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Jeff Gillespie

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Pats battle through slop for another trip to state meet

CONYERS - Heritage's Aaron Worthy tuned up for next week's state meet in Carrollton with an impressive performance in the Region 8-AAAA cross country championship Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

'Noles control Raiders Playoff hopes stay alive with 21-7 win

CONYERS - Faced with wet and soggy conditions on Friday night, Salem had a simple game plan for Habersham Central.

Rockdale rolls past Raiders

MOUNT AIRY - Rockdale took another step forward in its quest for a Region 8-AAAA playoff spot Friday night at Raider Stadium.

Lady Eagles get early rematch against Woodland-Henry

COVINGTON - Eastside is looking forward to its rematch with Woodland-Henry in the first round of the Class AAA state volleyball playoffs at 11 a.m. today in Stockbridge.

Peters sparks Pats' upset of Madison

CONYERS - All season, Heritage has tasted its fair share of fourth-quarter frustration.

Bulldogs hitting the stretch run Rockdale looks to extend win streak

CONYERS - With two straight victories over Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals, Rockdale has dug itself out of an early season hole in the Region 8-AAAA standings.

First-round split: Heritage rolls, Rockdale falls in state volleyball

CONYERS - For Heritage, the first round of the Class AAAA state volleyball playoffs was a breeze Thursday, but for Rockdale, it was the end of the line.

Rams hope to boost postseason chances

COVINGTON - All you have to do is look at the Region 2-AAAAA football standings to know that tonight's clash between Newton and Greenbrier is going to reverberate for the rest of the regular season.

Patriots rested, healed for Madison County

CONYERS - After a 1-5 start, the Heritage football team is coming off a benefical bye week as it prepares for Friday's clash with visiting Madison County at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Volleyball playoffs get started Heritage, Rockdale host first-round matches today

CONYERS - After battling to a one-two finish in the Area 8-AAAA volleyball tournament last weekend, Heritage and Rockdale will launch their postseason quests tonight in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

State softball playoffs: Henderson's pitching leads Eastside to next round

COVINGTON - No. 1-ranked Eastside made it look easy in the first round of the Class AAA softball playoffs Tuesday night.

Seminoles' backs against the wall

CONYERS - There's no doubt about it: The playoffs start this week for both Salem and Cedars Shoals.

Lady Eagles get berth in volleyball tournament Third-place finish in area gives Eastside trip to state

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Eastside volleyball team earned a trip to the Class AAA state playoffs with a third-place finish in the Area 8-AAAA tournament Saturday at Archer High School.

Pair of aces: Heritage wins second straight area volleyball title

ATHENS - The Area 8-AAAA volleyball championship was played at Clarke Central High School on Saturday, but the road to the title clearly went through Rockdale County.

Seminoles stunned by late rally Loss to Gladiators similar to last year's heartbreaker

CONYERS - To borrow a line from that legendary twister of words, Yogi Berra, it was deja vu all over again for Salem against Clarke Central on Friday night.

Heritage, Rockdale prevail in region tournament openers

ATHENS - The Heritage and Rockdale volleyball teams are just one victory away from earning trips to the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Eagles soar on links Smith, Miller earn top honors for Eastside

There's no doubt about it: The future of golf at Eastside is good hands.

Loganville too much for Heritage

LOGANVILLE - Heritage got into a shootout with the wrong team Friday night at Red Devil Stadium.

Senior night sweep: Rockdale wins final regular season home games

CONYERS - The Rockdale volleyball team celebrated senior night with a pair of victories Tuesday night.

Lady Patriots finish 3rd in tournament 4 local volleyball squads advance out of pool play

CONYERS - The Heritage volleyball team tuned up for the final week of the regular season with an impressive showing over the weekend in the AmPest Spike Fest.

Worthy of praise Heritage's Worthy wins fifth straight; Pats take title

CONYERS - When the race was on the line, Heritage's Aaron Worthy made his move at the perfect time.

Heritage drops 14-10 decision to Gladiators

CONYERS - Heritage showed flashes of brilliance Friday night at Evans Memorial Stadium, but the Patriots couldn't beat Clarke Central or the lightning.

Flood forces detour at Gunderson Invitational

CONYERS - The recent flooding has even had an impact on Saturday's Aubrae Gunderson Invitational at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Volleyball tournament opens today

CONYERS - Forty volleyball teams will converge on Conyers and Stockbridge today for the start of the 2009 AmPest Spike Fest Conyers Classic.

