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Christine Troyke

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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.

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Gladiators overcome bad start to beat Everblades in third

Playing with their 12th goaltender of the season, one who arrived at the rink two hours before puck drop, the Gwinnett Gladiators made a miraculous third-period recovery to beat rival Florida 4-2 on Friday.

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Getting to Know Bobby Hughes

Gwinnett Gladiators forward Bobby Hughes was part of a five-player trade with Fort Wayne in December and has 15 points in 21 games here.

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Local duo opens Geekspace Gwinnett, a place for community thinking and building

Geekspace Gwinnett has a physical home in Lawrenceville, loaded with all kinds of equipment and expert knowledge that wouldn’t be accessible to the average person.

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Gladiators beat Evansville to snap six-game losing skid

Maxime Legault set up the Gladiators first two goals and the team remained perfect this season when leading after two periods.

Wesleyan presses on, routs Calhoun girls in second round

Wesleyan swarmed the Calhoun Yellow Jackets with its patented full-court press and rolled into the quarterfinals of the Class AA state playoffs Monday.

Gladiators can’t keep pace with East-leading Stingrays

South Carolina broke open a close game in the third period to win 5-2 and hand the Gwinnett Gladiators their sixth straight loss Sunday.

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PROGRESS: Young Georgia Gwinnett College athletic program aims to keep growing

Despite the late January chill, the stands were full for Georgia Gwinnett College’s baseball season opener. However they warded off the weather — there was still snow on the hill behind the stands in right field — the fact that they were there en mass warmed athletic director Darin Wilson’s heart.

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Defending champs hand Gladiators fourth straight loss

Reading steamed past the Gwinnett Gladiators in the second period and walked away with a 4-2 win Friday.Reading steamed past the Gwinnett Gladiators in the second period and walked away with a 4-2 win Friday.

GAC boys roll to sixth straight region basketball title

The unbeaten Spartans (27-0) ignited in the second half and beat Westminster 60-34 on Monday.

GAC girls fend off feisty Lovett, set up rubber match with Wesleyan

Greater Atlanta Christian held Lovett to two points in the fourth quarter and won a tight basketball game 47-38 in the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament Monday.

Wesleyan girls basketball guts out semifinal win over Westminster

The Wolves rode a dominant third quarter to a 67-52 win over Westminster in the Region 6-AA tournament semifinals Monday at Wesleyan’s Yancy Gymnasium.

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Defensively-minded Williams steps up scoring for Norcross basketball

The indefatigable Bri Williams has been Hembree’s starting point guard for four years and helped Norcross to two championships so far.

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Gladiators beat Bears for second straight time

The Gwinnett Gladiators kept the biggest crowd of the season entertained from start to finish, edging in front of Orlando three times on Saturday.

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Gladiators fans show their generosity again with thousands of toys (WITH VIDEO)

Last year, the Gwinnett Gladiators collected 135, 30-gallon bags of stuffed toys at their annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. And one that was too big for a bag.

Grizzlies gunning for national tennis titles

Chase Hodges isn’t hedging his bets. He’ll tell you, the goal of the Georgia Gwinnett College tennis teams is to win the national championship. This season.

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Gladiators gear up for another clash with Solar Bears

The Gwinnett Gladiators haven’t had a lot of success this season against one division rival in particular. But on the back of two short-handed goals, the Gladiators beat Orlando in regulation for the first time Thursday night.

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Grizzlies' baseball team fights back to bite Shawnee 11-6 in season opener

It might not have been pretty, but it was gritty and it was a win. Georgia Gwinnett College rallied to beat Shawnee State 11-6 on Friday, overcoming some opening-day jitters and showing it’s offense has teeth.

Short-handed goals lead Gladiators past Solar Bears

The Gwinnett Gladiators had one short-handed goal all season. They scored two in Thursday’s game against Orlando and used it to skate to a 3-1 win.

Deeper, more experienced Grizzlies thrilled to open season at home

Georgia Gwinnett Colllege’s baseball team started last season, it’s first, with 22 road games. It didn’t keep the Grizzlies from racking up the wins, but they will absolutely benefit from having their field ready from the get-go.

Grizzlies hoping to find stride early in softball season

Kat Ihlenburg sees it when one of her players sweeps the dugout free of dust and dirt. Ownership. Pride.

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Hard work pays dividends for Archer swimmer Alexi Smith

Florida State swimming recruit, defending state champion aiming to finish senior season strong

Hembree makes good on vow to return for county diving title

Duluth senior runs away with diving championship

Erin Hembree refuses to watch the scoreboard. She lets her coaches do that. And even then, she doesn’t want them to tell her anything. Hembree made a small exception Wednesday at the Gwinnett County girls diving championships.

