Spring Shootout begins today
The 17th annual Augusta Arsenal Spring Shootout tournament promises to showcase some of the best in youth soccer, with a few added touches.
The tournament, for athletes ages 10-19, is expected to draw 110 teams from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. It will start at 8 a.m. today and will run through Sunday at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.
Sharolta Nonen and Lisa Krzykowski of the Women's United Soccer Association's Atlanta Beat will be on hand at Barton Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to sign autographs.
A showdown between the USC Aiken women and the Augusta Arsenal's 19-and-under girls team will be at 11 a.m. today. USC Aiken features Westside graduate Katie Lawrence, who also plays basketball for the Lady Pacers.
Because of heightened security at Fort Gordon, fans and participants are urged to arrive a few minutes early to have their identification, insurance and vehicle registration checked.
Clemson announces coaching duties
Coach Tommy Bowden has announced Clemson's defensive coaching assignments for the 2002 season.
Defensive coordinator John Lovett, who was hired last week, will coach the secondary. Jack Hines, secondary coach for the past three seasons, will now coach the linebackers.
Theilen Smith remains the defensive line coach and Rodney Allison will stay with the defensive ends, jobs the two men have held the past three seasons.
Bowden said he's not worried about Hines changing coaching positions because Hines coached linebackers at Auburn for three years under Bowden's brother, Terry.
Clemson, which finished eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense last year, allowing 28.5 points per game, will have 19 of its top 22 defensive players returning next season, Bowden said.
Eagles will honor former player, team
Georgia Southern will induct former first baseman Tommy Peterman and the 1962 NAIA national championship squad into the school's Baseball Wall-of-Fame prior to today's 1:30 p.m. game against Georgia Tech.
Peterman played three seasons (1994-96) with the Eagles and established himself as one of the top power hitters in Eagle history. He batted .378 in 175 games and hit 51 home runs.
The '62 Eagles were the first major-sports team in Georgia to win an undisputed national title. They were 21-8 under J.I. Clements.
Members of the team were Mickey Allen, David Bell, Pierce Blanchard, George Cook, Larry Crouch, Don English, Miller Findley, Bill Griffin, Tommy Howland, Mike Johnston, Tommy Jones, Denny Kline, Larry Mauren, E.G. Meybohm, Clyde Miller, Buzzy McMillan, Jackie Raley, Roy Stewart and Charles Tarpley.
University to honor female athletes
Augusta State's Athletic Department and the Georgia Commission on Women announced will hold ASU National Recognition of Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 13.
All female athletes are invited to attend the Augusta State versus Kennesaw State basketball games free of charge. At halftime of the men's game, Augusta State will recognize all women and girls in the area who participate in sports.
There will be a special presentation for six women - Lynn Brantley (Josey basketball coach); Laura Coble (golf); Renee Kelly (Westside basketball coach); Katrina Leverett (Lady Jaguars softball player); and Tammy Stout (director of Augusta Sports Council).
For more information, call the Augusta State athletic office at (706) 737-1626.