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Death penalty to be sought in triple homicide

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LAWRENCEVILLE — The death penalty will be sought against Robert Erik Bell, the man accused of ambushing and killing three people near Snellville last September. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Por-

ter filed a motion last month declaring his intent to pursue the death penalty Robert in Bell’s Erik Bell case “based on aggravated circumstances.” Georgia law offers several strict

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guidelines for circumstances in which capital punishment can be imposed, and Porter has filed under the section that allows it if “the offense of murder, rape, armed robbery, or kidnapping was committed

while the offender was engaged in the commission of another capital felony.” In Bell’s case, murder is the alleged offense and the “other” capital felony. Bell, 34, was arrested at a New Orleans homeless shelter in October, about five weeks after police believe he opened fire at 4630 Anderson

Livsey Lane in Centerville. According to authorities, Bell and his wife had been living there with Angelina Benton’s family after falling on hard times. On Sept. 15, 2013, Bell was allegedly armed and waiting inside the home when Benton, her 12-year-old son, 19-yearold godson and boyfriend

returned from a short trip in Bell’s SUV. Joseph McDonald and Raynard Daniel — the son and godson, respectively — were shot and killed as they entered the home. Benton, 34, was killed in the driveway. Justin Cato, the boyfriend, was shot in the leg See HOMICIDE, Page 9A

Officials set list for SPLOST

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Amateur golfers Bin Liu, John Barrett and Bill Cornell play the 11th hole with professional golfer Marco Dawson the State Bank Pro-Am golf tournament at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Superintendent: Course is difficult, yet fair to golfers By Keith Farner

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DULUTH — Searching for a balance between a “meat grinder” and a course that’s birdiefriendly is what Mike Crawford sees as his job this week. As the golf course superintendent at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Crawford oversees the setup of the course, along with Greater Gwinnett Championship rules officials, and sees the more than 7,000-yard track as difficult and challenging, yet fair. It will play host to the second-year Champions Tour event this week for a strong field of 81 golfers including defending champion Bernhard Langer.

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Langer won last year’s tournament after he finished at 10-under par 206 despite a 1-over 73 in the first round. He outplayed the second-round leader, Esteban Toledo, who carded double bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12 on his way to a

Participants play the 10th hole in the State Bank Pro-Am golf tournament at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth on Wednesday. During the tournament amateurs had the chance to play a round of golf See COURSE, Page 9A with professionals. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Two weeks after collections began for Gwinnett’s latest Special Purpose Local Sales Tax program, officials nailed down the list of projects it will fund. With a focus on sidewalks and safety in transportation, renovations at parks and senior centers and equipment and apparatus for public safety, commissioners approved more than $400 million in capital projects. “It’s a great list,” Commissioner Tommy Hunter said. “I’m excited about it. It’ll give us a chance to show the citizens we will spend their money wisely, and that they’ll actually get something for the dollars they are putting toward it.” While taxpayers approved a three-year collection of up to $498 million during a referendum last year, officials budgeted for a more conservative amount, earmarking $417.3 million, more than half of which See SPLOST, Page 6A

Two Brookwood students accused of cheating on AP By Keith Farner keith.farner@gwinnettdailypost.com

SNELLVILLE — Two Brookwood High students have been accused of, and disciplined for, cheating on local Advanced Placement tests. The cheating allegations centered on the students allegedly breaking into classrooms and teacher work areas by unlocking doors after class and after school to take photographs of tests and answer keys, Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. No other students were involved, but Roach said the students had a “very deliberate plan of action” and did it for their own academic gain. “This speaks to the intent of the students,” she said. “This kind of deliberate plan, attempt to cheat, is not something we see.” Roach did not know of a specific time

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NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 2014 LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Check out more than books from your local library By Deanna Allen

sites, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta and the Go Fish Education Center in Atlanta. Also EDITOR’S NOTE: available is the Zoo AtDuring National Library lanta family pass program Week, April 13 through held in partnership with 19, the Daily post wants to the Georgia Public Library help patrons get to know Service. their libraries. The week is The Georgia Public set aside to as a national Library Service has partobservance sponsored by nered with the Georgia the American Library As- Environmental Facilities sociation, and this year’s Authority to help residents theme is “Lives change @ “go green” by offering your library.” free Kill-A-Watt energy While books are the detector kits for checkmain attraction at Gwinout to library patrons nett County libraries, The kit measures energy they’re not the only things consumption to help you that can be checked out. estimate the costs associLibrary patrons can re- ated with the appliances in quest one-week passes for your home. Each kit can free admission for a fam- be checked out for seven ily of four to several area days. Reserve a kit online attractions, including the or ask a staff member at Hudgens Center for the your local branch. Arts in Duluth, the SouthFor more information eastern Railway Museum and to schedule your in Duluth, The Wren’s checkout, visit www. Nest Museum in Atlanta, gwinnettpl.org/parksstate parks and historic museum-passes. deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

Open house to be held on proposed multi-use trail and bike, as well as attract more pedestrian and bicycle activity by providing greater safety Pedestrians and and accessibility in an residents can give some auto-oriented corridor,” input Tuesday into upWarbington wrote in an grades planned in one of email, explaining that Gwinnett’s most-walked the corridor has access communities. to Gwinnett Transit The Gwinnett Village service and links destiCommunity Improvenations from Greater Atment District will host lanta Christian School to an open house Thursday Norcross and Lilburn’s to discuss a multi-use town centers, the U.S. trail planned along Highway 29 corridor Indian Trail Road, which and more. will connect the NorThe proposed 10-foot cross and Lilburn areas. sidewalk would travel After a feasibility 4.45 miles along Indian study showed the need, Trail from Beaver Ruin the route is the second in Norcross, through planned connection, unincorporated Gwinwith a trail along Beaver nett to the Camp Creek Ruin Road already under Greenway trailhead in design to link to NorLilburn. cross, said the CID’s With construcChuck Warbington. A tion funding yet to be $300,000 grant from the determined, there is no Transportation Alternatimeline for the opening tives Program will fund of the trail connection, the design of the trail he noted. extension along Indian Thursday’s open Trail to the city of Lilhouse is scheduled for 5 burn, he added. to 7 p.m. at the Norcross “This project will Human Services Center, serve an existing delocated at 5030 Georgia mand for routes to walk Belle Court. By Camie Young

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At GGC, Woodall talks legislation By Keith Farner

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LAWRENCEVILLE — When Rob Woodall was first elected to the U.S. Congress, he figured it would be different. “I thought it was going to be easier to change people’s minds,” said Woodall, who represents Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, during a Wednesday morning visit to Georgia Gwinnett College. “What folks are doing is working the very hardest to represent their constituents.” Speaking to a group of honors students in the Cisco Auditorium at GGC, Woodall used the example of telling his colleagues to not get in the way of local education successes in their districts, while his colleagues are asking for help because their local school districts are in “shambles.” Woodall added that he hopes the American economy looks the way in 10 years the way the local economy does today. Some of the bickering that goes on in Congress can be explained by each representative’s constituency having different needs. Yet bickering isn’t always a negative,

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, right, talks with SGA President-Elect Chase Goodwin during a student town hall meeting at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

in fact, in many ways it can be a positive. “You don’t pay me to be popular,” Woodall said. “You don’t pay me to get good headlines. You pay me to get work done.” Woodall also said that he disagrees with President Barack Obama on the view of morality. “How do we get something done that, my view of morality is, we’ve stolen from your generation to enhance my generation,” Woodall said. “My view is to balance the budget tomorrow. The president’s view is never.” Incoming Student Government Association President Chase Goodwin said Woodall is another example of political figures

visiting the GGC campus to expose students to their thoughts on education. Last week, GGC hosted former Governor Roy Barnes. “We want them to hear from students about current bills, or bills that have passed,” Goodwin said. “Ask them their actual intentions of things, I think it jolts them a little bit that students at Georgia Gwinnett are paying attention.” One student asked Woodall if he thought Republicans taking the majority of seats in the U.S. Senate in the November election would help his desire to pass the FairTax legislation. Woodall said it would, but presidential leadership couldn’t be overlooked. Woodall then

noted that the FairTax bill broke the record for most co-sponsors of any bill in history. “It may be risky to cosponsor the FairTax,” he said. “But it may be more risky to tell your constituency, ‘No.’” Another student asked Woodall why he voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act bill related to the National Security Agency. Woodall said he would like a thoughtful discussion on the issue because the decision comes down to security versus civil liberties. “If you err on the side of civil liberties, some people will die,” he said. “If you err on the side of security, some will be oppressed.”

Hannity endorses Kingston in Senate race The battle for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate this year is beginning to turn into a battle of conservative icons. Last week, Congressman Jack Kingston announced an endorsement from talk show host Sean Hannity. The news came a week after former Secretary of State Karen Handel got the backing of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Hannity took took to the airwaves to talk about his choice in the sevenperson primary contest, describing Kingston as a “bright, solid, incredible conservative” on his nationally syndicated radio show. “I have known Jack Kingston for 20 years,” Hannity said in a statement. “He’s a solid Ronald Reagan Republican and my choice in the Georgia Senate race. Jack will join the conserva-

Political Notebook

Camie Young tive coalition in the U.S. Senate.” The Savannah man, one of three congressmen in the race, said he is honored to have Hannity on his team. “He’s been a voice for conservative values and a real fighter for our cause,” Kingston said of the talk show host. Upcoming events Just a reminder that voters can learn about the GOP candidates for state school superintendent today.

