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Christine Troyke

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Getting to Know ... Micah Porter

Micah Porter was recently named the diving coach for Collins Hill, Dacula, Archer and the new Discovery High School.

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Focus on doubles late in season leads GGC to second straight national title

For nearly a month leading up to the national tennis championship tournament, Georgia Gwinnett’s men just worked on their doubles play.

Battle-tested Hebron Lions take aim at state baseball title

Tested by adverse situations all season, Hebron Christian’s baseball team emerged victorious from its toughest mental and physical battle to earn a spot in Saturday’s state championship.

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Cox, Grizzlies have sights set on another national title

Jordan Cox redshirted last season when GGC won the NAIA championship. With Cox, the No. 2 player in the nation, the Grizzlies are prepared to defend their crown.

Feisty Bears' final comeback bid falls just short against Walton

Robert Kwiatkowski nearly did it again. Oh, his seventh-inning stroke flew over the fence in center field as surely as the walk-0ff homer that prolonged Mountain View’s season a night earlier.

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Duluth boys headed to quarterfinals after 5-0 win over Tift County

The play was efficient and the goal celebrations somewhat muted as a businesslike Duluth took care of Tift County 5-0 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA boys soccer tournament.

Cougars pounce on top-ranked GGC to win conference title

Cal State San Marcos jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the rubber match with the Grizzlies to win its third A.I.I. championship in the last five years.

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G-Braves explode for season-high 15 runs in rout of Toledo

Led by Barrett Kleinknecht, the Gwinnett Braves crushed Toledo 15-1 in a season-record offensive outburst Friday at Coolray Field.

Providence baseball sweeps Stratford to advance to second round of Class A playoffs

Providence Christian scored a sweep in the first round of the Class A state baseball playoffs

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Reinvigorated Weir has sights set on another Olympics

Amanda Weir savored her second Olympic experience. After adding to her medal total in the first week of the 2012 London Games, she moved out of the athlete village with a teammate, explored the city, attended other events and went to the Closing Ceremonies. All things she missed as a wide-eyed 18-year-old in Athens in 2004.

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Kawa focused on wrestling academy's success rather than his own past glory

The walls of the Academy’s lobby in Lawrenceville are lined with shelves holding really impressive looking trophies. None of them bear Dustin Kawa’s name.

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Strong collective effort leads Peachtree Ridge girls to 3-0 first-round win over Central | PHOTOS

SUWANEE — Head coach Megan Hill’s three-week-old baby had a good introduction to Peachtree Ridge playoff soccer.

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Gladiators' King named ECHL equipment manager of year

King, who graduated from Grayson High School, was honored in just his second season as the head equipment manager, a job that requires so much more than what fans with him on the bench during a game.

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Five share lead as rain cuts Greater Gwinnett Championship first round short | PHOTOS

Five players shared the lead at 4-under with the round set to resume at 8 a.m. Saturday at TPC Sugarloaf

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Former winners Jimenez, Langer highlight Greater Gwinnett Championship field

Last year, Miguel Angel Jimenez had the hot hand coming into the Greater Gwinnett Championship and won in his Champions Tour debut.

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Gladiators' painful season at least offers learning opportunities

A number of players who spent the end of the season in Gwinnett are priority targets for head coach Andy Brandt in 2015-16.

G-Braves clutch in 11th-inning victory over Durham

Pedro Ciriaco’s 11th-inning drive hung in the air for a pregnant moment before dropping gracefully into shallow right for the game-winning RBI at the stroke of midnight.

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Bulls edge G-Braves 1-0 in opening night pitching duel | PHOTOS

Mike Foltynewicz hasn’t always had the best luck on opening days in his career, but the highly regarded righty was sharp in his debut for the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday. He only gave up one run, a solo homer to Joey Butler, in four efficient innings.

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Fleet-footed Watlington provides spark for sixth-ranked Grizzlies

Even on a rare occasion when he was picked off trying to steal a base, Arsenio Watlington walked back to the dugout with a smile.

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Hungry Gladiators rally for 3-2 overtime win in home finale

Tyler Murovich did a double fist-pump after roofing the game-winning goal in overtime Wednesday. Murovich was mobbed behind the Evansville net seconds later.

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Anna Bougas switches from defense to become Providence's biggest offensive weapon

She’s Providence Christian’s most effective offensive threat this season and Bougas is cherishing the thrill. Because as talented as she is, it’s not her normal position.

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Orlando's short-handed goal sinks Gladiators

The Gwinnett Gladiators watched a pair of leads disappear in a Sunday loss to Orlando

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Quick start propels Greenville to win over Gladiators

Defensive mistakes in the first period put the Gwinnett Gladiators in a hole they couldn’t dig out of in a 5-1 loss to Greenville on Saturday.

