Pacers move up to the cut line
In Simpsonville, Ky., USC Aiken moved up two spots in the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Division II national championship.
The Pacers shot even-par 288 on Wednesday after opening with 292.
They are tied for eighth place with St. Edward’s in the 20-team tournament.
The top eight teams after today’s final round of stroke play advance to match play.
On Wednesday, USC Aiken counted 3-under-par 69 by J.P. Solis, 71 by Hayden Letien, 74 by Matt Atkins and 75 by Taylor Welborn. Gaines Milliner had a non-counting 78.
Chico State shot 277 on Wednesday to pass first-round leader Central Oklahoma (290) and take a three-shot lead.
Josh Creel, of Central Oklahoma, is the individual leader after rounds of 65-70. He’s one ahead of Chico State’s Eric Frazzetta, who had 63 on Wednesday.
• In High Point, N.C., former NCAA individual champion Matt Hill had 11 birdies in a round of 9-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead in the eGolf Tour’s Willow Creek Open.
Hill, a Canadian who won the NCAA title in 2009 as a member of the North Carolina State team, has a two-shot lead over Drew Weaver and Peter Malnati.
Hill was 8-under after 12 holes, but bogeys on Nos. 12 and 14 slowed him down. He did birdie Nos. 13, 16 and 17.
Former Augusta State All-American Henrik Norlander shot 69 to lead the local charge. Rob Bennett had 71, Scott Usher and Roberto Diaz shot 72s and Alex Hamilton shot 73.
Six local players ink scholarships
Laney’s Raheem Newton, Midland Valley’s Alex Allen and Thomson players Dwayne Williams, Antonio Coleman, Ronkeem Sallywhite and BiQuavious Sturgis have signed college basketball scholarships.
Newton, who directed the Wildcats offense as the team won its first state championship, signed with Lamar Community College in Colorado.
Allen, who averaged 11.3 points and 11.5 rebounds for Midland Valley, signed with Francis Marion.
Williams and Coleman signed with Middle Georgia Tech. Sallywhite signed with Aiken Tech and Sturgis signed with Johnson County Community College in Kansas.
• In volleyball, Danika Maggard, a transfer from Cowley College in Kansas, signed with USC Aiken.
Maggard helped lead Cowley College to the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship.
Four from area selected to team
Four area players have been selected to play in the DiVarsity Georgia High School All-Star game on May 20 at Marist in Atlanta.
On the girls side, Aquinas’ Sydney Thompson made it along with the Harlem duo of LeeAnne Newberry and Jade Cotton.
Greenbrier’s Reed Norton made it on the boys side.
Federer easily wins his opener
In Rome, fresh off a title in Madrid and back up to No. 2 in the rankings, Roger Federer showed off his strong form with a routine 6-3, 6-4 win over Carlos Berlocq in his opening match at the Italian Open.
In women’s action, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka routed Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-2 then announced she was withdrawing because of a right shoulder injury. Azarenka has won four titles this year.