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Local sports briefs: Voyles honored for national tourney play
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North Georgia College and State University softball player Laura Voyles was named to the 2009 NCAA Division-II Softball Championship All-Tournament Team announced Monday following the National Championship game.

Voyles led the Saints to the semifinals of the National Championships, batting .364 with three RBIs and two runs scored in tournament play.

The Powder Springs native’s biggest hit came in the opening-round game against Dixie State, when she hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to tie the game and force extra innings, where North Georgia won 5-3 in 10 innings.

Poythress named semifinalist for Golden Spikes

University of Georgia first basemen Rich Poythress was named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2009 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player, according to an announcement Tuesday by USA Baseball.

Poythress, a junior, is batting .370 with 21 home runs and 77 RBIs for the Bulldogs this season. He is among the Southeastern Conference leaders in batting, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and stolen bases.The Grovetown native needs only one RBI to break the single-season school record and two home runs to move into second all-time among Georgia home run hitters.

The Bulldogs open play in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional against Ohio State at noon Friday.

Tech’s Bell cleared to play

Georgia Tech basketball player D’Andre Bell has been cleared to play his senior year after making a visit to his surgeon last week in Los Angeles, according to head coach Paul Hewitt.

The 6-foot-5 senior had surgery in December to correct a congenital condition called spinal stenosis, which sidelined him for the entire 2008-09 season. He took a redshirt and began strength and conditioning workouts and individual instruction following the season. His spinal surgeon cleared him after an examination last week.

"We’re happy for D’Andre that his doctors have given him clearance to resume full activity," Hewitt said Tuesday. "It means a lot to him, and it means a lot to our team as well to have him back."

Brenau soccer adds player

Brenau University added another player to their soccer program with the signing of Florida standout Shawna Manchette on Tuesday.

Manchette comes to Brenau from Deltona High School in Deltona, Fla., where she was three-year captain and three-time all-conference selection, as well as an all-area selection. Manchette plans to major in Nursing or Health Sciences.

"Shawnna will be a great addition to our team and more specifically to our midfield where she will bring added depth and the ability to generate more offense," Brenau coach Mike Lochstampfor said. "She has a great attitude, work ethic and will fit in well with our current team structure."

Hubbard shoots hole-in-one

Jeremy Hubbard shot a hole-in-one Tuesday at Chicopee Woods Golf Course.

Hubbard earned the shot on hole No. 4 School using an eight-iron and a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

Witnesses were Brad Sanders and Lisa Vicknair-Rush.

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