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Local Roundup: GSU sophomore named Player of the Year

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern's Juan Melian Puigventos has been named Southern Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year as announced Tuesday by the league office.
    Melian Puigventos was a perfect 10-0 at No. 1 singles in league play, winning eight of his 10 matches in two sets. The sophomore becomes the first player in Georgia Southern’s history to receive the award.
    The Eagles to action today in the first round of the 2011 SoCon Championships against Chattanooga at 2 p.m. in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Bryant paces 6th-place Devils
    The Statesboro Blue Devils placed sixth out of 12 teams at the Region 2-AAAA golf tournament Monday.
    The Blue Devils were paced by Jonathan Bachant's 76.
    Cameron Shiels (81), Jordan Herrington (84), Clay Cribbs (85), Clay Boerner (86) and Adam Clay (99) rounded out the scorecard.
    Greenbrier shot 283 to win the region title.
    The Lady Blue Devils were paced by Taylor Sarratt (86) and Sarah Jane Bowers.

BA's Best, Lomax win high-point
    SANDERSVILLE — Bulloch Academy eighth graders Aaron Best and Pate Lomax won the high-point trophies at the Brentwood Relays Monday.
    Best netted 31.5 points out of a possible 35 while Lomax had 26. Overall, the BA boys fourth in the ‘unofficial’ middle school state championship with 65 points. The BA girls tallied 80 points for second place in the 10-school meet. Trinity Christian School from Dublin won the boys’ meet (110) while the Brentwood took the girls’ meet (111).
    For Bulloch, Best won the 100m dash (11.69), the 200m dash (24.34) and was second in the long jump (16-2 ½). He ran legs on the second-place 4x400m relay team (4:18) with Atys Cope, Dylan Stuckey and Hunter Perry and the third-place 4x100m relay team with Cope, Stuckey and Jake Hagan.
    Lomax won the long jump (14-81/2), was second in a photo finish in the 400m dash (67.07) and tied for fifth in the high jump (4-6). She also ran legs on the winning 4x400m relay team (4:38.4) with Page Spence, Heather Jacobs and Ashley Burke and the third-place 4x100m relay team (57.19) with Spence, Jacobs and Dailey Averitt.
    Other top performers for the Lady Gators were Spence (discus, second place; 100m hurdles, fourth; 400m dash, fourth) and Burke (800m, third place; 1600m run, fourth place).
    Other top performers for the BA boys were Stuckey (100m hurdles, second) and Justin Lane (100m hurdles, third).

Lady Eagles travel to UGA
Georgia Southern Softball travels to No. 3 Georgia for its final midweek non-conference game of the 2011 season on Wednesday (April 20th) night in Athens, Ga. The Eagles will look for their fourth-straight victory starting at 6:30 p.m. at UGA's Jack Turner Stadium.

William James wins region
    Leon Roberson scored the game's only goal at the start of the second half, on an assist from Wesley Budget, as William James Middle School got a 1-0 win on the road against Richmond Hill Friday to win the Coastal Empire Region Championship.
    Keeper Nathan Pollard preserved the save in the net.
    In the semifinals, the Knights got goals from Alex Wagner (2), Leon Robinson, Emilio Quintero and Richard Jung in a 5-1 win over South Effingham.
    Matt Samiratedu and Caleb Hester had assists.

Lady Knights finish runners up
    The William James Middle School Lady Knights sufferedtheir first loss of the season Friday in the Coastal Empire Region Championship, falling 1-0 to Richmond Hill.
    They blanked Effingham County 4-0 Wednesday in the semifinals to get there. Chelsea Wilson scored twice on assists from Emmalyne Sisson and Sam Pollack. Tess Newton also scored on an assist from Sisson.
    Sisson added a goal of her own on an assist from Katie Wilson.
    Faith Hood narrowly missed a pair pof goals on ECHS saves.
    Tiarra Grant and keeper Tia Thomas had strong defensive efforts to help secure the shutout.

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