The Gwinnett Republican Party is sponsoring a candidate forum for the crowded race, and nearly all of the candidates have confirmed they will attend. As of press time, those included: Mary Kay Bacallao, Ashley Bell, Mike Buck, Sharyl Dawes, Allen Fort, Nancy Jester, Fitz Johnson and Kira Willis. “We are looking forward to hearing from all the candidates for state school superintendent and their solutions for the issues facing our state’s education system and students,” said party Chairwoman Rachel Little, who added that a straw poll will be conducted following the forum, which is set for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Next week, Democrats will have a turn. The county party will host its own event from

6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the old Lawrenceville city hall. While prominent U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn has declined the invitation to the event, Branko Radulovacki and Todd Robinson, other contenders in that race, plan to be there. The two Democrats contending for insurance commissioner said they would attend, along with four of the party’s school superintendent candidates, a secretary of state hopeful and some local state House and Senate candidates. Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

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duplex was consumed in heavy flames. Crews “immediately BUFORD — A Tuesday entered the structure to night fire damaged both battle the blaze” and were sides of a Buford duplex. able to keep the fire from Gwinnett County firespreading to the other side, fighters responded to the Rutledge said. duplex on the 4200 block The unit of origin sufof Dejohns Way at about fered “extensive” fire 10:45 p.m. Tuesday after damage and two adults residents were alerted were displaced, Rutledge to the fire by the sound said. Two adults and two of glass breaking. One children were displaced resident attempted to douse from the adjoining unit the flame with a bucket of due to residual smoke and water but alerted neighbors because gas and power and called 911 after that were cut to the building as was unsuccessful, Capt. a result of the fire. Tommy Rutledge said. Neither group requested When firefighters arassistance from the Red rived, one side of the Cross. tyler.estep @gwinnettdailypost.com

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Gwinnett Tech to partner with Valdosta State By Keith Farner keith.farner @gwinnettdailypost.com

LAWRENCEVILLE — Thanks to an agreement signed on Monday between two college presidents, Gwinnett Technical College students will soon be able to take a degree and build on it at Valdosta State University. Gwinnett Tech students who earn an associate degree in applied science are eligible to work on a bachelor’s of applied science in human capital performance or bachelor’s of science in organizational leadership at VSU. Gwinnett Tech students who are graduating with an Associate of Science in biology can also begin working on a bachelor’s of science in biology at

President William J. McKinney of Valdosta State University and President Sharon Bartels of Gwinnett Technical College sign a pathway program agreement where Gwinnett Tech students who earn an associate’s degree in Applied Science degree are eligible to work on a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in human capital performance or Bachelor’s of Science in organizational leadership at VSU. (Special Photo)

VSU, once it has received approval from appropriate state governing boards and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “We are delighted to be partnering with Valdosta State through the Pathways Program to give our graduates the opportunity to seamlessly continue their education at Valdosta State in these areas,” Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bar-

tels said in a press release. “The Pathways Program collaborations support so many critical goals for our state, including improved college completion, workforce development and lifelong learning.” The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia, an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a col-

lege degree. In 2012, institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia submitted plans to achieve a goal of adding more than 250,000 postsecondary graduates to Georgia’s workforce by 2020. “Many of our current students at Valdosta State are from the Gwinnett County area, and we look forward to expanding the opportunities for more students to complete their college degree through this partnership with Gwinnett Technical College,” VSU President William J. McKinney said in the release. “This partnership represents an important piece of Valdosta State’s commitment to Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative. It is these types of collaborative relationships that will assist more students in earning the credentials they desire, and helping to create a more highly educated and prepared workforce throughout Georgia.”

O’Charley’s to give away free meals By Deanna Allen

tion and reimaging plan that features refurbished store interiors and exteriors, a new brand logo and updated BUFORD — O’Charley’s menu items. in Buford is among several To celebrate, the restaurestaurants nationwide that rant, located at 3217 Buford have undergone a revitaliza- Drive, is giving away free deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

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GGC IT students receive regional, national recognition By Keith Farner

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LAWRENCEVILLE — Several Georgia Gwinnett College students not only earned several regional and national information technology awards recently, they’ve also filed for a patent. Students Robert Curtis, Derek Donaldson and Kyle Dornblaser placed in the top five submissions for best use of technology in classroom or program in the Technology Association of Georgia STEM Education Awards last fall. Their entry, “Ursi,” is an original software application that advances a widespread student feedback system that gives instructors the chance to question students at a moment’s notice. The students also developed a smartphone-, laptop- and tablet-enabled app, as a no-cost alternative to a dedicated device that’s being piloted in campus classrooms.

Student Patrick Musasa, left, IT faculty members Evelyn Brannock and Robert Lutz, and student Derek Donaldson display a software application that measures feelings within groups via signals from headsets like what Musasa is wearing. (Special Photo)

Donaldson and Curtis also submitted a research paper to the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges-Southeast Conference, sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Donaldson presented their work at the organization’s annual conference in November,

and placed third in the overall competition among schools such as The Citadel, Furman University and Wofford College. Curtis, Donaldson and Dornblaser have been part of GGC’s STEC undergraduate research group, which includes students ranging from freshmen to seniors, as well as a high school intern from the Gwinnett School of

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benefit from the research. Patrick Musasa, 38, a nontraditional student majoring in IT with a focus on systems and security, has coordinated weekly meetings and prepared symposium presentations. “The research project enhanced my leadership skills and reinforced a self-starter attitude, teaching me to work with minimal supervision as I move forward in my education and career goals,” Musasa said. “I also learned the importance of meeting deadlines and that a project’s success depends on collaboration and teamwork, values that GGC espouses.” “The students have established a professional camaraderie amongst themselves and present their contributions and that of the entire group with pride and conviction in internal and external venues,” Lutz said. “Achievements in a group setting like this position students for leadership-driven, successful careers, and I’m

thrilled to see them enjoy their experience and be confident in their collective work.” Lutz attributes GGC’s overall IT success to small class sizes, which allow for high faculty-student interaction, educational innovation through technology, a committed mentoring environment, a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering and math engagement, and integrating research activities into as many course experiences as possible during the four years of study. “Given that GGC is a relatively new school, it is exciting to be part of an academic team that recruits and mentors our future technology leaders,” said Brannock. “I believe in learning by doing, questioning and trying different approaches. I’m glad to be part of an institution that empowers students to be the decision makers and drivers of their learning process.”

By Deanna Allen

singersongwriter will kick off the tour at Seattle’s WaMu Theater on Ed Sheeran Aug. 22, marking the three-time Grammy Award-nominated artist’s

first stateside tour. Sheeran is promoting his forthcoming second album “x” —pronounced “multiply” — slated for a June 23 release and his stop at the Arena at Gwinnett Center is set for Sept. 22. The date on which tickets will go on sale will be announced at a later time.

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DULUTH — Ed Sheeran is gearing up for his first headlining arena tour of North America and the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth is one of his stops. The 23-year old British

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April 18 - Good Friday 7:00 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary: Join us as we celebrate Tenebrae, or “shadows”, commemorating the passion of Christ. This meaningful service of darkness, which begins the prayer vigil leading to the celebration of the resurrection on Easter morning, will feature special music by the Chancel Choir. April 20 – Easter One Contemporary Worship Service: Two Traditional Worship Services: 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary: The worship band, prayer team and At the Traditional Worship services, the pastor will be energized and ready to join music will be as glorious as the day deserves with you in the celebration of the with the choir lifting praises to God, resurrection of Jesus Christ. ending with our annual Easter acclamation, Handel’s “Hallelujah!” chorus.

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which includes a T-shirt that reads “I wear TEAL for the Women We Love.” The race is a Peachtree Road Race The Walk for the Women qualifier. We Love Run/Walk and Those interested can Festival to raise awareness register at walk4thewomof GYN cancers will be enwelove.org until noon on Saturday at Tribble Mill Park Thursday or at the on-site in Lawrenceville. registration the day of the On-site registration will race. open at 7:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 9:15 a.m. Girl Scouts hosts There is a $35 race fee

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Math, Science and Technology. The group is led by Robert Lutz and Evelyn Brannock, both assistant professors of information technology. Curtis and Donaldson were included by Brannock and Lutz on a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent combines EEG brain signals from multiple human respondents and renders them as sound waves. This invention allows observation of patterns of emotion across a group of people and can be applied to areas such as health, fitness, education and entertainment. “The patent will advance efficiency across multiple arenas,” Lutz said. “For example, the application could help an instructor sense student anxiety or class calmness. Other applications could encompass focus group data collection, game playing or other forms of entertainment.” All group members

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Credit union, church collect cans of food

The Gwinnett Branch of Georgia United Credit Union worked with Cross Camp Gwinnett Pointe Church and Atlanta The Girl Scouts of Greater Community Food Bank in Atlanta’s Camp Gwinnett order to “Can Hunger” by 2014 gives Girl Scouts collecting 3,010 cans of the chance to learn about food. outdoors while enjoying outGeorgia United Credit door activities and camping Union is one of the top on April 27. ranked credit unions in There will be demonstra- Georgia, and their sixteen tions and hands-on activities branches collected a total to teach girl scouts different of 42, 224 cans, or 21 tons things about nature, how to of food, during their Can camp, how to start a fire and Hunger food drive to benefit much more. All Girl Scouts local food banks. This is the and registered Girl Scout third year that Georgia Unitleaders are invited for $5 ed’s held a spring food drive per child and no charge for and they beat last year’s total adults. Non-girl scouts can by over 10,000 cans. attend but will need to pay The Gwinnett Branch an additional $15 Girl Scout of Georgia United Credit registration. Registrations Union and Cross Pointe will be accepted the day of Church are both located in the event but will need to Duluth. be paid in cash, and Camp Gwinnett Gab appears in Gwinnett Patches will be the Thursday and Sunday available for an additional $2 editions of the Gwinnett Daicost while supplies lasts. ly Post. To submit an item to Camp Gwinnett 2014 will Gwinnett Gab, email gab@ be from 1 to 4 p.m. April gwinnettdailypost.com.


