Gwinnett grads: Locals take their shots at NFL camps

After three Gwinnett grads were selected in last weekend's NFL Draft, two more also joined NFL teams this week in hopes of making it in pro football.

Shortly after the draft, Maryland's Stephon Heyer (a Brookwood grad) signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins and Auburn kicker Matt Clark, a South Gwinnett grad, was offered an invitation to this weekend's Cleveland Browns mini-camp. If Clark isn't signed by the Browns, he also has an invitation the following weekend to the New York Jets' mini-camp.

It was widely reported early this past week that Notre Dame's Darius Walker, a Buford grad, had signed with the Chicago Bears, but a deal apparently hasn't been worked out between the two sides. If Walker doesn't sign with the Bears, he likely will have chances to sign elsewhere.

Another free agent, Parkview grad and Southern Methodist safety Joey Sturdivant, also may join an NFL team's camp in the coming weeks.

They join the three Gwinnett grads who were drafted by NFL teams this year: Dacula brothers Kenny and David Irons of Auburn and Brookwood grad Mansfield Wrotto of Georgia Tech.

Kenny Irons was a second-round choice of the Cincinnati Bengals and David went in the sixth round to the Atlanta Falcons. Wrotto went in the fourth round to the Seattle Seahawks.


North grads excel

for Kentucky

North Gwinnett grads E.J. Adams and Ross Bogue performed well in Kentucky's Blue and White Spring Football Game.

Adams, a sophomore cornerback, was the White team's leading tackler with eight, including two for losses. He also broke up a pass.

Bogue, a sophomore tight end, caught three passes for 32 yards for the victorious Blue squad.


Barnes gets ACC honor

Brookwood grad Brittany Barnes, a fastpitch softball player at Georgia Tech, was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday.

Barnes was 6-for-10 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and two doubles in a weekend sweep of Virginia. She also had two hits earlier in the week vs. Georgia State.

Her performance upped Tech's school-record winning streak to 15 games.

GPC wins first region title

With key contributions from Gwinnett players, the Georgia Perimeter College fastpitch softball team won its first Region XVII Tournament title and earned its first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Assocation Tournament, slated for May 17-19 in Plant City, Fla.

GPC lost its first region tourney game, but won five straight to claim the title.

Brookwood grad Kelly White hit three home runs and had a .647 batting average in the tournament and Collins Hill grad Shelley Jenkins added a pair of home runs. Jenkins leads the team with 15 this season.

Collins Hill grad Missy Herren, who was named the Region XVII pitcher of the year, had two pitching victories in the tourney. Jenkins and White made the All-Tournament team and White made the All-Region team for the 2007 season.

The Jaguars' 38 wins are the most in school history, breaking the mark of 37 set back in 1992.

Three named to

All-GSAC team

Duluth grads Megan Henry and Ashley Nelson, along with Collins Hill grad Michelle Broderick, were named to the All-Great South Athletic Conference team.

Henry, a junior at LaGrange College, made the team as a pitcher and Nelson, a senior at Wesleyan College, was selected as an outfielder. Broderick, a freshman at Piedmont College, was picked as a utility player and also made the All-Freshman Team.

Henry and Nelson also made the All-Academic Team along with Dacula grad Ashley Cohoon of Agnes Scott.


Robertson, Gillispie lead conference honors

Piedmont College's MIke Robertson and David Gillispie received the top individual honors on the All-Great South Athletic Conference Tennis Team.

Robertson, a Collins Hill grad, was named Player of the Year and a first-team All-GSAC choice. Gillispie, a Peachtree Ridge grad, was named Freshman of the Year, first-team All-GSAC and All-Freshman.

Two of his Piedmont teammates, Collins Hill grad Chris Leonardo and Peachtree Ridge grad Michael Madden also made the All-Freshman Team. Piedmont also had two other Collins Hill grads, Joey Leonardo and Jake LeMaster, on the All-GSAC team. Joey Leonardo also was an All-Academic selection.


Tice named All-Panhandle

Tallahassee Community College third baseman Jeremie Tice, a Dacula grad, was named to the All-Panhandle Conference Team for the second straight year.

Tice was the only TCC player to appear in all 53 games during the season and hit .374 with team highs of 52 RBIs and 51 runs. He also had seven home runs and 14 doubles.

Matticola, Allen

get conference nods

LaGrange's Cory Matticola, a Central Gwinnett grad, and Blake Allen, a Grayson grad, were both honored by the Great South Athletic Conference. Matticola was an All-GSAC selection at designated hitter and Allen made the All-Freshman team.


Stewart wins Auburn honor

Parkview grad Kristin Stewart was named the Offensive MVP of the Auburn women's soccer team. She received the award this week at the team's banquet.

Stewart led the Tigers with five goals, including three game-winners, and three assists. The senior capped her career with the game-winning goal in a victory over rival Alabama.

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