Prep statistics are due by noon today
Weekly statistics are needed from the area's high school coaches. Coaches are asked to either fax their information to (706) 823-3408 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area leaders in kicking, interceptions, passing, punting, rushing, receiving, sacks and tackles will be published.
The statistics are due by noon today. There will be no exceptions. Call staff writer Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 with any questions.
Jags tie for second at VCU tournament
In Manakin Sabot, Va., Augusta State shot 9-under-par 275 in the final round to tie for second in the 15-team VCU Shootout at Hermit-age Country Club.
The Jaguars, who began the final round in seventh place, finished the 54-hole event tied with host Virginia Commonwealth at 11-under 841, 16 shots behind winner Wake Forest.
Henrik Norlander shot 67 to tie for third at 202 and lead the Jaguars. Jake Amos (69) finished ninth at 210, while Janne Kaske (68) tied for 10th at 211.
Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow (69) and Wichita State's Dustin Garza (69) shared medalist honors at 201.
- In Columbia, former Augusta State golfer Emmett Turner and Aiken native Kevin Kisner shot 6-under-par 66 and are tied for third after the first round of the Tarheel Tour's Columbia Open at Columbia Country Club.
The two are one shot behind co-leaders Kenny Coakley and Cory Kaufman .
Former Augusta State golf-er Jay Haas and tour-leading money winner David Robinson , of Sandersville, Ga., are tied for ninth at 67.
Aiken natives Alex Hamilton and Dane Burkhart and North Augusta native Scott Brown are tied for 16th at 68.
Lady Pacers beaten at home by Pfeiffer
In Aiken, Pfeiffer scored two minutes into the match and went on to defeat USC Aiken, 4-2.
Annie Whitley and Eryn Gable scored goals for the Lady Pacers (2-8-1). Laura Dickson and Jennifer Goodwin had assists.
Hewitt set to speak at Tip-off luncheon
Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Augusta Sports Council's College Basketball Preseason Tip-off at Augusta Mariott Hotel & Suites on Thursday.
The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $25 for Augusta Sports Council members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information, call (706) 722-8326.
- A limited number of season tickets for Augusta State games will go on sale today in the school's athletics ticket office.
A season ticket booklet, containing tickets to 23 men's and women's games, is $50 for Jaguar Club members and $75 for non- members. All regular general admission seating during the season will be $7 at the box office. Admission for non-Augusta State students and senior citizens will be $5. For more information, call the ticket office at (706) 737-1626.
- Yao Ming 's birthday wish: getting through an NBA season without getting hurt.
The 7-foot-6 center has missed more than 80 games across the past three seasons with four separate injuries.
"I need to learn something from the last three years. Seriously," Yao said after the Rockets' first practice. "Maybe I need to be careful with my pregame workout or something, lay down a little bit, not get my body too tired before a game."
Venus is triumphant in Grand Prix return
In Stuttgart, Germany, Venus Williams made a successful return to the Porsche Grand Prix after 10 years, advancing to the second round by beating Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-1, 6-2.
The indoor tournament has brought together eight of the top 10 players in the world, with only Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova missing.