Statistics needed from area coaches
The Augusta Chronicle intends to publish weekly statistical leaders compiled from all of the area's 48 high school football teams.
Coaches are asked to submit statistics each week by fax to (706) 823-3408 or by e-mail to jeff.sentell @augustachronicle.com.
Area leaders in kicking totals, interceptions, passing yards, punting average, rushing yards, receiving yards, sacks, tackles, tackles for loss and total touchdowns will be tracked.
The individual player statistics are due by noon Wednesday. Player of the week nominations will also be accepted until noon today. There will be no exceptions. Call staff writer Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 with any questions.
Lady Jaguars third after opening round
In Simpsonville, Ky., the Augusta State women's golf team is in third place entering today's final round at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup, its first tournament of the 2007-2008 season.
The Lady Jaguars, who carded rounds of 289 and 303 at Cardinal Club Golf Course, finished the day at 16-over-par 592, 10 strokes behind leader Notre Dame.
- In Keysville, Ga., Michael Stokes shot rounds of 66 and 77 at Applewood Golf Course to win the Masters City 24th Annual Classic by four strokes over Durance Smith.
USC Aiken to open season on the road
The USC Aiken men's basketball team will open 2007-2008 Peach Belt Conference play on the road against Clayton State on Nov. 24, according to a schedule released by coach Vince Alexander.
The Pacers' 27-game slate this year includes a pair against conference rival Augusta State (Nov. 28, in Aiken, and Jan. 21, in Augusta) and 13 in the school's new Convocation Center.
- USC Aiken senior Mandy Gerolstein was named the Peach Belt Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after notching 17 kills and three blocks in last week's win over Augusta State.
- Harvard sophomore running back Cheng Ho, an Evans alum, was named to the Ivy League weekly honor roll after he ran for 116 yards on 24 carries including a 47-yard TD run in his first collegiate start, a 31-28 loss to Holy Cross.
- Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl filed for divorce from his wife, Kim, after 25 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Veteran referee is reinstated by Stern
In New York, longtime NBA referee Joey Crawford was reinstated by commissioner David Stern, five months after he was suspended indefinitely for improper on-court conduct.
San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan contended that Crawford challenged him to a fight during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on April 15. Crawford ejected Duncan while the player was laughing on the bench.
- In New York, Knicks coach Isiah Thomas denied calling a former female team executive vulgar names, according to a videotaped deposition played for a jury in his sexual harassment trial.
- Restricted free-agent guard Charlie Bell signed an $18.5 million, five-year offer sheet with the Miami Heat, and now will wait to see if the Milwaukee Bucks choose to match that deal.
Fernandez back on U.S. softball roster
Lisa Fernandez will return to the U.S. softball team for a chance at a fourth - and possibly last - Olympic gold medal.
Fernandez, the gold-medal winning pitcher who also led the Americans in hitting at the Athens Games, was one of 18 players selected to the U.S. roster. Fernandez had taken a three-year hiatus from competition to give birth and take care of her first child, Antonio.
She and outfielder Laura Berg will be trying for their fourth gold medals next August in Beijing, the last time that softball is scheduled to be played at the Olympics.