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February 21, 2013

Local sports roundup


Wildcats eliminated by Hillgrove

POWDER SPRINGS — The Valdosta boys’ basketball team was eliminated from the GHSA Class 6A state basketball playoffs Wednesday night.

The Wildcats fell to the Hillgrove Hawks 53-47. The Wildcats lost six of their final eight games of the season, and finished the year with a 17-10 record.

Lady Generals beat Thomas Jefferson

TIFTON — The Georgia Christian girls’ basketball team defeated Thomas Jefferson 35-31 in the first round of the GISA Class A state playoffs.

Led by Lindsey Levins’ 15 points, and Morgan Sykes’ and Lauren Redshaw’s six points each, the Lady Generals led for nearly the entire way, until the fourth quarter.

After blowing a seven-point lead in the third quarter, the teams swapped baskets in the fourth quarter until Haylee Garrett got a steal and score with two minutes remaining to put Georgia Christian ahead 33-31.

Then, with 18 seconds remaining, Levins made two free throws to secure the win. Georgia Christian faced No. 4 seed Twiggs Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

Highland falls to Curtis Baptist

TIFTON — Despite leading for 3 1/2 quarters, the Highland Christian Lady Eagles were eliminated from the GISA Class A basketball tournament Wednesday night. The Lady Eagles lost to Curtis Baptist 37-33.

VSU Lacrosse to host Battle of the Border Saturday

LAKE PARK — The Valdosta State club lacrosse team will host The Battle of the Border tournament this weekend at the South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park. The tournament will feature five teams and will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Teams that will participate include: Valdosta State, Florida Atlantic, Flagler, Stetston and Moorehouse.

The VSU lacrosse team was founded in 2010 and played its few home games generally on the main and north campus fields.

Valdosta Middle blanks Berrien, 5-0

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Middle School A team defeated Berrien Middle 5-0. Dayton Hall and Tatye Barry managed to shut down the Rebels. The duo allowed just three combined hits and struck out a combined 15 batters. Hall started and pitched four innings, striking out eight, while Barry finished the final three innings and struck out seven. At the plate, Hall finished with two runs scored and Barry finished 3 for 4 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Luke Ard was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

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  • 0728-Lowndes practice4.jpg Vikings working out with padded practice, scrimmage on the horizon

    The look was familiar Monday at Martin Stadium.
    The Lowndes High football team’s conditioning practice was essentially a duplicate of the workouts the Vikings have completed throughout the summer.

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  • Thomasville_Ryals.jpg South Georgia special for high school coaches

    Phillip Johnson remembers when he had a “Wizard of Oz” moment.
    The North Carolina native moved to Georgia when he was 26 and Johnson, now Lanier County’s second-year head coach, recalls a 7-on-7 tournament leading to the realization that he wasn’t in Kansas — or in his case, North Carolina — anymore.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.

    July 28, 2014

  • Cooperstown Merchants: Weekend was a success

    Cooperstown merchants are elated about the exceptionally prosperous Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, several storekeepers said Sunday.

    During an afternoon lull in business, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony was taking place, area shop and restaurant owners took a quick breath, reflected and expressed satisfaction with their sales for the weekend.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall of Famers thank fathers for stepping up to the plate

    Great ballplayers thanking their dads at a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is about as original as oil and vinegar are to an Italian restaurant.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall_Maddux.jpg Hall of Braves

    The weird part was that Jeff Idelson didn't take a lot of time to answer.
    "Is there any word or description that unifies this class?" was the query posed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's president.
    "The common thread among the six is profound humility," Idelson said of former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and former players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall today. "I don't think I realized that fully until I spent time with them in December. It was uncanny to me, for the cumulative star power in that group, the humility among them. I think that's felt really strongly with baseball fans."

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story

  • Hall_Cox.jpg Cox’s willingness to defend players stands out to local coaches

    Bobby Cox will be able to add Hall of Famer to his resume when he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    But the former Atlanta Braves manager’s legacy will remain the same to area baseball coaches: his willingness to defend his players.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Valwood_Henderson.jpg Area teams hoping to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
    That’s the task faced by pretty much all 12 area high school football coaches present Saturday at In The Game Magazine’s South Georgia Football media day at the Holiday Inn conference center.
    It’s a task that also has the elite group searching for answers as to how to get past the state championship road block in recent years, aside from Valwood’s GISA Class AA crown in 2012.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

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