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Prep Football

Thomson is at top of AAA poll

The Thomson Bulldogs are at the top of Class AAA for the first time since 2002, which was also the last time they won the state title.

Ten years ago, Thomson led the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 1 in the Associated Press Georgia high school football poll for Class AAA.

Thomson (9-0) didn’t play this past week but it jumped to No. 1 after previously unbeaten Peach County lost to Carver, in Columbus, Ga., which improved from fourth to second.

Washington County, a fellow Region 3-AAA member, is tied at No. 4 with Peach County.

In the other classes, Burke County remained at No. 3 in Class AAAA. The Bears play Wayne County for the Region 3-AAAA championship Friday.

In Class AA, Washington-Wilkes stayed at No. 10 after it was previously in a three-way tie at the spot a week ago.

In Class A, Lincoln County fell from a second-place tie to No. 3 after it beat No. 10 Wilkinson County, 21-19, to take the region title.

Volleyball

Lady Jags swept by Lady Patriots

At Christenberry Fieldhouse, Francis Marion rallied to win the first set and went on to record a 3-0 sweep of Augusta State in Peach Belt Conference volleyball.

The Lady Jaguars led the first set 22-20 before the Lady Patriots stormed back to win 25-22. Francis Marion won the final two sets 25-23 and 25-17.

Augusta State senior Krystin Wahlig’s 37 assists helped her top the 2,000 mark for her career. Kristen Koch had 12 kills and Jenna Keller 11 for the Lady Jaguars.

Augusta State (17-14, 5-8 conference) has lost four of its past six matches.

Golf

Reed receives late exemption

Former Augusta State All-American Patrick Reed received an unexpected sponsor exemption into this week’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney.

Reed was given the exemption that was initially awarded to Boo Weekley, who got into the tournament on his own status after 2009 Disney champion Stephen Ames withdrew.

Reed has Monday qualified for six PGA Tour events this season, earning $302,977 and is $158,000 away from cracking the top 150 in winnings and earning partial status in 2013 as well as an exemption to the final stage of Q-School in December in California.

• In Davidson, N.C., former Georgia Tech golfer John-Tyler Griffin overcame a tough start to share the lead after the opening round of the eGolf Tour’s season-ending Championship at River Run.

Griffin was 3-over-par after four holes, but he rallied to shoot 4-under 68 and share the lead with Ryan Nelson, of Charleston, S.C.

Bobby MacWhinnie had 69.

The only local in the 40-player event is Rob Bennett, who opened with 81.

NBA

Lakers guard is fined $25,000

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan, the NBA announced Tuesday.

The incident occurred during the Lakers’ 105-95 loss to the Clippers last Friday at Staples Center.

• Charlotte starting guard Gerald Henderson could miss approximately 2-4 weeks with a sprained left foot, according to the team.

– From staff and wire reports


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