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Local Roundup: Bennett named Player of the Year
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    Earlier this week Region 3-AAAA met and choose the All-Region girls basketball team.         Statesboro’s Monnette Bennett was chosen as the Player of the Year and coach Jeff Seier was awarded the Coach of the Year. Also representing Statesboro were seniors Gwen Jones and Victoria Mikell who were selected as first team members.
    Bennett has also been named All-American Honorable Mention by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
    Bennett was included as one of the Top 40 players in the country.

SHS girls track wins again
    HINESVILLE — The Statesboro girls braved the cold weather and defeated the McIntosh County Academy Bucs at a two-team meet in Hinesville on Wednesday. The Bradwell girls did not participate due to the state basketball tournament.
    Leading the way for Statesboro was NoraA Billups. She was first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.78. She also won the triple jump with a leap of 30-6.
    Other winners included
    Jelisa Richarson in the shot put with a throw of 26-2. Tren Rogers in the 400m with a time of one minute,11 seconds. Veljulisa Canty in the 100m hurdles with a time of  19 seconds. Queta Davis in the 200m with a time of 30 seconds flat. Raven Thomas in the long jump with a leap of 14-9.

Nkoueleue named SoCon POTW
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Georgia Southern’s lone senior Emmanuel Nkoueleue (Douala, Cameroon) was named the men’s tennis Southern Conference Player of the Week for his performance on the courts this past weekend against Presbyterian and Florida Atlantic.
    Nkoueleue has been instrumental in Georgia Southern’s matches this season playing from the No. 1 singles and doubles positions.
    Nkoueleue becomes the first GSU men’s tennis player to earn the Player of the Week award this season, going undefeated in singles and doubles this past weekend. He defeated Presbyterian’s Matt Martin in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 and downed Florida Atlantic’s Olivier Sajour 6-3, 6-3. Nkoueleue teamed with Borja Malet (Barcelona, Spain) in doubles on Saturday ousting Presbyterian’s tandem of Martin and Andrew Lee by a score of 8-3. Nkoueleue and Malet defeated Florida Atlantic’s duo of Marc Abdelnour and Joe Cadogan by an 8-4 decision.
    Nkoueleue is 16-5 overall in singles and 12-5 in doubles. He is 6-1 in both singles and doubles in duals.
    Georgia Southern (3-4) is back in action Saturday as they play host to SoCon opponent Wofford. The match is scheduled to begin at noon.

SEB Tennis defeats Tattnall County
    BROOKLET — Both Southeast Bulloch girls and boys tennis teams defeated Tattnall County on Tuesday.
    The boys (1-1) won 5-0 with Aaron Groover (6-2, 6-0), Sam Dickerson (8-1) and Brookse Edenfield (6-0, 6-0) all won in singles play.
    In doubles action, Brandon Sellars and Jarrod Humphrey (6-1, 6-0) and William Groover and Sean Brannen (8-2) were winners.
    The Lady Yellow Jackets (1-1) won 4-1 with Shelby Forehand (6-0, 6-0), Victoria Herndon (6-1, 6-1) and Jordan Sherrod (8-0) won in singles play.
    Sarah Burkhart and Kaitlin Brannen (6-0, 6-2) won in doubles play.
    The Jackets will face Bryan County at home on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Screven shuts out Effingham
    SPRINGFIELD — The Screvn County tennis teams defeated Effingham County on Tuesday at ECHS.
    The boys team won 5-0, getting singles wins from Eric Boddiford (6-0, 6-2), Jim Freeman (6-2, 7-4) and Hunter Sommers (6-2, 6-4).
    Brandon Sellers and Jarrod Humphrey (6-1, 6-0) and William Groover and Sean Brannen (8-2) won in doubles team.
    The Lady Gamecocks also won 5-0. Kate Blackbrun won 6-4, 6-0, Evan Sheppard won 7-5, 6-2 and Kathryn Wells won 6-1, 6-0.
    Carter Mills and Missy Zeagler won 6-0, 6-2 in doubles play. Kelsey Forehand and Sydney Weaver also won in doubles action, 6-4. 6-2.
    Screven will face Eagles Landings today at the Jekyll Jam Tournament.
Metter’s Fordham to be featured
    Tess Fordham, a senior at Metter, will be featured this week on Prep Sports Plus as the statewide Academic Athlete of the Week. 
    The 30 minute television broadcast will be aired two more times this week: 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday on GPTV.
    Camera crews spent about three hours in Metter taking action shots and taping interviews in preparation for the show.
    "This is indeed an honor, not
only for Tess but for MHS, the city of Metter and Candler County,” said athletic director Clay Hill.  “Thousands of TV viewers tune in to this show weekly.  Tess has made us all proud."
    Tess was nominated for the honor by basketball coach Dwayne Davis.

