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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.

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Holston bounces back from injury, leads Lady Rams past Kentucky State

Tip Holston scores 15 points to lead Albany State

After twisting her ankle in the first half, Tip Holston returned midway through the second half to lead the Lady Rams to a 57-51 victory against the Lady Thorobreds in the SIAC opener for both teams.

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Albany State men close out Kentucky State to win SIAC opener

Jamorris Gaines leads Albany State with 28 points

In their first game back from Christmas break, the Rams make clutch plays down the stretch Thursday against Kentucky State, winning the SIAC opener for both teams, 69-65.

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Dougherty basketball coach Donald Poole retires

Poole coached the Trojans for 12 seasons

Longtime coach Donald Poole was terminated as Dougherty’s athletic director less than a month ago for allegedly allowing ineligible players to compete, and now Poole is retiring from the Dougherty County School System as both a teacher and a coach.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2013 — No. 1: ASU football finishes turnaround season with SIAC title

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the No. 1 story we’ve picked as having a significant impact this year.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2013 — No. 2: Tragedy strikes Darton with wrestling death

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. 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 2013 -- No. 4: Posey signs nine-year deal with Giants

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the seventh 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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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Rams 'excited' for start of conference season

Albany State opens SIAC schedule vs. Kentucky State

The Albany State men’s and women’s basketball teams resume play Thursday against Kentucky State in a doubleheader that is free to the public.

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Williams' game winner lifts Lee County boys to victory

Curtis Williams hits game winner with 4.2 seconds left

Lee County’s Curtis Williams hits the game-winning layup with 4.2 seconds left to give the Trojans a 47-46 win in the second day of the Baldwin High Holiday Classic. (ADDS: Randolph-Clay boys, girls; Pelham boys, girls; Monroe girls; Crisp County boys, girls; DWS girls, boys)

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Counting down Southwest Georgia's Top 10 sports stories of 2013 -- No. 6: Darton athletics celebrates another successful year

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the fifth 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 2013 — No. 7: Multiple GISA teams win state titles

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. 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.

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FAB 5 POLL: Worth County boys hold on to No. 1 spot in Fab 5 Poll

The Randolph-Clay girls rise to No. 1 in the girls’ Fab 5 Poll

The Worth County Rams are waking up on Christmas as The Herald’s No. 1 team for the second week in a row, but they will need to keep their winning streak alive if they plan on staying on top as the calendar flips to 2014.

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U-SAVE-IT CLASSIC: Randolph-Clay's Jones stuns Albany with game-winning 3-pointer

Marquin Jones hits a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to give Randolph-Clay the win

Randolph-Clay’s Marquin Jones, a senior who is in his first year with the team, hits a game-winning 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to lift the Red Devils past host Albany High, 62-61.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia's Top 10 sports stories of 2013 -- No. 9: Semifinal loss was end of era for Albany Panthers

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2013. Today marks the second 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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Former Lee County star Sanford Seay signs with Louisiana Tech

Seay will be eligible to practice in the spring

Lee County grad Sanford Seay, who was kicked out of Georgia in 2011 and spent the last two years at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi, has landed on his feet and is now a member of the Louisiana Tech football team.

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No.1 Lady Tornadoes lose first game

Monroe falls to Rockdale, 46-39

Playing in the Washington County Christmas Tournament, Rockdale pulls away late to beat Monroe, 46-39. (ADDS: Crisp County boys vs. Hawkinsville; Americus-Sumter girls vs. Webster; Pelham boys, girls vs. Cairo; Dougherty girls vs. Lincoln; Sherwood boys vs. Highland Christian; Sherwood girls vs. Byne, Westside; Westwood boys, girls vs. Covenant, Crisp Academy)

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Fort Valley hands Georgia Southwestern first loss of season

FVSU’s Joshuah Davis hits game-winning 3-pointer

With 4.6 seconds left, Fort Valley’s Joshuah Davis hits a 3-pointer from the corner to lift the Wildcats to a 73-70 victory and send the nationally ranked No. 18 Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes into the holiday break with their first loss of the season.

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Jasmine Wilson returns, leads Darton in rout

Wilson scores a game-high 25 points against East Georgia State

Jasmine Wilson, academically ineligible for the first 15 games of the season, returned to the court in grand fashion with a game-high 25 points to lead the Lady Cavs to a 78-28 win against East Georgia State.

