Weir, Cink win Atlanta Sports Awards
* Brookwood grad Amanda Weir and Duluth resident Stewart Cink received Atlanta Sports Awards at the Atlanta Sports Council event Monday night.
Weir, an accomplished swimmer, was named amateur athlete of the year and Cink, who won golf's British Open last year, was selected as professional athlete of the year. Gwinnett resident Brad Nessler also received the Furman Bisher Award for sports media excellence.
Other winners were Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson (coach of the year), Georgia gymnast Courtney Kupets (collegiate athlete of the year), basketball player Derrick Favors (high school athlete of the year), Braves pitcher Tim Hudson (sports person of the year) and Georgia Tech football (team of the year). Tom Cousins received a lifetime achievement award while the two scholar-athlete awards went to Westminster's Rawson Haverty and North Springs' Megan Light.
'Prep Rally' features state basketball
* "Gwinnett Prep Rally," a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs state tournament basketball highlights from Norcross-Meadowcreek boys, Norcross-Milton boys, Central Gwinnett-McEachern boys, Mill Creek-Milton girls, Norcross-Campbell girls and GAC-Lamar Co. boys on this week's show.
"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.
USA FIT Gwinnett runners post top finishes
* Three USA FIT Gwinnett runners set personal records at the inaugural New Orleans Rock 'N Roll Mardi Gras marathon and half marathon, including Buford's Robbie Scott. Scott finished the marathon in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 21 seconds.
Janice and Troy Rodriguez of Suwanee had top times in the half marathon at 1:57:38 and 1:57:39. Teammate Tina Sullivan of Lawrenceville finished her first marathon in 4:33:45, as did fellow first-timers Troy Bailey of Lawrenceville (4:42:38), Erin McKinney of Flowery Branch (4:58:10), Krista Brandon of Suwanee (5:28:48) and Donna Gakstatter of Dacula (5:28:49).
Buford's Jim Auten finish the marathon in 4:15:56, followed by Woodstock's Christy Lee (4:22:41) and Lawrenceville's Carlene Hutchinson (5:30:35). First-time half marathon finishers included Buford's Christy Matthews (2:22:03) and Steven Matthews (2:22:24) and Suwanee's Scott Kelley (1:59:45) and Jan Kelley (2:15:25).
The local club also had solid finishes at he Run the Reagan with Sugar Hill's Tim Hall (2:50:02, half marathon), Lawrenceville's Melissa Morales Baxter (1:00:24, 10K), Lilburn's Karen Whitlock (59:04, 10K) and Grayson's Angene Esson (1:02:07, 10K).