Local club member enters Georgia Hall
Linda Holliday De La Paz , a national level official who works with area boxers at the Augusta Boxing Club, was inducted into the Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
She is the first female referee to become a Georgia Hall of Famer.
De La Paz has been involved in Olympic-style amateur boxing since joining the Augusta Boxing Club in 1994. She became an official in 1996.
She works with boxers at the Augusta Boxing Club, teaching them rules and sportsmanship.
Darnell's slam lifts Gamecocks to win
In Columbia, James Darnell hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as South Carolina defeated Mississippi 6-2 on Friday.
Justin Smoak went 4-for-4 and drove in a run for the Gamecocks (28-10, 10-6 SEC).
Mike Cisco (5-1) allowed one run on eight hits in 6 w innings to get the win.
PBC Tournament to be played in Aiken
The Peach Belt Conference Tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken.
Thirty-six holes are scheduled for Monday, beginning at 8 a.m. The final round is set for Tuesday, also beginning at 8.
- In St. Simons, Island, Ga., Alabama shot 3-under-par 285 to grab a five-stroke lead over Georgia and Florida after the first round of the Southeastern Conference Men's Championship.
- In Loudon, Tenn., Arkansas and Florida shot 9-over-par 297 to share the lead after the first round of the SEC Women's Championship.
Georgia and South Carolina are tied for third at 300.
South Carolina's Whitney Simons , a senior from Aiken, shot 75 and is tied for 14th.
- In Clemson, S.C., Duke and Florida State shot 9-under-par 279 to share the lead after the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Tournament.
Clemson is fourth at 284, while Georgia Tech is seventh at 287.
- In Carrollton, Ga., Mariah Stackhouse overcame an early deficit to defeat Erin Packer 3 and 2 and win the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship for the second year in a row.
A 14-year-old from Riverdale, Stackhouse became the first player to repeat as champion since Augusta's Laura Coble won the event five consecutive times from 2001-2005.
In the championship flight consolation, Mary Helen McElreath , of Augusta, defeated Mary Riley , of Perry, 4 and 3.
Lady Jags get split in PBC Tournament
In Florence, S.C., Augusta State split two games on the opening day of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, defeating Lander 4-1 before losing, 2-1, to UNC Pem-broke in nine innings.
USC Aiken dropped its opening game, 4-1, to Armstrong Atlantic State in the double-elimination event.
Amber Hunt drove in two runs in Augusta State's victory over Lander.
In the loss to UNC Pembroke, Anna Cheely went 2-for-3 and homered for the Lady Jags.
Armstrong Atlantic State capitalized on three USC Aiken errors to score three unearned runs.
Pitcher Toni Flessate walked with the bases loaded to account for USC Aiken's only run. On the mound, she scattered seven hits over six innings in falling to 10-10.
Lady Pacers only local team to win
In Savannah, Ga., the USC Aiken women beat UNC Pem-broke 5-0 in the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament before losing 5-0 to Clayton State.
The USC Aiken men lost 5-1 in the first round to Georgia College and State.
Both Augusta State teams lost first-round matches, with the men falling 5-1 to Lander and the women getting blanked 5-0 by Francis Marion.