South Georgia State College’s Austin Vines won the Region XVII championship in the 100 backstroke to help lead the Hawks men’s team to a second-place finish.

The freshman from Moultrie also was second in 200 backstroke in the region meet, held last Saturday and Sunday at the Darton State Natatorium.

Vines set a school record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 24.5 in the South Georgia Invitational in Douglas earlier in the season.

South Georgia’s women’s team won its second straight title in the region meet.

The Hawks will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., next month to compete in the NJCAA National Swim Meet at Erie Community College.

Of this and that:

• Former Packer Zac Goodno had a big three-game series for Valdosta State in Rome against Shorter.

The Blazers catcher/designated hitter went 4-for-11 with a pair of doubles and four runs batted in.

Goodno is hitting .368 with eight runs batted in for the 6-2 Blazers, who played host to Columbus State on Wednesday.

• The Colquitt County High football banquet will be held on Sunday, March 15, at the Charlie A. Gray Junior High cafeteria.

• Meagan May is off to a strong start for the 7-3 North Georgia women’s softball team. The former Lady Packer is leading the Nighthawks in hitting, with a .440 average; hits, with 11; and stolen bases with five.

• Cole Pitts is building arm strength after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery last year and is expected to be back on the mound for the Georgia Tech baseball team this season.

He was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts in his injury-shortened 2014 season.

In his three seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Pitts is 12-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 42 appearances, including 30 starts.

• Makeba Ponder had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, in Georgia State’s 71-61 loss to Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, last Saturday.

Ponder is leading the Panthers in scoring in conference games, averaging 11 points.

The Panthers will be at home at 5 p.m. today to meet South Alabama in a Sun Belt Conference game.

• Freshman Taylor Owens is hitting .267 for the Abraham Baldwin College softball team.

In Friday’s 9-6 win over South Georgia State, she started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a run batted in.

• Former Packer Austin Dykes is pitching for Georgia College and has made two starts.

The left-hander made a team-high 12 starts and threw two complete games for South Georgia State last year before transferring to Georgia College.

• Mack Hathcock is starting in the outfield for the Northwest Florida State baseball team.

His former Packers teammate Ross Goforth also is at Northwest Florida, but has been injured and has not played.

• Ty Meghaee is back for his second season as a Mercer University assistant coach, serving as hitting instructor and working with the team’s defense.

The Bears enter their first season in the Southern Conference after going 38-17 in their final season in the Atlantic Sun. Mercer's 38 wins helped the program join elite company, as it became just the fourth team in the nation to reach the milestone in each of the past five seasons.

The former Packer and his wife Susan,welcomed the birth of their daughter Mallory on Aug. 19, 2014.

• Andrew Eunice shot 80-78 and John Fordham 84-81 as the Valdosta State golf team finished sixth in the Newberry Invitational held at the Ocean Court at Kiawah Island.

In the recent Matlock Collegiate at the Lake Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla., Fordham led the team with a 217 and finished 17th. Eunice tied for 67th with a 77-80.

• Former Packer Nathaniel Hill, playing basketball at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., ranks No. 6 in NAIA Division I in defensive rebounds a game with a 7.083 average. He also is No. 11 in both total rebounds, with 223, and in total rebounds per game, 9.293. A senior, Hill is averaging 12.46 points a game.

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