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Shiloh grad Geiger honored by Peach Belt

Shiloh graduate Jonnie Geiger, a freshman on the Armstrong Atlantic State baseball team, was named the All-Peach Belt Conference second team. He also finished as runner-up in Peach Belt Freshman of the Year voting.

Geiger, who started all 50 games in center field, hit .362 this past season and led his team in at-bats (213), runs (48), hits (77) and stolen bases (19).

Duluth's Brock to play baseball at Emory

Patrick Brock, a recent graduate of Duluth High School, will continue his baseball career at Emory University. The son of Jack and Sylvia Brock, he received the scholar-athlete award for four straight years at Duluth and was recognized by the Gwinnett Dugout as a scholar-athlete this past season.

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Force's Bergeron named Rookie of the Year

FLOWERY BRANCH - Georgia Force offensive specialist Troy Bergeron was named the 2005 Arena Football League Rookie of the year in a vote conducted by AFL head coaches, fans and sportswriters.

Bergeron, from Middle Tennessee State, finished the regular season with 105 receptions for 1,370 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Force, while also amassing 1,180 yards on 64 kick returns.

Bergeron, who is the league's youngest player at 21 years old, garnered Offensive Player of the Game honors six times this season for Georgia, which will host Orlando in the National Conference Championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Philips Arena.

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Cutcliffe resigns as Notre Dame assistant

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - David Cutcliffe resigned as Notre Dame's assistant football coach and quarterbacks coach because of health concerns after undergoing triple bypass heart surgery in March.

Cutcliffe said in a statement released Wednesday by Notre Dame that he was feeling healthier, ''however, it will be months before I can claim that mental, physical and emotional intensity and would never give any program less than the passion and energy it deserves.''

Cutcliffe, 50, who was fired as the coach at Mississippi in December, did not take part in spring practice at Notre Dame while he recovered from his March 9 surgery. He was to talk with reporters later Wednesday.

Giants extend Alou's contract

PHILADELPHIA - The San Francisco Giants extended Felipe Alou's contract through the 2006 season Wednesday, ending any speculation about whether the manager would return for a fourth season.

The 70-year-old Alou and the Giants have a mutual option for 2007. Alou, who took over the team from Dusty Baker after the 2002 season, is one of only three managers in franchise history to win at least 90 games in his first two years.

But San Francisco has struggled at the start this year with slugger Barry Bonds sidelined all season by a knee injury.

- From staff, wire reports