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Fastbreak: William James Middle to host early playoff game
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        The William James Middle School football team will play Screven County Middle School today at 4:30 p.m. at home at the Julia P. Bryant Field in the first round of the Coastal Empire Region playoffs. William James Middle is currently 5 - 1 with its only loss coming at the hands of Screven County (5-1) earlier in the season.  
    Admission to the game is $3.00.

Follow SEB softball
    The Southeast Bulloch softball team will continue its quest for a state championship on Thursday at noon in Columbia.
    You can listen to the Yellow Jackets’ quarterfinal match with Greater Atlanta Christian on the radio at 107.3 FM.

Statesboro cross country does well at Greenbrier
    The Statesboro High School Cross Country girls and boys varsity and junior varsity teams participated in the annual Columbia County Invitational  5k run at Greenbrier High School in Evans on October 21.
    This event featured 123 top varsity runners from AAAA schools throughout the state. The SHS girls’ team earned 3rd place with an average time of 22:45. Morgan Vangorder placed third out of 48 female runners with a time of 20:41 on the challenging course.  Other times for the SHS runners were Kate Brunson (21:07), Tiffany Woodard (23:29), Jordan Long (24:01) Lauren Thomas (24:29) and Kate Handley (27:14).
    The SHS boys team, which earned 4th place, was led by Paul Welle.
    The senior clocked a 16:32, good enough for a third-place finish out of 75 male runners.  
    Times for other SHS runners were Jordan Jones (17:26), Stephen Harvey (19:04), Jared Kilpatrick (19:18) Jay Brunson (19:27), Nathan Hunter (20:01) and Josh Pollack (20:06).
    SHS cross country teams continue preparing for the region titles which will be held at Greenbrier on Nov. 1.   

GSU cross country prepares for championships
    Georgia Southern’s Cross Country team will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., this Saturday to compete in the 2006 Southern Conference Championships.
    This year’s event marks the 15th SoCon Championship meet for the Eagles after joining the conference in 1992.  GSU’s best finish was seventh place, achieved four times (1996, 1997, 2002 and 2003).
    Chattanooga will be welcoming the 11 Southern Conference women’s teams this weekend, including defending champions Davidson College.  Last year was the Wildcats’ second title, having claimed their first in 2003.  Davidson is expected to repeat that title having topped the pre-season poll this year with 94 points.
    Host Chattanooga will prove to be competition as well, having finished every meet this season no worse than third.  The Mocs won their fourth and most recent conference championship in 2004.
    The Eagles look to improve from last year’s 10th place finish at the championships.  The race is set to start at 10 a.m. for the women’s teams on the Moccasin Bend course.
Abraham might miss 3-4 weeks after surgery
    ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham will miss three to four weeks following surgery Tuesday to repair a torn lower abdominal muscle.
    The Falcons did not release details on the procedure, but coach Jim Mora said the torn muscle ‘‘is related to but not solely linked to’’ the groin injury that has limited the oft-injured three-time Pro Bowler to only two games this season.
    The announcement came as a surprise because Mora said on Monday that Abraham may be able to play against Cincinnati Sunday. The torn muscle was discovered when Abraham was having his groin examined Monday.