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Danny Aller

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Albany’s Lockette cut by 49ers

In a surprising move Thursday, former Monroe star Ricardo Lockette, who seemed headed for a spot on the 49ers’ roster, is waived by the team.

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Heyward plunked in face in Braves win

Jason Heyward is taken to the hospital after getting struck in the face by a pitch Wednesday against the Mets, but the Braves rallied around their teammate and pulled out a 4-1, extra-inning win.

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Setting the ‘Tone’

New Worth County coach Jason Tone expects big things in the future for the Rams’ program, and even if they don’t happen right away, Tone won’t panic — because this South Georgia native is finally home, and he’s in it for the long haul.

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PREP NOTEBOOK: Reigning POY Calhoun leads Southland at first cross country meet; Sherwood’s football opener moved to Thursday

Wright Calhoun overcomes Mother Nature and a stout field of runners this weekend to lead Southland cross country to a season-opening win against four-time reigning state champ Mount de Sales.

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PREP NOTEBOOK: Reigning POY Calhoun leads Southland at first cross country meet; Sherwood’s football opener moved to Thursday

Wright Calhoun overcomes Mother Nature and a stout field of runners this weekend to lead Southland cross country to a season-opening win against four-time reigning state champ Mount de Sales.

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Hard work pays off as SGA’s new-look ‘D’ shines in opener

After an offseason like never before in Damascus, the Warriors’ defense shows the hard work pays off when it registers four sacks and holds Ashford Academy to just 66 yards of total offense, making a statement in its 2013 season-opening win Friday night.

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Raining blows

Under a heavy downpour all night, Perry Bridges rushes for three touchdowns, SGA's revamped defense proves it's the real deal and the Warriors deliver new head coach Brent Miller a win in the team's 2013 season opener to kick off the prep football season in Southwest Georgia on Friday night in Damascus, rolling by Alabama's reigning 1-A state champ Ashford Academy, 35-14.

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Ready for war

With a new head coach and starting quarterback, the Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors are ready to be the first area prep football team to kick off the season tonight — and it’s a game they’ve been thinking about for more than a year.

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SGA first area football program to kick off 2013 season Friday

During the next three weeks, every area football program in Southwest Georgia will begin their 2013 seasons, beginning Friday when SGA hosts Ashford (Ala.) Academy at 8 p.m.

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Westover wins All-Sports award once again

The Westover sports program wins the region’s annual All-Sports Award for the seventh straight year following the coaches’ fall meeting this week.

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Welcome back, sir

Former Lee County and Florida State two-sport star D’Vontrey Richardson —- who gave up football for baseball, only to walk away from his pro career shortly after from being burned out —- has not only returned to pursuing his one-time dream, he’s turning heads across the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization.

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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Skinner misses cut at tough Oak Hill course, relishes experience

Albany’s Sonny Skinner predicted he might struggle on the ultra-tough Oak Hill course at the PGA Championship, where he misses the cut Friday — but not before a memorable week in New York.

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Led by Albany stars, Team Georgia crushes S.C. in annual Junior Challenge Match

Led by Albany’s double dose of Tylers — Tyler Hanson and Tyler Joiner — Team Georgia steamrolls South Carolina in the 38th annual Georgia-South Carolina Challenge Match this past weekend in Columbia, S.C.

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He stands alone

Buster Posey has won countless awards and titles during his rise through high school, college and the pros, but he achieved an entirely new feat recently when he graced the cover of the bible of all sports magazines, Sports Illustrated — and the reaction back home has been nothing short of resounding pride.

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Comeback kid

It took former Sherwood star Jason Townsend nearly two months to return from a scary injury and find his form again, and Thursday night he helped combine to throw a no-hitter with three other pitchers on his minor-league Double-A Altoona Curves baseball team.

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Albany’s Joiner falls in match-play round of U.S. Junior Am, heads to Junior PGA

Albany native Jacob Joiner makes it through stroke play and into the match-play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in California before losing a heartbreaker in the Round of 64.

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LOCAL GOLF: Grand Island in early lead at Challenge Cup

Defending Challenge Cup champion Grand Island is poised go back-to-back after jumping out a commanding first-round lead Saturday.

