Lady Wildcats win
The Richmond Hill High School girls’ basketball team knocked off Claxton 52-46 in overtime on Saturday in the South Effingham Thanksgiving Tournament. Keeara Jackson led the Lady Wildcats (2-0) with a game-high 17 points. Kadijah Scriven finished with 14 for Richmond Hill. Ciara Patrick had nine points, Hannah Riley finished with five and Krissi McCauley had four points. Brandy Franklin chipped in three points.
In boys’ action, Richmond Hill fell 60-49 to Claxton despite getting 27 points from Jeremiah Hill. See a preview of the boys’ team in Saturday’s Bryan County News.
Elliott advances to nationals
Richmond Hill High School junior Amanda Elliott broke the 20 minute barrier and turned in a personal best on Saturday at the USATF Junior Olympics region cross country meet in Fayetteville. Elliott, the top girls’ runner in the area, finished with a time of 19:55 to take seventh and advance to the USATF national cross country meet, which is Dec. 8 in Albequerque, N.M.
Eagles No. 5 seed
The Georgia Southern Eagles earned the No. 5 overall seed in the 20-team Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, earning a bye during the play-in round Saturday. The bracket was released Sunday by the NCAA.
The Eagles (8-3, 6-2 Southern Conference) will open the playoffs at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Paulson Stadium against Central Arkansas (9-2, 6-1 Southland Conference).
Wofford plays host to New Hampshire on Dec. 1, and Appalachian State will host Illinois State on the same day.
The Eagles are on the same side of the bracket as No. 1 seed North Dakota State and No. 4 Old Dominion, and could end up traveling to both schools on the path to the national championship game, which takes place on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.
The Eagles defeated ODU, 55-48, at Paulson in the opening game of the 2011 playoffs, and lost to North Dakota State, 35-7, in last year’s semifinal in Fargo, N.D.
Beginning Jan. 1, anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including those with a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s license and a Senior Lifetime license, who wants to fish in saltwater will need a free, annual Saltwater Information Program (SIP) permit.
The SIP permit is part of an effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management.
Other SIP activities include volunteer fish tagging, a fish carcass donation project, and ongoing creel surveys of anglers and fishing guides.
"This new permit will help us identify individuals who saltwater fish in Georgia so they can be included in catch and effort surveys. We want these surveys to be cost-effective, and we want the results to be as accurate and trustworthy as possible since they are so important to the management process. Georgia’s saltwater anglers can help by complying with this new requirement and by participating in these surveys when contacted," said Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division.
The SIP permit is patterned after the successful free Hunter Information Program (HIP) permit, which is required of Georgia hunting license holders who hunt migratory birds. The first SIP permits will be valid from Jan. 1, 2013 until Feb. 28, 2014. After that, the permits will be valid for a 12-month period starting March 1 and expiring on the last day of February the following year. The SIP permit will be available from the same sources as hunting and fishing licenses, and there will be no transaction fee for adding the SIP permit to an existing license.
Georgia saltwater anglers who have a valid fishing license with a SIP permit and who fish in the Atlantic Ocean beyond 3 miles offshore will be exempt from the federal requirement to have a Saltwater Angler Registry permit.
The 2013 SIP permit is available now from any current license vendor or download the permit on the Internet at www.CoastalGaDNR.org/SIP.
To locate a license vendor or obtain a SIP permit by telephone, call 1-800-366-2661 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. unitl 5 p.m. on weekends, or visit the website.
Anglers who hold a lifetime or senior license can also print a paper version of the SIP permit from the web site.
For more information, call 264-7218.