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GSU softball hopes for record setting weekend
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    Two Georgia Southern records can be overtaken this weekend when the Eagles travel to UNC Greensboro for a three-game SoCon series.
    The set starts with a doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. UNCG will be providing a live video webcast that can be purchased at Free live stats will also be available.
    The Eagles (25-22, 5-4) have won three in a row and five of their past six outings, including a sweep of Florida A&M Wednesday. The Spartans (14-22, 1-5) have rebounded from a nine-game losing streak to win five of eight but dropped two of three last weekend at home to Western Carolina.
    UNCG has just one player hitting over .267: senior Mary Greenway who is hitting .333, seventh in the SoCon, and tops the conference with 34 stolen bases and four triples.
    The sweep on Wednesday saw sophomore Jenny Side tie the school’s single-season home run mark of 10. In just two seasons she currently stands in third all-time at GSU with 19 roundtrippers, four shy of Robyne Siliga’s mark of 23, and is the only player in school history to record 10 homer and 10 doubles in the same season.
    Side currently has a nine-game hitting streak, second-longest among all GSU players this season (Hopkins-11) and posted seven RBI in the sweep of Florida A&M.
    Senior Melissa Laliberte, who has a 0.35 ERA in the first inning this season, has allowed first-inning runs twice in her last three starts. But from the second inning on in those two starts, she has not given up a run.

GSU’s Richardson wins Strength and Conditioning award

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded Georgia Southern University senior David Richardson (Dahlonega/Lumpkin County) with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award. The honor recognizes a student-athlete’s dedication to strength training and conditioning.
    Richardson is one of 14 Division I players to receive the award. He has made the most of his senior year, batting .350 with 18 runs scored and 20 RBI. Earlier this year (game one at the College of Charleston) Richardson hit for the cycle. He also had a streak of five straight games hitting a home run.
    This year, the NSCA awarded 239 collegiate athletes form 165 schools with this esteemed award. Richardson was selected by the Georgia Southern strength coach Tom Melton, CSCS.
    The NSCA All-American Athlete of the year Award program is in its 29th year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee, fitness product leader.

Country Day nips Portal
    SAVANNAH — The Portal baseball team fell 10-9 on Friday at Savannah Country Day.
    Derek Finch was 3-for-3 and Brett Rivers was 2-for-4 for the Panthers who fell to 3-5 in Region 3-A play.
    Portal travels to first-place Claxton on Tuesday.

SCPS shuts down SEB

    SAVANNAH — Savannah Christian topped the Southeast Bulloch girls’ soccer team 2-0 on Friday.
    The Lady Yellow Jackets fell to 10-5 overall on the season.

Metter tennis results
    The Metter girls’ tennis team defeated Swainsboro 4-1 to improve to 12-1 on the season and 6-1 in the region on Thursday. 
    Metter finishes second in Region 3-AA and will host Josey in the first round of the region playoffs on Tuesday.          Winning for the girls were Alex Hendricks — who remains undefeated on the season — and Adrienne Lanier in singles. Amy Nagel and Faith Coleman and Ashley McLamb and Jada McNeely won in doubles.          The boys’ team lost 5-0 and finished fifth in the region. They will travel to play Swainsboro in the first round of the region playoffs.

Hits and Mrs. bowling results
    Results are in from the Hits and Mrs. Invitational Bowling League for the weel of April 8.
    In the women’s division, Debbie Sapp (189), Genevieve Kirkland (180) and Margit Annas (166) posted high scores in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Sapp (513), Kirkland (492) and Dot Wright (440) bowled top games.
    In Handicap Games, Dawn Tupper (230), Annas (226) and Kirkland (219) were tops in the league.
    In Handicap Series, Kirkland (609), Sapp (597) and Evelyn Deal (571) bowled high scores.
    In the men’s division, Charlie Wilson (209), Ray Beasley (196) and Jeffery Sheffield (194) led the league in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Beasley (539), Wilson (512) and Clark Blitch (496) posted high scores.
    In Handicap Games, Blitch (237), Wilson (236) and Beasley (231) bowled top games.
    In Handicap Series, Beasley (644), Blitch (640) and Wilson (593) posted high scores.
    The league standings are as follows: Circle R Turf Farm (44 games won); Portal Strikers (38); Three Legged Dog (28); The Splitters (28); Statesboro Tire (27); Ryan Family Chiropractic (25); Pizza Hut (24); One Short (24); Larry Akins Insurance (23) and Harvest Lanes (19).

Splash to host Youth Triathlon
    Splash in the Boro Family Waterpark and Aquatic Center will host the first Splashy’s Youth Triathlon on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 2 p.m. inside Mill Creek Regional Park in Statesboro.
    Boys and girls, ages 7 to 17, can compete in this triathlon. It is broken down into four age divisions to equalize the field while distances are adjusted to create a more safe and fun-filled experience.
    Ages 7 to 9 will swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run1⁄2 mile. Ages 10 to 12 will swim 100 yards, bike two miles and run one mile. Ages 13 to 15 will swim 150 yards, bike 3.5 miles and run 11⁄2 miles. Ages 16 to 17 will Swim 200 yards, bike five miles and run 21⁄2 miles.
    Triathlon’s incorporate swimming, biking, and running for a fun and exciting endurance race for all ages and skill levels. The swim portion will be held in the competition pool at Splash in the Boro, while the biking and running portions will be held inside Mill Creek Regional Park.  The younger age group will start at 2 p.m. with each older age group going in order once the group before them are finished.
    Registration for Splashy’s Youth Triathlon is being held at the Honey Bowen Building on Fair Road (M-F 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.), or online at If there are still openings, race day registration will also be available between the hours of Noon and 1 p.m. only. Cost is $25 per athlete if registered by April 18. After this deadline, cost is $35 per athlete. There is a $5 discount for additional siblings.  Participants will receive a gift bag, T-shirt, and be eligible for door prizes during the event.
    For more information on Splashy’s Youth Triathlon, please call Steve Brown at (912) 489-9047 or visit

Georgia Tech baseball player found dead
    ATLANTA (AP) — A member of Georgia Tech’s baseball team was found dead Friday, university officials said.
    School officials said the player, pitcher Michael Hutts, was found dead in his off-campus apartment about 1:40 p.m. Friday by his roommate. Atlanta Police Department officials and Georgia Tech police said they had not yet determined the cause of death.
    Investigator Mike Alsip with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy would be performed on Saturday.
    ‘‘The situation is already under investigation,’’ said Atlanta police spokesman James Polite. ‘‘The medical examiner will let us know as soon as possible.’’
    Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said he didn’t believe foul play was involved. He said Hutts, 21, was highly regarded.
    ‘‘From his teammates and everyone else, he was known to be a fine and outstanding person,’’ Radakovich said.
    Coach Danny Hall said he found out about Hutts through a phone call from the pitcher’s roommate.
    Hutts, who was a junior in Georgia Tech’s College of Management, had his best game of the season against North Carolina on April 6. The relief pitcher threw two scoreless innings and allowed one hit. The left-hander made nine game appearances this season.
    A baseball game scheduled for Friday night between Georgia Tech and Miami was postponed. The game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader today, starting at 3 p.m.

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