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Local Roundup: SHS soccer tourney starts today

    Winter weather threw a wrench into Statesboro High’s Boots in the Boro soccer tournament, but at least some of the games will go on.
    Statesboro’s girls will play Dublin and Pierce County at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, at Portal Middle High School. The Statesboro boys will host Toombs County — in place of regularly scheduled Greenbrier — at Womack Field beginning at 6 p.m.
    All other girls games will be played at Portal. Those include Southeast Bulloch vs. Atlanta International School (10 a.m.), Druid Hills vs. St. Vincent’s (12 p.m.), Toombs County vs. Screven County (2 p.m.), and Dublin vs. Southeast Bulloch (4 p.m.).
    Other scheduled boys games at Statesboro High are Pacelli vs. Dublin (9:30 a.m.), Dublin vs. Southeast Bulloch (1 p.m.), and Pacelli vs. Savannah Country Day (3 p.m.).

Delete - Merge UTreutlen tops Claxton
   SOPERTON — The Claxton Tigers fell 65-59 to Treutlen COunty on Friday at Truetlen in the Region 3-A tournament.
    Claxton was paced by Cornelious Taylor, who scored 21 points. Tertance Warren and Drew Ginnis each added 17 points.
    Claxton entered the tournament ranked No. 13 in the GHSA CLass A public school power poll and will wait to see how the region tournaments shake out before they learn if they will be one of the 16 teams selected for the state playoffs.

Eagles blank Wisconsin, FIU wins
    MIAMI — Georgia Southern softball got mixed results on the opening day of the FIU Classic, posting a win over defending Big 10 champion Wisconsin before falling to FIU in the second game of the day.
    The Eagles handed Wisconsin its first loss of the season behind a complete game shutout in the circle from Sarah Purvis. In the second game, FIU pounded out nine hits and eight runs in the run-rule win.
    “We’ve played Wisconsin a lot over the last two years so it is nice to get a win over them for a change,”GSU coach Annie Smith said. “I thought we played well today and had some very good trips to the plate. I’m happy that we did a good job manufacturing runs today.”
    In Friday’s second game, it was the FIU bats that did the damage. The Panthers struck for three runs in the opening frame including a two-run, two-out home run from Aleima Lopez. The home side added a run in the third and four more in the fifth inning en route to the run-rule victory.
    Rogers went 2-for-2 in game two to post a 4-for-6 day at the plate. Brooke Red was saddled with the loss in two and a third innings of work, allowing four runs off six hits. Marla Thompson also worked two and a third innings, allowing four runs off three hits.
    Play continues against Florida Gulf Coast at 10 a.m. today with a tournament game slated for later in the day.

GSU track heads to storm ravaged N.C.
    Winter storm Pax, which showed its might with a wintry mix in Georgia and heavy snowfall in North Carolina, caused race officials at the JDL Fast Track change the schedule for this weekend’s meet. Previously scheduled as a two-day meet, the JDL Fast Track will go to a single-day schedule today, with events rolling beginning at 9 a.m. with the women’s 60-meter Hurdles.
    Eighteen Georgia Southern Eagles will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., and will compete against a yet undetermined number of teams as several local teams may decide to compete closer to home.

Eagles sign 4 for women's soccer
    Georgia Southern women’s soccer welcomed four new players to the roster for 2014-2015. The student-athletes officially became Eagles on Signing Day last Wednesday, Feb. 5.
    The Eagles inked keeper Emily Egan (Rancho Cordova, Calif.), defender Nikki Brandley (Newnan, Ga.), midfielder Paige Hoover (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and keeper Amanda Boyd (Cumming, Ga.).

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