Aquinas is still fifth in AP poll
Aquinas remains fifth in the Associated Press Georgia high school football poll after five of Class A’s top 10 teams lost last week.
The Fighting Irish, 28-21 overtime winners against George Walton Academy, held at No. 5 after Nos. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 suffered defeats.
Fellow Region 7-A member Lincoln County was at No. 1 but fell to No. 7 after its 21-6 home loss to rival Washington-Wilkes; the Tigers were rewarded for the win by tying for No. 10 in Class AA.
In Class AAA, three area 3-AAA teams made the poll. Swainsboro debuted at No. 10, joining Washington County (No. 3) and Thomson (No. 5). Thomson plays home against No. 4 St. Pius X on Friday.
Up a class, Burke County improved one spot to No. 8 after it beat Hephzibah, 40-0.
Laney was the only area school to drop out of the poll. The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 10 in Class AA, fell out after a 15-12 loss to Westminster of Atlanta. Laney did get one vote.
Pacers struggle in season opener
On Kiawah Island, S.C., USC Aiken finished 14th in its season opener.
The Pacers, who started the season ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, were 14th after Monday’s first round and stayed there after a 36-hole windup in the Invitational at The Ocean Course on Tuesday.
The Pacers, who were led by Matt Atkins, shot 307-317-311–935.
Atkins shot 77-76-77–230 to tie for 18th place.
JP Solis (76-81-75–232) tied for 27th place, Andrew Ward (78-79-80–237) tied for 44th place, Hayden Letien (76-83-81–240) tied for 59th place, Taylor Welborn (84-81-79–244) tied for 70th place and Gaines Milliner (81-84-87–257) tied for 87th place.
Florida (289-288-305–882) claimed the team title by 24 shots over Texas-Arlington (310-292-304–906).
• In Lake Forest, Ill., South Carolina resident Todd White made it to the quarterfinals in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
White, of Spartanburg, rallied from 3-down after six holes to beat Kevin Wassmer, of Poseyville, Ind., 1-up at Conway Farms Golf Club.
In the semifinals this morning, White will take on Casey Boyns, of Monterey, Calif.
Thursday’s winner will earn a spot in the 2013 Masters Tournament.
Lady Jags romp in home opener
Sophomore Kristen Koch had 14 kills and senior setter Krystin Wahlig tallied 30 assists as Augusta State swept Erskine 3-0 in a nonconference match Tuesday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The game scores were 25-19, 25-17 and 25-18. The Lady Jags improved to 5-3.
Sophomore libero Collette Richards notched 18 digs, and Wahlig and Andria Tagarelli combined for 15 digs for the Lady Jaguars.
Treatment is set for Billy Gillispie
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie left Lubbock, Texas, on a private plane on Tuesday afternoon to fly to Rochester, Minn., where he will seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic for stress and high blood pressure, according to ESPN.com.
Texas Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Gillispie told athletic director Kirby Hocutt he was going to the Minnesota medical facility.
Although it’s unclear how long Gillispie will be away from Lubbock, ESPN.com said Gillispie fully intends to coach the this season.
– From staff and wire reports