Originally created 06/05/99

Overtime: Greenbrier star to attend Truett-McConnell

Ryan Paquette, Greenbrier High's star in the Georgia Class AAA championship series, will attend Truett-McConnell in Cleveland, Ga., on a baseball scholarship. Paquette, who played football and baseball for the Wolfpack, batted .356 this season. He came up big in the championship series, going 5-for-8 with three home runs. Paquette is expected to play left field for Truett-McConnell.

Paquette and co-seniors Hampton Rowland (Middle Georgia) and Dewayne Lowe (Young Harris) are expected to sign at a later date.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will conduct a tryout camp on Wednesday, starting at 9 a.m., at the Augusta State University Athletic Complex.

Diamondbacks area supervisor Mike Valarezo will direct the camp, which is open to players ages 15-22. Interested players should bring gloves, shoes and hats.

For more information, call Valarezo at (904) 992-4786.


Ricky Makerson signed a scholarship offer to play for Morehouse College next season.

The Greenbrier senior ended his Wolfpack career with a 35-5 singles record and was a part of three consecutive region championship teams. Also, Greenbrier advanced to the state semifinals twice in his last three years. Makerson played tennis his freshman year at Lakeside.

"All four years have been successful," Makerson said. " I'm glad I had the opportunity to play for Lakeside and Greenbrier. I hope to have the same success in college as well."


The Augusta Heat will hold a pool party at Savannah West Apartments on Washington Road from 1-7 p.m. today for area football fans and their families. There is no charge.

Fans are invited to bring their families and cameras to meet the Heat's players and cheerleaders. The autograph and photo session will be from 1-3 p.m.

The Augusta Heat, the area's newest sports franchise, will play their season-opening game in the International Football League on July 10 at Evans High School's Blanchard Stadium. Kickoff with Baton Rouge will be 7 p.m.

Football tickets may be purchased by calling (706) 854-PASS.


Honor scores keep adding up for Mike Turner of Belvedere, who bowled the fourth perfect game of his life Wednesday night in Northside's Finest League at Northside Lanes.

"You just try to get as many as you can," said Turner, who bowled for 20 years before chalking up his first honor score. He has one 299, two 298s and an 814 series in his collection.

He was both unlucky and lucky this time around, bowling 214-279-207-300, unluckily missing another 300 by leaving the 10 pin on his second game. The lucky part came when "I crossed over on the last ball of my perfect game and got away with it."


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