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Local Roundup: 3 Eagles deemed ineligible

Georgia Southern announced several updates to the 2010 football roster prior to the beginning of preseason camp. First-year coach Jeff Monken and the Eagles will hold the first practice of the fall Monday.
Junior linebacker K.R. Snipes underwent surgery late last week to repair tendon damage. He will rehabilitate his injury and his status will be reassessed at a later date. Junior offensive tackle Josh Petkovich will miss the 2010 season because of a violation of an NCAA eligibility rule. Petkovich will be allowed to practice with the team.
    Senior running back Brandon Nolley and sophomore offensive guard Jamical Tatum did not meet the requirements for academic eligibility for fall 2010. They may join the team for practice but cannot participate in competition. Offensive lineman Brandon Lampkin will not return to the Eagles team this fall.

SoCon members to support Gulf Coast
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Conference football teams will show their support for those being negatively impacted along the Gulf Coast by wearing helmet decals with the initials “GC” during the 2010 football season.
    More than 170 SoCon football players come from states that share a coastline being affected by the oil spill. The nine institutions that play SoCon football agreed to display the decals to express their support and encouragement for the people living in the region.
     “Pete Lembo of Elon approached me with the idea while we were at our annual coaches’ meetings in June,” noted Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “I lived in Louisiana for six years and my son was born there, so when Pete mentioned it, the concept really resonated with me.
    “Given the number of SoCon football student-athletes who come from Gulf Coast states and our being located in the South, it seemed the right thing to do. It’s just a small way that our teams can express their support and encouragement for the thousands of families that have been negatively impacted by the oil spill.” 
Use of the decal was approved by the NCAA’s rules committee and supervisory officiating organization upon request by the conference.
     The 2010 season begins Saturday, September 4 when seven SoCon teams take the field on the opening weekend of play, marking the 89th consecutive season of Southern Conference football.

SBCPRD offers new SB, BB league
    For young athletes looking for more competitive play in baseball and softball, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department has formed Around the Horn teams.
    Around the Horn team tryouts will be held on Saturday, August 14 at Mill Creek Regional Park. There is no fee to try out, however the season participation fee is $400 once an athlete has been placed on the roster.  
    These competitive teams will travel to nearby tournaments that are USSSA sanctioned.
    Baseball teams are available for ages 10, 11,12,13 and U-14. Tryouts for the U-10 division are at 10 a.m. on Mill Creek Field 9. The U-11 and U-12 division tryouts are at 1 p.m. on Mill Creek Field 9. Divisions U-13 and U-14 are at noon on Mill Creek Field 6.
    Softball teams are available for ages 12, 14, and U-16. The U-12 tryouts are at 10 a.m. on Mill Creek Field 8. Tryouts for U-14 and U-16 are at noon on Mill Creek Field 8.
    The makeup tryout date for baseball and softball will be on August 21at the same times and locations.
    Around the Horn teams provide the youth in Bulloch County and surrounding areas the opportunity to participate in more competitive play in addition to regular league play in the spring.
    For more information, call Dadrian Cosby and Mitch Stafford at (912) 764-5637 or visit