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Danny Aller

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton softball sweeps MGC; Cavs golf finishes 5th at Spring Fling; ASU baseball rolls

The Darton State College softball team downs Middle Georgia on Saturday to improve to 27-10 overall, while the news was not as good for the school's golf team, which implodes on the back nine during the final round of the Goose Pond Spring Fling. (ADDS: roundup items on ASU-Claflin baseball; and GSW softball)

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Darton baseball stretches win streak to 15

The Cavs are nearing school history after winning Nos. 14 and 15 in a row Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of East Georgia.

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LOOKING AHEAD: Panthers coach happy with win in opener, sees room for improvement

Showing very little rust, the Panthers rolled into Lake Charles, La., on Saturday night and cruised to a double-digit win in their opener.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: South Georgia Tech men’s hoops wins tourney opener, advances to semis

Despite their leading scorer coming down with the flu before Tuesday's crucial Region XVII tournament opener, the Jets cruise past Gordon College and into a matchup against nemesis Chattahoochee Tech on Friday in Swainsboro. (ADDS: roundup items on Albany-Terrell County baseball; and Lee County-Bainbridge boys, girls soccer)

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Seminole, Pelham girls hoops knocked out of state

The Lady Indians and Lady Hornets suffer a pair of tough road losses in the Elite 8 round of the state tournament Tuesday, ending both their seasons.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ATC, SGT hoops lose key conference games Saturday; Darton golf third after first round of Faulkner Invitational

A loss by the Titans on Saturday ends their postseason hopes, while the Jets' free fall from conference top dog to sixth place continues with another brutal loss. (ADDS: ATC-Chattahoochee Tech women's hoops; Darton golf; GSW men's, women's basketball; and GSW softball)

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Bainbridge boys falls in OT of 1-AAAAA title game, settle for No. 2 state seed

The Bainbridge boys basketball team played their hearts out Saturday night before losing in overtime of the Region 1-AAAAA title game to Northside, Columbus, 60-58.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL --- GHSA REGION TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Seminole boys reach first title game under Godwin, will face Mitchell for all the marbles tonight

The Indians down the Red Devils on Friday night to get to their first Region 1-A championship game since Kevin Godwin took over seven years ago. (ADDS: roundup items on Mitchell boys reaching 1-A title game opposite Seminole; Region 1-A girls semifinal roundup; Lee County girls, Bainbridge boys in 1-AAAAA tourney; and Turner County boys, girls).

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL --- REGION TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: AHS boys beat Dougherty in Region 1-AAAA tourney, end Trojans’ season; Westover girls' state tournament streak snapped by Americus-Sumter

The Indians will play on in the Region 1-AAAA tournament following Tuesday's rout of Dougherty, while a string of 15 state appearances in a row is over for Westover's girls, who are knocked out by Americus-Sumter. (ADDS: roundup items on Randolph Southern girls, boys; SGA boys, girls; Terrell County-Stewart County boys; Randolph-Clay-Calhoun County boys; and Seminole-Miller County boys)

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PREVIEW: With new coach settling in, GSW golf begins spring season

New head coach Darcy Donaldson is ready to keep the Hurricanes’ golf program on a steady climb to being one of the best in Division II when GSW opens its all-important spring season today at the at Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate in Florida.

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Area prep football stars set for National Signing Day

Highlighted by Deerfield’s Patrick Forrestal signing with Division I Navy, area football recruits are set to secure their college futures today.

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Terrific teammate

Even though he is unlikely to see the field in Sunday's Super Bowl, Albany native and Monroe alum Ricardo Lockette --- who is arguably the fastest player on the 49ers' roster -- has done plenty these last two weeks to help the team prepare, namely playing the role of Ravens speedy wideout Torrey Smith in practice to simulate the speed and routes that San Francisco will see from Smith in the Big Game.

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After rough start to season, Worth County boys hoops team wins fourth straight, getting hot at right time

Worth County is heating up when it counts just before the region tournament as the Rams win their fourth straight game Tuesday by beating Albany --- and now set their sights on closing the season by avenging four early season losses to Dougherty, Calhoun County, Monroe and Westover.

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Randolph Southern senior Ragan joins 1,000-point club as Patriots still eye first win

Rhett Ragan, a senior who never saw a minute of floor time as a freshman, hits 1,000 points for his career Tuesday, although it came in a tough loss to Grace Christian, which kept the Patriots winless on the season.

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Deerfield boys on fire, make case for Fab 5 Poll

Following their 11th straight victory Tuesday, Deerfield is on pace to be the first GISA team to crack The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll this season.

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Behind 21 steals, Crisp Academy girls win 14th straight

Led by Herald Super 6er Madi Mitchell’s 19 points, the two-time defending state champion Crisp Academy girls basketball team appears on a crash course for a third trip after winning their 14th straight game Tuesday night.

