LOCAL

Norcross softball coach steps down

Norcross fastpitch softball coach Michelle Bowden has resigned for personal and family reasons, Blue Devil athletic director Kirk Barton said on Monday. Bowden, a Duluth grad, was a longtime softball coach at Shiloh prior to taking a job at Norcross.

Former Norcross standout commits to Alabama football

Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) senior Chris Jordan, who played his first two seasons at Norcross, has accepted a football scholarship from Alabama according to reports from Scout.com. He chose the Crimson Tide over Clemson.

He will join two former Norcross teammates at Alabama - current freshman Darius Hanks and fellow commitment Devonta Bolton.

North Gwinnett makes adjustments to basketball schedule

North Gwinnett postponed its scheduled varsity basketball games with Peachtree Ridge this Saturday because of the Bulldogs' involvement in the Class AAAAA state championship football game. The games now will be played Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge.

Also the Bulldogs' basketball games against Brookwood, which were postponed from Dec. 8 because of the football playoffs, will be held this Friday at North. Those games begin at 6 p.m.

Collins Hill wrestling hosts Alumni Night on Wednesday

The Collins Hill wrestling program will host its Alumni Night on Wednesday for its home match against Peachtree Ridge. The wrestling action starts at 6 p.m.

All former Collins Hill students involved with the wrestling program are invited back for the event. For more information, e-mail to jim_gassman@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Combine for unsigned football seniors set for Feb. 16

The Graduating Senior Winter Football Combine will be held on Feb. 16 to showcase senior high school football players who don't sign on National Signing Day.

The event, hosted by Performance Training at the Suwanee Sports Academy, is from 1 to 6 p.m. and costs $49 per player. A crop of Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college coaches are expected to attend. Thirty-five local players attended the inaugural combine this past February and eight of those seniors signed with seven different colleges.

To register, check www.sleepinggiants.org.

ABA team to play seven home games at Gwinnett Center

The Atlanta Vision, an official member of the American Basketball Association, announced Monday it will play seven home games at the Gwinnett Center.

The first game is Jan. 11 and individual tickets - available through TicketMaster and at the arena box office - go on sale at 10 a.m. today.

The Vision will also play seven games in Gwinnett high school gyms this season as part of its Pro Hoops in the Community program, a fund-raising opportunity for local high schools.

NATIONAL

Former UCLA football coach Dorrell spotted on Duke campus

DURHAM, N.C. - Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was on Duke's campus as the Blue Devils' search for a new coach enters its third week.

Dorrell was spotted at about 12:30 p.m. Monday while riding in the passenger seat of a convertible near Cameron Indoor Stadium.

UCLA fired Dorrell last week after the Bruins finished 6-6 and went 35-27 during his five-year tenure.

Don Yee, Dorrell's Los Angeles-based agent, declined to comment. Athletic director Joe Alleva also did not return a telephone message left by the Associated Press.

Duke is looking for a replacement for Ted Roof, who was fired Nov. 26 after wrapping up a 1-11 season with a ninth straight loss. The Blue Devils went 6-45 during Roof's four-plus seasons in Durham.