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Jeff Gillespie

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Young nets hat trick Salem star named Most Outstanding for third time

CONYERS - Salem's Jordan Young has pulled off a unique hat trick.

Stopped short Lady Patriots' historic season ends in semifinals

JONESBORO - The Heritage girls tennis team ran into a buzz saw in the Class AAAA semifinals Friday at the Clayton County Tennis Complex.

Title in reach Heritage girls make first semifinal appearance

CONYERS - The Heritage girls tennis team is just one match away from its ultimate goal - playing for a state championship.

Pats, Tigers fall short of golf Top 10 Boys take 14th, 16th place overall at state tournament

CONYERS - The Heritage boys golf team recorded a 14th-place finish in the Class AAAA boys state tournament Monday at Nob North Golf Course in Tunnel Hill.

Strong second half comes up short

CONYERS - The difference between winning and losing in the semifinals is often the smallest of margins.

Pats' road ends with 3-0 loss Boys tennis season halted in quarterfinals

CONYERS - For the Heritage boys tennis team, the Class AAAA quarterfinals were the end of the line Monday.

Pats pull off tennis 3-peat Heritage boys cruise into Elite 8

CONYERS - The Heritage boys tennis team pulled off a three-peat Wednesday.

Heritage girls roll to Elite 8 Doubles teams lead Lady Patriots to 3-1 win

CONYERS - The Heritage girls tennis team is starting to carve out its own list of impressive postseason accomplishments.

Top 10 matchups await soccer teams Salem girls face Northgate; Heritage girls get No.1 Marist

CONYERS - It's only the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, but the Salem and Heritage girls soccer teams both face top-10 postseason showdowns this evening.

Next stop: Round 2 Heritage tennis squads roll in state tourney openers

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams are headed to the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

Heritage girls open with a tie Patriot boys fall to Grayson

CONYERS - The Heritage soccer teams kicked off their 2009 campaigns with mixed results against Grayson on Tuesday night at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Mission scrubbed, countdown starts over

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Salem girls end season 8-0 in subregion Lady 'Noles rally late; Patriots hold on in fourth

CONYERS - The Salem girls and Heritage boys passed their final tuneups Friday night for the Region 8-AAAA tournament.

Super Bowl not so super for this fan

Today is Super Bowl Sunday and I should be excited.

Playoff hopefuls vie for top spots tonight Newton boys host Stephenson in key 2-AAAAA clash

It's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders in high school basketball.

Heritage squads win in region

CONYERS - The Heritage basketball teams opened their second swing through Region 8-AAAA South play by sweeping visiting Monroe Area on Friday night.

Rockdale, Heritage hoops face key matchups

CONYERS - The Rockdale and Heritage boys basketball teams have emerged as the front-runners halfway through the Region 8-AAAA South slate.

Patriots keep rolling Heritage boys have won 9 of 11; Salem girls prevail

CONYERS - At this time of the high school basketball season, it's all about teams positioning themselves for the stretch run.

Making it look easy Lady Seminoles roll to 68-32 win; Salem boys fall to Monroe Area

CONYERS - The Salem basketball teams are headed in opposite directions in Region 8-AAAA South.

Heritage squads face tough assignments

CONYERS - With only eight games on this year's Region 8-AAAA South basketball slate, every game takes on greater importance in the subregion standings.

Heritage boys cruise to win over Jaguars Patriots avenge earlier loss

CONYERS - If the Heritage boys can keep reproducing their performance from Tuesday night's impressive 75-46 win over Cedar Shoals, then good things might be in order for the Patriots the rest of the season.

Rockdale sweeps Bulldog boys, girls take pair of close contests

CONYERS - In front of a packed house, the Rockdale basketball squads chalked up a pair of narrow victories on the home court of county rival Heritage on Friday night.

All-Area Football: High-flying Eagles dominate team

This fall, Eastside wrote a new chapter in its football history, recording its best season ever.

Hurst right choice for top head coach

Here at The Citizen, we take our postseason all-star teams and awards seriously.

Talented youth Heritage's Bailey, Buddenbaum earn top honors

The future of local volleyball is in good hands.

