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Ben Beitzel

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Wesleyan hands Pace first loss of season

Through more than 200 combined yards of penalties, Wesleyan leaned on its defense to pull away in the second half for a 18-9 win over Pace to keep the Wolves unbeaten.

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Central runs past South in second half of region football opener | PHOTOS

Maxey throws 4 TDs for Central in 8-AAAAAA win

South Gwinnett pulled ahead in the second half, then Central Gwinnett pulled away for a region-opening win Friday night

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Mo Dixon-coached Walton knocks out South Gwinnett early | PHOTOS

Trailing 28-0 early in the third quarter, South Gwinnett got the spark it needed. It only lasted an instant.

G-Braves steal extra-inning win from Buffalo

When the umpire singled safe, Christian Bethancourt went from running around the bases to running toward the outfield.

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Teens helping Sticklets pick up lacrosse earlier | PHOTOS

A popular Gwinnett Lacrosse League program has its older players working with the next generation in the sport

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Garrett Covington grows into GAC basketball's leader

Greater Atlanta Christian’s boys basketball team has leaned on Garrett Covington for lots of leadership this season

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Wild finish on foul call costs Wesleyan the 6-AA title, win over Holy Innocents'

A confusing play and foul call in the final second kept Wesleyan's girls basketball team from a win over Holy Innocents' in the 6-AA title game

GAC comes up just short of 6-AA boys basketball title

Greater Atlanta Christian's boys basketball team fell to top-ranked Pace Academy in the Region 6-AA Tournament finals Friday night

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Buford turns tricky to harness momentum

Wrinkles in Wolves' offense spark scoring surge

Wrinkles in Wolves’ offense spark scoring surge in state title win over St. Pius

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Archer quarterback Tiller shines in home finale

Archer quarterback Gabe Tiller led the Tigers to their first state championship game with a 52-7 win over Etowah

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Grayson lands on short end of turnover swap against Tucker | PHOTOS

Grayson fell short in the Class AAAAAA second round Friday night against Tucker

Wesleyan comeback falls short at Heard County in Class AA

Wesleyan made a fierce comeback Friday night at Heard County, but fell just short in the Class AA first round

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GAC snaps eight-year drought, beats Lovett for region crown

Spartans hang on in clash of 6-AA unbeatens

GAC dominates Holy Innocents' 38-0

The win propels the Spartans into a showdown next week against defending state champion Lovett.

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Wesleyan's stout 'D' symies Waller, BEST Academy

Before Friday’s game against BEST Academy, Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said he was excited for his defense.

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Waller, BEST Academy no match for deep GAC Spartans

Greater Atlanta Christian posted a region victory on the road Friday night

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Young, Grayson defense step up in victory over Parkview | VIDEO

Georgia commitment Justin Young had four sacks and the Grayson defense stood tall in a win over Parkview

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Central Gwinnett rallies for wild win over South Gwinnett | PHOTOS

Central Gwinnett emerged from a wild finish with a huge region win over South Gwinnett

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Bellamy steals show in Central Gwinnett's win over Mundy's Mill

Black Knights’ junior gets 200 yards receiving, scores two TDs in victory.

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Parkview assistant Aurandt returns to parents' alma mater

New Parkview assistant football coach Tyler Aurandt’s hire at Lilburn brought back special memories for his parents

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Godfree thrilled to be back at alma mater Parkview

Parkview grad Eric Godfree is entering his first season as the replacement for his former high school coach and former boss, Cecil Flowe

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Tardy ready for Women's U.S. Open after wild qualifying

A rising Norcross senior and University of Georgia women’s golf commitment, Tardy first had to find a course to give the attempt another shot.

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Grayson grad Cruz ready for prominent role in Georgia Gwinnett College athletic program

Georgia Gwinnett College baseball player Jo Jo Cruz, a Grayson grad, was selected to head up the Grizzlies’ first Student Athlete Advisory Committee

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Mill Creek's Hall dominates to claim AAAAAA pole vault title | PHOTOS | RESULTS

Mill Creek places two in top 8 in boys pole vault

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STATE BOYS TRACK AND FIELD NOTES: Lanier's Valentine wins third triple jump crown | PHOTOS

A look at news and notes from field day at the Georgia boys state track meet

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G-Braves drop fifth straight in tough fashion

Gwinnett allows four runs with two outs in ninth, losing 7-3 to Buffalo

Phillies prospect Franco blasts G-Braves with 3 RBIs

Gwinnett Braves fall in first of four against Lehigh Valley

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Getting to Know ... Bob Basher

Bob Basher is the head boys lacrosse coach at Peachtree Ridge. Basher came to Peachtree Ridge as the school was getting started and was a member of the school’s state-championship winning football staff and from there began developing its lacrosse program.Basher played college lacrosse at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and moved to Atlanta not long after college on a whim. He talks about that as well as coaching his son and cold New England weather with staff writer Ben Beitzel in this installment of “Getting to Know…”

Back in playoffs, Norcross girls soccer chasing more

First playoff trip for the Blue Devils since 2007

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Rudnik's Georgia Tech experience goes beyond the field

Buford graduate using softball to do good beyond the field

Dacula boys soccer back in the playoffs with hard work

Dacula senior class trades in own accolades for team success

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Peachree Ridge's Lee brothers forge lacrosse road for Lions

Twins eskew other sports to blaze trail in growing sport

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Cunningham slams G-Braves to seventh straight win

Centerfielder hits first grand slam in Gwinnett Braves win over Charlotte

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GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Rain forces delayed start for Saturday

Play won’t begin until 11 a.m. on Saturday

GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Pate rebounding at age 52

Two-time BellSouth runner-up three back of the lead

GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Two withdraw during first round

Mark Wiebe and D.A. Weibring pulled out of the Champions Tour event at TPC Sugarloaf.

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GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Players surviving damp, chilly conditions

Cold and damp day at Sugarloaf

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GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Healthy, Perry strong again at Sugarloaf

Kenny Perry is healthy and playing well again at Sugarloaf

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GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Jimenez smokes his first nine to take 3-shot lead

First nine key for Champions Tour first-timer

Champions Tour gives players one last shot at youth

Greater Gwinnett Championship tees off Friday at TPC Sugarloaf

North's Imatorbhebhe picks Missouri

Junior picks SEC school early and hopes to focus on senior season

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Getting to Know ... Chris Leone

Parkview graduate Chris Leone is an assistant girls soccer coach at Brookwood. The former college soccer player at Piedmont College, teaches part time at the Lilburn school and has been a coach there longer than he taught.In this installment of “Getting to Know…” staff writer Ben Beitzel talks with Leone about ending up at Brookwood as a coach, his deep love of soccer and what he thought about the move “Noah.”

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Coxhead family connects through love of soccer

Soccer is the bond of the Coxheads, not their definition

G-Braves bats heat up on cold night in 15-0 win over Norfolk

Gwinnett pounds out season-high 21 hits to end home stand with a win

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Paynes spend four years at competing Gwinnett schools

Son Steven plays golf for Peachtree Ridge while father, John, coaches golf at North Gwinnett

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Couples coming to Greater Gwinnett Championship

Former Masters winner will follow Augusta with appearance at TPC Sugarloaf

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Defending Greater Gwinnett Championship champion Langer comes to Sugarloaf riding high

Germany native looking for repeat at Greater Gwinnett Championship

Langer near dominant at Sugarloaf in 2013

Plenty of highlights in first Greater Gwinnett Championship

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Third triple too much for G-Braves in home opener

Durham closes door with big eighth inning in G-Braves home opener

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Fans enjoy G-Braves home opener

G-Braves open their home season with solid crowd