From the sidelines
Byers chosen PBC volleyball Player of the Week
USC Aiken volleyball player Shannon Byers has been chosen as the Peach Belt Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, becoming the second Pacer to get the honor this season joining freshman Ashley Deidrich. A three-time All-PBC selection, Byers won the weekly honor for the first time in her career.
Byers hit .303 for the Pacers in their perfect 4-0 week last week. She averaged 4.18 kills per set. The senior had 46 kills and 29 digs last week. She also had two service aces, two blocks and three assists.
Byers is 10th in the PBC in kills with 148 on the season. She’s also 16th in the league with 144 digs for the Pacers, who are in the midst of a nine-match winning streak.
Colts coach Pagano diagnosed with leukemia
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia and is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment. He will be replaced on an interim basis by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The 51-year-old Pagano is in his first season with the Colts (1-2). He was hired in January after serving as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator.
Dr. Larry Cripe, the physician treating the coach at Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center, said Pagano has acute myeloid leukemia, where the bone marrow is producing abnormal white blood cells that interfere with healthy blood cells. Symptoms can include weakness, weight loss and easy bruising or bleeding. Treatments can include chemotherapy, drugs and radiation therapy. The initial phase of treatment usually requires a hospital stay of four to five weeks. Cripe said Pagano began the “arduous” treatment last week and that many adults do recover from the disease. For now, Pagano is being kept in a “protected” hospital environment where air is filtered and hand-washing is essential.
South Aiken gets sweep over Airport in volleyball
The South Aiken High School volleyball team swept a three-game match against Airport on Monday. The Thoroughbreds (10-5, 2-3 Region 5-AAAA) won the non-region meeting 25-22, 27-25, 25-20. Bailey Parker led the way for South Aiken with nine kills and 13 digs while Elizabeth Butler added six kills and 11 blocks, and Jessica Murphy contributed seven blocks as well as a kill. The T-Breds will return to action today with another Region 5-AAAA contest as they hit the road to play Dutch Fork.
In middle school action, the team from Kennedy Middle School swept its rivals from AL Corbett in three games. Kennedy prevailed 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 to improve its record on the season to 8-0. Kennedy will put its perfect mark on the line on Thursday when it plays host to New Ellenton.
Ryder Cup final-day rating best since 1999
NEW YORK — (AP) The Ryder Cup’s final day has drawn its highest preliminary television rating since the last big comeback 13 years ago. Sunday’s coverage on NBC earned a 4.1 overnight rating and 9 share. The network said Monday that was the best since a 6.3/15 in 1999.