Collins Hill runners sign with colleges

Collins Hill is hosting a ceremony today at 2:30 p.m. to honor its runners who are continuing their careers at the college level.

Roland Adams has signed with Mercer, Nathan Frasier has signed with Georgia, Tim Guglielmo has accepted a walk-on spot at Georgia Tech, Alexis Nichols has signed with Southern California and Heather Raines has signed with Georgia College and State University.

Wesleyan trio honored for scholarships

Wesleyan seniors Amaris Wilson, Nicole Fenner and Holly Humphries will be honored in a Wednesday ceremony at the school for signing college scholarships.

Wilson, who helped the Wolves finish off three straight state titles in basketball as a senior, will continue her career at Oglethorpe University. She is the daughter of Brenda and Lee Sanders and Stewart


Fenner, the daughter of Mariola and Jim Fenner, led Wesleyan to state titles her final two seasons and was the Gwinnett County Player of the Year as a junior. She is signing with James Madison.

Humphries, the daughter of Lisa and Donald Humphries, made the North Carolina State varsity cheerleading team and will sign with the Wolfpack.

Senter wins Pro Late Model at Lanier National Speedway

Joey Senter won the Akins Ford Pro Late Models race ahead of runner-up Jamie Stephens Jr. during auto racing this past weekend at Lanier National Speedway. He also had the fastest time in race qualifying.

Other winners at Lanier were: Shawn Simpson (Legends of Lanier), Craig Goess Jr. (Pro/Masters Legends of Lanier), Steve Hill (Garrison Racing Equipment Factory Fours), Scotty Beck (Alumni Mortgage Modified Minis), Corey Dearing (Simpson Trucking and Grading Sportsman), Charles Devine (Open Wheel Modifieds) and Roger Adkins (Jim Ellis Chevrolet Supertrucks).

Castaneda wins national wrestling title

Lawrenceville resident Zoe Castaneda, a fifth-grader at Bethesda Elementary School, placed first in last weekend's Body Bar Nationals in Colorado Springs to become Georgia's first girls national freestyle champion. Castaneda trains with the Parkview Wrestling Club, The Wrestling Academy and Team Georgia Wrestling.


UGA pitcher Moreau named SEC Freshman of the Week

University of Georgia pitcher Nathan Moreau was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Moreau, a Parkview grad, notched his sixth win in impressive fashion this past Sunday to help the No. 16 Bulldogs to the first-ever sweep of No. 12 South Carolina. Moreau, making his first career SEC start, pitched eight innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts as Georgia

won 7-4.


Tennessee's Wingate suspended for violating team rules

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee center Major Wingate has been suspended from team activities for violating team rules and university policy, coach Bruce Pearl announced Monday.

Wingate, a North Gwinnett grad, started in 29 of 30 games last season as a junior, averaging 10.6 points and four rebounds a game.

Pearl would not provide details of the suspension or the violation.

''Major has done so many wonderful things this year on and off the court it pains me to have to do this,'' Pearl said in a statement. ''But at the same time, there's a culture that has been allowed to exist that can't be tolerated. It is my hope that Major will respond in a positive way.''

Pearl did not say how long the suspension would last or if he would miss any games.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Wingate would do community service with the Boys & Girls Club but would not miss any games.

Wingate was among two players named the most improved at the team's awards banquet last week.

Detroit's Ben Wallace wins NBA's top defensive award

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award Monday for the fourth time in five years for his ability to guard players ranging from Shaquille O'Neal to LeBron James.

''It's definitely a team award,'' Wallace said. ''I'm only as good as the guys that play in front of me.''

Wallace, a muscular 6-foot-9, 240-pounder, is one of only two players in league history to win the award four times. Wallace won the award last year and in the 2003 and 2002 seasons. Dikembe Mutombo won it in 2001, 1998, 1997 and 1995 while playing for Philadelphia, Atlanta and Denver.

''He deserves it,'' said James, who was held to 22 points in Detroit's 113-86 Game 1 win over Cleveland on Sunday. ''You have to be aggressive when you go to the hole, because he's capable of blocking your shot or stripping you.''

San Antonio's Bruce Bowen finished second in the voting, and Utah's Andrei Kirilenko was third.

- From staff, wire reports