Originally created 09/22/05

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High School Football

Blackville-Hilda's Berry earns honor

Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry has been named as the Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week.

Berry, in his 17th year at Blackville, has a 172-42 record with one Class A state championship (1995) and 11 region championships.

The Fighting Hawks are 5-0 this season and have outscored opponents 185-34.

In recognition for winning the award, Carolina Panthers Charities will donate $1,000 to the Blackville-Hilda Athletic Department.

All the coach of the week winners will be recognized Dec. 11 when the Panthers play host to Tampa Bay.

At that time, the coach of the year will be announced, and another $2,000 will be donated to that school's athletic department.

Women's Amateur Golf

Bagwell-Venable is back in the running

Lea Bagwell-Venable of Taylors, S.C., has moved into contention for the Women's South Carolina Golf Association Stroke-Play title at The Reserve Club at Woodside in Aiken.

Bagwell-Venable, five shots off the lead after a first-round 77, shot 73 in Wednesday's second round and moved to within one shot of co-leaders Kristine Berger (72-77) and Lea Anne Brown (73-76).

After Bagwell-Venable, the next closest golfers are six shots off the lead.

The top local player is North Augusta's Cathy McKie. She is 15 shots off the lead after rounds of 80-84.

The final round is scheduled for today.

College Football

Rice, Texas A&M postpone games

Rice and Houston postponed home games scheduled for Saturday, and Texas A&M has pushed up its game against Texas State, in anticipation of Hurricane Rita reaching the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend.

The Aggies will play Texas State tonight instead of Saturday.

Rice was scheduled to play Navy, but the game was rescheduled for Oct. 22. Houston was to play Southern Mississippi. No makeup date was announced, but school officials said they were looking at Nov. 12 or 13.

To make room, the Southern Methodist-Houston game originally scheduled for Nov. 12 was postponed to Nov. 19, when both teams have an open date.

The Golden Eagles play at Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

"We are getting a lot of practice addressing hurricane-related contingencies. Fortunately, we have had excellent communication and we are getting great cooperation from our members," Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said in a statement.

Southern Mississippi has already had a game against Tulane postponed by Hurricane Katrina.

The Category 5 storm, packing winds of 165 mph, is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast of Texas early Saturday.

Tennis

Early exit is made by Serena Williams

In Beijing, Serena Williams was upset in the second round of the China Open, losing to unheralded Sun Tiantian 6-2, 7-6 (7).

Tiantian, ranked 127th in the world and fourth among Chinese players, took advantage of numerous errors by Williams, who said she was bothered by an ailing left knee.

Williams, No. 9 in the world rankings, won last year's event.

Top seeds Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova had first-round byes and open play today.

Horse Racing

New York track officials charged

Two key New York Racing Association officials were charged Wednesday with falsely reporting the weight of several prominent jockeys at NYRA's three thoroughbred tracks and defrauding the betting public and the horses' trainers and owners, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said.