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'Emotional' beginning

The offseason tragedy that deeply affected the Brooks County football team will no doubt be on the Trojans’ minds when they kick off the 2013 football season in Albany against Monroe.

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‘Pip-squeak’ no more

Albany’s Pete Williams isn’t that little 5-foot-6, 140-pound kid who used to run the halls at Westover and avoid sports like the plague — he’s now the bodybuilding world’s “Mr. Georgia,” and he’s got his eyes firmly focused on becoming “Mr. USA.”

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Battle of the South Basketball Shootout enters 17th year, set for weekend of hoops action at Darton

The 17th annual Battle of the South Shootout begins Saturday at Darton College as 24 teams from around the country will converge on the Good Life City for a weekend of hoops action.

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No. 28 is No. 1

Former Lee County baseball star Buster Posey’s No. 28 San Francisco Giants jersey isn’t just worn by a two-time World Series champ — it’s now the top-selling Major League Baseball jersey in the world. (ADDS: list of Top 20-selling MLB jerseys)

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'Chipping away'

Former Deerfield and Clemson star Andre Young wrapped up his rookie season of pro ball in Holland in May as the MVP of the Dutch Basketball League, and now he’s taking a huge step up by signing a contract to play in the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague — all the while hoping a shot with an NBA team is just around the corner.

Three Brooks County football players killed in car accident

Three Brooks County football players off last year’s 10-0 region title team are killed during an early morning car crash Tuesday, while another remains in critical condition.

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Albany golfer Joiner wins coveted spot in U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, commits to Georgia Tech

There was only four spots in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship up for grabs during a recent qualifying tournament in Athens, and Albany’s Jacob Joiner grabbed one and is now headed to California in July.

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ALBANY HERALD PLAYER OF THE YEAR, GIRLS TENNIS: Bainbridge's Flournoy queen of the court in 2013

Bainbridge standout and GSW signee Hilary Flournoy caps her short, but brilliant, two-year career at Bainbridge with the girls’ Player of the Year honor. (ADDS: 2013 Albany Herald All-Area Girls Tennis Team)

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2013 ALBANY HERALD PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, BOYS TENNIS: Deerfield's Langstaff, Calhoun never gave up on being No. 1, state champs

The undefeated, state champion Deerfield doubles team of Pete Langstaff and Will Calhoun snag The Herald’s Players of the Year honors for boys tennis after starting the season as the Knights' No. 2 doubles team --- but ending as No. 1. (ADDS: 2013 Albany Herald All-Area Boys Tennis Team)

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Buckeyes' big get

After fielding offers from around the country for much of the spring, Lee County rising senior quarterback Stephen Collier makes up his mind Friday night: He’s headed to join coach Urban Meyer’s national powerhouse team at Ohio State.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Monroe’s Glanton turns heads after Atlanta MVP showcase; Brooks County star Parrish commits to UGA

Monroe rising junior Tay Glanton beats out a host of upperclassmen for the Defensive MVP at a prestigious Atlanta football showcase recently.

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Hoosier Heartbreaker

The Seminoles fall short of their 22nd trip to the College World Series after getting swept by the Hoosiers, who are the first Big Ten team to win a Super Regional series since 1984.

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FSU stunned by Indiana in Super Regionals opener

Florida State sees its ninth-inning rally fall just short in Saturday’s NCAA Super Regionals opener against Indiana, which beat the Seminoles to move one game from its first-ever trip to the College World Series.

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Albany’s Land, Lewis take aim at NCAA national track titles today in Oregon

Former Monroe star Mimieux Land and Westover standout Reggie Lewis will each try to deliver Clemson University a pair of national titles today in their respective events during the NCAA Division I Track & Field National Championship in Eugene, Ore.

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Clamoring for Collier

Lee County star quarterback Stephen Collier is named one of the finalists for the national Elite 11, which handpicks the country’s top prep QB prospects.

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GOLF ROUNDUP: Skinner shoots par again, remains in Top 15 at Senior PGA; Ga. Tech’s Kuchar leading PGA Crowne Plaza

Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner stays steady at the Senior PGA Championship and will enter today’s final round tied for 15th overall.

