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Local Roundup: Portal scrimmages Wheeler

    PORTAL — The Portal Panthers were rained out of its scheduled preseason scrimmage against Twiggs County last Friday night. Eager to get some head-to-head action in before the season starts, the Panthers waited out another afternoon thunderstorm before taking on Wheeler County in a controlled scrimmage Wednesday night in Portal.
    “It was huge for us to get this experience,” Portal coach David NeSmith said. “We’ve been working hard, but there’s only so much you can do when you’re hitting bags or one of your teammates.”
    Coming off of a 1-9 year in which they struggled to field a full, healthy team at times, the biggest takeaway from Wednesday was a solid live-action scrimmage that left all of the Panthers in good shape.
    Evan Street looked to be in command of an offense that he head up for the third year and Casey Jones lived up to his billing as a dependable running back. More conditioning is needed, but NeSmith likes the direction his team is headed.
    A full recap of Wednesday’s scrimmage will be in Friday’s Statesboro Herald.

Lady Gamecocks get first win
    SYLVANIA — After four consecutive rain outs, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks finally got back to the softball diamond with a 3-2, extra-inning win at home on Wednesday.
    Taryn Burns pitched all nine innings for the Gamecocks, allowing seven hits and striking out five.
    With Screven County (1-2) trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Pamelabeth Wooten singled to drive in a run and send it to extras.
    Rebekah Woods (three hits) drove in a run in the eighth to make it 2-2 and send it to the ninth, and Wooten hit a sacrifice fly in the final frame to drive in the game-winning run.
    Mallorie Boswell added three hits for the Gamecocks, and Voctoria Winters added two.

GSU volleyball picked 2nd
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Georgia Southern volleyball team was picked second in the annual Southern Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
    Middle Kym Coley and libero Alexandra Beecher were named preseason all-conference.
GSU XC underdogs in 2013
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Southern Conference today released the 2013 preseason Cross Country poll with Georgia Southern  ranked 10th by the league’s coaches. Elon was picked to win the SoCon with 93 points and five first-place votes with Furman garnering four first-place votes and second place with 86 points. Samford was selected third (79 points).  Appalachian State, the 2012 champion, placed fourth with 76 points and fifth-place UNCG received two first-place votes and 61 points.
    Davidson was close to being included in the top five, but with 58 points is sixth with Western Carolina (48 points) in seventh, Chattanooga eighth (40 points) and Wofford ninth (28 points). The Citadel totaled 16 points for the 11th spot.

BA game moved to Macon
    Bulloch Academy's softball game that was originally scheduled to be played in Statesboro against Mount de Sales will be played today in Macon.

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