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Local Roundup: BA hangs tough in season's first meet
Thompson and Bulter sign with SSU
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Kennell Thompson (left) and Jaudon Butler signed letters of intent to play football for Savannah State University Thursday on the campus of Statesboro High. "It's close to home and they offered me a full ride," said Thompson of his decision. "I'm excited, and hopefully we can change the winning record down there." Thompson is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver. "It's a free education and I get to play football again," said Butler, a 5-foot-11, 205 pound linebacker. "It's real close to home and my mom can come see me on Saturday's." The Tigers finished 2-9 in 2006 and open their 2007 season Aug. 30 at Morgan State in Baltimore, Md. - photo by CHAD BISHOP/staff
    MACON — The Bulloch Academy varsity boys finished third and the girls took fourth in their season-opening track meets against stiff Class AAA competition in a multi-team meet at First Presbyterian Day School.
    The Gator guys notched 97 points, just eight shy of second place, with two firsts, three seconds and five thirds. Host First Presbyterian won the meet and Dominion Christian was second.
    Sophomore Chan Newton won the high jump with a leap of 5-9 while classmate Dartavious Brown won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.7 seconds. Brown also took second in the 300m hurdles (43.6), the triple jump (38-5) and ran the first leg of the second-place 4x100m team. The foursome, which also included Trevor Darden, Jordan Walker and Troy Poulin, posted a time of 45.9.
    Third-place efforts were turned in by James Conner (discus — 103-11), Ben Newton (shot-38 1 1/2), Jordan Walker (triple jump — 37-6; high jump — 5-6) and Ethan Lovett (110m hurdles — 16.6).
    The Gator girls tallied 52 points, just four shy of third place, with two seconds and seven thirds. Host First Presbyterian won the meet, Dominion Christian was second and Stratford Academy was third.
    Eighth grader Rachel Gilbert took second in the long jump with a leap of 15-5 and in the triple jump with a 30-10.
    Third-place finishes were turned in by Heaven Hinton (discus — 78-6), Abi Foy (shot — 25), Kaylee Lanier (long jump — 15 5), Kaylee Dennard (100m hurdles — 19.5), Susanna McKee (400m — 66.9), the 4x100m relay team of  McKee, Hinton, Gilbert and Kinsley Mallard (54.8) and the 4x400m relay team of McKee, Hinton, Gilbert and Lanier (4:34).
    Bulloch Academy hosts a seven-team meet next Wednesday. The annual Gator Relays will be held on March 17 at the Georgia Southern University Track and Field Complex as 16 teams compete for the 2007 title. 

completes comeback
    The Trinity Christian softball team trailed 5-0 after two innings, but came back on visiting Appling Christian to win 9-6 Thursday at Memorial Field.
    Megan Page (2-0) got the win, allowing one earned run and striking out 10. She was also 1-for-2 from the plate with three RBI.
    Sisters Whitney and Chelsea Eubanks were a combined 5-for8 with three RBI for TCS (2-1). Lauren Kibler went 2-for-3 with three runs and Chelsea Dowdell was 1-for-2 with two RBI.
    Trinity returns to action hosting Appling Christian today at 4:30 p.m.

Lady Devils golf beaten
    The Statesboro girls golf team was defeated 87-121 Thursday by Savannah Chrsitian.
    Di Boney shot a 60 and Erika Brewer shot a 61 for SHS. The Lady Blue Devils will return to action March 22 at Bacon Park in Savannah.

BA tennis wins
    The Bulloch Academy tennis teams got wins over Edmund Burke Academy to start the season 1-0.
    For the boys, Jordan Walker (6-0, 6-4), William Spigener (4-6, 6-2, 6-0) and Rob Mallard (6-2, 6-3) all won singles matches. Jeremiah Masters and Matthew Williamson won their doubles match 6-2 and 6-4.
    The Lady Gators won their match 3-2 with Mary Catherine Spigener winning her singles match 6-7, 6-3 and 6-3.
    Betsy and Sarah Woodrum won their doubles match 2-6, 6-0 and 6-1, as did Bonnie Hannah and Morgan Anderson 6-1 and 6-1.

