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Steve Joyner

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Force drops pivotal game

DULUTH -- Coming off a bye week rested and ready to lock down a possible playoff berth in the Arena Football League, the Georgia Force picked a bad time to play poorly in a 51-41 loss to the Chicago Rush on Saturday night in front of 9,723 fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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G-Braves bring fireworks on 4th

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The postgame fireworks were nearly anti-climatic following the Gwinnett Braves offensive explosion in their 11-3 victory over the Durham Bulls at Coolray Field on the Fourth of July.

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Force hold off Storm

DULUTH — The Georgia Force held Tampa Bay to 10 first-half points and never trailed en route to a 60-49 win over the Storm in Arena Football League action in front of 4,023 fans Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Gwinnett's finest go to football school

DULUTH -- Some of the top youth and high school football prospects were on hand Friday night at Duluth High School as Football University hosted the FBU Atlanta camp, which continues today and Sunday.

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Gwinnett's finest go to football school

DULUTH — Some of the top youth and high school football prospects were on hand Friday night at Duluth High School as Football University hosted the FBU Atlanta camp, which continues today and Sunday.

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Panthers rally, stave off elimination

Managing just one run through the first 11 innings of its Class AAAAA state baseball semifinal series against Colquitt County, Parkview was staring defeat and the end of the 2011 season straight in the face. And then the Panthers did something about it.

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Good feelings, good soccer

In the inaugural girls and boys senior soccer all-star games featuring Region 7-AAAAA and Region 8-AAAAA hosted at Dacula's Barron Field, Region 7-AAAAA won both contests as the girls posted a 2-0 shutout and the boys followed up with a 4-1 victory.Photo slide show inside

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Big-hitting Stars shut down King's Ridge

Providence took care of business the old-fashioned way, rolling to a 12-2 win in five innings to clinch a spot in next week's Class A state baseball semifinals Wednesday.Photo slide show inside

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Big-hitting Stars shut down King's Ridge

LILBURN — This time, there were no record-breaking run totals or heart-stopping walk-off wins.

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Stars win first game 27-18, but split series

LILBURN -- Tuesday's doubleheader between Providence Christian Academy and King's Ridge Christian School in the third round of the Class A state baseball playoffs featured 60 runs, 54 hits, 10 home runs, 13 pitchers, 13 errors, 22 walks and 18 strikeouts. And nothing was decided.Photo slide show inside

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Duluth can't hold off Raiders

In a winner-take-all Game 3 in the second round of the Class AAAAA baseball state playoffs, it only took a small opening for Alpharetta to strike quickly and post a 6-3 comeback victory over Duluth.

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Duluth can't hold off Raiders

ALPHARETTA — In a winner-take-all Game 3 in the second round of the Class AAAAA baseball state playoffs, it only took a small opening for Alpharetta to strike quickly and post a 6-3 comeback victory over Duluth.

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Homers doom Duluth in Game 2

ALPHARETTA -- Duluth got quality pitching for 13 of the 14 innings, but that one bad inning led to a split in Wednesday's doubleheader with Alpharetta in the second round of the Class AAAAA baseball state tournament to force a deciding Game 3.

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Dacula, Jarvis roll past Milton

MILTON — With his former Major League pitching grandfather watching from the stands, Tyler Jarvis pitched a two-hit, 12-strikeout shutout to lead Dacula to a 2-0 win and complete a doubleheader sweep of Milton in the first round of the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs Friday night.

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Heady win for Hebron boys

That's what Hebron (14-3-2) used in a thrilling 1-0 win over Whitefield, sending the Lions into Saturday's state quarterfinals against the Pace Academy.

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Falle leads Parkview to upset win in PKs

MILTON — After a 42-hour delay, Parkview continued on the road to an upset as the Panthers shocked No. 7 Milton 4-3 on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation in the first round of the Class AAAAA boys soccer championship Friday afternoon.

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Wesleyan boys can't hold off Riverside

NORCROSS — Clinging to a one-goal lead in the second half at home in the opening round of the Class A boys soccer playoffs, Wesleyan couldn’t find a way to punch in another goal and breathe a little easier down the stretch.