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Obama, Biden push job training Reuters

OAKDALE, Pa. — PresABUJA — Nigeria’s ident Barack Obama and military said on Wednesday Vice President Joe Biden its forces had freed most of took a trip to a Pennsylvathe schoolgirls abducted by nia community college on Islamist Boko Haram miliWednesday to promote a tants, and were continuing plan to train workers for the search for eight students skills they need for hardstill missing. to-fill jobs. “With this development, For security reasons, the principal of the school Obama and Biden flew has confirmed that only in separate planes for 8 of the students are still the event in this suburb missing,” armed forces of Pittsburgh but rode in spokesman Major General the same limousine from Chris Olukolade said in a the airport and appeared statement sent to media. together at the CommuHe did not specify exactly nity College of Allegheny how many of the girls had County. been rescued, but said one With the visit, they put of the “terrorists” involved a renewed emphasis on in the abduction had been the U.S. economy after captured. the Obama administration last week met the early Mexico captures enrollment benchmarks for Obama’s health care law senior drug boss months after the disastrous MEXICO CITY — Mexi- rollout of Healthcare.Gov. can police have captured the Obama told an audisecond-in-command of one ence that some jobs lost of the country’s main drug to overseas competition in gangs, who was operating recent decades are coming in Mexico City, the govern- back to the United States ment said on Wednesday. but that they are sometimes Arnoldo Villa Sanchez hard to fill because workers of the Beltran Leyva cartel lack the skills. was arrested by federal He announced a plan police on Tuesday while to use $500 million in traveling in an undisclosed existing Labor Department location. funds to pay for a competi— From wire reports tion to spur employers and

PEOPLE ‘Thrones’ breaks piracy record

LOS ANGELES — “Game of Thrones’” latest shocking episode was a big hit with audiences paying for it, and a record breaker for those who weren’t. Torrent Freak reports a record 193,418 people where sharing one single torrent hours after the episode premiered on Sunday, which beats a previous high of 171,572 people sharing on a single torrent after the Season 3 finale last year. Before that, the Season 3 premiere of HBO series based on author George R.R. Martin’s novels nearly doubled a BitTorrent swarm record set by NBC drama President Barack Obama speaks next to Vice President Joseph Biden after touring the “Heroes.” With tens of thousands Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa. (Reuters) sharing other torrents that community colleges to our folks are trained for “I’m proud to introduce hit the web within the first work together and develop the jobs that are there and a buddy of mine,” Biden 12 hours of the episode’s retraining programs that are for the jobs in the future,” said in introducing Obama lease, it is estimated that the designed to get workers Obama said. to the crowd. episode titled “The Lion and prepared for specific jobs. Obama, who travels to “Joe and I decided it was the Rose” was downloaded Another $100 million Asia next week, and Biden, time for a guys’ trip,” said roughly 1.5 million times. will be drawn from a Labor who leaves on Sunday Obama. When addressing the issue Department fund to supfor Ukraine, appeared to He said that before the of piracy in the past, HBO port programs aimed at be enjoying their time totrip he had no idea there reasoned that it is a consetraining apprentices in new gether out of Washington. existed a discipline known quence of success. fields with fast-growing During a classroom as “mechatronics” and that “‘Game of Thrones’ is occupations such as infor- tour of a “mechatronics” it “sounds like something a global phenomenon and mation technology, health exhibit featuring machinthat Godzilla would be HBO uses every tool availcare and advanced manuery and electronics, when fighting.” able to protect its content. facturing. a machine whirred to life, Training and retraining Unfortunately, with such “In today’s economy Obama told Biden: “Joe, workers for job skills has success also comes theft,” the it has never been more don’t put your fingers in been a problem that has be- premium cable network said. important to make sure that there.” deviled various presidents. — From wire reports

What do the numbers on the fertilizer bag mean? Fertilizers are frequently applied to plant material as a supplement because the soil does not supply enough of the needed nutrients. Many types of fertilizers exist and not all are created equal. By knowing some basics about fertilizers and the various types, you can choose one that will be the most beneficial. Prior to applying fertilizer, consider having your soil tested through Gwinnett County Extension. The results will show the nutrient status and the relative acidity of the soil (pH) through soil testing. Applying fertilizer without a soil test can result in the application of too much or too little lime and fertilizer required for optimum growth. Refer to the article that I wrote on Feb. 5 titled “Soil testing essential to

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fertilizer bags are labeled with three numbers that indicate the guaranteed analysis, or the fertilizer grade. These three numbers give the percentage by weight of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), commonly referred to as the N-P-K ratio. For example, if a 100-pound Tim Daly bag of fertilizer is 20-1015, it has 20 pounds of the quality of your soil” for nitrogen, 10 pounds of more information on soil phosphorus and 15 pounds testing. of potassium for a total of Plants require several 45 pounds of nutrients and nutrients for sustenance. 55 pounds of filler mateNitrogen, phosphorus and rial. Other nutrients are potassium are the ones sometimes listed on the they need in the highest label. The law requires the quantity whereas sulfur, fertilizer manufacturer to magnesium and calcium guarantee that the N-P-K are required in lesser ratio of fertilizer on the amounts. Some nutrients, label is correct meaning such as zinc, iron and man- the nutrients listed on the ganese, are only required label are contained in the in small quantities. fertilizer. If you have your The numbers on the soil tested, the report will

Dacula native, Gwinnett grad to perform sold-out show in Duluth By Deanna Allen deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

Clay Cook calls the road home for now. The South Gwinnett graduate and singer-songwriter is a member of the Zac Brown Band. “I’ve probably been home 12 days this year,” Cook said. And while Cook is taking a three-week break from the Zac Brown Band’s tour, he won’t be calling Nashville, where he has a residence, home. He and Dacula native Levi Lowrey started a tour in New Hampshire on April 4 and, after making their way in a van down the East Coast, the duo will perform a sold-out show today at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth under the banner Eddie Owen Presents. The tour is similar to one that Cook and Lowrey embarked on three years ago following a show at the music venue 106 West in Winder. No set list. Cook playing a song, then Lowrey playing a song, back and forth throughout the show. “It’s unlike any other thing I’ve ever kind of played,” Cook said. “It can be pretty fun and then

Dacula native Levi Lowrey, picture here, will perform Thursday at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth with Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band. (Special Photo)

sometimes the audience gets into it. I haven’t seen too many artists operate like that.” “When we did that show it kind of turned into something we weren’t expecting,” Lowrey said. “It was mostly comedy and a few songs here and there.” That was back in 2011 and there’s been requests for another tour since. “People were asking for it for a very long time,” Lowrey said. “The only reason it took this long is scheduling. We’ve been wanting to do it since the end of the last one.” Lowrey, who plays acoustic guitar and fiddle and has traveled the coun-

try performing, said the Red Clay Theatre is his favorite venue to play. “Eddie Owen is the best promoter in the industry (and the Red Clay Theatre) has the best sound guy I’ve ever worked with,” he said. “There’s nothing negative about (the venue).” Cook said the show at Red Clay may be the one he’s looking forward to most. “I’ll get to go back to my roots, which is singersongwriter, small rooms, 200 to 300 people,” Cook said. “That’s where I’ve always been more comfortable playing. It’s pretty exciting, I’m hoping to see some familiar faces.”

recommend the type of fertilizers and amounts that should be applied. Various formulations of fertilizers are used. Complete fertilizers contain all three of the major nutrients. Incomplete fertilizers, such as 0-20-20, do not contain all three of these nutrients. Slow release fertilizers include a coating of materials that allow the nutrients to be slowly made available to the plants over a period of time. Water, heat and microbes break the material down. Some fertilizers are combined with pesticides. However, timing for a fertilizer application and treatment for the pest may not coincide. For example, some fertilizers are formulated with a pre-emergent herbicide. In the spring, the best time for use of a pre-emergent is in March. The fertil-

