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Kurt Aschermann Jr.

Stories by Kurt Aschermann

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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.

Rockdale sweeps Heritage on the hardwood

Saturday was a prime example of how effective Rockdale’s defense can be when Darryl Tucker is at his best.

Golden leads Tech past Notre Dame

With a vibrant crowd and a conference foe in town for the first time this season, Georgia Tech got a much-needed victory.

Rainey’s big night helps Patriots win 4th straight

The Heritage boys basketball team kept up its winning ways Wednesday, though it took a little extra time to do it.

Atlanta hands Pacers rare defeat

The Indiana Pacers came into Wednesday’s game with the best record and top defense in the NBA. None of that seemed to matter much to the Atlanta Hawks.

Hood, Duke pull away from Tech

With 13 minutes to play in Tuesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference game against Duke, Georgia Tech was shooting the ball well and down just five points. The rest of the night got away from the Yellow Jackets and a long losing streak in Durham continued.

Winston leads Seminoles to national title

In a fourth quarter full of excitement, the best player in college football engineered the final and most memorable collection of highlights.

Duke too much for Tech in conference opener

With what was once a large lead trimmed to six points, the Duke womens basketball team turned to its top player to finish off Georgia Tech.

Salem girls win eighth straight

Glover’s big night helps Newton boys win nightcap

It wasn’t a blowout victory like they’d grown accustomed to, but the Salem girls basketball team picked up one more convincing win Saturday.

Iguodala’s buzzer beater sinks Hawks

With Stephen Curry double-teamed on the final possession of the game, Andre Iguodala made the Atlanta Hawks pay for leaving him open.

Tech women crush Alabama State in holiday tournament

Alabama State was no match for the Georgia Tech womens basketball team Sunday.

Hawks survive Bobcats in overtime

Pero Antic saved the day in regulation, and the Atlanta Hawks did just enough in overtime to hold off the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday.

Newton falls short in holiday tournament semis

The Newton boys basketball team came up just short in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament.

Habeel caps strong season on links

Local golfer Ayanna Habeel recently capped a memorable 2013 season.

Plenty of Patriots on all-area first team

It was another memorable season for the Heritage softball team and there were plenty of Patriots on the Citizen’s all-area first team to commemorate the year.

Rockdale girls playing well in Christmas tournament

Despite being 100 miles from home, the Rockdale girl’s basketball team kept up its winning ways last weekend.

Hawks finish 3-0 homestand with blowout win over Jazz

Al Horford and the rest of the Atlanta Hawks kept rolling at home Friday.

Teague, Korver come up huge in Hawks victory

With great guard play on display all evening, the Atlanta Hawks’ backcourt duo was a bit too much for Sacramento’s pair.

Trio leads Tech past KSU

It had been eight days since the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team played a game, but Robert Carter Jr., Daniel Miller and Trae Golden looked plenty fresh Monday.

Heritage boys hold off rival Salem

The basketball teams from Heritage and Salem were just five points apart early in the fourth quarter Monday. But that was as close as the two rivals got in Heritage’s 76-58 victory in Region 8-AAAAA play.