Sports stories of the year: Pandemic touched everything

Games played in empty gyms (and stadia) became the norm in 2020, as the novel coronavirus pandemic made for major changes in sports. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

By Micah Weathers |
Sports contributor

The year 2020 pushed through the tough defender of COVID-19 with its abbreviated slate of sports competitions in front of usually very small audiences, or none at all. Continue reading “Sports stories of the year: Pandemic touched everything”

Jaguar men’s basketball team holds televised practice

Darren Lucas-White goes up for layup as Jack Johnson (L) defends during Augusta’s televised basketball practice Thursday. Coach Dip Metress (in yellow shirt) watches from beyond the three-point line. (photo by Justin Brosemer)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

Coach Dip Metress and the Augusta University men’s basketball team held a practice that was televised by SUVtv on Thursday, Nov. 5. Continue reading “Jaguar men’s basketball team holds televised practice”

AU alumnus Monteiro shines in professional debut

Rafael Monteiro goes up for two of his 20 points in his professional basketball debut. (photo by Ricardo Bufolin, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

Augusta University alumnus Rafael Monteiro made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, Oct. 4, for the E.C. Pinheiros São Paulo basketball team. Despite suffering a 78-68 loss to rival São Paulo FC, Monteiro had an all-around dominant performance, scoring a team-high 20 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. Continue reading “AU alumnus Monteiro shines in professional debut”

Former Jag standout Monteiro signs with Brazilian pro team

Rafael Monteiro finished with more than 1,850 points for his college career. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

Rafael Monteiro, a recent Augusta University graduate and former player on the men’s basketball team, inked a professional contract with the E.C. Pinheiros São Paolo basketball team recently. Continue reading “Former Jag standout Monteiro signs with Brazilian pro team”

Glenn Hills’ Whitehead becomes second hometown signee for AU men’s basketball

Forward Tre Whitehead (24) helped Glenn Hills High School to two final four appearances; here he makes a power move against Grovetown. (photo by Chad Cook, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer

The Augusta University men’s basketball team recently picked up their fourth signee of the 2020-21 recruiting class with the addition of Tre Whitehead. Continue reading “Glenn Hills’ Whitehead becomes second hometown signee for AU men’s basketball”

AU men’s basketball adds hometown transfer in Sellers

Timmy Sellers is transferring to Augusta University from Charleston Southern. (photo by Chad Cook, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer

The Augusta University Athletics Department announced on Thursday morning, June 18, that Timmy Sellers, a sophomore at Charleston Southern, would be transferring to Augusta and join the men’s basketball team for the 2020-21 season. Continue reading “AU men’s basketball adds hometown transfer in Sellers”

AU Athletics announces 2020 Sherrill Athletic Awards; Quarles gets coaching honor

Sharon Quarles (R), who led the Jaguars to their second straight PBC volleyball tournament title, won the Dick Wallace Coach of the Year Award. (staff photo)

Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer

The 2019-2020 athletic year was filled with many accomplishments along with an unfortunate ending due to the novel coronavirus. At the end of every school year, the Augusta University Athletics Department hosts the William Sherrill athletic banquet at Christenberry Fieldhouse to honor student-athletes. Because of the virus, the banquet could not be held at Christenberry Fieldhouse and was done virtually instead on Thursday, May 29, as the award winners were recognized via social media. Continue reading “AU Athletics announces 2020 Sherrill Athletic Awards; Quarles gets coaching honor”

A memorable year in AU athletics, marred by virus shutdown

Rafael Monteiro (22) finished his career with a banner season for the Jaguars. He is the Bell Ringer Male Athlete of the Year. (photo by Shelby Foster)

Erin Burditt and Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer
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This past academic year for Augusta University athletics saw several Jaguar teams continue their success and some teams struggle. There were championships in men’s cross-country and in (women’s) volleyball. However, 2019-20 will long be remembered as the year that spring sports and the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament were cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading “A memorable year in AU athletics, marred by virus shutdown”

NCAA basketball tournaments cancelled; Jaguars’ season ends

Rafael Monteiro (22) finished his Augusta career with 1,040 points in only two seasons with the Jaguars. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

Staff report |

The NCAA cancelled its basketball tournaments for both men and women at all three levels on March 12. Continue reading “NCAA basketball tournaments cancelled; Jaguars’ season ends”

Men’s basketball set to play conference foe Lander in the NCAA basketball tournament

Augusta’s Rafael Monteiro (22) was named all-conference first team and winner of the Elite 15 Award. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports writer

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After last week’s first-round loss in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament to Georgia College, Augusta University head coach Dip Metress wasn’t sure if the NCAA selection committee would still put the Jaguars in the Division II men’s basketball tournament. On Sunday, Mar. 8, at 10:30 p.m. the NCAA Division II basketball tournament selection show aired, and the AU men’s team was given the fourth seed in the Southeast Regional. Continue reading “Men’s basketball set to play conference foe Lander in the NCAA basketball tournament”