•From Page 1A will go to road improvements. “We were lucky to have good folks working to make sure we have good projects moving forward,” Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, acknowledging not only the work of the government staff but a committee of residents who met for six months to consider projects for roads, seniors who participated in town hall meetings and recreation authority members who gave input. After an economic recession left the county with little room to expand its operations, tens of millions of dollars remain unspent from the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which ended, in terms of collections, at the end of March. So leaders made a concerted effort to focus the 2014 list on projects that would not force the county to add staff or increase operations. With a new police precinct funded by the last program on hold, officials divvied up public safety funding among departments for equipment, apparatus and technology, adding to the previously promised funding for an emergency alert system for local schools to coordinate with police and a medical examiner’s facility. The biggest portion of the

izer should not put down on warm season grasses at that time since it could cause them to come out of dormancy prematurely and increase the risk of cold damage from a late season freeze. Many gardeners question whether the use of organic fertilizers is advantageous over synthetic fertilizers. Bone meal, cottonseed meal, blood meal, manure, compost and other sources are considered organic fertilizers. The advantage to using them is increasing the organic matter content of the soil and improving its physical structure. They also are less likely to burn the plant material. However, the nutrients in organic fertilizer are not readily plant available. They have to be broken down by soil microbes to be released into the soil. With synthetic

fertilizer, the nutrients are immediately released. Also, the nutrient levels from organic sources are relatively low. Even if you use a synthetic fertilizer, consider incorporating organic matter into the soil to improve it. Remember, not all fertilizers are alike. Fertilizer choice is dependent on the type of plant material that you are growing and the type of soil where it will be grown. Knowing your soil fertility needs from soil testing and understanding the different types of fertilizers will help in finding the right one for your particular situation. Timothy Daly is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Agent with Gwinnett County Extension. He can be contacted at 678-377-4010 or tdaly@uga.edu.

SPLOST remaining funds will go to the fire department, giving it $23.7 million, while police will receive $18 million and the sheriff’s office $4.5 million. With senior services tapped to receive proceeds for the first time in county history, the $5 million earmark will be devoted to renovations at Buford and Norcross senior centers, a Centerville senior center and vehicles. The limited library allocation will be directed to the relocations of Norcross and Duluth branches, which had previously been partially funded. The $24 million in parks funding is set to go toward rehab of a 40-year-old gymnasium at Best Friend Park, as well as facilities at Jones Bridge, Mountain Park and Ronald Reagan parks and trail renovations at Little Mulberry and Yellow River parks. Officials are also set to convert fields at Bethesda and Peachtree Ridge parks to artificial turf, and capital needs will be addressed at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and Environmental and Heritage Center. Expansions are on tap for the popular Alexander and Club Drive parks. Highlights of the transportation funding include a new bridge and intersection improvements along Dacula Road at U.S. 29 and the CSX railroad crossing in

Dacula, improvements along Ga. Highway 316 intersections and funding for new interchanges for Interstate 85 at McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee and Gravel Springs Road in Buford, as well as some funding to further extend Sugarloaf Parkway in the Dacula area. Sidewalks will be funded along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Berkeley Lake, Peachtree Corners Circle in Peachtree Corners and several stretches of Sugarloaf Parkway, as well as projects at Archer, Mill Creek, Lanier and South Gwinnett high schools, Georgia Gwinnett College and other campuses. Commissioner John Heard said he heard from some constituents in the Hamilton Mill area who were upset to learn that an improvement had not made the top tier list. They were upset that a group of residents had gotten involved in the citizen selection process, lobbying successfully for their proposal to jump others on the list. But Heard said leaders were able to find some funding elsewhere for the Hamilton Mill concerns. “I think what we are able to do is a win-win scenario,” Heard said, extending his thanks to the people who worked on the list. “One big thanks to the citizens, who voted for the referendum,” he added.


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Comparison of gender pay is statistically fraudulent The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sense. It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination. It would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of training and experience, as well as other things being the same. But study after study, over the past several decades, has shown repeatedly that those things are not the same. Thomas Constantly repeatSowell ing the “77 percent” statistic does not make them the same. It simply takes advantage of many people’s ignorance — something that Barack Obama has been very good at doing on many other issues. What if you compare women and men who are the same on all the relevant characteristics? First of all, you can seldom do that, because the statistics you would need are not always available for the whole range of occupations and the whole range of differences between women’s patterns and men’s patterns in the labor market. Even where relevant statistics are available, careful judgment is required to pick samples of women and men who are truly comparable. For example, some women are mothers and some men are fathers. But does the fact that they are both parents make them comparable in the labor market? Actually the biggest disparity in incomes is between fathers and mothers. Nor is there anything mysterious about this, when you stop and think about it. How surprising is it that women with children do not earn as much as women who do not have children? If you don’t think children take up a mother’s time, you just haven’t raised any children. How surprising is it that men with children earn more than men without children, just the opposite of the situation with women? Is it surprising that a man who has more mouths to feed is more likely to work longer hours? Or take on harder or more dangerous jobs, in order to earn more money? More than 90 percent of the people who are killed on the job are men. There is no point pretending that there are no differences between what women do and what men do in the workplace, or that these differences don’t affect income. During my research on male-female differences for my book “Economic Facts and Fallacies,” I was amazed to learn that young male doctors earned much higher incomes than young female doctors. But it wasn’t so amazing after I discovered that young male doctors worked over 500 hours more per year than young female doctors. Even when women and men work at jobs that have the same title — whether doctors, lawyers, economists or whatever — people do not get paid for what their job title is, but for what they actually do. Women lawyers who are pregnant, or who have young children, may have good reasons to prefer a 9 to 5 job in a government agency to working 60 hours a week in a high-powered law firm. But there is no point comparing male lawyers as a group with female lawyers as a group, if you don’t look any deeper than job titles. Unless, of course, you are not looking for the truth, but for political talking points to excite the gullible. Even when you compare women and men with the “same” education, as measured by college or university degrees, the women usually specialize in a very different mix of subjects, with very different income-earning potential. Although comparing women and men who are in fact comparable is not easy to do, when you look at women and men who are similar on multiple factors, the sex differential in pay shrinks drastically and gets close to the vanishing point. In some categories, women earn more than men with the same range of characteristics. If the 77 percent statistic was for real, employers would be paying 30 percent more than they had to, every time they hired a man to do a job that a woman could do just as well. Would employers be such fools with their own money? If you think employers don’t care about paying 30 percent more than they have to, just go ask your boss for a 30 percent raise! Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His website is www.tsowell.com.

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Wrigley Field: Baseball’s sacred temple CHICAGO — Call it a character defect, but I don’t like baseball. And I especially don’t like the Chicago Cubs — losers I never found lovable. I grew up less than a mile west of Wrigley Field and games there represented summer-long inconveniences such as midday parades of drunken fans who thought nothing of littering your lawn with empty beer cups or using our tree as a restroom. As such, I was not the ideal candidate for enjoying the book “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred,” written by columnist George F. Will. But the tribute only grazes the underperforming Cubs as it honors the shrine that keeps the club afloat. Like all good history books, this is not just about a pitiful team, or a temple to America’s national pastime, or the hardknuckled town that rings its Friendly Confines, or the “unhinged enthusiasts” and their blind adoration for the Cubs. Rather, it illustrates how the world develops around a microcosm of humanity. Covering topics as diverse as the actual beginnings of the game in this country — it was in no small part a post-Civil War vehicle for healing the wounds of that conflict — and the bold

could be disorderly in their rush for admission to the ballpark and for choice seats.” Will quotes Cubs owner and chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., who said, “It is easier to control a crowd of 100,000 men than of 10,000 women,” and told a story about Esther an elderly woman who he Cepeda found weeping because she had inadvertently been swept inside names that gave the stadium the park by a “terrible mob” of some atmosphere (Al Capone, women. Babe Ruth, Supreme Court Similarly, I never would have Justice John Paul Stevens), understood beer’s seminal role Will gives us a compact retellin shaping the whole of Western ing of everything from The civilization had Will not meGreat Migration to prohibition, ticulously chronicled how the baseball and Wrigley Field’s beverage — in addition to the desegregation, along with a nod beauty and Williamsburg-like to the reviled Steve Bartman, historic bona fides of Wrigley who was blamed for the Cubs Field itself — enables the loslosing a playoff game in 2003 ers in question to be so lovable. by reflexively reaching for a ball According to Will’s calculaheaded into the stands. tions, Cubs ticket prices are the Will really does cover third highest in all of baseball, practically everything. Who but the cost of beer at Wrigley would’ve thought I’d run across is the third cheapest in the a women’s history lesson? It major leagues. Coincidence? turns out that the Cubs’ outreach Not a chance. to women was so successful that The book closes with a med“the number of women who itation on the nature of both were admitted free in the 1920s our human desire to belong and early 1930s probably did to a tribe and to have leisure. … exceed some teams’ paid No less important: making attendance each season,” Will memories with loved ones. writes. “There were, however, And despite my practically occasions when people needed un-American lack of interest in protection from the ladies, who baseball, even I have a favorite

memory of Wrigley Field. When I was about 5, my beloved uncle Juan took me to the stadium, where I got a hot dog, a soft drink, a cap and was impressed by the behavior of the inebriated young women sitting behind us, slurring and protesting their way through the contest, which I recall absolutely nothing about. After leaving the park, we drove off to pick my mom up from work. Sitting in the passenger seat of Juan’s brown Pontiac Catalina, I turned to the person idling next to us in traffic. Through the open window I jutted out my arm, made an obscene gesture and repeated the choice expletive the girls had been chanting during the game. My uncle, horrified, begged me to never do either of those things again or else my mom would kill him. I happily complied. Will does a beautiful job of making Wrigley Field an object of affection for fans and even those of us for whom — in the words of legendary sportscaster Red Barber — baseball is dull only because of the dullness of our own minds. Esther J. Cepeda is a nationally syndicated columnist. Email her at estherjcepeda@washpost.com.

