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GSU to hold free soccer clinic
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    Georgia Southern men’s soccer will host a free soccer clinic for boys and girls ages 4-14, Saturday, March 29 at the Eagle Soccer Field.
    The free clinic will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is open to all girls and boys ages 4-14.  To register for free, contact Tarren Hill at (912) 478-1500, or at
    The clinic will be preceded earlier in the day by three scrimmages between the Eagles, Lander and Savannah College of Art & Design with the first scrimmage starting at 11 a.m. between GSU and Lander.  Following will be Lander vs. SCAD at 12:30 p.m., and then the Eagles will battle SCAD at 2 p.m.

Blondell named golfer of the week
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern golfer Logan Blondell has been named Southern Conference men’s golfer of the week for March 19.
    Blondell, a freshman from Lakeland, Fla., paced Georgia Southern with a six-under par total of 210 as the Eagles rallied to a fifth place finish at the 29th Annual Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Blondell fired the lowest score of the final day, a four-under par 68, in a field that included 12 of the top 50 ranked schools in the nation. The freshman finished in third place overall while carding the Eagles’ best individual score at the annual event since 1989.

Gator soccer drops two
    Bulloch Academy dropped its boys’ varsity soccer home opener 5-1 to Piedmont Academy Tuesday at Gator Alley.
    David Poole scored the Gators’ lone goal. On March 14, the Gators traveled to Thomasville and got beat 8-2 by Brookwood School. Will Powell scored BA’s two goals.
    The Gators (0-2) host Memorial Day School next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

BA girls drop heartbreaker
    DUBLIN — Bulloch Academy lost a shoot-out in its final match in the Crusader Classic girls’ soccer tournament this past weekend at Trinity Christian School.
    Bulloch and Georgia Christian ended regulation tied at 0-0 Saturday. Goalie Ansley Hickman allowed no Lady General goals. In the shoot-out, Georgia Christian edged BA 3-2 for the win. Abi Foy and Kate Martin had Bulloch’s goals.
    On Friday, Bulloch dropped a pair, losing 3-0 to LaGrange and 3-0 to Holy Spirit.
    The Lady Gators (0-6) travel to Dublin next Tuesday to battle Trinity Christian School.

BA JV baseball splits
    LOUISVILLE — Bulloch Academy nipped and got nipped Tuesday against Thomas Jefferson Academy in junior varsity baseball action.
    In the first game, the Gators took an 8-0 lead after two innings behind starter and winner Hunter Jacobs. The Jaguars inched their way back but Bulloch stopped the TJA late in the game for an 8-7 win. Jordan Herrington came on the mound for the save. Offensively, Harrison Averitt had a two-RBI single.
    In the second game, Thomas Jefferson edged the Gators 7-6. Behind the pitching of Bailey Smith, Loy Waters and Smith Reeves, Bulloch took a 6-4 lead. Davis Duggan stole five bases on the game, including home in the top of the fifth for the two-run advantage. But TJA knotted the score 6-6 in the bottom of the inning and pushed the winning run across the next inning.
    Bulloch (5-4) travels to Stillmore today to take on David Emanuel Academy at 3 p.m., which will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by the varsity squads of both schools.

SEBMS sweeps Burke
    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Middle School soccer teams swept Burke County on Wednesday.
    The boys (2-1) won 1-0 on a goal by Doug Flott just before halftime. Keeper Jeremy Webster perserved the shutout from there and defensman Raymond Perez saves a goal late in the contest.
    The SEB girls (3-0-1) also won, prevailing 3-2. Tori Mulles, Cassie Ornsby and Mary Kate Schlief all had goals for the Jackets.
    The girls’ team will be back in action on Friday, hosting Screven County at 4 p.m.

Eagles honored by Tipoff Club
    ATLANTA — On the heels of a 20-12 season, Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Price and senior forward Louis Graham earned the state’s top coach and player awards given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
    The pair will be honored at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards banquet presented by Delta Air Lines and Piedmont Heart Institute on March 25 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
    Price received the Whack Hyder State of Georgia Men’s College Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Eagles to a 20-win campaign, his third in the last five seasons, and a second-place finish in the Southern Conference (13-7). The 13 league wins are the most by the school since joining the conference in 1992
    Price owns a 293-153 overall mark in 15 years of coaching and is 157-111 at Georgia Southern. The Eagles have finished first or second in the SoCon South Division in seven of his nine years in Statesboro.
    Graham, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla. (Lakes HS), is the State of Georgia Men’s College Player of the Year. He averaged 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game en route to First Team All-Southern Conference recognition by the media and coaches. A two-time SoCon Player of the Week, Graham finished third in the conference in scoring and blocks (54) and ended his career seventh in scoring (1,581), third in rebounding (908) and first in blocks (207). He holds the top four single-season block records at GSU.
     The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. The Naismith Awards program has become an emblem of excellence for the game, recognizing the Men’s and Women’s College Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year.