SPORTS IN BRIEF: Buford's Thomas, Fullem and Dickie commit to colleges

Buford's Thomas, Fullem and Dickie commit to colleges

Buford juniors Chelsie Thomas, Karly Fullem and Melissa Dickie, who have led the Wolves to the past three state championships, recently made commitments to college fastpitch softball programs.

Thomas, a third baseman, and Fullem, a pitcher/first baseman, both committed to Georgia Tech. Dickie, also a pitcher, made a commitment to North Georgia College and State University.

Thomas has a career batting average of .361 with 41 RBIs, 101 runs scored and 58 stolen bases in 60 attempts. She is the daughter of Robin and Lamar Thomas.

Fullem is 35-5 in her Buford pitching career with a 1.02 ERA and 287 strikeouts, and also has 41 career RBIs and a .289 average. She is the daughter of Jill and David Fullem.

Dickie is 28-4 as a pitcher with a 0.62 ERA and 238 strikeouts. She is the daughter of Tammy and David Dickie.

Dacula's Brown signs with Newberry football

n Dacula senior Jake Brown signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football for Newberry College (S.C.). Brown had 23 catches for 390 yards and three touchdowns last season, earning first-team all-county honors from the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett. He also is a standout in track and field at Dacula.

Central freshmen boys win 8-AAAAA title

n Central Gwinnett won its third straight Region 8-AAAAA ninth-grade championship in boys basketball this past weekend, defeating Parkview 73-34 in the finals.

The title was the third in a row for the Black Knights, who finished 17-0 under ninth-grade coach Rodger Breda.

Members of the championship team are: Romerro Taylor, Darius Joell, Justin Martin, Kendall Coleman, Terrell Peair, Terrence Burress, Rarrekcus Delbridge, Xzavier Thompson, E-man Westmoreland, Justin Mouton and Justin Norris.

Collins Hill boys, Parkview girls start season No. 1

The defending Class AAAAA state champion Collins Hill boys and Parkview girls soccer teams were both ranked No. 1 in the preseason state rankings compiled by high school coaches.

Collins Hill is joined in the AAAAA boys rankings by Parkview (No. 4), Brookwood (No. 5) and Peachtree Ridge (No. 7). Behind Parkview in the AAAAA girls poll is No. 4 North Gwinnett, No. 5 Brookwood, No. 7 Peachtree Ridge, No. 9 Grayson and No. 10 Collins Hill.

In AA/A, the defending state champion Greater Atlanta Christian boys are ranked No. 2 behind Westminster. The GAC and Wesleyan girls are ranked third and fourth, respectively, in AA/A.