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Local Roundup: Valentine, 2 others leave Eagles

Three individuals will not return to play football for Georgia Southern in 2010. Sophomores Hunter Poole and Jamere Valentine and junior Chris Teal will pursue other opportunities.
A freshman in 2009, offensive lineman Poole redshirted the season. Teal, who started in five games at running back in 2007, scored one rushing touchdown in 11 games. He redshirted the 2008 season because of an injury and was academically ineligible for 2009. Valentine started eight of 11 games at wide receiver last season, catching four touchdown passes. He finished 2009 with a team-best 487 receiving yards.

SportSouth to air GSU-Elon game
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern will play host to Elon on September 25th for the second game in the SoCon Saturdays series in 2010. Game time is 6 p.m. The Southern Conference, in conjunction with television partner SportSouth, announced Thursday the league’s upcoming football television schedule.  Branded SoCon Saturdays, the Southern Conference football schedule on SportSouth features eight games and includes all nine conference schools.

 25 Eagles honored for academics
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Georgia Southern had 25 student-athletes named to the 2010 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference Team, conference officials announced Wednesday.
The Eagle Softball team led the way, earning seven selections, more than any other softball team in the conference. The Baseball team was second with six selections. Men’s Golf and Women’s Tennis each had four honorees, while Men’s Tennis and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field added two honorees each.
In all, the conference honored 318 student-athletes from baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams from the 12 member institutions. The students combined for a 3.54 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Junior tennis player Melanie Rolle had the highest GPA among the Georgia Southern honorees. The Gainesville, Fla., native posted a 3.87 in multimedia communication. She was joined by teammates Kristi Kegerreis, who earned a 3.80 as a senior exercise science major, Ali Beavers, a junior marketing major who earned a 3.75 and Christine Caforio, who posted a 3.52 as a senior in sports management. For Caforio and Kegerreis, this is their third selection, while Beavers and Rolle earned their second honor in as many years.
Senior pitcher Charles Matthews led the baseball team, and was the top male student-athlete from GSU. The history major, achieved a 3.70. He was joined by seniors Kevin Bowles, 3.39 in management, Dexter Bobo, 3.37 in general studies, Randy J. Williams, 3.35 in management and entrepreneurship-small business and sophomores Eric Phillips, 3.26 in middle grades education, and Colin Snow, 3.22 in pre-sport management. Bowles also was a 2009 honoree.
Senior outfielder Kelly Burnett was the top performer in the classroom among the softball honorees, recording a 3.67 as an early childhood education major. She was followed by ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection Nina Iduate. The senior boasted a 3.64 in mathematics. The 2010 conference honor is the third for Iduate. Juniors Bethany Crenshaw and Stephanie Peet each earned their second seletion to the team. Crenshaw scored a 3.60 in nursing, while Peet earned a 3.57 in mathematics. Senior Sam Russo with a 3.28 in early childhood education, and sophomores Mackenzie Williams, 3.36 in modern languages and Hanna Ennis, 3.22 in pre-sport management round out the softball team’s selections.
Senior Spence Fulford earned his third Academic All-Conference selection, leading the golf team with a 3.69 in management. He was joined by two-time honoree, junior Logan Blondell, 3.56 in finance and financial service, senior Matt Deal had a 3.37 in finance and redshirt-freshman Florian Sander had a 3.23 in management.
Sophomore Alain Garrido led the men’s tennis team with a 3.68 in management and entrepreneurship-small business, while three-time selection, senior Gregory Bekkers posted a 3.65 in philosophy.
Two-time selection, junior Kassi Lee scored a 3.48 in management, while sophomore Brittani Martin led the women’s outdoor track and field team with a 3.64 in psychology.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and had to compete in at least one-half of their team’s competitions during the recently-concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters. First-year student-athletes are not eligible.
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.
    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.

Eagles soccer camps
    Georgia Southern men's soccer will host day camp from July 12-16 for $210 per camper and team and individual camp July 15-18. Prices range from $375-$525.
    Contact coach Kevin Kennedy at (912) 478-1204 or by e-mail at for more information.
    The GSU girls soccer camp will take place July 15-18, and teams bringing 13 or more players will receive a discount. For more information, contact coach Ashley Hart at (912) 478-0270 or e-mail

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.

GSU Golf Camp
    Georgia Southern golf coach Larry Mays will host a youth golf camp at the Bennett-Ramsey Golf Center July 12-14 for golfers aged 10-18.
    The cost of the camp is $350. For more information, email or call (912) 531-3659.

Georgia State Games debuts Power Soccer
    The twentieth annual Georgia State Games will include Power Soccer as an event during the 2010 championship season.
    The Georgia Games are grass-roots, Olympic-style sporting championships at the state level.  Power Soccer will be one of over 40 different sporting events held in the greater Atlanta metro area throughout the summer, and the only event for powerchair users with disabilities. Goals of the Games are to encourage ideals advocated by the Olympic movement.
    The Georgia Games Power Soccer Championship will be a one day tournament on Sunday, July 11 at Fair Oaks Recreation Center in Marietta, GA.
    All participants will receive a free Georgia Games t-shirt, and medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
    Registration and more information will be available soon on the Georgia Games website at:

GSU strength and speed camps
    Georgia Southern strength and conditioning will host its Strength and Speed Camp on July 24.
    Cost is $75 and includes food.
    For more information, contact coach Skyler Piles at (912) 478-5965 or by e-mail at