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 14, 2012 09:14 am - Updated February 14, 2012 09:15 am

Five facts about the Augusta State-USC Aiken rivalry

When USC Aiken plays at Augusta State on Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse, plenty will be on line for the men's teams. The Pacers are looking to wrap up the Peach Belt Conference East Division, while the Jaguars will try to  pull within a half game of their rival. On the women's side, Augusta State will need an upset to knock off its nationally-ranked foe.


Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for non-college students and senior citizens for the doubleheader. All ASU and Georgia Health Sciences University students, faculty, and staff are admitted free  with a valid ID.


Here are five things to know about the Augusta State-USC Aiken men's rivalry: 


1) If you go by attendance, this is the greatest rivalry in the Peach Belt. More than 3,000 people have attended each of the past eight regular-season contests, a stretch dating back to the 2007-08 season.  On Jan. 16, 3,325 fans watched the teams play in Aiken.


2) USC Aiken's 76-54 blowout of Augusta State in January was the Pacers' biggest margin of victory ever over their rival.


3) USC Aiken senior guard Sterling Council is second in the nation in free-throw shooting at 93.1 percent. He is on pace to set the conference record for highest free-throw percentage in a season - the record was set by Lander's Hal McManus in the 1991-92 season (92.4 percent).


4) Augusta State has not lost a season series to a Peach Belt foe since the 2005-06 when the Jaguars were swept by Georgia College & State and USC Upstate.


5) Only two players who participated in the 2009 Southeast Regional Championship (Sweet 16) matchup remain: Council (1 rebound, 1 minute) and Augusta State's Tye Beal (2 minutes).