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Kurt Aschermann Jr.

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Williams, Richardson make SEC all-freshman team

On the eve of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Alabama’s Ashley Williams and Breanna Richardson of Mississippi State were both honored by the league as all-freshmen selections Tuesday.

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Hardy, Bulldogs hold off Newton

The Rockdale baseball team had just enough to hold off Newton Tuesday.

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League tournaments open for former area standouts

Conference tournament season is here for two local womens basketball teams and three former area athletes.

Rockdale tennis teams finish 2nd, 3rd in Peachtree City

Rockdale’s tennis teams fared well last weekend at the 16-school Peachtree City Invitational, with the girls finishing as tournament runner-up and the boys placing third.

Franklin, Alford help Panthers go 4-1 in Florida

MeQuilla Franklin and the Georgia State softball team polished off a successful weekend Sunday.

Tech, BC split first two games of ACC-opening series

Boston College used two big innings to end a long losing streak against Georgia Tech on the softball field.

Heritage girls back to winning ways

The last time the Heritage girls were on the soccer field, they suffered an uncharacteristicly-lopsided defeat. The Patriots didn’t take too long to get back in the win column.

Bazzani leads Pats past Bulldogs

A loss to Rockdale Friday night would’ve been the third straight for the Heritage baseball team against its county rival. Domenic Bazzani used his arm and his bat to make sure that wouldn’t happen.

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Tucker bounces Salem from state tournament

Only one team was going to make a brand-new kind of history in Thursday’s game between Salem and Tucker. And with the way the hosts were playing defense, it was just a matter of time before Tucker was adding a page to the record books.

Panthers softball splits two with Mercer

Before they headed south for the weekend, the Georgia State softball team split a pair of games with in-state rival Mercer Wednesday.

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Early named new Heritage football coach

A new era has begun at Heritage High School as Wendell Early was named the school’s ninth head football coach.

Heritage boys top Grayson in penalty kicks

The youth of the Heritage boys soccer team was on display Tuesday.

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Salem girls advance to first Elite 8 in school history

The Salem girls basketball team was down for nearly the entirety of the first three quarters Monday in the Class AAAAA second round. But once the Conyers school got the lead, it never trailed again.

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Kleinschmidt, Tech shut down State on diamond

The Georgia State softball team had a tough time figuring out Kylie Kleinschmidt Sunday.

No. 9 Maryland too much for Tech Sunday

When the Maryland womens basketball shares the ball and scores inside like it did Sunday, the Terps are awfully difficult to beat.

Allen wins second state wrestling crown

Alonzo Allen did it again.

Marist girls hang on to defeat Eastside in AAAA

With just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Class AAAA first-round game against Marist, it looked like the Eastside girls were setting themselves up for a comeback victory. But after a 3-pointer from Deshantra Kelly with 2:17 to go, the Eagles didn’t score again in a 56-51 defeat.

Salem girls move on to round of 16

Shay Tarver scored 17 points in her first full-time action since suffering an injury three days ago and the Salem girls basketball team defeated Mays 62-46 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

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North Cobb upsets Newton girls in opening round

Through one quarter of play Friday in Covington, the North Cobb girls basketball team didn’t look much like a team that had hopes of returning to the state semifinals. But with outside shooting like it had over the final three quarters, the Warriors appear to be more than capable of getting back to the final four.

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State playoffs open this weekend for nine area teams

It’s state playoff time for nine county basketball teams as opening round games will be played in three classifications tonight and Saturday.

Clarke upsets Salem girls in region final

Salem boys have no trouble with Gainesville in 3rd place game

It was quite an anniversary for the Clarke Central girls basketball team Wednesday.

Salem boys have no trouble with Gainesville in 3rd place game

The Salem boys never trailed and overwhelmed Gainesville 67-50 in the third-place game of the Region 8-AAAAA Tournament Wednesday at Loganville High School.

Salem survives Loganville in semis, moves on to region final

The Salem girls basketball team wasn’t at full strength or at its best Tuesday, but the defending league champions just kept right on winning anyway.

Baldwin, Apalachee too much for Salem in semis

Kamar Baldwin had been relatively quiet after one half of Tuesday’s Region 8-AAAAA quarterfinal game. But in the second half, the Apalachee guard made plenty of noise.

Salem cruises to 20th straight win

The Salem girls basketball team spent the regular season proving on a nightly basis it was the finest team in Region 8-AAAAA. The start of the postseason didn’t change that fact much at all.

