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Local Roundup: Screven tennis wins at state, advances

    SYLVANIA — The Screven County Gamecocks took care of business on the tennis court Wednesday, eliminating Vidalia with a 4-1 win and advancing to the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
    Singles winners were Ryan Bazemore (6-1, 6-1) and Raj Patel (7-5, 7-5).
    Doubles winners were Clay Kirkland/Daniel Weaver (6-2, 6-2) and Dylan Koch/Zachary Weaver (6-1, 5-7, 6-1).
    Screven County (13-8) will play host to Thomasville on Friday in the second round.
    The Lady Gamecocks are in second-round action today at home against Cook County at 3 p.m.

SEB storms back against Pierce
    BLACKSHEAR — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets scored seven runs in the top seventh inning Tuesday to take care of Pierce County 8-3 after entering the final inning trailing by two.
    Drew Rushing got the win and went the distance for SEB (16-7, 13-4 Region 1-AAA).
    The regular season finale takes place Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the road at New Hampstead.

Statesboro falls in first round
    DEXTER — The Statesboro girls tennis squad claimed the No. 4 seed out of Region 3-AAAA, but was taken down by West Laurens — Region 2-AAAA champion — by a count of 3-0 in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament Tuesday in Dexter.
    All three of the Lady Blue Devils’ singles players dropped their matches, clinching the win for the Lady Raiders before the doubles matches were completed.
    The win marked the 18th consecutive victory for West Laurens, whose only loss came in its first match of the season.
    The Statesboro boys finished the regular season in fourth place in their region, but were taken down by Richmond Academy in the first round of the region tournament and failed to qualify for the state playoffs.

GSU men's tennis inks two
    Georgia Southern men’s tennis Head Coach Nick Zieziula announced the addition of two players to the 2013-14 roster on Wednesday.
    Fresh off one of the biggest turnarounds in program history, the Eagles are looking to continue success with the talents of Christian Kerrigan and Nico de Groof.
    Kerrigan joins rising Eagle senior Oliver Webb from London, England, where he is ranked No. 28 among under-18 players in all of the United Kingdom and No. 1 in his county Surrey.
    De Groof hails from Hulshout, Belgium where he is currently ranked 127th in the National Men’s Open Rankings.

Super Bass Tournament
    Super Bass Tournament Trail Savannah River held its April bass tournament out of Burtons Ferry last weekend with 16 teams participating. The river was rising and muddy with heavy rain the night before.
    The team of Richard Boatright and Ken Morgan, both from Pooler, placed first with a five bass limit that weighed in at a cumulative 12.75 pounds. The duo also recorded the biggest fish of the tournament with a bass that weighed in at 6.97 pounds.
    Boatwright and Morgan collected $784 for their first place finish and an additional $160 for big fish. 
    The team of David Cole from Twin City and Tracy Burnsed from Eden placed second with five bass at 12.63 pounds and collected $336. Barry Durden and Mike Markovic — both from Rocky Ford — took third with a total of 11.32 pounds and were rewarded with a free entry into the next tournament.
    A total of 69 bass were caught and 66 were released alive back into the river.
    The winning team caught their fish in a cut above Plant Vogal using a zoom plastic lizard.
Super Bass Tournament Trail’s next scheduled tournament is set for May 18 out of Burtons Ferry at safe light with an entry fee of $120.

SBCPRD diamond results
    The baseball and softball diamonds at Mill Creek Regional Park were full of action last week in the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department leagues.
    In midget softball action, the Franklin and Taulbee Seminoles tied the Springhill Suites Jayhawks locked horns in a pitcher’s dual, ending the game in a 0-0 tie. The Martin Clinic of Chiropractic Cowboys beat the Statesboro ENT Yellow Jackets 7-2 and the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro Hurricanes beat the Chick-Fil-A Auburn Tigers 12-0. Capping things off, the Franklin Chevrolet LSU Tigers defeated the Alltel Bulldogs by a count of 6-2.
    In minor baseball, the Pawn City Red Sox outlasted the Chiclk-Fil-A Mariners in a 13-12 slugfest. The Crazy Nick’s Signs & Designs Mets blanked the RC Lawn Orioles 6-0. The ServPro of Statesboro Cubs beat the Sonic Nationals in a big 16-5 win while the AllGood Pest Solution Phillies beat the BB&T Giants 8-2 and the Padgett Construction Cardinals beat the Wise Nurseries Braves 17-4.
    Midget baseball action saw the Zaxby’s Padres slip past the Digital Office Equipment Giants by a score of 3-2. The Anderson Surveyors Orioles cruised past the Optim Healthcare Phillies by a 10-0 margin while the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro Cubs stormed to a 13-1 victory over the Statesboro Floor Covering Tigers. The Thigpen, Lanier, Westerfield, & Deal Nationals beat the 1st Franklin Financial Royals 5-4 and, rounding out the week, the Walker Total Tree Service Braves battled the Heritage Bank of the South Pirates to a 1-1 tie.
    To see updated standings, please visit

GSU baseball camps
    The Georgia Southern Baseball Youth Camps are schedule for June 17-20 and July 15-18.
    Each camp will offer instruction in all aspects of the game and each player will participate in a game each day.
    The camp is offered to middle school players. It will run from July 7 until July 10. The camp will feature instruction on defense, hitting, pitching and other fundamental skills. Each player will also participate in a game each day. All Georgia Southern sports camps are open to any and all applicants and are limited only by the number of slots available per camp and the age, grade level and/or gender of the participant.
     For more information or to register, go to

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