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Local Roundup: Screven wins two in region tourney

    SYLVANIA — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (13-11) swept Westside in a pair of games in dominant fashion Wednesday in the GHSA Region 3-AA tournament.
    The No. 2 seed Gamecocks won Game 1, 11-2, and Game 2, 9-0.
    In the first contest, Rebekah Woods led the way with a two-run homer and three RBIs on a 3-for-3 clip.
    Hannah Jones, Reshea Edwards and Lily Howard each had a pair of hits.
    Jancy Durrence and Victoria Winters combined for six hits and three RBIs in the second game against No. 3 Westside.
    The wins assure Screven of a home series in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs. The Gamecocks will play Either No. 1 Harlem or No. 4 East Laurens for the region championship beginning Oct. 3. The higher seed will host.
Lady Gators take a pair
    The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators notched back-to-back wins earlier this week.
    Bulloch beat Westfield 6-3 on Tuesday in Statesboro and Brentwood 5-3 on Monday in Sandersville.
    Against Westfield, the Lady Gators (15-8 overall and 8-2 in region play) pounded out 13 hits and scored in every inning except one.
    Ashley Burke had three hits and two RBI to lead Bulloch. Lauren Dennard and Mary Margaret Reeves added two hits each. Madelyn Vickery got the win, scattering five hits through seven innings. She struck out three and walked one.
    Against Brentwood, the Lady Gators scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held in the bottom of the inning in the Region 4-AAA game.
    The contest was a continuation of an Aug. 14 contest that was postponed due to lightning. Brentwood held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the fifth when play was stopped.
    On Monday, the Lady Gators scored two runs in the fifth to take a 2-1 advantage. Brentwood knotted the score in the bottom of the frame and the sixth was scoreless.
    In the seventh, BA pushed across three runs for a 5-2 lead. The Lady Eagles could only score one in the bottom of the inning.
    Lauren Dennard, who started on the mound on Aug. 14, got the complete-game win. She gave up seven hits but only three runs while striking out six and walking three. Kaleigh Sisolak went 2-for-4 to lead Bulloch.
    Bulloch will host region and local rival Pinewood Christian Academy today for Senior Day. Lady Gator seniors Dennard, Reeves, Ally Cheshire and Marianna Peebles will be honored.

GSU's Van Dyke earns SoCon honor
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern senior setter Kate Van Dyke has been named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, the league announced today.
    Van Dyke averaged 11.86 assists per set in a pair of SoCon wins for the Eagles last week. She also registered 16 digs, four kills and three blocks. Van Dyke amassed 46 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 win over Wofford, then followed that with a 37-assist, six-dig performance in a 3-0 win over Furman.

Youngsters punt, pass and kick at SBCPRD
    More than 27 participants took part in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition hosted by SBCPRD on September 22 at Mill Creek Regional Park.
    Earning first place in their age groups were Adam Arsenault (ages 6-7) with a total score of 96 feet, Khristian Clark (ages 8-9) with a total score of 199 feet, Brock Sapp (ages 10-11) with a total score of 241 feet and Andrew Cribbs (ages 12-13) with a total score of 261 feet. The total score is the cumulative total of one punt, one pass and one kick.
    The four winners will now move on to a sectional competition, to be held Oct. 21 in Guyton. They could qualify for the team championship competition that will be held at an Atlanta Falcons game.
    “We would like to congratulate these winners and wish them luck in the Sectional in October with hopes to move on up to Atlanta,” said Kimberly Sharpe, local PPK coordinator.

SBCPRD hosts Soccer Shoot
    Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation, along with the Savannah Chapter of the Elks, Lodge No. 183, hosted the annual Soccer Shoot at Mill Creek Regional Park on Saturday.
    Over 40 boys and girls participated in this year’s event. There were first place winners awarded by gender in each age division. The winners were Isabella Halaby (U-8 girls), Brayan Figuero (U-8 boys), Lorena Cifuentes (U-10 girls), Preston Blakenship )(U-10 boys), Elicia Ward (U-12 girls), Trey Van den Bosch (U-12 boys),  Terra Calhoun U-14 girls) and Andrew Cribbs (U-14 boys).
    "Congratulations to these boys and girls and best of luck at the State Competition that will be held in Conyers in November,” said Kimberly Sharpe, local PPK coordinator.

GSU building SB batting cage
    Georgia Southern softball has begun construction on a new hitting facility which will replace the old batting cages beyond the right field fence. Construction is expected to be completed in November.

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