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Ben Beitzel

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Wilhite's third goal just in time for Collins Hill girls soccer in win over North Gwinnett

Goal in final seconds lifts Eagles over North in Region 7-AAAAAA girls soccer matchup

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County hoops players shine one last time in all-star game

Gwinnett All-Star game a show for boys and girls

Buford girls hope to build off tougher soccer schedule

Wolves challenging themselves to improve in regular season

Kids triathlon benefits swim team

Hamilton Mill neighborhood hosts triathlon for 5 to 16 year olds

CSS closing halts G-Braves on TV

G-Braves also still ‘finalizing’ radio broadcast after loss of WDUN partnership

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Mann bucket lifts Georgia into SEC semifinals

Georgia 75, Ole Miss 73

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Ole Miss survives Mississippi State, Georgia next

Georgia plays Ole Miss Friday at 9:30 p.m. in the SEC tournament quarterfinals

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GIRLS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Archer's Smith ends season with county record, state title

Smith set a new county record in the 50 freestyle and won her second straight state title in the event

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BOYS DIVER OF THE YEAR: Norcross' Ramsey surprised self with rapid rise

Sophomore won state and county boys diving crown

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Georgia gets chance to wait with SEC tournament bye

Georgia will face winner of Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State-Vanderbilt this week at the Georgia Dome

SEC WOMEN'S TOURNEY: Defending champion Texas A&M has no trouble with Auburn

Texas A&M cruises into semifinals with 86-54 victory over Auburn at the Arena at Gwinnett Center

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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNEY: Carter, Lady Vols withstand LSU barrage

Buford grad Andraya Carter returns home healthy this year and enjoys a victory in Tennessee's SEC Women's Basketball Tournament opener

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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNEY: Composed Kentucky gets past Florida, into semifinals

Kentucky, runner-up in last year's SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Florida

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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNEY: Gamecocks surge past Georgia into semifinals

Top-seeded South Carolina repeated last weekend's effort and eliminated home favorite Georgia from the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

Family atmosphere catalyst for Duluth girls soccer team

Wildcats face former coach Tuesday when they travel to Mill Creek

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Norcross' Maloof, DeShields honored by Atlanta Sports Council

Norcross High School claims coach and high school athlete of the year honors

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Norcross' Healy balancing golf future with present

Defending Class AAAAAA champion commmitted to Georgia

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GAC girls basketball coach Boyd resigns, plans coaching break for more family time

After five years, Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball coach Cal Boyd steps down for family reasons but plans return to coaching in the future

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Wesleyan girls basketball growing from seniors on down

Edwards, Duley making impact on and off the court

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Buford girls basketball relying on depth against Pike County

Wolves girls basketball prepares for fifth straight Final Four

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Archer girls basketball rides steady ship into Final Four

Tigers face Lowndes County Saturday at Georgia Tech

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Dacula Middle School boys dominate for county crown

Bay Creek Middle School drops lone game of season in Gwinnett finals

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Led by Fourie, Twin Rivers girls halt McConnell for middle school title

McConnell Middle School girls basketball team’s 31-game winning streak snapped

Four unbeaten Gwinnett middle school basketball teams face off at Berkmar

Season-ending championship games will be played Friday at Berkmar High School

Dacula Middle boys blow into county championship

Dacula’s Hunter, Buckingham lead Falcons with 15 apiece

Twin Rivers Middle School claims county's Western title

Kennedy leads Mountain View to victory over Creekland, berth in championship game

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PROGRESS: Champions Tour a sign of economic stability

Economic uptick helping grow Greater Gwinnett Championship

Defense leads Parkview girls basketball into second round

Parkview uses its pressure defense to wear down Centennial and set up matchup with Mountain View

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TCP at Sugarloaf surviving hard winter

Cold temperatures, freezes a challenge, but not a detriment for Greater Gwinnett Championship

Rowe delivers title to Patriots

Tim Rowe sank both shots giving Berkmar the 51-47 win and capping a 27 point performance in the team’s biggest game of the season to this point for the 8-AAAAAA championship.

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Brookwood girls basketball coach Terry steps downs after 13 seasons

Brookwood’s Scott Terry, the second-longest tenured girls basketball coach in Gwinnett County, announced his resignation this week

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North, Norcross to collide in 7-AAAAAA finals

Norcross’ Pinkett, North’s Carter lead teams to chance for region championship

Furious comeback returns South Gwinnett girls to state basketball tournament

Comets finish off Dacula with 27-9 run over final 10 minutes in Region 8-AAAAAA Tournament

Archer girls basketball finally gets it going, tops Brookwood in tourney opener

Tigers get balanced scoring to defeat Broncos, reach state playoffs

McGee sparks Black Knight girls to 8-AAAAAA tournament win

Central Gwinnett guard scores team’s first 11 points in region tourney basketball win

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Perrymond continues comeback as Parkview girls earn state berth

Parkview girls punch playoff ticket with opening round win

Plans coming together for region basketball tournaments

As thaw begins, hoops teams return to courts

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Getting to Know Joel Griffin

Joel Griffin, 29, is the new head baseball coach at Berkmar. The former college baseball player spent the past four seasons as the pitching coach at Archer. In this installment of “Getting to Know…” Griffin talks with staff writer Ben Beitzel about this unexpected head coaching opportunity and other topics.

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Gwinnett coaches, teams adjust in weather frenzy, region basketball tourney disruption

Region tournaments delayed by school closings, leaving organizers in a sticky situation for rescheduling a heavy slate of games

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Legally blind, Grayson’s Wellington dives with the best

Legally blind Grayson diver Rachel Wellington has “sixth sense” on board

Central Gwinnett rallies for upset of Berkmar in boys basketball

Central Gwinnett wins the girls matchup as Alexandra Frazier scores her 1,000th career point

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Davis leads Tech past DeShields, No. 11 UNC

Buford’s Davis, Norcross’ DeShields meet for first time in college

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Ramsey charges to state title

Duluth’s Hembree reaches all her goals with top 5 finish

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Wesleyan freshmen Gardner claims dive championship

Wesleyan freshman leads girls team that placed four in top 10.

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Parents and players celebrate end of recruiting process

Recruiting end caps stressful path for entire families with joy

Central Gwinnett bids farewell to its college-bound leader in Riley

Central Gwinnett senior headed to Wingate to play his college football

Miles College stays on Berkmar quarterback despite injury

Jaquan Morris' recruiting was hampered by a season-ending ankle injury, but Miles College stuck with the Berkmar standout

Navy's belief after injury meant plenty to Brookwood's Brown

Navy football program stuck with Brookwood running back Josh Brown despite his senior season ending with a knee injury in the opener

Lanier Longhorns football players moving on to next level

Young program at Lanier continues building with more National Signing Day success

Mill Creek's Sciara, Otiwu excited about new Kennesaw State football program

Mill Creek seniors Andrew Sciara and Ben Otiwu are part of the first recruiting class for the brand-new Kennesaw State Owls football program