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SPORTS BRIEFS: Parkview's Hamby named national coach of the year

Panthers' Hamby named national coach of the year

Parkview girls soccer coach Judson Hamby was named national high school girls coach of the year last week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at its annual convention in Philadelphia.

Hamby, a two-time South Region coach of the year, won in Division I, for large girls high school programs. He led the Panthers to their third straight Class AAAAA state championship in 2009, building a 22-1 record and a 43-game winning streak that dated back to the previous season.

Lee University coach Matt Yelton, the brother of former Parkview girls coach Todd Yelton, was named the NAIA women's national coach of the year for the second straight season.

Gladiators, American Conference edged in skills competition

Gwinnett Gladiators rookie defensemen, Drew Paris and Sam Roberts, and the American Conference were narrowly defeated 11-10 by the National Conference in the ECHL All-Star skills competition Tuesday in Ontario, Calif.

Paris helped the American Conference win the hardest shot competition and the breakaway relay, but the host conference prevailed. Paris scored a goal on Victoria's goaltender David Shantz in the relay and had the fourth hardest shot overall at 96.2 mph.

Florida's A.J. Thelen won the individual honors in that event with a shot clocked at 101.9 mph. His effort was close to beating former Gladiator Jon Awe's all-time record of 102.2, set the last time the American Conference won the skills competition in 2007.

Brookwood girls hoops team to play in cancer fundraiser

The Brookwood girls basketball team will play in a showcase Saturday at Starr's Mill that serves as a fundraiser for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. The fund finances breast cancer research. The event features four basketball games beginning at 2 p.m., with Brookwood slated to play Whitewater at 5 p.m.

'Prep Rally' to feature hoops

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs basketball highlights from Brookwood-Berkmar boys, GAC-Buford boys, Brookwood-Berkmar girls and Buford-GAC girls on this week's show. Featured athletes include Brookwood's Thomas Higginbotham, Buford's Alysha Rudnik and GAC's Malcolm Brogdon.

"Gwinnett Prep Rally," hosted by Daily Post editor Todd Cline and sports editor Will Hammock, airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on GCPS-TV and each Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on GCPS-TV. Check www.gwinnettpreprally.com for more information.

Norcross Soccer Academy announces changes

The Norcross Soccer Association, operating as the Norcross Soccer Academy, announced three strategic staff changes this week.

President James Welch and executive director of coaching Tony Annan made three new coaching director assignments, including the appointment of Rich Mealey as recreation program director. They also announced Roberto Sibaja as boys technical director and Rob DiFiglio as girls technical director. Those two will work with all of the organization's Select level teams.

Pro golf tour announces Canongate alliance

The Peach State Professional Golf Tour announced an alliance Wednesday with Canongate Golf Clubs, the owner of 23 private clubs and 26 courses in metro Atlanta.

Canongate courses will host all 24 events of the 2010 season for the PSPGT, which is in its fifth season as a developmental league for pro golfers. Canongate's properties in the Gwinnett area include Hamilton Mill Golf Club, Traditions of Braselton, Windermere Golf Club, Olde Atlanta Golf Club and Smoke Rise Golf and Country Club.

Ga. Southern hoops on probation

STATESBORO -- The NCAA has placed the Georgia Southern men's basketball program on probation for two years after finding ''major'' academic violations.

The NCAA said Wednesday an unnamed former assistant coach provided course work and in some cases completed the work for the two players from 2007-08. Georgia Southern must vacate all wins in which the two players competed during the two seasons. The school loses one scholarship for three years.