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Local Roundup: Stuckey wins gold at wrestling event
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The Bulloch Bandits wrestling team competed in the National High School Coaches Associateion Georgia Folkstyle State wrestling tournament on May 22. - photo by Special to the Herald

    DULUTH — Bulloch Academy seventh grader Dylan Stuckey won the gold medal in the 135-pound weight class in the middle-school division of the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Georgia Folkstyle State wrestling tournament on May 22.
    Stuckey and seven other wrestlers from the Bulloch Bandits Wrestling club qualified for the NHSCA National Open tournament on July 2-4 in Salisbury, Maryland.
    In the middle-school division, Mitchell Ball took third in the 119-pound weight class, Justin Lane was also third (80 pounds) and Daniel Hendrix was fourth (119).
    In the high-school division, Southeast Bulloch junior Robert Smith was third (215), Bulloch Academy junior Blaine Lovett was fifth (135) and BA freshman John Gowan was sixth (135).
    In the elementary division, Tyce Lovett took fifth (112).  
    The Bandits wrestling club is open to any local and area elementary, middle and high-school student. For more information, contact Coach Tomlin at

Gators named All-State

    Numerous Bulloch Academy student-athletes were named All-State in their respective sports for the 2010 Georgia Independent School Association spring-sports season.
    Student-athletes Win Lee, Walker Blitch, Paul Son, Brandon Walker, Kate Anna Akins, Mary Catherine Spigener, John Harden, Lestonz Lewis, Kelcie Jacobs, Taylor Collins, Sally Marie Futch, Heaven Hinton, Anna Newton and Rachel Gilbert either were voted or won the GISA’s highest honors.
    Lee and Blitch were named All-State in baseball. They were received the honors by a consensus of the Class AA baseball coaches.  Son, Walker, Akins and Spigener won their All-State awards in tennis by winning the Class AA state doubles championships. Harden, Son, Lewis, Jacobs, Collins, Futch, Hinton, Newton and Gilbert won their All-State awards in track by winning their respective events in the Class AA track and field championships.
    Lee, a junior, was the baseball team’s shortstop while Blitch, also a junior, was a pitcher. The Gator baseball team advanced to the ‘Elite Eight’ of the Class AA playoffs.
    Son and Walker won the Class AA state boys’ doubles championship while Akins and Spigener won the girls’ doubles title. The Bulloch Academy girls’ tennis team also won the Class AA state team championship.  
    In track and field, Jacobs won the state championship in three events (800m, 1600m and 3200m) and was a part of the winning 4x400m relay team, along with Hinton, Newton and Gilbert. Futch won two events (discus and shot), Lewis won two events (100m dash and 200m dash) and Harden won the 110m hurdles, Son took the discus and Collins won the high jump.
    All-Region Spring sports honors went to (baseball) Lee, Blitch, Brian Atkinson, Taylor Burke and Clayton Rogers (soccer) Harden, Hinton, Haley Burke, Maddie Marsh and Kaitlin Ellis (tennis) Son, Walker, Akins, Spigener (track) Jacobs, Hinton, Newton, Gilbert, Futch, Lewis, Harden, Son, Collins, Kaylee Dennard, Ellis Lane, David Sawyer, Xavier Tolliver and Will Johnson.

GSU men's golf team prepares for championships

    Georgia Southern will be one of 30 programs in the nation competing for the 2010 Men’s Golf National Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., June 1-6. This will be the 19th overall appearance for Georgia Southern at the NCAA Championship, including individual and team appearances, and fourth under the direction of head coach Larry Mays. The last championship appearance occurred in 2005.
    Comprising the five man lineup  for GSU will be junior Logan Blondell , redshirt-freshman Florian Sander, and seniors Spence Fulford, Ryan Zabroske and Matt Deal.
     Georgia Southern will be teeing off Tuesday at 8:35 a.m. on the front nine and Wednesday at 1:47 p.m. off the back nine. The Eagles will be paired with LSU and Baylor for first two rounds.

All-American Joins 2010 Golf Roster
    The Georgia Southern golf program has added Lewis Gruber to the fall 2010 roster as announced recently by the coaching staff. Gruber, a First Team NJCAA All-American team selection for 2009-2010 and Second Team NJCAA All-American for 2008-09, collected six individual wins during his two-year junior college career.
    Gruber, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., will transfer from Central Alabama Community College where he most recently won the NJCAA Region XXII & District IV Championship with a three-round total of 8-under par 205 with rounds of 67-70-68. Gruber and his team then advanced to the NJCAA National Championship in Huntsville, Ala., where he finished tied for 27th-place with a 6-over 222. As a team, the Trojans took eighth place with an aggregated 894 (+30) at the tournament.
 To cap his final year at CACC, Gruber was a NJCAA All-American First Team selection, the second All-American honor received by the incoming junior. In addition, Gruber was a PING NJCAA All-Region selection for the second consecutive year.
 Gruber was a three-time MVP of his high school, McLay, where he finished sixth in the state championship his junior season.
 Gruber joins Hayden Anderson, Will Evans and Drew Guffey as the 2010 incoming class.
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