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Published 10:10 pm Wednesday, January 7, 2009

NEWBERN — The Sunshine girls challenge Akron tonight in the first round of the Hale County Tournament.

“We’re looking forward to going into (tonight) and getting a win over Akron and then we’ll move on to play the winner of Hale County and Greensboro,” Sunshine head coach Phillip Wagner said. A win over Akron sets up a potential rematch with Greensboro, a team that bested Sunshine 62-60 on Dec. 6.

“That’s all they’ve been talking about,” Wagner said of his team. “They’re looking forward to that game against Greensboro. But I have learned since I’ve been coaching that you never overlook your next opponent. You can’t take anything for granted.”

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Wagner said winning the Hale County Tournament is one of his team’s season goals.

The tournament finals will take place Saturday at Greensboro High School.