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Local Roundup: Donaldson joins CU Hall of Fame
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Earl Donaldson - photo by Special to the Herald

    ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Statesboro Blue Devils assistant basketball and track coach Earl Donaldson, a Statesboro native, was named to the Claflin University Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Feb. 7.
    Donaldson, who graduated in 1964, averaged 20 points per game as a basketball player at Clafin, and finished his four-year career with 2,120 points.
    Donaldson also ran track all four years at Claflin.

BA wins middle school title
    STILLMORE — The Bulloch Academy Gators knocked off Citizens Christian Academy on Monday and won their region title 37-21.
    Don Aaron scored 12 points in the win. Wright Lockett added 9 points and Chad Lanier finished with 8.
    All three were named to the All-Tournament team.
GSU rifle heads to Charleston
    The Georgia Southern women's rifle team is set to compete in SEARC #7 NCAA Regional on the campus of The Citadel. It will be their fifth date of competition at the Inouye Marksmanship Center and their first since a season-best score of 2240 at The Citadel Invitational on Jan. 26.
    The Eagles recently got season-highs from Emmy Johnson and Ale Shortridge en route to a team score of 2225 at SEARC #6 in Milledgeville, Ga. Georgia Southern had four shooters score 550 or better on the day with John and Shortridge posting marks of 559.

SHS girls win region opener
    The Statesboro Lady Blue Devils (2-1, 1-0 Region 3-AAAA) started region play with a 2-1 win over Liberty County on Friday.
    With the score knotted 1-1 with under a minute remaining, Marley Burke sent a corner kick into play and Katie Wilson scored the game-winning goal.
    Amanda Brown scored the first goal for the Blue Devils.
    Statesboro is back in action on the road Friday at Wayne County at 6 p.m.

GSU tops CCU, Troy
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Southern softball opened the UF Lipton Invitational in style with a 3-0 win over Coastal Carolina and a 4-3 victory over Troy.
    “I think it was a really good day for us,” GSU coach Annie Smith said. “I was really happy with the win over Coastal Carolina. Sarah (Purvis) pitched a great game and the bottom of our lineup got some great hits. In game two, we got a good win over a future Sun Belt opponent. We fought through some early errors and Brooke (Red) pitched a great game. Kourtny (Thomas) came up big with a grand slam.”
    Georgia Southern's first game lasted nearly seven hours thanks to a lengthy rain delay in the sixth inning. The Eagles survived the storm and took a 3-0 win over Coastal Carolina to open the Lipton Invitational.
    Three runs was all Sarah Purvis needed as the tossed her second shutout of the season. She pitched around five Chanticleer hits to improve to 4-2 on the season.
    The second game was a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over future Sun Belt Conference foe Troy. The Eagles pounded out five hits and overcame three defensive errors to pick up the victory to move to 8-3 on the season.
    Troy posted a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings.
    Kourtny Thomas did the damage for the Eagles, hitting he first career grand slam in the fifth inning. It was the first slam for the Eagles since Marie Fogle hit one on April 2, 2011.
    The Eagles are back in action on Saturday, facing Indiana and Coastal Carolina. The Eagles play the Hoosiers at 4:30 p.m. and the Chanticleers at 6:45 p.m.

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