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Local Roundup: GSU to host 2011 SoCon softball tourney

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced Thursday the future sites for league championships with the 2011 SoCon softball tournament awarded to Georgia Southern. The conference also formally announced that all championships will be restored to full participation levels.  The league’s women’s soccer, men’s soccer, volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis tournaments will all include eight teams. The 2011 Southern Conference softball championship will include all nine league teams.

Asheville, N.C., has been awarded the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournament for 2012, 2013 and 2014.  The tournament site was selected by the league’s athletic directors as part of the conference’s annual Spring Meetings held this week (June 1-3).  The 2012 tournament will mark a return to Asheville, site of the men’s basketball tournament from 1984-95. The conference entertained proposals for the basketball tournament from six different cities Wednesday afternoon: Charleston, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., Chattanooga, Tenn., Greenville, S.C., and Winston-Salem, N.C.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Asheville, a site where the Southern Conference enjoyed some of its most exciting basketball championships,” said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino.  “The City of Asheville clearly demonstrated its enthusiasm and commitment to hosting the tournament in its presentation to the membership.  We had six outstanding choices available, which illustrates the growing prestige of this event.”

The 2012 men’s tournament will be played in Asheville’s Civic Center while the women’s tournament will begin at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.  The women’s tournament semifinals and championship game will be played at the Civic Center.  As part of the city’s bid, the local organizing committee has pledged $3.2 million in capital improvements to the 6,300-seat arena which will be completed prior to the 2012 tournament.

Eagles earn academic honors for Spring 2010 semester
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The Georgia Southern Athletics Department announced Thursday the academic success of its student-athletes following the completion of the Spring 2010 semester. For their efforts in the classroom, 156 student-athletes posted grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Eagle student-athletes must be enrolled full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours during the course of a semester as a requirement of their athletics participation.

Members of all 15 sports teams were represented on the list of student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better and all 15 also had members of their teams on the Dean’s List for GPAs of 3.5 to 3.99. Members of 10 teams were named to the President’s List.

A total of 26 student-athletes achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the Spring 2010 semester with the women’s basketball, swimming and diving team and women’s tennis team each producing four members of the President’s list.  With grade point averages of 3.5 or above for last semester, 44 student-athletes earned the distinction of being on the Dean’s List.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, Georgia Southern student-athletes posted a combined grade point average of 2.84.

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Portal golf tournament

            PORTAL — Today, Portal Middle/High school will be hosting a four-man scramble golf tournament at Willow Bend Golf Course in Metter.

            The tournament will begin at noon with a shotgun start.

            All proceeds from the event will go towards the Portal athletic department as it strives to complete the weight room for the new school opening this fall.

            The entry fee for each team member is $60 and includes a lunch.

            For individuals or businesses interested in advertising at the tournament, holes may be sponsored for $200 per hole.

            For more information, please contact Portal football coach Cherard Freeman at (912) 536-1057.


SEB to host hoops camp

            BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch will host a Youth Boys and Girls basketball camp for rising 3rd-8th graders running Monday, June 7 through Wednesday, June 9 .

            The camp begins daily at 8:30 a. m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $40and all campers will be provided with a T-shirt and a daily snacks.

            For further information about registration call John Page at (912) 823-9378.

 BA soccer camp

            Bulloch Academy head soccer coach Will Avra invites local and area boys and girls going into grades 2-5 to sign up for the 2010 Gator Soccer Camp.

            The annual camp, conducted by Coach Avra and several varsity players, runs from June 8-11 from 9 a.m.-noon at Gator Alley. This instructional opportunity will provide campers with basic soccer skills as well as scrimmages and a camp t-shirt.

            The cost is $75 per camper until June 1 and $85 after the deadline date. For more information, contact Coach Avra (690-3098) or the school’s athletic department at 764-0715.


FUNdamental football camp

            Bulloch Academy assistant head football coach Ronnie Hodges invites all local and area boys and girls going into grades 2-5 to sign up for the Gator FUNdamental football day camp.

            The annual camp, conducted by Coach Hodges and several present and past BA football players, runs from June 14-17 from 9 a.m. to noon on the school’s practice field behind the gymnasium.

            This instructional opportunity will provide campers with basic football fundamentals in a relaxed, fun-filled environment. Campers will receive a camp t-shirt and opportunities to win awards in various competitions.

            The cost is $75 per camper, if paid by June 1, and $85 after the deadline. For more information, call Coach Hodges at 764-0718 or 587-5070 or the school’s athletic department at 764-0715.


CY hoops camps

            Georgia Southern basketball coach Charlton Young will host a series of camps in Hanner Fieldhouse throughout the summer.

            First up is Day Camp One for children ages 6-16. The camp runs from Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Daily lunch is included in the $125 cost. Day Camp Two is another chance for children ages 6-16. It takes place June  21-24, Registration for Camp One is June 14, 9-10 a.m. and Camp Two registration is June 21 from 9-10 a.m.

            Young and the Eagles will also host a pait of skills camps — one on June 5 and another on August 7 — and a team camp from June 11-13.

            For more information on any of these camps, contact (912) 478-1425.


Bulloch Academy cheerleading camp

            Bulloch Academy cheerleading coaches Kem Dennard and Kim Burnette invite all local and area boys and girls going into kindergarten through the fifth grade to sign up for the 2010 Gator Cheerleading Camp.

            The annual camp, conducted by the coaches and varsity cheerleaders, runs from June 21-24 from 1-4 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. This  opportunity will provide campers with instruction on cheers, chants and stunts as well as a camp t-shirt.

            The cost is $75 per camper until June 1 and $85 after the deadline date. For more information, contact the school’s athletic department at 764-0715.


GSU baseball camps

            Georgia Southern coach Rodney Hennon and the Eagles will host a pair of baseball camps in July for children of all ages.

            Athletes aged 6-12 can participate in the Kids Day Camp from July 6-9. Those aged 11-18 can sign up for the Eagle Overnight Camp from July 15-18.

            For more information, contact the GSU baseball office at (912) 478-1350.