Originally created 02/06/01


University of Georgia senior shot putter Reese Hoffa, a former Lakeside High School track and field standout, has qualified for the NCAA indoor championships.

Hoffa, competing in the Virginia Tech Challenge over the weekend, won the shot put competition with an indoor career-best throw of 64 feet, 6 inches. The mark ranks second on Georgia's all-time list.

Hoffa's throw was nearly 2 feet farther than runner-up Ian Douglas of North Carolina.

The Bulldogs won the men's division of the Virginia Tech event by five points over North Carolina. The Georgia women placed second in their division.


Santino Quaranta, at 16 years, 4 months the youngest player to sign with Major League Soccer, was taken by D.C. United on Monday in the annual SuperDraft in Davie, Fla.

Forward Chris Carrieri, who led the NCAA last year with 25 goals for North Carolina, was taken by D.C. United with the top pick.

D.C. United, which selected Quaranta with the eighth pick, made five draft-day trades, ending a three-day, eight-trade overhaul.

Tampa Bay, picking second, went for Duke forward Ali Curtis, the 1999 Hermann Trophy winner.

Clemson senior forward Mark Lisi was the third pick - the highest a Tigers player has ever been selected - going to the D.C. United.

Teammates Pablo Webster was drafted in the fourth round by Kansas City and Mike Potempa went to the Colorado Rapids in the sixth round.

The MLS Chicago Fire drafted former South Carolina All-American Henry Ring in the third round (33rd overall) - the first goalkeeper selected.


Eighty-nine of USC Aiken's athletes - the highest number in the school's history - made the Athletic Director's academic honor roll for the fall semester, earning a grade point ratio of 3.0 or better.

Earning perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester were: Jamie Cornwell (basketball/softball), Nichole DuPont (women's cross country), Sarah Estrada (softball/cross country), Laura Evans (tennis), Kirsten Haas (soccer), Amber Neilson (softball), Bosko Petricevic (tennis), Cortney Ray (women's basketball), Lindsay Rose (tennis), Lisa Sienicki (volleyball) and Christina Zimmerman (cross country).

Eighteen current or former USC Aiken student-athletes graduated in December.


Tamika Catchings, the top scorer and rebounder for the No. 2 Lady Vols, underwent knee surgery Monday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Catchings tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee Jan. 15 against Mississippi State.

Tennessee has won seven straight games since Catchings was injured, but she says she wants to be healthy by the Final Four in March.

Svetlana Abrosimova, third-ranked UConn's All-American forward, will miss the rest of her senior season with a left foot injury. Abrosimova has a torn ligament in her foot and will have surgery Wednesday.

Kentucky forward Tayshaun Prince was named Southeastern Conference player of the week Monday after leading the Wildcats to two road wins and to the top of the SEC East standings.

Prince, 6-9, 215-pound junior from Compton, Calif., scored 23 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia, and against South Carolina, he hit 12-of-15 for a career-high 29 points.

Tennessee forward Gwen Jackson was named women's SEC player of the week after a career high scoring game against Connecticut. - 28 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shot.


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