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Beyond the Hedges: Getting back on the horse

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Spring is here, though you might not be feeling it right now.  At least spring semester, and that means spring sports.  Lots of sports.  And it's been a while since we've done this, so let's not dilly dally going right to what we've been missing.

BASEBALL

Foley Field has seen a facelift, and the Diamond Dawgs have looked just as good in the early going.  GlimmerTwin has given you a taste.  Weather may inhibit these plans, but Foley Fieldis set to host the Presbyterian Blue Hose this afternoon at 4, and Kennesaw State tomorrow at 5. The 18th ranked squad of second year skipper Scott Stricklin strolls down to Statesboro for a 3 game set with Georgia Southern on the weekend.

GYMNASTICS

Not bad, but not good either as vineyarddawg has been letting you know.

GOLF

GlimmerTwin has again been doing a wonderful job keeping us up to date on the greens. Chris Haack's team is strong once again, and is in Puerto Rico right now leading the Puerto Rico Classic. Josh Brewer's ladies just returned from the U.S. territory in the Caribbean where they finished 12th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. On Monday, they travel to Tarzana, California for the Bruin Wave Invitational.

TENNIS

Manuel Diaz has his men up to 3rd after demolishing Furman 9-0 Sunday.  SEC play begins this weekend, and that means going on the road to Florida and Auburn on Friday and Sunday.  That means Jeff Wallace's 3rd ranked ladies will be hosting SEC foes on Friday (LSU, starting at 3) and Sunday (Texas A&M at 1) this coming weekend.  They will be coming offa 4-1 victory over Georgia Tech last Saturday.

EQUESTRIAN

Ranked 5th at the time, Valentine's Day saw Georgia's riders defeat 4th ranked Auburn 10-9. Saturday is Senior Day Meghan Boenig's defending national champions, hosting Texas A&M at 1 out in Bishop.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Jack Bauerle is back by the pool, but some things never change.  Like his women winning their 6th straight SEC title in Auburn last weekend. The men finished second.  This coming weekend in Athens will be the Last Chance Meet, where swimmers and divers not yet qualified for the upcoming NCAAs have their final opportunity to register a qualifying time.

TRACK AND FIELD

The top 10 Dawgs head to Lexington, Kentucky for the SEC Championships Friday and Saturday.  The second ranked ladies, and seventh ranked men spent Valentine's weekend either in Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational, or Seattle for the Husky Classic, to close out indoor season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

We don't want to talk about it.

SOCCER

The spring schedule is here!  This will be your first chance to see the ladies in action under new coach Billy Lesesne.  As is registration for summer camp.

SOFTBALL

The top 10 ranked Lady Diamond Dawgs (12-2) are scheduled to play a double header at Savannah State tomorrow, and will be at the Citrus Classic in Orlando over the weekend.

MISCELLANEOUS

Kyle has kept you up to date on Lacrosse comings and goings.  And outside the hedges, there's been a lot of comings and goings to the football staff.  You know about the offensive staff changes of Thomas Brown and Brian Schottenheimer and Rob Sale.  But if you check out the support staff, there's been a lot of name changes there as well, and a lot of new names and new positions added this winter (something a lot of fans have clamored for as we try to keep up with the Joneses' (or make that the Tides' and the Tigerses') of the SEC).

And as always,

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!