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Local Roundup: SHS, Portal hoops to scrimmage

    Bulloch County basketball fans can get themselves a sneak peak at the upcoming high school hoops season as Statesboro hosts Portal Saturday evening. The junior varsity squads will tip off at 6 p.m. with the varsity teams sche,duled to start around 7:30 p.m.
    Both schools have high hopes for the 2013-14 season as they both return most of their starters off of squads that reached the Final Four of their respective classification’s state tournament last season.
    Statesboro gets its season started Nov. 15 at Windsor Forest while Portal travels to Montgomery County Dec. 3.
    Admission to Saturday’s scrimmage is $7.

GSU golf in 5th
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —Georgia Southern carded a 297 in each of the first two rounds and stands in fifth place after the first day of the Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate at the Deerwood Country Club Monday.
    It was chilly, rainy and very windy, with gusts over 30 miles per hour as the 15 teams played 36 tough holes today with only three holes averaging under par.
    Vanderbilt (+7) leads the tournament, and Southeastern Louisiana (+14) is second. Mercer is third (+16), followed by Florida Gulf Coast (+17), Georgia Southern (+18) and Tulsa (+19) as second place through sixth is separated by just five strokes.
    `Mercer’s Trey Rule shot a 67, tied with Hunter Stewart of Vanderbilt for the lowest score in the first round, and posted a 75 in the second to lead the individual standings at 2-under. MJ Maguire (North Florida), Matt Cote (FGCU) and Logan McCraken (Tulsa) are all tied for second at 1-under, and Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab, who fired a 69 in the second round, is fifth at even par.
    Georgia Southern’s Scott Wolfes posted a 70 in the second round and is even par for the tournament and alone in sixth place. Teammates Matt Mierzejewski and Henry Mabbett, both of whom are playing as individuals, are tied for 10th at 4-over.  Mierzejewski shot 75-73—148, while Mabbett went 73-75—148.
    Charlie Martin is tied for 27th (+6) after shooting 74-76—150, and Hayden Anderson is one shot behind him after posting 74-77—151.

Eagles rolling into postseason
    HARRISONBURG, Va. — Georgia Southern men’s soccer closed the 2013 regular season on a high note, taking the team’s second-straight win, a 2-1 victory at James Madison.
    The Eagles close a week that included a win over No. 14 Furman on Tuesday and enter the SoCon Tournament next weekend at UNCG with wins in four of their last five contests.
    “We really didn’t play very well early, but giving up the goal woke us up,” said Head Coach Kevin Kennedy. “The guys responded immediately and got the goal back. I’m happy that we came out after halftime and got the go-ahead goal. Neal Bates had another great game in goal, especially with the penalty save late.”
    JMU went 1-0 up on 36 minutes when Josh Grant scored his seventh goal of the season from 10 yards out.
    The Eagles responded immediately, scoring in the 39th minute when captain Hunter Norton got his sixth goal of the season. Norton was fed by a through ball into the box by brother Reed Norton and finished from 12 yards out to put the Eagles back on level terms.
Just 11 minutes after the intermission, Jeremy Rector put the Eagles 2-1 up in the 56th minute.
    Rector volleyed a failed clearance from 17 yards into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

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