Pacers move on to match play

In Simpsonville, Ky., USC Aiken finished strong to advance to match play in the NCAA Division II national championship tournament.

Only the top eight teams advanced to match play, and the Pacers were tied for eighth going into Thursday’s final round of stroke play.

They closed with 2-over-par 290 to finish seventh, two shots ahead of eighth-place Central Missouri.

Three of the Pacers – Hayden Letien, J.P. Solis and Matt Atkins – birdied the 17th hole and parred the 18th hole.

Atkins shot 1-under 71, Letien had 72, Gaines Milliner shot 73 and Solis had 74. Taylor Welborn’s 76 didn’t count.

Letien tied for ninth individually at 4-under 212.

The Pacers will take on Nova Southeastern in the naquarterfinals this morning.

Each of the five individual matches will be worth one point.

• In High Point, N.C., eGolf Tour veteran Peter Malnati goes for his first victory on the tour today in the Willow Creek Open.

The former Missouri golfer, now in his third year on the tour, shot 5-under-par 67 on Thursday and is at
12-under 132.

He leads Drew Weaver (68) by one shot and Matt Hill (71) by two.

Former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander was the only local to make the cut, which fell at 143. Norlander shot 70 and is at 139.


Men’s College Tennis

Jags hold onto overnight lead

In Louisville, Ky., Augusta State’s Division II Elite Eight match with Grand Canyon was suspended because of darkness with the Jaguars holding a 4-2 edge.

Action will resume with the completion of three matches, starting at 8 this morning.

The Jaguars need one more point to advance to the semifinals.

Augusta State No. 1 seed Bernardo Fernandes is trailing Stephane Murray, 3-1, in the deciding third set. The Jaguars’ No. 2 man, Henrique Boturao, split the first two sets with Frederic Schoelzel, and Augusta State’s No. 3 player, Victor Cabellos, lost the first, 7-6, to Patrice Giraldi and is down 6-5 in the second set.


College Baseball

Demon Deacons turn back Tigers

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest jumped off to a early lead and held on for a 5-2 victory over Clemson.

The Demon Deacons scored all of their runs and had their six hits in the third- and fourth innings.

Clemson drops to 32-22 overall and 16-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

• In Columbia, South Carolina’s game with Louisiana State University on Thursday was postponed because of rain and the teams
will play a doubleheader starting at 2:30 p.m. today.

• USC Aiken’s Nick Aranas, Josh Miller and Stephen Carmon have received postseason honors.

Aranas, an outfielder, was named to the first team of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region, and Miller, a catcher, made the second team.

They were both also named to the All-Southeast Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Carmon was an honorable mention.



Westside star is bound for Paine

Westside’s Alicia Schofield signed with Paine College on Thursday. Schofield was a member of a Westside team that went 23-7 this past season and advanced to the second round of the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs.



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