Newton boys roll in Powerade opener Eastside girls fall in semifinals

The Newton boys basketball team opened up the Powerade Festival with a 70-41 victory over Alpharetta at North Gwinnett High School on Saturday.

A tale of two seasons for Seminole football Salem overcomes slow start with 5-5 finish

CONYERS - The Salem football team's 2008 campaign was a tale of two seasons.

Bulldogs ride roller coaster to 5-5 season Rockdale shows four-game improvement in Etheridge's first year as coach

Rockdale's 2008 football season was full of peaks and valleys.

Packed with Pats Heritage's Hudson, Worthy, Smith take top cross country honors

This fall, the Heritage cross country teams had an interesting mix of experienced runners and promising young talent.

Heritage only a few plays away Patriots improve, weren't far from making playoffs

CONYERS - For the Heritage football team, the difference between a .500 season and making the Class AAAA state playoffs this year was literally a few plays here and there.

Pats collect pair of wins against Bulldoggs

CONYERS - The Heritage basketball teams chalked up impressive victories over Winder-Barrow on Tuesday night.

8-AAAA all-region first team features Watts, Pats

CONYERS - Five Heritage players and Salem center Sam Watts received first-team honors on the All-Region 8-AAAA football team.

Salem girls still perfect in region Seminoles fall 66-60 to Winder-Barrow boys

CONYERS - So far, the Salem girls are really enjoying crossover play in Region 8-AAAA.

Heritage squads fall to Clarke Central

CONYERS - The Heritage basketball teams didn't enjoy their first forays into Region 8-AAAA competition Tuesday night.

Heritage earns four first-team selections

CONYERS - The Heritage softball team put together an outstanding season this fall, finishing second in Region 8-AAAA and earning a trip to the Class AAAA North State Sectional.

Stopped short Cairo ends Eastside's season in quarterfinals

CAIRO - In the postseason, the difference between winning and losing can be a couple of plays here and there.

Goal-line stand kills Eastside's shot at upset

CAIRO - Down 13-6 in the third quarter, Eastside let a golden opportunity slip through its fingers.

Five Lady Patriots headline 8-AAAA All-Area volleyball

CONYERS - After winning the area title, the Heritage volleyball program is well represented on the All-Area 8-AAAA Team.

Heritage boys finish 4th at state Hudson places 10th overall for Patriots

CARROLLTON - The Heritage boys cross country team capped off a banner season with a historic achievement in the Class AAAA Boys State Championship on Saturday.

Jake's turn Senior Hudson leads Heritage into state meet

CONYERS - For three seasons at Heritage, Jake Hudson ran in the shadow of one of the school's all-time best boys cross country performers - Shuaib Winters.

Most playoff races down to final week Eastside in, four others still alive

CONYERS - One is in, one is out and four are still alive.

Heritage boys win region championship Hudson wins individual crown, followed by three teammates

CONYERS - The Heritage boys cross country team did something it had never done before in the Region 8-AAAA Championship on Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park - win a region title.

Habersham's air attack downs Salem Raiders collect key 24-10 win over Seminoles

MOUNT AIRY - Habersham Central quarterback Austin Brown turned Halloween into a nightmare for Salem on Friday night at Raider Stadium.

Heritage boys chase title at Region 8-AAAA meet

CONYERS - The Heritage cross country teams have built a tradition that no other local squads can match in any sport.

Football playoff picture remains cloudy

CONYERS - With two weeks left in the regular season, the high school football playoff picture is still cloudy for all of the area schools.

Shut down, shut out Bulldogs manage 86 total yards in 6-0 loss to Raiders

CONYERS - Rockdale picked the wrong time of the season to struggle on offense Friday night.

Rockdale looks to build on last week's victory

CONYERS - At this point in the football season, it's all about momentum.

Lady Patriots fall to Dalton in first match

TYRONE - The Heritage volleyball team needed a few more points to change its fate Thursday in the opening round of the Class AAAA state tournament at Sandy Creek High School.

Patriots eye 1-0 record this week

CONYERS - For the Heritage football team, the final weeks of the season are proving to be a lesson in mathematics.