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Second-half scoring outburst leads to Wolves' win

NORCROSS — For Wesleyan’s girls soccer team, there was no problem generating scoring opportunities in the Wolves’ Class A first-round state playoff game against Aquinas. Instead, there was the issue of finding the back of the net for a score.

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Wheeler takes down Lions on PKs

When Peachtree Ridge and Wheeler finished 90 minutes of regulation and overtime soccer tied at 1-1 in their first round matchup of the Class AAAAA boys soccer playoffs, it seemed a little odd that momentum could actually carry over into the penalty kick shootout.

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Yard sale brings treasure to White Oak Elementary outdoor classroom, garden

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Those three ideas created the theme of the day as the folks from White Oak Elementary School in Sugar Hill put on a Trash to Treasure Community Yard Sale and Earth Day Event at Gary Pirkle Park.

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Farmers Market highlights GGC Earth Day celebration

Earth Day has been around more than four decades, but Georgia Gwinnett College's Dining Services decided it was time to jump on board in 2011 and celebrate with festivities of its own.

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Costumed racers go to mattresses for local charity

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Move over, Atlanta Motor Speedway. The square in downtown Lawrenceville is also becoming home to racing of another kind.Photo slide show inside

Bulldogs need PKs to defeat Alpharetta

SUWANEE - After 90 minutes of soccer and a pair of doughnuts still sitting on the scoreboard, North Gwinnett and Alpharetta went into a sudden-death shootout to decide their Class AAAAA girls second-round matchup at Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium.

Hawks upset in overtime

HOSCHTON - Playing at home in the second round of the Class AAAAA girls basketball state tournament and going into overtime should have favored the state's third-ranked team.

No. 1-ranked Buford cruises to second-round victory

BUFORD - Top-ranked Buford showed no signs of slowing down in the second round of the Class AA girls basketball state tournament en route to a 63-48 win over visiting Coosa.

Central upsets region champ Eagles Black Knights advance with 63-61 victory over Collins Hill

LAWRENCEVILLE - The calendar still said it was the last day of February, but the madness of March was evident on Saturday night as Central Gwinnett rolled into Collins Hill and took a 63-61 win in the first round of the Class AAAAA boys state basketball tournament.

Hawks pressure way to win Simmons scores 20 in 54-33 victory

HOSCHTON - Mill Creek took its first step towards returning to the Class AAAAA girls Final Four with a wire-to-wire 54-33 win over Shiloh in the first round of the state playoffs Friday night.

Buford 44, Dublin 10

BUFORD - For the first 20 minutes of Friday's Class AA state quarterfinal matchup with Dublin, it appeared Buford might have its hands full with the two teams knotted at 10-10 midway through the second quarter.

Buford 44, North Oconee 7

BUFORD - Buford head coach Jess Simpson may want to bottle up the cold air of the polar express if the Wolves are going to keep playing this kind of football in the Class AA state playoffs.

Wesleyan 42, Warren Co. 19

NORCROSS - Wesleyan hitched its wagon to sophomore running back Kyle Karempelis and eventually put away a gutsy Warren County squad 42-19 in the first round of the Class A state playoffs Friday.

Loganville 19, Winder-Barrow 7

WINDER - Maybe it wasn't the masterpiece that Loganville pictured heading into Friday's night run at the Region 8-AAAA title against Winder-Barrow, but in the end it really didn't matter as the Red Devils laid claim to their first region crown in 17 years with a 19-7 win over the Bulldoggs.

Mt. Paran 18, Hebron 0

DACULA - In a battle of first-year Class A varsity football programs, Mt. Paran Christian School spoiled Hebron Christian Academy's Senior Day with an 18-0 shutout and picked up the first win in school history.

Loganville 17, Apalachee 12

WINDER - Despite a valiant second-half rally, Apalachee couldn't recover from a stunning end to the first half and came up short against Loganville 17-12 in a critical Region 8-AAAA showdown Friday.

Apalachee 28, Habersham Central 19

WINDER - While the offensive stars usually get the headlines, it was defense and special teams that set the table for Apalachee Friday night as the Wildcats worked back from a three-point halftime deficit to knock off Habersham Central 28-19 in Region 8-AAAA action.

