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Local Roundup: FSU sweeps Eagle softball
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Georgia Southern softball team rebounded from a game one no-hitter to record eight hits in game two but was swept by Florida State Wednesday evening at JoAnne Graf Field.
    The Eagles dropped the opener 8-0 in six innings and lost the nightcap 4-3 to drop to 20-19 on the season.
    Three GSU players, sophomores Lindsey Hopkins (McDonough, Ga.) and Nina Iduate (Norcross, Ga.), and junior Amanda Hall (Haddock, Ga.) each had two hits in game two. Hopkins and Iduate also added a RBI single and Hall scored twice.
    Hopkins tied the game at 1-1 in the third with an infield single to score Hall but the Seminoles came up with a run in their half of the third and added two more in the fourth.
    The Eagles cut the deficit to 4-3 with two runs in the fifth. GSU loaded the bases with nobody out on a single and two walks. Hall crossed the plate on a wild pitch and Iduate followed with a single to score freshman Stephanie Peet (Lawrenceville, Ga.) but junior Michelle Beasley (Metter, Ga.) was cut down at the plate trying to score from second. But after a walk to junior Robyne Siliga (Oceanside, Calif.) the rally ended with two ground outs.
    GSU put two runners on in the sixth and seventh innings but were unable to score.
    Freshman Megen Smith (Springfield, Ga.) took the loss (8-6) after she allowed four earned runs and eight hits in six innings of work.
    The opener was a 2-0 contest after five innings but the Seminoles ended it in the sixth with six runs, five unearned and all with two outs. Michelle Snyder and Carly Wynn each had a two-RBI single.
    Senior Melissa Laliberte (Cobourg, Ontario, Canada) went the distance for Georgia Southern and allowed 10 hits and two earned runs. She walked four and struck out four and fell to 8-6.
    FSU’s Tiffany McDonald fanned 11 and walked just one in recording the no-hitter.
    The Eagles return to Southern Conference play this weekend when they host the College of Charleston for a three-game series, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday.

SHS track wins meet
     The Statesboro boys took home first place in Thursdays track meet, and the Lady Devils came in second.
    Competing teams were Jenkins County, Screven County, Metter, Calvary Day. Tattnall County and Jefferson County.
    Two Blue Devil records were set. Gwen Jones set an SHS record with a distance of 42’71⁄2” in the shotput, and Patrick Jenkins through a record set a school record-setting 47’21⁄2”.
    Mario Jackson placed first in the high jump, leaping the bar at 6-feet-2 and the long jump with a distance of 22’7”. Raven Thomas got a gold in the long jump for the girls, coming in at 16’10”, and clocked in at 58.3 seconds in the 400-meters for another gold.
    Sherrod Hankerson threw the shotput 42’53⁄4” for a win, and Victor Sweet threw the discus 137 feet.
    Three SHS relay teams came in first. the girls 4X400 clocked in at 4:17, the 4X100 finished at 43.1 seconds and the boys 4X400 won with a time of 3:32.
    Screven took over first place for the girls in the overall competition.

SEB soccer dominates Metter
    The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets knocked off Metter with a barrage of goals Thursday night on the road in which eight different players scored.
    The Jackets had two players (Brittany Hood, 3 goals, 3 assists and DeAnn Lewis, 3 goals, assist) with a hat trick in the win.
    Baily Floyd added a goal and an assist, and Ashlin Reid, Kelly Hadden, Bridgett Devlin, Tiffany Rowe and Skyler Adams each scored once for the Jackets.
    Southeast Bulloch (8-3, 2-3 Area 3-AA/A) takes on Screven County in Brooklet Tuesday where they will try to avenge a 3-1 upset earlier this season.

SCHS tennis gets double win
    The Screven County Gamecocks (9-6) knocked off Savannah Christian in savannah 5-0 Thursday.
    Singles winners were Eric Boddiford (6-0, 6-0), Jim Freeman (6-0, 6-0) and Hunter Sommers (6-0, 6-0).
    No. 1 doubles pair Zachary Parker and Grant Triplett won 6-3, 6-2, and No. 2 doubles pair Taylor Driggers and Eli Woods won 7-6(7-4), 4-6, 6-3.
    The Lady Gamecocks (11-4) also got a 5-0 win over Savannah Christian.
    Kate Blackburn and Evan Shepard each won 6-0, 6-0 and Kathryn Wells won 6-0, 6-1.
    Doubles pairs Carter Mills and Missy Zeagler (7-6, 6-3) and Kelsey forehand and Sydnee Weaver (6-3, 6-2) also got wins for SCHS.
    The Gamecocks return to action Tuesday when they travel to Augusta for a region matchup with Josey.

