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High School Swimming

Locals compete in Georgia state meet

In addition to Lakeside's Eric Chiu winning first place in the breaststroke at the Georgia High School Association State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, more local swimmers had top finishes.

Evans' Ben Miller finished sixth in the 100 backstroke.

In addition, Richmond Academy's Fan Hughes finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke.

Colleges

Pair of USC Aiken hoopsters honored

Two USC Aiken basketball players won honors Monday.

Meredith Legg has been named to the ESPN The Magazine /CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team. The 5-foot-9 junior from Huntersville, N.C., has maintained a 3.75 grade-point average.

She is the sixth selection for USC Aiken in the past eight years and the only Peach Belt Conference selection this season.

Chris Commons became the first Peach Belt player to win four Player of the Week awards in the same season when he picked up this week's honor.

The 6-8 forward scored 29 points in both of the Pacers' victories last week. Commons has scored 20-plus points in 14 of 21 games this season.

- In Aiken, the USC Aiken men's and women's tennis teams won matches Monday.

The Lady Pacers did not drop a set in winning their home opener 9-0. At No. 1 singles, Kristin Hunter earned her first win at USC Aiken, defeating Autise Mortimer 6-1, 6-2.

For the men, the Pacers got their second consecutive home shutout despite some tough matches.

At No. 1 singles, Dagoberto Darezzo overcame a slow start to defeat Maxim Sukharev 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Junior Golf

Ramsey nearly wins title in four-ball

In Opeleka, Ala., Augusta's Ashlan Ramsey teamed with partner Kendall Martindale , of Jefferson City, Tenn., to finish in a tie for first place in the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour Four-Ball Championship on the Lake Course at Grand National.

Ramsey and Martindale shot 73-74 over two days for a 3-over-par 147 total. That tied Betsy Birchall and Hannah Collier , both of Birmingham, Ala., before Birchall and Collier won in a playoff.

Weightlifting

Locals compete in Augusta Open event

Local weightlifters notched first-place finishes in the Python Power League's Augusta Open competition.

John Demons won the 181-pound class' Raw Division. He was joined in first place by Clifford Jones (220 pounds, Novice Division), Greg Campbell (242 pounds, Over-40 Division), Jeremiah Smith (275 pounds, Over-50 Bench Press Division), and Willie Morgan (Over-50 Iron Man).

- In Warner Robins, Ga., local participants wrapped up top finishes in the South Georgia Powerlifting Championships.

Rhonda Sams won the 148-pound class and set two American records. She was joined in first place by Susan Thompson (181 pounds, Over-40 Division), W.C. Waldron (181 pounds, one American record), and Tee Meyers (Over-50 Division, named best lifter).

College Football

Rodriguez suit to be heard in state court

In Morgantown, W. Va., the lawsuit over a $4 million buyout clause in the contract of former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez will be heard in state court.

WVU is an arm of state government, not an independent agency, and lawsuits involving the state can be heard only in the state, U.S. District Judge John P. Bailey said.

- In Baton Rouge, La., LSU defensive end Kirston Pittman was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Pittman missed all the Tigers' 2005 and 2006 seasons with foot and ankle injuries.

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