LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: ASU softball stays unbeaten in conference play

FORT VALLEY — After a rough start to the season with losses to some of the toughest Division II teams in the nation, the Albany State softball team has turned a corner.

The Lady Rams swept conference rival Fort Valley State on Monday and have now won seven of their last nine games.

ASU (9-11, 4-0) won the opener, 9-1, and then shutout the Lady Wildcats in the second game, 6-0.

“It’s early, but as it stands now I really feel confident in the conference,” said ASU coach Robert Skinner, whose Lady Rams are the only undefeated team in the East Division. “The one thing that I can tell you is that we are hitting the ball much better than we were a month ago. It looks really promising.”

Alexa Lopez was the winning pitcher in the opener, while Chelsea Hicks hurled a shutout in the second game. No other stats were available by press time.

The Lady Rams play again today in a double header against Clark Atlanta before heading to Jasper, Ala., for the conference’s cross-over tournament this weekend.

GSW 26 shots back heading into final day

VALDOSTA — Playing in its first tournament against former coach Andrew Danna, the Georgia Southwestern golf team struggled in Monday’s opening rounds of the Southeastern Collegiate at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta.

Danna’s Lynn University team didn’t look too hot, either.

Playing in a field full of some of the best Division II teams in the nation, No. 19 GSW shot rounds of 300 and 301, is 25-over and is in 10th place out of 15 teams.

No. 10 Lynn University is 22-over and in a tie for seventh heading into today’s final 18 holes.

No. 5 Florida Southern, which is one of 12 teams ranked in the top 28 competing in the tournament, owns the lead at 1-under after shooting rounds of 288 and 287.

The rest of the top five after the opening rounds are second-ranked Barry (8-over), eighth-ranked Columbus State (8-over), No. 12 Georgia College & State (16-over) and No. 28 Valdosta State (18-over).

Lee County grad Nate Gahman shot rounds of 76 and 71 to lead the Hurricanes and is tied for 16th as an individual at 3-over.

Other GSW scores were J.P. Griffin (74-78), Matthew Whittaker (76-76), Andrew Ritchot (81-76) and Anders Olsson (74-86).

Florida Southern’s Case Gard is the individual leader at 4-under.

Deerfield tennis sweeps Brookwood

ALBANY — The Deerfield boys and girls tennis teams stayed undefeated Monday with a pair of easy wins against Brookwood.

Winners for the DWS boys, which won, 5-0, were Nasser Razbi at No. 1 singles (8-2), Reid Wright at No. 2 singles (8-1), Ben Hoopes at No. 3 singles (8-4), Robert Newsome and Will Calhoun at No. 1 doubles (8-1) and Pete Langstaff and Tyler Lowe at No. 2 doubles (8-1).

Winners for the Lady Knights, who won, 3-1, were Caroline Holley at No. 2 singles (8-3), Amy Rao and Katerina Mathis at No. 1 doubles (8-1) and Paige Hawke and Ansley Arrington at No. 2 doubles (8-0).

Both DWS teams improved to 3-0 and will play again Thursday at Valwood.

DWS GIRLS SOCCER DOMINATES: The Lady Knights routed Southland on Monday to move to 2-2 overall.

Seven players scored for DWS: Casey Kincheloe (4 goals), Haley Kincheloe (3), Rachel Sullivan (2), Maggie Green (2), Kendyll Freeman, Parker Morgan and Bailey Weed.

Both the boys and girls DWS teams play again Thursday at home against Westfield.