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BA doubles team wins region
Inman honored by SOA
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Roger Inman (left), the athletic facilities manager at Georgia Southern University, receives a Georgia High School Association plaque from Southern Officials Association president Bobby Mashburn in recognition and appreciation of his 30 years of service to local, area and state high schools as a baseball official. - photo by Special to the Herald

    Bulloch Academy’s doubles team of Kate Anna Akins and Mary Catherine Spigener were crowned GISA Region 2-AA champions during region tournament play Friday at Georgia Southern.
    Akins and Spigener won 6-3, 6-2 over Frederica Academy in the championship match.
    Paul Son finished as runner-up in boys singles play. Son won 6-0, 6-0 in the first match, 6-2, 6-3 in the second then fell in the finals 6-1, 6-1.
    Brandon Walker finished third, winning the consolation match 8-3 against FA. The doubles team of Rob Mallard and Matt Williamson also finished third, winning their final match 6-2, 7-5 against Edmund Burke Academy.
    McKenzie Webb finished third in the girls’ singles consolation game, winning 8-6 against Frederica. The doubles team of Betsy Woodrum and Morgan Anderson finished third, beating Trinity Christian 8-3.

Soccer Devils defeated
    EVANS — Evans beat Statesboro 3-0 on penalty kicks Friday night in the semifinals of the Region 3-AAAA tournament.
    The Knights (11-5) scored three goals in the shootout while SHS (8-8) failed to make a kick.
    Jack O’Malley scored five minutes into the game to give SHS a 1-0 lead. Jay Brunson later scored in the second half to make it 2-1.
    The Blue Devils will face the loser of the Greenbrier-Lakeside match on Tuesday, April 15 in Augusta.

Lady Jackets drop Vidalia
    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch girls’ soccer team beat Vidalia 6-0 on Friday.
    Brittany Hood had a hat trick for SEB (10-4), DeAnn Lewis had a goal and an assist, Brooke Winskey had a goal and assist and Crystal Dowell added a score of her own.
    The Lady Yellow Jackets travel to Savannah Christian next Friday for a 4:30 p.m. match.

SEB boys win nail biter
    The Southeast Bulloch Boys soccer team defeated Vidalia in a nail biter Friday night at Shaver Field in Brooklet.  
    Ian Foster completed his third hat trick of the season.  The match was tied 2-2 at halftime, and both teams came  out with intensity.  SEB and Vidalia battled it out until the 77th minute when Foster's shot on goal riccocheted off the crossbar — he followed his shot and headed the ball in for his third goal of the night.
    Jon McGaha, Joel Rubio, and Zach LeBlanc anchored the SEB defense and shut out Vidalia in the second half.  Justin Hodnicki had seven shots on goal and Matt Higgins and Casey Sharpe each added two shots.  Tim Mongomery and Ben McGaha played stellar
midfield for SEB.  
    The Yellow Jackets travel to Savannah Christian next Thursday.

GSU golf in 12th
    EVANS — Carding a first-round 1-under par, freshman Joe Monte paced Georgia Southern golf, in the team’s first round of competition at the 30th annual Administaff Augusta State Invitational played at the par-72, 7,403 yard Champions Retreat Golf Club.
    Monte (Chantilly, Va.) sits tied for ninth place, while his team finished the day tied for 12th place shooting a 10-over 298.  The Eagles share the 12th spot with No. 45 Georgia State.  Monte was the lone Eagle to finish under par in a field that includes 11 of Golfweek magazine’s top 40 teams in the country.  He finished the front nine at even par, then birdied holes 17 and 18 to help finish out the day under par, matching a career low.
    No. 6 UCLA leads the pack of 18 at 4-under 284, two strokes better than No. 33 North Carolina.  Bruin golfer Lucas Lee shares the individual lead with North Carolina’s Chase MacFarland and East Tennessee State’s Gareth Shaw at 3-under par.
    Juniors Jordan Johnstun (Evans, Ga.) and Drew Lethem (Camdenton, Mo.) followed Monte with the team’s next best scores, finishing the day at 3-over 75 and are tied for 54th place.  Johnstun, competing in his hometown, eagled hole 14.  After a rough start on the front nine at 5-over, freshman Logan Blondell (Lakeland, Fla.) hit even-par on the remaining back nine to finish the day shooting a 5-over 77, tying for 69th place.  Sophomore Spencer Fulford (Rocky Mount, N.C.) finished the day tied for 85th place after shooting 8-over 80.
    Due to the forecast of inclement weather, Saturday's second-round schedule has been altered.  Tournament officials will utilize a split-tee format where the top nine teams based on their first-round score will tee off on No. 1 (Palmer).  The bottom half of the field will tee off on No. 10 (Player).  Georgia Southern will begin teeing off at 9:15 a.m. on the back nine.
    Fans can follow the event’s live stats on-line at  End-of-day results and recap will be posted on-line at

BA soccer gets first win
    SAVANNAH — The Bulloch Academy boys’ soccer team defeated Memorial Day School 2-1 on Friday.
    David Poole and Will Powell both scored for the Gators (1-4) and Will Johnson had both assists. The two goals were all BA needed as a tough defense shut down Memorial for the majority of the match.
    Bulloch will travel to Piedmont Academy on April 18 for an 8 p.m. kick.

