Coastal Carolina players arrested, kicked off team

CONWAY-- Three Coastal Carolina football players were dismissed from the team Monday, one day after they were arrested on drugs and weapons charges.

Mario Tynes, Eric Brown Jr. and Ricky Johnson were arrested Sunday after police stopped the car they were in and found two guns, three pounds of marijuana and $1,345 in cash, authorities said.

Officers pulled over the car after someone called 911 and said several men were in a vehicle waving guns out the window, police said.

Tynes, Brown and Johnson, all 19, were charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and manufacturing and possession of drugs. They were released from a Horry County detention center Monday after each posted $10,000 bail.

• South Carolina's game at Tennessee Oct. 27 will kick off at 7:45 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN.

The No. 6 Gamecocks (6-1, 3-1 SEC) host Vanderbilt at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on pay-per-view. The No. 20 Volunteers (4-2, 2-1) play at Alabama Saturday.

• WINTHROP VOLLEYBALL -- Shannon Sitzmann was named Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week Monday, the third time this season she's earned the award.

Sitzmann put away 40 kills and averaged 4.44 per game as the Lady Eagles went 2-0 this week in league play. She had 21 kills and six blocks in Winthrop's 3-2 win over Charleston Southern and 19 kills with seven blocks and a career-high nine digs against Coastal Carolina.

• WINTHROP GOLF -- Freshman Cypriano Ayala fired a 4-under par 68 to help propel the Winthrop Eagles to a six-shot lead over 14 other schools after the opening round of the 2007 Mizuno Southbridge Intercollegiate golf tournament which is being hosted this week in Savannah by Georgia Southern. The Winthrop women's team, playing in the UNCG Starmount Classic in Greensboro holds seventh place after the opening round.

Ayala shot 34-34 over the 6,922-yard layout and is tied with Wofford's Neil O'Briain for the individual lead for medalist honors. Four other players, including Winthrop junior Kelly Manders are tied for second at 69.

As a team the Eagles shot an opening round 7-under-par total of 281, their best performance of the year. Georgia Southern stands in the second after firing a score of 287.

In the women's tournament, senior Jutta Degerman fired a 3-over 74 in the opening round of the 36-hole UNCG Starmount Classic.The Lady Eagles shot 307 and trail first place East Carolina by 13 shots heading into the final round.

• WINTHROP TENNIS -- Rodrigo Santos clinched the A-2 singles flight championship on Sunday at the USC Fall Invitational completing a solid weekend of competition for the Winthrop men's tennis team.

Santos, a senior from Brasilia, Brazil, clinched the title by defeating Ales Suigeli of South Florida 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Predrag Burmazovic of East Tennessee State 6-1, 6-3.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Bonecrushers 16U team won the N.C. Elite 18U championship, beating the N.C. Crusaders 5-1 in the championship game. Strong pitching from Clay Bates, Alex Tomosovich, Zach Watts, Mark Carelock and Jesse Brewer proved to be the difference as the Bonecrushers went 4-0 for the weekend.

Brewer picked up two wins and a save as Carelock and Tomasovich notched the other victories.

It was the third straight tournament victory for the Bonecrushers, pushing their fall record to 15-1-1.

• The Carolina Bonecrushers 12U AA Team won the 2nd Annual Squeeze Play NIT Tournament this past weekend in Rock Hill. The Bonecrushers went 4-0 for the weekend. The Bonecrushers qualified for the AA World Series next summer in Central Florida.

Offensively, the team was led by Caleb Morris who was 9 for 12, scoring 7 runs and 8 RBI's; Drew Patrick 5 for 9, 6 runs scored and 5 RBI's; Russell Hubbs 4 for 7, 5 runs scored, 3 RBI's; Quientin Jones 5 for 11, 3 RBI's; and Adam Patrick 4 for 10, 5 runs scored and 6 RBI's.

• LOCAL GOLF -- Chris Chamberlin of Rock Hill and Wallace Hammerton of Bluffton shot a final-round 2-under 70 for a two-day total of 135 and a 3-shot victory in the 10th WSCGA/SCGA Mixed Team Championship at the Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton.

Even with a bogey on their final hole, they shot a 2-under 34 on the back nine to hold off the team of Cecilia Barksdale (Myrtle Beach) and Jimmy Hawkins (Irmo).