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Matt Stewart

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Early misses FG as time expires, falls to Fitzgerald

In a battle for state playoff seeding in Region 1-AA, the Bobcats — one week after winning a game with a last-second FG — miss one Friday against the state power Purple Hurricanes in a heartbreaking, 17-14 loss. (UPDATED: 1:30 a.m. with additional quotes, detail)

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TCC hands Herald No. 1 Lee first loss, despite valiant effort by Trojans

The Herald's top-ranked team in the Fab 5 Poll suffers its first loss of the season as state-ranked TCC storms Leesburg on Friday and holds off a late Trojans rally for a 41-35 win.

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ASU players: Homecoming week not a distraction

With plenty to distract the Rams this week with Clark Atlanta coming to town for Homecoming, red-hot ASU insists it’s focused on the game — and winning its fourth straight.

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Mitchell mauls Terrell in crucial 1-A tilt, 47-14

Jaquan Williams and Jocquil Chester have huge games for Mitchell County on Friday night to lead in a 33-point rout of Region 1-A rival Terrell County in Dawson.

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Legendary coach Boone talks about integration, ‘Remember the Titans’

Herman Boone, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie “Remember the Titans,” speaks at Darton State College.

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ASU NOTEBOOK: Rams LB Dudley making an impact on defense despite size

Albany State linebacker Marcavius Dudley is just 5-foot-9, but that hasn’t stopped the Brunswick native from becoming one of the best defenders in the conference. (ADDS: Notes on LB Larry Whitfield, and turnover problems)

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Clean slate

After back-to-back victories, the Albany State football team is back to .500 and very much alive in the race for an East Division title. (ADDS: Notes on QB Kooi's recent success; QB Grissett's injury; conference players of the week).

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Seminole opens region play with 27-6 win vs. Terrell

Terrell County entered Friday’s Region 1-A opener with three straight wins, but Seminole County had the upper hand all night in the 27-6 Indians victory.

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Pair of local archers head to World Championships in Fla.

Locals Kate Douglas and Trellis Whaley take aim at world archery titles this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

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VSU ends Lady Rams’ 12-game winning streak

The Albany State volleyball team won the opening set but then lost the final three to fall to Valdosta State and see a 12-game winning streak end. (ADDS: Notes on Darton golf and Darton cross country)

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Miller stays red-hot, rallies to top Mitchell for 3rd straight victory, 21-20

Mitchell County, which led Miller County for most of the game, squanders its lead late, then misses a 35-yard FG at the gun to cap a heartbreaking loss for the Eagles — and quite a thrilling win for the Pirates. (EDITS: corrects final score in headline)

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Baconton falls, Sherwood rolls on Thursday night action; GHSA rules that its teams can't play vs. GISA

The Blazers take it on the chin Thursday night in a home loss to Pacelli to fall to 1-4 on the season, while Sherwood routs Windsor behind a big night from QB Dalton Todd.

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Cardiac Cats prevail

In the first marquee Fab 5 showdown of the season, The Herald No. 2 Bearcats down the No. 4 Bobcats on Friday night in Blakely in a back-and-forth battle that came down to the wire, but Bainbridge held on to win for its second nail-biting victory in as many weeks.

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Lightin’ up Leesburg

Lee County and Albany QBs combine to pass for 340 yards and six TDs in Friday night’s wild showdown in Leesburg, but it’s The Herald No. 3 Trojans who prevail, 52-13, to move to 2-0, while the Indians fall to 0-2.

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Darton men, women soccer teams rout Andrew College

The Darton women get their second win of the season, while the Darton men — who recently became the No. 1-ranked team in the nation — cruise to a 5-0 victory. (ADDS: Note on Darton cross country in Top 15 in nation)

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Bryant, Taylor help Early rip Seminole in opener

Ladonis Bryant and Jacori Taylor light it up Friday night as Early County opens the season with a rout of Seminole County.

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Darton men win, women fall in home openers

The Darton men improve to 3-0 to begin the season, while the women suffer one of the most stunning losses in program history Wednesday.

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Former Sherwood head football coach Knapp writes first book, to sign today at Albany Mall

Ted “Rock” Knapp, who coached the Sherwood football program for two years, writes his very first book and is in town today to sign copies of it at the Albany Mall.

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Terrell Academy trips up Tiftarea in Class AA debut

Playing its first game in Class AA, the Eagles upend a bigger Class AAA Tiftarea squad Friday night, 28-14.

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KICKOFF 2012: Greenwave plan to ride playmaker Scott

Terrell County dual-threat quarterback Jerkerious Scott might be the most underrated player in all of Southwest Georgia, but if he accomplishes his goals during his final season and leads the Greenwave back to the playoffs, he’ll have everyone’s undivided attention.

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KICKOFF 2012: Drummonds returns to sidelines, ready to start building Wildcats team

Veteran Georgia prep coach Ron Drummonds brings a wealth of experience to Crisp Academy, which sure could use some after going through five head coaches in as many seasons.

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KICKOFF 2012: Even with program still fairly new, Blazers see more players buying in

One season after going 0-9 in just its second year of varsity play, Baconton has a new head coach but the same philosophy to keep building.

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Bouncing back

Sherwood coach Otis Covington is coming off his first full offseason to rebuild the Eagles’ football program after a disappointing 1-9 record last year, but he will be forced to bounce back without several key players and a large group of underclassmen, which make up more than 60 percent of his roster.

