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Local Roundup: Panthers rally for 6 in 7th, beat rival ECI
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    PORTAL — Garrett Hodges capped off a six-run seventh, scoring Nolan Clark on a base hit to give Portal a 13-12 win over rival Emanuel County Institute Friday.
    The Panthers trailed 12-7 going into their last at-bat, but railled to improve to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in Region 3-A.
    David Dampier went 3-for-5 with an RBI, Derek Finch was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Jordan Dampier was 1-for-2 with an RBI, Nick Boggs was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Chad Busby was 1-for-3. Brett Rivers picked up the win for PHS.
    Portal won’t return to the diamond until April 8 when they host Jenkins County.

SEB boys get past Metter
    METTER — The Southeast Bulloch boys’ soccer team defeated Metter Thursday night 5-2.  
    Ian Foster upped his season total to 13 goals by completing a hat trick.  Casey Sharpe and David Chambers each added a goal.  The Jackets had 13 total shots on goal.  
    Wyman Brown, Jonathan McGaha and Timothy Montgomery anchored the Jacket defense, limiting the number of shots against senior goalie Jason Smith who recorded five saves.  
    The win improved SEB to 3-6 on the year.

BA girls win first soccer match
    The Bulloch Academy varsity girls’ soccer team beat First Presbyterian of Hinesville 3-1 Friday for its first win of the season.
    “We needed that,” said BA head coach Will Avra. “A win feels really good right now.”
    The Lady Gators (1-7, 1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first period. Eighth grader Haley Burke dribbled into the FPCS box and passed the ball to senior Abi Foy. Foy buried the ball in the Lady Highlander net for the lead.
    FPCS knotted the score at 1-1 approximately 10 minutes into the second half. BA senior Kate Martin drilled a 20-yard kick at the midpoint of the half as the Lady Gators regained the lead.
    Burke sealed the game with a goal late in the contest. Sophomore Anna Foy played a ball off a defender in the FPCS box and Haley punched it in for the score.
    Besides the play of Burke, the Foy sisters and Kate Martin, Coach Avera pointed out the play of freshman Kaylee Sheppard and eighth grader Erin O’Sullivan.
    In the earlier junior varsity game, the Lady Highlanders blanked Bulloch 5-0.
    Bulloch travels to St. Simons Island Monday for a varsity/junior varsity doubleheader with Frederica Academy.

BA sweeps TCS
    DUBLIN — The Bulloch Academy tennis teams swept Trinity Christian School on Thursday.
    The boys (5-1) won 5-0, getting singles wins from Paul Son, Brandon Walker and Casey Webb. Rob Mallard and Matt Williamson won in doubles play, as did Taylor Lanier and Troy Poulin.
    The girls improved to 5-1 with a 5-0 victory. Erin O’Sullivan, Mckenzie Webb and Sally Smith all won their singles matches. In doubles, Mary Catherine Speigner and Kate Anna Akins won, as did Betsy Woodrum and Morgan Anderson.
    Both Gator teams will face Edmund Burke on Monday at Forest Heights Country Club ar 4 p.m.

Bryan County beats Jenkins
    PEMBROKE — The Bryan County baseball team topped Jenkins on Friday 9-6.
    The Redskins improved to 5-6 on the season.

BA JV track wins meet
    LYONS — The Bulloch Academy girls’ junior varsity track team won a four-team meet at Robert Toombs Christian Academy Thursday.
    BA’s Taylor Collins won the high jump and the 400-meters as the Lady Gators netted 120 points for an easy win over RTCA, Thomas Jefferson and First Presbyterian Christian from Hinesville.
    Codi Johnson led the BA boys, who were right in the thick of things in a tight three-team race but lost to TJA and RTCA. Johnson won both the shot put and discus.
    In the girls’ meet, Collins also ran a leg on the winning 400m relay team (with Maddie Manack, Emily Morgan and Marianna Peebles) and the victorious 1600m relay team (with Manack, Morgan and Anna Newton).
    Other first-place winners were Morgan in the 800m and Merrill Nelson won the 100m hurdles.
    Second-place finishers were Collins (200m), Morgan (1600m), Peebles (100m), Manack (400m), Mary Margaret Reeves (discus), Amelia Akins (shot put), Hendley Kimbrell (100m hurdles) and Lauren Dennard (800m).
    In the boys’ meet, Hunter Jacobs won the 1600m and finished second in the 800m. Matthew Collins was second in the discus and the 400m relay No. 1 team of Johnson, Jacobs, Lexton Womack, and Harrison Averitt also finished second. John Gowan was third in the 800m and Averitt was third in the 200m.
    Bulloch Academy travels to Warrenton to compete at Briarwood Academy on April 3.

SEBMS golf results
    Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s Tyler Smith carded a 42 at Southern Links Thursday to capture low medalist of a three team match.  Langston Chapel’s Will Tucker and Metter’s Rod Bass tied for second.  Metter won the team event by three strokes over SEBMS.

Hits and Mrs. bowling results
    Results are in from the Hits and Mrs. Bowling League for the week of March 25.
    In the women’s division, Debbie Sapp (238), Dot Wright (179) and Louise Blitch (171) posted high scores in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Sapp (567), Blitch (488) and Genevieve Kirkland (450) were tops in the league.
    In Handicap Games, Sapp (266), Blitch (215) and Wright (211) led the league.
    Sapp (623), Blitch (620) and Peggy Motes (582) posted high scores in Handicap Series.
    In the men’s division, Greg Annas (233), Perry Lee (222) and Jeffery Sheffield and Charlie Wilson (220) led the league in Scratch Games.
    In Scratch Series, Wilson (570), Sheffield (569) and Lee (546) were tops in the league.
    In Handicap Games, Annas (258), Wilson (247) and Sheffield and Lee (246) topped the competition.
    In Handicap Series, Wilson (651), Sheffield (647) and Johnny Scott (635) posted high scores.
    The league standings are as follows: Circle R Turf Farm (37 games won); Portal Strikers (34); Three Legged Dog (25); The Splitters (24); Pizza Hut (22); Statesboro Tire (22); Ryan Family Chiropractic (20); One Short (20); Harvest Lanes (19) and Larry Akins Insurance (17).

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