Erasing the race card is essential to society WASHINGTON — One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weird lately has been Democratic Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina “Uncle Toms.” Holmes, who has also said that it’s fine by him if men want to marry mules and, while we’re exorcising demons, that white people are only pro-life until their daughter gets pregnant by a black man. When Mark Childress wrote “Crazy in Alabama,” he wasn’t just whistling Dixie! Holmes is a one-man book of quotes, but a particular statement got him in trouble. Not the Uncle Tom reference, but his offer of $100,000 to anyone who could show him that “a bunch of whites” had adopted black babies in Alabama. His offer, which subsequently had to be modified, produced hundreds of mixed-race family photos posted to a website, ìFaces of Families,” from Alabama and several other states. A statehouse rally of mixed-race, adoptive families also ensued. Holmes apparently has not been moved to retract his original statements. No one denies that there are racists roaming the byways of Alabama — as elsewhere.

in Washington, which, you may recall, is home to a president and an attorney general who both happen to be AfricanAmerican. Speaking recently at the 2014 convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, a nonprofit civil rights organization, Eric Holder said Kathleen that he and President Obama Parker have faced “unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.” “What attorney general has But this doesn’t translate to ever had to deal with that kind all whites being racists, as of treatment?” Holder said. Holmes implied, nor does it “What president has ever had justify slinging racial slurs at to deal with that kind of treatAfrican-Americans who don’t ment?” tow the party line. What can be How much time do you more racist than insisting that have? all blacks think only a certain Holder later denied making way? a race reference, saying he was That Scott and Thomas are only referring to the decline in conservatives who happen to be civility. True, Holder didn’t say black earns them only contempt anything specifically racial — from what might be called “es- he’s far too smart for that — but tablishment blacks” — people aren’t we too smart to believe whose identities have become race isn’t what he meant? so entrenched in past grievance Inference isn’t a science, but that they can’t or won’t see that the preponderance of evidence they have become what they (the involvement of Sharpton; loathed. History is littered with a largely African-American episodes of anti-establishment audience; the mention only protesters becoming the new of two black leaders, and not bureaucrats, victims the new leadership in general, suffering oppressors. incivility) suggests that only a To insist that Thomas and fig would miss his point. Scott are serving their white Do some Americans dislike masters is above all a racist Holder and/or Obama because remark. The truth is, far more they’re African-American? courage is required to be a Undoubtedly. Does this explain black conservative than to fowhy the president and the ment outrage against manufac- attorney general have been tured heresy. criticized? No. Could it have What’s merely crazy in Ala- something to do with dissatisbama is cognitively dissonant faction in the direction they’re

taking the country? Most certainly. Holder cannot pretend that his conduct of the attorney general’s office is in question only on account of his skin tone. In a provocative observation, Fox News’ Brit Hume remarked that, contrarily, Obama and Holder have been given a pass precisely because they are African-American. Indeed, Obama said something similar not long ago, noting that no doubt some people dislike him because he’s black and, equally plausible, some give him a pass because he’s black. Given that most blacks are Democrats, it is hardly surprising that they support the president. Likewise, it is hardly surprising that Republicans do not. But the latter cannot be construed as evidence that whites are racist or that their opposition to the current administration is race-based. It is striking that during what many had hoped would be a post-racial America, racial division has been amplified, owing not least to sustained media attention. Then again, maybe we’re experiencing the final death rattle of our racist past. Perhaps all those suppressed thoughts and feelings of anger, hurt and frustration had to rise to the surface before they finally could be eradicated. Let’s hope we’re almost done. Email nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker at kathleenparker@washpost. com.


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•From Page 1A Sunday 75. This time, 28 of the top 30 top earners from the 2013 money list have committed to play in the field. While he has pride in the setup of the course, Crawford is a golf fan, too. “Obviously, as a golf course superintendent, you don’t want anybody to shoot 30-under,” said Crawford, who has been in his position since the course opened in 1997. “But that being said, … I like to see people make birdies. It’s fun to watch that. You’ll see a lot of birdies and eagles made out here (this) week that make the game fun to watch. You don’t want to see them chew it up, but you want to see them have fun too. It’s not the U.S. Open. You don’t want to see a meat grinder.” After a cold winter where at least one green was frozen solid in February, Crawford said he and his crew have done everything possible to manipulate Mother Nature, and last week said the course is in excellent shape. This is on

•From Page 1A frame of when the incidents happened, but added that it had been a while. Because of privacy laws, Roach said she couldn’t release the students’ names, ages or academic subjects. The disciplinary action was

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the heels of what he called the most challenging and coldest winter in at least 17 years. Sugarloaf uses two types of grass as the playing surface: Ryegrass and Bermuda. In the late fall and spring they use ryegrass before transitioning to Bermuda grass mid-summer. The extreme low temperatures for the region kept the ryegrass from growing much at all over the winter. Crawford said he’s used products to help darken the turf, especially dormant turf in an effort to get the grass to green up quicker. The idea is the Bermuda grass would absorb sunlight and the soil would warm up a little quicker. “While it’s been a slow process, it’s working,” he said. “We’ve greened up already.” After all, Crawford has called April the perfect month for growing ryegrass in Georgia. The winner of this week’s tournament will likely need to score well on the par-4 465yard No. 9 that last year was labeled as the toughest hole of any on the Champions Tour in

non-major tournaments. One wrinkle this year is No. 10 will be about 30 yards longer than last year, which will make the par-5 about 638 yards. That was the hole last year where Langer made a 40foot chip-in for birdie en route to the championship. The subtle movement on Sugarloaf’s greens is accented by the speed, which Crawford said is projected to be 11.5 on the stimp meter, which is faster than the 10 stimp target the course plays for regular members in the summer. “The quicker you get the playing surface, the more that subtlety comes out and the a more it allows the course to play the way Greg Norman intended when he designed it,” Crawford said. “We’ve got some very challenging golf here and it goes back to what the players said: There are some of the Champions Tour events where it’s more of an exhibition, and this one I think is a true competition. Even the rules officials said it is a competitive golf tournament here.”

part of a normal procedure and made because it was a violation of the student conduct behavior code. The trigger to begin the investigation is unclear, though once allegations surfaced, school and district officials looked at security cameras.

The investigation did not find that the students broke into computers or changed grades, Roach said. Principal Bo Ford has talked with teachers and custodians about the security of the building and classrooms, she said.

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Pro golfer Corey Pavin, in town for the Greater Gwinnett Championship, visited the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center on Wednesday. He is pictured here with Tim Simmons, director of sports medicine, and neuropsychologist Adam Shunk, who gave Pavin a tour of the facility. (Special Photo)

Homicide •From Page 1A but survived after hiding in a ditch until police arrived. Bell reportedly fled on foot before stealing a car nearby. The latter was eventually recovered

in New Orleans, helping lead authorities to their suspect. Bell was indicted in November on three counts apiece of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault, as well as a single charge of aggravated battery.

A potential motive for the shooting has never been revealed. Since November, Porter has now filed to pursue the death penalty in three separate murder cases. The district attorney

intends to seek capital punishment for Eman and Tiffany Moss, the parents of 10-year-old Emani Moss. Starved to death, put in a trash can and set on fire last fall in Lawrenceville, the young girl’s death

has helped spur changes in the state’s Division of Family and Children Services. Ki Song Kim will also face the death penalty when he goes to trial for the July 27, 2013, murder of Young Chan and Sun

Hee Choi, his former employers at a local restaurant supply business. According to authorities, the couple was stabbed multiple times inside their Duluth home. Sun Hee Choi’s throat was cut.

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of the Lawrenceville Masonic Lodge #131 F. & A.M., enjoyed spending time at the family Lake House and fishing with his grandchildren and friends. His greatest joy in life was his children, grandchildren and drinking Coca-Cola. John will be deeply missed by his adoring family and many friends. The Service Honoring the Life of John Maddox will be held Friday, April 18, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Kenneth Fortner, John’s brother-in-law officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park with Army Military Honors and Masonic Rites. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www. wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company,” Lawrenceville Chapel 770-9632411 has been entrusted with the arrangements. .

