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Chris Whitaker

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Mary Persons hands Americus-Sumter 34-point loss in Class AAA state playoff opener

The Panthers allow their most points since the consolidation and head home early from the playoffs after a 54-20 home loss to Mary Persons.

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New faces numerous at South Georgia Tech

Only one player — sophomore guard Khiry White — is back from last year’s team, which finished 21-10 despite going 8-7 in games decided on the final possession.

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SOUTH GEORGIA TECH WOMEN'S PREVIEW: Lady Jets aim for another amazing season

The South Georgia Tech women's basketball program dropped only four games a year ago, and despite losing several key players this past offseason, the Lady Jets, who open their season Saturday, hope they're in for an encore performance.

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Southland girls post highest finish at state cross country meet in history

The Lady Raiders finish fourth at this past weekend's state cross country meet.

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Panthers upend Pats, lock up spot in playoffs

In an ugly game Friday. Americus-Sumter holds off a late Westover rally to beat the Patriots in a crucial Region 1-AAA game for both that officially sends the Panthers to the postseason.

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Americus stomps Dougherty, keeps region title hopes alive

Bryce Benton leads the Panthers past the Trojans on Friday night, 41-6.

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Cook edges Americus, 12-7

The Panthers score on their first play Friday night, then fail to do much else as they suffer their first loss of the season in their home opener.

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Holy cow!: Young Raiders bounce Brookwood, 52-29

Southland puts on an offensive show Friday night during a home rout of their rivals from Thomasville.

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KICKOFF 2011: Pressure's on for Panthers in Pollock's second year

One season after a terrific year for Americus-Sumter's football team, second-year head coach Michael Pollock and his players plan to take it up a notch.

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KICKOFF 2011: Even with young squad, Southland expects better results in 2011

The Raiders may be young -- freshmen and sophomores make up more than half of the 50 players on their roster -- but third-year head coach Tim Goodin isn't worried, calling it a "good" kind of young.

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New Southland boys hoops coach backs out of job

Rick Scruggs, who was supposed to take the helm of the Southland boys basketball program, decides not to take the job after all, citing personal reasons.

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The 'Wright' decision: SGT hires men's hoops coach Steven Wright as new A.D.

Steven Wright is wearing another hat these days at South Georgia Tech, pulling double duty as both the Americus junior college's head men's basketball coach and now the Jets' new athletic director.

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Humphrey ready to make a difference as new A.D. at Southland

Former Sherwood head football coach and Deerfield assistant coach Clint Humphrey is given the reins of Southland's athletic program after serving as the pastor of Cross Point Baptist Church the last four years.

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Serious heat

Local prep football coaches react to the news of two 16-year-old players dying from heat-related health issues.

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Southland hires new boys basketball coach

Rick Scruggs takes over for Ernest Scott and brings a wealth of experience to the Raiders' boys hoops program.

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Bryan edges Bushey in local Strongman competition

Strongman coordinator Buck Kinney hopes the event continues to grow as Saturday's competition has a bigger crowd than last year.

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Feats of strength

Taking a page out of ESPN's popular showing of the "World's Strongest Man" competition, the 3rd annual Americus Strongman Competition happens this weekend.

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Children get in shape with Falcons

Members of the Atlanta Falcons organization and a host of Boys & Girls Club volunteers hold the Gatorade Junior Training Camp in Americus for more than 30 children.

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A night to remember in Americus

Victor Green, Jimmy Hightower, Alton Shell, Kent Hill, Chan Gailey and Dan Reeves become the first members of the newly founded Americus-Sumter County High School Athletic Hall of Fame that was inducted Saturday night at GSW.

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Americus-Sumter set for inaugural Hall of Fame induction

A host of former Americus sports stars are set to be enshrined Saturday night at GSW during the first-ever Hall of Fame induction, including current Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey and NFL coaching legend Dan Reeves.

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Americus' Gilbert takes talents to FVSU

Lady Panthers super-scorer Jayme Gilbert will is headed to Fort Valley State after capping an amazing career at Americus-Sumter.

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Americus-Sumter's boys tennis team's perfect season ends in Elite 8 loss to Howard

After going 16-0 through the regular season and first two rounds of state, the Americus-Sumter boys tennis team's dream season ends Thursday in the Elite 8 at home.

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Hurricanes swept away in first round of D-II tourney

The Georgia Southwestern State men's basketball team's first foray into the NCAA Division II Tournament in school history ends up as a one-and-done scenario when the No. 3-seeded Hurricanes are stunned by No. 6 Montevallo, 62-59, after GSW won both regular-season meetings between the two teams.

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GSW men's basketball team captures 3-of-4 PBC All-Conference awards

The GSW men's basketball team makes more history Friday night when Mike Leeder is named Coach of the Year, Phillip Brown wins Player of the Year -- both firsts for the school -- and Colin Slotter wins Freshman of the Year.

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PEACH BELT CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: GSW men's hoops set to make even more history tonight

Less than a week after winning the school's first conference title -- in any sport -- the GSW men's basketball team will host its first-ever PBC playoff game tonight.

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GSW survives in second triple OT game in a row

Phillip Brown scores 25 points and grabs 22 to lead GSW to a 76-74 triple overtime win against North Georgia in their second triple overtime game in a row.

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Four Panthers set to prowl college ranks

Four Americus-Sumter standouts -- Uneik Crumbley (UAB), Jonathan Battle (Georgia Southern), Kyle Champion (Samford) and Claude Deriso (Shorter) -- all sign on the dotted line Wednesday as they secure their college futures during National Signing Day.

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Hurricane Brown

Led by two-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Phillip Brown, the No. 18-ranked GSW men's basketball team is enjoying their best season since joining Division II five years ago, but face their biggest test thus far tonight when they travel to take on the No. 3 team in the nation, Augusta State. (ADDS: breakout with men's, women's game previews vs. Augusta State)

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Monroe girls can't quite rally

The Monroe girls basketball team falls just short at Americus-Sumter, 57-53, while the boys team wins by more than 20 points.

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Americus-Sumter waxes WACO

Americus-Sumter gets a huge night from Malik Thomas, who throws for 256 yards and three TDs, and an unexpected breakout game from receiver Xavier Willis as the Panthers topple WACO, 28-16, in the first round of the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs Friday in Americus.