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Local Roundup: UGA game moved to 2015

    Georgia Southern's upcoming game against the Georgia Bulldogs, originally scheduled for Nov. 19, 2016, has been moved to Nov. 21, 2015.
    It was a mutual agreement between both schools, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
    The teams have played every four years since 2000. The Bulldogs are 5-0 against the Eagles since 1992.
    The original game scheduled for 2016, which was negotiated when the Eagles played in the Football Championship Subdivision, would have earned GSU a payout of $525,000 from Georgia. Because GSU is now a Football Bowl Subdivision program, the deal was renegotiated for $850,000, earning the Eagles an additional $325,000, according to the AJC report.
    The last time the Eagles played a program from the SEC was their 26-20 win against the Florida Gators. Georgia defeated GSU 45-14 on Nov. 27, 2012.

SEB JV tops Vidalia
    BROOKLET — Freshman Andrew Cribbs scored two goals to lead the Southeast Bulloch High junior varsity boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Vidalia Monday at Fred Shaver Field.
    Cribbs scored his first goal about 10 minutes into the game when he beat the Vidalia goalie with a low right-footed shot off a perfect pass from freshman midfielder Michael Chambers. He made it 2-0 with about 10 minutes to play in the game when he connected on a bullet of a free kick just outside the 18-yard box from the right side.
    Keeper Chris Kalaani earned the shutout, stopping a Vidalia penalty kick in the first half.
    The SEB junior varsity is 1-1 on the season and they next play on March 6 at home against Woodville-Tompkins High.

Statesboro splits with Metter
    METTER — The Statesboro boys beat Metter 3-2 and the Lady Tigers won 4-1 on Monday in the season opener in Metter.
    Todd Gilchrist won in two sets and Nathan Lucas won in three to help the Blue Devils to the win.
    Statesboro returns to action on March 5, in the home opener against Burke County

Panthers top Liberty County
    HINESVILLE — The Portal Panthers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 6-4 win Monday on the road at Liberty County.
    Portal held a 6-2 win in the bottom of the seventh, and after LCHS scrapped across a pair of runs, Evan Street came in and recorded the save.
    Cole Busby got the win, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out six.
    Street (2-for-4) scored and drove in a run, as did Edgar Diaz (2-for-3).
    The Panthers are back in action on Wednesday at Tattnall County.

Screven wins season opener
    SYLVANIA — The Screven County Gamecocks swept Savannah Christian to open the season on Monday at home.
    The girls won with a clean sweep. Rebekah Woods (6-1, 6-3), Mallorie Boswell (6-0, 6-0) and Jancy Durrence (6-1, 6-0) won singles matches and Pamela Wooten and Haley Jackson (6-2, 6-3) and Keri Lane and Michael Iwinski (5-7, 6-3, 7-5) were doubles winners.
    The boys won 4-1. Picking up wins were Mason Oglesby (7-5, 4-6, 6-3), and James Woods (6-2, 6-3) in singles play and Adam Bazemore and Zachary Weaver (6-2, 6-3) and Bobby Hodges and Zachary Anderson (3-6, 6-2, 6-1) won doubles matches.
    The Gamecocks return to the courts today at home against South Effingham.

GSU's Brown earns SoCon honors
    After hitting .412 with two home runs and 10 RBI last week, Georgia Southern's Stryker Brown was named the Southern Conference's Player of the Week for Feb. 24.
    Brown slugged .882 in Georgia Southern's five wins last week. He hit two doubles to go along with his two long balls and recorded a grand slam in the first inning of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with Maryland-Eastern Shore.
    The senior outfielder opened the week by going 1 for 4 with a double in the 4-3 win over Georgia Tech. Brown drove in three runs with a homer on Friday night and went one for three with a sacrifice fly in game two of the UMES series. He concluded the four-game series by going two for four with a double and two RBI on Sunday.
    The award was the first for an Eagle hitter since 2011, when Victor Roache was named Player of the Week for the second time on April 18. Chris Beck was the last Eagle to win a weekly award and was named Pitcher of the Week on April 2, 2012.
    Brown is currently hitting .414 with a team-best three home runs and 16 RBI in eight games this season.
    Brown and the Eagles take their six game win streak and 7-1 record on the road Wednesday when they face the 8-0 Mercer Bears in Macon, Ga. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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