Originally created 05/30/99

Overtime: Hawks raise ticket costs in new arena



The Atlanta Hawks have unveiled ticket prices for games in the new Philips Arena ranging from $10 to $65 except seats in the VIP seating area, which will range from $110 to $400 at the gate and $104 to $380 for season tickets.

Not counting the VIP seating, the average price is $41, said executive vice president Lee Douglas.

In the VIP area, first-row seats will sell for $400 and the next two rows for $150. Basketball-only club seats on the sides are $110. The first row of each end zone will go for $80.

The team said it will have 1,000 of the $10 seats, twice as many as the league requires.

ROWING:

Three boats from the Augusta Junior Rowing Club will compete in USRowing's Youth Invitational Championships on Harsha Lake near Cincinnati, Ohio June 4-6.

They qualified by winning in the Southeast Regional Youth Championships on Langley Pond May 8.

Boats and their crews are the lightweight women's eight (Judith Pannell, Michelle LoMonaco, Lori Pepin, Lindsay Eck, Allie Schade, Katie Paulos, Alicia Taylor, Tiffany Taylor (stroke), Rachel Sellars (coxswain); junior women's eight (Zoe Dalis, Meredith Estroff, Ashley Bourne, Lisa Kujawa, Ginger Hamrick, Anna Shealy, Chelsea Kautz, Mia Woods (stroke), Rachel Sellars (coxswain); and junior men's quad (Daniel Mitchell, Nick Rowland, Jason Devlin, Daniel Lassiter) and alternate Cecil Russell.

The Youth Championships feature more than 600 championship high school and junior athletes.

FOOTBALL:

Cole Lewis, a third-grader at Gloverville Elementary School, won the Augusta Heat's Name the Mascot contest.

His idea, which netted him a $250 U.S. Savings Bond: Burn E (Bernie).

Coloring contest winners were (kindergarten) Rachel Jones of Gloverville; Taylor Polk, first grade, Byrd Elementary in Aiken County; Robert Lever, second grade, McBean Elementary; Jarrod Best, third grade, Jamestown Elementary; Michele Free, fourth grade, Sardis-Girard-Alexander Elementary in Burke County; and Jennifer Broome, fifth grade, Blue Ridge Elementary in Columbia County.

BASEBALL:

The Atlanta Braves will conduct free agent tryout camps in Augusta and Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., next month.

The Augusta session will be held at the Richmond Academy baseball field on June 11. Session No. 1 is for players 15 to 18 and registration starts at 9 a.m. Players 19 to 21 years of age will report for registration at 11 a.m.

The times and age brackets are the same at Voorhees on June 12.

Players competing in American Legion ball must have a written letter of permission from their coach. Players also must bring their own equipment to participate.

Paine College coach Stanley Stubbs and Voorhees coach Adrian West are cooperating at the events.

HORSE RACING:

Last fall, Sir Bear gave 62-year-old trainer Ralph Ziadie his first Grade I victory when he upset Coronado's Quest to win the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

Saturday, the 6-year-old gelding returned to New York and, overlooked at 6-1, gave Ziadie his second Grade I victory, charging from off the pace to take the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park by 1 3/4 lengths over longshot Crafty Friend.

Liberty Gold, another longshot with odds of 10-1, was third, followed by favored Affirmed Success, Lord Grillo, the 3-year-old Cat Thief, Lil's Lad and Rock and Roll.

Beherens made a powerful move coming off the final turn and beat Running Stag by a half length to win the $600,000 Grade II Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs on Saturday.

Real Quiet, winner of the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, was second at the half-mile pole but gave way in the stretch and finished third as the 4-5 favorite.

The remainder of the field in the 60th running of the 1 1/8 -mile race in their order of finish were Brushing Up, Galloping Gael, and Personal Moon.

By winning $400,000 in a time of 1:49.14, Beherens took a 28-20 lead over both Free House and Puerto Madero in the NTRA Champions Series.



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