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Meeks, Moore highlight GACA All-State team

• After each led their teams to respective state titles, Norcross guard Jodie Meeks and Collins Hill star Maya Moore were both named the Class AAAAA North Players of the Year in the GACA 2006 Coaches' Choice All-State basketball teams.

Joining Meeks on the North first team were Norcross teammate Gani Lawal and Meadowcreek guard Chris Allen.

Joining Moore on the North girls first team were Collins Hill teammate Shantell Black, Norcross forward D'Andra Moss, Shiloh's Courtney Strauthers and South Gwinnett teammates Alex Winchell and Gia Lockett.

In Class AA, Wesleyan's Howard Thompkins and Buford's Cam Sherman made the North boys team, while Wesleyan's duo of Carolyn Whitney and Le Le LeSeur and the GAC duo of D'Nay Daniels and Kiara Swanier made the girls team.

Shiloh to host reception for new football coach Sunday

•Shiloh High School will host a reception on Sunday to honor its new head football coach, Nick Davis, who was formerly the head coach at Riverdale. The event will be at 3 p.m. in the Shiloh commons area.

North's Luna sets school 1,600 record

• North Gwinnett's Brett Luna set a school record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 34.4 seconds at last weekend's Coaches Invitational at Georgia Tech. The time broke Luna's own mark of 4:35.72 from 2005.

Norcross' Collins on Coaches Corner

• Norcross baseball coach Andy Collins is this week's guest on Coaches Corner, a local high school sports TV show. North Gwinnett's baseball team is the Team of the Week, South Gwinnett's Brian Cash is the Player of the Week and Peachtree Ridge is the Cheerleading Team of the Week. The show also features a look back at Wesleyan vs. Lumpkin County baseball from March 28, 2003.

Coaches Corner airs at 7 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights on Charter channel 19 and on Comcast channel 25 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

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Ichiro leads Japan to WBC championship

• SAN DIEGO - Pitcher Koji Uehara formed his champagne-soaked hair into a mohawk and chanted ''Ichiro! Ichiro!'' through Japan's victorious clubhouse. His teammates howled, even Ichiro Suzuki himself.

For a night, every player with Japan on his jersey earned equal star status, and not one wasted the chance to celebrate like a World Series winner. And the typically serious Suzuki revealed an emotional side rarely seen by those around him with the Seattle Mariners.

Japan won the true world championship, capturing the inaugural World Baseball Classic 10-6 on Monday night against a gutsy Cuban squad with no big leaguers.

- From staff, wire reports