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Monroe’s comeback falls short in loss to Perry

Perry wins season opener 21-14

It was Monroe’s first game since the graduation of four-year starting quarterback and former Herald Player of the Year Charles Stafford, and they struggled to move the ball early and then couldn’t punch it in the end zone late to force overtime.

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Lee County opens season with new field, new region

Trojans' season opener will be on ESPNU

There’s no shortage of storylines for the 2014 Trojans, who open the season No. 2 in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll and are still riding momentum from last year’s success. (ADDS: List of Lee County's returning starters, top newcomers and 2014 schedule)

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Doublegate Country Club celebrates 50th anniversary

Eight original members honored

Several original Doublegate Country Club members were on hand Saturday to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary and swap stories as current members played in a Throwback Golf Tournament.

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Deerfield using playoff loss as motivation

Knights return eight starters

Deerfield lost 34-0 to Stratford Academy in last year’s state semifinals and have been motivated during the offseason to bounce back in 2014. (ADDS: List of Deerfield’s returning starters, top newcomers and 2014 schedule)

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Baconton Charter ready for first full Region 1-A schedule

Baconton Charter is playing a full Region 1-A schedule for the first time this year, and Blazers coach Johnny Hayes said it will be a chance for his 11 seniors — the largest senior class in program history — to enjoy their final season in front of friends and family. (ADDS: List of Baconton Charter's returning starters and 2014 schedule)

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Albany State opens practice riding last year's momentum

Rams hold first preseason practice

Albany State kicked off the 2014 season Monday morning with a two-hour practice with helmets and no shoulder pads, and the team stepped onto the field with a little extra excitement and momentum following last year’s SIAC championship and season-ending, five-game winning streak.

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Hard-hitting safety Kenney Brown ready to lead Sherwood

Sherwood Christian starts season Aug. 22

Sherwood Christian Academy safety Kenney Brown led the Eagles with 111 tackles during his breakout junior season and is hoping for an even more impressive encore this fall.

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Westover star DT Trent Thompson to choose college Tuesday

Trent Thompson is ready to announce decision

Westover star defensive tackle Trent Thompson, widely regarded as the nation’s top recruit, will make his college commitment Tuesday evening, and Georgia remains a top candidate for the senior.

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Albany State Rams named to All-American team

Camilla’s Grover Stewart among those honored

Albany State offensive lineman Victor Moli and former Mitchell County star and sophomore defensive lineman Grover Stewart headline a group of Rams named to the USA College Football 2014 Preseason Division II All-American teams.

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Senior linebacker Austin Cain ready to lead Deerfield

Austin Cain moves to inside linebacker for Knights

Senior linebacker Austin Cain has taken over as lead of the Knights’ defense and is looking for a breakout year after getting taller, stronger and faster during the offseason.

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Albany golfer Jacob Joiner to play in U.S. Amateur

After several failed attempts to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship in previous years, Albany’s Jacob Joiner finally broke through last month and will play in the 114th edition of the prestigious tournament this month.

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Brian Von Bergen joins Albany State as QB coach

Brian Von Bergen replaces Willie Totten

Albany State hires Brian Von Bergen, a former Division I coach with experience at Miami (Ohio) and Montana State, as the team’s quarterback coach.

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Amber Miles plans to bring stability to Darton softball

Darton softball replaces Eric Neel with Amber Miles

Amber Miles is the fifth Darton softball coach in just over a year but says she plans to stick with the Lady Cavs for awhile.

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Albany Dizzy Dean team in World Series semifinals

Albany 8-year-olds are undefeated

Playing on a live webcast in the Dizzy Dean World Series, the Albany All-Stars came from behind to beat the Harrison (Tenn.) Titans in the quarterfinals and advanced to today’s Final 4, which will also be streamed live online.

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Deerfield-Windsor freshman Baylin Moore selected to 14U national baseball team

14U National Team Development Program selects 40 players

Deerfield-Windsor’s Baylin Moore will participate in USA Baseball’s 14U National Team Development Program next month.

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Deerfield-Windsor's Steven Williams makes USA Baseball 15U national team

WBSC 15U World Cup begins next week in Mexico

Deerfield-Windsor’s Steven Williams is one of 20 players selected to the USA Baseball 15U national team, which will compete in the WBSC 15U World Cup next week in Mexico.

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Shanea Armbrister representing Darton at All-Star weekend

Shanea Armbrister participating in NJCAA All-Star weekend

Darton State sophomore Shanea Armbrister, who recently represented her home country Bahamas in the CBC Championship, is the second Lady Cav to participate in the NJCAA All-Star festivities.

