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Mercer named SEC Player

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• Former South Gwinnett star Mike Mercer, who played a vital role in the University of Georgia's 87-86 win over Wake Forest on Saturday, was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday.

Mercer scored a team-high 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half and 11 of which came in a three-minute span.

"This is a great honor for me personally and also for the team," Mercer said. "It shows that all the hard work I put in during the offseason is finally paying off. Hopefully, there will be a bunch more of them during the rest of the season."

Mercer leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 18.0 points per game.

Williams off to flying start in D-League

• South Gwinnett grad Louis Williams led his NBA Developmental League to two straight wins over the weekend. The 76ers' second-year guard scored 28 points and dished out 10 assists in the Fort Worth Flyers' 117-108 win over the Bakersfield Jam on Friday night.

The former Naismith National Player of the Year, who was assigned to the D-League last week, came back the next night and scored 15 points and had seven assists in the Flyers' 113-95 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders. So far in two games, Williams has 17 assists and three turnovers.

Berkmar grad Arnold joins Atlanta Vision

• Berkmar grad Wayne Arnold, a three-time Daily Post All-County selection and the 2001-2002 Player of the Year, has joined the American Basketball Association's Atlanta Vision, which plays its games at the Suwanee Sports Academy.

Arnold signed with Georgia out of high school before enrolling at Los Angeles City College and finishing his career at Tennessee State. He was drafted this year by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League but was waived recently. The team also signed 6-foot-6, 255-pound Daniel Artest, the younger brother of NBA player Ron Artest.

Arnold is expected to make his Vision debut on Friday in Jacksonville. The team's next home game is Saturday vs. Jacksonville.

Hawks' Phillips on 'Coaches Corner'

• Mill Creek girls basketball coach Ashley Phillips is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a local high school sports TV show.

Peachtree Ridge football is the Team of the Week, Duluth's Greg Carson is Player of the Week and Collins Hill is Cheerleading Team of the Week. The team to watch is Greater Atlanta Christian basketball. The show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 25 as well as on Charter channel 19 at 7 and 8 p.m. Coan tops list of locals to make All-State teams

• Greater Atlanta Christian junior Jessica Coan was named the Class AA pitcher of the year, highlighting a large group of local fastpitch softball players on the Coaches Choice Teams.

The teams are voted on by a panel of coaches from Georgia.

Coan and teammates Chaney Means and Mollie Mitchell were each on the All-State first team in AA, as was Buford's Jesse Groves.

In A, Providence Christian's Danielle Johnston made first team and teammate Brittany Ellington got honorable mention acclaim.

Dacula's Alanna Hadley and Casey Lecates got honorable mention nods in AAAA.

In AAAAA, Mill Creek's Hannah Graham, Katy Hackett and Amberlie Saxton made the first team along with Shloh's Megan Wiggins and Peachtree Ridge's Rhea Taylor. Mill Creek also had two second-team choices in Chelsea Lee and Bethany Ullrich and Morgan Bullock on the honorable mention list.

Collins Hill's Libby Munson, Grayson's Amanda Hutcheson and Katy Lewis and South Gwinnett's Mandy Weir made the second team in AAAAA.

Others on the AAAAA honorable mention list were: Collins Hill's Caroline Cooper and Parkview's Kim Stercay.

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Harris fired as Stanford coach

• STANFORD, Calif. - Walt Harris was fired Monday as Stanford's football coach, two days after finishing the worst season in more than four decades at the school.

Athletic director Bob Bowlsby announced the decision after a morning meeting with Harris.

- From staff, wire reports