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Local Roundup:Eagles travel to Tech

    Georgia Southern starts a five-game road trip tonight. The trip begins in Atlanta as the Eagles battle in-state rival Georgia Tech tonight at 7 p.m. then Wednesday afternoon at 3:00. Wednesday’s game will be televised live on SportSouth.
    The Eagles (16-12 overall), in the midst of playing eight games in 10 days, are looking to bounce back after a rough Southern Conference opening weekend against Furman, dropping all three games last weekend.
    Last month Georgia Southern swept the then 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets (14-11) at J.I. Clements for the first time since 1996, winning 11-4 and 9-6. Starting pitchers for the two-game series in Atlanta have yet to be determined.
    Georgia Tech recently took 2-of-3 at Duke. Danny Payne is hitting .398 with 34 runs, 10 doubles, nine stolen bases and 36 walks. Wally Crancer owns a .375 batting average and .450 on-base percentage. Matt Wieters leads the Yellow Jackets with 26 RBI and five home runs.
    All the baseball games will be broadcast live on the Georgia Southern Radio Network at Eagle 102.9 FM.

Soccer star to conduct coaching symposium
    Former English soccer star Steve Heighway will conduct a coaching symposium for area coaches at Georgia Southern University on Wednesday.
    Heighway played for the Liverpool Football Club during the 1970s. He is now the director of the Liverpool Academy, a state-of-the-art training facility that provides instruction to some of the most talented young players in England.
    The symposium at Georgia Southern will feature two separate clinics: The University Team Clinic — Heighway will give a demonstration of coaching at the collegiate and elite levels from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Georgia Southern soccer stadium. He will spend an hour with the men’s team and an hour with the women’s team. Due to NCAA rules, this clinic is for observation only.
    The Coaching Education Clinic — Heighway will give a demonstration of coaching at the high school and select player levels from 7:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. at Paulson Stadium. During this session, he will
interact with coaches and answers questions regarding coaching and player development.
    In the event of rain, both clinics will be conducted in Hanner Fieldhouse.
    There is no fee for either clinic, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Any coach who does not register in
advance may not be admitted. The general public will be allowed to watch both of the clinics from the bleachers.
    For more information, contact Andrew Hansen at ahansen@georgiasouthern.edu or (912) 681-0261.

Portal boys win track meet
    The Portal boys track team took first at a track meet Monday at South Effingham.
    Travis Budget, Octavious Rawls, Dan Farris and Justin Raymond won as a team in the 400-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay.
    Rawls also took first in the long jump and the 200m while Raymond won the 100m and high jump.
    Steven Cox won the 300m hurdles and Dontarius Lester won the 800m. Nick Prescott took first in the shot put.
    The Lady Panthers took third place with Jaleisa Coleman winning the 100-meters.
    Portal returns to action Saturday at the Plankenhorn Invitational at Southeast Bulloch.

Blue Devil tennis beats Metter
    The Statesboro boys tennis team (7-2) beat Metter 5-0 in tennis on Monday.
    Jordan Jones (8-1), Alex Young (8-3) and John Washington (8-0) all won in singles play. Doubles matches went to Michael Campbell and Tyler Richardson (8-0) and Jeffrey Corley and Samay Bhushan (default).
    The Lady Tigers defeated SHS (0-9) 4-1. Alex Hendricks beat Olivia Chester 8-4 and Adrienne Lanier beat Rachel Nevil 8-2 for MHS in singles play.
    Brittany Anderson beat Anna Williams 8-6 for Statesboro’s lone win.
    In doubles play, Metter’s Amy Nagel and Erica Manrique defeated McKenzie Bragg and Mereith Hein 8-6. Jada McNeely and Ashley McLamb beat Beth Pollak and Amber Hodges 8-1.
    Statesboro travels to Claxton todat at 4 p.m. while Metter hosts Southeast Bulloch. Both matches will start at 4 p.m.

BA beats Robert Toombs
    The Bulloch Academy tennis teams picked up wins against Robert Toombs on Monday.
    The Lady Gators (5-2) won 5-0 wiht Kate Anna Akins (8-0), Mary Catherine Spigener (8-1) and Sally Smith (8-0) winning in singles play. Kacie Lanier and Bonnie Hannah (8-6) won their doubles match, as did Betsy Woodrum and Sarah Woodrum.
    The boys team (6-1) won 4-1 with Paul Son (8-4) and Casey Webb (8-4) winning singles matches. In doubles, William Spigener and Rob Mallard won 8-0 while Brandon Walker and Matt Williamson won 8-0.
    Bulloch returns to the courts Thursday, hosting David Emaneul Academy at 4 p.m.
    
Screven soccer tops Metter
    Randi Brown scored three goals to lead the Screven County soccer team to a 7-2 home win over Metter Monday.
    Nicole Miller added two goals, and Andrea Crews and Megan McGuire recorded one apiece for the Lady Gamecocks (10-3). Haley Iten and Crews had one assists each.  
    Screven County resumes  Area 4 A-AA play today with a 5:30 p.m. game at Lincoln County.

Portal Middle wins
    The Portal Middle School baseball team beat Emanuel County Institute 7-3 on Monday.
    Nolan Clark pitched seven innings to get the win and also went 3-for-3 from the plate with four RBI and a 2-run homerun.
    Corey Walker went 2-for-4 for the Panthers (3-3) who play Reidsville Wednesday at 4 p.m.

SEB Hall fo Fame Info
    Southeast Bulloch will be inducting new members into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14th at the SEB Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 pm.  Call Bobby Costlow at 842-2131 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Relay For Life softball tournament
    A softball and half-rubber ball tournament will be held Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at the Screven County Recreation Complex to benefit Relay for Life.
    Live entertainment, a dunking booth and concessions will all be part of the event which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Admission is free but donations will be gladly accepted.

GSU Pro-Am
    Georgia Southern Golf and Forest Heights Country Club are teaming up to host the Georgia Southern Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Monday, April 9, at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro with proceeds to benefit the GSU Golf program.
    All are invited to this event with teams consisting of four golfers and a professional playing in the scramble format.  A limited number of spaces are available.
    Participants will receive: Green fee and cart, a Georgia Southern golf shirt, an opportunity to meet the GSU golf yeam, refreshments, cocktail hour, dinner after play, raffle gifts and awards for the winning teams.
    For more information contact GSU head golf coach Larry Mays by phone at (912) 852-3769, or by e-mail at lmays@georgiasouthern.edu.

Subway local track meet to be held April 14
    The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and Subway will host a local track meet for ages seven to 14 on Saturday, April 14, at the new Georgia Southern University track and field complex.  Check-in will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the day of the meet, followed by a 9 a.m. start.
    The meet is free for all participants and will consist of track and field events including the 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter run, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, standing long jump, running long jump, high jump, softball throw and shot put.
    Those wanting to participate can pre-register at the Honey Bowen Building on Fair Road or by logging on to www.bullochrec.com by Monday, April 9. Late registration will be taken at the event starting one hour prior to and up to 15 minutes before the 9 a.m. start time.  The first 250 children to register will receive a free t-shirt at check-in.
    Students who are currently participating in a school track program are not eligible to participate in the Subway Local Track Meet.
    For those who qualify, a district track meet will take place on April 28 in Swainsboro, and a state track meet will be held May 11-12 in Carrollton.
    For more information on the event, contact Ronnie Melton at SBCPRD at (912) 764-5637 or visit www.bullochrec.com.

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

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