Jackets' Pierce-Joyner named ACC legend

Former Georgia Tech standout Joyce Pierce-Joyner, who played high school basketball at Norcross, has been selected as one of 12 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Legends who will be honored as the upcoming ACC Women's Basketball Tournament.

The honorees will be recognized at a March 5 luncheon and again at the tourney on March 6. The ACC honors one player from each school with the award each year.

Pierce-Joyner finished her Tech career ranked in the top five in nine categories, including a school-record 430 made throws and a school-best 596 points as a junior. A three-time All-ACC selection, she led the Yellow Jackets in scoring and rebounding three straight seasons.

She currently teaches and coaches for the Clayton County school district.

Eagles' Fine commits to Shorter soccer

Collins Hill senior Blair Fine has accepted a scholarship offer from the Shorter College women's soccer program. Fine, who also plays club soccer for Atlanta United 92 Gold, serves on the Gwinnett Children's Shelter teen advisory board and represents Collins Hill as a peer leader at Taylor Elementary School.

Buford plans Wednesday event for all athletes

Buford will honor its college-bound senior athletes Wednesday with a 9 a.m. ceremony in the gym. The group currently includes football players Kolton Houston (Georgia), Jessel Curry (Auburn), Du'Von Millsap (South Carolina), Shawn Artz (South Alabama), Mitchell DeWalt (North Greenville), Jerome Davis (North Carolina A&T), Tyshawn Holley (Albany State) and Andrew Swope (Hutchinson Community College).

The Wolves also will honor the following signees in other sports: Alysha Rudnik (Georgia Tech, softball), Cameron Crawford (North Georgia, baseball), Jeb Dils (Gordon, baseball), Eric Eck (Wofford, baseball), Jacey Chandler (South Alabama, girls soccer), Matt Johnson (Augusta State, cross country) and Audrey Marlette (North Georgia, tennis).

Gladiators send Marchesi to Cincinnati, get St. Pierre

The Gwinnett Gladiators sent defenseman Scott Marchesi to the Cincinnati Cyclones Monday to complete a future considerations deal that brought forward Mike McLean to the Gladiators last week.

Marchesi, 26, has 11 points in 42 games with the Gladiators this season. Last season he put up 21 points in 67 games with the Gladiators and appeared in two games with Chicago of the AHL.

The Gladiators also picked up defesenseman Nick St. Pierre from the Reading Royals for Aaron Brocklehurst. The rookie from Colgate has 14 points in 32 games with the Royals this season.


Hawks sign G West for rest of season

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Mario West for the remainder of the season.

West was signed to two 10-day contracts before agreeing to a contract for the rest of the year on Monday. He played college basketball at Georgia Tech and spent two seasons with the Hawks before being cut this year in training camp.

Considered a defensive specialist, West has averaged 0.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight games so far this season.