Originally created 11/16/00


Three area players -- Angie Chervestad and Andrea Emmons of USC Aiken and Erin Chandler of Augusta State have been named to the Peach Belt All-Conference team.

The team was announced Wednesday by Peach Belt Athletic Conference.

Emmons, finished first in several PBAC categories including kills (446), service aces (68) and digs (326). She was also third in blocks with 75.

Chervestad, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter from Minnesota, had 76 blocks on the year and had 432 kills, fourth best in USC Aiken history. Her performance in the PBAC tournament earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team.

The juniors led the Lady Pacers to a 24-10 overall record on the year.

Chandler, a senior setter from Hurst, Texas, recorded 68 assists, 11 kills and 15 digs in two tournament matches for the Lady Jaguars. She led the Lady Jaguars to an opening round upset win over USC Spartanburg before dropping a 3-0 decision to tournament champion North Florida.

Augusta State, who finished the year 19-18, has posted three consecutive winning seasons after going 16-12 in 1998 and 20-17 in 1999.

The CSRA/Aiken Juniors Volleyball Club will hold tryouts at USC Aiken's main gymnasium on Nov. 19.

Middle school age and younger will meet from 1-3 p.m. while high school students will meet from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Current and potential players are required to be at these tryouts. Call Doug Boessneck at (803) 648-8202 or Dave West at 641-2992.


Augusta State announced the signing of William Gates for the upcoming 2000-2001 season. Gates is the first player to sign during the early signing period during coach Gary Tuell's four-year tenure.

Gates, (6-7, 205, PF), attended Butler High School and lettered three seasons from 1994 to 1997. He averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds a game during his senior year.

Gates previously played with Butler Community College in Kansas from 1997-98 where he averaged 11 points and eight rebounds a game. He also played in 12 games at the University of Idaho last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Steve Allen, a senior at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will play for Clemson next season, Tigers' coach Larry Shyatt said Wednesday. Allen, a 6-foot-10, 235 pound center, averaged 12.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a junior.


The T.W. Josey wrestling team will host its first annual Eagle Open Wrestling Tournament and Clinic, Nov. 17-18.

The wrestling clinic will be held on Nov. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with tournament matches beginning at 7 p.m. run through 10 p.m. Wrestling will resume Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m., with a break at 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Teams that will participate include Josey, Cross Creek, Hephzibah, Butler, Glenn Hills and Richmond Academy. Call coach Stephens at 737-7360 or 554-0489.


A night of amateur boxing for men and women is scheduled for tonight at the Fort Gordon Sports Gym, beginning at 8. There will be matches in two weight classes -- lightweights (140-185 pounds) and heavyweights (186-over). Admission is $15, or $10 for military. For more information, call Rusty Mitchell at 854-9712.


Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder has been fired after three disappointing seasons dimmed hopes the team could be a national powerhouse, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.

Snyder's dismissal is effective at the end of the season.

Snyder will coach the Sun Devils (5-5) in their season finale at Arizona on Nov. 24. A win there would make Arizona State eligible for a bowl game.

Snyder is 57-44 in nine seasons at Arizona State, but just 16-17 in the last three years. He has a 125-105-5 record in 25 years as a head coach, including stints at Utah State and California.

Arizona State would have to pay about $1.5 million to cover the final three years of Snyder's contract.

Don Powers resigned as coach at The Citadel on Wednesday after compiling a 19-36 record in five years at the military college, including two consecutive 2-9 seasons.

Powers stepped down after meeting with athletic director Les Robinson several times during the last few days to discuss the program.

A year ago, Powers had been retained for the fifth year of his five-year contract by college president John Grinalds. Then-athletic director Walt Nadzak, who retired earlier this year, objected to the move.

The Citadel is trying to raise money to replace or refurbish crumbling Johnson-Hagood Stadium and a losing team won't help that effort.


For the first time, a full medal presentation ceremony was held outside an Olympic venue.

On Wednesday, at New York City's Rockefeller Center, Brandon Slay of the U.S. was presented a wrestling gold medal.

Slay was awarded the gold in the 167'-pound class by the International Olympic Committee, which had stripped the medal from Germany's Alexander Leipold after he tested positive for the steroid nandrolone.


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