Prep Football


Thomson stays in the No. 2 spot

After beating then-No. 3 Washington County by two touchdowns on the road, the Thomson Bulldogs (9-0) remained in the No. 2 spot in the latest Associated Press Georgia poll for Class AAA.

Washington County dropped to fifth.

In Class AA, Washington-Wilkes and Screven County are No. 10, along with Lovett.

Burke County (No. 3 in Class AAAA) and Lincoln County (No. 2 in Class A) didn’t move in the poll.


Pacers pull off shocker on road

In Greenwood, S.C., eighth-seeded USC Aiken upset top-seeded Lander 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer tournament.

After two overtime periods, the Pacers (7-5-4) made four of their five attempts in the shootout for the win.

Lander, which came in ranked No. 6 in the country, finishes at 12-2-2.

All the regulation scoring happened in the first half. After Lander scored, USC Aiken’s Noel Mais tied it at the 36:12 mark.

The Pacers will take on fourth-seeded Young Harris in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.

• In Dallas, Alex Wennstam posted a top-10 finish as Augusta State closed out the fall portion of its season by finishing tied for ninth in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

Wennstam tied for 10th place after rounds of 71-68-71 for 3-under 210 at Royal Oaks Country Club. It was his best finish of the fall season.

In Tuesday’s final round the Jaguars shot 6-over-par 290 as Cody Shafer matched Wennstam’s 71, Meechai Padung had 72 and Robin Petersson shot 76. Derek Chang’s 77 was the non-counting score.

Individually, Shafer (72-70-71–213) tied for 21st place, Padung (74-70-72–216) tied for 35th place and both Chang (69-76-77–222) and Petersson (73-73-76–222) tied for 62nd place.

• In Anderson, S.C., Anderson University swept Augusta State 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 in volleyball.

Jenna Keeler had 11 kills and Krystin Wahlig had 33 assists for the Lady Jaguars (16-12).

• Augusta State’s Devon Wright-Nelson and USC Aiken’s Re’mon Nelson have been named to the Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball all-conference first team.

• The USC Aiken women’s basketball team is fifth in the 2012-13 preseason USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

• Augusta State’s men’s cross country team, along with two members of the women’s team, will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.

The men’s team qualified by virtue of its second- place finish in the Peach Belt Conference meet. The Lady Jaguars will send junior Alicia Connolly and sophomore Jessica Carpenter to women’s 6K race.

• Former Augusta State star Ben Madgen, who plays for the Sydney Kings in Australasia’s National Basketball League, was named player of the week for Round Four of the Net NBL Championship.

He scored 23 and 22 points in consecutive victories.

Horse Racing

Aikenite retired following injury

Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite has been retired after reinjuring an ankle while prepping for his final appearance in the Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs, according to Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president.

Aikenite, a graded stakes winner, had $875,385 in career earnings.

– From staff and wire reports



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