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Matt Stewart

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Dougherty girls eliminated by South Effingham

Tianna Germain, South Effingham’s star senior guard, finished with a triple-double in a 64-44 win over Dougherty High in the opening round.

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Area track stars shine at sectionals, qualify for state

A host of Southwest Georgia track & field stars shine in Statesboro on Saturday at the GHSA sectional meet, which was the final step to qualify for the upcoming state meets.

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GSW beats ASU in baseball, sweeps season series

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team finishes off a season sweep of neighboring rival Albany State on Thursday to end its losing streak, while sending the struggling Rams to their third straight defeat.

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Cavs baseball wins 8th straight

Darton stays red-hot as it nips South Georgia College, 7-5, on Tuesday in its region opener to extend the program’s winning streak to eight games.

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Darton women beat SGT, one win from region championship

One season after having title expectations and falling short, Darton is in the region championship game at home today against Chattahoochee Tech.

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GHSA CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT: No. 1 Seminole boys squander big lead late, fall in Elite 8

Despite being up by eight points at halftime against No. 8 seed Jenkins County on Wednesday in the Elite 8, Seminole County’s boys lose by five, 75-70, ending their amazing season three wins short of their goal. (EDITS: corrects Seminole County was seeking its fifth Final Four appearance in school history)

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GISA STATE TOURNAMENT ---- FINAL FOUR PREVIEW: Terrell, Westwood and Crisp girls head to Macon on quest for state crowns

Terrell wants redemption in Macon after losing in the title game a year ago, while Crisp is seeking its third straight crown and Westwood is trying to end its recent string of runner-up finishes with the school’s first state championship.

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Lee County ready to ride pitching staff in 2013

Lee County ace Chris Mosley headlines a loaded pitching staff that will try to keep the winning tradition alive as the Trojans’ program begins year No. 25 under coach Rob Williams.

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GHSA CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT: Free throws save Mitchell’s boys in first-round state win vs. Greenville

The Eagles go 31-for-36 at the charity stripe Saturday and beat Greenville, 79-64, to advance in the Class A tourney.

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Denied

Monroe’s girls take a lead after Key Key Price’s jumper with 13 ticks left to play Friday, but Howard responds with a last-second shot of its own to end the Lady Tornadoes’ season in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs, 49-48, in heartbreaking fashion.

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Cooked Crisp-y

Crisp County and Lee County — arguably the area’s top two baseball teams — face off Thursday in Leesburg in the Trojans’ season opener as the Cougars prevail, 12-7.

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GHSA CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT: No. 2 seed Early County boys knocked off at home by Northeast, Macon

The Bobcats' season comes to end Wednesday night at the hands of Northeast, Macon, 69-57.

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GHSA CLASS AAAA TOURNAMENT: Herald No. 1 Monroe boys drub Dutchtown in opener

After a string of rough first-round games, Monroe looks sharp Tuesday night during a 78-55 romp against Dutchtown, securing the Tornadoes' spot in the Sweet 16.

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You go, girls!

Fresh off winning the region title, Monroe’s girls steamroll Riverdale by 19 points in their GHSA Class AAAA state opener Tuesday in Albany.

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Almost there

The Albany State baseball team is struggling in its first 10 games this season, but a 5-3 loss to 10-2 Saint Leo (Fla.) University suggests the Rams are close to finding their stride.

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Yep .. it all comes down to tonight

As expected, Monroe's girls beat Americus and Dougherty downs Cairo to set up a rubber match between the two city rivals for the region title tonight, while the Monroe and Westover boys will meet for a fourth time this year after each advanced to the 1-AAAA championship game in their semifinal games.

