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Local Roundup: Gators, Jackets win track meets
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    Both Bulloch Academy boys’ and girls’ track teams tallied monster points to win their respective six-team meets Wednesday at Gator Alley.
    The Gator girls tallied 178 points to outpoint Region 2-AA rival Trinity Christian. The Crusaders from Dublin notched 153 points while Pinewood took third with 111.
    Bulloch’s girls notched seven firsts, six seconds and six thirds for a strong performance. Freshman Kelcie Jacobs scored the most points for the Lady Gators, winning two events (3200m and 800m runs) and taking second in the 1600m run. Other first-place winners were Sally Marie Futch (discus), Rachel Gilbert (400m dash), Heaven Hinton (300m hurdles), the 4x100m relay team of Gilbert, Hinton, Susanna McKee and Kaylee Lanier and the 4x400m relay team of Gilbert, McKee, Lanier and Hinton.
    Second-place points went to Gilbert (long jump), McKee (400m dash, 800m run), Kaylee Dennard (300m hurdles) and Whitney Hinson (high jump).
    The Gator guys tallied 149 points to nip Pinewood Christian by 13 points. Trinity Christian was third with 93 points.
    Bulloch’s boys won seven events, had four seconds and four thirds.
    First-place winners for Bulloch were John Manack (3200m run), Chan Newton (high jump), Ethan Lovett (100m hurdles), Dartavious Brown (300m hurdles), Ben Stephens (800m run), the 4x100m relay team of Brown, Lovett, Jordan Walker, Troy Poulin and the 4x400m relay team of Brown, Stephens, Poulin and Lovett. Second-place finishers were Lovett (pole vault), James Conner (discus), David Poole (300m hurdles), Jordan Walker (800m run).
    Bulloch takes next week off for Spring Break but returns to action on April 11, hosting the pre-Region 2-AA meet.

SEB track wins
four-team meet
    The Southeast Bulloch girls track team racked up 128 points to win a four-team meet Wednesday in Brooklet. Calvary Day took second (55), Bryan County was third (38) and Savannah Country Day finished fourth (17).
    SEB’s boys also won with 105 points, beating Bryan County (88), Calvary (24), Savannah Country Day (15).
    Winners for the SEB girls were: Shot Put: Sarah Herndon (first, 33’1”), Shamonica Tremble (second, 28’2”); Discus: Katie Schuman (first, 101’5 1/2”), Sarah Hendon (second, 101’2”), Leigh Anna Spivy (third, 69’11 1/2”); Long Jump: Alesha Mercer (second, 14’2 1/2”); Triple Jump: Brittany Carter (first, 29’5”), Andria Lee (third, 28’1”); High Jump: Rebekah Harville (second, 4’10”); Pole Vault: Candace McElveen (first, 5’6”), Victoria Bowen (second, 5’6”); 4 x 100m relay: SEB No. 1 (first, 52.81, Mercer, Tremble, Rawls, Carter); 1600m: Audrey Smith (first, 6:17), Sarah Burgess (second, 6:34); 400m: Brittyan Carter (first, 1:05), Asha Rawls 9second, 1:11); 100m: Alisha Mercer (first, 12.94); 100m hurdles: Kamala Groomes (third, 20.11); 800m: Paige Fanning (third, 3:20); 200m: Alisha Mercer (first, 27.06), Teia McCollom (third, 28.65); 3200m: Audrey Smith (first, 13:04), Sarah burgess (third, 14:48); 300m hurdles: Brittany Carter (first, 56.59), Candace Pierce (third, 1:01); 4 x 400m relay: SEB No. 1 (first, 4:35 Rawls, Mercer, Smith, Carter), SEB No. 2 (third, 5:08, Burgess, Grooms, McCollom, Lee).
    Top finishers for the SEB boys were: Shot Put: Josh McKeehan (second, 41’2 1/2”); Discus: Ryan Dawson (first, 123’4”); Long Jump: Tharon Davis (second, 17’11”); Triple Jump: Tharon Davis (second, 40;1”); Pole Vault: Kevin Hunnicutt (first, 11’), Dustin Plankenhorn (second, 9’6”); 4 x 100m: SEB No. 1 (first, 44.09); 400m: Patrick Ivey (second, 51.56); 100m: Drey Lingle (first, 10.84), Gerald Williams (second, 11.25); 110m hurdles: Brandon Dominy (second, 17.66); 800m: Cameron Harris (first, 2.16); 200m: Drey Lingle (first, 22.28), Gerald Williams (second, 23.03); 300m hurdles: Brandon Dominy (first, 45.59); 3200m: Nathan Davis (second, 12.21); 4 x 400m: SEB No. 1 (first, 3:44).
    The Yellow Jackets host the annual     Plankenhorn Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.

Portal Middle
baseball falls
    Corey Walker threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, but five errors by the Panthers in the final inning cost the Portal Middle School baseball team the game Wednesday as undefeated Reidsville picked up a 6-3 win at Portal.
    Nolan Clark was 2-for-4 for the Panthers (3-4), who were winning 3-0 heading into the seventh before Reidsville scored six unearned runs. Portal hosts Collins for a doubleheader Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Gamecock tennis sweeps Effingham
    Both Screven County tennis teams picked up 5-0 wins over Effingham at home Wednesday.
    Winners for the Lady Gamecocks (11-3) were: Carley Bess Williams (6-1, 6-1), Whitney Waters (6-0, 6-0), Kate Blackburn (6-0, 6-0), Natalie Hunter and Carter Mills (6-0, 6-1) and Evan Sheppard and Katherine Wells (6-0, 6-0).
    Winners for the boys (9-5) were: Eric Boddiford (6-0, 6-0), Kyle Reynolds (6-0, 6-0), Bo Evans (6-0, 6-0), Samuel Woods and Adrian Graham (6-2, 7-5) and Hunter Sommers and Eddie Waters (6-1, 6-3).
    Screven plays Savannah Christian today at the Southbridge Racket Club.

