News for Saturday, May 7, 2011

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Third try charm for title-winning Wolves

After Wesleyan's No. 2 doubles team of Zach Taylor and Andrew Dorman lost in the third set to Pace in the region tournament, head coach Brad Dehem told them not to worry.

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Rich gives Duluth first playoff win since '97

It was total team effort for Duluth on Saturday, but the turning point in the Wildcats' 6-2 win over Wheeler came down to a one-on-one moment.

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Broncos' offense leads the charge

Brookwood banged out 17 hits at the plate en route to an 8-4, Game 3 win over North Forsyth on Saturday in the first round of the Class AAAAA baseball playoffs.

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Lions can't hold off Lassiter

Two on. Two outs. Full count. Down by two runs. Peachtree Ridge senior standout Jared Walsh was completely comfortable. He had already tattooed a first-inning pitch over the right field wall to get the Lions on the board.

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Collins Hill boys crush Lowndes

The Collins Hill boys soccer team continues to show why it is ranked second in the state, adding Lowndes to its list of victims with a 4-0 win in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals Saturday night.

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Spreading their wings: Aviation Institute doubles size of campus with move

Three buildings on one side of the runway, two on the other, with usable hangars strewn all about. Photo slide show inside

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Spartans make short work of Thomasville

When Grant Griffin scored on a chip shot over the goalkeeper's head in Saturday afternoon's Class AA boys soccer quarterfinals, Greater Atlanta Christian's day was shortened by the mercy rule of a 10-0 final. At the time, there were still more than 25 minutes left in the second half against Thomasville.

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Providence boys return to semis

The usual offensive weapon, the Brent Hansen long throw-in, was still a big factor Saturday afternoon, although Providence boys soccer coach Todd Henry was even more happy with the way his team scored its other goal.

Replica Vietnam Wall to make stop in Auburn

Officials are asking Auburn residents to help accommodate "The Moving Wall," an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that will arrive in the Barrow County city May 18.

Suwanee's Arts in the Park to be hands-on experience

The city of Suwanee will once again celebrate "the art of making art" when its annual Arts in the Park Festival comes to Town Center Park later this month.

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Hebron pushes Pace to brink

Anyone who expected Pace Academy to overwhelm Hebron Christian in the Class A boys soccer playoffs was wrong. The underdog Lions pushed host Pace to the brink Saturday afternoon before falling 2-1 and ending the most successful season in school history in the quarterfinal round.

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Lions' second-half rally comes up shy

A furious second-half rally wasn't enough as the Peachtree Ridge boys lacrosse team fell 11-7 to Walton in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.Photo slide show inside

Lawrenceville's Moonlight and Music concerts to feature rock, bluegrass

The Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association is gearing up for this year's Moonlight and Music Concert Series in downtown Lawrenceville.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: North Gwinnett Robotics Team makes it to semifinals

The North Gwinnett Robotics team, the North STARS, recently returned from the FIRST Robotics World Championships after winning the Peachtree Regional competition in March. From April 27 to April 30, 352 qualifying teams out of a total of 2,075 worldwide teams coming from as far as Australia gathered in St. Louis for the chance to be named world champion.

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Athens native, Auburn blank Bulldogs

Junior Derek Varnadore pitched a complete game five-hit shutout to lead Auburn to a 3-0 win over Georgia on Saturday.

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Killian Hill wins 2nd straight title

It took a decisive third game, but Killian Hill Christian successfully defended its Georgia Christian Athletic Association state baseball title Saturday.

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Edmonton shuts out Atlanta for second time

FC Edmonton had been outscored 7-0 in league games, 11-0 overall, since a 1-0 win over the Silverbacks on April 16. But in the 69th minute Saturday, its dry spell was over.

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LARSON: The foundation of this story is in the makeup

My mother always warned me -- and yours probably did, too -- to never leave the house without clean underwear because you never know when you might get in a wreck and wind up in a hospital.

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JENKINS: Our technology is telling us what to do

"Please take your bags and your receipt, and thank you for shopping at (major chain supermarket). Now move your rear. You're holding up the line."

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Braves blanked in Teheran debut

Fill-in starter Kyle Kendrick and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 Saturday night.

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Animal Kingdom charges ahead in home stretch

John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose. An injury to Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount on the 20-1 long shot. Once he took the reins Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner's circle.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Susan Lee honored for work with legislature

A local woman has earned recognition as the top legislative liason in the state.

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US releases bin Laden videos

WASHINGTON -- From a shabby, makeshift office, he ran a global terrorist empire. The world's most wanted man watched newscasts of himself from a tiny television perched atop a rickety old desk cluttered with wires.

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Days of fun: Snellville festival offers music, crafts

Bright sunshine, a light breeze, the scent of freshly made funnel cakes and the rhythmic stomp of cloggers on a distant stage -- must be Snellville Days, one of the most anticipated annual events in Gwinnett County.

