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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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Among the Elite: McCrae leads R-C boys into the Elite 8

McCrae leads Red Devils into Elite 8

Gary McCrae scores 22 second-half points to help Randolph-Clay erase a 14-point deficit in Monday’s Class A tournament game against Georgia Military College.

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Buie leads Randolph-Clay girls to opening-round win

The Randolph-Clay girls start the road back to the Class A state title game with a dominating 71-48 victory against Central Talbotton.

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Albany State gets 'signature win' vs. rival Fort Valley State

The Rams knock off bitter rival and SIAC top dog Fort Valley State in a homecoming game in front of a sold-out crowd.

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Albany State women clinch East Division title with homecoming win

The Lady Rams outscore rival Fort Valley State 11-1 in the final 53 seconds to clinch the No. 1 seed in next month’s SIAC tournament.

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Deerfield-Windsor baseball coach Rod Murray stepping down after season

Murray will take over Southland football program

Deerfield-Windsor baseball coach Rod Murray is stepping down after this season and will take over the Southland football program, a move that Murray calls “chasing a dream.”

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Westover RB Saunders signs with Missouri Southern State University

Westover running back Shannon Saunders signed a four-year scholarship with Missouri Southern State University, where he will continue a football career that is bursting with potential.

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Trojans, first-year coach Brock set to host Lee County High School Baseball Invitational

Today’s game at Lee County High School between the Trojans and powerhouse Crisp County is the first of five games through Saturday in the Lee County High School Baseball Invitational.

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Darton wraps up regular season with 50-point win against Chattahoochee Tech

Lady Cavs rout Chattahoochee Tech in regular-season finale

The Lady Cavs win for the sixth time in their last seven games with a 99-49 victory against Chattahoochee Tech in Wednesday’s regular-season finale.

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Albany Panthers owner: Team won't play in '14

After weeks of speculation about the financial struggles of the Albany Panthers, owner Rod Chappell tells The Herald that he is 99 percent sure there will not be a 2014 season.

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Last-second block seals victory for ASU men

Worth County native Jamorris Gaines swats away Clark Atlanta’s game-tying attempt as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Monday’s SIAC game.

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After star player collapses, Lady Rams come back to beat Clark Atlanta

Albany State star forward Tip Holston collapses near midcourt, but despite her absence the Lady Rams storm back to beat Clark Atlanta in a battle between the top two teams in the SIAC East Division.

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Cavs play better in final round of FSCC invite

The Cavs shot 10 strokes better than Saturday’s opening round and finished fifth out of nine teams with an overall score of 622.

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REGION 1-AAAAA TOURNAMENT: Lee County girls 'dancing' after semifinal win

On Saturday, the Lady Trojans won a back-and-forth thriller against host and rival Bainbridge, 46-41, to earn a spot in Monday’s Region 1-AAAAA championship game and clinch a home game in the opening round of next week’s state playoffs. (ADDS: Lee County, Bainbridge boys recaps)

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Lady Cavs knock off Georgia Highlands

The Darton women’s basketball team led from start to finish and continued their late-season surge with a 69-62 victory against Georgia Highlands. (ADDS: Darton baseball, softball; Albany State baseball, softball; Georgia Southwestern basketball)

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REGION 1-A TOURNAMENT: Calhoun County, Randolph-Clay advance to semifinal matchup

The Herald No. 2 Calhoun County boys advance to face Randolph-Clay in a rematch of the Cougars’ only loss this season, while the Seminole County boys advance to play Stewart County in tonight’s Region 1-A semifinals.

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Westover star DE Wimberly signs with Georgia Military College

Brenton Wimberly, Westover’s star defensive lineman and a big reason the Patriots won last season’s Region 1-AAAA championship, followed in the footsteps of Trent Brown — his cousin and former Westover star lineman — and signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday to play at Georgia Military College.

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City of Albany terminates lease with Panthers (UPDATED: 7:50 p.m.)

The city of Albany has terminated its lease agreement with the Albany Panthers, but meetings between the team and city officials are planned this week with the hope that a deal will be reached to keep the team in Albany.

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FAB 5 POLL: Westover boys, Pelham girls end season No. 1

The Patriots slipped out of the top spot immediately back in December with a loss to Worth County, but Westover has peaked at the end of the season and reclaimed its spot atop the poll with a 58-42 drubbing of Worth on Feb. 4 to knock the Rams out of the No. 1 ranking.

