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Darton golf close to 13th straight nationals berth

Cavs are one shot behind leader in district championship

The Darton State College golf team overcame a shaky start to the NJCAA District IV championship at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club on Monday and moved into position to clinch a berth in the national tournament.

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MASTERS: Spieth denied history at Augusta

Jordan Spieth took charge early in Sunday’s final round at Augusta National in his pursuit to become the youngest Masters champion, but the 20-year-old saw his two-shot lead evaporate in an instant.

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MASTERS: McIlroy bounces back with Top 10 finish at Augusta

Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating Masters on a high with his best round of the tournament on Sunday to record his first top 10 finish at Augusta National.

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MASTER’S NOTEBOOK: Tech’s Kuchar one shot back, eyeing first major

Former Georgia Tech star Matt Kuchar is one shot back of the lead heading into today’s final round after a dazzling performance Saturday.

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Watson, Spieth tied for Masters lead heading into final round

Bubba Watson is looking for his second Masters championship, while 20-year-old Jordan Spieth is trying to become the youngest winner at Augusta National.

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LORAN SMITH: Golf writer Jenkins a special storyteller

Dan Jenkins, the celebrated writer with a word processor every bit as gifted as Bobby Jones once described O. B. Keeler’s typewriter, would scoff at the notion of iconic status, but the recurring interview requests this week refute any and all of his disclaimers.

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Former Southwest Georgia prep stars leading Albany State baseball

ASU has players from Westover, Worth County, Randolph Southern, Terrell Academy and Crisp County

Albany State baseball coach Kenyan Conner made it a point to search out local talent, and it’s paid off for the Rams, who are being led by a group of former Southwest Georgia high school stars.

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Amtmann's surprise start keys Darton's win

Darton State beats Andrew College, 8-1

Darton freshman pitcher Cole Amtmann was told minutes before Thursday’s game against Andrew College that he would get the start, and he responded with his best outing of the year.

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Albany's Brown, Littleton to compete for national Hoop Shoot titles

The Elks Hoop Shoot national championship is Saturday in Springfield, Mass.

Albany’s Jordan Brown and Zocko Littleton Jr. will compete in the Elks Hoop Shoot national championships Saturday in Springfield, Mass.

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Albany State, Georgia Southwestern softball split doubleheader

ASU wins opener 1-0; GSW takes second game 11-2

Albany State pitcher Alexa Lopez tosses a three-hitter to lead the Lady Rams to a victory over Georgia Southwestern in Tuesday’s opener, but the Lady Hurricanes bounce back in the second game with a 10-run fifth inning to win, 11-2.

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Darton golf wins 13th straight region title after final round is rained out

Andrew College’s Andreas Tancred is individual medalist

Despite Sunday’s third and final round being cancelled because of rain and severe weather, the Darton State College golf team wins their 13th straight Region XVII championship.

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Darton golf takes lead in Region XVII tournament

The Cavs jump opening-round leader Andrew College

After trailing Andrew College after the opening round, the Darton State College golf team takes over the lead in the Region XVII tournament in its pursuit of a 13th straight title.

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Albany State baseball clinches SIAC top seed

Rams improve to 18-0 in conference

The Albany State baseball team stays unbeaten in conference play and clinches the No. 1 seed in the East Division with a doubleheader sweep of Benedict.

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Darton stays hot, stretches winning streak to eight

The Cavs have won 15 of their last 17 games

There has been plenty to celebrate in the last month for the streaking Cavs — and Friday was no different as they crushed Highlands 17-3 in the opener and then rode Henderson to a 4-1 victory in the second game.

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Darton pitcher, catcher share deep friendship

Sommar Wright, Emily Church lead Darton on the softball field

Darton State College pitcher Sommar Wright and catcher Emily Church have been best friends for more than a decade and shared both tears and smiles on their journey to Albany.

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GSW snaps Albany State’s 10-game winning streak

Georgia Southwestern has now won 5 of 6

Georgia Southwestern starting pitcher Zach Smith tossed a two-hit complete game against Albany State to lead GSW to a 6-1 victory, continuing the Hurricanes’ recent surge and snapping ASU’s 10-game winning streak.

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Calvary Day's Davis named next season's Deerfield baseball coach

Jonathan Davis is currently the head baseball coach at Calvary Day School in Savannah

With Deerfield-Windsor baseball coach Rod Murray stepping down after this season, Calvary Day’s Jonathan Davis was named as Murray’s replacement on Monday.