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Monroe boys wrap up regular-season Region 1-AAAA title, No. 1 tourney seed

After whipping Crisp County late Saturday night, 70-38, Herald No. 1 Monroe’s boys not only secure the regular-season Region 1-AAAA title but also earn the right to host the upcoming tournament, which starts in two weeks.

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Darton pitches lights out in openers, settles for split

The Cavs baseball team opens their 2013 season on the road Friday with a 3-0 shutout win against Gulf Coast and a tough, 2-1 loss to Tallahassee Community College.

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Posey accepts NL MVP award in Big Apple

Giants catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey is thankful — and funny — in his acceptance speech at the BBWAA awards dinner, where he was honored for winning the NL MVP award.

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Byne Christian girls hoops star Horne eclipses 1,000-point milestone as junior

Byne’s Heather Horne becomes the second girls player in school history to reach 1,000 career points — and now she’s out to break the Saints’ all-time scoring record. (EDITS: corrects Horne is the second girls player from Byne to break 1,000 points in school history)

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Giants give Posey $8M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration; Braves re-sign five, fail to agree with Prado

Looking to keep their NL MVP and two-time World Series champ happy, the San Francisco Giants gladly avoid arbitration with catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey on Friday, giving him a hefty, one-year salary bump from $615,000 to $8 million — with the hope that a long-term deal between the two sides is next.

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Leesburg's Posey finishes sixth in worldwide vote for video game cover; Pirates' McCutchen wins

Pittsburgh All-Star Andrew McCutchen wins Sony PlayStation's cover appearance for "MLB 13 The Show" video game following a worldwide vote that ended Friday night with 108,148 votes, while Lee County native and San Francisco catcher Buster Posey finishes sixth.

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Albany Tech men beat Georgia Highlands, pick up first region victory of season

After an uncharacteristic 0-7 start in region play, the Titans get on the board Wednesday night against Georgia Highlands, while the ATC women put up a strong fight against XVII's No. 1 team before losing by seven.

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Posey in running for ‘MLB 13 The Show’ video game cover

Sony is holding a national voting contest for sports fans to determine which MLB star will grace the next cover of its PlayStation “MLB 13 The Show” video game, and Leesburg’s Buster Posey — the 2012 NL MVP — is a leading candidate. (ADDS: Link to vote)

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 — #1: Leesburg’s Posey named NL MVP, wins second World Series title

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the finale of the countdown.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 — #2: Third trip to Super Bowl highlights Monroe grad Branch’s year

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the ninth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 --- #3: Albany native Taylor wins silver medal at Summer Olympics

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the eighth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition. Look for No. 2 in Monday’s edition of The Herald.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 --- #7: Rambo overcomes suspension at UGA, finishes season strong

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the fourth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition. Look for No. 6 in Thursday’s edition of The Herald.

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Ex-Crisp County LB Sanders commits to Texas A&M

Former Cougars football star Tommy Sanders picks Texas A&M to continue his college football career after two standout years at Butler Community College in Kansas.

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TUESDAY'S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Buie's 28 points leads Calhoun past Early; Miller's Diamond drops 39 in win; DWS boys lose first game

Led by Brandi Buie's game-high 28 points, Calhoun County avenges its season-opening loss to Early County on Tuesday. (ADDS: roundup items on Deerfield-MDS; SGA-Ashford (Ala.) Academy; Miller County-Webster County; Colquitt County-Lee County; Albany-Worth County; Americus-Cairo; Mitchell County-Stewart County; Quitman County-Baker County; and Calhoun County-Early County)

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Posey gives back to Lee County baseball program

Arguably the brightest shining star in all of Major League Baseball right now, Lee County native and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey is spending part of his offseason in his hometown helping out the Trojans’ baseball program to the tune of $10,000 worth of supplies and equipment from Louisville Slugger.

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In GISA Class A state title rematch, Crisp Academy overpowers Westwood girls, 45-40

Madi Mitchell's 27 points and 9-for-9 from the free throw line is too much for Westwood's girls to overcome once again as the Class A two-time defending state champion Lady Wildcats prevail in their rivalry matchup.

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SUNDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Westover’s Jones proud of team, historic 2012 season

Third-year Westover coach Octavia Jones was disappointed, reflective and optimistic all rolled into one just a day removed from seeing his team’s history-making season end in the second round of the state playoffs. (ADDS: items on Early County, Westwood, Deerfield and Seminole County)

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Westwood wins, reaches third straight state title game; Early, Seminole win; Miller falls

Westwood is headed back to the state title game --- this time a step up in classification from their last two --- and will play at Valwood next week following the Wildcats' win Friday night against Brentwood. (ADDS: full list of state scores, plus roundup items on Seminole's win vs. Commerce; Miller's loss vs. Wilkinson; and Early's win vs. Screven)

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Former Westover star, Panthers leading WR Savage un-retires, will play again in 2013

Former Westover and Oklahoma star WR Antwone Savage, who led the Albany Panthers to their second straight league title this past season, tells The Herald on Monday he will not retire as originally planned and will instead return for one more run in 2013.