Apalachee 51, Winder-Barrow 6

WINDER - The much anticipated Battle of Barrow quickly turned into the Apalachee Assault as the Wildcats romped to a 51-6 win over Winder-Barrow at W. Clair Harris Stadium.

Apalachee 17, Rockdale County 0

WINDER - Taking advantage of Rockdale County turnovers and playing stout defense all night long, Apalachee knocked off Region 8-AAAA's top team with a convincing 17-0 win and celebrated homecoming in grand fashion Friday night.

Clarke Central 21, Apalachee 0

ATHENS - Clarke Central's ability to come up with the big play and convert in the red zone proved pivotal in the Gladiators' 21-0 win over Apalachee in Region 8-AAAA action Friday night at Billy Henderson Stadium.

Cedar Shoals 29, Winder-Barrow 7

WINDER - Defense was the story at W. Clair Harris Stadium as Cedar Shoals stifled Winder-Barrow 29-7 in Region 8-AAAA on Friday night.

Madison County 44, Winder-Barrow 7

DANIELSVILLE - Winder-Barrow had to wait a week to get the 2008 season started after an open date last Friday night, but the Bulldoggs probably wished Friday's visit to Madison County had also been left vacant as the host Red Raiders rolled to a 44-7 win in Region 8-AAAA action.

Apalachee 35, Monroe Area 15

MONROE - A 50-minute power outage late in the third quarter that knocked out the lights at the Purple Pit couldn't derail Apalachee as the Wildcats rolled to a 35-15 win over Monroe Area in the 2008 season opener for both teams.

Providence sweeps past Monticello

LILBURN - Providence Christian Academy has depended on a healthy offensive attack most of the regular season to chalk up 20 wins, but the Stars wil be in great shape if the pitching staff can post numbers like it did Friday en route to a double-header sweep of Monticello in the first round of the Class A state basebal playoffs.

Dacula girls fall to No. 1 St. Pius

ATLANTA - Facing Class AAAA's top-ranked team that had outscored its opponents 125-9 during the regular season, Dacula suddenly found itself with a chance to pull off the upset with St. Pius midway through the second half of Wednesday's first round state playoff game.

Falcons ride Carrandia's hat trick to win

DACULA - The 11th-ranked Dacula boys soccer team got a hat trick from junior Daniel Carrandia and the Falcons rolled to a 3-1 win Tuesday over eighth-ranked Tucker in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Barron Field.

All-Stars all about the offense

HOSCHTON - If you came to Saturday night's inaugural Gwinnett Senior All-Star basketball games looking for offense, then you came to the right place - especially in the boys game.

Parkview girls win rematch of title game

LOGANVILLE - The last time Parkview and Grayson got together in girls soccer, there was a state championship on the line.

Top-ranked Hawks win ugly over Campbell

HOSCHTON - It wasn't the prettiest performance of the year for Mill Creek girls, but the Class AAAAA state basketball playoffs are all about surviving and advancing and the Hawks did just that in a 62-49 win over Campbell Saturday night.

Champs KO'ed Falcons knock off Tucker

DACULA - So this is how it's going to be in the Class AAAA state tournament.

Falcons dominate final quarter

DACULA - No one on the Dacula boys basketball team stuck four fingers in the air to signal the fourth quarter was going to be theirs, but the Falcons sure saved their best for the final eight minutes en route to a 42-36 win over Clarke Central for the Region 8-AAAA title.

Dacula boys hold off Cedar Shoals for win Falcons headed to Region 8-AAAA championship game

DACULA - Perhaps the Dacula boys never trailed in their Region 8-AAAA tournament semifinal matchup with Cedar Shoals, but it didn't come without a fight to the finish for the Falcons against a scrappy group of Jaguars.

No small win Martinez leads Peachtree Ridge comeback

LAWRENCEVILLE - Size didn't matter to Peachtree Ridge in the Region 7-AAAA boys basketball tournament at Collins Hill on Wednesday night. The smallest player on the court literally stole the show to lead the Lions to a 55-49 come-from-behind win over Mill Creek.