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Berkmar's Pitts to sign with Berry

• Berkmar senior Cory Pitts plans to sign a letter of intent with the Berry College baseball team on Friday at 9 a.m. in the school's media center. An outfielder, Pitts is the son of Travis and Vickie Pitts.

Hebron's Brandt commits to Presbyterian soccer

• Hebron Christian senior Andrew Brandt has accepted a soccer scholarship from Presbyterian College (S.C.), which moves up from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I this year.

Brandt, a 6-foot-4 goalkeeper, is a four-year starter and maintains a 4.0 GPA. He was an All-County and Scholar-Athlete selection as a junior.

Wesleyan's Plagman, Shaheen honored by Dugout Club

• Tony Plagman, a 2006 Wesleyan grad, and head baseball coach Mike Shaheen were honored by the Georgia Dugout Club at its annual awards ceremony. Plagman was the Class AA co-player of the year and Shaheen, who led the Wolves to a state runner-up finish, was AA co-coach of the year.

North wrestlers third at Sweet Onion Classic

• North Gwinnett's wrestling team placed third of 22 teams at this past weekend's Vidalia Sweet Onion Classic. Travis Sheehy led the way with a first-place finish at 152 pounds and he also was the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.

The Bulldogs also got third-place finishes from Corey Newman (130), Michael Hagen (140), Alex Reffett (160), Deven Bradford (171) and Steve Buffington (285).

Grayson finishes with 33-4 dual record

• Grayson defeated three teams this past weekend, finishing the duals season with a 33-4 record. The Rams defeated Southwest DeKalb 56-6, Fayette County 36-20 and Luella 59-10.

The following wrestlers went 3-0 over the weekend: Tucker Kreis at 103 pounds, Ben Hulsey at 112, Zach George at 119, Matt Casciano at 130, Tony West at 145, Dustin Unkle at 160, Nathan Swanson at 171 and James Boatright at 285.

Shiloh JV boys win region title

• The Shiloh junior varsity boys basketball team won the Region 8-AAAAA tournament this past Saturday. The Generals, led by MVP Ernst Brun and All-Tourney selection Andre Crittendon, defeated Meadowcreek 75-72 in the finals following earlier wins over Brookwood (65-37) and Parkview (67-42).

Team members are: Brun, Crittendon, Terrance Usry, Eddie Mathis, Marcus Archie, Matt McCurdy, Jacoby Patton, Joseph Senat, Cedric Eichelberger, Troy Baker, Sejean Hart, Keiron Bobb, Alex Carroll, Dexter Harper and Averi Dickerson. The team is coached by Matt Breda.

North ice hockey knocks off Lions

• North Gwinnett's club ice hockey team recently picked up a big victory when it defeated previously unbeaten Peachtree Ridge 4-2.

North (8-1-2) took a 3-1 lead after the first period with goals from Josh Van Horn, Sergio Storelli and Boom Nuanual. Storelli added his second goal later in the game and goalie Travis Thun made 35 saves for the victors.

state

Higgs named ACC player of week

• GREENSBORO, N.C. - Stephanie Higgs of Georgia Tech is the Atlantic Coast Conference's women's basketball player of the week, the league announced Monday.

Higgs, a Central Gwinnett grad, led the Yellow Jackets to an upset of defending national champion Maryland, scoring 26 points in the 77-72 win over the then-No. 4 Terrapins. It was the guard's fifth 20-point game this season, and she ranks sixth in the ACC, averaging 15.3 points.

national

Alcohol found in Southern Cal kicker who fell off cliff last month

• LOS ANGELES - Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was drunk when he plunged over a cliff to his death, but the coroner's office Monday was unable to say why he fell.

A toxicological report accompanying Danelo's autopsy report found he had 0.23 blood-alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit in California. No drugs were detected in his body, the report said.

The autopsy report said the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries, but ''because of the unanswered questions, we are stating the manner of death as undetermined,'' Deputy Medical Examiner Jeffrey Gutstadt of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office wrote in the report.

QB Johnson stays with Bengals

• CINCINNATI - Quarterback Doug Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Monday with the Cincinnati Bengals, staying around to be Carson Palmer's backup.

Johnson hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL regular-season game since 2004. He signed with the Bengals as a free agent last February, when it was unclear whether Palmer would be recovered from reconstructive knee surgery in time for the season.

international

Fans could be barred from Italian soccer stadiums following cop's death

• ROME - Soccer fans won't be allowed into stadiums in Italy unless security measures are met, a decision that comes days after rioting at a game in Sicily in which a police officer was killed.

Interior Minister Giuliano Amato also said Monday that clubs will not be able to sell blocks of tickets to visiting fans, allowing for better control of those entering stadiums. These decisions and others need to be approved at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Amato added.

''I know it is extravagant to think of soccer play without the public,'' he said. ''But I think it is a worse extravagance to have someone die for something like that.''

- From staff, wire reports