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Local Roundup: Blue Devils escape Effingham

    The Statesboro Blue Devils (3-1) pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Effingham County, 6-5, Friday at Mill Creek.
    The Blue Devils were led at the plate by Colin Chance (2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Jackson Ware (2-for-4, RBI) and Blakeley Brown (2-for-4, RBI).
    Brown also got the win on the mound. Statesboro held Effingham County to five hits on the evening.
    The Devils return to action today at 4 p.m. at Mill Creek against Evans.

SCHS girls improve to 3-0
    JEKYLL ISLAND — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks remained unbeaten on the season by edging Brantley County, 3-2, Friday in the first roud of the Jekyll Jam tennis tournament.
    Singles players Mallorie Boswell (6-1, 6-0) and Jancy Durrence (6-1, 6-3) were winners, as well as doubles pair Haley Jackson and Voctoria Winters (6-3, 6-0).
    The Gamecocks will play a pair of matches today in the continuation of the tournament.

GSU finishes day one at UNF meet
    Georgia Southern's track and field team took part in the field events at the UNF Spring Break Invite Friday as Kelsey Chandler posted the Eagles’ top finish of the day in the Discus.
    Chandler threw for 39.05 meters for fourth place with a distance that would have put her in position to score points in the Southern Conference Outdoor Championship meet last spring.
    “I was excited about our efforts in that we had a few individuals make it back it into finals and we opened up some personal records in the first meet,” Georgia Southern coach Marlo Mincey said. “We can’t ask for too much more for that this early in the season, so we’re really happy.”
    Freshman Taylor Johnson’s first effort in the Shot Put was her best with a distance of 10.15m for a finish just outside the top 10. Junior Brianna Charles started her 2013 outdoor season in the Long Jump matching her best mark of 2012 with a 5.30m. She finished in sixth place just ahead of freshman Ashleigh Rasheed at 5.26m for seventh.

Portal set to host state meet
    Portal High School will host today's GACA state weight lifting championships for Class A and AA beginning at 10 a.m.
    Over 20 schools and more than 400 individuals will compete for both team and solo titles. Among the schools in attendance will be defending champions Claxton (Class A) and Thomasville (AA) along with defending runners-up Emanuel County Institute (A) and Heard County (AA).
    Lifts included in the competition will be the bench press, squat, and power clean.
    Admission to the competition is $2.

Harlem hoops group comes to SHS
    The Harlem Ambassadors will visit Statesboro High School on Sunday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m., to take on a local team, the Hometown Heros, in an evening of basketball and entertainment.
    The event, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club, offers halftime entertainment and prizes, including a chance at a $5,000 grand prize.
    Tickets are $8, and children under 4 get in free.
    For tickets, contact the Boys & Girls Club at (912) 764-9696.