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Local Roundup: Lady Gamecocks get No. 4 seed

    SWAINSBORO — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks fell 58-57 Saturday to Dublin in the consolation game of the Region 3-AA tournament.
    The Gamecocks have the No. 4 seed in the GHSA Class AA state playoffs, and will face No. 1 seed Thomasville on the road in the first round.
    Against Dublin, there were seven fourth-quarter lead changes, but the Irish held on in the end,
    Screven was led in scoring by Courtney Roberts, with 19 points.
    Bria Lonon added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Lady Eagles at FSU tourney
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Georgia Southern softball defeated Middle Tennessee State 2-0 on Saturday morning at JoAnne Graf Field before falling to Kentucky 9-1 in the opener of bracket play in the 2011 Florida State Garnet and Gold Tournament. The Eagles found run support in an unlikely place in the day’s opener when senior pinch hitter Bethany Crenshaw recorded her first career hit and drove in the game’s second run in the bottom of the sixth inning. 
    Georgia Southern dropped a pair of games Friday, losing 7-0 to Kentucky and 6-4 to host Florida State at JoAnne Graf Field Friday.
    The Eagles were plagued by fielding errors in the loss to Florida State and overwhelming pitching in the Kentucky game.

Monken, Bubba to 'Kiss-a-Pig'
    Georgia Southern football coach Jeff Monken and local businessman Tim “Bubba” Hunt are preparing to pucker up for a good cause. For the first time ever, Statesboro will have two contestants in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Kiss-a-Pig regional fundraiser as Monken and Hunt will compete against community leaders from across the Coastal Empire.
    The theme of the 2011 event is “Swine Wars,” spoofing the ever-popular Star Wars franchise and pits Monken and Hunt against more than 15 participants in the 19th-annual contest. The campaign begins Saturday, March 5th and the team or group that raises the most money has the honor of kissing the pig at the celebratory gala at the end of the Kiss-a-Pig campaign on May 7th.
    The Kiss-a-Pig fundraising effort pays homage to the pig, as insulin was originally derived from the pancreas of the animal. The life-saving and life-sustaining discovery of insulin in 1921 has provided effective treatment for millions of diabetics who are insulin dependent.
    Contributions are accepted through the area website at or by calling (912) 353-8110, ext. 3091 or 3093, with the designation to the Bulloch County team of Hunt and Monken. When donations are received by the Bulloch County team, the names of the contributors will be posted on the website’s honor roll list.
    All funds raised during the Kiss-a-Pig campaign benefit the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
    For more information on how to get involved in Kiss-a-Pig, contact Maria Center at (912) 353-8110, ext. 3091 or e-mail

GSU tennis splits
    The Georgia Southern women's tennis team (3-1) won one out of its two matches at the Laurel Park Tennis Complex on Saturday as the Kennesaw State (8-1) took the 6-1 win in the morning and the Eagles rebounded to take a 7-0 win in the afternoon against Savannah State (1-1).            The Lady Eagles will play Georgia State today at 10 a.m. at Piedmont Park Tennis Complex in Atlanta, before traveling to South Carolina next weekend to compete in two conference matches against Wofford and Furman.

Former GSU DC hired by UCLA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has hired veteran assistant coach Joe Tresey as its new defensive coordinator.
    UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel announced the hiring Tuesday, nearly two months after he fired Chuck Bullough following the Bruins' 4-8 season.
    Tresey was the defensive backs coach for the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks last season. He was Brian Kelly's defensive coordinator at Cincinnati from 2007-08, followed by one season as South Florida's defensive coordinator.
    Tresey also has been a defensive coordinator at Georgia Southern and Akron.
    Tresey is just the latest hire in a wholesale overhaul of Neuheisel's staff. The Bruins hired former San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Mike Johnson as their new offensive coordinator last month, replacing Norm Chow.

North Florida sweeps GSU
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Georgia Southern men’s tennis continued its stretch of matches on the road as it fell to North Florida, 0-7, at the UNF Tennis Complex Saturday afternoon. North Florida’s Moritz Buerchner and Georgia Southern’s Juan Manuel Melian  Puigventos battled to a super tiebreak, but Buerchner defeated Puigventos at number-one singles 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the last match of the day for the sophomore’s first loss of the year.
    The Eagles No. 1 doubles team of Puigventos (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) and Matthijs Verdam (Hilversum, The Netherlands) defeated the Ospreys’ Buerchner and Pedro Davisson, 8-4, but earlier wins by UNF secured the doubles point as the Ospreys took 8-2 wins at both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches.
At number-four singles, GSU’s Marco Osorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras ) took a 6-3 win in the first set over North Florida’s Leonardo Nahar, but Nahar fought back with a 6-2 second-set win. The super tiebreak went to an 11-9 score with Nahar taking the victory. North Florida took the wins at all remaining spots as Daniel Sotomarino posted a win over

Alain Garrido (Vigo, Spain), 6-1, 6-0. Edio Castanhel (Criciuma, Brazil) fell to Beauregard Treyz at No. 5 singles and Thomas Bekkers (Antewrp, Belgium) lost to Derrick Davisson at the number-six spot in the lineup.