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MVP! ... MVP! ... MVP!

With 27 of 32 possible first-place votes, former Lee County and Florida State baseball star Buster Posey wins the National League MVP Award in a landslide Thursday, becoming the first member of the San Francisco Giants to take home the honor since Barry Bonds in 2004.

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Posey celebrates big day wth hometown, loved ones

With nearly all his immediate family and hundreds from the Leesburg community by his side, hometown hero Buster Posey is named the 2012 NL MVP live on national television Thursday during a fundraiser at his mother's school at the Lee County Transitional Learning Center.

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Posey wins NL MVP

With hundreds of friends and family looking on Thursday night in Leesburg, Buster Posey is named the 2012 National League MVP.

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Set your clocks: NL MVP announcement to be made at 6 p.m. today live on MLB Network

Leesburg native and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is considered the favorite to win the National League MVP when the coveted award is handed out tonight. (ADDS: that Posey will be in Leesburg tonight as guest speaker at Lee County Transitional Learning Center when MVP award is announced)

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Ex-Worth County star Williams named Big 12 Player of Week

Former Albany Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Meshak Williams of Sylvester has become the leader of the defense for the No. 1 college football team in the nation, Kansas State.

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Lady Cavs roll in nationals opener, 4-0; Darton's men continue title quest today

Despite a sluggish start, the Darton women’s soccer team wins easily in its NJCAA national tournament opener Tuesday in Melbourne, Fla.

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Darton College golf team now turning heads off the course with new wheels

The Darton State College golf team recently got the gift of a lifetime that could very well improve all aspects of their game on and off the course.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield wins ninth straight, will face Tattnall in postseason opener; SGA falls in heartbreaker in first round of GISA Class AA playoffs

Deerfield jumps all over rival Southland, 41-0, before shutting it down and cruising to a 41-13 win Friday night for the Knights' ninth straight win. (ADDS: items on SGA-Gatewood in Class AA state playoffs; Randolph Southern-Crisp Academy; Terrell County-Randolph-Clay; Crisp County-Americus-Sumter; and Cairo-Dougherty)

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COLUMN: For Dougherty, it was only one win — but, man, what a big one

Herald sports editor Danny Aller takes a closer look at just how huge Thursday's win was for Dougherty's football team against Americus-Sumter --- a victory that could very well be the turning point for the struggling program.

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COLUMN: Believe it or not, the best of Buster is still to come

Herald sports editor Danny Aller looks back at Leesburg native and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey's rise to stardom in just three years in the majors following the Giants' second Posey-led World Series title in three years they won Sunday in Detroit.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Westwood’s Harrell wins AA cross country state title

Westwood freshman Perra Harrell won the GISA Class AA state cross country title with a personal best time of 20:09, giving her school its first state championship in girls cross country in the 15-year history of the program. (ADDS: Preseason basketball jamboree at Albany State)

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Darton golf rallies, finishes third in district preview tourney

After falling back of the leader by 25 shots after the first two rounds of the NJCAA District IV Preview in Tennessee, Darton dusts the field on the final day to surge and finish third.

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Lee County’s Posey near-unanimous choice for MLB’s NL ‘Comeback Player of Year’

Shortly before the Giants win Game 5 of the NLCS on Friday to stay alive in the series, NL MVP favorite Buster Posey of Leesburg is an overwhelming choice for MLB’s “Comeback Player of the Year."

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Rare FG by Herald No. 5 Early County caps wild win vs. Thomasville, 17-14; No. 2Bearcats prevail

Brandon Carter kicks a 25-yard field goal with 51.1 seconds left Friday night to lift the Bobcats past Thomasville, 17-14, in a crucial showdown to improve the Bobcats to 2-1 in Region 1-AA play. (ADDS: roundup items on Seminole-Calhoun; Southland-Pinewood; Cairo-Albany; Frederica-Crisp Academy; Bainbridge-Hardaway; Randolph Southern-Fullington; SGA-Southland).

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Herald No. 2 Bainbridge stunned by Harris County; Deerfield blanks Bulloch

The Bearcats, who fell from The Herald's No. 1 spot in the Fab 5 Poll last week after an overtime loss to TCC, falls for the second week in a row --- this time in a stunner vs. region rival Harris County. (ADDS: roundup items on Miller County-Randolph-Clay; Baconton Charter-St. Francis; Deerfield-Bulloch; Seminole County-Stewart County; Crisp Academy-Fullington; Valwood-Terrell Academy; and SGA-Brookwood)