Worthy captures 4th straight victory Heritage senior still unbeaten after Eagle Run win

CONYERS - Heritage's Aaron Worthy is still unbeaten in cross country.

All-Area Track: Quartet shines in banner season

It was a banner year in the spring for the local high school track teams.

Hurricanes downgraded after Salem's second-half surge

CONYERS - If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Salem's 21-8 victory over Monroe Area wasn't exactly a masterpiece.

Leader on the court Hawkins, Williams take top honors

Jamon Hawkins did a little bit of everything for the Newton boys basketball team during the 2008-09 season.

Pats' NewRock streak over Rams end Heritage boys' eight-year dominance

CONYERS - Newton ended Heritage's eight-year winning streak in the boys race at the NewRock Meet on Monday at Rockdale High School.

Pats rally to topple Rockdale

CONYERS - For three and a half quarters, Heritage kept Rockdale off the scoreboard in Rockdale County's oldest gridiron rivalry Friday night.

Life's worth of lessons in a week

There are moments in your life that you'll never forget.

Shooting stars Salem's Elkins dominates to earn top honor

Precious Elkins made the best of her senior year at Salem.

Worthy wins 2nd title at Rock Ranch Heritage boys place second, girls finish fourth overall

THE ROCK - Heritage's Aaron Worthy is now a perfect two-for-two in cross country races this year.

Pats fall on late TD 13-12 Habersham takes lead with 37 seconds to go

CONYERS - For the second straight week, mistakes and missed opportunities spelled doom for Heritage.

Heritage in search of a Patriot dozen Cross country seeks 12th straight area title, state trip

CONYERS - The names may change, but the goals remain the same every year for the Heritage cross country teams.

Three-game thriller Heritage's late rally leads to big win over Rockdale

CONYERS - This one lived up to its pre-match billing.

Young runners give Seminoles hope for future

CONYERS - The Salem cross country teams will feature young runners this fall, but new coach Ryan Baldassaro thinks both squads can make big strides.

Bulldogs blast Madison in season opener Rockdale defense registers eight sacks in 28-6 victory

DANIELSVILLE - Rockdale kicked off its 2009 season with a nearly flawless display of physical football Friday night at Red Devil Stadium.

Rockdale counting on experience

CONYERS - New Rockdale cross country coach Chester Fuller is hoping experience pays big dividends this fall.

Salem falls in first subregion game Lady Seminoles drop 5-0 decision to Loganville

CONYERS - The Salem softball team needed to make just a few more plays - offensively and defensively - in its Region 8-AAAA South opener against perennial power Loganville on Tuesday.

Cross country roundup: Worthy leads Heritage boys to victory

CONYERS - The Heritage boys cross country team opened its 2009 campaign on a high note Saturday in the Jaguar Invitational at Spalding High School.

Coach pleased with Salem's summer effort

CONYERS - Salem boys basketball coach Darren Wilkins was looking for some positive signs during his squad's summer workouts.

Rockdale finds its swagger Lady 'Dogs confident after summer work

CONYERS - Rockdale girls basketball coach Alex Springs was pleased with the confidence his squad developed during its summer workouts.

Rockdale rallies for sweep in home debut Alcovy drops two in tri-meet including Apalachee

CONYERS - The Rockdale volleyball team had an impressive home debut Thursday night.

Lady Patriots loaded again for run at title Heritage volleyball returns 10 players off last year's championship squad

CONYERS - Heritage volleyball coach David Buddenbaum finds himself in a unique situation these days.

Lady Bulldogs set lofty goals Rockdale volleyball returns 10 players, with six starters

CONYERS - With 10 players returning from last season, Rockdale volleyball coach Stephen Sansing believes his squad will be in the hunt for the Area 8-AAAA championship this fall.

Lady 'Noles focus on team chemistry Salem coach pleased with girls' summer workout

CONYERS - With four starters back from last season's 23-3 squad, the Salem girls basketball team worked on something a little different this summer - team chemistry.

Lowry scores victory over Ragan at AMS Covington racer edges Sprint Cup driver in return to Thursday Thunder

HAMPTON - Covington racer Kyle Lowry made a remarkable return last week to Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Finally feeling like I'm back to being me

The e-mails started trickling in 11 weeks ago here at the Citizen, usually about five or six per week. Somewhere near the end of May, they started coming in with greater frequency, two or three a day.

All-Area Wrestling Rockdale's Ponce, Eastside's Blakeman top list

It was a banner season for the Eastside and Rockdale wrestling teams.