Area briefs: Northside coach stepping down, Mercer heads to A-Sun golf tourney, Lipscomb tops Mercer, Georgia splits, Sarah Purvis shines, Gym Dogs take sixth

Telegraph StaffApril 21, 2013 

Northside boys head basketball coach Ken Price is retiring from public school teaching.

Price will take over as principal/athletics director at Westside Christian Academy on Dunbar Road in Warner Robins, he said in an e-mail.

Price spent 34 years as a coach in the public school system, working in both the Bibb County and Houston County school systems. He also coached at Montgomery County and Wilkinson County.

Price led Northside to region tournament championships in each of the past two seasons. The Eagles lost in the first round of the state playoffs in each of those seasons.

Lipscomb takes pair from Mercer

Junior Randi Rea and freshman Natalie Shiver each had a pair of RBI as the Mercer softball team lost to Lipscomb 8-0 and 10-8 on Saturday at Sikes Field.

Mercer fell to 23-28 overall and 10-13 in the A-Sun. Lipscomb improved to 26-21 and 13-7.

The teams complete the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Mercer heads to A-Sun tournament

The Mercer men’s golf team joins nine conference opponents at The Legends Course of Chateau Elan in Brasleton for the A-Sun championship beginning Sunday morning.

The Bears have the third-best Golfweek Ranking in the field, coming in at No. 73. North Florida is highest at 18 with Kennesaw State at 52nd.

Mercer has six top-six finishes in nine events this season.

Georgia splits with No. 2 Vandy

Georgia took game one of a doubleheader from No. 2 Vanderbilt 3-1 on Saturday in SEC baseball at Foley Field, but the Commodores came back to claim a 15-4 victory in the second game Saturday at Foley Field.

In the opener, senior Blake Dieterich earned the win in relief for Georgia, allowing no runs and giving up just two hits in 2-1/3 innings of work. Sophomore Jarrett Brown came on in the ninth to earn his first save of his career.

Georgia’s Kyle Farmer went a combined 3-for-5 in the two games, including a pair of home runs to go along with four RBI and four runs scored.

Georgia fell to 15-25 overall and 4-13 in the SEC while, Vandy improved to 34-6 and 15-2 SEC.

Eagles’ Purvis strong in split

Georgia Southern had a mixed day in its softball series at Western Carolina.

The Eagles won the opener 4-0 behind Sarah Purvis’ second-straight complete game shutout in the circle. Western Carolina used a five-run second inning to take a 7-2 win in the second game of the day.

Purvis, a sophomore from Northside, struck out five to post her second straight shutout while striking out her highest total since March 9.

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