South Aiken senior Roddy Cantey reigns as South Carolina Class AAA singles champion after sweeping through a weekend tournament at Caughman Road Tennis Center in Columbia.
Cantey, who has signed to play at Penn State, won five matches en route to the title, knocking off John Boetsch of Fort Mill 6-4, 7-5 in the championship match Sunday. It's the first time the successful South Aiken tennis program has had a boys' state singles titlist.
A three-year starter at No. 1 singles for South Aiken, Cantey did not lose a set over the weekend. He defeated Bill Brehmer of Clinton 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals on Sunday.
Cantey lost only one match this season, finishing with a 20-1 record.
Right-hander Megan Matthews pitched South Carolina to the Southeastern Conference championship Sunday in Columbus, Ga., defeating Arkansas 2-1 and shutting out top-seeded LSU (56-11) in the title game 1-0 in eight innings. Matthews (25-15) was named the tournament's most valuable player.
With the title, South Carolina becomes the first two-time SEC champion -- the Gamecocks previously won the inaugural tournament in 1997 -- and earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks (39-26) are the lowest seed (No. 7) to win the tournament.
Megan Donohoo lined a double down the right-field line to drive in the winning run for USC in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was only the third hit for the Lady Gamecocks off LSU ace Ashley Lewis (21-4).
South Carolina outfielder Joyce McMillen also made the all-tournament team.
TRACK AND FIELD:
Lakeside product Reese Hoffa finished second in the shot put at the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Georgia's junior captain recorded a 60 feet, 7 3/4 inch toss but could not match the 63-11 throw by champion Marcus Clavelle of Arkansas.
Hoffa, who also finished second in the SEC last year, qualified for the NCAA Championships, scheduled May 31-June 1 in Durham, N.C. He also will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials July 14-23 in Sacramento Calif., for a chance to make the Olympic team that will compete in Sydney, Australia, in September.
Oklahoma State's Charles Howell of Augusta won his second straight tournament Sunday, firing 70-66-70 -- 206, 4-under par, in the Maxwell by Pontiac in Ardmore, Okla. Howell finished three strokes in front of reigning U.S. Amateur champion David Gossett of Texas (69-69-71 -- 209).
Last month, Howell, a junior at Oklahoma State, won the Big 12 Conference title. The former Westminster golfer has four tournament victories as a collegian.
Oklahoma State finished third behind Texas and Houston in the team competition. South Carolina and Georgia tied for fourth place.
Howell and his Oklahoma State teammates compete this week in the NCAA Central Regional in Victoria, Texas.
Augusta's Tom Moraetes, manager and trainer of Denise Moraetes, has asked International Boxing Association commissioner Dean Chance and Steve Bashore, commissioner of the Oklahoma Boxing Association to conduct a formal investigation of Friday night's fight between Denise Moraetes and Kathy Collins, who was awarded a split decision in the junior welterweight title fight in Tulsa, Okla.
Moraetes noted in his fax that two judges, who are brothers and live in Oklahoma, scored the fight identically, 6-4 in Collins' favor.
Roy Jones Jr. knocked Richard Hall down twice in the first round, then turned him into a punching bag until the world light-heavyweight title fight was stopped midway through the 11th round Saturday night in Indianapolis, Ind. It was the sixth consecutive successful title defense for the 31-year-old Jones (42-1), and his 34th knockout.
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