Minor League Hockey
Ice Bears finish off RiverHawks
In Knoxville, Tenn., the Knoxville Ice Bears scored two goals in the final 4:08 of the game to beat the Augusta RiverHawks 5-3 on Friday night.
In a matchup of the top two teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League, the RiverHawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit in first period, eventually tying it 3-3 on Dustin Cloutier’s goal in the third period.
Knoxville’s Emery Olauson then scored his third goal of the night, at the 15:23 mark of the third period, for the go-ahead goal.
Branden Kosolofsky and Chris Doyle had the other Augusta goals. Ed Snetsinger had two assists for the RiverHawks, now 10-9-1. Knoxville is 9-6-2.
Kisner, Hendrix headed to finals
In Humble, Texas, Kevin Kisner completed a wire-to-wire victory in a PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament second-stage event at Redstone Golf Club to advance to the finals.
Kisner, an Aiken resident and former Georgia All-American, closed with 3-under-par 69 to win by five shots. He opened with rounds of 64-68-70 and finished at 17-under 271.
He will be joined by Aiken native Matt Hendrix in the finals. The top 20 finishers advanced, and Hendrix closed with 71 to tie for 19th place. He opened with 68-70-74.
Former Augusta State golfer Patrick Reed, of Martinez, shot a final-round 72 and tied for 41st.
There is still another round to go in a second-stage event in Plantation, Fla., which features three area players.
Augusta’s Scott Parel, the tournament leader after rounds of 64-63, had 78 on Friday to drop into a tie for 13th place.
Aiken’s Stephen Poole is also tied for 13th place after rounds of 69-68-68. David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., is tied for 53rd place after rounds of 71-67-74.
The top 20 from this event will advance to the finals Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif.
Eagles’ Bonifay to play at Flagler
Brentwood baseball player Andy Bonifay signed a national letter-of-intent to play at Flagler College, which is in the Peach Belt Conference.
Bonifay, a four-year starter for the Eagles, was a standout pitcher and catcher.
4 Pacers make academic team
USC Aiken’s Ashley Farwell, Chelsey Kight, Samantha Lukralle and Claire Patten have been named to the Peach Belt Conference Volleyball All-Academic Team.
Endea Ellison and Emily Maassen were named to the honorable mention team.
Lions, Bears are fined for actions
The NFL has fined six players from the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears a combined $62,500 for their actions in the Bears’ 37-13 victory Sunday at Soldier Field.
A $15,000 fine was levied against Bears cornerback D.J. Moore. Moore was docked for unnecessary roughness after he charged Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had dragged down the cornerback by grabbing the back of his helmet and his face mask. Stafford was fined $7,500.
Three other Lions –Nick Fairley ($15,000) Rob Sims ($7,500) and Kyle Vanden Bosch ($7,500) – received fines for rough play.
Also, Bears receiver Earl Bennett was fined $10,000 for wearing orange shoes.