Hurricanes' Leeder deserving of honor

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WHO'S HOT

Mike Leeder. Congrats to the Georgia Southwestern men's coach for winning Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

Leeder led his team from last in the league last year to the West Division title. With a win today, the Hurricanes (20-7) will triple the number of wins from a year ago.

WHO'S NOT

Armstrong Atlantic State men. The Pirates lost their final four games to fall from second in the East Division to missing the conference tournament.

AND THE WINNER IS ...

Joe Campbell 's computer ratings are back and as strong as ever. His computer model went 7-1 in the opening round of Peach Belt Conference Tournament play. Now, his model has Augusta State defeating Georgia Southwestern in the men's championship game and Clayton State defeating Lander in the women's title game.

CHEAP PLUG

A live blog will be up and running at 1:30 p.m. today at augustachronicle.com and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday for the Peach Belt Tournament action. Also, come back to the Web site for a live conversation Sunday night about the Division II selection show.

MEN'S REPORTS

Augusta State (26-3): The Jaguars need four wins to tie the school record for season victories.

Paine (11-17): Look for the Lions to make a huge turnaround next season -- as long as Jimmy Link is hired as the team's permanent head coach.

USC Aiken (17-10): Midseason academic casualties (Myles Holle y and Kenny Manigault ) turned the team's season into a big disappointment.

WOMEN'S REPORTS

Augusta State (8-18): Coach Nate Teymer can now start putting together all the pieces for next year's squad.

Paine (3-24): Coach Willie Adams is going through the same situation as Teymer.

USC Aiken (25-4): Lady Pacers can make a deep postseason run if they can get by Clayton State and Lander.


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