Ex-Laney player dies at age 52
Former Laney star Curtis Rouse, who played six years in the NFL as an offensive lineman in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 52.
Rouse, who played his college ball at Tennessee-Chattanooga, played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1982-86 and spent his final year with the San Diego Chargers in the strike year of 1987.
Rouse, who was a resident of Clarksville, Tenn., died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Hendrix trails by two in NGA event
In McCormick, S.C., former Auburn golfer Blayne Barber will carry a two-shot lead into today’s final round of the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic.
Barber, who played on the Walker Cup team last year, shot 2-under-par 70 on Saturday and is at 9-under 207 at the Monticello course.
Aiken native Matt Hendrix, who lives in Greenville, S.C., shot 73 and is in second place.
• In Blythewood, S.C., former Clemson golfer Tanner Ervin won his first eGolf Tour event, taking the Columbia Open.
Ervin, who entered the final round with an eight-shot lead, closed with even-par 71 to win by five shots and pick up the $17,000 first-place check.
The Mount Pleasant, S.C., resident, who opened with rounds of 67-63-67, finished at 16-under 268.
Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd finished in a tie for 34th place after a final-round 73 left him at 284.
No. 1 player is up by one shot
In Appling, men’s World No. 1 Ricky Wysocki played through a constant downpour to lead the Open field after three rounds at the Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic at 33-under 170.
Wysocki holds a one-shot lead over Prodigy Disc teammate Nikko Locastro entering today’s final round.
Sarah Cunningham holds an 11-shot lead in the Open Women’s division at 5-under 198.
Amateur class players will tee off at 9 a.m. today, and players in the professional classification will tee off at 10:30 in the fourth and final round at the PDGA International Disc Golf Center.
Jags’ losing skid now at 21 games
Augusta State starter Josh Barks started Saturday’s game with Flagler by striking out the side. In the bottom of the inning, the Jaguars took a 1-0 lead.
That would be all the scoring for the Jaguars. They lost 5-1 and ran their losing streak to 21 games.
The second game of the doubleheader was rained out and will be made up today as part of a doubleheader, starting at noon at Jaguar Field.
High School Track
Area trio take home state titles
In Jefferson, Ga., three area athletes and a relay team won state championships on Saturday in the GHSA state meet for boys track and field.
The state champs were Grovetown’s Darius Watkins (in the 200-meter dash for Class AAAAA), Washington County’s Quintavious Poole (the 400-meter dash for Class AAA) and Jenkins County’s Dezmond Moran (the 110-meter hurdles in Class A public).
The Cross Creek team of Christian Santiago, Trey Mixon, Lee Hamrick and Devon Diamond won the state title in the 4x400 meter relay for Class AAAA.
– From staff reports