to report, please call the Herald Sports Desk at (912) 489-9408.
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