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ASU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rams add former Mitchell County star WR, could lose another

Yancey Burns is the latest Mitchell County star to join Albany State

The long list of former Mitchell County stars to join the Albany State football team got even longer this spring with the addition of Yancey Burns, the Eagles’ leading receiver as a senior in 2011, but rising sophomore Jaquan Williams is currently academically ineligible. (ADDS: Notes on spring game, QB coaching search)

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Albany State sweeps Tuskegee behind Fender’s complete game

Worth County grad Allen Fender allowed six hits

Former Worth County star and Herald Player of the Year Allen Fender gave Albany State its ninth straight complete game against an SIAC opponent with a dominating performance on the mound Sunday against Tuskegee.

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Darton's Goldsmith tosses no-hitter vs. South Georgia

Goldsmith throws first no-hitter of his life

Darton State College sophomore Brandon Goldsmith throws a no-hitter Saturday against South Georgia. (ADDS: Albany State baseball sweeps Tuskegee)

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Darton golf wins Ron Marshall Spring Fling

Darton’s Taylor Martin finishes 2nd individually

The Cavs win the Ron Marshall Spring Fling for the first time since 2009.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Lady Rams sweep Paine in SIAC doubleheader

ASU softball, Darton softball and Darton golf have big days Friday

Playing at home for the first time in three weeks, the Albany State softball team stretched its winning streak to five with a doubleheader sweep of SIAC foe Paine College on Friday. (ADDS: Darton softball and Darton golf)

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Original 'Super 6' to be honored at All-Star game

All-Star festivities begin at 2 p.m. at Darton State

The Herald’s original “Super 6” basketball team will be recognized during tonight’s All-Star game at Darton State College.

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ALBANY STATE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Lineman Bunch returns for Rams

Danny Bunch will be Albany State’s left tackle

Offensive lineman Danny Bunch was academically ineligible in 2012 and 2013 but raised his grades this past year and has rejoined Albany State on the football field.

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Albany State defense shines in spring football game

The Rams’ defense wins, 32-24

The Albany State offense dominated the first quarter of Thursday’s spring game, but the ASU defense held quarterback Frank Rivers and the Gold Rush in check for the final three quarters for the victory.

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After rough start, Albany State baseball has won 10 of 12

The Rams are 9-0 in conference play

Albany State has won 10 of its last 12 games and is a perfect 9-0 in the SIAC heading into this weekend’s three-game series against Tuskegee.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Davis Adkins making the difference for Darton

Adkins has returned to the team’s closer role

With Davis Adkins in the starting rotation for the first month of the season, seven of Darton’s nine losses came in the final six outs of the game — but since Adkins moved back to the bullpen on Feb. 28 the Cavs have won nine of 11 games. (ADDS: Notes on Darton baseball, Albany State softball and Darton softball)

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Lady Rams can't slow down Nova Southeastern in region semifinals

Albany State's season ends in NCAA Tournament second round

No. 1 seed Nova Southeastern flexed its offensive muscles in a dominating victory in the South Region semifinals to advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament Sweet 16 and end the Lady Rams’ season. (ADDS: GSW men lose 2OT heartbreaker)

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Albany State women win NCAA Tournament opener with late comeback

Lady Rams advance to play No. 1 Nova Southeastern

The No. 5 seed Albany State women’s basketball team erases a 12-point second-half deficit to stun No. 4 Delta State in the NCAA Division II Tournament opener, 49-45.

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Randolph-Clay QB Caleb McFather inks with Reinhardt

McFather was a four-year starter at QB for the Red Devils

Caleb McFather, Randolph-Clay’s four-year starter at quarterback, signs with NAIA Division II Reinhardt University, completing a promise he made to his father when he was 5-years-old.

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Sherwood's Christina Charles signs soccer scholarship with Truett-McConnell

Christina Charles holds Sherwood’s single-season assists record

Sherwood senior Christina Charles, who has set the school record for assists in a season the last two years, signs a soccer scholarship with Truett-McConnell College.

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Albany State women leaning on faith, unity for NCAA Tournament opener

The Lady Rams open the NCAA Division II Tournament against Delta State

The next step in the remarkable journey for the Albany State women’s basketball team is tonight when the Lady Rams take on Delta State in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

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Lady Rams earn No. 5 seed in NCAA Division II Tournament

The Georgia Southwestern men also earn an at-large bid

The Albany State Lady Rams received one of 42 at-large bids for the NCAA Division II Tournament and were awarded the No. 5 seed in the South Region at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they will face No. 4 Delta State in Friday’s opening round at 7:30 p.m. (ADDS: GSW earns No. 6 seed)

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Darton sweeps ABAC in home doubleheader

Lady Cavs improve to 10-0 at home

The Darton softball team bounced back from four losses over the weekend with a two-game sweep of rival ABAC. (ADDS: ASU softball sweeps Brewton-Parker)

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Legendary ASU football coach Hamp Smith: Hall of Fame induction is an honor

Smith is inducted into the SIAC Hall of Fame

The much-loved and much-respected former coach was one of 15 legends to make up the conference’s first Hall of Fame class in 14 years, which was officially inducted Wednesday as part of the SIAC Centennial Hall of Fame Gala in Birmingham, Ala.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Rivers of the tides

On the southern Atlantic coast the tidal mood changes are drastic.

