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Local Roundup: Cheer South All-Stars win national championship in Savannah
Cheer South-Savannah
The Cheer South All-Stars Senior Level 4 pose with their National Cheer Star Grand Championship trophy this past weekend in Savannah. Cheer South received the highest of any team in any level. - photo by Special to the Herald
    SAVANNAH — This past weekend, the Cheer South All-Stars Senior Level 4 were awarded the prestigious title of National Cheer Star Grand Champions.  The squad scored  in first place in their division and also received the highest score given to any team competing, including level 5 squads.  
    Keyshia Brunson (co-owner), Katina Brunson-Archie (co-owner), Ray "Tater" Mills, Barry Munkasy (Georgia Southern Cheerleading coach) and Britany Tremble coached CSA to victory.  The four teams, 58 members and five coaches made their presence known.  
    The Cheer South Juniors Level 3 team placed second,   while the Youth Level 2 came in fourth place.  The Mini Team, whose members are 6 years old and under, placed seventh.  This season was the Mini team’s first year of competing and only their second competition.
    The six graduating seniors- Ashley Brown (Effingham County), Stephanie Carter (Statesboro), Kylie Jarrel (Pinewood Christian Academy), Katie Starling (St, Vincent's Academy), Jasmine Ward (Windsor Forest) and Taylor Thompson-Watson (Southeast Bulloch) will be sadly missed by the program.   
    Although this was the last competition for the Cheer South Competitive Program, Open House and tryouts are just around the corner. On April 14, the gym will have an Open House from 5-7 p.m.  Tryouts for the 2008-2009 Cheer South All-Star Teams will be April 16-18.
    Cheer South All-Stars is a locally owned full service cheer gym.  CSA offers private cheer and tumbling lessons for individuals age 3 and up. For more information call )912) 764-STAR (7827) or log on to  for more information.

GSU’s Siliga wins SoCon Player of the month
    Spartanburg, S.C. — Georgia Southern’s Robyne Siliga has been tabbed the Southern Conference’s Softball Player of the Month for March.
    The junior from Oceanside, Calif. (Vista HS) hit .429 with four home runs and 18 RBI last month. She slugged .679, reached base at a .548 clip and scored 13 times with 24 hits and 14 walks.
    Siliga became GSU’s all-time home run leader March 15 against George Mason, part of a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance. She had nine multi-hit games, including four hits against Bowling Green, and drove in two or more runs five times.
    Siliga becomes the first Georgia Southern position player to win the award since Shanita Black in May, 2006.

BA wins track meet
    WARRENTON — Both Bulloch Academy boys’ and girls’ varsity track teams won a rain-shortened, multi-team meet Wednesday at Briarwood Academy.
    Due to a heavy afternoon shower and the ensuing track conditions, both sets of hurdles (110m and 300m) and the 400m relays were cancelled. The boys’ pole vault and girls’ high jump competitions were not completed.
    Still, BA’s squads walked away with the top spots in the eight-team meets. The Bulloch boys netted 122 points for the victory. Thomas Jefferson Academy was second (73) and Nathaniel Greene was third (47). The Lady Gators tallied 119 points for the win. Pinewood Christian was second (77) and host Briarwood Academy was third (74).
    In the boys’ meet, the Gators won 10 of the 12 events.
    Two-event winners were Jordan Walker (triple jump, 37-1; long jump, 17-10), Troy Poulin (100m, 11.91; 400m, 54.40) and John Manack (3200m, 11:38; 1600m, 5:20).
    Other first-place winners were Chan Newton (high jump, 6-0), Paul Son (discus, 113-0) and Nathan Brown (shot put, 40-3). The 1600m relay team of Walker, Poulin, David Poole and Ethan Lovett won with a 3:50.21. The lone second-place winner was Will Johnson (3200m, 12:01).
    In the girls’ meet, Rachel Gilbert won three events. She jumped 15-2 for first-place in the long jump, ran a 63.65 to win the 400m, and clocked a 27.86 to win the 200m. Other first-place winners were Kelcie Jacobs (3200m, 13:45), Abi Foy (pole vault, 7-6) and Sally Marie Futch (discus, 98-2).
    Second-place points were claimed by Futch (shot, 30-11), Haley Burke (1600m, 6:15) and the 1600m relay team of Gilbert, Kinsley Mallard, Kaylee Lanier and Taylor Collins (4:39).
    Bulloch Academy hosts the GISA Region 2-AA championships on April 17. First call is scheduled for 10 a.m.  