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REGION 1-AAAAA TOURNAMENT --- Westover boys back in title game, will face bitter rival Monroe tonight

The Patriots use a big second half to rout the Cougars on Thursday and advance to tonight’s Region 1-AAAA championship game. (ADDS: Dougherty girls beating Cairo to reach title game)

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Darton women sweep season series vs. Albany Tech

Wednesday’s win by the Lady Cavs against their hometown rival clinches a tie for the top seed in region.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL --- REGION 1-AAAAA TOURNAMENT: Lee County girls beat Bainbridge, get back to state; Trojans fall to TCC, ending season

Led by Katherine McConnell’s 18 points, the Lee County girls are headed back to the GHSA state tournament after beating Bainbridge on Tuesday, while the Trojans state drought stretches to six years following Tuesday's loss at home to TCC.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: ASU hoops swept by Benedict; Darton swim programs win region; Westwood girls close regular season on 11-game win streak

With the conference tournament just around the corner, the Albany State men’s and women’s basketball teams were searching for some much-needed momentum Thursday night in a doubleheader matchup against Benedict, but neither team was successful as the Lady Rams fell, 84-72, while the Rams lost, 63-40.

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Minus Super 6er Cromer, Westover boys still get by Worth

T.J. Cromer is held out for unspecified reasons Tuesday, but The Herald No. 2 Westover boys still get by Worth County, 68-52. (ADDS: Westover girls beating Worth, 71-10)

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ASU men win fifth straight game, women fall

The once-struggling Rams are suddenly red-hot, while the Lady Rams cool off Thursday when they lose to Clark Atlanta in the final minute.

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SGT men continue tear, edge Albany Tech

Led by Octavius Green, the Jets rally to beat the Titans on Wednesday to improve to 18-4 overall. (ADDS: item on SGT women beating Albany Tech)

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Easy does it

The Herald No. 4 Dougherty girls have little trouble with visiting Crisp County, which is without Herald Super 6er Nasheema Oliver, who was recently removed from the team. (ADDS: Crisp boys beat Dougherty)

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How 'bout that?

The Lee County boys and girls got off to a rough start to the season, but Friday’s stunning clean sweep of region powerhouse Bainbridge marked each program’s two biggest victories of the year.

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Super-scorer Stanford, Sherwood ready for rematch with rival Deerfield tonight

Patrick Stanford was under the weather the first meeting this season between Sherwood and Deerfield — a 31-point Knights win — but since then the Eagles’ senior has come on in a big way, including breaking the school’s single-game scoring record with 43 points last week heading into tonight’s rivalry rematch on Old Pretoria Road.

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In first game as region's new No. 1, Darton rolls

The Lady Cavs overtook the top spot in Region XVII on Saturday and then responded Wednesday with an impressive win vs. Atlanta Metro.

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Albany girls nearly upset Crisp; Cheese-led Indians shut down Cougars

Tyler Cheese scores a team-high 17 points Tuesday to lead the Indians past Crisp County, 67-52.

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Long-time comin’

Dougherty’s girls drop city rival Westover on Friday night for the first time in two years, giving the Lady Trojans a big win in region play and for the confidence of the program. (ADDS: roundup item on Westover boys blowing out Dougherty, 66-40)

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Shockwave continue hot start to inagural season, move to 7-1 following Thursday's rout

Albany leading scorer Darryl Williams, who came into Thursday’s game averaging 43 points a game, pours in 27 more during a 163-78 victory at Albany High to continue their red-hot start to the franchise’s first ABA season.

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Albany boys cool off Mitchell County with 50-47 win

One night after upsetting Class AAAAA Valdosta, the Mitchell County boys are brought back down to earth by Albany High, which holds on for a 50-47 victory. (ADDS: Mitchell girls beat Albany)

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Fresh start

After losing its first two games of the season early this week in the Hoops In Drive Tournament, Herald No. 1 Monroe starts the second half of the season with a 70-42 win against Terrell County. (ADDS: Monroe girls beat Terrell County)

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SATURDAY'S LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Lady Titans close Classic with loss; ATC, SGT men and Darton women all roll

One night after a solid win in its opener of the Albany Tech Holiday Classic, the Lady Titans are routed by Alabama Southern on Saturday. (ADDS: items on Albany Tech and South Georgia Tech men, and Darton women winning Classic finales; Terrell Academy girls capturing Lakeside Christmas Tournament title)

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SGT men stay red-hot, win wild opener of ATC Classic; Darton women cruise

The 13-1 South Georgia Tech men’s basketball team wins its fifth in a row Friday the opening game of the Albany Tech Holiday Classic at the Civic Center, winning a thriller against Alabama Southern, 104-100. (ADDS: items on Darton women; Albany Tech women, men in late games Friday)

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THURSDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: No. 1 Monroe girls edge No. 2 Pelham in OT; DWS boys lose second game

The Herald No. 2 Lady Hornets suffer their first loss of the season Thursday, and it comes in the first 1 vs. 2 Fab 5 matchup of the season against top-ranked Monroe.

