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Local Roundup: Matlage named Assistant Athletic Trainer

STATESBORO, Ga. -- After a year with the Carolina Panthers organization, Justin Matlage has joined the Georgia Southern Athletics Training staff as an assistant athletic trainer. At GSU, Matlage will work with the Football and Golf teams and oversee the care of the Baseball team and Cheerleading squads.
With the Carolina Panthers, Matlage provided daily treatment, rehabilitation, aquatic therapy and preventative care to the athletes. He also helped document injuries and treatment sessions, as well as assisting in the inventory and order process for supplies. As a full-time intern, Matlage supervised part-time interns during preseason training camp and mini-camps.
Matlage began his athletic training career as a student at the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in May 2007. While at UNI, Matlage worked with the Panthers football, baseball, women’s basketball, wrestling and men’s and women’s track and field teams. He also assisted with high school programs in the Cedar Falls area.
After his graduation from UNI, the Saint Marys, Iowa, native attended graduate school at West Virginia University, earning a master’s degree in athletic training in August 2009. He was the co-Head Athletic Trainer for Club Sports and Intramurals at West Virginia, working with the hockey, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer club programs.
He also worked at HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness in Morgantown, W.V., gaining more experience in physical therapy and rehabilitation, as well as aquatic therapy. Matlage conducted an independent study in athletic training with the WVU Sports Medicine Center during his master’s coursework.

SEBMS to hold softball tryouts
BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch Middle School softball tryouts will be held August 2-5 from 3:30-5:45 p.m. Interested players must have a current physical and parent permission form from the front office. Students should bring their own gear to the tryout and arrange transportation at 5:45 p.m.

SHS to hold softball tryouts
    Tryouts for the Statesboro High School softball team will be held Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3 from 4-6 p.m. at Mill Creek Regional Park. 
    All girls trying out must have a valid physical form and insurance form on file at the school.  Forms can be picked up and turned in to Mrs. Raith in the athletic office at SHS from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday until school begins.  For questions, call (912) 489-8743.

20th Annual SHS Golf Tournament
    The 20th Annual Statesboro High Golf Tournament will be held at Forest Heights Country Club on Monday, August 16th. The tournament format is a 4 man scramble. There will be a shotgun start at 2 p.m.
    Teams will be organized according to handicaps by Walt Garvin, FHCC Pro.
    The entry fee for the tournament is $75 for non FHCC members or $65 for FHCC members. The entry fee includes a pre-tournament supper held on Thursday, August 12. For more information and sign up contact Walt Garvin, FHCC Pro at (912) 764-3084, SHS coach Jim Cushner at (912) 536-1459; or coach Ike Hubbard at (912) 536-1770.

CY hoops camps
    Georgia Southern basketball coach Charlton Young will host a series of camps in Hanner Fieldhouse throughout the summer.
    A skills camp will begin on August 7.
    For more information,
contact (912) 478-1425.