Former left fielder whose dream of playing for the Atlanta Braves never came to fruition. Instead, worked my way through college and got a degree in journalism, pulling off a rare feat: working in the field of my degree. Began working at The Augusta Chronicle in 1998 and have covered many exceptional events since then (12 Masters Tournaments, the 2001 PGA Championship, 1998 Peach Bowl, 2002, 2010 and 2011 SEC Championships, two of USC Aiken's three golf national championships, Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I golf national championships and four of Augusta State's Division II Elite Eight appearances (men-2008-2010; women-2004) and 12 Augusta Futurities -- along with myriad high school state championship games). In 2008, had a streak of 100 consecutive days of stories in the paper (from January-April). Honored to win first place in the Georgia Press Association's Sports Writing contest in 2009. I live in Augusta with my beautiful wife and our wonderful triplets.
Posted February 15, 2012 12:30 pm

USC Aiken at Augusta State preview

WHAT: USC Aiken at Augusta State basketball

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men)

WHERE: Christenberry Fieldhouse

TICKETS: $7 for adults, $5 for non-college students and senior citizens. ASU and GHSU students admitted free

NOTE: If you're planning to attend, get there early. The past eight regular season meetings between the men's teams featured crowds of more than 3,000 people.

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In the women's game, No. 13 USC Aiken is going for the sweep against the Lady Jaguars. In the previous contest, the Lady Pacers dominated inside the paint in the 62-33 win. Augusta State shot 27 percent from the field in the defeat.

USC Aiken can't get caught looking ahead. The Lady Pacers play host to East Division leader Lander on Saturday. If USC Aiken can win its final four games, it will claim the division title. The Lady Pacers should have a huge edge tonight, with reigning PBC Player of the Week Kayla Harris and an all-star roster surrounding her.

For ASU to pull the upset, it will have to be ready to play from the start - a problem this team has had at times throughout the season. The Lady Jaguars will also need someone to step up and score the tough points inside the paint.

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In the men's game, No. 23 USC Aiken can clinch a share of the division title with a win. The Pacers were more physical and seemed to surprise the Jaguars with their potent full-court press last time. If Sterling Council and Joel Gierbolini can provide points off the bench, USC Aiken may be in good shape to defeat ASU in Augusta for the first time in 10 years.

For ASU to pull the upset, the Jaguars have to do a better job handling the ball. Another question: How much have the freshmen matured since that 76-54 loss in January? Harold Doby will have to play better inside the paint, while Tye Beal and O'Neal Armstrong will need to provide a spark off the bench to give ASU a chance to win.