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Lucia Cavalin Lucia Cavalin, age 90 of Suwanee died April 15, 2014. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

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Anthony DeStefano Anthony John DeStefano, age 46, of Snellville, GA passed away on April 14, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www. flaniganfuneralhome.com

Betty Jane Foy Betty Jane (Flood) Foy, age 78, died peacefully, surrounded by her daughters on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Betty Jane was the cherished only child of Ben and Marian Patterson Flood of Lakeland, Florida. She attended Stetson University where she was active in Pi Beta Phi and was secretary of the Student Government Association. While attending Stetson, she dated Daris Herman Foy and they married soon after she graduated with an Elementary Education degree in 1957. Daris and Betty Jane lived in Jacksonville, Florida, where they

were active members of St. John’s Presbyterian Church. While in Jacksonville, they had three daughters: Holly, an art teacher and musician living in Bellefonte, PA, Belinda, the middle child and a Physical Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist of Chattanooga, TN and Melissa, a graphic artist and tennis enthusiast, of Columbus, GA. As Daris’s work took the Foy family to Palatine, IL and then to Lilburn GA, Betty Jane focused on her children, maintained the home, played tennis, built furniture, sewed, designed and created dolls and teddy bears, artistic scrapbooks and more. She was also very active in the service organization, PEO, and served as an officer and chapter president. She inspired her children to be creative, hard working, and to enjoy life! After retiring to Blairsville in the North Georgia mountains, Betty Jane a

and Daris joined a hiking club and became active at Grace Presbyterian Church. After Daris died in 1997, Betty Jane began to travel. She toured Greece, Germany, Ireland twice (once with Holly), Alaska, the Colorado Rockies, Amish Ohio, and more. She moved to Chattanooga in 2009 to be closer to her daughter Belinda. Betty Jane is survived by her three daughters and four grandchildren: Holly Foy and her husband, John Hruschka’s, children are Marion Foy of Philadelphia, PA and Jackson Foy Hruschka of Bellefonte, PA. Melissa Foy has two children, Amber and Autumn Foy, both of Columbus, Ga. Belinda does not have children, but a herd of cats and friends all over! In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Chattanooga at: 4411 Oakwood Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37416 (423) 892-4289. To share expressions of sympathy, visit www. lane-southcrestchapel. com. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home 833 Chickamauga Avenue , Rossville, GA 30741. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 18 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Arrangements by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory located at the end of Historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

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Joan Liotta Joan F. Liotta (Kopp), age 83 of Hoschton, GA formerly of Vineland passed away April 13, 2014. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of arrangements. www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com. MONROE

John Maddox John T. Maddox, age 75, of Monroe, Georgia, formerly of Lawrenceville entered into rest on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Jackie Thurmond Maddox; two daughters, Valerie Trinklein (Peter) of Acworth, GA and Vickie Smith of Lawrenceville, GA; two sons, David Streetman (Carey) of Tignall, GA and Daniel Streetman (fiancée, Daphne Griffin) of Lawrenceville, GA; seven grandchildren, Maddox Trinklein, Molly Trinklein both of Acworth, GA, Will Smith of Lawrenceville, GA, Brittany Carstens (Josh), Dylan Streetman all of Tignall, GA, Hailey Streetman and Jack Streetman both of Lawrenceville, GA; one great granddaughter, Harley Carstens of Tignall, GA; two sisters, Delphia Cole and Matt Fortner (Kenneth); one brother, Ernest “Red” Maddox (Wilma) all of Lawrenceville, GA, numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Parks and Opal Gunter. John was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia on June 27, 1938. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving post World War II in Germany and retired from ReckittColeman (formerly BoyleMidway Household Products) with over 30 years of service. He was a member o

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Rosaura Betty Miele Rosaura Betty Miele, age 55, of Buford, GA passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014. Georgia Cremation is assisting family with local arrangements. Georgia Cremation 3116 U.S. Highway 23 Duluth, Georgia 30096. 678-584-0914. GeorgiaCremation.com.

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Elizabeth Wilbanks Mrs. Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Hardy Wilbanks, age 83, of Jefferson, who entered into rest Wednesday, April 16, 2014.


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Bears topple Norcross

Mountain View takes share of region lead By Scott Smith

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NORCROSS — The race for the top spot in Region 7-AAAAAA looks to come down to three teams in Mountain View, Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek. Even though Mountain View still has three region games remaining, Wednesday’s outcome at Norcross may prove to be the biggest win of the year. Headed into the seventh inning trailing 6-3 against Norcross, Mountain View put together a four-run rally, while A.J. Moore left the tying run stranded at second in the bottom half as the Bears bounced back for a 7-6 win. The win pushed the Bears to 19-4 overall and 10-3 in the region, keeping Mountain View with at least a share of the region lead.

Wesleyan’s Coxhead family, from left, Beck, head boys coach Billy, Liam and Cort and (not pictured) mom, Lori, and daughter Darby, a sophomore at Georgia, are all involved in soccer at various levels. (Staff Photo: Ben Beitzel)

Family passion

See BEARS, Page 5B

Golfing greats Coxhead family connects through love of soccer entertain By Ben Beitzel

coach position was a revolving door, nameless coach after nameless coach. NORCROSS — All this dates Entering the seventh grade, back to high school and DurCoxhead joined the school’s socham, N.C. cer team and stuck with it into Like most southern boys, high school. Billy Coxhead grew up on a “I had a head soccer coach football field and dabbled in that was instrumental in my basketball in the shadows of the life,” Coxhead remembers University of North Carolina at of Scott Hutchinson, now a Chapel Hill and Duke Univerheadmaster of a private school sity. But Coxhead’s small private in Knoxville, Tenn. “Because he high school wasn’t much for coached soccer, I played soccer football and the head basketball through high school. I didn’t ben.beitzel@gwinnettdailypost.com

By Christine Troyke christine.troyke @gwinnettdailypost.com

DULUTH — The event Legends and Lore was wellnamed. Golfing legends Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize and Larry Nelson swapped stories for more than an hour — to the amusement and entertainment of those guests honored to have attended Wednesday. The trio sat on a dais inside the clubhouse at TPC Sugarloaf, but they could just as easily been sitting on a porch or in a living room, such was the conviviality of the evening. Dave Marr moderated — and jibed as necessary — while the three major winners drew laugh after laugh from the rapt audience. Several other Champions Tour pros were among the throng, including Fred Funk, supporting their compatriots. Crenshaw, perhaps not surprisingly, began to talk first. And he spoke, less surpris-

really have anyone in basketball investing in my life. (Hutchinson) invested in my life and encouraged me to get better.” These were the days before select soccer and club teams, so it was Hutchinson who worked with Coxhead over the summer and kept on him during the high school season. So committed was Hutchinson to his players, he helped find Coxhead a spot on the Davidson College soccer team, putting him on a path to success with the foundation of

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Qualifying priority at region meet By David Friedlander david.friedlander@gwinnettdailypost.com

See GOLFING, Page 5B

CHAMPIONS TOUR • What: Greater Gwinnett Championship • When: Friday-Sunday • Where: TPC Sugarloaf • TV: The Golf Channel

the sport. But life took hold of Coxhead who, after briefly coaching soccer in his home town after college graduation, drifted away from the sport in the currents of marriage and children and work. He moved, with his wife, Lori, to Nashville, Tenn., and as the first two of their four children were born left soccer in his past. The Coxhead’s left Nashville for Norcross in 1997, for his job as

Parkview’s John Patterson placed first in the discus event during the Region 8-AAAAAA track and field championships at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

LILBURN —Region track and field meets have taken on a survive and advance mentality in most years, and particularly since the addition of state sectional meets in 2012. That mentality was definitely on the minds of several coaches and competitors in both the boys See REGION, Page 2B

Atlanta awarded new MLS soccer franchise for 2017 By Michael Buckelew michael.buckelew @gwinnettdailypost.com

ATLANTA — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Falcons owner Arthur Blank unveiled Atlanta’s new professional soccer team Wednesday evening, thrilling the city’s ardent supporters of the sport. The Atlanta franchise will begin play in the league in 2017. “We are thrilled to welcome Atlanta to Major League Soccer as our 22nd team,” Garber said. “Atlanta is one of the largest and most

diverse markets in North America and has a rich tradition in sports and culture. And with Arthur Blank joining our ownership group, we are adding one of the most respected owners in professional sports.” The team, whose name and colors will be determined later after input from fans, will play in the new 65,000-seat Falcons stadium that will be built next to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, though the configuration for MLS games will likely see capacity in the 25,000 to 30,000 range. “We are very excited to

bring a Major League Soccer team to Atlanta,” said Blank, who will own the new franchise. “We are going to build a first-class organization on and off the field that will be a source of pride for the entire community, and we believe our downtown stadium will become a destination for soccer fans throughout the Southeast for many years to come.” Fans, media and distinguished guests, including Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, former MLS player and international star Alexi Lalas, packed Ventanas downtown Wednesday, and the Termi-

nus Legion supporters group was cheering and banging drums before the announcement even began. Numerous players and coaches from around Atlanta have experience in the league and on the men’s national team, including Parkview grad Josh Wolff and Brookwood grad Sean Johnson. “It’s a great opportunity that has been a long time coming,” said Wolff, now a coach with the Columbus Crew, in a news release. “Being from Atlanta, I am See SOCCER, Page 5B

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed (left), MLS commissioner Don Garber (second from left), Falcons owner Arthur Blank (second from right), and Georgia World Congress Center executive director Frank Poe pose with soccer balls following the announcement of an MLS expansion team in Atlanta at Ventanas. (USA TODAY Sports: Kevin Liles)


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Gwinnett Preps BASEBALL

Today

4:30 p.m. — Prince Ave. at Hebron 5 p.m. — Commerce at Providence 5:30 p.m. — Westminster at Wesleyan 6 p.m. — GAC at Lovett

