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Region track meet gets underway

Region track meet gets underway

One of the few events to actually keep on schedule Tuesday evening was the Region 8-AAAAA track meet, which is spread out over three days.

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Riflery duo brings state medals home

Riflery duo brings state medals home

Fort Benning hosted the 2013-14 GHSA Riflery State Finals this past weekend, and two Barrow County students came away winners.

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Messy weather and sloppy field conditions halt plans

Messy weather and sloppy field conditions halt plans

A veritable gully washer poured through north Georgia Monday evening and Tuesday morning, dropping as much as two inches of rain in some areas. With spring being the time of outdoor sports, that rain did not bode well for area athletics.

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Barrow golf ramps up for region run

Barrow golf ramps up for region run

With spring break looming, the high school spring sports season is coming to a swift and mild-weathered end.

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Apalachee storms back to claim a rivalry win in extras

Apalachee storms back to claim a rivalry win in extras

The Cats and Doggs played a game for the ages Friday night, with Apalachee winning over their county rival 3-2 in extras. It was the kind of game that makes you wish these teams met more than once per season.

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Apalachee

Thomas to receive riflery scholarship

Thomas to receive riflery scholarship

Barely a week removed from his outstanding performance in the GHSA State Riflery Championships, Apalachee High School senior Brandon Thomas signed a letter of intent to compete in riflery for the University of North Georgia.

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Wildcat track does well at region meet

Wildcat track does well at region meet

LOGANVILLE—Apalachee had two Region 8-AAAAA individual champions and nine qualifiers for the sectional meet, but the Wildcat teams placed low in the teams standings in the region track meet held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Red Devil Stadium.

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Wildcat baseball struggles late in heart-aching losses

Wildcat baseball struggles late in heart-aching losses

Apalachee’s baseball team came close to defeating Heritage twice this week, but each time, the Wildcats could not hold onto a late lead and wound up losing the games.

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Wildcatcoach believes his team is ready for Flowery

Despite dropping their next-to-last game of the season 3-0 to Lilburn’s Parkview Panthers, Apalachee seems to think they are good and ready for the de facto play-in game against Flowery Branch on April 22.

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One more awaits Lady Soccer Cats

One more awaits Lady Soccer Cats

The Lady Wildcats have one more game to play, and it will be for all the marbles when they face Flowery Branch on April 22. Friday night, though, Apalachee took a trip to visit the defending state champions in the highest classification and came away feeling better than they could have with a 3-0 loss.

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Bethlehem Christian Academy



BCA tennis keeps going

Bethlehem’s Knights keep outdoing themselves at the net with the men still holding an undefeated record and the women taking their first loss against a difficult schedule.

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Bethlehem blanks Curtis in five off Klein's no-hitter bid

Bethlehem blanks Curtis in five off Klein's no-hitter bid

The Crusaders never had a chance in Friday’s trip to the defending GISA Class A state champions, as Bethlehem’s PJ Klein kept Curtis Baptist out of the hits column in a 10-0 five inning win.

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BCA tennis is the class of the region in GISA

The Bethlehem Christian Academy tennis program is showing GISA what excellence looks like, as both the men’s and women’s teams are undefeated after the most recent week of play.

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Bethlehem hosts Peachtree qualifying road race after dark

Bethlehem hosts Peachtree qualifying road race after dark

Anyone who goes running at night is advised to wear reflective tape and bright colors.

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Bethlehem baseball sets to the task of defending a title

Bethlehem baseball sets to the task of defending a title

There were a lot of new faces, but the GISA Class A defending state champion Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team had the same dominant look in Friday’s season opener, cruising by Killian Hill Christian 17-2 in three innings in Bethlehem.

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Winder-Barrow

Several Bulldoggs advance in track

Several Bulldoggs advance in track

LOGANVILLE—William Wright won two events and Justin Thompson repeated as a region champion as the Winder-Barrow men’s track team took third place in the team standings of the Region 8-AAAAA meet held this week at Red Devil Stadium.

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Doggs split series with top-ranked Loganville Devils

Junior Aaron Gonzalez pitched a complete-game four-hitter, which included three strikeouts in a crucial seventh inning, and led the Winder-Barrow baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Loganville Thursday evening in a makeup game at the Charles W. Maddox Baseball/Softball Complex.

