Pacers will play for the PBC title

USC Aiken, which got the final spot into the Peach Belt Conference Soccer Tournament, is now headed to the championship game.

After two scoreless overtime periods, the eighth-seeded Pacers scored a 5-4 shootout victory over Young Harris in the semifinals on Friday evening at Blanchard Woods Park.

Tobias Haenschke and Noel Mais scored the USC Aiken goals.

USC Aiken (6-5-6) will meet second-seeded Montevallo at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Blanchard Woods for the title. It is the first time an eighth seed has made the final.

Montevallo dispatched third-seeded Flagler, 2-0, in its semifinal on Friday.

• The Pacers’ Brett Van Pelt, a defender, and midfielder Mark Hanlon were chosen to the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference second team.

Montevallo’s Brendan Ledgeway was named player of the year, while Young Harris’ Lewis Hilton was the freshman of the year and Lander’s Van Taylor was named the coach of the year.

• Augusta State outlasted Flagler 3-2 in a Peach Belt Conference volleyball match that featured a marathon third set at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The Lady Jaguars (17-12, 5-6 Peach Belt) lost the first set 26-16, then won the second 25-19 and the third 30-28. After losing the fourth set 26-24, Augusta State won the fifth set 15-12.

• In Pembroke, N.C., Shannon Byers had 11 kills and Ashley Farwell had 18 assists as USC Aiken swept UNC Pembroke 25-21, 25-16, 25-18.

The Lady Pacers are 17-9, 6-4 Peach Belt Conference.



Eagle flies for eGolf’s winner

In Greensboro, N.C., former Georgia State golfer Jonathan Fricke broke out of a logjam for the lead with an eagle on a par-4 hole and went on to win the eGolf Tour’s Forest Oaks Open on Friday.

Fricke, who lives in Covington, Ga., and is the current Georgia Open champion, entered the round in a three-way tie for the lead.

He broke away from the pack when he holed out a 136-yard, 9-iron shot for eagle on the par-4 seventh hole. He went on to shoot 7-under-par 65 to finish at 14-under 202 for the 54-hole event.

He won by four shots over Peter Malnati and Joshua Brock, who were tied with Fricke after 36 holes and shot 69s in the final round.

Fricke, whose last eGolf Tour victory came in 2007, won $8,000.

Former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander closed with 74 to finish tied for 17th place at 217. He earned $975.



Qualifier makes Paris semifinals

In Paris, Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz kept his great run going at the Paris Masters, advancing to the semifinals when a dizzy and fatigued Janko Tipsarevic stopped playing.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer, of Spain, moved closer to his first Masters title after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France 6-2, 7-5.

Ferrer’s semifinal opponent will be the winner of Friday’s late match between Frenchman Michael Llodra and big-serving American Sam Querrey.



No decision on Hornets’ Gordon

No firm decisions have been made as New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon continues to seek additional opinions on his troublesome right knee, but microfracture surgery has been presented as a potential remedy



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Friday’s prep box scores

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Aiken thrives with team-first mentality