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Ben Beitzel

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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

Archer's Lee chasing firsts on college level, too

Archer senior Duane Lee goes from one young program to another on National Signing Day

Southern Miss football sways a pair of Peachtree Ridge seniors

Peachtree Ridge teammates, both previously committed elsewhere, reunite with decisions to sign with Southern Mississippi

PREP ROUNDUP: Lanier's Smith scores 23 in win

A look at Saturday’s Gwinnett prep action

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Getting to Know ... Thomas LePage

Thomas LePage, 29, is the new head baseball coach at Duluth. The former college player at Jacksonville University in Florida has been an assistant at Duluth since the 2009 season.In this installment of “Getting to Know…” LePage talks with staff writer Ben Beitzel about playing in the NCAA regionals in Athens, the joys of being a younger Red Sox fans and living with his future in-laws.

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Joseph's constant effort helps Brookwood basketball rise

Bronco senior leads team in scoring, work ethic

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Berkmar's Rowe developing every part of his game

Berkmar’s big man integral in Patriots’ successes

G-Braves change start times for 2014

Weekday games will begin at 6:35; all Sunday starts at 2:05 p.m.

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Getting to Know ... Kevin Strickland

Kevin Strickland, 34, is the head boys junior varsity basketball coach and varsity assistant coach at Brookwood. The native of Jacksonville, Fla., teaches at Cruse Middle School and began coaching while living in Florida. In this installment of “Getting to Know…” staff writer Ben Beitzel talks with Strickland about his desire to be a head coach, his time coaching one of Steve Spurrier’s sons and his friendship with WWE star Titus O’Neil.

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Snitker touts experience as new G-Braves manager

Officially draping a Gwinnett Braves jersey over his shoulders Thursday, G-Braves general manager North Johnson announced former Atlanta Braves third base coach the team’s third manager and third in as-many seasons.

Mitchell, Eagles slip past Duluth

Duluth travels to Collins Hill in a Region 7-AAAAAA basketball hoops showdown

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Shafack, Webb strongest assets to young Lanier program

Lanier seniors help build basketball program over first four seasons

Jones, Knights outduel Brookwood

In the second meeting, the battle continued, but it was Jones coming out on top in both points and in the game with 32 points in a 72-68 overtime win at Brookwood. Joseph scored a solid 21.

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Getting to Know ... Kirk Call

Kirk Call is the head girls basketball coach at Parkview. The Florence, Ala., native and Beach High School graduate returns to Parkview to lead a team he once assisted after leaving for head coaching jobs at Whitewater and Walnut Grove.In this installment of “Getting to Know…” Call talks with staff writer Ben Beitzel about turning from baseball player to basketball coach, the Braves move to Cobb County and the myth of the Stormy Petrel.

Peachtree Ridge holds off Duluth boys

Wildcats struggle from free-throw line in loss

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Wesleyan girls hold off GAC 55-49

Spartans’ Cummings leads all scorers with 21

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Rowe, Patriots shoot way past Grayson

Berkmar 48, Grayson 40 in high school basketball