Originally created 07/23/98

Overtime: Cranford closes in on lead at junior tourney



Two Augusta junior golfers are near the top of the leaderboard following the second round of the AJGA Ashworth Carolina Junior Classic at Stonebridge Golf Course in Monroe, N.C.

After an opening round 75, Adam Cranfordshot a 3-under-par 69 in the second round and is tied for seventh with a 144, four shots out of the lead. Brendan Fishershot a 75 in the second round and is tied for 17th with a 147, seven shots out of the lead.

Nicky Goetze has been named the new head men's golf coach at Mississippi State, school officials announced Wednesday.

The State College Board must approve the hiring, but such approval is a formality.

MSU Athletic Director Larry Templeton said Goetze comes to the Bulldogs from the University of Texas-El Paso where he was men's golf coach.

A former three-time, All-America golfer and team most valuable player at Clemson from 1991-93, Goetze spent two seasons as the assistant men's golf coach at Florida before taking the UTEP position.

Goetze has played professionally in Canada and Asia as well as on the PGA Tour experience. He won the BC Tel Pacific Open on the Canadian Tour in 1995.

GAMES: Harry Lee Hartley, Jr., of Augusta, won two medals in the Georgia Games at Roswell, Ga., over the weekend. The 14-year-old incoming Richmond Academy freshman won a bronze in the speedskating relays and took home the silver in the speedskating singles. Hartley has been speedskating for two years and dreams of speedskating in the Olympics.

Lillian Bennett, of Augusta, brought home the bronze after finishing third in women's bowling at the Georgia Games in Norcross, Ga. Bennett is a member of the Augusta Women's Bowling Hall of Fame.

BASKETBALL: A judge has thrown out trespassing and disorderly conduct charges against College of Charleston center Sedric Webber.

Webber, the 1998 Trans American Athletic Conference co-player of the year, was ticketed Sunday after he refused a campus security officer's order to leave the school's basketball arena. Webber was playing ball with a group of friends, including Sacramento Kings point guard Anthony Johnson.

Magistrate David Coker ruled Webber had a right to be in the gym.

FOOTBALL: Glenn Hills' football player Corey Thomas is going to Middle Georgia Junior College, while Richmond Academy tight end Quincy Murphy III is going to Morehouse College.

BOXING: The United States Army World Class Athlete Boxing team captured the team title at the 28th annual Indiana Black Expo Amateur Boxing Tournament in Indianapolis.

Augusta's Al Robinson, who participated in the 1996 Olympics, was a referee and judge in the event.

A barmaid accuses former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer of threatening her with a broken beer bottle during an obscenity-laden tirade at a popular bar in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Laura Vandierendonk, who sells beer from an ice-filled tub at Sloppy Joe's Restaurant in Boca Raton, is seeking more than $15,000 for the alleged April 12 incident in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Palm Beach County.

Moorer "smashed beer bottles against a beer tub ... causing (Vandierendonk) great fright and mental anguish when shattered shards of glass flew upon her," according to the lawsuit, which charges Moorer with assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

TENNIS: Marcelo Rios, renewing his bid for the No. 1 ranking, won in straight sets Wednesday to avoid a rash of upsets at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany.

Rios, who would pass Pete Sampras at the top of the ATP world rankings if he reaches the final, defeated Germany's error-prone Jens Knippschild, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Rios reached the third round, along with Germany's Boris Becker, who beat France's Cedric Pioline, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

Jim Courier beat the heat and Marcos Ondruska of South Africa in the second round of the Legg Mason Classic tennis tournament on Wednesday in Washington.

The seventh-seeded Courier beat Ondruska 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).

BOWLING: Gene Stus won six of eight matches and had high games of 270, 267 and 247 Wednesday in building a 10-pin lead over Steve Neff in the PBA Northwest Senior Classic in Portland, Ore.

Stus, who won his ninth senior title last week at Seattle, has a pinfall of 6,059 to Neff's 6,049.

Ernie Schlegel was third with 6,028, followed by Mike Durbin with 5,998 and Ron Winger with 5,985.