Originally created 04/28/01

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Towson hires Harrick aide as new coach

Michael Hunt, an assistant at Georgia for the past four years, was named the new men's basketball coach at Towson on Friday.

Hunt, a former assistant at the Maryland school, replaced Mike Jaskulski, who was fired on March 19 after a 12-17 season.

Hunt coached the last two seasons at Georgia under Jim Harrick. Hunt, 40, assisted former Towson coach Terry Truax from 1988 to 1992, when the Tigers made two NCAA appearances. He later coached at Fordham, Tennessee and then Georgia.

The NCAA said once and for all Friday it would play its men's basketball regional at South Carolina's Bi-Lo Center in Greenville despite calls from the NAACP and other organizations to move it because of the state's continuing Confederate flag debate.

There are several championships other than basketball - like the men's and women's NCAA cross-country championships at Furman next fall - already awarded to each state that also will continue.

Championship sites based on seedings and record, like possible NCAA baseball tournament regionals at Clemson, South Carolina or Winthrop, also will not be affected by the Executive Committee's policy, NCAA spokesman Wally Renfro said.

The NCAA executive committee voted to delay deciding if future "predetermined championship sites" would be awarded to South Carolina. It said its subcommittee on Gender and Diversity Issues would study the issue further.

TENNIS: South Aiken advanced to the second round of the South Carolina Class AAAA tennis championship Friday with a 4-2 victory over Dorman High of Spartanburg.

The Thoroughbreds will play the Irmo-Lexington winner on Monday in the next round. If Irmo wins, South Aiken will be on the road for the 5 p.m. match; if Lexington wins, the Thoroughbreds will play at Odell Weeks Center in Aiken.

Bulloch Academy's Justin Swift and Sid Washington reign as the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AA doubles champions. The pair won the title Thursday in Tifton, Ga.

Bulloch's boys team (three singles and two doubles), which won the Region 2-AA title for the second consecutive year, will be competing in the GISA Class AA team tournament in Augusta on May 2.

BASEBALL: USC Aiken closes out its home scheduled today with a doubleheader against No. 7 ranked Kennesaw State, starting at 1:05 p.m at Satcher Field. It will be Senior Day, honoring the nine Pacer seniors, and Fan Appreciation Day.

ROAD RACING: The second race in the CSRA Grand Prix Running Series challenge will be held today at H. Odell Weeks Recreation Center in Aiken.

The challenge series is a competition between the Augusta Striders Running Club and the Aiken Running Club. The Striders lead the challenge series.

Today's race, the PAWS for Cancer 5K, is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. Race-day registration will be held before the race.

TENNIS: South Aiken advanced to the second round of the South Carolina Class AAAA tennis championship Friday with a 4-2 victory over Dorman High of Spartanburg.

The Thoroughbreds will play the Irmo-Lexington winner on Monday in the next round. If Irmo wins, South Aiken will be on the road for the 4 p.m. match; if Lexington wins, the Thoroughbreds will play at Odell Weeks Center in Aiken.

Bulloch Academy's Justin Swift and Sid Washington reign as the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AA doubles champions. The pair won the title Thursday in Tifton, Ga.

Bulloch's boys team (three singles and two doubles), which won the Region 2-AA title for the second consecutive year, will be competing in the GISA Class AA team tournament in Augusta on May 2.

OLYMPICS: Hal Haig Prieste, America's oldest Olympian who once stole the original Olympic flag and acted in the first Keystone Kops movies, has died at 104.

He died April 19 at the Sunbridge Health Care Center in Camden, N.J., the U.S. Olympic Committee said.

Prieste won a bronze medal in platform diving at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, placing third behind teammate Clarence Pinkston and Erik Adlerz of Sweden.

The USOC said Prieste was the world's oldest Olympic medal winner.

Prieste briefly appeared at the 2000 Sydney Games, where he returned his souvenir - the original Olympic flag.

At the 1920 Games, he climbed a 15-foot flagpole and took the flag as a dare, keeping it in a suitcase. The flag is now regarded as the first to feature the five rings on a white background that have become the Olympic symbol.

Prieste discovered its importance during an interview at a USOC dinner in 1997 when a reporter told him the original flag had never been located.

"I thought I ain't going to be around much longer - it's no good in a suitcase," Prieste said after handing the folded linen flag to International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch at the start of the IOC's annual meeting in Sydney.