Middle School Hoops: Lanier sweeps
Trickum, Richards also win middle school crowns

The Gwinnett County Middle School Championships this past weekend saw a split of the county's basketball titles in one division. But in the other division it was all Lanier.

Lanier won the West Division girls county title on Saturday with a narrow 33-32 win over Creekland, while the Lanier boys followed with another squeaker, a 38-34, overtime victory over Creekland.

The Lanier girls finished the season with a 12-1 record, while the boys finished 11-2.

The East Division county championships were decided Friday night, which began with Trickum defeating McConnell 39-35 for the girls crown. In the nightcap, Richards defeated Trickum 57-48 for the boys championship.

The victories for the Trickum girls and Richards boys capped perfect 13-0 seasons.

Lanier's boys team is coached by Dave Evans and Todd Posey, and Martinez Johnson is the manager. Members of Evans' first-place team are: Justin Techo, Michael Bryant, Chris Bureau, A.J. Clements, Austin Kerr, Brian McGowan, Danny Crawford, Raahmil Brantley, Joseph Jones, Tim Northrup, Mac Howard and Jordan Washington.

Eddie Boynce, Lesli Waldrop and Helen Craig coach the Lanier girls, while the manager is Brooke Edwards. Lanier's girls players are: Rachel Blacklock, Madison Branch, Cassidy Packer, Emily Wood, Lacey Jones, Mariah Reilly, Alexis Munlyn, Ivey Franklin, Jessica Techo, Aslee McElroy and Meagan O'Neal.

Trickum's girls team features coaches Tim Yates and En Johnson and managers Sarah Curlee, Katherine Trainer, Leah Chandley, Mia Marshall and Tiffany Francis. Members of its first-place team are: Bridget Sandy, Jordan Dean, Daron Blankenship, Lauren Sowell, Helena Pouengue, Janet Detweiler, Nephthaly Leonidas, Celine Talley, Kelsie Stanton, Krista Gustafson, Bethany Barbour and Adreana Jefferson.

Richards is coached by Ron Hickman, while the boys team's manager is Jackie Finnegan. The county champions' roster features: K-Ci Maultsby, Xavier Thomas, Justin Dewitt, Keith Moore, Ahmed Ali, George Morris, Louis McGee, Jordan Adams, Darrian Smith, Henry Enyenihi, David Morgan and Nathan Bellamy.