HOSCHTON -- Memories of winning the 2008 state softball title still pull a smile from Nikki Sagermann.The junior was only a freshman but contributed enough to lay a claim to the title."It was a pretty great feeling," she said. "I want to relive it."
The Atlanta Thrashers named Craig Ramsay the fifth head coach in franchise history on June 25. Ramsay, 59, has nearly 40 years of NHL experience as a player, coach and talent evaluator in six different NHL organizations including the Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. Most recently Ramsay served as an assistant coach for the Bruins from 2007-10. While in Boston, Ramsay helped the Bruins reach the playoffs each year and the Eastern Conference's best record during in 2008-09. Ramsay, who won a Stanley Cup while with the Lightning, talked to staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, ranging from his long playing career in Buffalo to being linemates with Thrashers' general manager Rick Dudley in this installment of "Getting to Know ..."
Jim Rhodes arrives at South Gwinnett's campus on Friday an hour and a half before kickoff. On his way to the press box, he politely smiles and says hello to some of the same faces he's seen for years.
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■ High school career: Two-way star for the Lions’ 2006 co-state championship team; also a basketball standout
■ High school career: Rushed for a county-record 2,871 yards with 25 TDs as a senior; had 6,226 rushing yards his final three seasons
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Shiloh has struggled to an 0-4 start after two years of progress, and coach Keith Wilkes says the biggest keys for the Generals in this game go beyond just a win or a loss.
Having given up 109 points in its last two outings, Central Gwinnett’s defense is probably tired of seeing spread offenses.
After three solid victories, Greater Atlanta Christian suffered its first loss of the Tim Cokely era last Friday. Westminster held the ball with efficiency on offense and its defense shut down the Spartans for three-plus quarters.
■ High school career: Was 9-for-9 on FGs and 19-for-19 on PATs as a senior, along with a 40.5 punting average; also made a county-best 11 FGs as a junior
■ High school career: Powerful linebacker was a big-time playmaker, highlighted by a junior season when he had 173 tackles (20 for losses)
Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen is pleased with where his team is going into tonight’s game, which will be played at Independence High School, the former campus of Milton High School. The Wolves won three tough nonregion games before last week’s win over Holy Innocents’.
BUFORD — Grace Leah Baughn recorded her 1,000th kill as Wesleyan swept the Buford pool of the Gwinnett County Championships on Thursday.
■ High school career: Two-time all-county pick averaged 43.7 yards per punt as a senior; was 19 of 24 on field goals his final two
■ High school career: Playmaking interior lineman made 104 tackles as a senior, helping Wolves to state title.
■ High school career: Two-sport standout had 35 catches for 772 yards and 10 TDs as a senior
■ High school career: Won state titles in football and baseball his final two seasons, becoming a high school legend in both sports. Intercepted a county record 15 passes as a junior, but was just as big of a star on offense with 28 TD catches his final two seasons. He averaged 20.1 yards per catch with a 1,000-yard receiving season as a senior.
Apalachee seeks consecutive wins for the first time this season, a week after beating Salem 24-7 to rebound from its first loss in 14 regular-season games. Perhaps revived, the Wildcats would like a repeat victory over the Patriots, whom they beat last season en route to their first undefeated regular season and region title.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Layoffs in retail trade and construction led to a slight increase in the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month, the state Department of Labor announced Thursday.
■ High school career: Two-way player had 38 catches for 611 yards and 11 TDs as a senior
LILBURN — One hundred years since the railroad town was incorporated, Lilburn residents will celebrate the city’s centennial — where else — by the railroad tracks.
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■ High school career: Had 39 catches for 1,067 yards as a senior, accounting for 13 TDs and also punting for the Wolves.
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■ High school career: Made 25 1/2 sacks, 47 tackles for losses and 235 tackles his final two seasons.
■ High school career: Paved way for three state titles and 45 straight wins; also a regular at DT who made 89 tackles as a senior
■ High school career: Led the Generals to their best season as a senior; made 123 tackles (27 for losses, 11 sacks) that season and doubled as a big FB.
■ High school career: As a senior starter at WR and DB, had 33 catches for 911 yards and 10 TDs, 2 rushing TDs and 2 return TDs — also made 3 FGs, 34 PATs and was among the county’s punting leaders
■ High school career: Threw for county-record 6,496 yards in three seasons with 57 TD passes
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■ High school career: Three-year, two-way starter on three straight state title teams; 17 TDs as a senior.
■ High school career: TD Club offensive lineman of the year as a senior
■ High school career: Made 472 career tackles, playing DE at Berkmar and LB at Peachtree Ridge; led the Lions to the state finals as a senior.
Editor’s note: David Broder is on vacation. His column will resume next week.
■ High school career: Started at both DB and QB for the Falcons, who made the state quarterfinals his senior year; had 202 tackles his final two seasons.
The goal is obvious, to be a playoff team. Not just a once every few years deal, either, a perennial participant.
Peachtree Ridge continues to roll along into tonight’s matchup, which is
■ High school career: Physical blocker on back-to-back state title teams; also stood out on the defensive line
■ High school career: Had team-high seven interceptions as a senior, including two in the state finals as the Lions shared the title.
Meadowcreek’s introduction to Region 7 football was a rude one last week.
A mid-week, undercover sting across several Gwinnett cities turned up a number of alleged prostitutes and yielded five arrests, authorities said Thursday.
■ High school career: Made 493 tackles his final three seasons, including a school-record 198 as a junior for state runner-up team.
■ High school career: Powered Broncos to the state finals as a senior in 2002
Talk around the newsroom the other day turned to the controversy surrounding so many current and former college athletes.
OK, so the totals don’t compare.
■ High school career: Two way starter was dominant on both lines as the Wolves won three straight state titles
Buford has two major reasons to look forward to tonight’s big Region 6-AA crossover game at Lovett.
Gwinnett audiences will welcome a new performing arts organization as Sugarloaf Ballet Company makes its debut with the ballet “Aladdin” on Oct. 2 and 3 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. The new company, which just received its nonprofit 501(c)3 status, is headquartered at the Sugarloaf Performing Arts studios in Duluth.
■ High school career: Played both RB and DB for Dacula.
Kalman Csoka, age 70 of Suwanee, GA died September 21, 2010. Funeral arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.
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Ruth C. Styles, age 82 of Buford, GA died September 21, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999 www.levettfuneralhome.com
Barbara Elaine Klaassen age 67 of Dacula, GA, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com
Gary Michael Cash, Sr., age 58, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away September 20, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com
Susan Alzora Wall, age 86 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away September 21, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553