The Southern Ice Hockey Association held its first postseason awards banquet at Bell Auditorium on Monday night to commemorate the first season of youth ice hockey in the Augusta area.
More than 200 children ages 4-17 participated in SIHA youth leagues at the Augusta IceForum this season, with a crowd of more than 600 people attending the banquet. Augusta Lynx goalie Judd Lambert was the keynote speaker.
Three youth league divisional champions from the inaugural 1999-2000 season were recognized. The Sabres, coached by Marty Karpie, won the Squirt Division (ages 4-10); The Mob, coached by Steve Harvey and Duncan Crerar, won the Bantam Division (ages 11-13), and the Senators, coached by Ron Bielewicz, captured the Midget Division championship (ages 14-17).
Individual scoring champions were Dalton Wates (18 goals-2 assists-20 points) and Kevin Millward (16-4-20) in the Squirt Division; Davis Mellick (13-6-19) and Elliot Mackert (13-6-19) in the Bantam Division and Brent Eno (27-835) in the Midget Division.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville on Monday suspended two players arrested last week on charges of firing a gun on campus during a fraternity event attended by about 300 people.
Tuberville said freshman wide receiver Deandre Green, 19, and sophomore defensive back Brandon Reed, 20, will remain off the team until authorities resolve the misdemeanor charges.
The Minnestota State Patrol on Monday arrested the 43-year-old man believed responsible for the wrong-way crash that killed Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Malik Sealy.
Investigators have until noon Wednesday to present the case to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for formal charges against Souksangouane Phengsene, of Minneapolis, who remained under guard at Hennepin County Medical Center, where he's being treated for serious injuries.
Investigators said Phengsene was driving the wrong way on Highway 100 early Saturday morning when his pickup smashed into Sealy's sports utility truck in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park, fatally injuring the popular player who was returning from teammate Kevin Garnett's 24th birthday celebration. Blood-alcohol tests are under way.
Sealy's funeral is scheduled to be held Friday on St. John's University campus, where Sealy starred before being drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1992.
Roger Hodge, a former assistant coach at Liberty University, was named women's basketball coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University on Monday.
Hodge, the sixth coach in Armstrong Atlantic State history, succeeds Lynn Jarrett. The Pirates were 7-19 (4-12 in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference) last season.
Beech Island's Bobby Ward, the 1999 U.S. Open of Miniature Golf champion, finished second in this year's tournament, held over the weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Steve Norman of Dallas, Texas, won the championship with a 48-under par score over six rounds. Ward was 11 strokes back at 37-under and Travis Johnson of Myrtle Beach was third at 35-under.
JuJu Foreman, Augusta State University's center fielder, has been named to the 2000 NCAA Division II All-South Atlantic Region Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Foreman, a sophomore from Girard, Ga., led the Jaguars in several statistical categories, including batting average(.330), runs scored (61), hits (66), home runs (6), and on-base percentage (.440).
Foreman was named to the Peach Belt all-conference team for the second straight season after setting the single-season ASU and PBAC record with 49 stolen bases.
Augusta's Charles Howell, a junior at Oklahoma State, was one of 11 players who qualified Monday for the U.S. Open sectionals, shooting a 68 Monday in local qualifying at Braelinn Golf Club in Peachtree City, Ga.
Former Augusta State golfer Vaughn Taylor failed to qualify.
Howell will play in the Rockville, Md., sectional June 5. The U.S. Open will be played at Pebble Beach on June 15-18.