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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton College to host prep all-star games Friday

ALBANY — Fans and college recruiters will have one more chance to see some of the best high school basketball talent in this part of the state Friday night at Darton College, where they will hold the Southwest Georgia Senior Showcase.

The girls game starts at 7 p.m. and the boys game will follow.

The teams will be the Albany Area All-Stars vs. the Southwest Georgia All-Stars, which will consist of players from outside the Albany area.

Coach James Little will be honored at halftime of the All-Star event. Little coached at Monroe High School from 1987 trough 2007. He won 351 games, and five region titles. His teams made 14 appearances in the state tournament.

The Albany All-Star boys team will be coached by Westover coach Dallis Smith, and Little will be an honorary coach for the Albany team. The Albany Area All-Star girls team will be coached by Dougherty assistant coach Corey Joyner.

The SW Georgia All-Star boys team will be coached by Webster County coach Keeyon Battle, while the SW Georgia All-Star girls will be coached by Pelham coach Antonia Tookes.


GSW BASEBALL ROUTS ALBANY STATE:

AMERICUS — It’s been an uncharacteristic rough season for the Georgia Southwestern baseball team, but Wednesday’s 15-2 win against Albany State was a step in the right direction.

The Hurricanes avenged an 11-6 loss to ASU on Feb. 23 to improve to 4-19, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Rams (7-11) have now lost three games in a row.

GSW starting pitcher Hunter Thompson threw seven innings, struck out seven Rams and got his first win of the season, while ASU ace Ken Nesbitt lasted just three innings and surrendered six hits and six earned runs.

Corey Benson (2-for-5, five RBI) led the Hurricanes at the plate, while John Duran was 4-for-6 with three runs and Randall Sheffield was 1-for-2 with two RBI.

Westover grad Jacob Campell (2-for-3) was the only ASU player with more than one hit.

ASU plays again Saturday against conference foe Claflin in a doubleheader starting at noon. GSW is in action Friday on the road in a doubleheader against USC Aiken.


GSW GOLF STRUGGLES IN LATEST TOURNEY:

VALDOSTA — The No. 5 nationally ranked GSW golf team, which opened Day 2 of the First Federal Southeaster Collegiate in 13th place, shot a 295 in the second round to move up two slots and finish 11th at the 14-team, three-round tourney.

The tournament field was strong with eight teams ranked in the Top 25 and another three receiving votes in the latest NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll.

GSW finished 50 strokes behind 13th-ranked North Alabama for the top spot in the team standings at the par-72, 7,140-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

Craig Gibson shot the Hurricanes’ low score with a two-day total of 1-over 217. Teammate J.P. Griffin matched Gibson with a 72 and 73 in Rounds 2 and 3, respectively, but his 74 in the opening round placed him in a tie for 20th place overall, four slots behind Gibson. Travis Oestmann tied for 50th place in the 75-player field with an 11-over 227. Former Lee County star and Player of the Year Nate Gahman went 78-76-75 for a 13-over 229 and Christopher Hall finished with a 233.

The Hurricanes return to the links Monday for the first and second rounds of the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Georgia College.