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SPORTS IN BRIEF: Eagles' Lawrence commits to Austin Peay

Eagles’ Lawrence commits to Austin Peay

Collins Hill senior Herdie Lawrence accepted a basketball scholarship offer from Austin Peay this past weekend. Austin Peay plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and has made two NCAA Tournament and two NIT trips the past eight seasons.

Lawrence, who also plays football for the Eagles, has been a four-year member of the Collins Hill basketball program. He contributed as a sophomore to a Region 7-AAAAA championship team, then averaged double figures last season as the Eagles made their third straight trip to the state playoffs.

Rams win JV region football title

Grayson won the Region 8-AAAAA junior varsity football title last week with a 46-12 victory over South Gwinnett in the region finals.

The Rams, coached by Rob Patton, finished the season 7-0 with three shutouts, outscoring the opposition 228-38.

Broncos’ Kissel, Lions’ Brickell get running honors

Brookwood’s Caroline Kissel and Peachtree Ridge’s Josh Brickell were announced Monday as runners of the week in voting by the county’s cross country coaches.

Kissel was 10th in the championship race of the Coach Wood Invitational with a time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds. Brickell was first at the Wesleyan Invitational with a time of 16:15, helping his team to the overall championship.

The Providence girls were fifth in the Wesleyan meet behind top-20 showings from Evangeline Crist and Ellie Thomas.

Providence volleyball season ends at state

Providence Christian’s volleyball team was eliminated in the Class AA/A state playoffs last weekend, falling 25-10, 25-12 and 25-15 to Blessed Trinity.

Kaitlin Harper (two kills, four blocks), Emily Schoone (three blocks) and Madison Jones (three kills, one block) led the Stars.

Gladiators trade Bowen, add Paris

The Gwinnett Gladiators traded defenseman Pat Bowen to the Ontario Reign on Monday for future considerations. In addition, the Gladiators also added defenseman Drew Paris to the roster.

Bowen, 25, wrapped up a four-year career at Merrimack last season where he racked up 19 points in 37 games. He was a healthy scratch for both of the team’s first two games in Florida this weekend.