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Mill Creek's Cheek signs with Clemson

• Mill Creek senior Cameron Cheek, a two-time county champion in the pole vault, has signed a letter of intent to continue his track and field career at Clemson.

Cheek won the Class AAAAA pole vault state title last season and is the county meet and AAAAA record holder in the event. His best high school vault is 15 feet, 9 inches.

Dacula's LeCates inks with Anderson softball

• Dacula senior Casey LeCates, a three-year varsity starter for the Falcons, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play softball at Anderson University (S.C.).

LeCates was an honorable mention All-State selection and a first team All-County pick as a center fielder at Dacula. Her travel team, the Atlanta Diamonds, placed 17th of 144 teams as 2006 ASA "A" Nationals. She also is a three-year letter winner in track, is a member of Dacula's Leadership Team and is the current DECA president.

Central Gwinnett's Goodman commits to ABAC hoops

• Central Gwinnett senior Sam Goodman will sign a basketball scholarship with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Thursday. Goodman, a three-year varsity starter, averaged 15.8 points and 3.3 assists as a senior for a state tournament team.

Buford's Ritchie signs with Emmanuel

• Buford senior Alex Ritchie has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Emmanuel College. He is the son of Phil and Beth Ritchie.

A two-year letter winner for the Wolves, Ritchie is the team's starting goalkeeper.

Ridge runners headed to colleges

• Peachtree Ridge seniors Amy French, Whitney Hall and Emilie Somerville will continue their running careers in college and will be honored at a Thursday ceremony.

French has signed with Georgia State and Hall has signed with Mercer. Both runners were All-County and All-Metro selections. Somerville, who also will run for Georgia State, was a top-seven runner her final two seasons of cross country.

Duluth grad finishes Boston Marathon

• Duluth grad Michael Valentine, a student at North Georgia, completed the Boston Marathon on Monday in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 34 seconds. His finish put him 528th overall, 495th among males and 403rd in his age group.

Valentine is a former cross country runner at Duluth.

Locals win figure skating titles

• Two local athletes, Davin Grindstaff and Tina Gravenstein, won titles at last weekend's U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships in Bensenville, Ill.

Grindstaff, a 37-year-old who trains at the Duluth IceForum, won the Men's Masters championship. Gravenstein, a 38-year-old who trains at The Cooler, won the Ladies Gold III division.

Stenson commits to AT&T Classic

• Sweden's Henrik Stenson, the world's sixth-ranked golfer, has committed to the upcoming AT&T Classic, a PGA Tour event held at Duluth's TPC at Sugarloaf. The tourney is May 17-20. Stenson won this year's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship for his first victory in the U.S.

'Prep Rally' features local athletes

• "Gwinnett Prep Rally," a local high school sports TV program, airs game action from Norcross-Collins Hill and Grayson-Parkview baseball and Providence-GAC and North-Duluth soccer on this week's show. Featured athletes are Brookwood's Wes Manyak (Team Leader), Norcross' Darius Hanks, Grayson's Marc Nellist and North's Tyler Gutzman.

"Gwinnett Prep Rally" airs each Wednesday 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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Georgia Tech to visit Hoosiers for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

• ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will visit Indiana on Nov. 27 in the 2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the two conferences and ESPN announced Monday. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.

The Yellow Jackets and Hoosiers have met only once before, an 87-65 loss for Tech on Dec. 29, 1969 in the Bruin Classic at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Dad of ex-Brave Rocker dies in wreck

• WARNER ROBINS - Jake Rocker, the father of former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday morning, police said.

Rocker, 63, of Macon was struck by a dump truck in oncoming traffic as he made a left turn on the Ga. 247 Connector about 7:30 a.m., Warner Robins police Maj. John Wagner said.

The truck driver, identified as Angelo Raffield Jr., 40, was not hurt and no citations were issued, Wagner said.

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West leaving post with Grizzlies

• MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jerry West will leave as the Memphis Grizzlies' director of basketball operations July 1, saying he's ''not a youngster'' and weary of the turmoil surrounding the team.

West, one of the NBA's great players and executives with the Los Angeles Lakers, will end a five-year stint with the former expansion franchise.

Hokies cancel spring football game

• BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech on Tuesday canceled spring football practice and the team's annual spring game in the wake of Monday's campus massacre.

The intrasquad game, which typically draws tens of thousands of fans, was scheduled for Saturday.

The school also postponed a baseball game against William & Mary that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

- From staff, wire reports