North Gwinnett Baseball and Softball Association had an incredible season this year, brining home more championships than any teams in the history of NGBSA.
NGBSA had four teams place in the top three at the ASA state tournament this year, a feat not accomplished by any Gwinnett County park before.
The North Gwinnett 8U Red All Star Team placed second in the ASA state tournament.
Team members are Alexis Davis, Felise Collins, Chandler Dennis, Jacey Freedman, Kamryn Cohen, Halee Nicholson, Meredith Massey, Kyra Norris, Lucero Herrera, Maddison Koepke, Madeleine Marchiando, Makenzie Wismer, Mary Ashley Williamson and Meredith Derucki. The team is coached by Chris Massey, Andy Dennis, Mark Koepke, Mickey Norris and Sam Wismer.
The North Gwinnett 10U Black All Star team placed third in the ASA state tournament.
Team members are Sarah Braswell, Allison Chiacchira, Shannon Costelloe, Hannah Davis, Cameron Dillard, Samantha Gladstein, Jenna Heeren, Mikayla Henry, Makena Lundin, Ashley Mahoney, Hailey McCawley, Tammi Patton, Casey Prout and Sidney Sheppard. The team is coached by Ken Lundin, David Sheppard, Douglas Dillard and Clayton Braswell.
The North Gwinnett 10U Red All Star team won the ASA state tournament.
Team members are Emily Chiacchira, Bridgette Froebel, Beth Ginsberg, Haley Griffith, Carly Gustafson, Jordan Hyndshaw, Angela Raez, Grace Rigsbee, Courtney Smith, Megan Smorch, Sarah Venza and Kathleen Wilson. The team is coached by Mitchell Ginsberg, Steve Hyndshaw, Rick Rigsbee, Tom Chiacchira and Ellen Gustafson.
The North Gwinnett 12U Red All Star team won the ASA state tournament.
Team members are Kaitlyn Andrews, Jessica Bullock, Ciera Fackler, Brittany Godfrey, Erin Gower, Rachel Johnson, Alexandria Lebel, Kayleigh McCullough, Noelle Petty, Bryn Pugh, Alexis Raia, Natalie Raia and Rachel Smith. The team is coached by Tim Johnson, John Reeves and Vince Raia.
The North Gwinnett 8U Black team was invited to the Georgia ASA state tournament.
Team members are Logan Caymol, Savannah Cowdrey, Cecilia Haag, Audrey Hartz, Margaret Langheim, Maygan Loparo, Alexis Mount, Elizabeth Packer, Sara Shaw, Jennifer Tobar, Brianna Vargas, Meagan Warren, Adalai Winkelman and Sarah Yang.
The team is coached by Brian Warren, Mateo Caymol, Mark Langheim and Joe Shaw.
Dodgers claim Global World Series
The Jack City Dodgers travel baseball team out of Dacula won the USSSA Global World Series in Orange Beach, Ala., on July 12.
The Dodgers competed against teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia to finally win the tournament against the Hardcore Baseball (Ga.).
The Dodgers were the No. 16 seed coming out of pool play in the 24-team tournament. After losing their first two games, the Dodgers won six in a row to claim the title.
Last year the Dodgers took home the USSSA 11AA World Series championship.
Team members are Myron Burton, Sean Fitzpatrick, Zeke Lewis, Ray Lewis, Ryan Janco, Karl Marquez, DeMarcus Mays, Jakobi Meyers, Aaron Miles, Chance Thrasher, Kielan Whitner and Bryan Whiting. The team is coached by Keith Whitner and Ryan Asmer.
Nationals receive sportsmanship award
The Mountain Park National All-Stars placed fifth at the Dixie Youth Baseball AA 8U state championship at George Pierce Park in Suwanee.
The Nationals were awarded the sportsmanship trophy showing the best team spirit and sportsmanship, the fans showing sportsmanship, and the coaching staff showing the best sportsmanship.
Team members are Will Parker, Tyler Hess, Swinton Rosser, Noah Brown, Gabe Howard, Wesley Franklin, James Whitmer, Jonathan French, Quinton Cochran, Jonathan Ponder, Yeager Dance, Andrew Henry and Dylan Fletcher.
The team is coached by James Hess, Ray Henry and Steve Howard.
Mountain Park repeats as Dixie Major champs
The Mountain Park Panthers defended their Dixie Majors title this year.
The Panthers defeated Mill Creek for the win and will be leaving on Friday to North Charleston, S.C., for the World Series.
Team members are Kyle Suder, David Zingarelli, Sunny Delawalla, Bennett Chaney, Kurt Brodie, Dustin Morris, Robert Alderman, Rommel Rana, Billy Trujillo, Alex Gibbs, Moni Patel, Andrew Winston, Kory Love, Allan Johnson and Austin Chambers.
The team is coached by Greg Johnson, Trey Honeycutt and Sam Chambers.
Wolves place second at state tournament
The Buford Wolves Pee-Wee National Allstar team came in second place in the Gwinnett Sub-District Dixie Youth Tournament June 13 in Buford.