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MONDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Monroe advances in Region 1-AAAA tournament, ends Dougherty’s season

Monroe kept its season alive Monday in the opening round of the Region 1-AAAA tournament, pulling away in the second half to hand Dougherty a season-ending 61-38 defeat. (ADDS: Recaps from Region 1-AAAA and Region 1-A tournaments)

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Fate of Albany Panthers remains uncertain

Panthers officials, who announced two weeks ago that they needed an additional $100,000 in funding to avoid cancelling the 2014 season, cancelled a press conference Monday afternoon and instead sent an email to local media saying that they are “finalizing a potential solution which would allow the team to play in 2014 and beyond.”

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Bainbridge downs Lee County in battle for Region 1-AAAAA top seed

The Bearcats rode Herald Super 6er Tyree Crump and his game-high 37 points to a 74-59 victory over Lee County to clinch the regular-season Region 1-AAAAA title and secure the No. 1 seed in next week’s tournament.

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Albany State signs 10, including seven defenders

Highlighting the 2014 signing class for the reigning SIAC championship Rams are linebackers and co-Defensive Players of the Year for Region 5-AA Emmanuel Brown and Marvin Lewis from Kendrick High School in Columbus.

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Trio of Lee County Trojans sign with Division I teams

Three Lee County Trojans sign with Division I schools

Buffalo-bound defensive back Quan Jamison and Louisiana-Lafayette offensive lineman commit Jesse Freeman began the festivities by signing their national letters-of-intent, and then Stephen Collier Sr., the father of Lee County QB Stephen Collier, took center stage in honor of his son, who has already enrolled at Ohio State and is attending classes in Columbus, Ohio.

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Cavs finish 11th in season-opening tournament

The Cavs opened the 2014 spring season with an 11th-place finish in the 15-team tournament, finishing 47 shots over par after three straight rounds over 300.

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SEASON PREVIEW: Mix of freshmen, returners to defend ASU’s SIAC title

A group of freshmen join Albany State’s returning softball players as the Lady Rams open their 2014 campaign with the goal of repeating as SIAC champs.

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Albany's Ricardo Lockette completing 'life-long dream' by playing in Super Bowl

Monroe grad Ricardo Lockette is one of the Seattle Seahawks’ top players on special teams

Monroe grad Ricardo Lockette’s journey to Super Bowl XLVIII as a receiver for the Seattle Seahawks hasn’t always been easy, but it’s one that has made him, his parents and his community proud.

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SEASON PREVIEW: Albany State baseball hoping to snap SIAC title slump in 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, no player on Albany State’s roster has won an SIAC championship — but senior leader and former Westover star Jacob Campbell plans to end the drought with a conference title in his final season.

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SEASON PREVIEW: Neel ready to lead Darton softball into new era

It was a rocky year before Eric Neel came over from Hattiesburg, Miss., to take over the Darton softball program, which is hoping it can thrive in 2014 with the stability Neel brought with him.

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SEASON PREVIEW: Darton baseball opens season with huge expectations

Head coach Scot Hemmings and the Cavs open the season today in Panama City, Fla., against Gulf Coast Community College, and the third-year coach believes his team has the talent and the work ethic to bounce back from last year’s disappointing finish and claim their first region title in school history.

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Region 1-AAAA split into football sub-regions

Coaches vote to split into two sub-regions

In a near-unanimous decision by the region’s football coaches, Crisp County, TCC, Cairo, Monroe and Albany will make up sub-region A, while Bainbridge, Americus-Sumter, Westover, Worth County and Dougherty will make up sub-region B.

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Albany Panthers' 2014 season in jeopardy (VIDEO)

Albany's Professional Indoor Football League team needs to raise $100,000 in the next week or it will be forced to cancel the 2014 season.

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Lady Cavs stay hot with win vs. Atlanta Metro

DaQuenna Moore leads Darton with 20 points, 15 rebounds

Darton won for the seventh time in its last eight games Wednesday with a 68-53 win against Region XVII rival Atlanta Metro — the same team that the Lady Cavs barely beat by three points back on Nov. 20.

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FAB 5 POLL: Seminole boys, Pelham girls hold No. 1 rankings

Indians, Lady Hornets have won a combined 23 straight

The top-ranked Seminole County boys and Pelham girls have won a combined 23 straight games and have done so in convincing fashion with just two of those wins by fewer than 10 points.

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Albany State men back to .500 with conference win

ASU’s Jamorris Gaines scores 14 to lead all scorers

The Rams bounce back from a loss Saturday to Benedict by protecting a late lead agianst Paine for a 78-68 victory.

