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Region 8-AA decides on mini-games

•The Georgia High School Association won't permit a coin toss, so Wesleyan's football team may face a mini-game on Monday at Buford to determine its playoff fate. The Wolves qualify for the playoffs if East Hall beats Greater Atlanta Christian on Friday, otherwise they play a mini-game if GAC wins that game and Dawson County beats Banks County as expected.

The three-way tie would put Wesleyan, East Hall and Dawson in Monday's mini-game in a fight for two spots.

Area 8-AAAAA honors

volleyball players

•Collins Hill led the way four players on the All-Area 8-AAAAA volleyball team, which was selected by the area's coaches. The Eagles placed Katie Winschel, Jessica Davies, Samantha Lum and Rayven Tirado on the All-Area squad.

Dacula was next with three selections: Lindsey Weider, Rachel Dyer and Rose Corneille. Other players honored were Mill Creek's Domonique Jackson, Duluth's Mykala Walker, North Gwinnett's Jolie Efezokhae, Peachtree Ridge's Amanda Kerr and Norcross' Hannah Nelson.

Brookwood's De Marco and GAC's Shelton named top runners

•Brookwood's Roxanne De Marco and Greater Atlanta Christian's Ty Shelton were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches. De Marco was 11th in the Class AAAAA girls race at the Last Chance Invitational in Carrollton with a time of 20 minutes, 39 seconds. Shelton won the Class AA/A boys race at the Last Chance meet in 16:43.

JV, ninth-grade title games

set for 8-AAAAA

•The inaugural Region 8-AAAAA junior varsity and ninth-grade football playoffs are nearing completion, with the championship games set for Thursday night at 6 p.m. Grayson hosts Brookwood for the JV title while Brookwood hosts Parkview for the ninth-grade championship.

Prep Rally honors Buford's Pridemore

•This week's Gwinnett Prep Rally airs highlights of the Dacula-North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge-Collins Hill, Parkivew-Central Gwinnett and Greater Atlanta Christian-Buford games. Buford's Matt Pridemore is player of the week.

Gwinnett Prep Rally airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Charter Cable 19. It also airs on GCPS each Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.

Killian Hill soccer advances

to GCAA title game

•LILBURN - Killian Hill topped Horizon 11-3 Tuesday night in the semifinals of the GCAA soccer tournament to advance to the title game. Killian Hill (13-2) will go for its third straight championship on Friday against Open Bible at 4:30 p.m. in Valdosta.

Chris Williams had six goals and an assist while Nick Williams added two goals and two assists. Also scoring single goals were Mac Hildebrand, George Campian and Chris Niarchos.

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Homestead escapes brunt of Wilma

•HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Homestead-Miami Speedway sustained some damage from the strong winds of Hurricane Wilma, but next month's season-ending NASCAR race will go on as scheduled, the track president said Tuesday.

High winds blew parts of pit row's garage suites across the track and into the grandstand, damaging the seating area, debris fences and some of the track's new $8.5 million lighting system for night racing.

There was no structural damage to the racing surface, site of the Nextel Cup series' Ford 400 on Nov. . 20. Speedway president Curtis Gray said he was still waiting for a damage estimate.

North Carolina-Miami game

time switched by Wilma

•MIAMI - Because the Orange Bowl's lighting system was damaged by Hurricane Wilma, the start time for Saturday's game between North Carolina and sixth-ranked Miami was moved up to noon, the Atlantic Coast Conference said.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at 3:30 p.m., which means it would end in darkness - and potentially create a dangerous situation for both fans and players. An overwhelming majority of Miami-Dade County remained without power Tuesday, and a nighttime countywide curfew is starting daily at 8 p.m. until further notice.

Moving into the 3:30 p.m. slot is Clemson's visit to Georgia Tech, a game that was scheduled to start at noon.

Capitals-Panthers postponed

•MIAMI - Hurricane Wilma caused some minor damage to the Florida Panthers' arena, prompting the NHL to postpone another game because of the storm.

Saturday's scheduled visit by the Washington Capitals has been pushed back indefinitely, the league said Tuesday. It's the second straight Panthers home game affected by Wilma; last Saturday's scheduled visit by Ottawa will be played Dec. 5.

The Bank Atlantic Center is running on generator power and little else, Panthers spokesman Justin Copertino said Tuesday before Florida played at Pittsburgh. The refrigeration system keeping the ice sheet solid is still working, but it's unknown when other services will be restored.

Celtics waive Will Bynum

•BOSTON - Guard Will Bynum was waived by the Celtics on Tuesday, two months after he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech.

In four exhibition games, Bynum averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 assists in 9.5 minutes. He had played on Boston's summer league team, averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 assists in six games.

As a junior at Georgia Tech, Bynum scored the winning basket to beat Oklahoma State in the 2004 NCAA semifinals before the Yellow Jackets lost to Connecticut in the championship game. He also spent two seasons at Arizona before transferring to Georgia Tech.

- From staff, wire reports