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Fastbreak: Middle schools winding down basketball season

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Portal Middle
sweeps RMS

    The Portal Middle School boys basketball team defeated Reidsville Middle Wednesday by a score of 45-35.
    Corey Walker led the Panthers (6-2) with 18 points and Jamie Hagins added 12. The defensive efforts of Devon Spells, Tony Mikell and Nolan Clark also added in the victory.
    The Lady Panthers (6-2) also got a win, defeating RMS 49-37. Nikki Sims led Portal with 14 points, Jalvin Jones and Boshna Williams had 10 while Jessica Brannen added nine.
    Portal will return to the court Saturday when they host Emanuel County Institute Middle at 10 a.m.

WJMS sweeps
South Effingham

    The William James Middle School boys and girls teams both defeated South Effingham Middle on Wednesday.
    Jaquawn Raymond and Adonis Barnes both had eight points to lead the boys (3-5) in their 30-21 win. Jalen Evans added seven.
    Deasha McBride had eight points for the girls (4-4) in their 22-21 victory. Alisia Jenkins added seven for the girls who will return to action on Friday when they host Southeast Bulloch Middle at 4:15 p.m.

Langston Chapel and Screven Middle split
    The Langston Chapel Middle boys basketball team defeated Screven County 32-26 Wednesday in Sylvania. CD Johnson had nine points and Micheal Summers added eight for LCMS (16-1, 8-0) in the win.
    In girls action, Screven County topped LCMS (9-2, 7-1) 43-29. Veljulisa Canty and Sierra Kirkland each had 12 in the losing effort for Langston Chapel.
    Both the girls and boys teams will return home Friday to host a first-round playoff game beginning at 4:15 p.m. with their opponents yet to be determined.

basketball scores

    This week in the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department youth basketball  league, the Lakers beat the Hawks 35-18 in Midget Boys Basketball and the Celtics beat the Bobcats 44-14. In Minor Boys basketball, the Mavericks won over the Celtics 24-22  while the Sixers beat the Lakers 26-18. The Rockets topped the Cavaliers' 31-21 while the Knicks beat the Nuggets 23-20.
    In Tiny Minor Girls Basketball, the Fever beat the Sting 22-20, the Mystic beat the Sparks 26-16 and the Mercury squeeked by the Lynx’s 32-30.
    Standings for these leagues are available at

Eagle Cheerleaders ready for competition
    The Georgia Southern University combined all-girl and coed cheerleading squads will travel to Atlanta to compete in the Cheersport Nationals Feb. 16-18. 
     The two squads will participate as a single, 28-member unit in the College Division at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.
    The competition is the first for an Eagle cheerleading team in seven years.
    Before leaving for competition, the GSU cheerleaders will host a “Cheerleader for a Day” program on Saturday, Feb. 3.  The one-day camp is open to all children ages four to 14.  Participants will spend the morning learning cheers and dance routines and will have the chance to perform with the GSU cheerleaders at the women’s basketball game versus Chattanooga that afternoon at 1 p.m.  The $25 fee includes a t-shirt and lunch. 

Eagles named

    Eighteen Georgia Southern University student-athletes were named to the TIAA-CREF All-Academic teams by the Southern Conference.  A total of 237 student-athletes, representing all SoCon institutions, were named to the teams.
    The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes having had at    least a 3.2 grade-point average entering the fall season and have competed in at least half of the team’s competitions during the season.
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