Martinez fighter makes nationals
LaKesha Springle, of Martinez, is fighting in next week’s USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash.
Springle is in the bantamweight division (119 pounds) in the Elite women’s division.
Also, Savannah’s Leah Mitchem, the wife of former Augusta Boxing Club member and former pro boxer Brandon Mitchem, is fighting in the light flyweight (106 pound) class.
The USA Boxing National Championships begin Monday.
Latest polls still list Pacers third
USC Aiken’s golf team remains third in both the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Men’s Coaches’ Poll and the Golfstat NCAA Division II Head-to-Head standings.
The Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Men’s Coaches’ Poll combines the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
USC Aiken is the highest of five ranked Peach Belt Conference teams in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Men’s Coaches’ Poll. Columbus State is ninth, Georgia College is 11th, Armstrong Atlantic State is tied for 12th and Georgia Southwestern is 22nd in the latest national tally.
Nova Southeastern is first nationally in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Men’s Coaches’ Poll.
• USC Aiken’s JP Solis was named Peach Belt Conference men’s golf co-Golfer of the Week, along with Georgia Southwestern’s JP Griffin.
Solis and Griffin tied for third at the Bearcat Golf Classic at the par-72, 6,800-yard Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood, S.C.
• In Southport, N.C., Tim Madigan and Bryce Ledford share the lead in the eGolf Tour’s weather-delayed Championship at St. James Plantation.
Madison shot 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to go with his opening 72 and is at 5-under 139. Ledford has shot 71-68.
Thirty-two players didn’t complete the second round because of darkness. They will finish it today, followed by the cut.
Aiken’s Stephen Poole, who opened with 76 on Wednesday, rebounded with 70 on Thursday and is expected to make the cut.
Serena stands in Sharapova’s way
In Key Biscayne, Fla., Maria Sharapova swept the first 10 points, then hardly let up from there. If she can keep it going for one more round, she’ll finally have that elusive Sony Open title.
The four-time runner-up advanced to another Key Biscayne final by beating Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1.
In the final, Sharapova will face five-time champion Serena Williams, who beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
‘Wildfire’ Rich to headline benefit
Former NWA world heavyweight champion Tommy “Wildfire” Rich is among the grapplers scheduled to perform Saturday in a benefit.
Rich will be joined by “Golden Boy” Chic Donovan, Demolition Ax, Donikster and AOD in the program, which will be held at May Park Community Center with bell time at 8:30 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation’s Pediatric Burn Fund. Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation is a nonprofit that provides assistance to patients and families of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.