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Local Roundup: William James Middle wins region crown
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  The William James Middle School football team won the Coastal Empire Region championship with a 20-0 win over Richmond Hill on Wednesday.
    The win, which occurred at Richmond Hill, gave the Knights of William James a 7-1 record for the season.

GSU men picked third in preseason hoops poll
     SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Georgia Southern men’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the South Division and two players were named to the preseason All-Southern Conference team at the league’s basketball media day in Spartanburg.
    The defending conference champions placed third in the South in the coaches’ poll behind College of Charleston and Furman.
    Senior guard Donte Gennie and junior forward Louis Graham earned all-conference distinction from the coaches.  Both players were third team picks by the media at the end of last season.
    Gennie averaged 12.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 2005-06, and led the conference shooting 45.2 percent (47-104) from 3-point land.  The team’s top returning scorer, Gennie was second behind SoCon Player of the Year Elton Nesbitt in scoring average and shot 50 percent from the floor on the season.
    Graham has made his mark on the GSU record book in just two seasons, standing in second place in career blocks with 107, five behind all-time leader Kashien Latham.  Last year Graham topped the squad in rebounding at 7.4 rpg and was third in scoring at 11.4 ppg.
    The Eagles return three starters from last season’s 20-10 team that reached the NIT, the school’s first postseason appearance in 14 years.

Brown named to preseason all-SoCon team
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. —Georgia Southern women’s basketball guard Tiffany Brown was named to the preseason All-Southern Conference team by the league’s coaches today.  The distinction was announced at the conference’s Basketball Tip Off in Spartanburg, S.C., just two weeks prior to the  Nov. 12 season opener.
    Brown, a junior from Waxhaw, N.C., finished second on the team in both scoring and free throw percentage last year, averaging 10.5 points per game and shooting 40.5 percent from the charity stripe.  She also pulled down 2.4 rebounds and dished out 2.1 assists per game for the Lady Eagles in the 2005-06 campaign.
    The Lady Eagles were also picked by the SoCon coaches to finish in the top half of the league, with a pre-season pick of fifth place.  The top voting tally went toward UNC Greensboro, followed closely by defending champion Chattanooga.
    Georgia Southern returns three starters from last year’s squad as two-time SoCon ‘Coach of the Year’ Rusty Cram and the Lady Eagles prepare for the Nov. 12 season- and home-opener versus Stetson.  Tip-off in the Hanner Fieldhouse is slated for 5 p.m.