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May, Lee County upset No. 2 Seminole County

Lee County boys, girls sweep Seminole County

Herald Super 6er Aaron May knocked down a short jumper with two seconds left late Tuesday, propelling the Lee County Trojans to a 72-70 upset victory over Herald No. 2 Seminole County.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Darton rallies past Andrew for Region XVII victory

Shanea Armbrister leads Darton with 19 points

The Darton State Lady Cavs bounce back from back-to-back losses with a Region XVII win against Andrew College. (ADDS: Recaps from Georgia Southwestern men, women and Albany Tech men)

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Former Darton hoops star Michelle Mitchell transfers to Albany State

Michelle Mitchell will play next winter for the Lady Rams

Michelle Mitchell, who signed with Division I Troy University after graduating from Darton, is transferring to Albany State and will start her career with the Lady Rams next winter as a junior.

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Principal: Donald Poole removed as Dougherty AD for playing ineligible players

Donald Poole was removed as AD last Thursday

In a letter obtained by The Herald, Dougherty High Principal Robert McIntosh alleges that athletic director Donald Poole violated GHSA By-Laws by allowing ineligible players to compete, resulting in Poole’s termination as AD late last week.

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Lady Rams plagued by poor shooting in loss

Albany State’s three-game winning streak snapped

Mecca Frost’s last-second 3-pointer clanked off the rim for the Lady Rams, who shot 37 percent from the field and failed to find any rhythm on offense all night.

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Quiondra Darrisaw leads Albany Tech women past Darton State

Point guard Quiondra Darrisaw scores a game-high 24 points

Quiondra Darrisaw took control of Wednesday’s Region XVII game against Darton State College, hit the go-ahead free throws with 3.3 seconds left and then made a victory-clinching steal in the final moments to lead the Lady Titans to a 69-67 win.

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Donald Poole removed as AD at Dougherty

Poole had served as Dougherty AD for 11 years

Dougherty High principal Robert McIntosh tells The Herald that Donald Poole was removed as athletic director late last week after “legitimate issues” involving the Dougherty athletic department.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt visits Westover with eyes on DT Trent Thompson

Trent Thompson leaning toward Bulldogs

Thursday’s visit from Georgia coach Mark Richt was just another reminder of how coveted five-star junior defensive tackle Trent Thompson is becoming among the top schools in the country.

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Albany State loses late lead, falls to Carver

The Albany State men's basketball team blew a 15-point lead and watched as Carver’s Derek Douglas hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds left as the Cougars stunned the Rams.

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GHSA announces region changes

Several Southwest Georgia schools are impacted

Not a single region in Southwest Georgia remained untouched by the new region alignments announced Tuesday by the GHSA, which threw Lee County into arguably the toughest football region in the state, packed 11 teams into Region 1-AAAA and moved Seminole County into Region 1-AA.

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Georgia Southwestern off to program's best start in Division II era

Hurricanes finish November a perfect 7-0

At 7-0, the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes are off to their best start since joining the Division II ranks in 2006. (ADDS: Notes on Albany State women’s basketball and former ASU and Bainbridge star April Thomas)

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TITAN HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Shanea Armbrister leads Darton past Georgia Northwestern Tech

Shanea Armbrister scores 26 points in the 95-37 win

The Darton Lady Cavs win their fifth straight game behind star Shanea Armbrister, who scored a game-high 26 points.

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Ricardo Lockette thankful to be back with Seahawks

Ricardo Lockette in WR rotation for 10-1 Seahawks

Former Monroe star Ricardo Lockette had bounced around from one NFL practice squad to another in the past two years before landing back in Seattle, where he is in the receiving rotation for the first-place Seahawks.

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Valdosta State edges Albany State men in overtime

Rams fall to 1-3 with loss

Playing in their second overtime game this season, the Albany State Rams fall to Valdosta State, 91-89, in a thriller between the two in-state rivals.

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Darton State College looking for new softball coach

Larry Willis steps down as Darton softball coach

Darton softball interim coach Larry Willis, who stepped in as head coach after David Dews resigned in July, handed in his resignation recently.

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Buster Posey returns to Leesburg for learning center fundraiser

Buster Posey helps the Lee County Transitional Learning Center raise funds

Leesburg native and San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the special guest at the annual fundraiser at the Lee County Transitional Learning Center.

Darton women's soccer eliminated from nationals in tiebreaker

Lady Cavsfailto advance to national semifinals

A Darton women’s soccer team that withstood devastating injuries to post a 20-1 regular-season record and No. 4 national seed finally saw its run come to an end Thursday with a loss to Butler Community College in a national tournament tiebreaker.