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Rams reload with former Albany prep stars

Albany State basketball announces 2014 signing class

Albany State basketball coach Chris Cameron unveiled his 2014 signing class, and four former high school stars from Albany highlight the group.

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Herald Player of the Year Mike Green to sign with Albany State

Former Westover star Mike Green won is the reigning Herald Player of the Year

Willie Boston Player of the Year Mike Green will sign a basketball scholarship on Thursday with Albany State.

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Herald Player of the Year Mike Green to sign with Albany State

Former Westover star Mike Green won is the reigning Herald Player of the Year

Willie Boston Player of the Year Mike Green will sign a basketball scholarship on Thursday with Albany State.

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SIAC MEDIA DAY: Albany State, Tuskegee to play in inaugural White Water Classic

Albany State, Tuskegee to play in Phenix City on Sept. 13

College football is returning to Phenix City, Ala, for the first time in 25 years this September when Albany State and Tuskegee clash in the inaugural White Water Classic. (ADDS: SIAC Championship Game moves to Montgomery, Ala., and Albany State returns an experienced offense)

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Albany State football predicted to repeat as SIAC champs

The Albany State football team is predicted to repeat as conference champions at the SIAC Media Day in Montgomery, Ala., where the Rams were unanimously picked to win the SIAC East and ASU quarterback Frank Rivers was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year. (ADDS: SIAC preseason teams and predicted order of finish)

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Terrell Academy finishes runner-up in 7-on-7 tourney

Sherwood Christian Academy hosts second annual Eagle Invitational

Brookwood dominates Sherwood Christian’s second annual Eagle Invitational 7-on-7 football tournament, but Terrell Academy makes a good showing with a runner-up finish.

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Darton diver Crawford Berry named NJCAA’s top athlete

Crawford Berry leaves Darton with four national titles

The NJCAA awarded Darton diver Crawford Berry the 2014 David Rowlands Award, which is bestowed upon the top male junior college athlete each year.

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Miller County grad T.T. Barber emerging as a star at Middle Tennessee State

T.T. Barber named to Lombardi Watch List

Colquitt native and Middle Tennessee State junior linebacker T.T. Barber is named to the Lombardi Watch List and Conference USA’s preseason first team.

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Albany track & field legend Alice Coachman dies

Alice Coachman was first black women to win Olympic gold

Albany native Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died Monday at the age of 90.

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Battle of the South basketball tourney begins Saturday

18th annual tournament will be held at Albany State

Amateur and professional athletes from around the country will compete in the Battle of the South Basketball Shootout this weekend at Albany State University.

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Lee County OL Chris Barnes named to ESPN Junior 300

Chris Barnes ranked No. 269 among nation’s best players

Chris Barnes, a rising junior offensive lineman at Lee County, was named to the ESPN Junior 300 on Tuesday, making a list that ranks the top high school football players in the nation for the Class of 2016.

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Albany State coach Chris Cameron holding annual basketball camps

Chris Cameron’s Jr. Rams Camp is in its 15th year

Chris Cameron, who is in eighth year as the Albany State men’s basketball coach, is holding his 15th annual Chris Cameron Jr. Rams Basketball Camp this week, and registration is still open.

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Dexter Moody hopeful for another shot in NFL

Former Albany State star was released in June by Baltimore

Former Albany State standout safety Dexter Moody was released from the Baltimore Ravens in June, but he is optimistic that he will be back in the NFL this fall.

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Former Albany State baseball standouts adjusting to life in independent league

Jacob Campbell, Robby Latner now play in the Pecos League

Former Albany State standouts Jacob Campbell and Robby Latner are out west following their baseball dreams in the Pecos League, a non-affiliated pro league that serves as a feeder system for MLB programs or higher independant leagues.

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PAUL EAMES MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT: Post 30 rallies past Post 182 to advance

Jack Bell leads Post 30 to 8-5 victory.

The Albany American Leagion Post 30 Senior baseball team will play in today’s semifinals of the Paul Eames Memorial Tournament after beating and eliminating Leesburg Post 182 Senior.

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Lea Henry set to host annual basketball camps

Lea Henry holding 30th annual Camp of Champs at Deerfield

Darton women’s basketball coach Lea Henry will host her 30th annual Camp of Champs July 8-11 at Deerfield-Windsor School and will hold a second youth basketball camp July 14-17 at Darton State College.

