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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany boy on verge of nationals after winning Elks Hoops Shoot contest

Albany's Brown wins Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot title -- again

ALBANY -- Albany's Jordan Deshawn Brown won the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot State of Georgia Championship for the second year in a row. Brown won the 2010 Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot State of Georgia Championship for the 8-9 year old boys' division by making 24 of 25 free throws last Saturday in Covington. Brown also won the 2009 Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot State of Georgia Championship for the 8-9 year old boys' division by making 18 of 25 free throws last year at the same site.

Brown is a third-grade honors student at Lincoln Fundamental Magnet School. Prior to winning the state competition, Brown first won the 2010 Elks Lodge District Hoop Shoot Competition by making 25 of 25 free throws, as well as the local competition by making 20 of 25 free throws. Both competitions were held at Albany State University.

Next up for Brown? A chance to win at the national level.

On March 20, Brown will represent the Georgia as he competes against winners from South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama at Valdosta State University for the Southeast Regional Championship. The winner will advance to the National Championship that will be held in Massachusetts later this year. The winners of the National Championship will have their names listed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Brown says he is confident that he can make 25 of 25 free throws to win the Regional and then go on to win the National championship and bring it back to Southwest Georgia.

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HOLE-IN-ONE AT STONEBRIDGE:

ALBANY -- Local amateur golfer Janice Hilyard dropped a hole-in-one Monday on No. 7 at Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, using a 4 wood from 130 yards out.

The shot was witnessed by Linda Hudson and Joan Seay.

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LEE COUNTY BASEBALL OPENER RAINED OUT; TROJANS PLAY PATRIOTS TODAY:

LEESBURG -- The Lee County baseball team's season opener against Colquitt County was rained out Tuesday and rescheduled for noon Saturday.

Lee plays its home opener today against Westover at 6 p.m. The Pats lost their opener, 12-4, on Monday to Northview, Ala.

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WESTOVER BOYS SOCCER WINS OPENER:

ALBANY -- Patriots coach Greg Brown has the Westover boys soccer team off to a good start.

The Class AAA Patriots one-upped Class AAAA Bainbridge in both teams' season opener Tuesday, 3-2, as Bridger Ferrell, Sagar Patel, and Aakash Patel all dropped goals in for Westover. Aakash Patel and Michael Barron each had an assist as well.