Ship named for Fallen SEAL, Medal of Honor recipient

BATH, Maine -- The mother of a Navy SEAL killed in a firefight in Afghanistan christened a warship bearing her son's name on Saturday as the leader of the nation's special forces said those who died that day would be comforted to know that the al-Qaida leader who caused the war in Afghanistan was killed by the U.S. military.

NATION: Volunteers flock to Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Thousands of volunteers flooded the hard-hit home of the University of Alabama with chainsaws, wrecking bars and food Saturday, offering help and hugs to tornado victims and causing traffic tie-ups reminiscent of a fall football weekend.

WORLD: Pope Benedict visits Venice

VENICE, Italy -- Pope Benedict XVI greeted thousands of faithful packed into Venice's St. Mark's Square on Saturday for a pastoral visit, the first by a pope since his predecessor John Paul II plied the canals 26 years ago in a gondola styled for Venice's Byzantine-era rulers.

PEOPLE: Charges to be dropped in Bieber frenzy

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Justin Bieber has agreed to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying in order to resolve criminal charges filed against his manager and a record executive after a frenzy at a New York mall.

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Relay for Life totals still being tallied

As totals were still being calculated Saturday, Gwinnett County's Relay for Life was creeping its way toward its $2 million standard.

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Barefoot in the Park draws artists to Duluth

Well into Saturday afternoon, Anthony Cappetto was loving his first trip to Barefoot in the Park, Duluth's annual arts festival held on the town green.

Mother accused of killing infant set for trial

A young Sugar Hill woman accused of killing her infant daughter will headline a pair of murder trials scheduled to begin this week in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

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Mill Creek runs through Walton

HOSCHTON — Led by senior starting pitchers Chip Fleming and Brian Stillwell, the Mill Creek baseball team made quick work of Walton in the opening series of the Class AAAAA state playoffs Friday night.

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STATE TRACK NOTES: Local teams take top four spots

JEFFERSON — Gwinnett County has been well represented at the boys state track and field championships before.

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Young Broncos net state championship

JONESBORO — Will George went six straight matches without winning or losing.

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North wins pitched battle to advance

WOODSTOCK — The third game of the first-round series between North Gwinnett and Etowah was a pitching duel between Brandon White and Connor Gilbert. However, Gilbert may have been on the mound too long.

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Peachtree Ridge rallies for split

MARIETTA — Friday’s Class AAAAA first-round doubleheader pitting Peachtree Ridge at fourth-ranked Lassiter is what state playoff baseball is all about.

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G-Braves put brakes on four-game skid

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Gwinnett Braves ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Rochester Red Wings 6-3 on Saturday night.

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Lions can't hold off Lassiter

MARIETTA — Two on. Two outs. Full count. Down by two runs. Peachtree Ridge senior standout Jared Walsh was completely comfortable. He had already tattooed a first-inning pitch over the right field wall to get the Lions on the board.

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Tillman leads Lions to AAAAA team title

JEFFERSON — Having already built up a comfortable lead in the Class AAAAA team standings, Peachtree Ridge wasn’t about to simply cruise home in the sprint finals of the boys state track and field championships.

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North forces Game 3

WOODSTOCK — After dropping Game 1 to Etowah, North Gwinnett rallied in the sixth inning of Game 2 to come away with an 8-6 victory and earn a split in the first-round series in the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs.

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Broncos' offense leads the charge

SNELLVILLE — Brookwood banged out 17 hits at the plate en route to an 8-4, Game 3 win over North Forsyth on Saturday in the first round of the Class AAAAA baseball playoffs.

G-Braves to host clinic to teach women the basics of baseball

LAWRENCEVILLE — Throwing like a girl will not be frowned upon at Coolray Field next weekend.

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Rich gives Duluth first playoff win since '97

DULUTH — It was total team effort for Duluth on Saturday, but the turning point in the Wildcats’ 6-2 win over Wheeler came down to a one-on-one moment.

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MURPHY: We need facts before airport decision

Last week, the county commissioners voted 3-2 to keep alive the possibility of regularly scheduled commercial flights in and out of the local airport.

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W.r. Pruitt

DUDGE" Mr. W. R. "Dudge" Pruitt, age 79, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, May 6, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl C. and Pearl ...

Dorothy Haynes

Dorothy Sadler Haynes, age 76 of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, May 6, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Larry Beacham

Larry Virgil Beacham, age 65 of Buford, GA, passed away when Jesus called him home on Thursday, May 5, 2011 after a long courageous battle with COPD. The funeral service ...

Mercy Chionye

Mrs. Mercy Chionye, age 41 of Duluth, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Jamiemadison Paige Stansel

JamieMadison Paige Stansel, age 4 of Pendergrass, GA, who passed away on May 5, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhome.com

Ronnie Alexander

Ronnie Alexander, age 62 of Monroe, passed away May 4, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

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