Longtime Brookwood youth coach Pickett passes away
• The Brookwood community is mourning the loss of Doug Pickett, a longtime youth football coach for the Broncos who died on Sunday morning. Bronco athletic director Dave Hunter said the 53-year-old Pickett had a heart attack.
"(Pickett) was loved by our community," Hunter said. "All the kids on our team know him well. He coached all of them. He loved the kids and it permeated. You talk to the kids and they'll tell you they love Coach Pickett. He was always a very upbeat guy."
Pickett, who worked in the sporting goods industry and most recently for Lee Sports, was a coach for Brookwood's eighth-grade football team for nine years. He is survived by his wife, Dee, and two sons, Chad and Clete, who both played football for the Broncos. Chad is currently an assistant football coach at Mill Creek.
Pickett's funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Mount Carmel Christian Church in Stone Mountain.
Werhnyak fares well at GWGA State Amateur
• Longtime Meadowcreek athletic director Darlene Werhnyak won Championship Flight B and was ninth overall in the Georgia Women's Golf Association's 77th Annual State Amateur Championship, held recently at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
The Lawrenceville resident shot rounds of 82, 84 and 79.
Central's Drake honored by 'Prep Rally'
• "Gwinnett Prep Rally," the county's high school sports program, airs highlights from Central Gwinnett-Warner Robins, North Gwinnett-Mill Creek, Buford-Avondale and Collins Hill-Peachtree Ridge this week. Central's Diante Drake is player of the week.
"Gwinnett Prep Rally" airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 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.
Wolves' Pridgen is 'Coaches Corner' guest; Buford-Wesleyan airs next week
• Wesleyan head football coach Franklin Pridgen is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a locally produced high school sports TV show.
Collins Hill football is the show's team of the week, Greater Atlanta Christian's Caleb King is player of the week, Peachtree Ridge is cheerleading team of the week and the team to watch is Buford's 9-year-old football team. "Coaches Corner" airs at 7 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays on Charter channel 19 and Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 25.
Play-by-Play Advertising also will air Friday's Buford-Wesleyan football game as its North Atlanta Game of the Week. The tape-delay broadcast is Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. on Comcast and Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. on Charter.
Three charged in connection with shooting of Duquesne players
• PITTSBURGH - Police charged two men Tuesday with shooting five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance, and they accused a 19-year-old sophomore of helping six men into the dance despite knowing some were armed.
Brandon Baynes, 18, was arraigned on five counts of criminal attempt at homicide. Prosecutors also filed charges of aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and weapons counts against him and William Holmes, 18. A reckless endangerment charge was also filed against Holmes, who is still being sought.
Three players remained hospitalized following Sunday's shootings after the dance. The most seriously wounded, junior forward Sam Ashaolu, 23, was in critical condition with bullet fragments in his head.
Brittany Jones, accused of helping get some young men with guns into the party, was arrested Monday on charges of reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal conspiracy. She was arraigned and posted bond Tuesday morning.
According to the criminal complaint, Jones - who is active with the Black Student Union, which sponsored the dance - got a call from a man asking whether he and his brother could attend. They arrived with four others about midnight.
While walking to the party, Jones told police, she became aware that several of the men had guns, authorities said.
- From staff, wire reports