Jackets suffer rare loss
    The Southeast Bulloch tennis teams lost 4-1 Thursday at Vidalia.
    Brooks Edenfield and Sam Dickerson won 7-5 and 6-4 in doubles play for the boys’ (3-3) only win. Laura Bennett and Kaitlin Brannen won 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4 in their doubles match, the Lady Jackets’ (4-1) only win.
    Southeast will travel to Tattnall County Monday at 4 p.m.

SEB JV results
    The Southeast junior varsity baseball team split games with Screven County and Bryan County on Wednesday.
    The Yellow Jackets (2-1) beat Bryan County 14-1 with Tony Raymond and Tucker Bettis combining on a no-hitter, striking out eight. Conner Reames went 2-for-3 from the plate with a triple and three RBI and Jared Page went 2-for-4 with four RBI.
    Southeast lost to Screven County 5-1. Bobby Robbins pitched four innings, allowing one run and striking out six for SEB. Raymond was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
    The SEB freshman team (0-1-1) tied the Gamecock JV 8-8. Page was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Bettis was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two triples.
    Both squads return to action Saturday to face Portal.

Metter tennis results
    The Metter Tigers were in action this week on the tennis court. Here are the results:
    On Wednesday, MHS faced Jefferson County and the boys picked up a 4-1 win. Matt Odom (8-0), Tray Waters (8-0) and Kevin Fulmer (forfeit) all won singles matches. Tony Intravia and Carson McLamb won their doubles match 9-7.
    The Lady Tigers picked up a 5-0 win against JCHS. Alex Hendricks (8-1), Adrienne Lanier (8-1) and Anna Williams (8-0) won in singles play. Amy Nagel and Erica Manrique won in doubles 8-1 and so did Ashley McLamb and Jada McNeely, 8-0.
    On Thursday, the Lady Tigers (4-0) beat Claxton 5-0. Hendricks (8-1), Lanier (8-2) and Williams (8-3) all picked up another singles win. Nagle and Manrique won 8-2 and McLamb and McNeely won 8-3.
    The boys team (1-3) fell 5-0.
    Metter will face Screven County on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

SEB Hall of Fame info
    Southeast Bulloch will be inducting new members into the Hall of Fame on Saturday April 14th at the SEB Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 pm.  You may call Bobby Costlow at 842-2131 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Eagle Track and Field to begin outdoor season
    The Georgia Southern track and field team is heading to Conway, S.C. to compete in their first meet of the outdoor season, the Coastal Carolina Classic.
    Three weeks ago the Eagles competed at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships claiming their fourth straight third place finish.
    Senior Nicole Brown  obtained four crowns (Long Jump, Triple Jump, 60M, and 200M) including two NCAA
Provisional qualifying marks: Triple Jump — 41’10.05” and Long Jump — 20’02.25”.  Both distances were also Georgia Southern school records.  At the conclusion of the three day meet, Brown was named the 2007 Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
    Adding a third school record at the conference meet was junior Abby Bloom who set GSU’s all-time best in the 3000M clocking in at 10:44.02.
    In addition to Brown’s achievements and Bloom’s school record, Georgia Southern had competed for 15 career bests, 12 season high marks, and 12 All-Conference Selections. 
    The Chanticleers will be welcoming 21 teams to the Coastal Carolina Track & Field Facility this weekend.  The meet is scheduled to begin at

Southern Conference agrees to 3-year TV deal
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Southern Conference agreed to a three-year deal with SportSouth, giving the network exclusive broadcast rights to certain league events.
    Starting next school year, the deal allows SportSouth to televise at least 24 conference events, including six regular-season football games, 10 regular-season basketball games and the tournament semifinals and the women’s basketball championship.
    ‘‘This is a significant step forward for the Southern Conference,’’ league commissioner John Iamarino said Thursday in a statement.
    Iamarino said the agreement eliminates many distribution problems the league experienced in the past, including not being able to bring some broadcasts to viewers with satellite dishes.
    Jeff Genthner, vice president and general manager of FSN South and SportSouth, said partnering with the Southern Conference will give its viewers ‘‘exceptional collegiate programming of local interest.’’
    SportSouth distributes programs to more than 8.2 million cable and satellite homes throughout six Southeastern states.

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