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Francis signs

Treyvon Francis has accepted a scholarship to play basketball for Savannah State University.

Francis lifted the Eastside High School Eagles to new heights this past season, as they posted a 23-4 mark, making it all the way to the finals of the Region 8-AAAA playoff tournament before falling to Johnson.

The six-foot-one guard averaged 19.2 points, 6.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game in his senior season. Francis was honored by The AJC, earning Class AAAA second-team all-state accolades. He was also named Player of the Year in his region.

Savannah State went just 13-19 last year, and their leading scorer senior guard Deven Williams averaged just 10.2 points per game.

Six of their 12 guards are listed as seniors, which makes it interesting for Francis, as he’ll now have a greater opportunity to compete for playing time and possibly a starting job.

Lady Eagles qualify

The Lady Eagles qualified for the Class AAAA girls state tournament by finishing as runners-up in Region 8-AAAA state sectional. They will begin the state tournament Monday in Waynesboro.

Georgia Perimeter Tourney
Georgia Perimeter College will host a double-elimination National Junior College Athletic Association East-Central District Tournament at Jaguar Field, beginning today.

The tourney champion will move on to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Participating teams include: Georgia Perimeter College, Darton State College, Motlow State Community College and Columbia State Community College.

The first game will see Columbia State take on Darton State.

Firehouse 5K

The annual Firehouse 5K and one-mile fun run are set to take place this Saturday at 146 Conyers St in Covington. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The event is hosted by the Fire Department, and all proceeds go to the Fireman’s Memorial Trust, which benefits graduating high school seniors with scholarship money. The cost to participate is $25.

The Fireman’s Memorial Trust began in 1978 after three firemen died in a car accident.