GSU track results

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Georgia Southern track and field team concluded the first day of competition at the Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday, at the Percy Beard Track at the University of Florida.
    The Eagles had several athletes compete in the highly-competitive field that included some of the nation’s elite track and field squads.
    Sophomore Melanie Trumbo (Lilburn, Ga.) tied for third place in the “Section B” high jump with a mark of 5-3. Teammate Shaunta Hamilton (Macon, Ga.) continued her dominance in the “Section B” long jump earning a second place finish leaping a distance of 19-06.25.
    In the shot put, senior Jennifer Charles (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) finished second posting a throw of 44-07.
    GSU will conclude the Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday at the Percy Beard Track. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

WJMS advances in playoffs
    The William James Middle School soccer teams advanced in the region playoffs on Friday with wins over Southeast Bulloch.
    Tyler Thompson and Abel Leon sent the boys’ team (6-2) to a win on penalty kicks. The sides went scoreless through regulation and extra time and scored one goal each in PKs. Leon scored the lone goal in the sudden death shootout to advance WJMS.
    The girls (7-2) won 2-0. Both goals were scored by Tori Thompson.
    Both teams will play on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Mill Creek against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Metter sweeps Jefferson Co.
    The Metter girls tennis team defeated Jefferson County 5-0 on Thursday.  The Lady Tigers improved to 10-1. 
    Jada McNeely, Ashley McLamb and Faith Coleman all won in singles play.  Winning in doubles were Amy Nagel and Erica Manrique and Tiffany Hendley and Beka Lee.      The boys’ team won 3-2 and improved to 3-3 in the region.  Winning in singles was Carson McLamb and Rance Powell and in doubles was Tyler Nettles and Kevin Fulmer.

BA JV track results
    WARRENTON — The Bulloch Academy girls’ junior varsity track team came up one point short in a rain-shortened, four-team meet Thursday.
    Host Briarwood Academy tallied 98 points while the Lady Gators netted 97. The long jump and the high jump events were not held.
    Taylor Collins was Bulloch’s only first-place individual winner, taking the girls’ discus competition. Collins also ran a leg on the winning 1600m relay team with Emily Morgan, Anna Newton and Maddie Manack.
    Second-place finishers were Emily Morgan (1600m, 800m), Collins (400m) and the 400m relay team of Morgan, Collins, Manack and Marianna Peebles. Third-place points were earned by Newton (400m), Mary Margaret Reeves (discus) and Amelia Akins (shot).
    Codi Johnson led the BA boys with two first-place finishes, winning both the discus and the shot put competitions by large margins. Lexton Womack won the 1600m and was second in the 400m.
    Third-place points were earned by Matthew Collins (discus, shot put) and Johnson (100m).    
    Bulloch Academy travels to Dublin for the Region 2-AA junior varsity championships on April 14.

GSU women’s tennis called off
    ELON, N.C. — Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of the Georgia Southern women’s tennis match to be held today.
    The Eagles were to travel to conference foe Elon. The match has been rescheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. It will be played after the conclusion of the Winston-Salem State match, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Hits and Mrs. bowling results
    Results are in from the Hits and Mrs. Invitational Bowling League for the week of April 1.
    In the women’s division, Debbie Sapp (192), Margie Jones (163) and Shirley Hill (156) posted top scores in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Sapp (511), Dot Wright (444) and Jones (418).
    In Handicap Games, Helen Anderson (248), Hill (224) and Sapp (220) had top games.
    In Handicap Series, Anderson (660), Hill (616) and Sapp (595) posted high scores.
    In the men’s division, John Kindig and John Thigpen (213), Bruce Jones (208) and Johnny Scott and Larry Motes (201) had top scores in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Kindig (574), Jones (548) and Perry Lee (547) posted high scores.
    In Handicap Games (Clark Blitch (241), Kindig (238) and Scott (233) were tops in the league.
    In Handicap Series, Kindig (649), Calvin Williams (632) and Lee (619) out-bowled the competition.
    The league standings are as follows: Circle R Turf Farm (41 games won); Portal Strikers (38); Three Legged Dog (28); Statesboro Tire (24); The Splitters (24); Pizza Hut (23); One Short (23); Ryan Family Chiropractic (21); Harvest Lanes (19) and Larry Akins Insurance (19).

SEB Hall of Fame ceremony
    The Southeast Bulloch Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Saturday, April 19. at Southeast Bulloch Middle.        Call (912) 842-2131 for details and ticket information.

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