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Albany boys beat Colquitt County, while girls fall to 0-4

Dezmond Newberry scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half to lead the Albany boys basketball team to a 62-48 win.

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Bainbridge boys hang tough against state No. 2 Tift County in home loss; Lady Bearcats also fall, remain winless

Brannen Greene, Tift County’s superstar scorer who has already signed with Division I power Kansas, is too much for the Bearcats to handle as Bainbridge loses its first game of the season Friday.

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Going the extra mile

Darton coach Lea Henry preaches lock-down defense and hard work, and the Lady Cavs needed both — as well as a buzzer beater from Michelle Mitchell — to stay undefeated in Region XVII and outlast rival South Georgia Tech in overtime, 52-50.

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WESTOVER VS. AMERICUS-SUMTER: Americus girls hand Westover first region loss; Pats rout Panthers by 30

Led by Kahler Fletcher and Kayla Bowens, the Lady Panthers come into Albany on Tuesday and drop the Lady Patriots, 43-39, on Tuesday night in Albany.

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Valwood crushes Westwood in GISA Class AA state title game, ends Wildcats’ championship streak

For the second time this season, Valwood is too much for Westwood, which falls short of its third straight state title Friday night during a 48-13 loss to the Valiants in the GISA Class AA championship game. (UPDATED: 12:03 a.m. with additional, details, quotes, reaction)

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Westover cruises to 80-35 win against Lee County

With the Westover football players on the hardcourt for the first time this season, the Patriots rout Lee County to improve to 2-2.

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Burke County, Green power past Monroe, 28-6, ends Tornadoes' great season

Miscues and too much "Gator Green" dooms Monroe's chances to reach the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history Friday night as the Tornadoes are routed by Burke County in Waynesboro, 28-6, in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA postseason.

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Westover continues historic season with first-round state playoff win

The Patriots, who hosted the first state playoff game in the school’s history Friday, capitalize by beating Jonesboro in their second meeting of the season — this time in the state playoff opener for both teams.

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PREVIEW: DWS looking to keep win streak alive vs. Tattnall tonight

The Knights have won four in a row against Tattnall Square, and a fifth straight victory will advance DWS in the GISA Class AAA state playoffs.

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PREVIEW: Lee County up to task for tough first-round playoff test

When the Trojans lost to Bainbridge last Friday and had to settle for the No. 4 seed in Region 1-AAAAA, it forced Lee onto the road to face No. 1 Whitewater, which comes in red-hot after winning nine in a row.

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Cavs cruise in opening game of nationals

The undefeated and No. 1 seed Darton men’s soccer team beats Western Wyoming, 3-1, Monday in the opening day of the national tournament.

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Monroe wallops Worth --- but Rams still sneak into playoffs on tiebreaker

Charles Stafford throws three touchdowns and runs for another to lift Monroe past Worth County, 31-21, at Hugh Mills Stadium on Friday night, but the Rams will make the postseason after all following Crisp County's 14-7 upset win against Americus-Sumter.

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HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN PROFILE NO. 10: Don Mills, Westover

Don Mills, a determined and passionate linebacker, wants to leave his name and the legacy for Westover on the field, where the Patriots are making history and Mills is their biggest hitter.

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Welcome back

Former Monroe star Chavius Jackson chose Fort Valley out of high school before returning home to play for the Rams, and now the senior safety gets the chance to face his former team one final time Saturday. (ADDS: items about Grissett's performance in front of hometown fans vs. Benedict; injury update)

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Darton wins region title, heads to nationals

Darton’s men’s soccer team wins the region title, stays perfect at 17-0, and advances to the national tournament with a 2-1 win against South Georgia College.

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