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Local Roundup: Cook forces split against Southeast

    ADEL — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (21-7-2) split a doubleheader with Cook Wednesday on the road in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
    The Yellow Jackets won Game 1, 5-2.
    Effie Manahan, Sierra Peebles and Ciera Clark each had a pair of hits, and Peebles, Clark and Leah McCarthy each drove in a run.
    Cook took Game 2, 5-1. Casey Hadden scored on an RBI by Lindsey Crosby.
    Game 3 is today at 2 p.m. The winner advances to the GHSA Class AA Elite Eight in Columbus.
Lady Redskins roll to Elite 8
    PEMBROKE — The Bryan County Lady Redskins (30-7), the No. 1 seed out of Region 3-A, swept No. 2 Miller County in the second round of the GHSA Class A state playoffs to advance to the Elite Eight next Thursday.
    Tiffany Howard went 3-for-5 in the second game, an 8-1 win, to bring her season total to 75. She broke the GHSA state record she set in 2010 as a junior for hits in a season. She had 73 as a junior and has 75 so far this season.
    Game 1 came down to the wire, with Bryan County winning 2-1. Howard pitched a complete game, allowing two hits, and the Redskins got both of their runs in the first inning with a two-run homer off the bat of Taylor Butler.
    Butler added two doubles, two runs and two RBIs in the second game.
    Miller County scored in the top of the seventh to cut the BCHS lead to 2-1, and had a runner on third with one out, but the game ended with a fly-out to centerfield and a play at the plate.
    Howard (26-6) went the distance in both games, striking out nine through 14 innings of work.
    The Elite Eight begins Thursday in Columbus.

Eagles travel to UGA tennis tourney
The Georgia Southern Men’s Tennis team returns to the courts today at the 2011 ITA Southeast Regional Championships in Athens.
The five-day singles and doubles individual event is hosted by the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and will feature the top players from 19 Division I schools in Georgia and Florida.

Meet the basketball Eagles
    Fans will get their first chance to meet the 2011-12 Georgia Southern men’s and women’s basketball teams on Friday night, Oct. 21, at Hanner Havoc beginning at 6 p.m.
    The event, presented by the Student Eagle Club and the Georgia Southern Athletics Foundation, allows fans to meet both the Georgia Southern Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams and see the teams scrimmage.
    Georgia Southern president Dr. Brooks A. Keel will speak at the event along with both basketball head coaches Rusty Cram and Charlton Young.  There will be a three-point contest, dunk contest as well as scrimmages for both the Men’s and Women’s teams. The night concludes with both teams signing posters on the floor of Hanner Fieldhouse.   
    Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a free tailgate in the front parking lot of Hanner Fieldhouse. Food will be served at 5:30 p.m. in preparation for the 6 p.m. show inside Hanner.
Lady Eagles wrap up at home
    The Georgia Southern volleyball team (12-10, 4-2) opens the final homestand of the season this weekend with a pair of games against Samford and Chattanooga. The Eagles will follow Saturday's 2 p.m. home football game with a 7 p.m. match at Hanner Fieldhouse and wrap up the weekend with a 2 p.m. contest against Chattanooga on Sunday.
    The team will support the Side-Out Foudation's fight against breast cancer by wearing and selling “Dig Pink” t-shirts this weekend. The t-shirts will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday for $10 at the Russell Union on the Georgia Southern campus around lunch time. All proceeds from the sales will go to the Side Out Foundation.
    The Eagles are coming off a split of last weekend's trip to North Carolina by defeating Elon 3-1 after a 3-2 loss to UNC Greensboro. Bethany Sanford leads the team with 3.26 kills per set, while Kate Van Dyke has an efficient .384 attack percentage. Georgia Southern is hitting .228 as a squad which is good for third best in the Southern Conference.

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