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Gladiators rally to beat Orlando in overtime

Greg Carey snapped a slick pass from behind the net to a driving Jeff Silengo and the Gwinnett Gladiators broke a 10-game winless streak in overtime Friday.

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Collins Hill's Simmons finds right fit with ROTC at GGC

Her dad urged her to look at ROTC programs and service academies when she was a senior at Collins Hill, but Ashleigh Simmons wasn’t swayed.

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Getting to Know ... Chris Kouns

GGC women’s soccer head coach Chris Kouns talks about a variety of topics, including moving back to his home state, his many stops climbing the coaching ladder and sneaking out to see REM in Athens when he was in high school.

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Hard-working Brogdon leads determined No. 2 seeded Virginia into tourney

Virginia (29-3) opens with Belmont (22-10) at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 12:40 p.m. Michigan State-Georgia game.

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Stingrays shut out Gladiators to tie ECHL record with 17th straight win

A revamped Gwinnett Gladiators lineup played an improved game Friday and it still wasn’t enough to derail South Carolina.

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Gladiators trade Pierro-Zabotel, Guggenberger at deadline

Gwinnett gets two players and future considerations in exchange for top scorer

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Gladiators trade for Luciani, then deal Toledo's top scorer to reacquire Arnold

The Gwinnett Gladiators traded to get Anthony Luciani from Toledo on Monday and 24 hours later dealt the Walleyes’ top-scorer to Greenville for Scott Arnold.

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Gwinnett Gladiators trade Stejskal to Toledo and Walker to Utah

Gwinnett gets Walleyes’ leading scorer and future considerations in return for trades of Stejskal, Walker

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Florida powers past Gladiators 7-2 with second-period surge

The wheels fell off a tie game midway through the second period and the Gwinnett Gladiators lost 7-2 to division-leading Florida on Sunday.

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Gladiators can't halt Stingrays' record winning streak

South Carolina’s 15th straight win matches second-best run in ECHL history

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Wesleyan topples unbeaten Holy Innocents' for overwhelming 11th state title | PHOTOS

Having fallen three times to an unbeaten and nationally ranked Holy Innocents’ team this season, Wesleyan hit a new gear in the playoffs and capped it with a decisive 45-31 win in Friday’s Class AA final in Macon.

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Gwinnett Gladiators president Steve Chapman hired by St. Louis Blues

Chapman moves on to NHL as a vice president after 12 years of building the Gladiators brand in Gwinnett.

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State title on line in Wesleyan girls' fourth meeting with Holy Innocents'

After a controversial end and loss in the Region 6-AA title game, Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar said the Wolves would be happy to play rival Holy Innocents’ again.

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Wesleyan girls stick together, overcome in run to state finals

Rarely has Jan Azar had so many players injured in a single season.

Gladiators set to make drastic changes in roster

President Steve Chapman and head coach Andy Brandt both talked Tuesday about forthcoming moves that will completely revamp the lineup with an eye on next season.

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Young Elliott's racing career moving full speed ahead

The run-up to this season of racing wasn’t too shabby for Chase Elliott. Fresh off a championship season in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, Elliott saw his dad, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, inducted into the racing Hall of Fame and was named the heir apparent to Jeff Gordon’s iconic No. 24 car last month.

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Overcoming challenges bonds playoff-bound Hebron boys team

Hebron Christian has fought its way into the Class A Private state basketball tournament this season

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GGC hires Kouns as new women's soccer coach

LAWRENCEVILLE — While he was being introduced to his new team, even before the official press conference, Chris Kouns had his name on the plaque outside his office.

Buford boys bury NW Whitfield in Class AAAA opener

Buford broke away decisively in the second quarter and rolled to an 87-54 first-round victory.

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Gladiators suffer fifth straight loss

Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored Gwinnett’s only two goals in a 5-2 loss to Greenville on Sunday

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Stingrays shut down Gladiators for second straight night

South Carolina’s Pimm, Rowe each score twice in win over Gwinnett on pink ice Saturday.

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Getting to Know ... Alexa Datko

Alexa Datko, a star pitcher at the College of Charleson when Georgia Gwinnett College’s Kat Ihlenburg was an assistant coach there, was lured to the Grizzlies’ softball staff this fall.

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Gladiators manhandled by Orlando

About the only good thing to come out of the Gwinnett Gladiators game Saturday night were the thousands of plush toys fans brought to donate local children’s charities.

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TROYKE: No surprise Morningside Animal Care voted best in Gwinnett again

No surprise Morningside Animal Care voted best in Gwinnett again

Patterson, Gladiators surge past Orlando in 4-1 win

Gwinnett’s goalie holds off former team in Friday’s victory

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Gladiators missing spark in 3-1 loss to Orlando

Patterson’s 42 saves not enough for Gwinnett against Solar Bears on Tuesday

Grizzlies want to push bar higher in Year 3

The T-shirts, the sweatshirts, they all say the same thing. “One more.”