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Crisp blown out in GISA Class A Final Four series by Bethlehem

Bethlehem beats Crisp Academy by a combined 35-7 during Friday’s GISA Class A Final Four, ending the Wildcats’ state title run.

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'Well, how about that?'

In what could end up being one of the most remarkable stories of the year in professional golf, club pro Sonny Skinner of River Pointe Golf Club in Albany doesn’t just hang with the big boys of the Champions Tour during the first round of the Senior PGA Championship on Thursday — Skinner is right there at the top, sitting just one shot off the lead after firing a scorching 4-under in the first round.

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Area Georgia baseball signees remain committed to Dogs after Perno’s ouster

Five former Southwest Georgia high school baseball stars don’t waver in their commitment to UGA after head coach David Perno leaves the program Monday.

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Posey, Trojan Nation: Coach Williams will be missed

After 25 years as the respected head coach of state power Lee County High School, longtime face of the Trojans baseball program, Rob Williams, is finally ready to pass the torch.

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GSW’s Gahman rallies for Top 10 finish on Day 1 of NCAA Nationals

Former Lee County golf star and Herald Player of the Year Nate Gahman of GSW scrambles on the back nine after a rough front to shoot par and sits tied for ninth after Day 1 of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship in Hershey, Pa.

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COLLEGE GOLF ROUNDUP: Cavs golf team 18 shots off lead with one round left at nationals; UGA in fourth after Day 1 of NCAA D-I Regionals

Darton betters its score during Round 3 at nationals Thursday, but the Cavs find themselves with a seemingly insurmountable deficit heading into today’s final round in Lubbock, Texas.

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Welcome to the Big Show

Former Worth County and Kansas State star linebacker Meshak Williams signs with his favorite team growing up — the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens — after impressing during rookie mini-camp.

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Pate on Crisp County’s run to Class AAAA Final 4: ‘We’re working our way up the ladder’

Sixth-year Crisp County baseball coach Bill Pate has the Cougars in the GHSA Class AAA Final Four for just the second time in the program’s long history after a doubleheader sweep late Tuesday of Stephens County.

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Darton climbs nationals leaderboard on Day 2

The Cavs are five strokes better during their second round of the NJCAA national tournament Wednesday, but Darton is still 18 shots off the leader with two rounds left.

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Darton struggles on Day 1 of NJCAA nationals

The Cavs play well in their two practice round before the NJCAA national tournament, but mistakes during the first round Tuesday has Darton tied for 11th out of 24 teams.

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Terrell Academy baseball wins first region title in school history

The Eagles secure that state's No. 1 seed for the upcoming playoffs after winning their first region title in school history.

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PREVIEW: Area GISA soccer teams begin march toward state title today

Five Southwest Georgia private-school soccer teams — Deerfield’s and Sherwood’s boys and girls and Terrell Academy’s girls — hit the field starting today for their first-round GISA state tournament games.

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ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME ---Former DWS sharpshooter Bailey rounds out 2013 Albany HOF class

Former Deerfield-Windsor three-sport star and 2013 Albany Sports Hall of Fame inductee Julee Bailey made her biggest mark on the basketball court.

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Former Lee County star Posey blasts first HR in second straight win for UGA

The Bulldogs’ baseball team is struggling mightily this year, but huge night from former Lee County star Jess Posey helps deliver UGA its second straight win late Tuesday night.

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Ex-Deerfield star Young named MVP of Dutch pro league

In his rookie season playing professional basketball overseas, former Deerfield star Andre Young has emerged as a legitimate superstar.

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Lady Cavs upset in national tourney opener

Blinn College out of Texas plays its way into the tournament Monday, then knocks off No. 8 seed Darton State College on Tuesday, ending the Lady Cavs’ bid for an NJCAA national title.

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Darton softball stays course despite recent issues

Following a dust-up between coaches during a recent Darton-Chipola softball game, head coach David Dews vows to never play the Florida powerhouse again and Dews’ father — legendary JUCO softball coach Gene Dews — leaves the team.