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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: GSW golfer Gibson named PBC Player of Week; Worth County softball forces title game with Crisp in region tourney; Lee County falls

Craig Gibson, from Alberta, Canada, earned the PBC's Player of the Week award Thursday for the second time in his Hurricanes career.

Craig Gibson, from Alberta, Canada, earned the PBC's Player of the Week award Thursday for the second time in his Hurricanes career.

AMERICUS -- Georgia Southwestern's Craig Gibson was named the Peach Belt Conference Golfer of the Week on Thursday for the second time in his career. Gibson won the 90-player Aflac/Cougar Invitational on Tuesday after finishing the three-round event 2-under par.

The senior had finished in a tie for second in his last two events, but broke through in Columbus and won the Aflac/Cougar for the second time in the last three years. His efforts helped the Hurricanes to a team victory in the 17-team tournament in which 15 of the teams were either ranked or received votes in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll Top 25.

Gibson's 68 in the second round is one of three shot in the PBC this season and is tied for the fifth-lowest single round in the league. His score of 211 is the second-lowest 54-hole tournament by a player in the league this year.

The Brooks, Alberta, Canada, native is now third in the PBC with a 72.1 stroke average.

Gibson and the Hurricanes wrap up their fall schedule Oct. 24-25 at the Laker Invitational in Hampton.


PREP SOFTBALL:

ALBANY -- The Worth County Lady Rams were down to their final out in the Region 1-AAA softball tournament Thursday, trailing Crisp County, 7-5, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

But then Worth's bats came alive in the form of a Haley Ellis two-run double and a Lauren Potts walk-off single to give the Lady Rams an 8-7 come-from-behind win, forcing a winner-take-all championship game today at 3 p.m. between the two teams.

Worth defeated Cairo in the loser's bracket final earlier in the day, setting up a rematch with Crisp, which topped Worth on Wednesday, 5-1.

Potts was the winning pitcher in the opening game of the championship series, throwing all seven innings and allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

At the plate for Worth, Faith Jones was 1-for-2 with three RBI and a triple, Kimberly Lee was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a home run and Ellis -- The Herald's reigning Player of the Year -- was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

HARDAWAY 12, LEE COUNTY 10: The Lady Trojans surrendered three runs in the top of the eighth inning to Hardaway in Thursday's elimination game of the Region 1-AAAA tournament and lost, 12-10.

Lee County (15-12) jumped ahead first with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Lady Trojans couldn't hold on to the lead as the teams combined for 22 hits in the slugfest.

Leaders at the plate Lee County were Hailey Scott (2-for-5, triple), Brandi Blount (3-for-4, double), Natalie Shiver (2-for-3, RBI) and Ashley Nichols (two RBI).

With the loss, Lee County finished third in the region and will travel in the opening round of the state playoffs to Evans, where the teams will start the best-of-three series Wednesday.