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College Notebook: Lee earns newcomer award at Georgia State

Catherine Lee is producing a phenomenal freshman year at Georgia State University.

Not only is the catcher ranked in the Top 50 in six NCAA categories, she has also been named the Georgia State female newcomer of the year.

The former Eastside standout leads the Panthers in batting average at .411, runs scored with 48 and doubles with 15. She has set a school record with 15 home runs, and her 59 RBIs lead the Colonial Athletic Association. She also has a slugging percentage of .791.

During the Panthers' first game of a three-game series against University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Lee recorded two RBIs and her 15th double of the season in a 5-0 victory.

SOFTBALL

Hodge honored on all-region team

While Georgia Perimeter College did not advance to nationals, Heather Hodge was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XVII all-region team.

The freshman second baseman, a former standout for Eastside, was a second-team selection.

Hodge recorded a .343 batting average in her first season with the Lady Jaguars.

TRACK

James places 12th for Owls in 400 hurdles

The Kennesaw State University men's track team split up to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet and the UGA Bulldog Limited.

Heritage's Josh James, who ran at the LSU Alumni Gold meet, took 12th place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.87 seconds.

Heritage's Michael Gunther finished 13th in the 800-meter event at the UGA Bulldog Limited with a time of 1 minute, 57.79 seconds.

Heritage's Jeremy Easley, who also competed in the UGA Bulldog Limited, finished ninth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.90 seconds and 14th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute, 0.46 seconds.

Former Heritage standout Soibhan Wolcott finished 20th in the 800-meter run for the Lady Owls at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet with a time of 2:18.02.

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