The Wolves went on to play in the Dixie Youth State Tournament in Suwanee and made it all the way to the championship to finish second.
They will now travel to the Regional Tournament to be held in Enterprise, Ala., July 25 and represent the state of Georgia.
Team members are Brandon Blume, Brandon Brittle, Luke Houston, Cole Hunter, Blake Hutchins, KJ Johnson, Reece McIntyre, Bryce Morin, Zachary Murray, Logan Orr, Spencer Starkweather and Austin Turner.
The team is coached by Jason Hutchins, Chad McIntyre and Greg Starkweather.
Eagles claim Wood Bat Classic championship
The MGBA Eagles, a 16U travel baseball team, won the Smoltz Grissom Wood Bat Classic Championship at Turner Field on May 27.
Team members from Gwinnett County are Ben Couch, Keegan Forness and Michael Dean.
The team is coached by Gary Staab, Zack Chastain and Brian Staab.
WarHawks capture two tournament titles
The Lawrenceville WarHawks, a 14U travel baseball team, won the Battle at Black Creek Tournament in Coal Mountain and the North State Championship tournament in LaGrange.
The WarHawks were 5-0 at the Battle at Black Creek, which comprised of USSSA rated teams from major and AAA and outscored their opponents 57-29.
The WarHawks were 4-1 at the North State Championship. They avenged their only los in the championship game by beating the Florida Mustangs with a walk-off homer.
The Mustangs are ranked third in Florida by USSSA and the WarHawks are ranked fourth in Georgia.
Team members are Brandon Griffin, Jake Shirley, Jordan Hillyer, Austin Meyer, Quinn Grogan, Blake Adams, Holt Davis, Max Rosenbaum, Evan Griffith, Ryan Russell, James Holder and Kyle York.
The team is coached by Ron Holder, Robert Griffith, Mark Russell and Greg Meyer.
Hawks win Cat Attack
The Mill Creek Hawks 10U travel baseball team won the Cat Attack USSSA tournament in Ellijay on May 3, outscoring its opponents 47-2.
Team members are Gabe Davenport, Austin Elliott, Matthew Lewis, Loren Matzick, Joshua Pickens, Justin Reppert, Jacob Weisenberger, Kobe Wharton, Brett Whitford and Tyler Zak.
The team coach is Rod Davenport, Doug Lewis, John Reppert and Keith Elliott.
Pistols claim two national titles
The Georgia Pistols AAU basketball program won the 9U and 12U national championships.
The Georgia Pistols 12U AAU basketball team won the national championship in Kingsport, Tenn., on July 8.
The Pistols trailed by 17 points with 13:24 left in the game and came back to beat the Dayton Lady Hoopstars 46-44.
Team members are Ayanna Mitchell, Sierra Butler, Kevanna Edwards, Asia Durr, Tea Cooper, Sydney Jarmon, Katie Powell, Jasmine Carter, Syndi Means, Brianna Cummings, Alysha Berry and Justina Young. The team is coached by Lanny Martin, Tim Wilcox and Barbara Powell.
The Georgia Pistols Gold won the AAU 9U National Championship in Monroe, La. The Pistols topped Indiana's Finest Basketball Club 41-32 to earn the crown in a dramatic come from behind victory. At the end of the game the Pistols outscored Indiana 21-2 using a full court trapping defense.
Team members are Jameson Kavel, Brianna Dixon, Julia Childers, Taja Cummings, Shaiauna Blanding, Ja'Lyn Reese, Michae Jones, Alana Hodges, Natalie Armstrong, Semaj Thompson, Bailey Edwards, Mikayla Coombs and Devyn Lowe
The team is coached by Jack Feagin, Anthony Cummings, Demetrius Hodges, Mike Jones and Patrick Lowe.
It was a banner year for the Pistols program. The 8U gold team was second in state, the 9U gold team placed first in AAU and YBOA, the 10U was second and the 11U gold and 12 gold placed first. The 13U black took first in AAU Division II and 14U gold was first. In the 16U, team purple was first in AAU Division II, gold was second in AAU, Nike was third and Purple was first in AAU.
Mitchell, Price picked for Top Gun camp
Taylor Mitchell and Matthew Price were two of four Georgian's selected to Football University's Top Gun All-Star Training Experience.
Top Gun is the culmination of a 30-camp nationwide tour, gathering the most elite performers from across the United States and allowing them to display their abilities together on one stage.
Mitchell and Price are both seventh graders from Duluth and Lawrenceville and will take part in the experience Monday through Wednesday in Orlando.
GSA headed to nationals
The GSA Phoenix 92 red girls soccer team, based out of Lilburn, will represent U.S. Youth Soccer Region III at the national championships.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
Barnett wins gold
Curtis Barrnett won Gold at the U.S. National Taekwondo Championship's in Austin Texas. The Athens native, who trains at Victory Training Center in Buford Georgia, is now going to U.S. National Team Trials in Colorado Springs Colo., at he U.S. Olympic Training Center.
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