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Local Roundup: Lady Jackets even score with Screven
David Beaubien - photo by Georgia Southern AMR

    SYLVANIA — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks defeated Southeast Bulloch 4-0 back in February at SEB, and the Lady Yellow Jackets got their revenge.
    Morgan Friend scored with 6:07 remaining in the first half and SEB (6-3 Region 3A-AA) held off Screven (7-3, Region 3A-AA) by a score of 1-0 Tuesday in Sylvania.
    Jessica Markovcic had five saves for Screven.
    The Lady Gamecocks travel to Effingham County Tuesday, while the Lady Jackets return to action today at 5 p.m. as they travel to Dodge County.

Flott's hat trick not enough for SEB
    BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch sophomore forward Doug Flott scored three goals, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced attack of Effingham County, as the Yellow Jackets fell 8-3 in a non-region game Tuesday at Fred Shaver Field in Brooklet.
    About midway through the first half, Flott outran Effingham defenders to a long thru ball and gave SEB a 1-0 lead with a boot into the right side of the goal.
    Five minutes later, the Rebels took the lead with two quick goals, but the Yellow Jackets evened the score a minute before halftime.
    Freshman forward Patrick Chambers was fouled in the penalty area and Flott scored the equalizer on the resulting penalty kick.
    Flott gave SEB a 3-2 lead five minutes into the second half after sophomore midfielder Sean Healy split two defenders with a 20-yard pass sending Flott in on goal alone and he converted with his right foot. Flott now has 11 goals on the season.
    But that was all the scoring for the Jackets, as Effingham scored four goals in the next 15 minutes to build a 6-3 lead with 20 minutes to play. Effingham scored its last two goals in the final minute for the 8-3 margin.
    Southeast Bulloch falls to 5-3 on the season, 5-2 in Region 3-AA. The Jackets resume region play today with a game in Eastman against Dodge County at 5 p.m. SEB defeated Dodge 4-1 last Friday in Brooklet.

Beaubien joins Eagle Fund
    David Beaubien has been named Eagle Fund Executive Director for the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation.         The 1996 alum possesses extensive experience in commercial and consumer finance with more than 15 years combined in retail and commercial banking markets. Beaubien presided over Citizens Bank of Bulloch County for the last five years after organizing the opening of the branch in 2006. He will remain on the Citizens Bank Board of Directors.
    "We are extremely excited to have David join our staff,” said John Mulherin, president of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation. “His 15 years of bank experience, the last five as president of Citizens Bank of Bulloch County, will serve him well in his new position. David and the annual campaign team have been charged with doubling annual campaign contributions and donors which will enable us to fully fund student-athlete-scholarships. We have every confidence that they will achieve this important goal."
    Prior to joining Citizen’s Bank, Beaubien spent five years as the senior vice president of Park Avenue Bank in Statesboro. His responsibilities included the development and management of commercial loan accounts and customer and public relations. Beaubien advised and assisted the PAB loan staff and other lenders in their respective functions. He completed the curriculum and graduated from Georgia Banking School in 2004 while at PAB.

Screven splits with SCDS
    SYLVANIA — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks swept Savannah Country Day 5-0 on the tennis courts Tuesday, while the boys fell 5-0.
    For the Lady Gamecocks, Sydnee Weaver (6-3, 6-1), Lovey Sheppard (6-1, 6-0) and Kelsey Forehand (6-0, 6-0) won singles matches, and Lauren Bazemore and Lauren Thomas (6-0, 6-3) and Evan Blackburn and Hailey Mock (6-2, 6-1) were doubles winners.
    The Screven girls improve to 11-2-1 on the seaosn, while the boys end the day at 7-7 overall.

BA tennis roundup
    The Bulloch Academy Gators finished a 5-1 week on the tennis courts, with the girls going 3-0 and the boys wrapping up a 2-1 week.
    The boys defeated Pinewood Christian 3-2 Tuesday, March 15 after sweeping the singles sets.
    Brandon Walker (8-0), Cody Lanier (8-1) and John Ellis Howell (8-2) were winners.
    The Lady Gators defeated Pinewood 4-1, with Ally Cheshire (8-2), Meghan Barber (8-1) and Anna Mallard (8-1) winning singles sets.
    Doubles team Caitlin Barber and McKenzie Webb won in doubles action, 8-4.
    The Lady Gators swept singles sets over Westminster Thursday. Cheshire (8-3), Meghan Barber (8-3) and Mallard (8-1) were winners.
    Westminster swept the boys, 5-0.
    Bulloch rematched Pinewood Monday.
    The boys swept the singles matches,, with Walker and Lanier not dropping any games, and Howell won 8-1.
    The Lady Gators won the rematch, 4-1.
    Cheshire and Meghan Barber were 8-0 winners, and Mallard won 8-1.
    Caitlin barber and Webb won the doubles set, 8-2.

Lady Eagles face UNF
    Georgia Southern softball takes to the road for the second-half of a 10-game road swing today against North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.            

The Eagles are fresh off a three-game sweep of Western Carolina to move into second place in the Southern Conference. Junior Marie Fogle earned her second SoCon Player of the Week with an outstanding performance against the Catamounts.
    Georgia Southern (13-17, 5-1 SoCon) will look to stem the tide in the series against North Florida (15-12, 0-0 A-Sun) and snap an eight-game skid against the Ospreys. UNF leads the all-time series, 11-4, and Fogle leads the Eagles with a .667 career batting average against North Florida.

Jackets roll past Jefferson
    The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (7-4) cruised past Jefferson County 10-2 Tuesday.
    Gage Weaver got the win and struck out nine.
    Aaron Rowe finished the game 4-for-4, and Ryan Adams and Taylor Epps each drove in two runs.
    The Yellow Jackets return to the diamond at home Friday at 5 p.m.

Bonds lawyer picks at case
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With prosecutors saying Barry Bonds lied about using steroids, the home run king's lead attorney started picking at the government's case Tuesday, attacking witnesses expected to accuse Bonds of willfully taking drugs to make him hit the ball harder and farther.
    Defense lawyer Allen Ruby, his rich voice sometimes inflected with sarcasm, said in his opening statement that a former Bonds girlfriend, a former business partner and a former personal shopper only came forward against his client after the baseball star broke off relationships with them.
    He also insisted Bonds testified truthfully before a grand jury in December 2003 when he said he did not know he was using a pair of designer steroids. Bonds claims his trainer told him that he was taking "flaxseed oil" and "arthritic cream."

"I know it doesn't make a great story. Barry Bonds went to the grand jury and told the truth and did his best," Ruby said. "That's not a made-for-TV story."

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