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Jags projected to finish second

Augusta State was picked to finish second and defending regular-season basketball champion USC Aiken was selected fourth in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

Montevallo was selected as the preseason favorite. The Falcons collected five first-place votes and 139 total points.

The Jaguars collected seven first-place votes and finished with a total of 137. Augusta State had more first- and second-place (three) votes than Montevallo, which had five first-place votes and one second-place vote.

Of Augusta State’s other two votes, the Jaguars had a fifth-place vote and a puzzling 13th-place vote from one rival coach.

UNC Pembroke was third in the voting, one point ahead of USC Aiken.

The Pacers received one first-place, one second-place, seven third-place, one fourth-place, one fifth-place and one seventh-place vote for a total of 128 points.

• On Monday, Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences University students will have the opportunity to reserve a seat in the student section at Augusta State’s Christenberry Fieldhouse for the upcoming season. There is no admission charge to games for students with a valid JagCard or GHSU student ID.

The event will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Christenberry Fieldhouse in the Matt Miklas Student Section.

The reserved seat is good for the entire 2012-13 season and is good for both men’s and women’s home games.

• USC Aiken’s eighth-seeded men’s soccer team, which knocked off top-seed Lander in the first round Tuesday, takes on fourth-seeded Young Harris in the
Peach Belt Conference Cham­pionship semifinals tonight at 7:30 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans. The winner faces the Flagler-Montevallo winner Saturday.

Golf

Georgian is tied for first in eGolf

In Greensboro, N.C., Georgia resident Jonathan Fricke managed to claim a share of the lead after the second round of the eGolf Tour’s Forest Oaks Open despite an unfavorable starting time on Thursday morning.

The 30-year-old Fricke, of Covington, Ga., was off in the first threesome of the day, facing the worst of the winter-like conditions at 8:30 a.m.

He still managed to shoot 2-under-par 70 at Forest Oaks Country Club, site of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. He’s at 7-under 137 along with Peter Malnati (72 on Thursday) and Joshua Brock (71).

Augusta’s Henrik Nor­lander shot 71 and is tied for 12th place at 143 in the limited-
field event.

The top 20 of the 60 starters made the cut, which fell at 145. Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot his second consecutive 75 and finished at 150.

The final round is today.

Tennis

Qualifier shocks U.S. Open champ

In Paris, qualifier Jerzy Janowicz saved one match point on his way to a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset over third-seeded
Andy Murray in the third round of the Paris Masters.

Murray, the reigning Olympic and U.S. Open champion, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but completely lost his composure and the ensuing tiebreaker as the 69th-ranked Janowicz evened the match.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic secured the last two places for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after reaching the quarterfinals.

• In Sofia, Bulgaria, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat Daniela Hantuchova 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 at the season-
ending Tournament of Champions.


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