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Local Roundup: Bennett named WTOC Player of the Year
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    Monnette Bennett was named WTOC Player of the Year on Monday.
    Bennett averaged more than 19 points a game during the season in helping Statesboro to a 24-2 record and the second round of the state tournament. She also pulled down nearly 10 rebounds a game to go along with her five steals and three assists.
    Bennett scored over 500 points during the season, giving her more than 1,400 points in three seasons.
    Bennett plans to go on to Georgia Tech where she will be playing with two friends from Hinesville, Liberty County center Nisha Adams and point guard Metra Walthour, last year's WTOC Player of the Year.
    WTOC Savannah will name its boys Player of the Year today.

GSU softballers sweep awards
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern junior infielder Robyne Siliga has been tabbed the Southern Conference softball Player of the Week while teammate Melissa Laliberte has been named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for March 10.
    Siliga batted .438 (7-of-16) during the week as the Eagles went 3-3. The Oceanside, Calif., native was perfect from the plate in the week’s opener
against Presbyterian with a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored. Siliga also finished the week with a four-hit game against Bowling Green as her
three RBI helped GSU to a 7-0 win over Bowling Green at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala.
    Laliberte earned her second consecutive pitcher of the week nod by tossing two complete-game shutouts — a two-hitter against Presbyterian (3-0) and a four-hitter against Bowling Green (7-0). For the week, Laliberte was 2-1 with a 0.64 ERA after allowing just two earned runs in 22 innings in the circle.

Tattnall tops SEB
    Southeast Bulloch fell 5-4 Monday night at Tattnall County.
    The Yellow Jackets had a 4-1 lead beofre resting their starters with Region 3-AA play looming.
    Dustin Stall went 2-for-3 with a 20run homer, Matt Conner was 2-for-4 with a double, Carye Ward was 2-for-4 and Bobby Robbins was 1-for-2.
    Robbins pitched four innings, allowing just one run.
    Southeast begins region play today, traveling to Swainsboro for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch

Portal JV wins
    SPRINGFIELD — The Portal junior varsity baseball team defeated Effingham County 11-10 on Monday.
    Garrett Hodges picked up the win and added a hit and a RBI.
    Jordan Dampier went had two hits and two RBIs, Nick McCranie had two hits and an RBI, Rabon Hutchinson had a hit and an RBI, Mark Dutton had a hit and two RBIs and Chad Busby had an RBI and the save.
    The Panthers (1-0) will face Statetsboro today at 5 p.m.

Eagle golf finishes 15th
    MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — The Georgia Southern golf team wrapped up its final round of competition at the General Jim Hackler Invitational, Monday (Mar. 10) finishing in 15th place and carding a 92-over 956 at the par-72, 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach.
    Junior Ryan LeFevre (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the Eagles tying for 49th place, shooting a 19-over 235.  Junior Jordan Johnstun (Evans, Ga.) followed shooting a 20-over 236 (T53), while Ryan Zabroske (Alpharetta, Ga.) carded a 26-over 242 (T63). Junior Drew Lethem (Camdenton, Mo.) shot a 30-over 246 (76) and senior Chris Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished the tournament shooting a 33-over 249 (77).
    Winning the individual title by just two strokes was Louisville’s Derek Fathauer shooting a 1-over 217.
    Head coach Larry Mays and the Eagles will have little time to rest as they next prepare for the upcoming Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational.  Competition begins Friday and will continue through Sunday at the Forest Heights Country Club here in Statesboro.

GSU women's tennis falls at Wofford, Furman
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Georgia Southern women’s tennis team dropped a close battle on Monday afternoon, as the Terriers of Wofford hung on to claim a 5-2 victory over the Eagles at the Reeves Tennis Center in Spartanburg.
    GSU (7-6, 1-2 SoCon) was successful from the No. 2 doubles position, but Wofford claimed the doubles point taking victories from the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds. The freshmen tandem of Ali Beavers (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Melanie Rolle (Gainesville, Fla.) earned their 10th victory of the season dropping Adriane Hodges and Cayley Wetzig by an 8-5 decision.
    In singles action, Georgia Southern gave Wofford all they could handle, but fell short in the end. Wofford (9-1, 2-0 SoCon) claimed the match taking four victories in singles. Four of the six matches were decided in three sets. Beavers notched her second victory of the day from the No. 3 position ousting Sabrina Smyers in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Molly Maddox (Rome, Ga.) used three sets to take down Cayley Wetzig from the No. 4 seed by a final of 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
    GSU dropped a 6-1 decision at No. 71 Furman on Sunday afternoon, as the Paladins ended GSU’s four-match winning streak in Greenville at the Mickel Tennis Center.
    The Eagles (7-5, 1-1 SoCon) lost the doubles point as Furman claimed the early advantage. Furman’s (8-4, 2-0 SoCon) tandem of Lauren Osborne and Christina Swindall topped GSU’s freshmen tandem of Beavers (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Rolle (Gainesville, Fla.) 8-5 at the No. 2 position. The loss snapped the freshmen’s nine-match dual streak. Jessica Preeg and Lauren Tomory defeated Emma Knight (Duluth, Ga.) and Jessica Matlosz (Alpharetta, Ga.) b  an 8-4 decision ending their unbeaten streak. Knight and Matlosz fall to 6-1 on the season.
    In singles action, Molly Maddox (Rome, Ga.) ousted Preeg in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 from the No. 4 slot. Sophomore Kristi Kegerreis (Fairfax, Va.) fell 6-2, 6-2 against Lauren Goioia from the No. 1 position. Goioia is currently ranked 93rd nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
    The Eagles are back on the hard-courts Saturday as they play host to conference foe UNC Greensboro. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Chattanooga 71, Western Carolina 59
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Alex Anderson had 25 points and Laura Hall 22 to lead Chattanooga back to the NCAAs with its third straight Southern Conference tournament title, 71-59, over Western Carolina on Monday.
    The Lady Mocs (29-3) continued a near decade of league dominance, winning their seventh tournament title in the past eight years. They’ve won their past 24 games — the country’s longest streak — and have taken their last 31 contests against conference opponents.
    Chattanooga enhanced its reputation as the league’s best closer, improving to 12-0 all time in Southern Conference tournament finals.
    Now, the Lady Mocs will look to match their mid-major splash of 2004 when they stunned Rutgers to open the NCAA tournament before falling to Vanderbilt.
    Chattanooga is 1-9 in NCAA games, losing in the first round to Baylor a season ago.
    Western Carolina (25-8) lost its second straight final to the Lady Mocs.

SprintSouth registration
    Registration for the SprintSouth track team is now open for this upcoming summer.
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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.

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