Pacers rally to win at Firestone
In Akron, Ohio, USC Aiken turned in the low round of the day Tuesday to rally for a victory in the 54-hole Firestone Invitational.
The Pacers, who trailed by nine shots entering the final round, closed with 6-under-par 282 to win by two shots over Washington State.
USC Aiken counted 5-under-par 67 by Brandon Robinson-Thompson, 70 by Kyle Godsman, 72 by Andrew Ward and a 73 (both Hayden Letien and Stephane Boudreau shot that score).
Letien tied for third overall at 2-under 214, seven shots behind the winner, Stuart Grehan, of Eastern Michigan.
Robinson-Thompson tied for eighth place at 216, Godsman tied for 13th at 218, Ward tied for 47th at 225 and Boudreau tied for 52nd place 226.
• The USC Aiken men’s basketball team is ranked fourth in the Division II Bulletin men’s basketball Preseason Top 25 poll. The women’s team is ranked 12th by the publication.
Coble is making a run in Mid-Am
In Asheville, N.C., Augusta’s Laura Coble is making a strong bid to make the quarterfinals in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Biltmore Forest Country Club.
Coble won her Round of 32 match Tuesday morning and was leading her Round of 16 match when play was suspended because of darkness.
In that Round of 16 match, Coble is 1-up on Linda Jeffery, of Abilene, Texas, through 16 holes. They will complete the match this morning, with the winner taking on Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, Fla., in the quarterfinals.
In her Round of 32 match, Coble beat Caryn Wilson, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., 4 and 3.
• In Birmingham, Ala., Augusta’s John Engler was knocked out of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in the Round of 16.
On Tuesday, the former PGA Tour golfer beat Brian Higgins, of Bellingham, Mass., 4 and 3 in the Round of 32. In the Round of 16 later that afternoon, Engler was beaten by Todd Mitchell, of Bloomington, Ill., 3 and 2.
Jeff Knox, another Augustan, lost in Monday’s first round, 2 and 1, to Keith Unikel, of Potomac, Md.
• In Huntersville, N.C., Will Collins hasn’t cooled off yet. Four days after winning the eGolf Tour’s Salisbury Classic, he shot 6-under-par 64 to take the first-round lead in the NorthStone Open.
Erik Flores had 65 in the final eGolf Tour event of the season.
Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 72 and former USC Aiken golfer Matt Atkins had 73.
High School Football
Irish hold down No. 3 ranking
Aquinas, Jefferson County, Washington County and Washington-Wilkes remain the four local teams entrenched in the Georgia Sports Writers Association rankings.
In Class A, Aquinas stayed No. 3 in advance of this Friday’s game at region rival Lincoln County. Though unranked, the Red Devils have beaten the Irish 32 games in a row.
In Class AA, Washington-Wilkes improved to fourth after beating defending state champion Jefferson 21-14.
In the next classification, unbeatens Washington County at No. 3 and Jefferson County at No. 5 play this week in Sandersville in a crucial Region 3-AAA game.
• The Augusta Chronicle publishes weekly statistical leaders compiled from the area’s high school teams.
Coaches are asked to submit statistics each week by fax to (706) 823-3408 or by e-mail to wayne.staats@