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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton State softball splits with Gordon State; ASU scholar-athletes honored; SCA soccer sweeps; Terrell Academy edges RS in baseball

ALBANY — The Darton State College softball team split a pair of games with conference foe Gordon State on Thursday as the Lady Cavs (28-11, 6-2) lost Game 1, 4-0, then rebounded to win Game 2, 3-2.

Darton was held to just one hit in the opener — a double by Holly Smith — while Savannah Carlisle (12-3) suffered a rare loss, despite striking out nine and allowing just six hits.

Game 2 was a different story as Jostlyn Higgerson picked up the win to move to 8-3. Higgerson went 6 2/3 innings, struck out two and scattered seven hits, then Carlisle came on and picked up the save.

Darton’s bats were much better in the nightcap as Kelsea Ogletee was 3-for-3, Sierra Newman was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a HR — her first of the year — and Heather Sexton notched two hits.

Darton plays one more series before going on spring break, and that takes place today in a doubleheader against Central Alabama on the road.

ASU STUDENT-ATHLETES HONORED:

Albany State University's student-athletes were recipients of several awards and scholarships during the 2013 Albany State University Honors Day program. The annual program was held on March 15th in ASU's HPER Gymnasium.

"We are very proud of our student-athletes for their continued successes in the classroom," said ASU Athletics Director Dr. Richard Williams. "They are serving as positive role models, and they are proving that student-athletes can get the job done in academics and athletics. All the honorees are to be commended for their efforts."

Highlighting the event for ASU Athletics were six student-athletes who ranked among the best and brightest. The student-athletes were recognized as members of the student body who garnered a 3.5 or higher grade-point average in their majors. Those student-athletes included Damarkus Green (Baseball), Janeka Reid (Women's Volleyball), Elontavius White (Men's Track & Field), Morgane Rainwater (Women's Track & Field), Amber Kennedy (Mass Communication) and Keyanna Russell (Women's Tennis). Rainwater and Russell were also recognized as two of the top freshmen at the university with a GPAs of 3.5 or better.

HIGH SCHOOLS:

DAWSON — The Terrell Academy baseball team improved to 4-2 overall Thursday after an 8-6 win against neighboring rival Randolph Southern.

Clint Smith was the big hero of the day for the Eagles as he picked up the win on the mound — going 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and seven hits allowed — and then Smith was 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI.

Charlie Maxwell got the save.

Josh Wardrip finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI for Terrell, which also got a good day from Dalton Dedge (2-for-4, run scored).

Blake Lamb led Randolph with a 2-for-4 day and an RBI, while Josh McDowell was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Patriots.

TAE returns to action Monday when it hosts Deerfield.

SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN SOCCER TEAMS SWEEP GEORGIA CHRISTIAN: Hannah Thompson picked up her ninth shutout of the season and Katelyn Cuff and Jordyn Paramore scored three goals each as SCA romped past Georgia Christian, 9-0.

Hannah King, Christina Charles and Alaina Clem also scored for the Lady Eagles, who are 10-2-1 overall and 2-1 in GISA Region 3-AA. SCA plays at Calvary Christian at 5 p.m. today on the road.

The Sherwood boys won 6-3 as T.J. Clay scored three times to lead the Eagles. Clay now has 18 goals in nine games this season. Coleman Bailey, Odewe Koffie and Dalton Todd also scored for Sherwood, which improved to 7-2 and 1-1 in Region 3-AA.