Harlem girls fall in the title game
In Columbus, Ga., the Harlem girls softball season ended on Saturday in the state title game.
After battling through the loser’s bracket to advance to the Class AA championship game, the Lady Bulldogs lost 7-0 to Calhoun. They finished the season 32-8.
Harlem beat Bremen in its first game of the tournament Thursday, then lost to Calhoun, forcing them to fight their way to the championship the hard way.
Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs beat Cook County 6-5 and on Saturday morning they beat Berrien 4-3 in eight innings under international tie-breaker rules.
Amber Garrett was the pitcher of record throughout the tournament for Harlem and finished her sophomore season with a 26-7 record.
• In Statesboro, Ga., Hephzibah’s boys finished second in the 10-team Region 3-AAA cross country meet and will advance to the state meet for the 10th consecutive year.
The Rebels were led by Reggie Fields, who finished second with a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds.
Wayne County won the meet. It had 28 points, followed by Hephzibah with 49, Liberty County with 112 and Statesboro with 135.
The state meet will be held Saturday in Carrollton, Ga.
Cold Pacers drop exhibition game
In Boone, N.C., a cold-shooting USC Aiken’s women’s basketball team dropped a 73-55 decision to Appalachian State on Saturday in the Pacers’ lone exhibition game of the preseason.
Junior guard Mackenzie Reese led USC Aiken with 16 points. Sophomore Mariah Durian came off the bench to score 12 points in her debut with the Pacers.
The team shot just 30 percent from the field.
The Pacers open the season Friday at home in the second game of the Holley Tractor/Crescent Automotive Conference Challenge at 7 p.m., against Anderson. Lander will play Mount Olive in the first game at 5.
• In Newberry, S.C., Georgia Regents’ volleyball team won the first game, but Newberry rallied to win the nonconference match 3-1.
After the Jaguars won the first set 25-22, the Wolves won the second set 25-14, the third set 25-17 and the fourth set 25-12.
Kristen Koch had 10 kills and McKenna Heath 29 assists for the Jaguars (7-20).
• In Aiken, Jarrel Smalls scored two goals and the USC Aiken men’s soccer team beat North Georgia 3-1 for its first Peach Belt Conference victory of the season. It came in the Pacers’ final conference match of the year.
The Pacers (1-7-1 Peach Belt, 4-11-2 overall) went up 2-0 on the Saints (3-13-1, 1-6-2 Peach Belt) as Smalls scored early in the first half and at the 58:31 mark of the second half.
After North Georgia’s Armin El-Shami cut it to 2-1 at the 63:51 mark, the Pacers’ Carson Villa answered with a goal at 70:26.
USC Aiken goalie Brandon Jarosz had four saves.
• In Aiken, North Georgia handed the USC Aiken women’s soccer team a 2-0 loss in Peach Belt Conference play.
The Pacers (8-8-2, 3-6-2 Peach Belt) were outshot seven to five by the Saints (12-4-1, 7-3-1 Peach Belt).
Both teams had five corner kicks.
Arsenal sharp against its rival
In London, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey led Arsenal to a 2-0 win over rival Liverpool.
It extended the Gunners’ lead to five points at the top of the Premier League as Chelsea also lost ground with a 2-0 loss at Newcastle.
Arsenal have taken 25 points out of 30 possible this season and are five points clear of both Chelsea and Liverpool in the standings.
Chelsea’s fine run of form came to an abrupt end at Newcastle, while Manchester City crushed Norwich 7-0 and Manchester United beat Fulham.