Originally created 04/17/99

Overtime: NRA SportFest slated Sunday at Pinetucky



Pinetucky Gun Club will be the scene Sunday of the National Rifle Association Youth SportFest for youths 11 through 17 years of age.

The first 100 youngsters (who must be accompanied by a parent) signing up will receive free T-shirts and caps, according to Phillip Williams of Augusta, an NRA board member.

"We're emphasizing safe gun handling and kids will get opportunities to be instructed in .22 rifle, .22 pistol and shotgun," he said. "They'll also get a chance to shoot air rifles in Pinetucky's indoor range."

He said parents must accompany the youths to each shooting venue.

The SportFest is sponsored by the NRA, Pinetucky, Georgia Waterfowl Association and gun manufacturer Harrington & Richardson.

Pinetucky is located off the Camp Josey Road off U.S. Highway 1 adjacent to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department firing range.

SOFTBALL:

The sixth annual Master Classic Senior Softball Classic for players 50 years of age and older is ongoing at North Augusta's Riverview Park and Augusta's Fleming Complex off Lumpkin Road.

Organizer Terry Leiden said 26 teams from throughout the nation are competing in the tournament which runs through Saturday night.

KICKBOXING:

Tickets to tonight's U.S. Kickboxing Championships at Fort Gordon's Gym 1 will be available at the door. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children and children under 4 are free.

Gym 1 doors open at 6 p.m., with action getting under way at 7. Tickets also are available at the Augusta Martial Arts Academy, 3905 Roberts Road, in Martinez.

A tournament for non-kickboxers featuring forms, sparring and other divisions will start at the academy at 9 a.m.

BASKETBALL:

Former Clemson and Hephzibah star Itoro Umoh and Clemson teammate Amy Geren are among women participating in the Women's National Basketball Association pre-draft camp in Chicago today.

WNBA coaches and general managers are evaluating the skills of college seniors and veterans with prior pro basketball experience.

Drills and full-court games will occupy participants today and tonight at Moody Bible Institute.

TENNIS:

Augusta State's Levke Lemke defeated North Florida's Amanda Knight 6-0, 7-5 in her No. 1 singles match of the Peach Belt Athletic Conference tournament at Newman Tennis Center on Friday. The Lady Jaguars' Maria Svensson won her No. 3 singles match, beating USC Aiken's Erica Echko 6-3, 6-3.

Augusta State's No. 1 doubles team of Susan Gary and Marisca Meyer defeated Georgiana Libertine and Karen Resutek of USC Spartanburg 7-6. Lemke and Svensson won their No. 2 doubles match 8-5 over Lander's Winde Ellenberg and Ana Maria Texeira 8-5.

The Jaguar men didn't win a match.

BASEBALL:

UNC Pembroke visits Augusta State for a single game today starting at 3 p.m., on Jaguar Field. The teams play a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.

HORSE RACING:

With Valhol's victory in the Arkansas Derby in question because of the possible use of an illegal electrical device during the race, the gelding could be kept out of the Kentucky Derby because of not enough money earned.

Valhol is No. 40 on the Churchill Downs money list of the top 50 3-year-old thoroughbreds, and the field for the May 1 Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 starters based on money earned in grades stakes.

So a determination of Valhol's status underlines the importance of a quick decision on whether his victory will stand.

Valhol finished first in the $500,000 Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn Park, and his $300,000 check would make him No. 12 on the money list.

Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella said Thursday the track has evidence that Bobby Patin "may have been in possession of an electrical device during the race."

Patin has denied using the device, called a "machine" or "buzzer," and said he intends to win the Kentucky Derby aboard Valhol. "If they saw something, it wasn't from me," Patin said.

Almost certainly, the evidence will include an enhancement of an ESPN video of the race. Moments after the horse crosses the finish line and gallops into the first turn, it appears something falls from the area of the colt's left shoulder.

Cella asked the state racing commission to order the track to suspend distribution of the purse to owner James Jackson, Pattin and trainer Dallas Keen.