Butler, Lakeside among best in state
Lakeside and Butler finished seventh and 12th, respectively, at the Georgia Class AAAA State Wrestling Tournament in Macon, Ga., over the weekend.
The Panthers' Justin Otis finished in third place in the 152 weight class while teammate Blaine Carter finished fourth at 215. Richard Fontimeyer and Chris Fontimeyer finished eighth in the 103 and 112 weight classes.
The Bulldogs' Tony Jenkins finished fourth in the 140 class while Luis Vazquez and Jonna Lee finished eighth at 145 and 215, respectively.
Glenn Hills made its second appearance in the state tournament and finished 57th. Stephen Borawski advance to the second-round of the consolation bracket before losing to the eventual state champion.
Ringgold High School won the state tournament followed by Troup County and Columbia. The top 16 teams will participate in a single elimination, state dual tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Ringgold, Ga.
Jaguars finish fifth in tournament
Augusta State shot a final round 282 and finished two strokes in fifth place behind Louisiana State in the 25th annual Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., Sunday afternoon.
LSU shot 6-over, 289-277-280-846 to win the event. Purdue shot the final-round low of 10-under 270, to finish in a tie for a second place with tournament host Florida and the University of Alabama Birmingham.
UAB's Graeme McDowell won the individual title at 10-under with rounds of 65-67-68-200. Augusta State's Oliver Wilson (73-65-68-206) and Scott Jamieson (70-65-71-206) finished in a tied for fourth at 4-under.
Other notables: Michael Webb (T33, 74-72-73-219); Emmett Turner (T33 74-75-70-219); Brendan Fisher (T64, 78-73-75-226).
Augusta State will compete in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate at Sawgrass Country Club Feb. 17-19 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Cooper's 3 HR lifts Augusta State
Chris Cooper hit three homers as Augusta State swept its two-game series against Barton College with an 11-6 win Sunday afternoon.
Cooper went 4-for-4 on the day with six RBI and the win was the Jaguars' fifth straight.
Cooper has four home runs in six games this year, two shy of last year's total of six. Augusta State is batting .372 after seven games this season.
Augusta State travels to Coker College on Tuesday before the Jaguars open up their Peach Belt Conference schedule with a weekend series against Francis Marion at home.
The Pacers Jason Nunzy (0-1) issued five walks, allowed three hits and gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He also gave up Ryan Haun's solo home run.
After Saturday's 14-13 marathon win, the Pacers managed nine hits but couldn't come up with the big hit, leaving 14 runners on base.
USC Aiken (3-3) will play host to Limestone at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The win gave South Carolina (3-0) a sweep in its season-opening series against Charleston Southern (0-5).
It was Tech's 15th straight victory in the series, and extended the Yellow Jackets string of consecutive victories on Southern's home field to 12.
Jeff Watchko (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out three batters and walked one. Brian Burks picked up his first save of the season.
Dallas picks Gbandi in MLS draft
The Dallas Burn chose defender Chris Gbandi with the first selection in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Gbandi, a three-time All-American from the University of Connecticut, is expected to start right away for the Burn, who lack depth in the backfield.
Gbandi, who was born in Liberia and grew up in Houston, is a three-time All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He had surgery in December on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but expects to be 100 percent for the upcoming season.
The New England Revolution chose forward Taylor Twellman, who is playing for Germany's 1860 Munich team with the second pick. The MetroStars followed by picking midfielder Brad Davis from the University of Saint Louis.
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