ALBANY – Four area schools placed in events on day one of the GHSA girls track state championships at Hugh Mills Stadium Thursday.
In Class AAAA, Statesboro’s Julissa Goodwin threw the shot put 37-feet, 1-inch for a sixth place finish.
In AA competition, Southeast Bulloch’s Breanna Gates took eighth in the long jump with a leap of 16’6.5”.
In Class A competition, Bryan County’s Kimberly Williams took second place in the high jump with a leap of 5’ 2”.
Jenkins County’s Deondra Lewis placed seventh in the state in discus with a toss of 102’5”.
Flynn named Player of the Month
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference office announced Thursday the April athletes of the month, highlighting excellence among student-athletes during the month. The athletes of the month are nominated by each member institution and selected by the conference office. Representing Georgia Southern on the list was senior Justin Flynn from the men’s tennis team.
Flynn (Dublin, Ireland) closed out his collegiate career undefeated in the month of April. Flynn went 4-0 in both singles and doubles action and was responsible for clinching three of the four GSU matches in the month with wins against South Carolina State (4-3), Chattanooga (5-2) and Samford (4-3). In addition, paired with Jayraj Jadeja, the doubles tandem clinched the Chattanooga point and was the lone doubles win against UNC Greensboro.
The senior defeated both David Grund (South Carolina State) and Jackson Tresnan (Chattanooga) in straight sets and battled back from a set down against Timion Meija of UNC Greensboro. Flynn dropped the first set 6-3, but responded with 6-0 and 7-5 second and third sets, respectively, to take the match. Facing a split set match against Scott Fisher of Samford, Flynn hung strong and closed out a three-set win with a final 6-4 third set to clinch the overall match.
In doubles competition, Flynn and Jadeja won two matches in tiebreakers to remain undefeated in the month.
GSU releases men’s soccer schedule
Georgia Southern men’s soccer head coach Kevin Kennedy announced the slate for 2010 that includes tough non-conference opponents like N.C. State and Clemson and the always challenging conference schedule. The Eagles open the season at home with one of five regular-season games outside the two exhibition matches to be held at Eagle Field.
A pair of practice exhibitions will prepare the Eagles for the regular season home opener against USC Upstate on September 1 at 4 p.m.
Lady Eagles’ schedule released
Of 19 total regular-season contests, the Georgia Southern women’s soccer team will play 10 at Eagle Field during the 2010 season as announced head coach Ashley Hart.
The Eagles will open the Southern Conference slate on September 24 and play 11 straight to close out the season.
Iduate named academic all-district
Georgia Southern senior shortstop Nina Iduate was named Thursday to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 3 first team for softball.
Iduate, who possesses a 3.65 cumulative grade point average in mathematics, will advance to the national ballot next week. The university team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and will be comprised of members from the first teams of the eight districts. Iduate was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete last season and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 3 second team honors in 2008.
Gloves4Good collecting donations
For the remaining Georgia Southern home baseball games this season, the Gloves4Good organization will be collecting previously enjoyed gloves, baseballs and other equipment to be distributed to Dominican Republic Youth. A Gloves4Good collection table will be located on the concourse of J.I. Clements Stadium for the Alcorn State series (May 9-10), Charleston Southern game (May 11) and The Citadel series (May 20-22).
Georgia Southern alumnus Bobby Lindsey (2006), who has worked with the program in conjunction with Atlanta-area baseball teams, is coordinating the effort between Gloves4Good and Georgia Southern baseball. He assists the organization in its goal to provide safe, quality equipment to impoverished youth in the Dominican Republic.
Gloves4Good is a non-profit organization based in Woodstock, Ga. The organization will distribute the donated equipment to youth in the Dominican Republic during its next trip on July 3, 2010, with an additional trip scheduled for late fall. For more information on Gloves4Good, please call Wes LeCroy at (678) 494-2923.