Originally created 08/07/99

Overtime: Ex-Pacer Franklin named assistant USC Aiken coach



Aiken native Steve Franklin, a former forward with USC Aiken, has been named an assistant men's basketball coach for the Pacers, coach Mike Roberts announced on Friday.

Franklin, a South Aiken High graduate and 1994 USC Aiken graduate, helped the Pacers win the 1993 Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles. He was the co-MVP of the tournament.

Franklin was an assistant coach at Sante Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., for four years and the interim head coach last season, when Santa Fe was 18-12.

"I think Steve will give us a shot in the arm in the way of recruiting," Roberts said. "He is very organized and has done an excellent job recruiting at Santa Fe the past five years."

Franklin replaces two-year assistant Donnie Matthews, who left for an undisclosed position.

GOLF:

Greenbrier rising senior Stephanie Quinn shot rounds of 79-76 -- 155 to win the Hampton Club Junior Classic's girls 16-18 division by six strokes earlier this week. The win moved her to seventh on the Southeastern Junior Tour's points list. Augusta's Sam Nicholson shot 73-77 -- 150 to win the boys age 14-15 division.

CAR AND BOAT EXHIBIT:

Natural gas provider SCANA Energy will bring its NASCAR stock car and a blown alcohol hydro to Augusta's Kroger parking lot, 3235 Wrightsboro Road, from 1 to 3 p.m., today.

The car is the SCANA/Powertel No. 35 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which is completing its third season on the Busch circuit with driver Lyndon Amick.

The boat is now retired and owned by Augusta Southern Nationals Inc. It's used for promotional events such as this. Radio station WEKL and Danny "Boomer" Clark will broadcast live from the scene.

SCANA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the natural gas deregulation process taking place in Georgia. Customers of Atlanta Gas Light Company must select a natural gas marketer by Aug. 11, or the Georgia Public Service Commission will assign them one.

HORSE RACING:

Rudy Baez, the top jockey in New England, probably will never walk again, one of his doctors said Friday.

Baez was paralyzed from the waist down after severing his spine during a spill Wednesday at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire.

He was on a ventilator and in serious condition Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital after seven hours of surgery on Thursday, but was expected to leave the intensive care unit by early next week, hospital spokeswoman Victoria Brady said.

Baez, born in the Dominican Republic, lives in Wakefield with his wife and three children. He started riding when he was 13 years old. He has ridden in 28,000 races, winning more than 4,800 of them and nearly $30 million in purses.