The tidal streams of southeast Georgia and north Florida flow languidly through broad expanses of salt marsh and piney scrub habitat, where sawgrass and its kin profusely thrive and trees and shrubs cling precariously to life.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Albany State women advance to SIAC title game

Lady Rams beat Clark Atlanta, 70-58

After falling behind by seven points in the second half, the Lady Rams storm back to clinch a spot in today’s SIAC championship game. (ADDS: Albany State men eliminated, Georgia Southwestern men advance in conference tournaments)

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Mitchell County's 'special season' ends in heartbreak

The Lady Eagles lose for the fourth time this season to Randolph-Clay

Thursday’s loss to Randolph-Clay in the Class A state title game was devastating for a Mitchell County team that was looking for the first girls basketball state championship in school history.

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Turner County’s comeback falls just short in boys Class A title game

Wilkinson County holds on for 72-64 victory

Turner County nearly erases an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in Thursday’s Class A boys state championship game but falls to Wilkinson County, 72-64.

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Oak Mountain ends Crisp Academy's season in GISA Final 4

The Wildcats were outscored 43-27 in the second half

The Crisp Academy boys were enjoying their best season in years, but the postseason run ended Wednesday with a loss to Oak Mountain in the GISA Class A state semifinals.

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Sherwood fires boys basketball coach Bryan Gelfand

Gelfand was Sherwood’s fifth coach in five years

Sherwood boys basketball Bryan Gelfand was suspended two weeks ago for using inappropriate language as he walked off the court following a game, and on Wednesday the school parted ways with him for good.

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Darton, Georgia Southwestern can't catch Eastern Florida State in final round of Doublegate Invitational

Host Darton finishes tied for second

Holding a five-shot lead over both Darton and Georgia Southwestern heading into the final 18 holes, Eastern Florida State extended the margin and cruised to a seven-shot victory in the 12-team Doublegate Invitational.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton, GSW golf tied for 2nd at Doublegate Invite

Darton, Georgia Southwestern are 5 shots back

The Darton and Georgia Southwestern golf teams are five shots back of leader Eastern Florida State heading into today’s final round of the Doublegate Invitational in Albany. (ADDS: Darton softball sweeps Thomasville JV)

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Columbia stuns Westover at buzzer in Class AAAA Final 4

Columbia’s Keuntay Puckett hits a the game-winner as the buzzer sounded

Westover’s dream season came crashing down in an instant Saturday when Columbia’s Keuntay Puckett hit a game-winning buzzer beater in the Class AAAA state semifinals.

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GISA HOOPS ROUNDUP: Westwood, Crisp Academy girls advance to state semifinals

Westwood, Crisp will play in next weekend’s Final 4 at Mercer

Defending state champions Westwood and Crisp Academy are now two wins away from adding another state title to their growing collections. (ADDS: Deerfield girls, Southland girls, TAE girls eliminated)

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The Final Four: Westover, Calhoun Co., Randolph-Clay, Mitchell Co. to play in Final 4

Four Southwest Georgia teams to play in state semifinals

The Westover and Calhoun County boys and Randolph-Clay and Mitchell County girls are trying to end a nine-year state title drought in Southwest Georgia.

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South Georgia Tech downs Darton in region semifinal

Lady Jets advance to region title game

On Friday, the Lady Jets continued their dominance in the postseason with a 72-54 win against defending region champ Darton in the semifinal round.

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GHSA HOOPS ROUNDUP: Calhoun County boys, Mitchell County girls advance to Final 4

The Randolph-Clay boys and Bainbridge boys are eliminated in the Elite 8

The Calhoun County boys and Mitchell County girls both end long Final 4 droughts with victories on Thursday. (ADDS: Randolph-Clay boys, Bainbridge boys lose)

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Randolph-Clay girls advance to Final Four

Wednesday’s 62-48 win against Towns County lifts the Lady Red Devils to their second straight trip to the Class A Final Four.

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Dougherty’s Ricardo Sloan signs with Point University

Ricardo Sloan signs a national letter-of-intent with NAIA school Point University in West Point, becoming Dougherty’s first football player in four years to accept a scholarship.

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