The 15U Grayson Thunder baseball team recently won the USSSA Fall Finale in Morrow, and earned a berth in the 2006 World Series next July in Kissimee, Fla.
Team members for the Thunder are Michael Frazier, Matt Cline, Jonathan Parker, Matt Herget, Matt Foster, Jason Little, Kyle Maloney, Jarrett Rivera, Nelson Rivera, Spencer Varney and Alex O'Reilly.
GGA opens season with strong scores
Hosting its first-ever men's gymnastics meet, Suwanee-based Georgia Gymnastics Academy captured four of the six team awards at the 2006 GGA-EZ Classic on Jan. 8.
Benjamin Parker won all-around in the Level 4 junior 6-7 class with a score of 54.80. Brandon Crosby took first-place honors on the floor and the rings. In the senior division of the level, Samuel Covalschi won the all-around with a score of 55.60. Parker Kocks took first on vault with a score of 9.40. In Level 4, ages 8 to 9, Zachary Frangi won the all-around with a score of 55.25. Danish Roshan won gold on the pommel horse, parallel and high bars.
Chandler Strong's four first-place finishes gave him the gold in the Level 5 age 7-9 senior division with an all-around score of 55.40. In the 10-11 age bracket, Derick Thompson took top all-around honors with a score of 54.90. Eugene Viers won the floor competition with a score of 9.60.
Joshua March's first-place finish on rings and high bar helped him win the Level 6 age 8-9 all-around title, with a 50.05 score. Josh Covalschi's 8.3 score on the high bar earned him silver on the apparatus. In the 12 and above age group, Jelani Akong won all-around with a score of 52.35. John Marsh won floor with a score of 8.9.
Alex Verret won the Level 7, 12 and above all-around title with a score of 51.85 and Trent Jarrett won the parallel bar competition with a score of 9.1.
In Level 10, age 16-18 competition, Ben Sinor took gold on the pommel horse and rings and finished second in the all-around.
Dacula Family Sports wins first place
The Level 4 AAU Dacula Family Sports gymnastics team took home first place in the Jennifer Evans Invitational on Jan. 8.
Lyndzi Jones finished first in the 6 and under age group. Emily Hamil placed second, Lexi Hamilton was third and Payton Ashby was fifth.
Kylie Elder placed second in the age 7 group and Kayla Baptiste finished first and Danielle Manning placed second in the age 8 group.
In age 10, Jessica Ray won first place, Moly Crowe was third and McKenzie Murdock was eighth.
In the age 11 group, Michelle Hawkins finished in third place.
Gwinnett Gymnastics Center places second
The Gwinnett Gymnastics Center in Lilburn placed second in the recent Jennifer Evans Invitational.
Maya Fuller, 10, won first place in the all-around and vault, second place in the bars and the floor and third place in the beam. Naomi Killiam finished second in the all-around, and won the bars, beam and floor exercise. She finished third in the vault.
Prudence James finished third in the all-around, with second-place finishes in the vault and beam and third-place finishes in the bars and floor.
Shannon Walker, 12, finished second in the all-around, first in the floor and second in the vault, bars and beam.
Gabrielle Johnson, 13, placed second in the all-around, beam and floor exercise and third in both the vault and the bars. Alisha Washington, 13, placed third in the all-around, first in the vault and the floor, second on the bars and third on the beam.
Atlanta Fire U14 wins RedStar Challenge Championship
The Atlanta Fire U-14 Boys Silver Team won the 2005 RedStar Challenge recently in Columbus. The team outscored its four opponents 16-0 to take home the title.
Team members are Kristopher Alonso, Trey Breon, Jamie McCormick, J Golden, Korry Tauber, Drew Klaer, Josh Fancher, Garrett McClurg, Chad Cox, Tyler Figwer, Matt Guiney, Austin Ujhelyi, Bryce Diettrich, Brian Interiano and Eric Carrion. The team is coached by Tony Goebel and the manager is Kaye Klaer.
Atlanta Fire girls U-12 Gold wins Athens Finale title
The Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association dominated the finals at the Athens Finale recently to take home first place in the tournament. The team, which was playing up a year to gain experience, outscored its four opponents by the combined margin of 12-1.
The team is coached by Scot Donohue and the manager is Tamara McCausland.
Ness places second in Reno
Last month, 9-year-old wrestler Chip Ness of Duluthplaced second at the Reno Nationals Youth Wrestling Championships in Reno, Nev.
Ness finished second in the 85-pound, 10-and-under