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Local Roundup: Screven advances to Elite Eight in state
Bulloch Academys Heaven Hinton (seated, second from right) signs a letter of intent to play basketball at East Georgia College. Joining her are (seated, L-R): parents Tina Hendrix and Dennis Hinton, and EGC girls basketball coach Brad Phillips. Standing (L-R) are: BA athletic director Clint Morgan and BA girls basketball coach Paul Webb. Hinton amassed 870 points in her four years with the Lady Gators. During her tenure, BA won 72 games (including a school record mark of 22-8 in the 2008-09 campaign), went to the state tournament in all four years, made three Elite Eight appearances, twice made the Final Four, and just this season advanced to the state title game. Hinton will be a two-sport athlete at EGC, as she has already signed on to play with the Lady Bobcats softball team this fall. - photo by MIKE ANTHONY/staff

SYLVANIA – The Screven County girls tennis team stayed hot Tuesday afternoon, sweeping Cook it the second round of the GHSA state playoffs.

                In winning all five matches, the Lady Gamecocks dropped a total of just seven games, with no one losing more than one game in any set.

                The senior trio of Evan Sheppard (6-1, 6-1), Missy Zeagler (6-0, 6-1) and Katheryn Wells (6-0, 6-0) notched points in the singles matches.

                Both of Screven’s doubles teams also breezed through as Kelsey Forehand and Sydnee Weaver (6-1, 6-1) and Lauren Bazemore and Lauren Thomas (6-0, 6-1) nailed down easy wins.

                Cook was the Cinderella of the tournament, but had the clock abruptly strike midnight. As a No. 4 seed, Cook upset Howard – No. 1 seed  out of Region 4-AA – in the first round of the state tournament before falling to the Gamecocks.

                With the win, Screven advances to the Elite Eight and improves its season record to 21-3.

                The Gamecocks must now hit the road to earn another trip to the Final Four. Screven will take on top-seeded Thomasville out of Region 1-AA. No official time has been set, but all matches must be completed by May 4.


SEB comes up just short

                EASTMAN – Southeast Bulloch had its baseball season come to an end Monday night, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Dodge County. The Yellow Jackets fell by a score of 5-4 in 11 innings in Game One and dropped a 2-1 decision in the clinching game.

                Senior lefty Jordan Davis gave a great effort in the first game. Davis went 10 innings and struck out 16 Indian batters, but was lifted in the 11th inning as Dodge scored the winning run.

                Davis helped his cause at the plate with two hits, and both Jared Page and Jaylen Cassidy contributed home runs in the losing effort.

                The second game was equally heartbreaking for SEB.

                Jacob Mannahan battled for five innings to keep the Dodge bats in check and knocked in the Jackets’ only run on offense.

                J.D. Smith worked a solid inning of relief, but the Indians were once again able to hold off the Jackets for another win.

                With the losses, SEB was knocked out of state playoff contention and finished the season with a record of 7-16.

David Emanuel 6, Bulloch Academy 4

STILLMORE – Bulloch Academy dropped a tough decision Tuesday, losing 6-4 at the hands of David Emanuel Academy.

                Starting a lineup full of underclassmen, the Gators struggled, committing eight errors and stranding 12 runners on the base paths.

                Davis Howell pitched well and surrendered just two earned runs, but ended up on the hook for the tough-luck loss.

                At the plate, freshman Will Lawson had a big day, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.

                Also contributing to the offensive effort were Clayton Rogers (2-for-3, RBI) and Hunter Jacobs (1-for-3).

                Bulloch Academy concludes its regular season schedule with Senior Night on Monday, May 3.

                The Gators will host a doubleheader in the first round of the GISA state playoffs next Friday.


SHS boys knocked out of playoffs

                EVANS – The Statesboro boys soccer season came to an end as Evans was able to prevail in a 5-4 slugfest Tuesday evening in the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.

                Trailing 4-3 at halftime, Evans took advantage of a strong wind at its back in the second half. Statesboro couldn’t manage any late offense, and the Knights were able to tie the contest, then send home the decisive goal with just 1:30 to play.

                While the goals came at a fast and furious pace, the game was tight the whole way as neither team held more than a one goal lead at any point.

                Having led the offensive charge for the Blue Devils all season, senior Trent Doty came up with one last big performance in his high school career.

                Doty recorded a hat trick and an assist, but it wasn’t quite enough for Statesboro.

                Senior Erick Quiterio scored the other Blue Devil goal.

Also adding to the effort were Adam Purvis , with two assists, and Kelly Williams, with one assist.

With the loss, the Devils wrap up their season with a mark of 10-7-1.