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Nailers shut out Gladiators

Wheeling, despite being the road team, had to come far fewer miles to make this Monday afternoon matinee at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and skated away with a 2-0 victory.

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South's Davis flourishing in transition to diving

Going into the Clody Invitational in early December, Markiyah Davis wasn’t thinking about state qualifications. Davis, a sophomore at South Gwinnett, started diving 13 months before. It was her 13th high school meet.

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Gladiators salvage shootout win over Orlando

They may have ceded a point to a division rival, but the Gwinnett Gladiators certainly rebounded admirably after a disastrous outing against the same Orlando Solar Bears.

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Gladiators' win streak comes to crashing halt

Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Rick Emmett said playing Orlando this weekend would be a good test. So far, Gwinnett is failing.

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Resurgent Gladiators tackle Solar Bears again

The Gwinnett Gladiators have come a ways since they last played Orlando nearly a month ago. The Solar Bears surged to a 5-2 win after trailing 2-1 early in the second period on Dec. 15 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Rolling Gladiators blast ‘Blades

Tired, playing short-handed on defense, the Gwinnett Gladiators decimated Florida in a 8-1 rout Saturday. One of the biggest home crowds of the season was on hand for an offensive outburst as the Gladiators won for the fifth time in seven games.

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Kwiet goals help power Gladiators past Nailers

Kwiet’s goals help Gwinnett win for second straight night

Playing before 5,263 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Gladiators scored twice on the power play and won consecutive games for just the second time this season.

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Corbin's blasts lead Gladiators to win over Stingrays

Reeled back in twice by the league’s best team, Antoine Corbin unleashed another big blast to once more give the Gwinnett Gladiators a lead. This one stood up.

Gladiators can't keep pace with powerful 'Rays

The Gwinnett Gladiators managed just 22 shots on goal against one of the best goalies in the league and, perhaps not surprisingly, lost 4-2 to South Carolina on Friday in Duluth.

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Getting to Know … Louis Domingue

Louis Domingue has been one of the ECHL’s best goalies this season, his second with the Gwinnett Gladiators after turning pro last year. Domingue, a Phoenix Coyotes prospect, was called up to AHL Portland last week after posting a .939 save percentage and 2.01 goals-against average in seven games for Gwinnett. In this installment of “Getting to Know …,” Domingue talks with staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, including his cooking talents, starting out as a forward and being drafted by Phoenix in 2010.

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Gladiators' Spivak in business of getting others healthy

Defenseman started juicing company with family

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Turnover crucial in Gladiators' loss to Orlando

Coming off a big win over league-leading South Carolina, the Gwinnett Gladiators didn’t not have the same concerted effort against Orlando.

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Gladiators beat league-leaders with emergency backup in goal

Gwinnett Gladiators starting goaltender Peter Delmas went down with a leg injury three minutes and 30 seconds into the second period against league-leading South Carolina.

Gladiators battle each other in preparation for opposition

The battles were in close quarters and not without some saltiness. The schedule allowed for the Gwinnett Gladiators to spend most of a practice day working one-on-one.

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Domingue serves up shutout as Gladiators defeat Evansville

Gwinnett Gladiators goalie Louis Domingue played the last 30 seconds of the game with a player’s stick and put the finishing touches on a sparkling shutout win Thursday.

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Pyle-led IceMen go against Gladiators for three-game set

Last season, Jeff Pyle enjoyed his Thanksgiving off. Despite no longer coaching for the Gwinnett Gladiators, who annually request a home game on the holiday, he’s back at work for it this year.

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Greenville surges past Gladiators with three-goal 2nd

The Gwinnett Gladiators negated power plays with penalties four times and were shutout for the second time in just over a week Saturday.

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Getting to Know … Evan Bloodoff

Evan Bloodoff signed as a free agent with the Gwinnett Gladiators after three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes organization. Bloodoff was assigned to the Gladiators by Phoenix last season and was among the team’s most prolific point-getters. The 22-year-old Canadian also led the team in playoff goals and was second in points. Bloodoff began his pro career in 2011-12, playing 48 games for Portland in the AHL. He was picked by the Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2009 draft in the midst of a successful major junior career in Kelowna. In this installment of “Getting to Know …,” Bloodoff talks to staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, including Movember, being on the same junior team with his older brother and loving living in Georgia.

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Grizzlies get rematch in NAIA tournament opener

It’s a rematch, but it’s a rematch after months have elapsed and neither team is the same as it was at the end of August.

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No. 4 GAC heads to No. 5 Calhoun for second-round showdown

No. 4 GAC heads to No. 5 Calhoun for major showdown

No hyperbole is necessary this week. No need to try to talk around the fact that this week’s opponent just isn’t up to the task. Greater Atlanta Christian and Calhoun go head-to-head in what is most likely the most compelling second-round playoff game anywhere in the state.