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Local Roundup: Three Yellow Jackets heading to state

    DUBLIN — Three Southeast Bulloch wrestlers qualified for the GHSA Class AA meet at the state sectionals Sautrday in Dublin.
    Hunter Ferguson finished second in his class (171).
    Robert Smith (seventh — 189) and WIlliam Reynolds (eighth — 285) also qualified for the finals, which will take place beginning Thursday at the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta.

Metter ends regular season with win
    METTER — The Metter Tigers (15-9, 6-4 Region 3A-A) had to make up a game against Savannah Country Day before the start of the region tournament next week, and came away with a 49-43 win Saturday at home.
    Devin Byrd, Devin Dekle and Ryan Sparks each scored nine points for the Tigers, and Preston Perry added eight.
    Metter will await its matchup Monday in the tournament, which will take place at Jenkins County's gym in Millen.

GSU tennis falls at Stetson
    DELAND, Fla. — The Georgia Southern men’s tennis team (2-2) fell to undefeated Stetson (6-0) 5-2 at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center Saturday.         Sophomore Juan Melian Puigventos battled against the Hatters’ Maksin Lenanovich at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-4 to protect his 4-0 record in singles play.
    Sophomore Matthijs Verdam won over Stetson’s Hans Adrian Riseng in a rematch from last fall’s Southern Intercollegiate Championships. Verdam won in straight sets.
    The Eagles return home to the Hanner Tennis Complex to face Hampton today at 2 p.m. The match will follow the Eagles-Pirates women’s match, which begins at 10 a.m.

SHS JV wins in overtime
    SAVANNAH — The Statesboro junior varsity Blue Devils defeated Johnson 57-50 in overtime Saturday afternoon.
    Yakeem Coleman scored 23 points for the Blue Devils (13-2) in the final game of the season.
    Jaquell Harper added 13 points.

Eagles improve on day two at UF
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Georgia Southern golf team shaved nine strokes off its opening-round total with a second-round 301 at the 33rd Sun Trust Gator Invitational Saturday.
    The Eagles, paced by Florian Sander’s two-round 147, go into the final round in a tie for 13th place with Jacksonville. Tournament host Florida leads the field, posting a 3-over 563 at the par-70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.
    The Gators also lead the individual standings as Andres Echavarria leads Ole Miss’ Jonathan Randolph, the 2010 Schenkel Invitational individual medalist, by one stroke at 1-under, 139 for the tournament.    
    Sander opened both rounds with birdies, both dropping on a par-4. The sophomore added another birdie on the ninth hole in the second round to record a second-round, 4-over 74 to move into a tie for 34th place.
    Georgia Southern starts the final round today at 8 a.m. Thomas Sharkey will tee off on hole-1 while Hayden Anderson and Matt Deal will tee off separately on hole-10 for the Eagles.

Curry, Hyter excel for Eagles
    CLEMSON, S.C. — Sophomore Sara Curry broke the Georgia Southern mark in the 3,000 meter Run and senior Lynndsey Hyter won the elite section of the Long Jump as the GSU track and field team competed at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson Friday and Saturday.
    Curry’s time of 10:43.74 bested the four-year-old mark of 10:44.02 in the 3,000, owned previously by Brittney Jett.
    Curry also made her mark in the Mile Run with a season-best time of 5:19.22, good for fourth on GSU’s top-five list.
    Hyter cleared 6.04 meters in the Long Jump, her career best at Georgia Southern and third-best distance in Eagle history, to claim the win in the elite section. Her previous best was 5.99 meters, set during the 2009 season.
    Freshmen Stephanie Hicks and Kwajelin Holsendolph both finished in the top 20 of the 60 meter Hurdles. Hicks ran a time of 8.93 in the preliminaries for the best time of the season. Holsendolph posted a 8.96 in the finals, competing for the first time in theevent.
    The Eagles return to the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex for the Tiger Tuneup Saturday, Feb. 19.

Freshmen Blue Devils top Johnson
    SAVANNAH — The Statesboro freshman team (10-5) knocked off Johnson 56-46 Saturday on the road.
    Dashure Carter scored 14 points and Daniel Murphy finished with 13.

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