Homers lift Jags to win over Lions
Justin Appel homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Augusta State past Paine College 9-5 on Wednesday in baseball.
Appel also scored twice for the Jaguars (8-11). Justin Mee went 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs. JD Sabo went 2 for 4 with a homer.
Avery Wilson drove in three runs for Paine (5-11).
• In Aiken, Craig Brooks drove in two runs as 25th-ranked Catawba beat sixth-ranked USC Aiken 7-4 to split the two-game baseball series. The Pacers fall to 14-3.
• Augusta State split a softball doubleheader with Catawba, winning the second game 9-5 after dropping the first 3-1.
Macy Terry hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Lady Jaguars (6-14) in Game 2. Molly Walton also homered. Laura Brown went 3 for 3.
• In Aiken, USC Aiken (12-4) swept a softball doubleheader from Wingate, winning 1-0 and 5-2.
Lady Razorbacks claim top honors
The Cross Creek girls basketball team has received two of the biggest Region 3-AAAA honors.
On the all-region team, Ashleigh Outler was named player of the year and Kim Schlein was selected as coach of the year.
The Lady Razorbacks also had Breanna Bryant and Tia Pullens on the team.
Hephzibah’s Shashana Miller and Burke County’s Amber McGee were the other two local players picked.
• Butler’s Ronald Jones was named the Region 3B-AAAA Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the region tournament and a state playoff berth. Teammate Don Coleman was selected to the first team.
Burke County’s Kelvin Henry, Cross Creek’s Treaire Moore, Glenn Hills’ Naquan Turner and Hephzibah’s Tamyrik Fields also made the first team.
• North Augusta football player Robbie Morgan signed with Mars Hill (N.C.) College on Wednesday.
• Greenbrier golfer Taylor Guilbeau signed a letter of intent to play for the College of Coastal Georgia.
Gamecocks duo honored by SEC
South Carolina senior and Augusta native Dykes Harbin has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week, and Matt NeSmith, of North Augusta, has earned SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week honors, the league announced Wednesday.
Harbin tied for second in the USF Invitational with rounds of 68-72-71–211, which is second-best 54-hole score of his career.
NeSmith tied for 10th at 74-71-71–216, which is his third top-10 finish of the year.
• In Kannapolis, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 1-over-par 72 and was tied for 11th place when Wednesday’s first round of the eGolf Tour’s Irish Creek Classic was suspended because of darkness.
• In Greenville, S.C., North Augusta’s Jeff Pope shot 3-under-par 60 on Monday at Greenville Country Club’s Riverside Course to win the South Carolina Golf Association’s first 40-plus event of the year.
Because of vandalism, the event was reduced to 16 holes.
Palace Malice to run in Derby prep
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will run in the Louisiana Derby on March 30, Dogwood president Cot Campbell announced Wednesday.
Edgar Prado will ride the 3-year-old colt.