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High School Football

Coach replaced at Cross Creek

Cross Creek High School will have a new head coach for its 15th football season this fall.

Robert McCarty, the school’s head junior varsity coach and assistant for the varsity squad this past season, replaces Travis Nixon, who went 9-21 in three years.

Nixon first found out about his firing from some of his players.

“It was crazy,” he said. “It wasn’t the best scenario in the world.”

After a 1-9 campaign his first season, Nixon led the Razorbacks to a 5-5 mark – the school’s third non-losing season. This past season, Cross Creek lost its first five games en route to a 3-7 record.

The Razorbacks last went to the playoffs in 2007, the last time the team posted a winning campaign.

Minor League Hockey

Cottonmouths top RiverHawks

In Columbus, Ga., it took the Columbus Cottonmouths one period to get started, but they picked up the pace and beat the Augusta RiverHawks 4-1 on Tuesday night behind Mark Thorburn.

After a scoreless first period, Columbus got goals from Matt Gingera and Thorburn in the second period. Shawn Skelly had a goal for Augusta in the period.

Columbus scored less than a minute into the third period to build a 3-1 lead on Alex MacLeod’s goal. Six minutes later, Thorburn scored again to make it 4-1. Both third-period goals came off power plays.

Austin Lee took the loss in goal, stopping 24 of 28 shots.

Columbus improved to 15-11-3 in the SPHL. Augusta dropped to 9-19-3.

Meeting

All-Area banquet set for Thursday

This year’s All-Area Foot­ball Banquet will be held Thursday at The Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road.

The banquet honors the Georgia, South Carolina and Independent football teams, the 2012 Deon Grant Award winner, the 2013 American Football Kicking Hall of Fame inductees and the 2012 Ray Guy Award winner

Registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. The dinner and awards program begin at 7. Tickets are $30 and dress is business attire.

For more information, call (706) 722-8326, ext. 231 or e-mail carly@augustasportscouncil.org.

High School Basketball

Prep stats due this afternoon

High school basketball coaches and statisticians should e-mail player statistics to The Augusta Chronicle’s Wayne Staats (wayne.staats@ augustachronicle.com) or fax them to (706) 823-3408.

The deadline is 5 p.m. today.

Baseball

Soriano, Nats agree to a deal

Former New York Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $28 million, two-year deal with a third-year vesting option for $14 million, according to ESPN.com.

Soccer

US, Costa Rica meet in Colorado

The U.S. soccer team will play its first home game in the final round of World Cup qualifying against Costa Rica on March 22 at in Commerce City, Colo.

Seeking their seventh consecutive World Cup appearance, the Americans open the 10-game round against Honduras on Feb. 6 at San Pedro Sula.

– From staff and wire reports


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