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Gamecock tennis sweeps Jackets

    Both Screven County tennis teams picked up 5-0 wins over Souteast Bulloch Thursday in Brooklet.
    Winners for the Screven boys (12-5, 5-0) were: Eric Boddiford (6-0, 6-4), Kyle Reynolds (6-0, 6-2), Bo Evans (6-4, 6-0), Adrian Graham  and Jim Freeman (6-4, 6-2) and Samuel Woods and Hunter Sommers (7-5, 6-0).
    Winners for the Lady Gamecocks (13-4, 5-0) were: Carly Bess Williams (6-1, 6-2), Whitney Waters (6-0, 6-0), Kate Blackburn (6-0, 6-0), Natalie Hunter and Carter Mills (6-1, 6-1) and Evan Sheppard and Missy Zeagler (6-2, 6-0).
    Screven hosts Josey today at 3:15 p.m.
    SEB’s girls fell to 8-6-1 overall and 2-4 in the Region 3-AA, while the boys dropped to 9-6 and 5-1. The Jackets conclude region play today, traveling to Sylvania for a 4:15 p.m. match and the end regular season Monday at South Effingham.
    The quarterfinals for the boys region tournament begin Tuesday and the girls start Wednesday.

Trinity Christian School wins big
    The Trinity Christian School softball team picked up a 17-2 win over Brunswick Christian Academy Thursday to improve to 5-4 overall and 1-1 the region. Megan Page (5-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and striking out six. She was also 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Annabeth Havenar (3-for-3, two runs scored), Chelsea Eubanks (3-3, three RBIs), Lauren Kibler (3-4, four RBIs) and Gracie Quattlebaum (three-run home run, three RBIs, three runs scored) helped out at the plate.
    Trinity travels to Appling Christian School today.
SEB golf
falls to Metter
    The Southeast Bulloch boys golf team fell to Metter by eight strokes, 184-192, Thursday.
    Top finishers for SEB were Michael Waters (44), Jordan Smith (46), Robert Fields (49) and Slade Hall (53).
    The Yellow Jackets travel to Swainsboro Tuesday.

Blue Devil track
finishes third
    The Statesboro boys placed third at the NE Macon Invitational in Macon Saturday. Paul Welle shared the meet's High Point Award with three other athletes. He placed first in the 3200 meters and second in the 1600 meters.
    The 400 meter relay team of Jared Houston, Calan Hilton, Sherrod Natson and Patrick Jenkins placed first with a time of 41.99.
    Victor Sweet finished second in the discus with a throw of 128-9. Statesboro travels to Albany for the Westover Invitational Saturday.

SBCPR hosting Director’s Cup
    Over 45 baseball teams from across the South will file into Mill Creek Regional Park this weekend to compete in the Director's Cup tournament sponsored by Hacker's and hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation. The tournament will host nine through 14-and-under live pitch teams, as well as GRPA 10-and-under machine pitch teams.
    Play begins tonight at 6:30 and will continue through Sunday afternoon. Gate fees are $3 for adults and $2 for youth per day.
    For more information concerning the Director's Cup sponsored by Hacker's tournament, call (912) 764-5637 or visit www.bullochrec.com to view the brackets. Results of the tournament will be posted on SBCPRD's website on Monday.

SEB Hall of 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.

GSU set for Marriott Intercollegiate
    Georgia Southern golf travels to Holly Springs, N.C. to compete at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate, to be played at the par-72, 6,854-yard Devil’s Ridge Golf Club, today and Saturday.
    Having last competed at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational (April 1) when the Eagles finished tied for 15th place, GSU is coming off a two-week break from competition in preparation for the tournament.
    This weekend’s tournament, hosted by North Carolina State, will feature four teams ranked in the top 25 and seven teams ranked in the top 50, according to the latest Golfweek polls (April 9). The field includes No. 16 Tulsa, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 24 Charlotte, No. 25 Duke, No. 37 UAB, No. 45 Augusta State, No. 47 Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Georgia Southern, Kent State, North Carolina State, Houston, Virginia, Maryland and Toledo.
    “It’s a good field with a lot of district teams,” said GSU coach Larry Mays. “We need to go there and have a good finish and gain some momentum going into our conference tournament. We need to have all five guys play consistent all three rounds.”
    Last year’s tournament saw Kentucky edge Duke by four strokes to capture the team title, 10-under 854. Georgia Southern finished ninth with a 6-over 870 performance.
    Fans can catch the end of day results at www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com.
    This weekend’s competition is the last tournament before heading into the Southern Conference Championship, April 22-24.

Duke DA apologizes to lacrosse players
    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The local prosecutor who charged three Duke lacrosse players with raping a stripper apologized to the athletes Thursday and said the North Carolina attorney general’s decision to drop the case was right.
    ‘‘To the extent that I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect, I apologize to the three students that were wrongly accused,’’ Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong said.
    On Wednesday, Attorney General Roy Cooper not only dropped all remaining charges against the players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans, but pronounced them innocent and said they were the victims of Nifong’s ‘‘tragic rush to accuse.’’ Cooper branded Nifong a ‘‘rogue’’ prosecutor who was guilty of ‘‘overreaching.’’
    ‘‘I have every confidence that the decision to dismiss all the charges was the correct decision based on that evidence,’’ Nifong said.
    In what appeared to be a plea to the athletes not to take any further action, such as a lawsuit, he said: ‘‘It is my sincere desire that the actions of Attorney General Cooper will serve to remedy any remaining injury that has resulted from these cases.’’
    Nifong refused to answer any questions after handing the statement to an Associated Press reporter outside his office in Durham.
    Seligmann’s attorney, Jim Cooney, responded bitterly to the apology.
    ‘‘You can accept an apology from someone who knows all the facts and simply makes an error,’’ Cooney said. ‘‘If a person refuses to know all the facts and then makes a judgment, that’s far worse — particularly when that judgment destroys lives.’’
    Nifong stressed that it was his own decision to remove himself from the case that gave Cooper’s office the opportunity to review the evidence against the athletes.
    ‘‘If I did not want to subject ... my own performance to such scrutiny — if, in other words, I had anything to hide — I could have simply dismissed the cases myself,’’ he said.

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