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Time to get tough

After falling just short of the playoffs last season, Pelham got to work in the offseason and emerged with a huge chip on its shoulder.

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OUTDOORS: Mitchell County bass anglers turning heads across Georgia

After being crowned Georgia state champs earlier this year, Mitchell County bass fishermen Kyle Parks and Tyler Classon are set to take aim at a national title.

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Henry to hold youth basketball camps

Darton women’s basketball coach Lea Henry, who has held camps for years, will hold two youth basketball camps this summer, beginning Tuesday at Deerfield .

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Post 30 advances to runnerup game in Paul Eames Tournament

Post 30 splits a pair of games, but wins in dramatic fashion late Saturday on Cole Goodwin's walkoff hit to advance to the runnerup game today in the Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament.

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Area bass anglers set to honor memory of fallen U.S. Marine Sutton

Local bass fishermen Richard Bachman and Marty Milner have organized a tournament set for next weekend to benefit the family of Leesburg’s Lance Cpl. Steven Sutton, who tragically died last month while serving overseas.

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Albany Motor Speedway set for big race this weekend

The nationally renowned Nesmith Late Model Series is back for a second time this year at the Albany Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

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Georgia Go Hard basketball representing Southwest Georgia in national championships

Four teams made up of kids in first through seventh grade will play in the Youth Basketball of America National Championships this week.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Davis says he has 'no idea' whether Kennedy or Lester will start at QB in title game

Darnell Kennedy led Albany in a rout of Columbus last week in the semis, but Cecil Lester, who is almost 100 percent after his knee injury, is 10-0 as the starter making the call as to who starts in Saturday’s title game a tough one. (ADDS: items on Panthers firing back at Lions coach for calling Albany "classless"; Raiders' short week before championship game).

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Right back at ya

American Legion’s Albany Post 30 evens the season series with Leesburg Post 182 on Tuesday with a 7-2 win at Paul Eames, thanks to big games from starting pitcher Matt Mears and slugger Tanner Stone.

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Post 182 nips rival Post 30, 4-3, in first meeting of season

William Sullivan pitches a heck of a ball game Thursday for American Legion Post 182, which downs Albany Post 30 at Paul Eames Park.

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Weekend tournament kicks off American Legion schedule

American Legion Post 30 and 182 will play in this weekend’s Memorial Day Classic at Darton.

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Over 'n out

Late Wednesday night after a long rain delay and just before The Herald’s press time, Lee County’s dream of its first state title in school history is dashed by Forsyth Central, which sweeps the Trojans at home in Leesburg — 2-1 in Game 1, then 5-4 in the nightcap — in their best-of-three series.

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Posey on fire as Lee continues march to state championship

Trojans starting pitcher Jess Posey has struck out 50 batters in 43 innings and gone unbeaten in eight starts for Lee County, which hosts Forsyth Central today in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

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Deerfield-Windsor honors Gruhl

Deerfield-Windsor names its court after coach Gordy Gruhl, who won his 1,000th basketball game, in a ceremony honoring the legend.

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Lee County baseball sweeps Wayne County in state playoff opener

One season after getting swept in the first round, the Lee County baseball team takes care of business easily Friday at home.

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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Americus boys soccer can’t extend historic season; TAE baseball drops state opener

The No. 1 seed Panthers, who won their first region title in school history last week, are upset in the first round of state by No. 4 Mary Persons.

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Lee girls soccer wins state opener on PKs

The Lady Trojans advance to the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA State Tournament after Wednesday’s heart-stopping 5-3 win on penalty kicks against Lakeside, Evans.

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Unexpected gift

When Westfield was stunned in its regular-season finale Monday against Tiftarea, it opened the door for the Knights’ region title hopes with a one-game playoff — and Tuesday Deerfield cashed in by claiming the 3-AAA crown.

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Panthers hammer Alabama, 62-53

The Panthers finish the first half of the season with a perfect 6-0 record and are now a full two games ahead in the PIFL standings.

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Lee County secures No. 1 seed in region with sweep

The Trojans sweep Northside, Columbus on Friday to give Lee County coach Rob Williams his 15th region title.

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The Richt way

Georgia football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox stop in Albany on Tuesday and catch up with the Bulldog faithful.

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Entering the Hall

The Albany Sports Hall of Fame welcomes its class of 2012.

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Running the table

The Albany Panthers beat their biggest rivals in a big way Saturday in the Civic Center, handing the Lions a 57-40 loss to stay unbeaten.

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26TH ANNUAL ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME --- VERNA BROWN: Brown soared on court at Westover, ASU — and then even higher off of it

After basketball, former Westover star Verna Brown parlayed her degree at Albany State into a high-profile job with national hotel chain Ritz-Carlton.

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26TH ANNUAL ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME --- KEVIN SAMUEL: Albany HOF didn’t wait long to enshrine ex-Monroe star Samuel

At 33, former Monroe basketball star Kevin Samuel will enter the Albany Hall of Fame as one of its youngest members when he’s inducted Monday.

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Lee County girls win region tourney opener, boys fall

Nicole Polk scores twice to lift the Lady Trojans to an easy first-round win Tuesday in the Region 1-AAAA girls soccer tournament.

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Lee baseball seizes control of subregion with sweep of TCC

Lee sophomore catcher Jack Bell plays hero for the Trojans on Friday night, going 2-for-4 with three RBI during a doubleheader sweep of subregion foe Thomas County Central.