THOMASVILLE — The No. 1 seed Thomasville Lady Bulldogs, Region 1-AA champions, defeated the Screven County Lady Gamecocks Friday, 76-60, in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
The Gamecocks end the season at 20-6)
SHS falls in shootout
EVANS — Keeper Jeremy Webster recorded 10 saves through regulation and 10 minutes of extra time to preserve a 0-0 tie, but the Statesboro Blue Devils fell 4-3 in a shootout against to suffer their first loss of the season Friday at Evans, 1-0.
David Ball, Alan Rodriguez and Gray Downs each scored in the shootout.
The Blue Devils (2-1-1, 1-1 Region 2-AAAA) host South Effingham Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Screven stays unbeaten at ELHS
DUBLIN — Rochelle Schuman scored four goals as the Screven County Lady Gamecocks (3-0, 3-0 Region 3-AA) ran away from East Laurens in a 6-0 shutout Friday at East Laurens.
Gentri Beckton and Morgan Bosewell each scored in the win, and assists were recorded by Kortnye Gross (2) and Hannah Jones.
Jessica Markovcic recorded seven saves to preserve the shutout.
The scheduled game against Emanuel County Institute has been cancelled. The Lady Gamecocks return to action Tuesday in region play at Jefferson County at 5 p.m.
Eagles begin SoCon championships
The Georgia Southern track and field team heads back to the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex today and Sunday for the Southern Conference Indoor championships.
Twenty-five Eagles will compete in 15 events as the team looks to continue its success at this facility this year.
The Eagles finished third in last year’s championship with then-junior Lynndsey Hyter claiming Most Outstanding Field Performer honors for the second straight year in 2010. The Dallas, Texas, native was honored for the second time this year as the SoCon Field Athlete of the week following two straight weeks of exceptional performances.
GSU drops pair at AU event
AUBURN, Ala. — Georgia Southern softball dropped both games Friday on day one of the War Eagle Classic at Jane B. Moore Field on the campus of Auburn University. Marshall took game one, 1-0, and Auburn benefitted from four Eagle defensive errors for a 9-1 win.
Today, the Eagles face Belmont (6:30 p.m.) and Middle Tennessee State (9 p.m.) in the War Eagle Classic before closing play Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. against Murray State.
SoCon play opens for Lady Eagles
Georgia Southern women’s tennis opens Southern Conference play with road matches at Wofford (5-3) in Spartanburg, S.C. today and Furman (1-4) on Sunday. The Eagles and Terriers play at the Reeves Tennis Complex for the noon match on Saturday. Sunday’s match between Georgia Southern and Furman is set for 12 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.
GSU men wrap road trip
The Georgia Southern Men’s Tennis team (3-4) returns home to the Hanner Tennis Complex Sunday after its final road trip to face Mercer (3-3) at noon today. The Eagles play host to Florida A&M Sunday at noon at the Hanner Tennis Complex to begin a six-match homestand.
The Eagles last played at home when they took a win over Hampton on Feb. 13.
Failed hookup doomed Stewart
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tony Stewart is trying to put last week's disappointing finish in the Daytona 500 behind him.
After finishing 13th in the season opener, the driver known as Smoke has shifted his focus to this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway, rather than worrying about last Sunday.
Stewart was in good position to win his first Daytona 500, sitting second as the cars came out of the final restart. He tried to hook up with Mark Martin as a drafting partner, but never could get in synch. A few other cars slipped in between and Stewart slipped back, ending up 13th.
That left a driver who's won just about everywhere in almost everything 0 for 13 in the Great American Race.
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