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Local Roundup: Another ranked team falls to Portal

    PORTAL — The Portal Panthers played a top-5 team from Class AA for the second game in a row, and got another win.
    Portal beat No. 5 Bryan County on Saturday and knocked off No. 2 Vidalia with a come-from-behind, 68-59 win on Monday at the Portal Holiday Classic.
    The Panthers (8-2) trailed Vidalia for most of the game, and finally pulled ahead in the fourth with team leader Trent Thomas on the bench with five fouls. Thomas fouled out with nine points.
    B.J. Prescott led PHS with 18 points, and Tyler Budgett and DeVon Moore each scored 12.

SEB tops Appling County
    PORTAL — Appling County was no match for Southeast Bulloch on Monday at the Portal Holiday Classic, as the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 64-51 win.
    Southeast Bulloch (5-8) was led by Sheldon Hendrix, who scored 19 points.

BA girls wrap tourney with wins
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators bounced back from their first loss of the season with a pair of wins on Sunday and Monday at the Carolina Invitational.
    The Gators (11-1) wrapped the tournament on Monday with a 61-39 win over First Baptist School of Charleston.
    Pate Lomax led the scoring with 20 points, and Ashley Burke and Mikay Sands each chipped in 12.
    On Sunday, BA defeated Virginia's St. Stephen & St. Agnes School 65-53.
    Lomax scored 24, Burke added 17 and Sands finished with 14.
    Lomax was named to the All-Tournament team.
    The Gators return to action at home on Jan. 6, against Robert Toombs Christian Academy.

GSU's Frye invited to All-Star game
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Garrett Frye, an offensive tackle for Georgia Southern, received an invitation to the Medal of Honor Bowl and has accepted the opportunity to play in the Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, senior all-star game.
    The second annual contest will be held at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C., with kickoff at 2 p.m.
    Frye joins several of the nation’s top draft eligible college football players for the game named to celebrate the men and women of the nation’s military. Frye will be assigned to either the “American” or “National” team play for either of two legendary coaches Willie Jeffries or Chan Gailey.
    Practice begins on Jan. 5 with Frye and teammate Edwin Jackson reporting for camp the previous day.
    A Capital One second team academic All-American and two-time all-district member, he has represented the Eagles as the university’s male student-athlete of the year for two years.
    Frye was named to the Sun Belt Conference first team offense by the league and media outlets this season.

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