Aiken Tech is well beyond the school's best start ever.
Coach Charles Welch's basketball program was thrust into the No. 1 spot in the National Junior College Division II's latest poll on Tuesday after improving its record to 20-0 with victories over Craven Community College and Fort Jackson over the weekend.
Defense has been the key for Welch's team, which ranks fourth nationally in team defense, allowing only 63.1 points a game. The Knights were ranked third last week, but leaped over Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, and the Community College of Baltimore/Dundalk (Md.)
The Knights are the only Division II school with an undefeated record. They travel Thursday to Middle Georgia, a team they beat 80-67 Nov. 23 in Aiken, and to Clinton Junior College on Saturday.
The only thing Paine College got out of a long trip to Frankfort, Ky., on Tuesday were two losses to Kentucky State in SIAC action.
The Paine men (6-9 4-4 SIAC) fell to Kentucky State 77-60, while the Lady Lions (3-13, 2-5) dropped a 59-42 decision to the host team.
Trailing by one point at the half, the Lions managed only 20 points in the second half. Yari Scott led the Lions with 15 points, 12 of which came on three-pointers while Anthony Robinson cleared 17 rebounds.
Tiffany Issac led the Paine women with 14 points, the only double-figure scorer for the Lady Lions.
Paine's teams return home for a doubleheader against Miles College on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Carter Gym.
PGA Tour golfer Notah Begay will serve a week in jail for his second drunken driving offense.
Begay, a two-time winner in 1999, pleaded guilty in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday to aggravated drunken driving, his second drunken driving offense in five years. He was sentenced by Judge Cecelia Niemczyk to 364 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended, plus a $1,000 fine, one year probation and 48 hours of community service. A condition of probation also includes no alcohol for one year.
Begay, 27, was arrested Jan. 19 after his vehicle struck a car in the parking lot of an Albuquerque bar. A day after his arrest, he said it was his second DWI incident. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Scottsdale, Ariz., in November 1995. The two offenses increased his jail term for the latest incident to a minimum of seven days.
He will begin serving his sentence Feb. 28. His lawyer, Paul Bardacke, said Begay probably will play in the Match Play Championship in San Diego on Feb. 23-27.
Greenbrier's Jonathan Johnson, the team's starting shortstop last season and the team's leading hitter for the Class AAA state champions, will sign with Middle Georgia College today at 3 p.m.
Johnson will join former teammate Hampton Rowland, along with several players from the metro Augusta area, at the Cochran, Ga., college.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones settled his divorce, avoiding possibly embarrassing testimony in a trial that was set to start Tuesday.
Jones, the National League MVP in 1999, admitted in October 1998 to having affairs and fathering a son with another woman while married to Karin Jones.
Strom Thurmond is seeking to fill an open date on its 2000 schedule. Coach Brian Smith is looking for a Sept. 15 game for his Rebels.
Smith can be contacted at (803) 275-1768.
Jacqueline Frazier-Lyde, 38-year-old daughter of Joe Frazier, has a new opponent for her pro boxing debut. Tella Reese (0-1), an Eskimo from Alaska, has replaced Tennielle Smith for the four-round bout against the former heavyweight champ's daughter on Feb. 6 at the Scranton Cultural Center.
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