GOLF

3:15 p.m. — Grayson and Brookwood at Summit Chase

LACROSSE

5 p.m. — Blessed Trinity boys at Wesleyan 5:30 p.m. — Archer girls at Forsyth Central 5:30 p.m. — Brookwood girls at Rockdale 5:30 p.m. — Grayson boys at Peachtree Ridge 6 p.m. — GAC boys at Northview 6 p.m. — MLK girls at GAC 7 p.m. — Mill Creek boys at Archer

SOCCER

4 p.m. — Hebron at Providence 5:30 p.m. — Clarkston at Shiloh 5:30 p.m. — Lovett at GAC 5:30 p.m. — South at Dacula 5:45 p.m. — Wesleyan boys at Cambridge

TENNIS

9 a.m. — Region 7-AAAAAA finals at Hamilton Mill

TRACK & FIELD

• Region 8-A prelims at Athens Academy • Region 7-AAA finals at Dawson Co. • Region 8-AAAAAA finals at Archer 11 a.m. — Region 7-AAAAAA prelims at Mill Creek

BASEBALL

Friday

5 p.m. — Hebron at Prince Ave. 5:30 p.m. — Parkview at Shiloh 6 p.m. — Berkmar at South 6 p.m. — Collins Hill at Duluth 6 p.m. — Mill Creek at Peachtree Ridge 6 p.m. — Norcross at Meadowcreek 6 p.m. — North Hall at Buford 6 p.m. — Walnut Grove at Lanier 7 p.m. — Archer at Dacula 7 p.m. — Grayson at Central 7 p.m. — North at Mountain View

GOLF

• Grayson boys in North Georgia High School Classic at Achasta

LACROSSE

5 p.m. — Parkview at North 6 p.m. — Mountain View boys at SW Dekalb 6 p.m. — SW Dekalb girls at Duluth 7 p.m. — Collins Hill boys at Brookwood 7 p.m. — Collins Hill girls at Mountain View 7:15 p.m. — Duluth boys at Kennesaw Mountain

SOCCER

5:30 p.m. — Duluth at Habersham Central 5:30 p.m. — Hebron at Collins Hill 5:30 p.m. — Loganville at Central 5:30 p.m. — Mountain View at Grayson 5:30 p.m. — Norcross at Peachtree Ridge 5:30 p.m. — Shiloh vs. Stephenson at Hallford Stadium 5:30 p.m. — Stephens Co. at Lanier 6 p.m. — Brookwood at Parkview

TRACK & FIELD

4 p.m. — Region 7-AAAAAA finals at Mill Creek

The Home Teams

TODAY NEXT UPCOMING

Braves

at Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets 1:05 p.m. Fri, 7:10 p.m. SS/680-AM FSS/680-AM

at N.Y. Mets Sat, 7:10 p.m. FSS/680-AM

at Charlotte 7:05 p.m.

Charlotte Sat, 7:05 p.m.

at Charlotte Fri, 7:05 p.m.

G-Braves

at Indiana# at Indiana# Off TBA TBA Hawks

Baseball

Off

Emory Fri, 7 p.m.

Off

Coastal Georgia^ at Talladega^ Sat, 1 p.m. Tue, 3 p.m.

Off

Conf. tourney* April 25-26

Off

Conf. tourney* April 25-26

at Emory Sat, 2 p.m.

Softball

Men’s tennis

Women’s tennis

PTV = Peachtree TV, SS = SportSouth, FSN = Fox Sports Net, CSS = Comcast Sports Southeast; ^doubleheader; *New Orleans; #playoffs

On TV

Today

COLLEGE BASEBALL

7 p.m. — West Virginia at Oklahoma FSSO

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

9 p.m. — Texas at Oklahoma ESPN2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

1 p.m. — Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies SPSO

NHL

8 p.m. — Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues. Western Conference Quarterfinal, game 1. NBCSP 10:30 p.m. — Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks. Western Conference Quarterfinal, game 1. NBCSP

Sports Calendar

RUNNING

April 26: Mountain View High School will host its Bear Tear 5K and fun run with registration beginning at 7 a.m. at the school. The fun run begins at 7:45

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with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run in advance and $5 more on race day. To register, visit www.fivestarntp.com or call 770-633-5511.

• Will Hammock, Sports Editor: will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com • Christine Troyke, Staff Writer: christine.troyke@gwinnettdailypost.com • Ben Beitzel, Staff Writer: ben.beitzel@gwinnettdailypost.com • David Friedlander, Staff Writer: david.friedlander@gwinnettdailypost.com • Scott Smith, Senior Correspondent: scott.smith@gwinnettdailypost.com • To report scores, call 770-339-5850

Brookwood’s Bailey Vitatoe attempts to clear 7 feet during the high jump event during the Region 8-AAAAAA track and field championships at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Tuesday. Vitatoe placed first in the event by clearing 6 foot 6 inches. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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•From Page 1B and girls divisions during the opening day of the Region 8-AAAAAA championship meet Wednesday at the Big Orange Jungle. True, each team wants to have its best shot at a team championship, which Brookwood’s boys and Parkview’s girls are currently on pace for after Wednesday’s field events, plus the 1,600-meter run. The Bronco boys hold a slim 5 1/2-point lead on Parkview, with Dacula just eight points off the lead in third, though county champion Shiloh, currently sixth, is also in position to challenge for the title with the finals of the running events today at Archer. Meanwhile, Parkview holds an even narrower one-point lead over Brookwood in the girls division, though today’s running event finals should figure to be a mad scramble with Archer, Grayson and Berkmar all within 21 points of the lead. But while scoring team points was goal for every competitor, qualifying for next week’s state sectional meet in Tifton was also a priority. “I’m glad we qualified in every (event) we thought we would,” Brookwood girls coach Kelly Swanson said. “This is only the third year of sectionals, and the girls are still getting used to the idea. They get it now, but it’s interesting to see them say, ‘Did I qualify?’” A prime example of the mentality could be seen in the girls high jump, in which Berkmar’s Jirah Simpkins, who had already won the long jump, opted out of a potential jump-off with Archer’s Munachiso Okebalama for

Dacula’s Rachel Sherrill participates in the pole vault event during the Region 8-AAAAAA track and field championships at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

second place behind Jania Williams of Parkview, with all three having already qualified for sectionals. Similarly, Shiloh’s Jeremy McDuffie needed just his first jump of the day in the boys triple jump — a leap of 48-feet, 4 3/4-inches — to build up a big enough lead to rest a sore leg muscle, and still win the competition by nearly 5 feet over runnerup Brandon McPherson of Berkmar. “He only had one jump, and he got out,” Shiloh coach Rob Blaszkiewicz said of McDuffie. “It’s just one step at a time, just like I told our (400-meter) relay team (after it won its preliminary heat). ‘That’s one race down, three more

to go (before state).’” For others like Parkview boys thrower John Patterson, Wednesday was also a way to get back into a rhythm after a long spring break. And the Panther senior’s winning toss of 163-2 in the discus was well off the school record that he set last month and then broke a week later at the county meet. But it was more than enough to win the region title over runner-up Dozie Ojiagbaje of Berkmar and the rest of the field. “I haven’t thrown since two weeks ago,” said Patterson, who was presented with his medal by Kelly Taylor, whose 34-year old school record he broke earlier this season. “We

weren’t able to practice Monday because of the weather, so it was hard. I got maybe four or five throws in before today, but getting back out there felt good.” While the focus was on qualifying much of the day, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any excitement Wednesday, with the girls high jump providing one of the more dramatic moments. While Williams, Okebalama and Simpkins claimed the first three sectional-qualifying spots, the last one came down to a lengthy jump off before Grayson’s Emari Crenshaw outdueled Parkview’s Sophia Martin to finish fourth. Another such moment came in the boys 1,600-meter run, where Brookwood’s Josh Ingalls outkicked Will Henderson of Parkview and Bryan Kamau of Shiloh on the final lap to win with a time of 4:23.32, while Bronco teammate Miles Yapp overcame a stumble on the bell lap to hold off Shiloh’s Nahom Solomon for fourth place by just over three-tenths of a second. Other boys region championships won Wednesday included Brookwood’s Bailey Vitatoe in the high jump, South Gwinnett’s Donald Onyeanula in the pole vault, Grayson’s Kartez Hall in the long jump and Archer’s Sam Wright in the shot put. Girls region champions from Wednesday also included Parkview’s Laura Boswell in the 1,600, Dacula’s Rachel Sherrill in the pole vault, Central Gwinnett’s Jakael Bush of Central in the long jump, Parkview’s Vicki Harris in the shot put and Chelsea Igberaese of Dacula in the discus.

