LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: South Georgia Tech falls in semis

MARIETTA — South Georgia Tech saw its season end Friday night in the semifinals of the Region XVII tournament, falling to Chattahoochee Tech, 83-63.

South Georgia Tech ends its season with a 22-10 record.

“Obviously, we didn’t go as far as we would have liked to have gone,’’ South Georgia Tech coach Steven Wright said after the loss. “I’m proud of them getting us here. We ran into a pretty hot team. They have been pretty hot all year and they were (on Friday). ‘‘

The Jets never led as Chattahoochee jumped out to an early lead and held an eight-point advantage (40-32) at halftime, before watching South Georgia Tech storm back.

The Jets opened the second half with a 17-9 run and caught Chattahoochee at 49-49 with 10 minutes left in the game.

“We were tied with 10 minutes left,’’ Wright said. “Then they got hot the last 10 minutes. They couldn’t miss and we couldn’t hit. It was all of the above.’’

Stedmon Lemon led South Georgia Tech with 16 points. Anthony Ethridge dropped in 15 and Ryan Outar scored 11 for the Jets.

Darton's Sunstrom named NJCAA national POW

ALBANY — The NJCAA named Darton State College ace A.J. Sunstrom as the national Division I Pitcher of the Week, Thursday.

In Darton’s 4-0 win over No. 11 Gulf Coast State (Fla.), Sunstrom delivered eight shutout innings for the Cavaliers. The sophomore gave up only four hits and struck out four batters, earning his fourth win of 2013.

Sunstrom, a McDonough native, has been the Cavaliers’ workhorse this season, showcasing a 2.66 ERA in a team-high 40.2 innings pitched.

“I developed a change-up in the off season … and the coaches prepare us so well, it just kind of worked out,” Sunstrom said.

Darton head baseball coach Scot Hemmings said that Sunstrom is 13-2 in his two seasons with the program — and just keeps getting better.

“He’s been wonderful for the program,” Hemmings said. “He’s kind of an over-achiever.”

GSW men’s hoops lose PBC tourney opener

COLUMBUS — After winning six of eight games to close the regular season, the Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball team saw its year come to an end Friday with a 84-72 loss to UNC Pembroke in the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals.

Senior Milos Kleut led the Hurricanes (13-4) with 18 points and was 8-for-8 from the field, while Alan Arnett added 16 points and Jamon Hawkins finished with 15 points.


DWS soccer sweeps to open season

ALBANY — The Deerfield-Windsor soccer teams opened their season on Friday with two easy wins against Calvary Christian.

The DWS girls won, 15-0, and the Deerfield boys won, 5-0.

Parker Morgan (an eighth-grader), Maggie Greene, Casey Kincheloe and Cheyenne Colvin each scored three goals for the Lady Knights, and Kendyll Freeman, Bailey Weed and Carlton Yarborough scored a goal in the one-sided game. Goalkeeper Lexie Harrison recorded the shutout.

The Knights got goals from Andrew Sullivan, Lanier Freeman, Taylor Grandinetti, Spencer Martin and Carson Orlowski and Brantley Tally and Grant Wollan combined for the shutout.

The DWS girls play Augusta Prep today at Stratford at 10 am. Both teams will be home on Thursday to play Westfield, beginning at 5 p.m.

MONROE SPLITS: The Monroe girls soccer team won its second game of the season, beating Americus-Sumter, 2-0, on Friday while Monroe’s boys team (1-4) was shut out by the Panthers..

Kendalyn Stone scored both goals for the Lady Tornadoes, and Alyssa Kegler picked up her second shutout, making six saves as Monroe improved to 2-4.

Americus-Sumter’s boys beat Monroe, 10-0. No other details were available at press time.

Monroe plays Dougherty at home on Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m.

LEE GIRLS WIN, BOYS LOSE: Lee County split a pair of games against Hardaway on Friday

Lee’s girls won, 7-0, while the boys team fell, 4-0.

Carson Taylor scored three goals and Alexis Roland scored twice for the Lady Trojans, and Tamia Mills, and Elsie Mullins scored a goal each as Lee improved to 3-1 and 2-0 in region play.

The boys are now 1-1 in Region 1-AAAAA and 1-3 overall. Lee will host Thomas County Central at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.