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Local Roundup - BA soars past Region 2-AA foes in tune-up meet
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Rachel Gilbert - photo by RAHN HUTCHESON/Special to the Herald

            Bulloch Academy flexed its track and field muscles Wednesday in the dress rehearsal for next week’s Region 2-AA championships.

            The Gators won 13 events while the Lady Gators had 12 first places in the ‘pre-region’ meet. The defending region and Class AA state champions turned in some impressive individual efforts and some personal bests during the afternoon. Two school records also fell.

            Senior Paul Son hurled the discus 132-10 for a new milestone while sophomore Taylor Collins cleared 5-3 in the high jump for her new benchmark. Collins is the two-time defending state champion in her event while Son is the reigning title-holder in his event. Both are also defending region champions.

            Son shattered the previous record of 126-10, which was set by Johnny Martin in 2005. Collins breaks the old mark of 5-2 which she had tied in 2009. The height was originally reached by Suzanne Vickery in 1984.

            Many members of both BA squads recorded personal bests in their events en route to the massive victories. The Bulloch boys netted 105 points for the win while the Lady Gators recorded 98 points.

            In the girls’ meet, BA junior Rachel Gilbert once again was stellar, winning the 400-meter dash (62.67), the long jump (15-8.5), finishing second in the 200m dash (27.22) and running legs on the first-place 4x400m relay team (Gilbert, Kelcie Jacobs, Anna Newton, Heaven Hinton) and the first-place 4x100m relay team (Gilbert, Jacobs, Newton, Hinton). Gilbert is the two-time defending state champion in the 400m dash. The amazing athlete, who is the defending region champion in all three individual events for three years in a row, is also the three-time winner of the Region 2-AA girls’ high-point trophy.

            Jacobs, a senior, won all three distances races, clocking 13:02 in the 3200m run, 6:12 in the 1600m run and 2:36 in the 800m run, in a fantastic show of strength and endurance. The lithe blonde is the defending region champion in all three and the defending state champion in the 1600m run.

            Junior Sally Marie Futch won both the shot put (31-3 3/4) and the discus (117-5 1/2). Futch is the two-time defending state champion in the discus and the reigning region champion in both events.

            Other first-place efforts were recorded by senior Kaylee Dennard (pole vault, 6-6) and Hinton (300m hurdles, 51.38)

            In the boys’ meet, BA junior Lestonz Lewis won the 100m dash (11.38), the 200m dash (24.22) and ran legs on the winning 4x100m relay team (Lewis, David Sawyer, Xavier Tolliver, Ellis Lane) and the first-place 4x400m relay team (Lewis, Sawyer, Tolliver, Lane).

            Lane, also a junior, was equally as impressive, winning the long jump (18-6 1/2) and the triple jump (38-7 1/2). Sawyer, a senior, took the high jump (6-0) and Tolliver, also a senior, won the 400m dash (56.82).

            BA junior John Harden won the 110m hurdles (16.33) and the 300m hurdles (46.10). He is the defending region and state champion in the 110m event.

            Other first-place finishes were turned in by Will Johnson in the 3200m run (11:13) and sophomore Codi Johnson in the shot (40-7.5).

            Bulloch Academy hosts the Region 2-AA track and field championships on April 19 at Gator Alley.



From staff and wire reports


Lady Gamecocks taking three to state

            DUBLIN — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (18-2) defeated Dublin 3-1 Wednesday at the Region 3-AA tennis tournament hosted by DHS.

            It marked the 21st-consecutive season SCHS sending a team to the state playoffs.

            Winning in singles play was Missy Zeagler (6-0, 6-1).

            Doubles winners were Kelsey Forehand and Sydnee Weaver (6-1, 6-0) and Lauren Bazemore and Lauren Thomas (6-0, 6-0).

            The boys fell to Dublin 3-1 a the tournament Wednesday. It will be the first time since 1995 the Gamecocks won’t appear in the state tournament.

            Doubles team Taylor Driggers and Tyler Lee were 6-1, 6-1 winners.

            The region championships take place today in Dublin at 10 a.m.


Lady Jackets take 1st at meet

            BROOKLET — The southeast Bullloch Lady Yellow Jackets hosted and won a five-team track meet Wednesday with a score of 92.5.

            Screven County (88.5) took second, Bryan County (70) took third, Effingham County (52) took fourth and South Effingham (30) finished fifth.

            First place finishers for SEB were Breanna Gates (200-meter run, long jump), the 4X100-meter relay team of Gates, Dineshia Baker, Crystall Mikell and Nira Byrd and the 4X400 team of Baker, Gates, Byrd and Kiki Hendrix.

            Baker also took first in the 400.

            Second-place finishers were Byrd (100, triple jump) and Hendrix (800).

            Finishing third for the Lady jackets were Katie Glisson (pole vault), Leslie Wilson (1600), Gates (100), Byrd (200), Baker (triple jump) and Mikell (high jump).

            Screven County won the boys’ meet with a score of 93.5.

            Effingham and BCHS (85) finished tied for second, SEB (40) came in fourth and South Effingham (30) finished fifth.

            The 4X400 relay team of Denzel McBride, Joe Holloway, Bodie Collins an Terrell Paulson took a first-place finish.

            McBride (800m) and Rob Ware (pole vault) finished second and Robby Spivey (discus) and David Johnson (shotput) finished third.

            Southeast Bulloch will host the final regular season meet Friday before next week’s Region 3-AA meet.

            The Lady Yellow Jackets will host the girls region meet Tuesday and Thursday, while the boys travel to Laney Wednesday and Friday.

            SEB will also host the Region 3-A meet Wednesday and Friday.


SEB girls dominate ECI

            TWIN CITY — Ashley Clifton and Crystal Dowell each recorded a hat trick as the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets cruised to a 10-0 win Wednesday at Emanuel County Institute.

            Crystal Kalaani, Cristin Carter, Jessica Walker and Kaycee Charatte each added a goal in the win.

            Kaitlyn Wyatt recorded five saves on her way to recording the shutout in goal.

            SEB returns to action today, hosting Screven County for senior night at Fred Shaver Field.


Jackets knock off Bulldogs

            TWIN CITY — Southeast Bulloch got a two-goal night out of Doug Flott and held on for a 4-1 win Wednesday at Emanuel County institute.

            Matt Higgins and Justin Hodnicki also scored in the effort.

            SEB closes out the regular season Tuesday when it travels to Calvary.


GSU cyclists seek division titles

            The Georgia Southern Road cycling team will travel to Mars Hill in North Carolina April 16-18th in hopes of claiming podium spots in the Mens C, and Mens B divisions.

            The Eagles have been racing since early January competing in over 21 races that have taken them all over the southeast.  Georgia Southern currently competes against Division One and Division schools every weekend, and has posted some impressive results for 2009-2010.

            The Eagles have junior Joseph Middleton leading the Division Two Mens B series, and Matt Gentry is currently in third place in Mens C division, only two points out of second with only the conference championships to go.


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