Minor League Hockey
Augusta wraps up playoff spot
In Fayetteville, N.C., Augusta exploded for three goals in the third period and the RiverHawks wrapped up a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Fayetteville FireAntz on Tuesday.
Matt Auffrey, Egor Mironov, Brendan Taylor and Jim Gehring each scored for the first-place RiverHawks, who will be in the postseason for the second time in the franchise’s two years of existence.
Bobby Reed and Robert Sich scored for the FireAntz.
Jags finish ninth in spring opener
In Chula Vista, Calif., the Augusta State men finished ninth in their first event of the spring season.
The two-time defending national champions totaled 10-over-par 298 in the final round of the San Diego Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
The Jaguars finished at 41-over 905, 35 strokes behind Washington. The Huskies won by seven shots over Southern California at San Diego Country Club.
Robin Petersson (79-74-68–221) was the top finisher for the Jaguars, ending in a tie for 14th place.
Other Jaguars in the field included: Derek Chang (71-75-78–224), who tied for 21st; Taylor Floyd (74-77-76-227), who tied for 32nd; Alex Wennstam (79-79-76–234), who tied for 56th; and Bredan Gillins (78-80-81-239), who tied for 68th.
San Diego’s Alex Ching (74-68-72-214) won the individual title by one shot over Tennessee’s Garrick Porteous (73-73-69–215).
• In Sorrento, Fla., the Augusta State women took fifth in the UCF Challenge at RedTail Golf Club.
The Lady Jaguars closed with 12-over 300 to finish the three-round tournament at 15-over 879, 16 strokes behind Auburn, which won the event with 863.
Natalie Wille (74-73-71–218) had the best individual finish for Augusta State, a tie for ninth.
Among other Lady Jags in the field, Marit Bjerke (73-71-76–220) tied for 17th, Kirsty Rands (72-75-74–221) tied for 20th, Casey Kennedy (69-74-79–222) tied for 25th and Christine Duschek-Hansen (72-76-81–229) tied for 58th.
Auburn’s Victoria Trapani (68-72-73–213) won the title by one shot over Tulane teammates Gemma Dryburgh (73-71-70–214) and Ashley McKenney (72-73-69–214).
• In Kiawah Island, S.C., Aiken’s Hunter Dunagan and Eunice Yi won their divisions at a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event last weekend.
Dunagan was tops in the boys 11-14 division and Yi finished first in the girls 15-18 division.
States Fort, also of Aiken, was second in the boys 11-14 division.
Paine swept by Fort Valley State
In Fort Valley, Ga., Cecil Bent scored 20 points to lead Fort Valley State to a 73-71 win over Paine College on Tuesday night.
Brandon Davey had 17 points and former Richmond Academy star Desmond Lofland added 12 for the Wildcats.
Darius Smith led Paine with 13 points.
In the women’s game, Yasheeka Jones scored 14 points to lead Fort Valley State to a 69-52 win.
Quandra Rodgers had 20 points to lead the Lady Lions.
• The USC Aiken women moved up to 13th in the nation while the Pacer men fell to No. 23.
The Lady Pacers moved up two spots in the USA Today/ESPN Division II poll after earning wins over Lander and UNC Pembroke last week.
The Pacer men, who lost to the Bearcats before bouncing back against the Braves, dropped three spots in the NABC Division II poll.