PREP BRIEFS: Edwards Middle wins wrestling title

CONYERS -- Edwards Middle School was able to get back its county wrestling trophy.

Thanks to nine individual champions and eight runners-up in 21 weight classes, Edwards defeated local rivals Davis Middle, Memorial Middle and Conyers Middle, winning the Conyers Cup Traveling Trophy, the second title for head coach Duane Turner.

Edwards ended the four-year run of Davis, which had won the county championship from 2009-2012. Before that, Edwards won titles from 2005-2008.

All four teams will compete in the New Rock league duals Saturday at Davis, while the league title will be held Feb. 2 at Indian Creek Middle School.

Local hoopsters advance in Elks shootout

COVINGTON -- The Covington Elks Club held its annual Hoop Shoot at Newton High School on Sunday.

Taking first and second place in their respective age categories were East Newton Elementary's Shay Aikens and Porterdale's Jessie St. Louis in the 8- and 9-year-old girls; Live Oak's Andre Williams and West Newton's Justing Gotel in the 8- and 9-year-old boys; Fairview's Ananda Bethea and South Salem's Destiny Hewell in the 10-and 11-year-old girls; Flint Hill's Christian Davis and East Newton's Jackson Watts in the 10- and 11-year-old boys; Livingston's Aaliyah Neal in the 12- and 13-year-old girls and Newton County Theme School's Greggory Odom in the 12- and 13-year-old boys.