Clemson athletics lost one of its most loyal supporters a week ago when Dr. Harold Vigodsky passed away.
The 61-year-old Vigodsky, who's had an optometry practice in Spartanburg since 1972, was a staunch backer of Clemson and was the statistician for the Tigers' football and basketball teams for more than 20 years. He also served as head statistician for the Carolina Panthers for the past 13 years and was the head statistician for Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta.
Vigodsky didn't attend Clemson. He was a graduate of Emory and then graduated from Pennsylvania Medical School.
• CENTRAL ARKANSAS: Sophomore guard King Cannon, a former York Comprehensive High School standout, is getting a lot of playing time for the Bears.
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The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Cannon has seen action in all 13 games, averaging 16.8 minutes, 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds a game. His season high in points came with a 10-point effort in a 65-52 loss to Tulsa. He hit 4-of-5 field goals, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
Cannon hasn't made a start yet for UCA (10-3), which is the alma mater of former NBA standout Scottie Pippen.
• COLUMBIA: The Fighting Koalas have three Rock Hill-area members on their basketball team this season, including two ex-Indian Land High School standouts.
Merissa Witherspoon, a 5-6 guard, and 6-1 center Amanda Smith hail from Indian Land, while 6-0 guard Emmie Bland is an ex-Chester standout.
Witherspoon, daughter of Melodye Witherspoon, is averaging 4.9 points a game for the Koalas (2-8).
Smith, daughter of Wayne and Juliann Smith, is averaging almost a point a game and Bland, daughter of Stan and Mary Bland, is averaging 4.9 points a contest.
The Koalas are members of the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.
• ERSKINE: Two former Rock Hill-area high school players have helped the Flying Fleet get off to a 3-3 start in the 2007-08 basketball season.
Sophomore guards Victor Street (Rock Hill) and Jay Boulware (Chester) have contributed. Street is averaging 4.0 points and leads the team with 2.5 assists a game. Boulware is averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds a game.
The Flying Fleet returned to action Wednesday at Francis Marion.
• STANFORD: Joe Borchard has signed a minor league free agent baseball contract with Atlanta.
Borchard, who played quarterback and switch-hitting outfielder for the Cardinal, will be in his ninth year of professional baseball. He was the Chicago White Sox's No. 1 pick and the 12th overall in the 2000 draft.
Borchard spent parts of four seasons with the Charlotte Knights, top farm team of the White Sox.
He has major league time with the White Sox, Seattle and Florida. Last season, he hit .196 with the Marlins and .355 with Triple-A Albuquerque.
• TUSCULUM: Sophomore basketball guard Kyle Moore, a transfer from Winthrop, is the second-leading scorer for the Pioneers, members of the NCAA Division II South Atlantic League.
The 6-3 Moore is averaging 17.3 points a game in the Pioneers' first 10 games. He is second only to forward Jordan Lear's 17.9 ppg.
Moore leads the Pioneers in 3-point attempts (77) and made 3-pointers (35) and is the team's top free throw shooter, hitting 30-of-32 for .938 percent.
He's led the Pioneers in scoring four of the first 10 games with a season high of 32 points in an 84-73 loss to UNC Asheville.
• WINTHROP: Eagles basketball signee Andre Jones of Nansemond River (Va.) High turned in a strong showing at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach.
The 6-2 Jones averaged 14 points, 4.4 rebounds, shot 46 percent overall and 36 percent on 3-pointers as Nansemond went 4-1 and took the consolation championship.
Nansemond's only loss came in double overtime to eventual Classic winner Duncanville, Texas, the No. 2 ranked prep team in the nation. Duncanville had been No. 1 in the nation before a loss prior to coming to Myrtle Beach.
Winthrop coach Randy Peele and his staff signed three recruits during the early signing period. Jones joins 6-1 guard Reggie Middleton of Augusta, Ga., and 6-7 guard Gideon Gamble of Atlanta.
Jones was recruited by several other schools, including Virginia and Virginia Tech.
The Eagles are expected to add another player in the spring.