Leavelle McCampbell M.S. 14
Paul Knox 6
The Leavelle McCampbell Middle School football team defeated it rivals from Paul Knox Wednesday to advance to the regional playoffs. Leavelle McCampbell led 8-0 at the half and clinched the win by recovering a fumble on fourth down with 38 seconds left in the game.
Kennedy M.S. 14
The Kennedy Middle School football team advanced to the conference championship with a shutout of Aiken Middle (3-2). Brandon Carter scored two touchdowns for the Eagles (4-1), who will play at home against Schofield next Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the conference championship.
Schofield M.S. 3
North Augusta 0
The Schofield Middle School volleyball team swept North Augusta – 25-12, 25-8, 25-12. Lexi Floyd and Collyn Gregory tied for team-high honors with 12 kills apiece while Floyd also added seven aces. Payton Tyler contributed 15 assists for Schofield (8-0), which will return to action tonight at home against A.L. Corbett.
USC Aiken 3
GRU Augusta 0
AUGUSTA — The USC Aiken volleyball team used a powerful offensive attack and a stellar defense at the net to record a 3-0 victory at nearby GRU Augusta, prevailing 25-22, 25-23, 25-23.
Aly Johnson led the Pacers (12-5, 5-2 Peach Belt Conference) with a team-best 10 kills while hitting .389. Taylor Stratton slammed home eight kills while Endea Ellison was near perfect, totaling seven kills against one error while hitting .500. Leah Rodgers added five kills for the victors.
Amanda Bologna dished out a team-high 21 assists while Sheila Walsh added 12. At the service lie, Bologna, Stratton, Shawn Hotson, Rodgers and Ashley Diedrich all hammered home an ace.
Defensively, Katie Toman led the way with nine digs. Bologna chipped in eight while Hotson accounted for seven. At the net, Johnson was in on four blocks while Ellison was in on three. Rodgers added two block assists while Diedrich and Hotson each were in on a block.
Playing in her first career match, rookie Ashley Lind smashed three kills in six attempts while playing in one set.
The Pacers will return to action on Friday when they host Armstrong at 7 p.m. The contest is also part of City Volleyball Day.
USC Aiken Women 3
Megan Smits scored two goals, helping the USC Aiken women’s soccer team beat visiting Flagler. Taylor Simmons added the other goal for the Pacers (6-5, 3-3 Peach Belt Conference).
This marks the first time the program has picked up six wins in its first 11 matches since the 2002 season. The sixth victory also marks the most wins for the team since the 2009 campaign.
Alli Edens earned a shutout for USCA, stopping all six of the Saints’ shots on goal.
The Pacers return to action on Monday when they step out of conference to play at Columbia. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Flagler Men 2
USC Aiken 1 (2 OT)
USC Aiken scored a late goal in the second half to force overtime, but fell by a 2-1 count in double overtime against Flagler.
After a scoreless first half, Flagler broke through with a goal in the 53rd minute of action off a nice cross. The Saints held a 1-0 lead until the 75th minute. After a foul 25 yards away from the goal, Jason King took the free kick for the Pacers (3-6-2, 0-3-1 PBC). He launched the ball that glanced off a defender into the goal, knotting the score at one apiece.
In the overtime session, Joshua Poissant (six saves) made three amazing saves after a flurry of shots in the box by the Saints, preserving the tie and forcing the second overtime session. Despite pushing forward in the second overtime period, the Pacers were unable to register a shot. Flagler connected on the game winning shot from 18 yards out.
The Pacers will return to action on Saturday when they step out of conference and go to Erskine in a 4:30 p.m. contest.