Originally created 02/08/00

Overtime: Thurmond's Hillary to sign with Catawba



Strom Thurmond quarterback Antwaun Hillary will sign to play with Catawba College of Salisbury, N.C., today.

Hillary, a first-team all-area player, picked Catawba over Mars Hill and Carson-Newman. Last season Catawba won a school-record 11 games and advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

BASEBALL:

Augusta State is ranked 12th in the country among Division II schools, according to the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Seven Peach Belt Conference teams are ranked, led by No. 2 Kennesaw State and No. 3 North Florida.

USC Aiken (3-0) is ranked 28th. It's the first time in more than four years that the Pacers have been nationally ranked.

Augusta State (3-1) faces Presbyterian at home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. USC Aiken is on the road to Hartsville, S.C., on Wednesday , playing Coker at 2:30 p.m.

Former Richmond Academy pitcher Jack Fisher will be the guest at the American Legion and City League reunion on Feb. 17 at Richmond Post 63 on Milledge Road. Fisher went 20-1 and led the Musketeers to four of coach A.L. Williams' seven straight state titles in the 1950s. Fisher signed with the Baltimore Orioles and played with the Orioles, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs in an 11-year career from 1959-69. The event is closed to the public but any former Legion or City League player is invited. Call Owen Crickenberger at 868-2266 for more information.

FOOTBALL:

The Augusta Stallions arenaleague2 football team signed three more players on Monday, increasing the roster to 20 players. Linemen A.J. Blum, Paul Ficaro and Matt Kinsinger are the latest to join the Stallions.

Blum is a 6-3, 295-pounder from Bryan, Ohio, and Ashland University. Ficaro is a 6-1, 290-pounder from West Hartford, Conn., and the University of Connecticut. Kinsinger is a 6-3, 260-pounder from Addison, Pa., and Slippery Rock University.

The Stallions will be holding their final tryout on Saturday at the Augusta State University Sports Complex. There is a $40 registration fee and the sign up is scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon. Call 738-9539 for more information.

New York Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet and Indianapolis Colts running back Keith Elias were arrested after an incident outside a Seaside Heights, N.J., bar, police said Monday.

Chrebet, Elias and two of Elias' brothers were arrested about 4 a.m. Sunday outside the Bamboo Bar, according to Detective Sgt. David Szalkowski. Details of the incident were not immediately available.

All were released on summonses and ordered to appear in Municipal Court on March 2, officials said.

GOLF:

Charlie Yates, the longtime chairman of the media committee for the Masters Tournament, announced his retirement last Friday, and will be succeeded by Billy Payne.

Yates, 86, has been a member of the media committee since 1954 and became chairman in 1971. He is a contemporary of Masters co-founder Bobby Jones, having grown up in Atlanta while Jones was the world's top golfer in the 1920s.

Payne, 52, was the president and chief operating officer of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in 1996. Payne is currently vice chairman of Premiere Technologies in Atlanta.

LITTLE LEAGUE:

Masters City Little League will be holding registration for ages 5-18 from 10 a.m., until 3:30 p.m., this Saturday, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. Registration will be held at Masters City Little League, 1951 Phinizy Rd. Contact Frank Yarbrough at 798-8155 for more information.

COLLEGES:

Notre Dame athletic director Mike Wadsworth will resign as part of a restructuring less than two months after Notre Dame's first major scrape with the NCAA over rules violations.

Wadsworth and Notre Dame president the Rev. Edward A. Malloy said in a statement Monday that Wadsworth would leave his post when his five-year contract ends this year. A specific date for his departure has not been set.

"I believe it's in both the university's and my best interests to end my tenure this year," Wadsworth said.

The NCAA in December put Notre Dame's storied football program on probation for the first time in the school's history and took away two scholarships. The penalties stem from the relationship between Irish players and former booster Kimberly Dunbar, who embezzled more than $1.2 million from her employer and then lavished the players with gifts, trips and money.