SEB baseball
falls to ECI
    Eight different Yellow Jackets had at least one hit, but Southeast Bulloch dropped a close non-region game Wednesday, falling at Emanual County Institute, 8-7. Tony Raymond was 2-for-3 for the Yellow Jackets (6-5), while Justin Daniels  went 1-for-2 with one RBI and Jeffery McCullough was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Morris Turner took the loss for SEB, which travels to Metter for a 5:30 p.m. game Friday.

SEB JROTC results
    The Southeast Bulloch High School JROTC competed in the Drill and Color Guard State Championships in Fort Gordon, Ga., on Saturday. Here are the results:
    Cadet 2LT Cory Rodriguez took first place in the Unarmed Knockout Drill.
    Cadet SSG Alex Stout took eighth place in the Unarmed Knockout Drill.
    Cadet SGM Derrick Linetook fifth place Armed Knockout Drill and cadets Chase Sandlin, Corey Rodriguez, Joshua Shenk, James Campbell, Mary Mcdaniel, Richie McCabe, Nick Kisiel, Jeremiah Jones, Chad Oglesby, Cory Galli, Khris Phipps, Bobbie Jo Newman and Derrick Line took fifth in the Armed Platoon.
    Brittany Bacon, Melissa Bradley, Alex Stout, Kimverly Sakaarup, Tiffany Hall, Candice Waters and  Rebecca Whitehurst finished fourth in the Female Unarmed Squad. Richie McCabe, Corey Rodriguez, Joshua Shenk, Chad Oglesby, Cory Galli, Chase Sandlin and James Campbell took third in the Unarmed Squad.
    In the Unarmed Platoon James Campbell, Chase Sandlin, Corey Rodriguez, Joshua Shenk, Mary Mcdaniel, Richie McCabe, Nick Kisiel, Jeremiah Jones, Chad Oglesby, Cory Galli, Khris Phipps, Bobbie Jo Newman and Derrick Line all took second place.

SHS tennis
sweeps Claxton
    The Statesboro tennis teams swept Claxton in tennis action on Tuesday.
    The boys won 5-0, with Jordan Jones (8-3), Alex Yang (8-6) and John Marshall (8-5) winning singles matches. Michael Campbell and Tyler Richardson won 8-1 in doubles, as did Jeffrey Corley and Samay Bhushan, 8-0.
    The Lady Blue Devils picked up their first win of the season with a 5-0 win over the Lady Tigers. Olivia Burnsed (8-0), Rachel Nevil (8-1) and Olivia Chester (8-0) won in singles play. In doubles, Brittany Anderson and McKenzie Bragg won 8-0 while Beth Pollak and Mary Beblowski won 9-7.

SEB Hall of Fame Info
    Southeast Bulloch will be inducting new members into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14th at the SEB Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 pm.  Call Bobby Costlow at 842-2131 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Relay For Life
softball tournament
    A softball and half-rubber ball tournament will be held Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at the Screven County Recreation Complex to benefit Relay for Life.
    Live entertainment, a dunking booth and concessions will all be part of the event which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Admission is free but donations will be gladly accepted.

GSU golf to
host Pro-Am
    Georgia Southern golf and Forest Heights Country Club are teaming up to host the Georgia Southern Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Monday, April 9, at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro with proceeds to benefit the GSU Golf program.
    All are invited to this event with teams consisting of four golfers and a professional playing in the scramble format.  A limited number of spaces are available.
    Participants will receive: Green fee and cart, a Georgia Southern golf shirt, an opportunity to meet the GSU golf team, refreshments, cocktail hour, dinner after play, raffle gifts and awards for the winning teams.
    For more information contact GSU head golf coach Larry Mays by phone at (912) 852-3769, or by e-mail at

Eagles fall to Tech
  Georgia Southern could not come up with a key two-out hit, losing 6-2 at Georgia Tech Wednesday at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Eagles (16-14 overall) split the season series with Tech 2-apiece.
    Tech jumped out to another early lead and never trailed. Luke Murton drew a one-out walk in the first inning. Michael Fisher hit a hard grounder to third baseman Chris Shehan, but the Eagles were unable to try and turn a
double play instead going for the out at first.
    That proved to hurt as Matt Wieters lined a RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
    Jeremiah Parker took Jared Hyatt’s first pitch of the third inning and delivered it into the left field gap, his fifth double of the season. He advanced to third base on Shehan’s groundout and scored when Jeremy Beckham reached on an infield
single. However, Tech regained the lead for good in its half of the inning.
    Jason Haniger doubled to start the frame off Aaron Eubanks. Danny Payne followed with a RBI double then
Murton nailed his fifth home run of the season for a 4-1 lead. Fisher lined a single and Wieters reached on a fielder’s choice when the Eagles failed to turn another double play possibility. Head coach Rodney Hennon went to the bullpen and brought in Burt Barto.
    The junior right-hander worked out of the jam unscathed getting two flyball outs and a foul out.
    Six different Eagles tallied a base hit but the team stranded eight runners on base.
    Georgia Southern returns to Southern Conference action Friday night at UNC Greensboro. The first game of the three-game set is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch.