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Local Roundup: Former Eagle Price wins Nationwide tourney
EGF Super NIT Champs
Statesboro’s own East Georgia Flames captured the USSSA Atlanta Super NIT this past weekend. The Flames, a 12-and-under team, went undefeated against 12 other teams — including the 5-1 win in the championship game aginst Statesboro’s Georgia Generals. Clay Crawford and Tyler Epps pitched for EG in the title game. Bland Tucker, Tyler Brown and Hunter Ritchie all had key at-bats and Jarret Humphries made a diving catch for the final out of the contest. East Georgia, having already qualified for this summer’s World Series, will head to Dublin this weekend for tournament play. Pictured bottom row from left: Dylan Humphries, Tucker, Drew Rushing, Zach Smith, Epps and Crawford. Pictured middle row from left: Ryan McBride, Ritchie, Justin Jackson, Tyler Brown, Austin Brosh, Humphries and Matthew McBride. Pictured top row from left: Coaches Maurice Jackson, Andy Rushing, Randy Brown and Mike Humphries. - photo by Special to the Herald
    LIVERMORE, Calif. — One year after finishing tied for second place in the same 2007 Nationwide Tour event, Georgia Southern alum Aron Price (2002-05) now stands as the 2008 Livermore Valley Wine Country Champion, marking his first career Nationwide title since turning pro in 2005.
    Going into the final and fourth round tied for second place, Sunday, Price shot an even par to stay at 5-under 283.  With a four-stroke lead, J.J. Killeen, who had led the field after each of the previous three rounds, had a rough final stretch and finished the tournament tied with Price, which forced a playoff.
    The two remained tied after the first sudden-death hole, both carding a par 4 on hole 18.  Price repeated his performance the second time around on the same hole, but Killeen’s missed putt for par gave the Sydney, Australia native his first such victory, and a piece of the $600,000 purse.
    With the win and a purse winning share of $108,000, Price made a huge jump in the money standings from 48th to fourth place, bringing his year-to-date winnings to $124,893.  Now with six tournaments under his belt since January, the win marks Price’s first top-10 and second top-25 finish so far this year.
    “It feels good,” said Price of his recent victory.  “I knew that if I could just hang in there I knew I’d be able to compete.  I knew how to handle the shots from last year’s competition.  It was almost like a practice round last year.  I knew I had the advantage over the other guys.”
    “It’s all about hanging in there until the odds are in my favor.”
    With one Nationwide Tour victory under his belt, Price is looking for the second and third wins that will qualify him for play in the PGA TOUR.

Portal tops JCHS
    PORTAL — The Portalbaseball team improved to 3-4 in region 3-A play with a 7-3 win over Jenkins County on Tuesday.
    Brett Rivers went the distance to improve to 3-1. He struck out five.
    David Dampier went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Mickey Williams  was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Nolan Clark had three walks and an RBI. Luke Anderson and Cody Cowart added one RBI each.
    The Panthers travel to Savannah Country Day on Friday at 4 p.m.

Screven shuts out Metter
    SYLVANIA — The Screven County girls’ soccer team beat Metter 8-0 on Tuesday.
    Rochelle Shuman, Morgan Boswell and Anna Woods each had two goals. Ava True and Haley Iten added one score each for the Lady Gamecocks (9-6, 3-6 Area 3-AA/A).
    Screven faces Savannah Christian Tuesday at 5 p.m

SEB wins at State Drill Meet
    Seventy three schools from all over the state of Georgia gathered at Fort Gordon on March 22 or the State Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Drill Championships.
    When all the dust had settled, Southeast Bulloch had won first place in Un-Armed Platoon Regulation Drill, second place in Color Guard and second place in Armed Squad Regulation Drill. These were team events requiring precision drill movements. One of the team members competed in the individual drill events, Armed and Un-Armed Knockout Drill.
    Over six hundred cadets assembled on the field to perform drill movements to the commands that were given. They were knocked-out of the group if they performed an incorrect movement. The last ten cadets standing on the field received a medal for their ability to display excellence in drill. Cadet Kimberly Skaarup won seventh place in Un-Armed Knock-out. The members of the team are: Whitley Cannady, Brendon Frey, Jeremiah Jones, Cory Rodriguez, Daisy Williams, Tyler Brant, Teimekaa Hardin, Meagan Lofton, Skaarup, Rebecca Whitehurst, Lereginald Byrd, Priscilla Cryer, Ceilon Cryler, Chelsea Durham, Nicholas Kisiel, Chad Oglesby, Joshua Suchovsky and Shakeon Williams.
    Southeast Bulloch High School's JROTC Program has been an “Honor Unit with Distinction” for the past fifteen years. This is the United States Army’s highest national award. The recent success at the state drill meet demonstrates the commitment the cadets have for maintaining high standards at SEB.

Splash to host Youth Triathlon
    Splash in the Boro Family Waterpark and Aquatic Center will host the first Splashy’s Youth Triathlon on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 2 p.m. inside Mill Creek Regional Park in Statesboro.
    Boys and girls, ages 7 to 17, can compete in this triathlon. It is broken down into four age divisions to equalize the field while distances are adjusted to create a more safe and fun-filled experience.
    Ages 7 to 9 will swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run1⁄2 mile. Ages 10 to 12 will swim 100 yards, bike two miles and run one mile. Ages 13 to 15 will swim 150 yards, bike 3.5 miles and run 11⁄2 miles. Ages 16 to 17 will Swim 200 yards, bike five miles and run 21⁄2 miles.
    Triathlon’s incorporate swimming, biking, and running for a fun and exciting endurance race for all ages and skill levels. The swim portion will be held in the competition pool at Splash in the Boro, while the biking and running portions will be held inside Mill Creek Regional Park.  The younger age group will start at 2 p.m. with each older age group going in order once the group before them are finished.
    "I am very excited about this event,” says Steve Brown, Aquatics Division Manager. “We wanted to do something new and fun to promote youth health and fitness in the community and a triathlon seemed like the perfect fit.  The distances are set to where it will be challenging, but also attainable for each age group".
    Registration for Splashy’s Youth Triathlon is being held at the Honey Bowen Building on Fair Road (M-F 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.), or online at If there are still openings, race day registration will also be available between the hours of Noon and 1 p.m. only. Cost is $25 per athlete if registered by April 18. After this deadline, cost is $35 per athlete. There is a $5 discount for additional siblings.  Participants will receive a gift bag, T-shirt, and be eligible for door prizes during the event.
    For more information on Splashy’s Youth Triathlon, please call Steve Brown at (912) 489-9047 or visit

SEB Hall of Fame ceremony
    The Southeast Bulloch Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Saturday, April 19. at Southeast Bulloch Middle.
    Call (912) 842-2131 for details and ticket information.

    If you have a score to report, please call the Herald Sports Desk at (912) 489-9408.