SCHS soccer falls to SCPS
    Savannah Christian Prepatory School knocked off the Screven County Lady Gamecocks (7-4, 2-4 Area 3-AA/A) 5-0 Thursday in Sylvania. Gamecock keeper Christi Boston finished the contest with 24 saves.
    Screven returns to action when they travel to Southeast Bulloch Tuesday.

SHS golf places second
    The Statesboro Blue Devils hosted Savannah Christian, Effingham County  and South Effingham at Forrest Heights Country Club in Statesboro Thursday, placing second behind Savannah Christian.
    The leading individual performance of the day was Statesboro’s John Lee (76), and Blue Devil Walker Hill (78) came in second. Savannah Christians Layton Truaz placed second individually, shooting a 77.
    The Blue Devils return to action when they travel to Rocky Creek in Vidalia for the Vidalia Indian Invitational on April 4-5. The Devils will compete in a field of 48 teams.

SEB tennis sweeps Jefferson
    Southeast Bulloch swept Jefferson County on the road in region tennis action Thursday.
    The boys (7-2, 3-0 Region 3-AA) got wins from No. 1 singles Aaron Groover (6-0, 6-2), No. 2 singles Sam Dickerson (6-1, 6-0) and No. 3 singles Brandon Sellers (6-2, 6-0). No. 1 doubles pair Brooks Edenfield and Will Jones won 6-3, 6-4 and No. 2 doubles team William Groover and sean Brannen won 6-2, 6-0.
    The Lady Jackets (4-5, 2-1) also won 5-0.
    Singles players Shelby Forehand (6-2, 6-0), Victoria Herndon (6-0, 6-0) and Jordan Sherrod (6-0, 6-0) all got wins, and No. 1 doubles pair Kaitlin Brannen and Emily McGuire (6-0, 6-4) and No. 2 doubles pair Sarah Burkhart and Sarah Waters completed the sweep.
    The Jackets return to action Monday when they host region foe Westside (Augusta).

BA boys lose heartbreaker
    Bulloch Academy was nipped 5-4 in a double-overtime shootout with Memorial Day School in boys’ soccer action at Gator Alley Tuesday.
    Freshman John Harden scored in the first half but the Matadors held a 2-1 lead at the half. Senior Ben Stephens knotted the contest at 2-2 late in the second half and the score remained the same at end of regulation.
    In the first overtime (two five-minute periods), neither squad scored so the contest went to a second overtime (shoot-out). Bulloch had goals from Kelly Williams and Haze Smith but fell one short for the loss.
    The Gators (0-3) host Westfield on April 1 at 5 p.m.

BA girls lose to Trinity
    DUBLIN — The Bulloch Academy girls’ soccer team lost to Region 2-AA foe Trinity Christian School 4-0 Tuesday while the BA junior varsity squad lost 3-0.
The varsity Lady Gators (0-7, 0-1) host First Presbyterian of Hinesville Friday at 6:30 p.m. while the BA junior varsity girls (0-1) take on the Lady Highlanders at 5 p.m.

GSU basketball camps
    Dates for the 2008 Jeff Price Basketball Camps have been announced. The first session runs June 9-13 and the second is July 14-18. The camps are for boys and girls, rising grades 2nd-9th.
    The cost for all campers is $150.

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.

Hoffman named Mercer basketball coach
    MACON (AP) — Bob Hoffman, who has been successful as a college and minor league professional coach, was named the head basketball coach at Mercer University on Thursday.
    He succeeds Mark Slonaker, whose contract was not renewed after going 11-19 this season and 6-10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Slonaker coached the Bears for 11 seasons beginning in 1997 and had a 128-189 record.
    A native of Oklahoma City, Hoffman has a 400-171 coaching record at Texas-Pan American and Oklahoma Baptist, his alma mater.
    He also guided the American Basketball Association Arkansas Aeros to a 25-2 record in 2006-2007 and had a 17-29 mark with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, an NBA Development League franchise, before taking the Mercer job Thursday.
    The Aeros averaged 133 points per game in Hoffman’s up-tempo style.
    His also did a three-year stint with the Southern Nazarene women’s team where he had an 88-16 record and captured the 1989 NAIA national title in his second season.
    ‘‘I am very excited about the potential at Mercer,’’ Hoffman said. ‘‘My wife and I were overwhelmed by the prospects we saw when we visited the campus. We could tell that the Mercer administration is committed to developing a highly successful men’s basketball program. I cannot wait to get started.’’

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