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Christine Troyke

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Storm building in preparation for first varsity season

The excitement is building again, three years after a group of gangly grade schoolers gathered for Providence Christian’s first football practice.

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Gladiators re-sign stalwart defenseman Spivak

If Daniel Spivak wanted it easy, he wouldn’t have decided to give his fledgeling juicing business a storefront. The undertaking nearly had him hanging up his skates. He thinks he can do both and so re-signed with the Gladiators.

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Gladiators add another weapon to arsenal with re-signing of Pierro-Zabotel

Pierro-Zabotel returning to Gwinnett for 2014-15

The second piece of what was the Gwinnett Gladiators most potent forward line down the stretch is coming back with the hope of picking up where things left off.

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Gwinnett Gladiators secure big piece of puzzle with signing of goalie Guggenberger

After what the Gwinnett Gladiators went through last season, it’s no wonder they wasted little time locking up goaltender Mark Guggenberger for the 2014-15 season.

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Gladiators bring back leading scorer Everson

The Gwinnett Gladiators made last year’s leading scorer, Marshall Everson, their first official signing for the 2014-15 season Tuesday. Also announced was the addition of rookie forward Randy Cameron.

Silverbacks face tough Open Cup quarterfinal match against Fire, Johnson

A day after the Atlanta Silverbacks’ wild 2-1 win over MLS Columbus sent them to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, defenseman Ryan Roushandel texted his good friend Sean Johnson.

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Longtime GCSL coach Beth McGee headed to Masters World Championships

Beth McGee is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 100-meter freestyle and No. 2 in the 50 free for her age group.

Whitfield lured from DeKalb to coach, teach at South

South Gwinnett hires new volleyball head coach

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Peachtree Ridge promotes Harris to head wrestling coach

Peachtree Ridge assistant Jared Harris has been promoted to head wrestling coach, moving up to take over for Sean Page.

ECHL realigns divisions for 2014-15

The ECHL board of governors meetings concluded with, among other things, the approval of new division alignments.

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G-Braves blast Bats to earn series split

The Gwinnett Braves played seven nip-and-tuck innings with Louisville and then buried the Bats in the eighth for a series-capping 8-1 victory Monday at Coolray Field.

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FIELD PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Brookwood's Vitatoe makes most of final meet

His first three trips to the state track and field championship meet had not gone well for Bailey Vitatoe.

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GAC's Kerr makes sand switch pay off with scholarship to Mercer

It wasn’t all that long ago, late March, when Madison Kerr went to practice for her sand volleyball team and it started snowing.

Grizzlies ready for World Series opener after playing tourist

The Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team got to have a little fun before they got down to business on the other side of the country.

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Gwinnett Gladiators renew Emmett's coaching contract

The Gwinnett Gladiators renewed the contract of head coach Rick Emmett and team president Steve Chapman had a number of specific reasons for the decision.

GAC juggernaut routs Benedictine in Class AA boys quarterfinals

The Spartans scored two goals in the first 10 minutes and rolled to an 8-0 victory in the Class AA boys soccer quarterfinals Friday.

Hebron breaks out brooms against powerful Pace Academy

Facing Pace Academy’s two top prospects, and with scouts in the stands, Hebron Christian swept the Knights in the second round of the Class A playoffs Wednesday.

Peachtree Ridge grad Roby likely to be first-round NFL draft pick

Bradley Roby did a lot of talking at the NFL combine and his on-field results made their own statement. Now it’s a wait-and-see game for the cornerback out of Ohio State.

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GWINNETT SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Norcross' Backus savoring retirement

The Norcross grad is doing all the things he couldn’t during his 12-year NFL career. He’s traveling, going hunting and driving his daughter to school.

Hebron ekes out two one-run wins to oust Providence in Class A Private baseball playoffs

After winning Game 1 with a clutch offensive play, Hebron turned a double play to end Providence’s chance at a rally in Game 2. The Lions sweep a taut opening series in the Class A playoffs.

Brookwood girls gut out 2-1 win over Chattahoochee in first round

Senior Jenny Allen’s goal 2:15 into the second half broke a scoreless tie and helped the No. 3 ranked Broncos to a 2-1 victory over Chattahoochee in the first round of the Class AAAAAA girls soccer playoffs.

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Littlefield surprises with power, speed for national contender GGC

Cassidy Littlefield leads the NAIA in at-bats per game and is among the top five in seven other categories, including hits per game (1.872), total hits (88), stolen bases (43) and triples (eight).

GAC juggernaut has sights set on bringing home elusive boys soccer title

Few boys soccer programs in Georgia have been as successful for as long as Greater Atlanta Christian, which just finished the first unbeaten regular season in program history

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Yang edges Tardy for Region 7-AAAAAA girls golf title, but Mill Creek girls win team crown

North Gwinnett sophomore Christina Yang defended her Region 7-AAAAAA title Monday and did it with a significant addition to the field. Last year Yang didn’t have to beat Bailey Tardy.

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Dacula girls beat out Brookwood for Region 8-AAAAAA golf title

Dacula’s girls picked a good time to have their best tournament. The Falcons were 13 strokes better than they were a year ago and walked away with the Region 8-AAAAAA golf title Tuesday at Summit Chase Country Club.

