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Local Roundup: GSU soccer alumnus killed in car crash

    Georgia Southern soccer alumnus Martin Parris died on Sunday morning in a fatal car accident in Fayetteville. He was 31 years old.
    Parris played from 2001-03 for the Eagles. His brother Pat Parris, played from 1994-97 and is currently the men’s soccer head coach at the University of North Georgia.
    "The soccer family here at Georgia Southern is sad to hear of Martin's passing. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends,” GSU coach Kevin Kennedy said. “His brother Pat was also an alum of our program and a former assistant coach, and he will be on our minds as well during this most difficult time. I understand that the men's team at UNG will be dealing with a lot of emotions for the remainder of their season, and we wish them the very best."
    A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Martin is the son of Loretta E. and Valentine Parris. He leaves behind brother Pat Parris and Sean Marshall.
    In April of 2013, Martin married Kathleen Kapolka Parris.
    Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Fayetteville.
    The family asks that donations be made in his honor to the Soccer in the Streets Foundation at

Statesboro sweeps shooting state titles
    Statesboro High School’s Senior Ducks Unlimited Team and Junior National Wild Turkey Federation Team, along with senior-division individual Jacob Deal and junior-division individual Isaac Deal all claimed state titles at the Georgia Youth Hunter Education Challenge on Sept. 28, at the Charlie Elliot Center in Mansfield. 
    The school’s 10-month-old DU Chapter and the brand new NWTF Chapter advanced to state after competing in the regional YHEC on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley. 
    “These students worked extremely hard for these honors, and I am very proud of them,” said SHS science teacher Lee Bratton, who advises both chapters.
    The students have now qualified for the National Rifle Association (NRA) International YHEC to be held July 20-25 in Pennsylvania.

    If you have a score or a story to report, please call the sports desk at (912) 489-9408 or email

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