Brookwood's Howard on 'Coaches Corner'

Brookwood baseball coach Rick Howard is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a locally produced high school sports TV show.

The show also honors Mill Creek baseball as its team of the week, Gwinnett's basketball all-star game participants as its players of the week and the South Gwinnett baseball team as its team to watch.

"Coaches Corner" airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and Thursdays at 7 and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 19.

Force's Greisen earns AFL weekly honor

Georgia Force quarterback Chris Greisen was named the AFL's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Los Angeles Avengers last Saturday night.

Greisen led the Force to their first win of the young season, completing 26 of 41 passes for a season-high 366 yards and seven touchdowns.

It is the first time this year Geisen earned the honor, but the fifth time in his career. He won it on four occasions in 2007.

Turple sent back to Gladiators

DULUTH - Goaltender Dan Turple was reassigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators from Grand Rapids of the AHL after spending one day with the Griffins this weekend.

Turple, under contract with the Atlanta Thrashers, has been assigned to Grand Rapids two other times this season. The most recent was the shortest. Turple was called up on Saturday, dressed for that night's game and was returned to Gwinnett on Sunday.

In the ECHL this season, Turple has a 13-10-2-1 record with a 3.13 goals against average and a 0.906 save percentage. The 23-year-old should be available for the Gladiators' game Thursday against division rival Florida.

ECHL suspends Grimaldi 1 game

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators' rookie defenseman Joe Grimaldi was suspended for one game by the ECHL on Tuesday.

The league also fined him an undisclosed amount as suplimental discipline for a penalty Grimaldi incurred in Saturday's game in Columbia. He was assessed a match penalty for kicking at 9:57 of the third period.

Grimaldi will miss Thursday's game against Florida at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.


Central Florida wide receiver dies

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Central Florida wide receiver died Tuesday after voluntary strength and conditioning drills, the day before spring practice was set to begin.

Police said there was no foul play or obvious cause for redshirt freshman Ereck Plancher's late morning collapse. UCF athletic director Keith Tribble said the players had been lifting weights, then ran for about 10 minutes.

After the workout, the team huddled for a quick chat. As everyone was leaving, Plancher, a 19-year-old from Naples, took a knee in obvious distress, Tribble said. UCF trainers on site immediately provided CPR and the redshirt freshman was taken by ambulance to the hospital.