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Local Roundup: Jenkins County repeats state title
The Jenkins County JROTC mixed-division Raiders team won the 2010 all-classification state championship Saturday in Winder. Pictured front row left to right: Ayana Walker, Keondra Kelly, Shaylyn Morris and Jose Campos. Pictured back row, left to right: Dwayne Snelling, Justin Ellis, Brenda Gomez, Shenice Thompson, Juan Jeronimo, Chynna Simmons, Brittany McKinney, Rashiem Ward, Brad Amerson, Zandra Lake, Darrien Buckner, Chris Simmons and Jerome Taylor. - photo by Special to the Herald

    WINDER — The Jenkins County junior ROTC mixed division Raider Team defended its All-Classification State Championship from 2009 last Saturday at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder by defeating 28 teams from across Georgia in five separate events. 
    The War Eagles won first place in three events, third in one event and fourth in the final event for a score of 10.  The second place team, Richmond Hill, finished with a score of 24, Kings Academy finished third with a 39,Lakeside from Augusta was fourth with 46 and Campbell High School from Cobb County finished with a score of 48.
    Metter and Statesboro high schools both had good showings with Metter suffering a lost scorecard resulting in a fifteenth place overall. The time the Tigers recorded for the 3.1 mile run (no scorecard for this event by judges) would have placed them ninth overall.  That would have placed three area Raider Teams in the top ten in the state. 
    Additionally, three of the top five male competitors in the Army Physical Fitness Test of pushups and sit-ups were from Jenkins County. 
    Richmond Hill won the overall Female Division State Championship, placed second in the Mixed Division and third in the Male Division.  Richmond Hill has finished third in the National Raider Championships for the past two years in the Female Division while their Male Team was seventh in the Nationals last year.  Jenkins County was the first runner-up in the Mixed Division last year two points behind Smith-Cotton High School of Sedelia, Mo.  Both Jenkins County and Richmond Hill will compete in the National Raider Championships on November 6th and 7th at Gerald I. Lawton Boy Scout Complex in Molena, Georgia.  There are over 54 teams from 8 states registered to compete for three overall National Championships.  Competition will start at 8 a.m. on November 6. There is no admission charge and concessions are on site.
    Members of the Jenkins County State Championship Raider Team are James Amerson, Ra'Shon Brady, Jose Campos, Justin Ellis, Juan Jeronimo, Keondra Kelly, Zandra Lake, Brittany McKinney, Shaylyn Morris, Dwayne Snelling, Jerome Taylor and Ayana Walker.

SEB qualifies for state
    The Southeast Bulloch Girls placed second in the GHSA Region 3-AA Cross Country meet Tuesday in Bleckley County.  Top runners include Deirdre Devlin, Suzanna Smith, KatieAnn Tucker, Miranda Price, and Taylor Fordham.  By seizing the region runner up spot, the Lady Yellow Jackets qualify for the second seed in the GHSA State meet in Carrollton on November 2. 
    The Southeast Bulloch Boys also placed second in GHSA Region 3-AA.  Top runners include Ruben Rubio, Bryce Judy, Patrick Chambers, Samuel Harvey, and JD Schmidt.  By also seizing the region runner up spot, the Yellow Jackets qualify for the second seed in the GHSA State meet in Carrollton on November 2.

Eagles end regular season
    The Georgia Southern Women’s Soccer team closes out 2010 regular season play welcoming Davidson for a Southern Conference matchup Thursday, October 28 at 4 p.m. The contest will be the final regular season match for both teams.
    Georgia Southern (5-12-0, 2-8-0) wraps up this three-match homestand coming off a 3-0 loss to Samford.

Lady Eagles defend perfect home record
    The owners of a perfect 9-0 mark at home, Georgia Southern returns to Hanner Fieldhouse welcoming Furman today at 6 p.m. and Wofford Saturday at 7 p.m.
    The Eagles own a 9-1 Southern Conference record and 18-7 overall mark in 2010.
    Georgia Southern leads the league in hitting percentage (.267), assists (12.39 aps) and kills (13.31 kps), while boasting the individual leaders in hitting percentage in Parker Small with a .421 percentage and assists in Kate Van Dyke with a 10.62 assists per set average.

Van Dyke earns another SoCon nod
    Georgia Southern setter Kate Van Dyke has been named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for the week October 27. Van Dyke was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week earlier for her performance over the weekend.
    Van Dyke helped lead the Eagles to a 3-0 record on the road over the weekend. She recorded 121 assists for an average of 11.0 assists per set, while also averaging 2.73 digs per set. The sophomore hit .526 in the three matches, tallying 12 kills.     This is the second Eagle to be recognized as student-athlete of the week as Moriah Bellissimo was honored for the week of September 29.

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