Seminoles upset Heritage in region quarterfinals

Both Heritage head coach Vernon Denmark and Salem head man Noah Harrell believed the Seminoles were much better than their No. 7 seed suggested heading into the Region 8-AAAAA Tournament. Thanks to a dominant effort by its defense in the fourth quarter, Salem proved it.

Franklin, Alford start strong for Georgia State softball

If the Georgia State softball team is going to be successful in 2014, MeQuilla Franklin and Callie Alford figure to play a prominent role. The former area duo got off to a great start last weekend.

Threat of winter weather postpones Region 8 basketball tournament

For the second time in 14 days, winter weather postponed area high school basketball games.

Kleinschmidt, big offensive inning lead Tech softball to series win

The Georgia Tech softball team is looking for a new ace in 2014. They may have found one in Kylie Kleinschmidt.

UVA defense shows up in 2nd half, Cavs run away from Tech

Virginia’s highly-rated defense didn’t look it self in the first half of Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. The second half, and in particular the final 10 minutes, were a different story.

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Mitchell, Tarver lead Seminoles past Gainesville

It had been a long time since the Salem girls basketball team had been truly tested when Gainesville came to Conyers Friday. After a tense first 3 1/2 quarters, the Seminoles ultimately passed the test.

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Marshall breaks Tech scoring mark in win over UNC

In a frantic Atlantic Coast Conference game full of exciting freshmen, a senior stole the show in the calmest way possible.

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Carter, Brown sign on the dotted line

It was a big day for a pair of Heritage soccer players.

Tucker, Rockdale boys handle Alcovy

Rockdale got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Darryl Tucker and eight of Conner Ferrell’s 12 points in the fourth quarter to hang on for a 62-56 victory over Alcovy Tuesday at Stroud Gymnasium.

Rockdale girls holds off Alcovy

Rockdale didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the field Tuesday against Alcovy, so the Bulldogs instead polished off a league win from the free throw line.

Dixon’s late bucket in overtime lifts Clemson past Tech

Kaela Davis had a career-high 31 points, including the last of her 12 field goals on a go-ahead jumper in overtime. But Clemson’s Nikki Dixon had the game’s final basket.

Paige, Carolina use strong 2nd half to get by Georgia Tech

Marcus Paige was North Carolina’s leading scorer coming into Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech, but had just two points at halftime. Paige was perfect in the second half.

Rockdale-Salem hoops games cancelled again

The lingering affects of a winter storm that hit Georgia Tuesday forced the cancellation of local rivalry games in Rockdale County for the second time.

Gatling’s strong second half leads Wolfpack past Tech

Markeisha Gatling converts a higher percentage of attempted shots than any other womens college basketball player in the country, so it might’ve seemed strange to see the N.C. State senior scoreless and without an attempted shot through 20 minutes of Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech. Gatling was more herself in the second half.

Salem girls win 15th straight

As the quartet of Ayanna Mitchell, Jennifer Tindi, Taylor King and Shay Tarver goes so go the Salem girls basketball team. In perhaps no other game was that on display than Friday against Clarke Central.

Rockdale basketball sweeps Druid Hills

The Druid Hills girls basketball team got off to a fast start in Friday’s Region 2-AAAAAA game with Rockdale. It was how the visitors’ finished that made the difference.

Former area hoopsters shining at collegiate level

Ashley Williams is enjoying a fine freshman season at Alabama, including an excellent recent stretch.

Heritage boys hang on against Loganville

Rashad Jones scored 16 points to lead three in double figures as the Heritage boys basketball team defeated Loganville 64-61 Tuesday.

Heritage boys hang on against Loganville

Rashad Jones scored 16 points to lead three in double figures as the Heritage boys basketball team defeated Loganville 64-61 Tuesday.

Nwiloh drafted in fourth round

One of Conyers’ own is turning pro.

Mitchell comes back strong to lead Salem over Rockdale

Ayanna Mitchell had a rare single-digit scoring game Friday in a win over Loganville. The Rockdale girls had no such luck with the Salem star Saturday.

Salem to induct first hall of fame group tonight

The Salem High School athletic department will be celebrating its past for the first time tonight.

Hot shooting sends Panthers past Tech

Pittsburgh had a great shooting first half Tuesday against Georgia Tech, but the second half was even better for the 22nd-ranked Panthers.

Salem girls win 10th straight

After Monday’s game against Gainesville, Salem girls basketball coach Rochone Diligard said she was happy with her team because they are “doing what they do.” What the Seminoles do is continue to win each and every night.

UGA, Tech both fall in Sunday matinees

It was a disappointing Sunday for two of the state’s womens college basketball teams as both Georgia and Georgia Tech dropped conference games Sunday afternoon to Texas A&M and Syracuse, respectively.