York County Sports Hall to modify banquet

The York County Sports Hall of Fame steering committee has finalized its decision to modify the schedule of the annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

Instead of inductions annually, the committee has approved going to a two-year selection process. The next induction ceremony will be in May 2009.

"After successfully celebrating our first 10 years, we believe this decision is important for the future of this great event," said Dennis Partlow, chairman of the steering committee.

"We thought this was a good time to tweak our process just a little, and take the opportunity to restructure the organization to ensure longevity and to maintain the highest quality for years to come.

"We appreciate the support of our sponsors over the past decade, we thank them for their past support and sincerely hope they continue that support as we move into a new era. We will continue to make this one of York County's most anticipated community events."

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson has filed for divorce although his wife says she remains committed to the marriage.

The 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach filed a divorce petition in Pima County Superior Court on Thursday, the same day he announced he would extend his leave from the team through the end of the season.

"The marriage has been irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation," Lute Olson's lawyer, Leonard Karp, said Friday.

Christine Olson, 50, is the coach's second wife.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- South Carolina defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye was named to The Sporting News second-team Freshman All-America squad. Tight end Weslye Saunders and linebacker Cliff Matthews earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- Four local players were named to the preseason watch list for the Wallace Award, given to the best player in the nation.

Clemson's Ryan Hinson, Coastal Carolina's Tommy Baldridge and South Carolina's Justin Smoak and James Darnell were listed. The award will be presented July 3.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Bonecrushers 11U team of Rock Hill finished second at the East Coast Clash of the Champions last weekend in Myrtle Beach.

They were led offensively by Austin Knox, Ryan Hardee, Zach Carter and Caleb Hamilton. Carter and Taylor Queen threw complete games.

Daniel Goldstein, Clay King, Cody Hyre and Van Koon led the team with solid defense. Matthew Hill and Adam Hoffman combined for six putouts behind the plate.

The Bonecrushers finished the season strong, claiming state and national No. 1 rankings in the USSSA points system.

The team is coached by Mike Hamilton and Brian Carter and managed by Phil Hardee and Todd Hill.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- New Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is accustomed to winning the big rivalry games, something the Yellow Jackets haven't done in a while.

The former Navy coach, unbeaten in six games against Army, was hired Friday to replace Chan Gailey, who had six consecutive winning seasons at Georgia Tech but was 0-6 against Georgia.

Johnson, the former Georgia Southern coach, does not need an introduction to the Georgia Tech-Georgia rivalry or the role it will play in his success.

• PRO BASEBALL -- The Atlanta Braves asked for waivers on right-handed pitcher Lance Cormier for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

The move came less than a week after Cormier was removed from the team's 40-man roster to clear a spot for lefty Tom Glavine.

The 27-year-old Cormier was 2-6 with a 7.09 in 10 games, including nine starts, for the Braves last season. He was 0-2 with a 15.46 ERA before the All-Star break and was 2-4 with a 5.45 after the break.