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Local Roundup: Lady Blue Devils come up short

    JESUP — The Wayne County Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Statesboro on Tuesday in the region championship game, 5-1.
    Sarah Brown connected for Statesboro's score.
    The Lady Blue Devils earned the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAAA and will face the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAA at home Tuesday in the first round of the state playoffs.
Wolfes named SoCon's top golfer
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Scott Wolfes was named Southern Conference Golfer of the Year and first-team, all-conference, on Tuesday at the conclusion of the SoCon tournament. The sophomore won two tournaments, placed first or second in five events and posted seven Top 10 finishes.         He is the first Eagle to win Golfer of the Year honors since Logan Blondell in 2009.

Eagles finish in tie for 5th
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Georgia Southern golf team shot a 301 in the third round of the 77th Southern Conference Championships to move up one spot and tie for fifth Tuesday at Ralston Creek Course.
    The Eagles (+45) moved past Elon (+50) and made up two strokes on Appalachian State (+42) but could not pass the Mountaineers, who placed fourth. UNCG made up five strokes on Georgia Southern to tie for fifth, while Elon (+50) and Samford tied for seventh.
    Chattanooga (+20), which came into the final round with a 3-shot lead over Davidson, held off the Wildcats (+22) by two strokes. College of Charleston (+34) finished third.

SEB closes season with win
    BROOKLET — Doug Flott and Sean Healy ended their soccer careers at Southeast Bulloch by each scoring a goal to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 2-0 victory over Toombs County Tuesday night at Fred Shaver Field.
    Healy gave SEB a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game when he dribbled past two Toombs defenders and beat the keeper with a low shot.
    With 10 minutes left in the first half, Healy sent a through ball into Flott who took a dribble and flicked past the Toombs  goalie for a 2-0 lead.
Southeast Bulloch finishes the season with a 7-5-1 record and 4-4 in Region 1-AAA.

Lady Jackets win on Senior Night
    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets won big on Senior Night, taking down Toombs County 4-0 at home on Tuesday.
    Merekate Schlierf scored a goal and added an assist.
    Goals were also scored by Netanya Suarez, Stacy Elliott and Jessica Walker.
    The Jackets (9-3), which earned a No. 3 seed in the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs, will face Central High School in the opening round on Thursday, May 2, on the road.

BA takes down Westminster
    AUGUSTA — The Bulloch Academy Gators (11-4, 5-2 Region 2-IAAA) beat Westminster 7-2 Tuesday on the road.
    Smith Reedes pitched a complete game while leading the team offensively, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.
    Joshua Bishop went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Loy Waters blasted a solo home run.
    The Gators return home Friday to face Augusta Prep at 4:30 p.m.

Devils fall in semifinals
    The Statesboro High baseball team fell just short of reaching the Region 3-AAAA championship game, dropping a 2-1 pitcher’s dual against Wayne County Tuesday evening in Jesup.
    The Yellow Jackets plated their only two runs of the night in the first inning off of Blue Devil starter Will Stuart.
    Statesboro travels to Waynesboro to take on Burke County Friday in the region consolation game.

ECMS tops SEB in final
    SPRINGFIELD — The Coastal Empire Region middle school title game started over Tuesday at Effingham County Middle School after being delayed by weather last week, and after coming out to a 2-0 lead, Southeast Bulloch Middle School fell 6-2 to finish the season as runner up.
    Bryce Harnage pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs on five ECMS hits.
    Joe Ham drove in a run, and Harnage and Zach Owen crossed the plate in the first inning for SEBMS.
Portal track moves on to sectionals
    The Portal Panthers don’t have the biggest track and field squad, but they can still compete with just about anyone.
    The Lady Panthers finished in second place in last week’s Region 3-A meet and Portal is sending nine athletes to this weekend’s sectionals.
    Shacamry Daniels stole the show at the region meet, walking away with the high-point award for the girls’ competition.
    Daniels racked up an individual title in the triple jump while also qualifying for sectionals in the long jump and the 400 meters.

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