Three area boys soccer teams begin play in the Class AAAA state soccer playoffs tonight. Area 3 champion Lakeside plays host to Salem at 6 p.m. and Area 3 runner-up Greenbrier will be at home against Woodward Academy at 7 p.m.
The Thomson boys soccer team travels to Conyers to meet Heritage at 7:30 p.m.
The Class AAAA girls begin state soccer play on Wednesday and the Class AAA and AA/A boys begin first-round play on Thursday. The Class AA/A girls open state play on Friday.
ROWING: Augusta Junior Rowing Club members Joe Jannik and Judson Brown won the 2000 meter men's doubles silver medal Saturday in the Oak Ridge, Tenn., Regatta.
Jannik and Brown rowed the distance in 7:53.7.
Masters rowers from throughout the United States are expected to converge on Langley Pond on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, for an area and a regional regatta. Competition for rowers, over the age of 35, in both categories is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and continue until about 3 p.m. both days.
On May 12, Langley Pond will be the site of the Southeastern Youth Rowing Championship, which is expected to be the second largest regatta of the season at the local venue.
Former Florida and Clemson football coach Charley Pell is fighting cancer that has spread throughout his body and left him with a "limited" time to live.
The 60-year-old Pell, now living in Southside, Ala., was diagnosed with the disease last fall. He has learned in the past two weeks that it is now in his pancreas, liver, adrenal glands and brain.
"It's time for us to face reality," Pell told the Orlando Sentinel from his home. "We don't know how much time I've got, but it's limited. So we're just planning the fourth quarter."
A second straight Georgia Junior College Athletic Association title for Young Harris College means little for the players and coach Rick Robinson.
A rules violation last fall at the school once coached by U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, placed the team on probation this year. An appeal was rejected earlier this month, meaning no postseason this year.
Last November, three players were in a sport utility vehicle that knocked down several mail boxes.
Robinson was told that arrest warrants for criminal damage to property had been issued. He signed a property bond so the players wouldn't have to spend time in jail.
Later, school officials realized that Robinson had violated National Junior College Athletic Association rules, so they reported the violation. The players repaid their bond, were placed in a pre-trial diversion program and are making restitution to the home owners.
Young Harris clinched its second consecutive GJCAA title with two weeks left in the regular season with a 17-4 record and 41-12 mark overall, but there will be no trip to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
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