Screven wins region title
    Both the Scrv3en County boys and girls tennis teams took home the regular-season Region 3-AA title with a sweep against Southeast Bulloch Thursday.
    TheLady Gamecocks (14-4, 6-0) knocked off the Lady Jackets 5-0.
    Kate Blackburn (6-1, 6-1), Evan Shepherd (6-1, 6-1) and Katherine Wells (6-0, 6-0) all got singles wins, and doubles pairs Carter Mills and Missy Zeigler (6-0, 6-0) and Kelsey Forehand and Sidney Weaver (6-0, 6-0) also picked up wins.
    Boys’ singles players Eric Boddiford (6-0, 6-1), Jin Freeman (6-1, 7-5) and Hunter Summers got wins. Doubles team Zachary Parker and Grant Triplet (7-6, 6-3) also won for the Gamecocks.
    Yellow Jacket doubles team Brooks Edinfield and Will Jones (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) got the onlt SEB win of the match.
    Screven returns to action as the No. 1 seed of the region 3-AA tournament. The girls play on April 14 and the boys play April 15. They will host the No. 8 seed.

SCDS knocks off Lady Gamecocks
    The Screven County Lady Gamecocks dropped a 4-0 soccer match to Savannah Country Day Thursday.
    Gamecock keeper Kristi Boston recorded 12 saves on the night.
    Screven (7-6, 2-6 Region 3-AA) returns to action at Vidalia on Monday.

Eagle golf heads to Administaff
    Georgia Southern golf will head to Augusta this weekend to compete at the 30th annual Administaff Augusta State Invitational played at the par-72, 7,403 yard Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, Ga.  It is the Eagles’ final competition of the season before entering the Southern Conference Championships later this month.
    The three-day, 18-hole event will commence on Friday, April 4, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.
    Georgia Southern is one of a field of 18 schools that features 11 of the nation’s top 40 teams, according to the latest Golfweek rankings, including (rank):  Augusta State (54), Clemson (18), Coastal Carolina (61), East Tennessee State (26), Georgia (2), Georgia Southern (94), Georgia State (49), Georgia Tech (7), Houston (112), Lamar (32), Minnesota (66), North Carolina (33), North Carolina State (31), South Carolina (13), Tennessee (10), UCLA (5), USC Aiken and Virginia Tech (34).
    Representing the Eagles will be freshman Logan Blondell (Lakeland, Fla.), junior Jordan Johnstun (Evans, Ga.), sophomore Spencer Fulford (Rocky Mount, N.C.), junior Drew Lethem (Camdenton, Mo.) and freshman Joe Monte (Chantilly, Va.).
    The Eagles will tee off at 11 a.m.
    Two-time defending champion Coastal Carolina seeks its third title after tallying a 4-under 284 in 2007.  Georgia Southern finished tied for 15th place shooting a 17-over 881.
    Fans can follow the event’s live stats on-line at  End-of-day results and recap will be posted on-line at

GSU hires assistant volleyball coach
    Georgia Southern head volleyball coach Chad Callihan has announced the hiring of Crystal Poskey as assistant coach.
    Poskey comes to GSU after a two-year head coaching stint at Radford University.
    Taking over a team that had not won a Big South Conference match since 2003 and had not won more than eight matches in the previous four years, Poskey immediately made a difference. Radford went 9-19 in her first season with RU, the most wins since 2001. She also led RU to four Big South wins.
     Under Poskey's direction, the Highlanders improved dramatically in every offensive statistical category, including kills and service aces. RU made a jump of 382 total kills from the previous year and 34 aces from 2005 to 2006. Radford had four players in 2006 that recorded 200 or more kills.
     Perhaps her greatest influence came in the improvement at the setter position. A former standout setter at Francis Marion, Poskey's influence helped RU setter Josie Hanners, a standout in her own right, increase her output by nearly 400 assists from 2005 to 2006. Hanners finished the season with 1190 assists, her first season with more than 800 helpers.
    Even though Radford was her first stint as a collegiate head coach, Poskey brought a wealth of knowledge and experience into the Highlander program. She was named RU’s ninth head volleyball coach in June of 2006 after serving as an assistant at Appalachian State.
    While at Appalachian State, Poskey served as the Mountaineer’s recruiting coordinator. She also specialized in helping improve ASU’s setters. Under Poskey’s tutelage, ASU setter Amber Mangrum set school records with 4,408 career assists and 1,544 assists in a season. Poskey also helped out with ASU’s summer volleyball camps, serving as camp director.
    Callihan and Poskey led the Mountaineers to the 2003 SoCon championship, the school’s first since 1995.
    A four-year standout at Francis Marion for Jerry Pruitt, Poskey, a setter, was an All-Conference selection in each of her four years. She enjoyed her most prolific season in 1998, earning Peach Belt Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors. She also collected NCAA South Region and AVCA All-Region accolades while leading her squad to its second-straight Peach Belt Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.