Powerful Lincoln turns back Jags
In Harrogate, Tenn., third-ranked and unbeaten Lincoln Memorial hit 58 percent of its shots from the field en route to a 73-57 victory over Augusta State on Monday night.
The Jaguars, who dropped to 4-5, hit 38.5 percent from the field.
Devonte Thomas led Augusta State with 14 points. Harold Doby and D’Angelo Boyce added 10 points apiece.
Cam Carden had 16 points to lead the Railsplitters, who are now 12-0.
• In Spartanburg, S.C., the Augusta State women won their fifth consecutive game, stopping Converse College 92-47.
Jemimah Ashby had 14 points to lead Augusta State (7-3). Brooke McCants, Becky Newhouse and Laci Schreiber all had 12 for the Lady Jaguars. Schreiber led the Jaguars with 10 rebounds.
Converse drops to 1-8.
• USC Aiken sophomore Brittany Hill, who averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals in three wins last week, has been selected Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.
Hill is USC Aiken’s first player of the week since Hannah DeGraffinreed claimed the award on Nov. 23, 2009.
Hawks are edged in the preseason
In Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker opened his NBA career with a solid performance, shaking off a slow start to score a game-high 18 points – including the go-ahead layup– to lift the Bobcats to a 79-77 win over the Hawks in the preseason opener for both teams.
Josh Smith and Al Horford each scored 11 points to lead the Hawks.
• The Bobcats have acquired center Byron Mullens from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
• Veteran point guard Baron Davis signed with the New York Knicks.
However, a herniated disc in his back has sidelined Davis all preseason, an injury he’s heard could keep him out eight to 10 weeks.
Burke’s appeal gains approval
Burke County’s appeal to the GHSA Reclassification Committee was approved.
The Bears’ appeal asked for a move from Region 3-AAAA, Subregion A to Subregion B in the same region. Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills, Hephzibah and Richmond Academy are in Subregion B.
In Class A, Lincoln County’s appeal was “tentatively approved.” The Red Devils would move from Region 7 to Region 8, Subregion B. The Red Devils are acting proactively since some region members might leave the GHSA.
Braves caravan to stop in Evans
The Atlanta Braves Country Caravan will make its annual stop in the area on Feb. 1.
A group of Braves players, coaches, executives and alumni yet to be determined will make an appearance at the Academy Sports and Outdoors in Evans.
Meyers duo win titles in Atlanta
In Atlanta, Hephzibah’s Tee “Skinny Man” Meyers and his wife, Kitty Meyers, won their weight classes and set records in the World Natural Powerlifting Federation’s World Championships.
Tee Meyers deadlifted 730 pounds for his 22nd world title. Kitty Meyers, competing in the 114-pound class,, deadlifted a world-record 240 pounds.