Originally created 06/28/02

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Golf

North Augusta boy wins state title

Blake Hadden, of North Augusta, shot a 31 over nine holes Tuesday to capture first place in the U.S. Kids State Championship at Jackson Golf Course in Columbia.

Hadden was also crowned the State Champion for South Carolina in the 8-years-old boys division.

He has qualified to compete in the World Championship in Williamsburg, Va., on July 31-Aug. 4, in a nationally televised event.

  • MacGregor Thompson of Waynesboro, Ga., was the overall winner of the second tournament in the Coastal Youth Golf Tour's summer series at South Carolina National Golf Course on Wednesday. He shot a 1-over par 72 to win by one shot.
  • Chris Skinner of Lincolnton won the boys' 15-18 age division with a 79 to beat out Matthew Morris of Rincon, Ga., in a playoff.

    The next Coastal Youth Golf Tour event will be July 10 at Applewood Golf Course in Keysville, Ga.

  • Charlotte Grant of Greensboro, Ga., birdied her last three holes to take a two-stroke lead at the Georgia Top 56 Competition at the Lion Golf Club in Bremen, Ga.
  • Grant finished at 2-over 7, two shots ahead of Ginette Spinucci of Stone Mountain, Ga., and North Carolina State's Leslie Stubblefield of Kennesaw, Ga.

    College

    Pickens, Davis grab SEC yearly honors

    LSU track star Walter Davis and Alabama gymnast Andree' Pickens have been named the Southeastern Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

    The announcement of the vote by the conference's athletic directors came Thursday from Commissioner Roy Kramer.

    Davis led LSU to its first NCAA outdoor track title since 1990. He won the triple jump and long jump - the first to do that since 1998 and only the sixth in the history of the championship. He also ran a leg on the 400-meter relay team, giving him a hand in 30 of LSU's 64 total points.

    Davis ended his career as a nine-time All-American and six-time national champion. He had a 17-0 record in the triple jump.

    Pickens, captain of the Alabama gymnastics team, led the Crimson Tide to the national championship. In three seasons, she earned 14 All-American honors and two individual titles. She is the only gymnast in NCAA history to earn five All-American honors in two different seasons - 1999 and 2002.

    She was the SEC Gymnast of the Year for the third year in a row, becoming the league's first to win four individual titles in the same year: all-around, vault, bars and balance beam.

    Golf

    North Augusta boy wins state title

    Blake Hadden, of North Augusta, shot a 31 over nine holes Tuesday to capture first place in the U.S. Kids State Championship at Jackson Golf Course in Columbia.

    Hadden was also crowned the State Champion for South Carolina in the 8-years-old boys division.

    He has qualified to compete in the World Championship in Williamsburg, Va., on July 31-Aug. 4, in a nationally televised event.

    Football

    Seventh-round pick signs with Falcons

    The Atlanta Falcons signed seventh-round draft pick Mi-chael Coleman on Thursday, leaving just three of their eight choices from this year's draft unsigned.

    Coleman, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound wide receiver from Widener, averaged 23.4 yards per catch during his career. He was named Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after his senior season.

  • The Dallas Cowboys signed safety Rashidi Barnes of NFL Europe to a two-year contract on Thursday.
  • Barnes, who played 14 games for Cleveland in 2000 but was out of the NFL last season, signed for the minimum, plus a $5,000 bonus.

    Barnes led the Frankfurt Galaxy with 58 tackles this season.

    Dallas also agreed to terms with two undrafted rookies, running back Ray Robinson of North Carolina State and kicker Zac Derr of Akron.

    Basketball

    Ostertag donates kidney to sister

    With smiles, laughter and high hopes, Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag donated a kid-ney Thursday to his younger sister, whose kidneys failed in March.

    Doctors at Baylor University Medical Center said the transplant was a success and that both Ostertag and his sister, Amy Hall, were recovering well.

    Hall, 26, has had type 1 diabetes since she was 7. Her kidney problems began in 1999. After it was determined she needed a new organ, tests showed her brother to be a perfect donor.

    "It's already working wonderfully," said her surgeon, Robert Goldstein, who also did Mickey Mantle's transplant at the medical center in 1995. "She very soon will start feeling better."

    Goldstein said the first month to six weeks is when rejection would most likely surface, but that Hall will be on anti-rejection medicine to prevent that.

    "In a living, related donor like this, there is a high, high success rate," he said. "Hopefully, Amy can grow very, very old with this kidney."

    Butch Derrick, the surgeon who removed Ostertag's kidney, said he, too, was doing well.

    "He was sitting up, talking, feels just fine," Derrick said. "He wanted me to tell everyone hello. He sends his best."

    The only minor complication came shortly before the 7-foot-2 Ostertag's surgery.

    "We had to find a long enough table to put him on," Derrick said.

    Ostertag went in first for the 2 1/2 -hour procedure, and Hall went in about the time her brother was finished. Their support group at the hospital included their parents, Hall's husband and an aunt.