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Local Roundup: GSU softball heads to WCU

    Georgia Southern softball is back on the road this weekend for a three-game set against Western Carolina.
    The series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
    The three-game set is the final regular season road trip for the Eagles who are 23-23 on the season with a 9-5 league record which ranks Georgia Southern third in the SoCon. The Eagles have also won 11-straight contests over the Catamounts who enter the season at 16-30 overall and 6-12 in the league.
    Georgia Southern took three games from Samford last weekend behind a one-hit shutout from Sarah Purvis and a two-hit shutout engineered by Brooke Red. Kaitlyn Johnson hit .625 in three-game series to make a bid for SoCon Player of the Week.

Gamecocks send 21 to sectionals
    DUBLIN — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks tied with Laney for the 2013 Region 3-AA track and field championship on Thursday, while the boys finished second.
    The East Laurens boys edged SCHS for the championship.
    Screven County will compete in 21 events in the state sectionals.
    In addition to the 12 events Screven qualified for during Wednesday's field events, the Gamecocks got first-place finishes from Quan Smith (800 meters), Devaughn Bryant (300m hurdles), Nick Green (3200) and the 4x400 relay team on Thursday.
    Also qualifying were Tyler Williams (200), Bryant (800), Courtney Roberts (100, 200), Corinne Doolittle (400), Vaneisha Lawton (300 hurdles) and the 4x100 relay team.

GSU women fall in quarterfinals
    ELON, N.C. — Georgia Southern women's tennis saw its 2013 season come to an end with a loss against second-seeded Elon in the quarter finals of the Southern Conference Championships on Friday afternoon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
    The seventh-seeded Eagles dropped four early singles matches for a 4-0 final score and finished the year with a 10-12 record while going 4-6 in conference action.
    The Eagles fell on courts four, three and two before the match was decided at No. 6.
    The Eagles defeated Wofford 4-2 Thursday in the opening round.

Charleston eliminates Eagles
    BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Georgia Southern men's tennis season came to an end against No. 3 College of Charleston on Friday afternoon in the Southern Conference Championships at the Burlington Tennis Center. The sixth-seeded Eagles took an early lead in singles but could not convert on the next four, falling 4-1.
    The Eagles conclude 2013 with a 11-9 record, the first winning season for the program since 2009. The squad also improved last year's record by eight wins, good for one of the biggest turnarounds in program history.
    GSU swept The Citadel 4-0 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.

Boggin' in the 'Boro set for May 4
    On Saturday, May 4, Georgia Southern University and Greater Statesboro Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold the second-annual "Boggin' in the 'Boro  race.
    The event features a trail full of man-made obstacles including water, mud pits and sand hills.
    Registration is available through
  Individuals, two-man and four-man teams s are encouraged to register.
    Title and obstacle sponsorships are available.  For more information, contact Brooke Green at (912) 486-4887 or

SEBMS title game suspended
    SPRINGFIELD — The Southeast Bulloch Middle School Yellow Jackets led the region championship 5-0 in the third inning at Effingham.
    The game was suspended due to weather and will resume Tuesday at 4 p.m.

BA ends regular season with win
    MILLEDGEVILLE — The  Bulloch Academy Lady Gators ended the regular season with a win Friday, defeating John Milledge Academy 2-1 on the road.
    Goals were scored by Claire Hiller and Ashley Burke.
    The Gators finished with the No. 4 seed in Region 3I-AAA, and will face Stratford in the region tournament on Tuesday in Macon.

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