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Minor League Hockey

RiverHawks add goalie to roster

The Augusta RiverHawks have signed goaltender BJ O’Brien.

O’Brien, who will join the team immediately, started the season with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League.

He fills the roster spot previously occupied by goalkeeper Peter Skoggard. Because of an error made by immigration officials on Skoggard’s paperwork, he was forced to return to his native Sweden until the matter is resolved.

Skoggard played in three games for the RiverHawks this season, winning all three, and had a Southern Professional Hockey League-leading goals against average of 2.00.

He also ranked second in the league with a .932 save percentage.

This is O’Brien’s first pro season after a stellar collegiate career that saw him win two NCAA Division III national championships with St. Norbert College in Wisconsin.

High Schools

Two from Aiken named All-State

Natasha Dicks and Anna Tovo, of Class AAAA Aiken, head a list of six area players named to the South Carolina Coaches Association for Women’s Sports All-State volleyball team.

Others honored from the area were Midland Valley’s Morgan Reed in Class AAA; Silver Bluff’s Erin McMurray in Class AA; and Ridge Spring-Monetta’s Shay Freeman and Fox Creek’s Haley Bryant in Class A.

Freeman was also named to the Class AA-A North All-Star squad. Aiken’s Meredith Clemmens and Monica Cardona were chosen to the Class AAAA-AAA South team and Barnwell’s Catherine Padgett was named to the Class AA-A South squad.

Wagener-Salley’s Tami Garvin is one of the coaches for the Class AA-A North team.

Volleyball

USC Aiken wins its third in a row

In Greenwood, S.C., USC Aiken defeated Lander 25-21,
25-23, 25-22 in a Peach Belt Conference volleyball match for its third consecutive victory.

Shannon Byers led the Lady Pacers (15-13, 7-5) with nine kills to go along with 16 digs. She also had two aces.

Since the start of October USC Aiken (15-13, 7-5) has won nine of its past 12 matches, including seven of its past eight.

The Lady Pacers remained 10th in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, which were released Wednesday.

Tennis

Federer reaches the quarterfinals

In Basel, Switzerland, Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals and Andy Murray withdrew because of an injury just before his first-round match at the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday.

Andy Roddick also advanced, using his serve to beat Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-4 in the late match.

Federer, the defending champion at his hometown event, dropped a set against Jarkko Nieminen for the first time in their 12 matches but came through 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

• American twins Bob and Mike Bryan will finish the year ranked as the No. 1 ATP doubles pair for a record seventh time.

The 33-year-old Bryans’ first-round win at the Valencia Open on Wednesday means they cannot be overtaken by No. 2-ranked pair Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.

Since 2003, the Bryans have only twice failed to finish No. 1 – in 2004 and 2008.

Top-seeded David Ferrer beat qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Valencia Open quarterfinals.

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