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Lady Rams ride fast start to easy victory

ASU beats Paine for sixth straight win

Albany State jumped out to a 38-14 lead after 15 minutes of play against the visiting Lady Lions and led by as many as 36 before cruising to an 82-69 victory in a performance that left few doubting that the Lady Rams are the East Division’s team to beat in the last month of the regular season.

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Darton State hammers rival Georgia Perimeter by 50 points

Armbrister, Moore lead Lady Cavs

Former Lee County star DaQueena Moore, who comes off the bench but sees as much playing time as a starter, and each member of Darton’s starting five scored in double figures on Saturday to lead the Lady Cavs to a 91-41 win against Region XVII rival Georgia Perimeter.

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Albany State to open 2014 football season vs. Valdosta State

ASU, VSU renew rivalry for first time since 2011

Albany State and Valdosta State will both open their seasons Sept. 6 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta, renewing a rivalry game that has been played just once in the past six years.

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Albany State QB coach Willie Totten leaves Rams for Alabama A&M

Totten spent one season with the Rams

Willie Totten, a former legendary head coach at Mississippi Valley State, is leaving the Albany State coaching staff for a position at Alabama A&M.

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ASU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Offensive coordinator Smith selected to coach East-West Shrine Game

Steve Smith will coach the offensive line for the second straight year

Albany State offensive coordinator Steve Smith was hand-picked by former NFL coach Romeo Crennel to coach the offensive line in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, the longest-running college football all-star game in the country.

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Bainbridge football to join Region 1-AAAA

In a surprising move by the GHSA’s Executive Committee on Tuesday, the Bainbridge and Thomas County Central football teams were placed in Region 1-AAAA, while Cook dropped to Region 1-AAA.

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Bainbridge football to join Region 1-AAAA

Bearcats will be joined by Region 1-AAAA newcomer TCC

In a surprising move by the GHSA’s Executive Committee on Tuesday, the Bainbridge and Thomas County Central football teams were placed in Region 1-AAAA, while Cook dropped to Region 1-AAA.

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Rams hold off second-half rally from LeMoyne-Owen for SIAC win

Jamorris Gaines leads Rams with 23 points

Dangerously close to blowing their second double-digit lead in as many games, the Albany State men’s basketball team instead pulled away late from LeMoyne-Owen on Monday to move back above .500 in the SIAC.

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Albany State women win third straight with rout of LeMoyne-Owen

Kourtney Alexander leads the Lady Rams with 23 points

The Albany State women dominated SIAC opponent LeMoyne-Owen 86-58 on Monday for their third straight victory and kept pace in the conference’s East Division, where the division’s six teams had a combined 21-3 record in SIAC play entering Monday’s game.

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HERALD 2013 FALL SPORTS AWARDS: All-Area softball team

The Herald anounces its 2013 All-Area Softball Team, which is highlighted by Player of the Year Madison Ragan of Southwest Georgia Academy and Player of the Year runner-up Anna Laine Brock of Sherwood.

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HERALD 2013 FALL SPORTS AWARDS: SGA's Ragan repeats as softball Player of the Year

SGA pitcher Madison Ragan led her team to the GISA Class AAA Final Four

Madison Ragan, winner of The Herald’s Player of the Year award in softball for the second straight season, led the Lady Warriors on the ride of a lifetime in 2013, guiding Southwest Georgia Academy to an undefeated regular season and cementing her title as the best softball player in Southwest Georgia.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Albany State survives triple OT thriller vs. Miles

With last-second heroics at the end of regulation and each overtime, the Rams beat Miles in triple OT 98-97 to keep the visiting Bears winless. (ADDS: ASU women rout Miles; Darton women lose in OT)

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Darton State College athletics programs hit with budget cuts in wake of audit

Darton sports teams to see scholarship limits drop

More than $165,000 of coaches’ salaries will be absorbed into the Darton athletics budget, which is causing cuts and scholarship reductions in nearly every program.

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Logjam in Region 1-AAAA boys basketball standings

Region 1-AAAA standings bunched in middle

With six of the eight Region 1-AAAA boys basketball teams separated by just two games, the next two weeks will go a long way in determining seedings for next month’s region tournament.

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Lee County's appeal to stay in Class AAAAA denied

Lee County will be the smallest school in Class AAAAAA

After hearing a 10-minute presentation from Lee County Principal Kevin Dowling, the GHSA Reclassification Committee rejects Lee’s appeal and sticks with their initial ruling of placing the Trojans in Class AAAAAA, where they will play as the smallest school in the state.