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Powder puff game delights students

Powder puff game delights students

Football made an early return to W. Clair Harris Stadium last Thursday night, but in a much more unique fashion.

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Gonzo one-hits Gladiators in victory

Gonzo one-hits Gladiators in victory

Junior right-hander Aaron Gonzalez pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout Thursday to lead the Winder-Barrow baseball team to a 6-0 victory over Clarke Central in a Region 8-AAAAA makeup game at the Charles W. Maddox Baseball/Softball Complex.

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Crucial loss leaves Doggs on the outside looking in

Crucial loss leaves Doggs on the outside looking in

The Clarke Central Gladiators would enter Tuesday’s contest at Winder-Barrow as the second-ranked team in Class-AAAAA. They would leave Tuesday’s game with little doubt as to their standing.

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Other Schools

Region 8-AAAAA fails to step up in basketball

Region 8-AAAAA fails to step up in basketball

Region 8-AAAAA did not fare very well in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournaments last weekend, losing seven of the eight games, including all four of the men's contests.

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Bear Creel girls bring home title

Bear Creel girls bring home title

The Bear Creek Middle School Lady Grizzlies captured the Northeast Georgia League basketball championship for the 2014 season with a 36-30 win over the Westside Middle School Lady Huskies.

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Sports Columnists



Learn to listen

I have always said that one of my favorite parts of this job is getting to see high school students fulfill their dreams by signing college scholarships, and that is very true, but there is one other element that can trump anything.

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The value of a team versus the value of solitude

What sport do you think contains the ultimate athlete? If we were to take every sport in the world of athletics and search them over for the absolute best athletes, where would we find them?

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Gone are the heroes of old

Earlier this week, the Atlanta Braves celebrated their home opener with a loss to the Mets.

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The shocking truth behind an unathletic sports director

 

I have often joked with you all about how profoundly unathletic I am. This was no deception.

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Let me tell you why I hate soccer

Now that I’ve reeled you all in with a great, click-bait title, let me clarify.

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Colleges

PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 G-Day Spring Football Game

PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 G-Day Spring Football Game

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Brenau fields locals on softball team

A couple of young women from the area are making a name for themselves at a nearby college, as Jenny Willis and Annie Ranus, both of Auburn, made the roster for Brenau University’s Golden Tigers softball team.

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Winder gymnast is recognized

Winder native and junior at Winder-Barrow High School Megan Gentry received a scholarship to Texas Women’s University to continue her gymnastics career.

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Parks & Recreation

Auburn gym brings home national championships

Auburn gym brings home national championships

Auburn is the home of champions.

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Barrow youth can play ball

Barrow youth can play ball

The Barrow County Parks and Recreation celebrated the opening of baseball season on Saturday, bringing more than 700 people out to Victor Lord Park.

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Winder athletes assemble in force

Winder athletes assemble in force

The Avengers have assembled in Winder, but not to save the world or stop any Norse gods.

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Senior golfers give away cash to lucky man

Senior golfers give away cash to lucky man

The Jug Tavern gentlemen have done it again, as Jerry Betts scored another hole-in-one at Pine Hills Golf Club while playing with the twice-weekly group. As such, he becomes the latest winner of the $500 prize and trophy awarded to each member who achieves such status.

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Apalachee coach puts on middle school volleyball

The Apalachee Volleycats finished their most successful season in program history in 2013, but no team lasts forever. In the interest of replenishing and reloading a talented team, Coach Joey Alfonso is working to organize a Middle School Spring Volleyball League in 2014.

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Retired principal, educator will run this year's Peachtree

Retired principal, educator will run this year's Peachtree

What else can you call Ted Smith but a Renaissance man?

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Local pro honored by PGA

Local pro honored by PGA

Sean Cain, the head golf professional at The Legends at Chateau Elan golf course, was recently named the 2013 Professional of the Year by the Georgia PGA North Chapter.

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Jug Tavern Seniors crown champions

Jug Tavern Seniors crown champions

The Jug Tavern Seniors met at Pine Hills Golf Course on Thursday afternoon once more as they have for quite some time now. The twice-weekly golf group teed off at 10 a.m. for what would be one of their main events of the year in their quarterly tournament.

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