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Local Roundup: Lady Jackets soccer ends season

    The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets soccer team fell at Pike County 2-0 Tuesday in the second-round of Class AA state playoffs.  
    SEB ended its season at 9-9-2 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Keeper Kacey Jones recorded 17 saves for the Jackets.
    Morgan Jones, the team’s lone senior, had three shots on goal. She ended her career as SEB’s all-time leading scorer with 92 goals and will play for Presbyterian College in the fall.

Claxton boys’
tennis falls
    COLUMBUS — The Claxton boys’ tennis team was defeated by The Brookstone School of Columbus 5-0 Tuesday in Columbus. The Tigers finished the season 14-5 and were second in Region 3-A.
    Claxton was led this season by three strong singles players — Justin Stewart, Thomas Thigpen and Blake Cravey.  The doubles teams of Maclyn Edwards/Brett Roberts and Shoheb Punjani/Robert Stallings have made great improvement over the season and the team is comprised of two juniors, four sophomores, and one freshman.

Screven girls’
tennis advances
    The No. 4 Screven County girls’ tennis team beat No. 9 Dodge County 3-1 Tuesday in the second round of the Class AA state tournament in Sylvania.
    The Lady Gamecocks (18-4) advance to the quarterfinals for the 18th consecutive year. Screven has advanced to at least the quarterfinals every season  since it began playing team tennis in 1990.
    Winners for the Gamecocks were: Kate Blackburn (6-2, 6-1), Natalie Hunter and Carter Millers (6-2, 6-3) and Evan Sheppard and Katheryn Wells (6-3, 6-2).
    Screven will host the Jeff Davis/Darien County winner. The date and time is to be determined.

Gamecock boys’
end season
    The No. 7 Screven County boys’ tennis team fell to No.  9 Dodge County 3-1 Tuesday in Sylvania in the second round of the Class AA state tournament.
    Kyle Reynonds (6-3, 6-3) had the lone win for the Gamecocks, who ended their season at 16-6.

BA’s Rocker named All-Region
    DUBLIN — Bulloch Academy junior Mark Rocker fired a 2-over-par 74 and was named to the All-Region squad during the GISA Region 2-AA golf tournament Monday at the Dublin Country Club.
    As a team, the Gators finished fourth and qualified for the Class AA state tournament, which will be held at the Dublin Country Club Monday.

Eagle swimming and diving signs three
    Georgia Southern head coach Nate Kellogg announced the signing of three incoming freshmen to the 2007-08 swimming and diving team Monday.
    Ali Campbell, Steffi Sheckler and Cassie Smith have all signed National Letters of Intent for the late signing period, according to Kellogg.
    Campbell of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada will join the Eagles off a solid career at Father Mercredi High School, specializing in the freestyle.  Sheckler and Smith will both be competing off the diving board for Georgia Southern next season.  Sheckler is a native of Umatilla, Fla., and attended Umatilla High School.  The lone incoming Georgian, Smith hails from Cartersville where she attended Woodland High School.
    Campbell, Sheckler and Smith will bring the incoming signing class up to six total, joining Meredith Fehr, Lindsay Goodman and Kristen Haudenschild who signed with the Eagles during the early signing period in December.

Nesbitt completes first pro season
    Former Georgia Southern men’s basketball All-American Elton Nesbitt recently finished his first professional season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League.
    Nesbitt ended the season averaging 7.7 points per game and shot 41.8 percent (97-for-232) from the floor and 38.3 percent (41-for-107) from 3-point land.
    Nesbitt, acquired by the Skyforce in early December after being waived by the Los Angeles D-Fenders, made an immediate impact in his debut, scoring 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor.
    He finished with 10 double-digit scoring performances, including seven in an 11-game stretch in March and April.
    In a 103-102 loss to Dakota on March 30, Nesbitt poured in a career-high 30 points while shooting 7-for-11 from behind the arc. He added six assists, three rebounds and two steals.
    The Skyforce went 30-20 last season, three games behind eventual D-League champions Dakota.
    A native of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Nesbitt averaged 19.2 ppg in three seasons to rank fourth on GSU’s all-time Division I scoring list. He was a 2006 Associated Press All-American and the 2006 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Most Valuable Player.
    Sioux Falls is affiliated with the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA.

Mohring, Taylor sign free agent deals
    Former Georgia Southern football standouts John Mohring (Naples, FL/Bishop Verot) and Charrod Taylor (Miami, FL/Clarke Central) signed a free agent contract this week. Mohring signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Taylor signed with the New York Giants.
    Mohring, who became a three-time All-Southern Conference pick this year, led the Eagles in tackles (93) and tackles for a loss (14.0). The All-American linebacker also recorded two sacks, two interceptions and recovered a fumble.
    Following his standout four-year career, Mohring ranked fourth all-time in Georgia Southern history with 316 tackles. Also during that span he played in 44 games recording 9.0 sacks, 37.0 tackles for a loss and six interceptions.
    Projected to play linebacker for the Bucs, Mohring reports to rookie camp on Thursday.         Mohring stated he chose the Bucs’ offer over the Carolina Panthers.
    “I’m excited. Tampa is two hours away from my home so I’ve got a lot of friends and family back there. I really didn’t think they would come through so I am a bit shocked,” said Mohring.
    “I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL; I thought I would get drafted but (bottom line) I am excited to get an opportunity to play for a team I really like. Tampa was on the phone wanting me then Carolina was calling all within a short amount of time… It’s a competitive situation which is what I like. I’ll go down there and work hard and make the best of it.”
    A two-time All-Southern Conference pick, Taylor was second on the team making 48 tackles during the 2006 campaign. He recorded 6.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks and four quarterback hurries.
    In his final collegiate game Taylor recorded a career-high nine tackles, including 3.0 for a loss. He finished his career with 95 tackles, 17.5 for a loss.
    According to Taylor, the Giants are looking at him to play defensive end.
    He also mulled offers from Minnesota and New Orleans.
    “This is definitely a step in the right direction, coming from a great traditional football program like Georgia Southern,” said Taylor.
    “I feel good about the situation. I report next Friday to rookie camp. I want to go up there work hard and make the best impression I can.”

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