USC Aiken tops Augusta State

In Aiken, USC Aiken opened up its Peach Belt Conference volleyball schedule by rallying from an opening set loss to beat Augusta State 3-1 on Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.

It was the sixth consecutive victory for the Pacers (10-5, 1-0 PBC), who were led by Shannon Byers’ 16 kills.

Ashley Deidrich added 13 kills to go along with 20 digs. Ashley Farwell had a match-high 25 assists.

Jenna Keeler had 11 kills for Augusta State (7-6, 0-2 PBC).

• Augusta State’s Dustin Ross, who won the Falcon Classic in Montevallo, Ala., on Sunday, has been named the Peach Belt Conference Runner of the Week.

Ross, a junior from Rifle, Colo., posted an 8K time of 25 minutes, 55.98 seconds to lead the Jaguars to the title.

Prep Football

Bears are back among top five

Burke County’s time outside the top five of the rankings didn’t last long.

After losing to Thomson to begin their season, the preseason-No. 1 Bears have won three in a row and are tied for No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Georgia high school football poll for Class AAAA.

Burke County had dropped to No. 8 after the defeat, but it is up to No. 3 after the 35-14 home win against previously unbeaten Statesboro. The Blue Devils were No. 2 but fell to sixth.

Three other local teams also moved up. In Class A, Aquinas improved to No. 4 after routing Josey, 42-0, and idle Lincoln County moved up a spot to No. 6.

In Class AA, Washington-Wilkes, 4-0 for the first time since 2000, went from No. 8 to seventh.

In Class AAA, Thomson and Washington County stayed at Nos. 2 and 3. The Bulldogs of Thomson received one first-place vote.


Duo turn back former champs

In Pooler, Ga., Betsy Butler, of Atlanta, and Phyllis Foisy, of Statham, won the Georgia Women’s Team title at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

Butler and Foisy, who won the event for the first time, combined to shoot 3-under-par 69 on Tuesday to finish at 5-under 139 after opening with 70.

They beat three-time defending champions Danielle Davis, of St. Simons Island, and Ginette Spinucci, of Stone Mountain, by two strokes.

Jan Cross, of Evans, teamed with Johns Creek’s Sherrie Tindle to finish third in the first flight, shooting 77-70–147.


Disc golf event draws top teams

Augusta State, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech are among the 31 disc golf teams participating in this weekend’s Southeast Collegiate Open in Appling.

The competition begins Saturday morning with four-player team play followed by a 27-hole round of singles.

Sunday’s final round will follow the 18-hole team play format at the International Disc Golf Center’s W.R. Jackson Memorial course.

• North Augusta High swim team member Nicole Fuller was the female winner of the Eric Shanteau Swim for Life event at Lake Lanier.


Stalled talks to resume Friday

After more than a week of stalled talks between the NHL and the players’ union, negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement will resume Friday in New York.

– From staff and wire reports