GSU track heads to Championships
    The Southern Conference Indoor Championships begin today and the Georgia Southern track and field team is looking to reach the summit after finishing third the past two seasons.
    The Eagles have excelled in numerous events this indoor season and GSU coach Natalie Smith believes her squad has what it takes to contend for the championship.
    “This year we’d like to move up a spot,” said Smith. “The goal is always to win, but realistically we want to move up a spot. The competition is tough and there aren’t as many events so it’s going to be a challenge.”
GSU has enjoyed a lot of success and has had key contributions from several student-athletes.         Georgia Southern sophomore Demetrise Anthony claimed first place honors in the triple jump at the Clemson Opener. The Manchester, Ga. native ended with a jump of 40-9 earning the first individual title for the Eagles of the indoor season. Anthony turned in a time of 7.69 seconds in the 60-meters at the Niswonger Invitational, which is the fastest by an Eagle this season.
    Georgia Southern has competed very well in the 800m this season. Junior Shauntel Jennings (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and senior Abby Bloom (Snellville, Ga.) finished back-to-back in the 800m at the Carolina Chick-fil-A Invitational. Jennings came in seventh place with a time of 2:19.38, while Bloom recorded a time of 2:20.10 for an eighth place finish. Sophomore Kellie Wesson (Douglasville, Ga.) recorded a time of 2:24.78 at the Texas Roadhouse Carolina Classic.
    The jumpers have been remarkable all season long. Shaunta Hamilton (Macon, Ga.) posted impressive numbers in both the long and triple jump events at the Carolina Chick-fil-A Invitational. She recorded a mark of 19 feet in the long jump and a 39-10.50 in the triple jump, which is the top distance by a GSU jumper this season. Hamilton, Anthony, Lynndsey Hyter and Dominique Thurman (Riverdale, Ga.) all pose a threat in the triple and long jump events at the SoCon Championships.
    Senior Jennifer Charles (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) and sophomore Jessica Irizarry (Kennesaw, Ga.) have been throwing well all season long and will look to have continued success at the SoCon Championships. Charles posted the fourth best throw in school history with a distance of 44-03.50 at the Texas Roadhouse Carolina Classic. Irizarry recorded the fifth best distance in indoor history in the weight throw hurling 50-02.00 at the Clemson Opener.
    Sophomore Melanie Trumbo finished fifth in the pentathlon out of 12 competitors at the Texas Roadhouse Carolina Classic. The Lilburn, Ga. native posted an overall score of 2,983, which lists as the third best score in school history. Trumbo clocked in at 10.29 in the 60m hurdles, registered a mark of 5-02.5 in the high jump, threw a distance of 36-05.75 in the shot put, leaped a distance of 14-07.25 in the long jump and recorded a time of 2:39.28 in the 800,.
    The SoCon Indoor Championships begin today in Clemson, S.C. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Hits and Mrs. bowling results