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Mill Creek uses depth to win 7-AAAAAA boys golf title

Mill Creek’s boys so dominated the field that they had a golfer in the top 10 whose score didn’t even count toward the team total.

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GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Jimenez holds off Langer for scant lead

Miguel Angel Jimenez, leading at 9-under for the tournament, has a chance to become just the third wire-to-wire winner in his Champions Tour debut.

GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP: Duluth's Dunlap fires 68 to jump up leaderboard

Gwinnett resident since 1996 delivered a strong second round at the TPC at Sugarloaf

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Strong finish has Gladiators looking forward to next season

But the signing of goalie Mark Guggenberger and several trades near the deadline gave the Gladiators a boost at the end of the season. And a reason to be optimistic about next year despite missing the postseason for just the third time in team history.

Trio of golf’s greatest entertain at Sugarloaf

Golfing legends Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize and Larry Nelson swapped stories for more than an hour — to the amusement and entertainment of those guests honored to have attended Wednesday.

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Gladiators offer up poor showing in penultimate game

Another lackluster start and the Gwinnett Gladiators were in a hole too big to climb out of against the free-falling Elmira Jackals.

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Lombardo remains important part of GGC baseball team after health concerns prohibit playing

On opening night, Angelo Lombardo was in the press box, cueing up walk-out music for his teammates. Dressed in the Georgia Gwinnett College green and white uniform, Lombardo never really sat down.

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Resurgent Gladiators focused on positives in final week of season

It’s a shame the Gwinnett Gladiators don’t play in the Western Conference, because they’re finally a team that could make some noise in the postseason.

Gladiators' Spivak leaves early to play for Israel

Stalwart defenseman headed overseas to play in World Championships

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Gladiators power past potent Greenville for 7-3 victory

The Gwinnett Gladiators scored four unanswered goals and steamrolled a formidable Greenville team in a 7-3 victory on Friday night.

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Gamarra twins play big roles for powerhouse Brookwood soccer teams

Senior central midfielders and twins Brahan and Fiorella Gamarra hope to finish their high school careers with state championships

Maloney hired as Brookwood head softball coach

Mill Creek assistant Jennifer Maloney replaces Bill Batchelor, who moved to the same position at Grayson after 13 seasons leading the Broncos.

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Gladiators stun Greenville with miraculous comeback

The feisty Gwinnett Gladiators managed to extricate themselves from what could have been a devastating start and beat Greenville 6-4 on Saturday.

Wesleyan wins 1-0 in shortened clash with Spartans

A numbing wind blew with unrelenting ferocity from left to right field for Part 1 in the Wesleyan-Greater Atlanta Christian season battle Tuesday.

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Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge sweep high school hockey championships

Gwinnett, long a dominant force in state high school athletics, swept the club hockey championships this week. Mill Creek defeated Columbus 5-4 in an overtime rollercoaster ride in Division A and Peachtree Ridge repeated as the Division AA champ with a 4-2 win over Brookwood.

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Gladiators power past Stingrays with second-period outburst

Linemates Marshall Everson, Brenden Walker and Casey Pierro-Zabotel combined for three of Gwinnett’s goals.

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Getting to Know ... Marshall Everson

Rookie forward Marshall Everson is among the top scorers for the Gwinnett Gladiators this season and was red-hot in February with 10 points in 11 games.

Gladiators trade Bloodoff, Kwiet to Florida

On the eve of today’s ECHL trade deadline, the Gwinnett Gladiators dealt forward Evan Bloodoff and defenseman Rob Kwiet to Florid. In exchange, the Gladiators got forward Mike Merrifield, defenseman Eriks Sevcenko and future considerations from the Everblades.

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GIRLS DIVER OF THE YEAR: Wesleyan's Gardner sets bar high, winning title in first try

Abby Gardner won the Class A-AAAAA diving title as a freshman this year. Which means she could match the record another Wesleyan diver, Lauren Hall, set in 2012. Hall won four straight state championships for the Wolves.

GAC boys prevail in overtime against rival Wesleyan

The top-ranked Spartans fought back to tie the game with 5:31 left in regulation and Ryan Marcano won it with 20 seconds remaining in overtime.

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Wesleyan's streak of six titles broken by Kendrick in girls Class AA final

Wesleyan’s girls had only know the joy of victory. For the first time in seven years, the Wolves felt the sting of defeat.

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Getting to Know ... Matt Mahony

Matt Mahony is the voice of Georgia Gwinnett College’s athletics, serving as the Grizzlies video and broadcast coordinator.

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Former players inspired to come back and coach with Azar at Wesleyan

Five former players are on staff at Wesleyan. Nichole Dixon, Mary Stephenson and Carolyn Whitney are varsity assistants. Sara Goodkind and Sarah Prehmus help with the fifth- and sixth-grade teams.

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Gladiators' three-game winning streak snapped

Florida scored twice in the third, including the game-winner just 29 seconds after Joey Haddad’s tying goal, to beat the Gladiators 5-3 in front of 3,936 at the Arena at Gwinnett.

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Gladiators rally to beat Florida again in slugfest

The Gwinnett Gladiators thrilled the 8,093 on hand Saturday to another comeback victory over division rival Florida, once again recovering from an early deficit.