Originally created 01/13/02


The Augusta Chronicle's all-area high school football banquet will be held Wednesday night at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel.

Bert Williams, an Augusta native who is the coach at Georgia Military College, will be the featured speaker. Williams' team recently won the national junior college championship and he was honored as national coach of the year.

At the banquet, the top players and coaches from the Augusta area will be honored.

Michael Cooper of Screven County is the Georgia player of the year and Bill Navas of Hephzibah is the Georgia coach of the year.

In South Carolina, Reggie Merriweather of North Augusta is player of the year and Al Lown of Silver Bluff is coach of the year.

WJBF NewsChannel 6 is a co-sponsor of the event.


Hingis wins title in Open warmup

Martina Hingis figures a break from tennis was just what she needed to rediscover her winning form in preparation for another Australian Open.

She won her second straight Adidas International championship, 6-2, 6-3 Saturday over No. 8 Meghann Shaughnessy, for her first title in 11 months.

"It's more than I expected at first ... it gives me confidence going into the Aussie Open," Hingis said. "I'm here, I'm ready and I'm back."

In her first tournament back after three months off due to an ankle injury, Hingis exceeded her expectations. Now she's hopeful of winning her first Grand Slam title since the 1999 Australian Open. The Open begins Monday.

  • Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi resumed their epic duel from the U.S. Open, slugging through two more tiebreakers Saturday before Sampras took the trophy in a warmup for the Australian Open.
  • Helped by 24 aces, Sampras won the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory in 1 hour, 48 minutes in swirling wind.


    Spurrier offers no hints on future

    America's most-wanted football coach peered through the peephole, cracked open his front door and peeked one suspicious eye toward his unexpected visitor.

    No, Steve Spurrier said, he hasn't met face-to-face with anyone from the Washington Redskins. And no, he insisted, he wasn't going to reveal exactly which NFL teams he was talking to, or when those meetings were taking place.

    "I'm talking to some teams," he told The Associated Press at his house in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday. "Something will probably happen next week."

    Based on reports in various newspapers, the Redskins and Carolina Panthers appear most interested in the coach who suddenly resigned from Florida on Jan. 4 to explore job possibilities in the NFL.


    Vols' Stallworth changes his mind

    One day after announcing plans to forgo his senior season for the NFL draft, Tennessee receiver Donte Stallworth changed his mind, according to his mother.

    Donna Stallworth said her son told coach Phillip Fulmer of his desire to stay in school during a Friday meeting.

    Stallworth, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., has already submitted his paperwork to the NFL office for early entry into the draft, which makes the receiver's desire to return to Volunteer football a bit more complicated.

    NCAA rules say a college player loses amateur status when he asks to be placed on the draft list of a professional athletic league - even if he asks to withdraw his name prior to the draft.


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