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GOLF: Eagle’s Landing Christian boys win area crown, qualify for state tournament

The boys won the Area 3-A Private championship on Monday after shooting a 299 among their top four players. Junior Jordan Long shot a 71 in the process to buoy his teammates in the victory.

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Tennis playoff action begins with sweep over Thomson for Eagle’s Landing

The perennial tennis stars of Eagle’s Landing and Union Grove began state tournament action this week. Both girls teams from each school and the Eagle’s Landing boys squared off in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday with hopes of advancing.

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TORRES: Time to examine coaching philosphies before good athletes get the shaft

Don’t coaches want to field the best teams possible? What good does it do a program to miss out on an athlete who wants nothing more than to compete and help their team win?

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Therapeutic specialist Harlon Matthews wins USTA Brad Parks Award for advancements in wheelchair tennis

In Georgia alone, Harlon Matthews rallied enough interest that the Georgia Grand Prix series grew from two tournaments to five in less than 10 years. He also travels throughout the United States, hosting clincis for professionals who want to earn their wheelchair tennis certifications.

Guiding the College-Bound Athlete: Free college recruitment seminars on tap for Ola, Woodland this month

Dynamite Sports, founded by Rick Wire in 1995, will travel to Henry County to talk to student-athletes from grades 8 to 12 about the different steps needed to secure a college offer in the next few weeks.

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Boys Athlete of the Month: Daniel Roberts, Hampton

Junior track star dreams of the 2016 Olympics

Meet Daniel Roberts. All season, the junior from Hampton High School has been working toward one lofty goal — ownership of the state record in the 110-meter hurdles, was set in 1997 by Southwest Dekalb’s Terrance Trammell.

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Girls Athlete of the Month: Kelly Aycock, Locust Grove

Senior gymnast makes a comeback to gain further attention from college programs

Aycock first took to tumbling as a 4-year-old in Lawrenceville. She dreamed of the Olympics as a child, going the route of the Elite Program, which trains gymnasts for international competition, for a few years. But when she was 13, she decided to be a “normal Level 10” competitor and performed with club teams in Gwinnett. She kept her sights on doing gymnastics for a college team, a goal that was a lot less expensive. Until even that dream came crashing down.

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Stockbridge basketball player Devale Johnson will take talents north, commits to Cincinnati State

Devale Johnson signs with Cincinnati State

Devale Johnson is the first of seven Stockbridge basketball players expected to sign with a college this spring.

GHSA moves basketball quarterfinals to neutral site, imposes ejection fines

In Monday’s semiannual executive committee meeting of the Georgia High School Association, changes were made to increase penalties for ejections, require football coaches to provide physical copies of practice plans and relocate the Final Four to a neutral site in the basketball tournament.

Baseball: Union Grove wins sub-region championship, Ola will fight for third seed in region

The Mustangs are heading back to the state playoffs for the first time since 2011, while the Wolverines will look to advance beyond the first round.

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Headed North: Home-schooler Erin Streeter will play tennis for Minnesota State

A former ‘no-star’ recruit gained three stars after snagging Jerry Baskin as coach

Streeter’s positive attitude and determination transformed her into one of the best players Baskin, who runs the Baskin-McGill Tennis Academy in Marietta, has coached in his 40 years.

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Union Grove boys, Hampton girls are Henry County track and field champs

The Wolverines claimed first place for the fourth year in a row, while the Hampton Lady Hornets narrowly beat the Union Grove girls for the top prize.

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Jonebsoro’s Walker, Maehlman headline Georgia Sports Writers Association’s All-State basketball team

Jonesboro leads the county with four total selections, while Drew, Forest Park and North Clayton each have one.

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Georgia High School Association announces limits for full contact in football practices

Many programs already adopted policies on their own

Monday, the Georgia High School Association announced changes to football practice rules.

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Union Grove girls lacrosse thriving in second year of competition

The Lady Wolverines lacrosse team is just a few steps shy of making a state playoff appearance in their first year of eligibility.

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Ola baseball is finally ready for its shot at the state playoffs

The 2015 squad doesn’t feature big-time sluggers who knock in a dozen homers or slap hits into the outfield wall, so Edwards does worry. But what it features instead is the ability to manufacture runs when swinging for the fences isn’t a possibility.

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