Duluth's Scott signs with Georgia

Duluth senior Kelsey Scott has signed a swimming scholarship with the University of Georgia, which won the 2005 NCAA title. A signing ceremony will be held for Scott today at 2:30 p.m. the 600 Building lobby at Duluth.

Scott, the Wildcats' team captain, won the Class AAAAA state championship in the 500 freestyle as a junior and also had a third-place finish in the 200 free. She also won the Gwinnett County titles in the 200 and 500 free, making her the first Duluth swimmer to win two county titles in one season. A holder of three school records, the SwimAtlanta standout has Senior National times in the 500 and 1,000 free and is ranked 34th nationally in the 500 free. She also was picked as a Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming.

Gladiators sign goaltender, getting Smyth back

The Gwinnett Gladiators claimed goaltender Brandon Crawford-West off of waivers from the Dayton Bombers on Wednesday.

They subsequently released emergency backup goalie Curtis Ryser.

A rookie out of the University of Miami-Ohio, Crawford-West began the season with Greenville before being signed by Dayton on Nov. 13.

Last season Crawford-West appeared in 32 collegiate games posting an 11-16-5 record with a 2.48 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.

Rough-and-tumble forward Adam Smyth, who played last season primarily in Gwinnett, also should be available for the Gladiators' Friday matchup with Greenville at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Smyth is expected to be assigned from Gwinnett's AHL affiliate in Chicago this week.

Collins Hill's Delain, Knapp sign wrestling scholarships

Collins Hill seniors Leon Delain and Thomas Knapp have signed wrestling scholarships, Delain with Newberry College (S.C.) and Knapp to The Citadel.

Delain, the son of Leon and Theresa Delain, is a four-year varsity wrestler. He was fifth in the state at 275 pounds last season and also won the region championship.

Knapp, the son of John and Bunny Knapp, is a four-year varsity starter who has a state championship and two state runner-up appearances in his career. He has won the region championship all three of his high school seasons.

Three Wesleyan players picked for All-State volleyball team

Of the 25 girls selected for the all-classifications Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association 2005 All-State team, three were from Wesleyan.

Betsy Smith, Caiti Troyer and Nicole Fenner were tabbed for the honor after helping the Wolves to a second consecutive state championship.

Joining the trio from Wesleyan were two more county stars, Parkview's Jessica Geiger and Collins Hill's Katie Winschel.

Werhnyak voted top AD in 8-AAAAA

Meadowcreek athletic director Darlene Werhnyak, the county's only female head AD, was selected by her peers as the Region 8-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year. In addition to her school duties, she also is one of the state's top amateur women golfers.

Cedar Lake holds three-club tourney

Three players shared low net honors while John Padgett and Bob Evans tied for the low gross title at the Cedar Lake Golf Association's Three-Club Tournament. Padgett and Evans each shot 77 in the event, which forces players to use only their three favorite clubs. Joanne Lindsey, Tommy Hamrick and Tommy Pierce tied for first in the net division at 71.


Injured McNabb out; McMahon to start Sunday against N.Y. Giants

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles

couldn't win without Terrell Owens. Now they won't have Donovan McNabb.

The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback will miss Philadelphia's game against the New York Giants on Sunday with a groin injury.

Mike McMahon, who had been the third-string quarterback, will get the start over backup Koy Detmer.

McNabb's status beyond this week is uncertain. He'll see a specialist today. McNabb has played through several injuries this season, including a sports hernia that will require surgery.

He originally planned to have the surgery after the season, but it's possible he'll have it sooner.

Blauser named manager at Double-A Mississippi Braves

PEARL, Miss. - Jeff Blauser has been named manager of the Double-A Mississippi Braves, the team announced Wednesday.

The two-time All-Star shortstop was a roving instructor for the Atlanta Braves' farm system this season. He replaces Brian Snitker, who was promoted to Triple-A Richmond after four seasons with the Double-A team.

''I'm really looking forward to the opportunity,'' Blauser said. ''I've been there, and I really like the area and the fan support. They've got a good product on the field and in the surrounding area. I'm looking forward to the challenge and I believe it's going to be a good


Blauser played 10 of his 12 seasons in the majors with the Atlanta Braves, and was a career .262 hitter who played in three World Series and was an All-Star in 1993 and 1997. He retired in 1999 and spent several years as an instructor in the Braves' organization before Mississippi made him a manager for the first time.

''Jeff has come full cycle ... We watched him grow up in this organization, watched him have a terrific major league career in Atlanta, and now we will be able to watch him manage and mold the next generation of Braves superstars,'' Mississippi Braves general manager Steve DeSalvo said.

- From staff, wire reports