    Results are in from the Hits and Mrs. Invitational Bowling League for the week of Feb. 26.
    In the women’s division, Dot Wright (163), Debbie Sapp (161) and Genevieve Kirkland and Sophie Wilson (150) bowled top games in Scarcth Games.
     In Scratch Series, Kirkland (459), Sapp (458) and Wright (430) posted high scores.
    In Handicap Games, Wilson (221), Kirkland and Debbie Hale (199) and Wright (195) led the league.
    In Handicap Series, Wilson (583), Kirkland (573) and Shirley Hill (552) led all bowlers.
    In the Men’s Division, Charlie Wilson (207), Jimmy Cannady (198) and Perry Lee (195) posted high scores in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Wilson (560), Cannady (511) and Lee (501) were tops in the league.
    In Handicap Games, Wilson (235), Cannady (224) and Gene Hart (223) led the league.
    In Handicap Series, Wilson (560), Calvin Williams (612) and Gene Hart (594) psoted top games.
    The league standings are as follows: Portal Strikers (21 games won); Circle R Turf Farm (21); Three Legged Dog (18); The Splitters (18); One Short (17); Harvest Lanes (16); Statesboro Tire (13); Ryan Family Chiropractic (12); [izza Hut (12); Larry Akins Insurance (12).

SBCPRD junior tennis
    The Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation will host the Statesboro Junior Open Tennis Tournament for boys and girls, ages 10 to 18, on Saturday’s March 1 and 8 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sue Oertley Courts on Fair Road.
    Age Divisions 10-12 and 13-14 will compete on Saturday and age divisions 15-16 and 17-18 will compete on Saturday, March 8. Participants can compete in single or doubles matches, boys and girls will play separately. There will be a registration fee of $15 if registered before Feb. 29 at 6 p.m.. After this deadline, the registration fee will be $20. Tennis balls will be supplied.
    In case of rain on either date, the tournament will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 15.
    To register, visit the Honey Bowen Building on Fair Road or visit For more information, please call Shelley Salter at 912-764-5637.

BA sporting clays tournament
    The Bulloch Academy Booster Club invites sportsmen and women of all ages to test their shooting skills at a Sporting Clays tournament on Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bay Gall Sporting Clays.
    The main event is a 100-target competition with $300 going to the best shooter. Additional prize money goes to the second and third-place shooters and winners in the ladies, youth, BA alumni and BA parent divisions. There is a $100 entry fee for the event, which is a fundraiser for the BA Booster Club.
    Other shooting competitions such as Five Stand, Long Bird and Wobble Trap will also be held. Entry fee is $10 per competition and prize money will be awarded to the winners.
The Boosters will also hold a general raffle, with tickets sold the day of the event, and a raffle for a four-wheeler. Tickets for the four-wheeler raffle are $10 and will be sold both prior to the event and on the day of the event.
    Lunch will be provided by the Booster Club.
    Fifteen station sponsorships and general sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Dwayne Connor (536-1381), Barbara Connor (536-1606), the Bulloch Academy main office (764-6297) or visit
    Bay Gall Sporting Clays is located between Statesboro and Millen on Rocky Ford Road. The range is approximately 3.2 miles from the intersection of Highway 25 and Rocky Ford Road.

SprintSouth registration
    Registration for the SprintSouth track team is now open for this upcoming summer.
    Go to for more details.

SEB Hall of Fame inductions
    Southeast Bulloch High School will induct new members into its Hall off Fame on Saturday, April 19.
    For details and ticket information on the 7 p.m. ceremony, call Bobby Costlow at (912) 842-5412.

GSU Hall of Fame nominations
    Georgia Southern University Athletics is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Hall of Fame Induction Class.
    The Hall of Fame selection criteria includes: a 10-year eligibility moratorium for all student-athletes and five years for coaches and administrators. Nominees must also have made a significant contribution to the success of Georgia Southern Athletics.
    Those wanting to nominate former Eagles can submit names via e-mail to Lanell VanLandingham at Please include Hall of Fame Nomination in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 30.
    The 2008 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on September 26-27.