Jags rise four spots to sixth in D-II poll

Augusta State checked in at No. 6 in the first National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll of the regular season.

The Jaguars (2-0) climbed four spots from their ranking in the preseason poll.

Augusta State is the lone Peach Belt Conference representative in the top 25.

"It's a good honor to move up," Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. "I tell our guys one thing: this time of year no one's any good. You just try to play less bad, if you will, than your opponent."

Augusta State resumes action at 7 tonight at Life University. The Running Eagles lost in overtime at USC Aiken last week.

"They've got a lot of good players running up and down the floor," Metress said. "We don't want to get into a wild game with them. We want to play intelligently."

"We're definitely going to have to be on our game," Jaguars senior guard Ben Madgen said. "We've got to be able to make shots and take care of the ball."

- In Birmingham, Ala., the Augusta State women defeated Miles College 84-70 Tuesday night for their first win of the season.

The Lady Jaguars are 1-3.

- In Hickory, N.C., Amber Holt hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to give 23rd-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne a 59-57 victory over USC Aiken in a women's basketball game Tuesday night.

Cameron Sealey scored 16 points to lead Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1).

Daniela Tarailo led USC Aiken (3-1) with 16 points. Lindsay Sundberg added 15 and Hannah DeGraffinreed had 13 points and eight rebounds, just missing out on her fourth consecutive double-double for the Lady Pacers, who overcame a 16-point deficit before falling.


Five area players on all-academic squad

Three USC Aiken student-athletes and two Georgia College and State student-athletes with local ties were named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Women's Soccer Team on Tuesday.

USC Aiken's Nicole Westphal (3.82) and Annie Whitley (3.78) and Georgia College and State's Jamie Nevin (3.93), a Harlem graduate, made the first team.

Georgia College and State's Mary Rob Plunkett (3.59), a Westminster graduate, was a second-team selection.

USC Aiken's Jennifer Goodwin (3.34) made the fourth team.


Swainsboro track to hold stock car race

Swainsboro Raceway will hold its 9th Annual Turkey 100 stock car race this weekend

Road Warrior, Mini Stock, Pure Stock, Super Street, Sportsman, and Late Model racing is scheduled.

Practice in all divisions is set for Thursday. Gates open at 4 p.m. Heat races and qualifying in all divisions is scheduled for Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m. Gates open Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by practice at 4 and races at 6.

The 1-mile dirt track is located between Georgia 56 and Modoc Road, one mile north of U. S. 1.

For more information, call (478) 237-0002, (478) 252-1300 or (478) 494-5005 or check out the track's Web site at www.swainsboro raceway.com


Race to be renamed for undefeated filly

Zenyatta is getting the Grade 1 race she won twice at Santa Anita renamed in her honor.

Track officials said Tuesday that the Lady's Secret will be renamed The Zenyatta beginning next fall. The race is for fillies and mares ages 3 and up run at 1 1-16 miles.

Zenyatta won the race the last two years. She capped her 14-0 career by beating the boys in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.

Lady's Secret won the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 1986 and went on to be named Horse of the Year. She was owned by the late Eugene Klein and trained by D. Wayne Lukas .

A Santa Anita official says that at first Zenyatta's owner Jerry Moss was reluctant to accept the offer of renaming the race because he was friends with Klein.



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