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Dacula's Wilkerson signs with Augusta State

Dacula baseball player Shannon Wilkerson has signed a baseball scholarship with Augusta State.

Wilkerson was a two-year starter in baseball and three-year starter in football. The senior batted .440 with six home runs and 38 RBIs for the Falcons this season.

Nine Gwinnett teams in final soccer rankings

Nine Gwinnett soccer teams, including the state runner-up Greater Atlanta Christian boys squad, were ranked in the Georgia High School Soccer Coaches Association's final 2006 rankings. The GAC boys were second in Class AA/A.

In AAAAA, the Brookwood girls were third and the Parkview girls were fourth, followed in the girls poll by No. 7 Collins Hill and No. 8 North Gwinnett. The AAAAA boys rankings featured Brookwood at No. 4 and Duluth at No. 6.

The other local teams ranked were in AA/A girls, with Providence Christian at No. 6 and Wesleyan at No. 10.

For the complete rankings, see Page 5B.

GAC's Thomas honored by Prep Rally

This week's Gwinnett Prep Rally includes highlights from all four of the semifinal and final soccer matches. Featured athletes are GAC's Chris Thomas and the Parkview baseball team.

Gwinnett Prep Rally airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Thursday at 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.

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Time set for Tech-Notre Dame opener

ATLANTA - The kickoff time for Georgia Tech's Sept. 2 season-opening game against Notre Dame has been set for 8 p.m., the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday.

The game at Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium will be televised by ABC.

Tech is coming off a 7-5 2005 season. Notre Dame was 9-3.

The Irish will visit Tech for the first time since 1980.

The Yellow Jackets will make a return trip to Notre Dame in 2007.

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Hall opens doors for Paterno, Bowden

NEW YORK - Since Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden failed to meet the qualifications for induction into the college football Hall of Fame, the folks who run the hall simply changed the rules.

Instead of requiring a coach be retired, the National Football Foundation decided to make any active coach over 75 eligible for induction.

With the red tape cut, the winningest coaches in Division I-A were elected Tuesday and can now be called Hall of Famers.

- From staff, wire reports