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Christine Troyke

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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.”

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Revamped Grizzlies aim for World Series return

Even head coach Brad Stromdahl raised his eyebrows at the number of home games to start the season. The Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team opens the season with 20 straight games at home and 26 of its first 27.

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Boyd embracing leadership role with rejiggered Spartans

Between his dad, his uncle and his coach at Greater Atlanta Christian, Cam Boyd has no shortage of basketball knowledge to draw on. Or to be given.

Defending champion GGC tennis teams open season ranked No. 1

Two years ago, Chase Hodges talked about wanting his Georgia Gwinnett College tennis program to compete for national titles.

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Gladiators' Stevenson earns pain, appreciation with shot blocking

With his Gwinnett Gladiators under heavy fire and scrambling to work their way out of a significant deficit Sunday, Dyson Stevenson did his usual, painful work

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Reading snaps Gladiators' winning streak with four power-play goals

The Gwinnett Gladiators were scheduled to go back to their regular black jerseys Sunday, but stuck with the hot new red ones after donning them for back-to-back wins over Florida.

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Pierro-Zabotel scores hat trick as Gladiators swamp Florida

Casey Pierro-Zabotel’s three goals helped the Gwinnett Gladiators to once again rally past the Florida Everblades on Saturday.

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Carey's hat trick leads Gladiators to thrilling 7-5 win over Florida

Twice Greg Carey rolled with impunity down the right wing to score unassisted goals and resuscitate the Gwinnett Gladiators against division-leading Florida on Friday.

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Gladiators run out of fuel in 1-0 loss to Indy

The streaking Fuel went 3-0-1 on a trip below the Mason-Dixon and are unbeaten in their last five games.

Goalie Mike Lee called up to NHL from Gwinnett Gladiators

DULUTH — Less than 12 hours before the Gwinnett Gladiators were set to depart for a road trip to Florida, they lost goaltender Mike Lee to a callup.

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Central star Frazier not resting on her laurels

Alex Frazier’s bio is filled with first-team that and all-tournament this. The list is long and impressive. It includes two-time Super Six selection and Region 8-AAAAAA player of the year.

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No shortage of responsibilities for new Gladiators interim head coach Brandt

While players watched movies or read or gathered for a round of cards on the bus, head coach Andy Brandt was making out house league and hockey camp schedules.

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Gladiators' late surge not enough to beat No. 1 Fort Wayne

ECHL’s top team hangs on for 4-3 win over Gwinnett on Sunday

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Power-play pushes Gladiators to big win over South Carolina

South Carolina just doesn’t give up power-play goals on the road. Except to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

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Gladiators fight back in 3rd, fall in shootout with South Carolina

Captain Sean Berkstresser tied the game early in the third period on the power play as the Gladiators went beyond regulation against the Stingrays, who were on a 12-2-1-0 streak since a loss in Gwinnett on Nov. 25.

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Gladiators outworked in 2-1 loss to Elmira

Elmira goaltender Travis Fullerton stretched all the way out and just got his toe on a dagger shot by Gwinnett defenseman Joe Stejskal with barely a minute left in the game.