Bears assistant lands job at Troy
Burke County offensive coordinator Jim Dye is going back to college.
Dye, nephew of Auburn coaching legend Pat Dye, will become the offensive line coach at Troy University, where he previously coached from 1993-2002. Dye has been on the Burke County staff since 2006.
The Bears have averaged 40 points per game over the past three seasons, and won the Class AAA state title in 2011.
Burke County coach Eric Parker said it’s going to be a year of transition for his program, as two offensive assistants are also leaving.
Minor League Hockey
Augusta trades for defenseman
The Augusta RiverHawks acquired defenseman Ricky Helmbrecht in a trade with the Knoxville Ice Bears on Tuesday.
Helmbrecht, a 27-year-old in his second season in the SPHL, comes to Augusta in exchange for the rights to forward Chad Ziegler.
Helmbrecht has two goals and eight points in 26 games this season. He recorded 14 goals and 33 points for Knoxville last season.
Ziegler is currently on loan to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. He was promoted Jan. 16 after recording eight goals and 18 points in 33 games for the RiverHawks in his rookie year.
Talbert wins at Mount Vintage
McKenzie Talbert, of North Augusta, shot 73-74–147 to win the girls division at the Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship at Mount Vintage Plantation last weekend.
Talbert won by two shots over Louise Oxner, of Greenville, S.C.
Trace Crowe, of Easley, S.C., shot back-to-back rounds of 70 to win the boys division.
Crowe won by two shots over Richard Hubbard, of Daniel Island, S.C., and Carter Jenkins, of Raleigh, N.C.
• In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ashley Rose, of North Augusta, won the senior division at the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship on Jan. 19.
Rose, 59, defeated Anna Schultz, of Rockwall, Texas, 6 and 4 to win the match-play final at Coral Ridge Country Club.
Woman in photo angry over hoax
The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her.
Diane O’Meara spoke to NBC’s Today show Tuesday. She says Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua. Te’o asserts he was tricked into an online romance with Kekua and, until last week, believed she died of leukemia in September.
O’Meara went to high school with Tuiasosopo, but she says they’re not close. She says he called to apologize Jan. 16, the day Deadspin.com broke the hoax story, but “I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this.”
The 23-year-old O’Meara is a marketing executive in Los Angeles.
She says that for five years, Tuiasosopo “has literally been stalking my Facebook and stealing my photos.”
• The Mountain West will add a football championship game next season when it expands to the requisite dozen schools, which will be split into two divisions.
The inaugural championship is Dec. 7 at the home stadium of the school with the highest BCS ranking.