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Local Roundup: Peebles tosses no-no in Sylvania

    SYLVANIA — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets proved the rivalry with Screven County is still alive and well after SEB moved up in classification last season.
    Sierra Peebles threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 Gamecocks on the way to an 8-0 win for SEB Thursday on the road.
    The Jackets (15-4, 7-0 Region 1A-AAA) got multi-hit games from Effie Manahan 92-for-4, 2 runs, two RBIs), Peebles (2-for-4, RBI), Leah McCarthy (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Jordan Hutchinson (2-for-4, R, RBI).
    Southeast Bulloch hosts its annual Diamond Day on Saturday, featuring round-robin play with SEB, Tattnall County and Metter.

BA run rules Memorial
    SAVANNAH — Madelyn Vickery hurled a no-hitter to lead Bulloch Academy to an 8-0  victory over Memorial Day School in GISA Region 4-AAA action Wednesday.
    The junior faced 15 batters in the five-inning run rule, walking four and striking out three. The Lady Gators (11-8 overall and 5-2 in region play) backed her up by scoring three runs in the opening inning, one in the second and four in the third.
    Page Spence went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead a nine-hit attack. Powell Fennell was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Ally Cheshire as 2-for-2.

GSU Family Day set for Oct. 20
    The Georgia Southern baseball team's annual Family Day at J.I. Clements Stadium will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.
    Family Day will start with a team scrimmage and will conclude with a low country boil.
    Parents and family members are encouraged to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 15 by calling Josh McDonald at (912) 478-1350 or by emailing
    The cost for the meal is $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

GSU women to open SoCon play
    Conference play opens on Friday for Georgia Southern women’s soccer as defending SoCon Champion Samford comes to Statesboro on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.
    The Eagles close the opening weekend of league play on Sunday against Chattanooga at 2 p.m.
    Both games will be streamed live for free on
    The Eagles closed non-conference play last week with a 1-1 draw at Charleston Southern to post a 4-1-3 mark entering the league season.        

Sydnie Van Curen has three goals for Georgia Southern while three other players have posted two scores. Courtney Collins along with the freshman pair of Nora El-Shami and Stephanie Gratto has two goals each.
    In the corresponding fixtures last season, the Eagles took a 2-1 win at Chattanooga before falling 1-0 to the Bulldogs. That loss last year at Samford snapped a five match winning streak.
    Samford enters league play with a 3-5 record with their most recent victory coming on September 9th, a 3-1 win over Kentucky. The Bulldogs have dropped consecutive 2-1 defeats at the hands of Kennesaw State and Jacksonville in the last week. Kayley Blanton has three goals for Samford, while Amanda Abbott has been the in-form attacker, scoring goals in each of the last two contests.
    Chattanooga opens league play against Davidson before traveling to Statesboro for Sunday’s match. The Mocs are 2-3-1 on the year with a win over Tennessee Temple to open the year and a victory against Gardner-Webb last Friday to close non-conference play. Becca Smith has three goals to lead the Chattanooga offense with two scores coming in the last three matches.

GSU's Van Dyke up for national award
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —Georgia Southern setter Kate Van Dyke has been named one of 30 volleyball candidates for the Senior Class Award, GSU announced Thursday.
    The 2012 candidate class includes 16 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans from last season.
    A three-year All-Southern Conference selection and Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 SoCon Tournament, Van Dyke already owns the Georgia Southern record in career assists with 4,578.

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