After a strong showing throughout the Area 3 tournament and the first two rounds of the Class AAAA state playoffs, the Columbus volleyball team was awarded a No. 2 seed and a home match in the quarterfinals, to be played Saturday.
It will face No. 7-seed Veterans (34-5). The Lady Blue Devils (28-25) are trying for their first state championship since 2007.
A win in the quarterfinals would pit Columbus against the winner of Marist and River Ridge.
Harris County (22-9) and Northside (15-9) earned the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds, respectively, in Class AAAAA. The Lady Tigers will be at No. 2-seed McIntosh (46-5), and the Lady Patriots will be at top-seeded Whitewater (50-3).
Both teams are playing for their first trips to the state semifinals. If they made it, Harris County would face the winner of Northgate and Starr's Mill, and Northside would face the winner of Greenbier and Lakeside.
Times for the matches are to be determined.
-- David MitchellWOMEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER
Lady Cougars end drought with win at Montevallo
Montevallo, Ala. -- Columbus State endeded its long scoring drought and beat Montevallo 2-0 on Wednesday at Varsity Field.
Senior Stephanie Lowery ended the dry spell for No. 25 CSU with a goal on a free kick from 30 yards out. Lowery's ninth goal of the season ended the drought that reached 258 minutes, 38 seconds.
The goal was Lowery's 18th career goal, which tied her with Gina Goforth for the school record.
Kansas Bayly scored five minutes later for CSU (14-2-1, 7-2-1 Peach Belt Conference).
Mary Mancin played all 90 minutes in goal CSU and recorded her fourth shutout.
CSU clinched a home game in the first round of the PBC tournament. It will be played Tuesday against an opponent not yet determined.
Yankees headed into offseason of change
NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he expects Alex Rodriguez to be his everyday third baseman next season despite benching the slugger several times during the postseason.
As for the rest of New York's lineup for 2013, Girardi is less certain.
Ace CC Sabathia is going to have his left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Several key players are headed for free agency and Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are two aging stars dealing with major injuries.
The Yankees are headed into an offseason of change.
Report: Dodgers, D-Backs could open 2014 in Sydney
SYDNEY -- Australian promoters are working on a deal that could have the Los Angeles Dodgers open the 2014 Major League Baseball season with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Local officials told the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday that the series would attract up to 25,000 overseas tourists and generate $80 million for the New South Wales state economy.
Kemp starting rehab after left shoulder surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp's hopes for a simple surgery on his left shoulder were dashed when the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger awoke to learn things were worse than doctors had first thought.
Kemp was in Arizona on Wednesday to begin rehabbing from the Oct. 5 surgery that repaired a torn labrum and damage to the rotator cuff, injuries that resulted from him running into the center field wall at Coors Field on Aug. 27.
He says he was "definitely surprised and definitely disappointed" that the procedure was more complicated.
Harrington wins PGAGrand Slam on 3rd try
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda -- Padraig Harrington won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-shot win over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.
Harrington, who lost in Grand Slam playoff in 2007 and 2008, won in his third try as an alternate.
Hudson makes hole-in-one
Dr. Ron Hudson aced the par-3 14th hole on the East Course at Bull Creek Golf Course on Sept. 16.
He used a 9-iron for the 128-yard shot while playing with Scott Clark, David Woolbright and Dr. Sylvester McRae.
Battle makes hole-in-one
Sidney Battle aced the par-3 3rd hole on Bull Creek's East Course, also on Sept. 16. He used an 8-iron for the 175-yard shot while playing with Kelvin Mullins.
Williams beats Li Na
ISTANBUL -- Serena Williams proved Wednesday at the WTA Championships that even when her serve is malfunctioning, she can still beat a top player.
Williams beat 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China 7-6 (1), 6-3 for her second win in round-robin matches to close in on the semifinals at the tournament for the top eight players in the world.
Federer beats Bellucci in 3 sets at Swiss indoors
BASEL, Switzerland -- Roger Federer edged Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament.
The top-ranked Federer saved four consecutive set points in the second-set tiebreaker before the 34th-ranked Bellucci tied the second-round match.
Isner ousted by Goffin in 2nd round at Valencia
VALENCIA, Spain -- John Isner of the United States lost to David Goffin 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round at the Valencia Open.
Isner had 21 aces but it wasn't enough against his Belgian opponent, who has improved in the rankings to 45th from No. 175.
Isner has gone 4-5 since winning at Winston-Salem in August.
-- From staff, wire reports
The loss hurts his bid to qualify for the World Tour Finals next month, with only the Paris Masters left to play before the season-ending event.
Reigning champion Marcel Granollers of Spain also beat Czech qualifier Jan Hajek 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round.