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Albany State volleyball eliminated from SIAC tournament

Lady Rams finish season 17-13

One year after Clark Atlanta beat ASU in a five-set thriller in the 2012 SIAC championship game, the Lady Panthers shocked the Lady Rams again on Thursday with a five-set victory to upset No. 2 seed Albany State.

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Lady Cavs to play in tiebreaker for spot in semis

Darton loses in penalty kicks to Butler, 4-3

After the Lady Cavs’ loss to Butler in penalty kicks on Thursday, Darton, Butler and Owens were all knotted up with three points apiece in the Pool D standings, meaning the three teams will return to the field today for a three-way tiebreaker to decide who advances to the NJCAA national semifinals.

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Pioneer Bowl cancelled, ending Albany State’s football season

Albany State finishes year at 6-4

Rumors had been swirling for weeks regarding the possible cancellation of the Pioneer Bowl, and it was finally announced Wednesday that the CIAA was backing out of the game due to budgetary restraints.

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Sizzling start: Albany State volleyball rolls in conference tournament opener

Lady Rams sweep LeMoyne-Owen College

One year after getting upset in the opening round of the 2012 SIAC tournament, the Lady Rams opened the 2013 conference tournament on Wednesday with a dominating performance against LeMoyne-Owen.

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Lee County to move to Class AAAAAA in ‘14

Seminole County slated to move to Class AA

After being in Class AAAAA for more than a decade, Lee County was surprisingly placed in Class AAAAAA for the 2014-16 athletic seasons.

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ALBANY STATE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: QB Rivers plans to return to Rams in ‘14

Frank Rivers was a key part of ASU’s SIAC championship

After Saturday’s SIAC championship victory against Miles, Albany State junior and Grambling State transfer Frank Rivers confirmed he would be coming back for his senior season.

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Darton women’s soccer wins nationals opener in PKs

Lady Cavs pick up two points in national tournament

Darton’s Janay Campbell netted the first sudden-death shot for the Lady Cavs, and moments later Hong Tran deflected an Owens Community College penalty kick to clinch the victory.

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Darton women's soccer team begins NJCAA national championship bid

The Lady Cavs enter nationals as the No. 4 seed

There’s a special feeling about this year’s Darton team, which will be taking its 20-1 record and No. 4 national ranking into today’s NJCAA national tournament opener against Owens (Ohio) Community College.

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ASU beats Miles for SIAC championship

Trailing by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter of the SIAC championship game against Miles, the Rams scored 10 straight points to complete one of the best turnaround seasons in program history with a 17-14 victory, capturing the team’s 20th conference title.

OUTDOORS: Local fishing reports

Find out where the fish are biting — or not biting — around Southwest Georgia this week.

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Trojans march on: Lee County advances to second round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Lee County hosts Mundy’s Mill next Friday in Round 2

Lee County senior P.J. Taylor ran for one TD and caught another and Dynamite Dozen QB Stephen Collier ran for two TDs to lead the Region 1-AAAAA champion Trojans (10-1) to their fourth straight win, setting up a second-round game in Leesburg next Friday against Region 4-AAAAA No. 2 seed Mundy’s Mill.

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PREVIEW: Albany State, Miles meet for SIAC title

Golden Rams looking for fifth straight win

With rumors swirling that the Pioneer Bowl could be cancelled next month and both ASU and Miles certain not to receive an invite to the Division II playoffs, tonight’s SIAC title game between the divisional champions is likely the only prize left to play for.

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Albany Panthers release 2014 schedule, announce season ticket packages

The Panthers will open the season March 22 in the Albany Civic Center

Panthers general manager Will Carter releases the team’s 2014 schedule and also announces a season-ticket package that will allow fans to purchase season tickets at extremely discounted rates.

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Crisp Academy hoops star Mitchell inks with Mercer

Madi Mitchell taking talents to Division I Mercer

Madi Mitchell, the cornerstone of Crisp Academy’s dynasty on the basketball court, accepted a full scholarship with Mercer University on Wednesday on the first official day the senior could sign.

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Southwest Georgia Academy’s Carver signs with Georgia Southwestern

Carver a key to SGA’s recent softball success

Southwest Georgia Academy center fielder Kendyl Carver signs a scholarship with Georgia Southwestern on Wednesday.