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Strong start on diamond

College baseball is barely under way, but several former Gwinnett players are off to a good starts.

In his first college at-bat, Florida State freshman catcher Parker Brunelle of Wesleyan hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Seminoles routed Duquesne 14-3 in their opener last Saturday. Brunelle is backing up FSU standout Buster Posey, who is the Seminoles' closer when not catching.

Georgia Tech freshman outfielder Chase Burnette of Buford had a pinch-hit single in his first at-bat and scored a run as the Yellow Jackets completed an opening three-game sweep of Youngstown State with a 5-1 victory last Sunday. Freshman left-hander Taylor Wood of Greater Atlanta Christian made his debut for the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, allowing a run on three hits over two innings of relief as Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern 11-2. Wood struck out three and walked none.

Georgia junior left-hander Nathan Moreau of Parkview pitched six scoreless innings last Sunday against No. 1 ranked Arizona, but the Bulldogs bullpen couldn't hold a 4-0 lead in the 9-8 loss. Moreau allowed just three hits.

Bulldog junior right-hander Stephen Dodson, a Wesleyan grad, had pitched well the day before, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. But he took the 7-1 loss. Georgia was 1-2 in the opening series with Arizona.

BASKETBALL

Anderson goes for 21

Freshman point guard Kevin Anderson, a Peachtree Ridge grad, scored a season-best 21 as Richmond won 82-71 at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

Richmond (15-11, 8-5) is perhaps the surprise team of the A-10. The Spiders are tied for third place in the conference. The top four teams will draw a bye in the conference tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.

Goodman named All-GJCAA

Central Gwinnett grad Sam Goodman, a freshman at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, was named to the All-Georgia Junior College Athletic Association first team as well as defensive player of the year. He also made the GJCAA All-Freshman team.

Goodman averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 steals this season.

TRACK AND FIELD

Hackney wins Big East championship

Louisville thrower Andrew Hackney, a Brookwood grad, won the 35-pound weight throw competition at last weekend's Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City.

Hackey won the event with a personal best throw of 63 feet, 4 inches.

Nabors, Thornton set school marks

Gwinnett grads Johnnie Nabors and Andre Thornton, junior runners at Union College (Ky.), had record-breaking performances at last weekend's Virginia Tech Challenge.

The two teamed up on Union's 1,600-meter relay that had a school-record time of 3 minutes, 24.49 seconds.

Nabors, a Meadowcreek grad, also finished seventh in the 60-meter dash to break his own school record with a time of 6.82 seconds, the second-fastest NAIA time in the event this season.

Thornton, a South Gwinnett grad, ran 22.15 in the 200 to win his section and break his own school record.

His time, 21st fastest at the meet, was an NAIA "A" qualifying time for the NAIA National Championships.

SWIMMING

Sanders helps Davidson to record, win

Wesleyan grad Courtney Sanders helped the Davidson College (N.C.) swim team to first place in the inaugural Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships.

Sanders swam the lead leg of Davidson's school-record 400 freestyle relay, which placed first in 3:28.52 and clinched the team title. The junior also swam on a first-place 800 free relay team.

Individually, Sanders placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (57.96) and also scored with ninth-place finishes in both the 50 free and 100 free.

Stowe posts school record, NCAA cut

Georgia Tech senior swimmer Elizabeth Stowe broke a school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the ACC Championships with a fourth-place finish.

The Dacula grad's time of 16:19.33 also was the Yellow Jackets' first NCAA "A" time of the season, which automatically gives her a spot in the NCAA Championships. She bettered the previous school mark by more than nine seconds and also set a school mark with her first 1,000 free (9:55.75).

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.