Gehring powers Augusta to win
In Lafayette, La., Jim Gehring had a hat trick, and the Augusta RiverHawks beat the Louisiana IceGators 4-3 on Saturday night.
Gehring had goals in every period as the RiverHawks beat their hosts for the second consecutive night.
Aaron McGill had the other goal for Augusta, in the second period.
Gehring’s third period goal put Augusta up 4-2 at the 17:26 mark. The IceGators’ Jason Hill scored within the next minute.
Armstrong ousts Augusta State
Top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State swept Augusta State in the Peach Belt Tournament semifinals Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse, setting up a matchup for the title today with Flagler.
Flagler ended the Pirates’ 31-game winning streak two weeks ago.
In the semifinal against Augusta State, Armstrong Atlantic State won 25-15, 25-19 and 25-17 to improve to 35-1 this season.
Kristen Koch had nine kills and Krystin Wahlig had 19 assists for fifth-seeded Augusta State, which completes a 16-19 season.
In the first semifinal match of the day, Flager beat UNC Pembroke 3-0 (25-16, 27-25 and 25-12) as Olivia Snipes had 46 assists and Sophie Moyer had 15 kills for the winners.
Flagler improved to 27-6.
The championship match is at 2 p.m. today.
Armstrong Atlantic and Flager tied for the regular-season title, but Armstrong won the tiebreaker.
• Earlier Saturday, the Peach Belt All-Conference teams were announced.
No one from USC Aiken or Augusta State made the first team, but the Lady Pacers’ Shannon Byers and Samantha Lukralle were second-team selections.
There were seven players on each team.
Augusta State’s Alex Rohlfing was named freshman of the year.
Armstrong Atlantic State’s Will Condon and Flager’s Taylor Mott were named co-coaches of the year.
High School Football
Panthers fall in first-round game
In Warner Robins, Ga., Michael Lee scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:25 remaining as Warner Robins rallied past Lakeside 42-31 on Saturday night in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
Lakeside led 24-14 at halftime when quarterback Mark Weidenaar hit Eamon Diehl on a 27-yard TD pass on the final play before the break. The Panthers then led 31-21 in the second half before Warner Robins came roaring back.
Weidenaar completed 9 of 22 passes for 172 yards. Jonathan Edwards was the game’s leading receiver with five catches for 75 yards.
Lakeside finishes 6-5.
Warner Robins (9-2) plays at Chattahoochee on Friday.
3rd racer dies in Key West event
In Miami, an offshore powerboat racer has died after being critically injured in an accident at the Key West World Championship, the third racer killed during the boating competition, officials said Saturday.
Joey Gratton, of Sarasota, Fla., died at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, said Roderick Cox, a spokesman for Super Boat International.
Gratton’s death marks the second fatal accident at the race.
On Wednesday, Robert M. Morgan of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Jeffrey Tillman, of Kaiser, Mo., the throttleman and driver for Big Thunder Marine, died in a crash on the first day of racing.