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Leesburg Post 182 gets bounce-back win vs. Vidalia Academy

Post 182 routs Vidalia Academy in five innings

After an early loss Friday in the Paul Eames Memorial Tournament, the Leesburg American Legion Post 182 Senior team bounces back with a 13-2 victory against Vidalia Academy.

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Albany 6-year-olds win Dizzy Dean state title

All-Star team wins state championship

A dramatic 14-13 victory Sunday against their biggest rivals gives the Albany 6-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Star baseball team a state championship.

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Trio of Albany Dizzy Dean teams advance to World Series

Three Dizzy Dean teams win state championships

Three Dizzy Dean youth baseball teams won state championships recently to qualify for next month’s World Series in Southaven, Miss.

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Sherwood Christian Academy football preparing for life in GICAA

Eagles begin play in GICAA this fall

After spending more than a decade in the GISA, Sherwood is now a member of the newly formed GICAA, and the Eagles’ football team will be among the first at the school to compete in the new league this fall.

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Monroe star QB Charles Stafford signs with Albany State

Monroe quarterback Charles Stafford will red-shirt his freshman year at ASU

Charles Stafford, who broke all of Monroe High’s quarterback records and was the 2012 Herald Player of the Year, signs with Albany State on Tuesday, giving the Rams a Division-I caliber QB and a major recruiting victory.

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Darton’s Salas making most of opportunity in America

Darton State second baseman Luis Salas grew up in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic but has found a home with the Cavs and might end up being the best player to come through the program.

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NYSP summer youth program in 39th year at Albany State

Longtime youth program in need of sponsorship

It’s been seven years since the NYSP at Albany State lost its federal funding and NCAA sponsorship, and program leaders are in desperate need of a corporate sponsor in the coming years to sustain one of the area’s largest summer programs for children.

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Randolph-Clay’s Gary McCrae commits to Georgia

Gary McCrae is a two-sport star for the Red Devils

Randolph-Clay’s Gary McCrae is a two-time Super 6er on the basketball court, but his future is on the football field after committing this week with the University of Georgia.

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New coach a fresh start for Dougherty Trojans

Ty Randolph has brought renewed hope to Dougherty

New Dougherty boys basketball coach Ty Randolph has brought a new vision to the Trojans, who have renewed inspiration this summer and are coming off a championship in last weekend’s Valdosta State Team Camp.

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Former Lee County star Justin McCalvin drafted in 19th round by Rays

Justin McCalvin currently pitches for Kennesaw State

Justin McCalvin is taken by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 577th overall pick and is the lowest former Lee County player to be drafted since San Francisco Giants catcher and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey was selected fifth overall in 2008.

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Albany State’s Dexter Moody hopeful for roster spot on Ravens

Dexter Moody was signed to a three-year deal last month

In a recent phone interview with The Herald, former star Albany State safety and Ravens rookie Dexter Moody said he likes his chances to earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster this fall.

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PREVIEW — NOTEBOOK: Mercer coach Lamb believes 2014 will be measuring-stick season

Mercer begins first season of scholarship football

One year after a stunning 10-2 record in its first season since 1941, Mercer is ready for year No. 2 and its debut in the Southern Conference. (ADDS: Notes on the addition of Paine into the SIAC and former Southwest Georgia prep stars at Georgia Military College)

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Valdosta State coach excited to open season vs. Albany State

The Rams and Blazers will open the 2014 season on Sept. 6

The Albany State football team wasn’t represented at Tuesday’s Peach State Pigskin Preview, but that didn’t stop many of the other college coaches around Georgia from talking about the Rams and their upcoming season.

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Vince King named new Sherwood basketball coach

Vince King is Sherwood’s sixth coach in six years

After a season that ended with head coach Bryan Gelfand’s firing, the Sherwood Christian Academy boys basketball team is turning to Vince King to provide some stability.

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Darton softball coach leaves for high school gig in Mississippi

Eric Neel resigns after one year with Lady Cavs

First-year Darton State softball coach Eric Neel handed in his resignation earlier this week and is awaiting approval to be named head coach at Biloxi High School in Mississippi.

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Former Panthers miss comfort of Albany

Several ex-Albany Panthers now play for the Georgia Fire

Several former Albany Panthers now play for the Georgia Fire, and the players who brought two league championships to the Good Life City miss the community support of Albany.

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State championship loss ends run for 'family' of Crisp County seniors

Five seniors played their final game in a Crisp County uniform

Monday’s GHSA Class AAAA state championship loss to Carrollton was the final high school baseball game for Crisp County seniors Taylor Walls, Landon Whitman, CJ White, Chris McGinnis and Devin Taylor.