Minor League Hockey
FireAntz hold on vs. RiverHawks
In Fayetteville, N.C., the Augusta RiverHawks’ spirted rally come up short in a 4-3 loss to the Fayetteville FireAntz on Tuesday night.
Fayetteville led 4-0 after the first period of the SPHL game.
Augusta (5-12-3) scored two unanswered goals in the second period, by Ian Watters and Shawn Skelly to cut it to 4-2.
In the third period, Augusta closed to 4-3 on Kyle Watson’s goal at the 15-minute mark, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Watters and Watson’s goals came on the power plays.
In addition to his goal, Watters had an assist on Taylor’s goal. Taylor McReynolds also assisted on that goal.
Augusta’s BJ O’Brien gave up all the FireAntz goals – none after the first period – while making 35 saves.
Jaguars inching closer to top 10
The unbeaten Augusta State men’s basketball team moved up three spots in the latest NABC Coaches poll, climbing to No. 12.
The Jaguars are off to a 6-0 start after Monday’s 75-73 Peach Belt Conference victory over Montevallo. Augusta State plays host to Lincoln Memorial (7-1) tonight in a non-conference matchup at James Brown Arena.
• The USC Aiken women’s basketball team (8-0)remained third in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II top-25 Coaches’ Poll.
Since being ranked for the first time in the 2010-11 season on Dec. 14, 2010, USC Aiken has now been ranked in the top-25 in the past 33 polls. The Lady Pacers have been ranked in the top-10 in each of the past three years.
• Lady Pacers’ junior forward Kayla Harris has been named the Peach Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Harris closed out USC Aiken’s two wins last week averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds per game.
She shot 63.9 percent (23 of 36) from the floor in those two games.
• Former Strom Thurmond defensive lineman Octavious Brown, who has played the past two years at Georgia Military College. will sign a letter of intent to play at Youngstown (Ohio) State University today.
High School Football
Burke County finishes fourth
No local member of the Georgia High School Association won a state title in football this year, but two teams did finish in the top 5 in the final polls of the season.
In Class AAAA, Burke County ended its year at No. 4. The Bears, who won the Class AAA state championship in 2011, went 11-2 this season. Their run this year ended in the quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Sandy Creek.
In Class AAA, Thomson finished at No. 5 after entering the state playoffs as the unbeaten No. 1. The Bulldogs fell to Cartersville in the quarterfinals.
Washington County finished sixth in Class AAA and Lincoln County was sixth in Class A.
Pair will join sports council
Michelle Naval and Patrick Regan will join the Augusta Sports Council in January, according to CEO Brinsley Thigpen.
Naval, a former project assistant at the Augusta Sports Council, returns in the new role of Community Affairs Coordinator.
Regan will be the council’s event coordinator and recruiter.
– From staff and wire reports