Originally created 02/07/06


High School Football

Thomson, Welsh to add Daniel to staff

The future of Thomson football could be set later this week, as the McDuffie County Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday on hiring the heir apparent to legendary coach Luther Welsh.

Pending board approval, Screven County coach Mark Daniel - who played and coached under Welsh - will make the move to Thomson this fall as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and assistant athletic director.

"I want to try to help coach Welsh," Daniel said Monday. "It's also an opportunity to be the head coach when he does retire. It would be good for both Thomson if that happens, I think, and myself because it would be a smooth transition."

The 73-year-old Welsh has coached for 50 years. He has three state titles in his 14 years during two stints as Thomson's head coach.

Welsh has indicated 2009 as a possible date for his retirement but said he will continue to coach as long as he has the desire to do so, possibly in a diminished capacity.

"I just want to see if I can't help him enjoy his last few years, however many he decides," said Daniel, who went 59-24 - including a 2002 Class AAA state championship with the Gamecocks.

College Baseball

Pacers fall in poll after pair of losses

USC Aiken dropped 16 spots to 24th in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top 30 coaches poll after opening the season at 2-2.

The Pacers beat Coker to begin the year, but dropped two out of the next three games to Lincoln Memorial over the weekend.

USC Aiken has been ranked in 14 consecutive polls.

College Basketball

Paine fights for a sweep on the road

In Tuskegee, Ala., Titas Lucas had 24 points despite missing 10 free throws as Paine avoided a huge upset with a 70-63 win at Tuskegee.

The Lions (13-6, 12-4 SIAC) trailed the Golden Tigers (1-20, 1-15) by two at halftime before rallying. Lucas went 7-for-12 from the field, 10-for-20 from the free-throw line and haded out five assists. Brian Harper added 12 points in the win.

- In the women's game, Chantal Murray had 20 points and seven assists as Paine fought off the Tigers for an 81-71 win.

Stephanie Reed hit five 3-pointers for her 15 points as Paine (14-6, 11-3) shot 52.9 percent from the field to get the win.


Superdome to open to Saints-Falcons

In New Orleans, the Saints will play the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 24 in the first event scheduled for the Louisiana Superdome since it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

- In Littleton, Colo., former NFL cornerback Willie Middlebrooks pleaded guilty to assaulting a female friend in her home last year. Middlebrooks received an 18-month deferred jail sentence and was ordered to complete nine months of domestic violence classes.

College Tennis

Jaguars win easily over Morehouse

Augusta State picked up a 8-1 win over Morehouse on Saturday.

Igor Vasconcellos, Harry Hahn, Arthur Figueiro, Frederico Mendes and Mike Vandenabeele all picked up wins.

Earlier in the day, the Jaguar men and women fell to Armstrong Atlantic State. The Pirate men beat the Jaguars, 7-2, and Augusta State's women were shut out, 9-0.


Federation will test 2 after each game

In Lausanne, Switzerland, two players from each team will be tested for banned drugs after each game of the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The International Baseball Federation also said it will have 80 players tested at random before the tournament, to be played from March 3-20.


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