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Local Roundup: Screven tops Generals in S.C.

    VARNVILLE, S.C. — Screven County's first trip to the Lowcountry was a good one for the Gamecocks (3-0), who brought home a 38-14 win over the Wade Hampton Generals.
    Tavarius Johnson had 17 carries for 116 yards, including touchdowns from 55 yards and 6 yards out, and Donta Wilburn scored twice, with four carries for 127 yards on the night. Malik Prescott carried it seven times for 57 yards and scored a touchdown from 12 yards out. CJ Wright added a 16-yard touchdown run, and kicker Jacob Smith made two extra point attempts.
    The Gamecocks held the Generals to just 140 yards.
    Screven County travels to Savannah Thursday to face the Windsor Forest Knights.

Pinewood Christian edges BA
    Bulloch Academy’s sixth-inning rally fell a couple of runs short as the Lady Gators were nipped by Pinewood 5-4 in GISA Region 2-AAA action on Thursday.
    Down 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth with one out, senior Powell Fennel singled and eighth-grade pinch-hitter Saylor Calloway beat out a bunt.  Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Junior Hannah Dasher laced a two-out single into right center to plate both runs.
    The Lady Gators held PCA scoreless in the top of the seventh but couldn’t push any more runs across in the bottom of the seventh. The loss dropped BA to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in region play. PCA freshman Regan Waters got the win while junior Ansley Daughtry was tagged with the loss.
    PCA took a 1-0 lead in the first. Edi Threkald pounded a lead-off double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Emily Shiver fielder’s choice to short stop. The Lady Patriots added two more in the third. Threkald walked and took second on Emily Shiver’s one-bagger. Carleigh Bell laced a single to right to score both for a 3-0 lead.
    BA cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth after senior Ashley Burke led off with a single and junior Kaleigh Sisolak knocked her in with a single to right. With two outs, freshman Alivia Collins drove Sisolak.
    PCA got both of the runs back in the top of the fifth on back-to-back singles by Bell and Maggie Greer. Abigal Bland pounded a double that plated both runs.
    The Lady Gators are on the road next week for two region games, traveling to Waynesboro Tuesday to face Edmund Burke and Dublin on Thursday to take on Trinity Christian.

GSU's Stanford named head tennis coach
    Georgia Southern women's tennis assistant coach Michele Stanford was promoted to head coach on
Sept. 12 as announced by Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein. Stanford will lead the program into its first Sun Belt Conference season at the Kennesaw State Invite on Sept. 19.
    Stanford served as an assistant coach last season for Amy Bonner, who stepped down at the end of July, and helped the program post a 10-11 record with a 4-5 mark in conference play. GSU opened the season with three-straight victories and won six of the last eight matches to close out the 2013-14 campaign.

GSU women's soccer blanks Alabama State
    Georgia Southern goalkeeper Katie Merson recorded her 17th career shutout, a new school record, as the Eagles topped Alabama State 3-0 Friday afternoon at Eagle Field.
    The senior got into the offensive action as well, tallying her first career assist on the Eagles’ third goal. Her punt deflected off a defender and wound up at the feet of Jennifer Wittick near the top of the penalty area. Wittick sent a shot over the head of Hornet keeper Zaria Maynard and into the back of the net in the 52nd minute.

VCU downs GSU volleyball
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Kalah Jones posted 16 kills and six digs, and Janelle Sykes added 14 kills to lead VCU to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23) volleyball victory over Georgia Southern in the first match of the Carolina Classic in Carmichael Arena Friday afternoon.
    Jamie DeRatt tallied 20 kills and eight digs for the Eagles (0-7), and Megan Chevalier collected a career-high 16 kills and seven digs. Kym Coley notched 10 kills and Kat Minnerly finished with 50 assists and 10 digs. It was the seventh 50-plus assist match of the junior’s career.
    Jessica Young added 11 kills for VCU (2-5), and Cecilia Aragao posted 48 assists and seven digs.
GSU men's golf sits in 5th after first round of invitational
    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Scott Wolfes carded a 3-under 69, and the Georgia Southern men’s golf team combined for a total of 295 in the first round of the Invitational at The Ocean Course Friday.
    South Florida (-6) shot an all-time tournament low of 282 to claim the lead, and College of Charleston (+3) is in second. Duke (+4) and Kentucky are tied for third, three strokes ahead of the Eagles (+7). Troy (+9) and Georgia State are tied for sixth, two strokes behind Georgia Southern.
    Wolfes is in a four-way tie for third, one stroke out of second and two shots off the leader, Cooper Musselman (-5) of Kentucky.

Casblancas, Kerrigan reach semifinals in season-opening tournaments
    Daniel Casablancas and Christian Kerrigan both reached the semifinals of their respective singles field as the Georgia Southern men's tennis team completed the first day of competition in the 2014-15 season.
    The Eagles split the squad in two and competed in both the Seahawk Invitational and Mercer Bear Gridiron Classic.
    Casablancas received a bye in his first round and defeated Nic Wilson of Chattanooga 5-3 to advanced to the semifinals of the Mercer Bear Gridiron Classic A Singles. Kerrigan defeated Middle Georgia State's Tim Driessen and Georgia College's Anton Waem to reach a semifinals match against Georgia College's Pedro Ecenarro Saturday at 11 a.m.

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