YOUTH ROUNDUP: Hodge wins gold at AAU national championship

Kyleeyah Hodge captured the gold medal for the bantam girls in the 100-meter run with a time of 14.23 seconds at the AAU Track and Field National Championship at Norfolk State University in Virginia from July 31-Aug. 7.

The 9-year-old from Titan Track Club of Gwinnett also won the silver medal in the 200 with a time of 29.13.


Harris shines at Junior Olympics

Thomas Harris of Creekland Middle School competed at the Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Va., and advanced to the semifinals in two events.

Harris ran in the 100- and 200-meter races and set a new personal record of 11.9 seconds in the 100.

Harris is nationally ranked 13th in the nation in the 100 and 19th in the nation in the 200.


Falcons win World Series

The Dacula Falcons 8U travel team won the USSSA World Series (Silver). The Falcons went 4-0 in bracket play, beating teams from Ohio and Maryland. The Falcons beat Lake Shore (Md.) 12-11 in the championship game.

Team members are Garrett Howe, Trace Bullock, Spencer Hancock, Joe Franklin, Tyler Jones, Landon Smith, Michael Moulder, Colby Elbers, Jose Guzman, Vance Tullis and Chase Lappert. The team is coached by Mike Moulder, Matt Tullis, Andy Bullock, Ross Hancock and Chuck Jones.

Four players selected for showcase

Gwinnett County had four players selected by major league scouts to participate in the East Coast Pro Showcase.

Buford's Jake Burnette and Josh Headinger, Mill Creek's Jerad Curry and Hebron Christian Academy's Danny Lockhart were selected to the event.

The showcase was held at Joker Marchant Stadium on the Tiger Town Complex in Lakeland, Fla., on July 31 to Aug. 4. Only 25 player from the Georgia and north Florida territory were selected to represent one of the six MLB organizations at the event. These players competed with and against some of the best players in the United States in a four-day round robin type tournament format.


Local players lead team national success

Three teams with Gwinnett County players on their teams placed in the top 10 at the 16U ASA national tournament in College Station, Texas.

The Georgia Southern Force, coached by Tara Glasco Archibald, placed fourth. Team members are Christina Parham (Collins Hill), Aerika Miles (Collins Hill), CaraMia Tsirigos (Wesleyan), Jessica Neidigh (Brookwood) and Brittany Roley (Collins Hill).

The Atlanta Vipers, coached by Chris Dean, finished fifth. Team members are Payton Wilson (Collins Hill), Kayla Floor (Collins Hill), Kanani Cabrales (Grayson), Taylor Denton (Grayson), Nikki Sagermann (Mill Creek) and Anyssa Robles (Mill Creek).

Georgia Academy Power, coached by Mike Bell, was seventh with Shiloh's Amber Johnson on the team.

Gwinnett players help team to title

Gwinnett had seven players on the East Cobb Bullets 18U gold national championship team.

Local team members are Callie Case (Buford), Melissa Dickie (Buford), Karly Fullem (Buford), Sierra Lawrence (GAC), Caroline Rogers (North Gwinnett), Alysha Rudnik (Buford) and Chelsie Thomas (Buford).

Local teams shine at nationals

Four Gwinnett County teams finished in the top 25 at the 10U ASA nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Worth Cobras, playing out of Rhodes Jordan Park, was seventh. The Dacula Falcons finished ninth and the North Gwinnett Blaze, who play at George Pierce Park, were 13th. The Easton Elite, playing of Archer High School, finished 25th.

-- Brandon Brigman

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