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November 14, 2012

VSU gets first-round playoff bye

MOULTRIE — The Valdosta State football team has received a bye in the first round of the Division II playoffs as the top seed in the Super Region 2.

The Blazers will not play until noon on Saturday, Nov. 24, when they play host to the winner of the first-round game between West Alabama and Miles.

This is the 12th time that Valdosta State has advanced to the playoffs, including the fourth time under head coach David Dean. The Blazers last entered the postseason as the region's top team in 2007 and went on to win its second national championship.

Valdosta State has an 8-2 record, including 4-1 in the Gulf South Conference. The Blazers have won their last six games.

Of this and that:

• The No. 2-ranked Georgia women’s swimming and diving team defeated Missouri 186-106 recently and is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC.

Ann-Perry Blank was second on 3-meter with a 288.07 and was third on 1-meter with a 276.83.

Georgia will compete next on Friday at home against Emory.

• When Vanessa Taylor took over the North Carolina Central women’s basketball team after a long successful run at Johnson C. Smith, she knew she was facing a difficult challenge.

NCCU has opened the 2012-2013 season with losses to Charlotte 80-31 and to Coastal Carolina 58-39.

The Eagles will travel to Campbell University on Friday.

• Arkansas State, where freshman Bryce Giddens started his ninth straight game, raised its record to 7-3 with a 45-23 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

The Red Wolves will go for their fifth straight victory when they travel to Troy on Saturday.

• Tommy Hudson had six pass receptions for 73 yards and returned two punts for 43 yards in Chattanooga’s 16-13 loss to Wofford last Saturday. Chattanooga, now 5-5, will face Elon on Saturday.

• Former Packers head coach Tim Cokely has his Marianna (Fla.) High team at 8-2 following Friday’s 34-0 victory over Holmes County.

• North Florida Christian, under Robert Craft, is now 6-3 after falling 26-21 last Friday to Jefferson County. The Eagles will play host to Eagle’s View on Friday.

• Greg Robinson’s Houston County Bears ended their season with a 33-14 loss to Greenbrier and finished 3-7.

• Marin Hanna was 10th in female 15-19 age group in the recent Callaway Gardens Junior Classic.

She shot a 77-76 for a 153.

• Cameron Erving and the Florida State Seminoles, now 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the ACC, will travel to Maryland on Saturday.

• Saturday’s game between Georgia and Georgia Southern on Saturday will feature four former Packers. Xzavier Ward, Preston Mobley and Ty Flournoy-Smith play for Georgia and Quaun Daniels plays for Southern.

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