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Local Roundup: Portal suffers first loss, 78-75, in OT
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    Portal’s boys basketball team (7-1) fell in overtime to Calvary Day Friday, 78-75.
    After Calvary (8-1) went up by one point in overtime, a Portal turnover with eight seconds remaining led to the game’s final basket andsealed the outcome of a back-and-forth affair.
    In regulation with the score tied at 70, Portal held the ball for the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter. Shane Reese let a buzzer-beating 3-pointer fly that looked good all the way, only to have the ball go halfway down and rattle out, forcing overtime.
    The Panthers led by two points after one quarter and 38-37 at halftime. Calvary had a 54-52 lead after three.
    Portal’s Fred Williams led all scorers with 35 points, while Mario Farris added 16. Calvary was led by 33 points from Alex Moorman and Blake Jones’ 18.
    The Panthers host Savannah Country Day tonight.

Claxton girls fall, 36-33
    Claxton’s girls basketball team fell to Richmond Hill Friday, 36-33.
    Ashley Kennedy paced the Lady Tigers (5-2, 1-0) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
    Claxton returns to the court today at Toombs County. The game starts at 4 p.m.

Lady Gators get win, 42-22
    Kacie Lanier scored 14 points while Addie Reddick and Kelcie jacobs added six apiece as Bulloch Academy’s girls team (5-4) downed Atlanta Dominion Christian Academy Friday.
Bulloch Academy falls, 65-46
    Atlanta Dominion Christian Academy topped BA Friday, 65-46.
    Jordan Walker and Wil Hall had 11 points each for the Gators (2-5). Will Powell added nine.
    Both BA teams travel to Marietta today for matchups with Mount Vernon Academy.

Portal JV wins
    Portal’s junior varsity boys basketball team defeated Calvary Day Friday night, 58-43.

Portal Middle sweeps Jenkins
    Both the girls and boys basketball teams of Portal Middle School got defeated Jenkins County on Friday.
    The boys (5-1) used tenacious team defense to hold Jenkins to just two point in the second half, winning 39-12.
    Corey Walker led the way with 15 points, while Jamie Hagans added 11.
    In girls action, Portal (4-2) prevailed 48-24. Leading scorers included Nikki Sims (12 points), Jalvin Jones (8) and Brionna Flood (8).
    Both teams return to the court on Jan. 4 in a game against Metter.

Langston Chapel Middle splits
    The girls basketball team of Langston Chapel Middle School downed William James Middle Friday, 16-12.
    Sierra Kirkland led Langston Chapel with nine points.
    In boys action, Devin Bleach’s 13 points helped pave the way to a Langston Chapel victory, 38-27.
    Aaron Lester added 10 points in the win.
    Both teams return to the court on Jan. 3 for games with SEB Middle.
SEB accepting Hall of Fame nominations
    Southeast Bulloch High School is accepting nominations for the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Contact Bobby Costlow at 842-5412 to receive a nomination form.

Northside-Warner Robins 30, Marist 6
    WARNER ROBINS (AP) — Tijuan Green ran for 240 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northside-Warner Robins to a 30-6 victory over Marist in the Class AAAA state championship Friday night.
    The Eagles (15-0), who returned to the title game after losing to Statesboro 13-10 last year, were crowned as champs for the first time in school history.
    Northside-Warner Robins benefited from Marist kicker Colin Gallagher’s missed 36-yard field goal, which could’ve tied the game before halftime. The Eagles then took a 16-6 lead when Green scored on a 43-yard run in the third quarter.
    The War Eagles (13-2) went three-and-out on their next possession. Then Northside scored another touchdown four plays later on a 25-yard pass from Marques Ivory to Green, who finished with 25 carries.

    Due to incorrect information given to the Herald, the  Jingle Bell 5K Reindeer Run’s top male finishers in the 30 to  34-year-old category were incorrect in Friday’s paper.
    The results should have read as follows: First - Ken Harville  (21:49.1); second - Stewart Moody (22:39.4); third - Kelly Herrington (24:04.9).