REGION TRACK AND FIELD Region 8-AAAAAA Track and Field Championships Wednesday at Parkview GIRLS TEAM SCORES 1. Parkview — 50 2. Brookwood — 49 3. Archer — 36 4. Grayson — 30.5 5. Berkmar — 29 6. Dacula — 26 7. Shiloh — 19 8. Central Gwinnett — 17 9. South Gwinnett — 16.5 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS Pole Vault *1. Rachel Sherrill Dacula 10-0 *2. Kadie Rogers, Parkview 9-6 *3. Samantha Klein, Brookwood 8-6 *4. Ayana Daniels, South 8-0 5. Britney Beckett, Parkview 8-0 6. Hannah Jefcoat, Dacula 8-0 t7. Anita Button, Archer 7-6 t7. Isabelle Nienaber, Grayson 7-6 High Jump *1. Jania Williams, Parkview 5-0 *2. Munachiso Okebalama, Archer 5-0 *3. Jirah Simpkins, Berkmar 5-0 *4. Emari Crenshaw, Grayson 5-0 5. Sophia Martin, Parkview 5-0 6. Alexis Alofuokhai, Central 5-0 7. Micaiah Palmer, Shiloh 4-10 8. Keyana DeSouza, Archer 4-10 Long Jump *1. Jakael Bush, Central, 17-3 *2. Camille Bentley, Brookwood 16-11.5 *t3. Tatiana Wayne, Archer 16-1.5 *t3. Destinee Davis, South 16-1.5 5. Nicole Strachan, Shiloh 15-9.5 6. J’Nai Owens, Dacula 15-8 7. Brianna Isles, Brookwood 15-5

8. Bianca Kamara, 15-0 Triple Jump *1. Jirah Simpkins, Berkmar 36-6 *2. Andrea Foster, Brookwood 36-4 *3. Arielle Shaw, Brookwood 1511.75 *4. Geordyn Jenkins, Grayson 35-6 5. Micaiah Palmer, Shiloh 35-2.75 6. Karen Robinson, Grayson 34-4.5 7. Nicole Strachan, Shiloh 34-3 8. Sidney Genrich, Parkview 34-0.5 Shot Put *1. Vicki Harris, Parkview 38-6.5 *2. Laura Allen, Archer 37-2 *3. Natasha Stamp, Grayson 35-1.25 *4. Elizabeth Adesanya, South 34-3.25 5. Naomi Mafah, Central 31-9.75 6. Kynnedi Fye, Archer 31-7 7. Christina Raines, Brookwood 31-5 8. Tasha Williams, Grayson 29-8.25 Discus *1. Chelsea Igberaese, Dacula 112-7 *2. Airian Riddick, Berkmar 111-9 *3. Laura Allen, Archer 109-7 *4. Faith Shears, Berkmar 102-3 5. Alexis Graves, Shiloh 96-10 6. Kendall Hardy, Brookwood 92-8 7. Kaela Yamini, Archer 88-0 8. Elizabeth Adesanya, South 85-2 1,600 meters *1. Laura Boswell, Parkview 5:17.78 *2. Mackenzie Ellison, Brookwood 5:24.40 *3. Laurel Sumner, Brookwood 5:28.10 *4. Yanely Gomez, Grayson 5:33.76 5. Sarah Hossack, Grayson 5:40.67 6. Makeda Martin, Shiloh 5:44.00 7. Jamie Freeman, Parkview 5:44.02 8. McKenzie Knudsen, Archer

5:47.00 BOYS TEAM SCORES 1. Brookwood — 46 2. Parkview — 40.5 3. Dacula — 38 4. Berkmar — 33 5. South Gwinnett — 28 6. Shiloh — 24.5 7. Grayson — 24 8. Archer — 23 9. Central Gwinnett — 16 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS High Jump *1. Bailey Vitatoe, Brookwood 6-6 *2. Chris Harmon, Dacula 6-2 *3. Brydarious Latimore, Central 6-0 *4. Nyima Piaro, Central 6-0 5. Chase Cesar, Parkview 5-10 6. Nate Blackmon, Brookwood 5-10 7. Camden Terry, Berkmar 5-10 8. Donovan Grier, Shiloh 5-8 Pole Vault *1. Donald Onyeanula, South 13-0 *2. Che Curtis, South 11-6 *3. Isaiah Randall, Berkmar 11-6 *4. Caleb Merritt, Grayson 11-6 5. Noah Wilson, Grayson 11-0 6. Cameron Cummins, Brookwood 10-6 t7. Darby Hill, Parkview 10-0 t7. Harden Helm, Shiloh 10-0 Long Jump *1. Kartez Hall, Grayson 20-10.5 *2. Bailey Vitatoe, Brookwood 20-7.5 *3. Jacque Evangelister, Dacula 20-6.5 *4. Brydarious Latimore, Central 20-3 5. Sintrell Bryant, South 19-9.5 6. Laronn Veal, Parkview 19-7 7. Julian McDuffie, Shiloh 19-6

8. Chris Dancy, Brookwood 9-6 Triple Jump *1. Jeremy McDuffie, Shiloh 48-4.75 *2. Brandon McPherson, Berkmar 43-5.5 *3. William Molette, Dacula 42-1 *4. Jeremy Lacey, Parkview 42-0 5. Nate Blackmon, Brookwood 41-6.75 6. Sintrell Bryant, South 40-11.5 7. Casimire Isles, Brookwood 40-9.5 8. Cameron Douglas, Grayson 40-5.5 Shot Put *1. Sam Wright, Archer 51-5 *2. Tyree Davis, Dacula 49-1 *3. Joey Rutowski, Dacula 48-8 *4. John Patterson, Parkview 48-0.5 5. Bradley Bonner, Grayson 45-0.5 6. Dozie Ojiagbaje, Berkmar 44-8 7. Trey Lee, Berkmar 42-2 8. Benaiah Hyatte, Archer 42-1 Discus *1. John Patterson, Parkview 163-2 *2. Dozie Ojiagbaje, Berkmar 149-2 *3. Sloan Huff, Archer 143-4 *4. Ryan Camp, Archer 141-4 5. Trey Lee, Berkmar 128-7 6. Tavius Cost, South 124-2 7. Joshua West, Parkview 119-7 8. Tyree Davis, Dacula 114-3 1,600 meters *1. Josh Ingalls, Brookwood 4:23.32 *2. Will Henderson, Parkview 4:25.05 *3. Bryan Kamau, Shiloh 4:25.28 *4. Miles Yapp, Brookwood 4:29.35 5. Nahom Solomon, Shiloh 4:29.67 6. Caleb Daymude, Dacula 4:35.08 7. Zach Escala, Parkview 4:38.36 8. Bradley Blaho, Archer 4:40.90 * — Qualified for state sectionals


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IN BRIEF Lanier’s Doster picks GCSU SUGAR HILL — Lanier pitcher Kameron Doster recently committed to play college baseball with Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. The senior right-hander is currently 3-2 with a save, a 2.02 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 40 innings for the Longhorns this season after posting a 5-2 record with a 1.50 ERA and 55 strikeouts as a junior last year. Doster, the son of Dennis and Connie Doster of Sugar Hill, is a four-year starter for the Longhorns, and has 13 career wins, as well as owning the school’s career save record.

Parkview pair choose colleges LILBURN — Two Parkview seniors have chosen where they will continue their baseball careers in college. Catcher J.P. Chamblee has signed to play at Berry College in Rome, while outfielder Michael Craig is headed to Piedmont College in Demorest. Chamblee saw limited action for the Panthers as a junior last year, and has driven in six runs through the team’s first 16 games as a starter this season. Craig, meanwhile, has moved into a starting role in the outfield this season, and has stolen four bases so far.

Mountain View 5K fundraiser on April 26 The Mountain View Bear Tear 5K, a fundraiser for the Bears’ cross country program, will be held April 26 at the high school. The event features a fun run at 7:45 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. Awards will be given from 10-andunder through 65-and-older, and all pre-registered runners receive a race T-shirt. Online registration is available at www.fivestarntp.com. For more information, call 770-633-5511.

UGA head coaches Richt, Fox to speak at Gwinnett Arena Georgia fans will get a chance to hear from two prominent Bulldog coaches when the UGA Days Tour passes through July 15. The event at Gwinnett Center will feature head football coach Mark Richt and head men’s basketball coach Mark Fox. The tour features 12 stops, beginning today in Greenville, S.C., and proceeding Tuesday to the Gainesville Civic Center. The Gainesville event will feature Richt and head gymnastics coach Danna Durante.

North Gwinnett High to offer physicals Saturday Physicals will be offered for all North Gwinnett High School athletes Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Bulldogs’ main gym. The cost is $25. The physical will cover athletes for the 2014-15 school year. Go to www. northgwinnett.com/activities/sports for physical forms and other documents needed for 2014-15.

Wesleyan to host basketball June camps Wesleyan will host basketball camps with head coach Jan Azar and her staff June 2-6. A 9 a.m. to noon camp (cost $110) is a co-ed camp for rising kindergarten through second-graders. A girls only camp for rising third- to 10th-graders is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (cost $230). Email to jazar@wesleyanschool.org for more information.

Duluth’s Walton places first in Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Duluth resident James Walton placed first in the 11- to 14-year-old division of the College Prep Series at USF, a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour stop in Tampa, Fla. Walton shot 80 and 82 for a twostroke victory.

Chick-fil-A Kickoff start times announced ATLANTA — The now annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff weekend to college football announced the start times and dates for its two games this August at the Georgia Dome. The opening game of Ole Miss vs. Boise State will start at 8 p.m. and air on ESPN on Thursday, Aug. 28. Two days later, Aug. 30, Alabama will play West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN2. — From staff reports

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New MLS team can build a fan base Atlanta professional sports fans get a bad rap, some of it deserved and some of it unfair. Have we lost two NHL hockey franchises? Yes. Do we leave seats empty at Braves playoff games? Absolutely. Is that disappointing? Certainly. But Atlanta fans can be passionate, too. Despite last year’s rough season, the Falcons still create buzz and excitement, and the Braves also have had their moments of heavy fan support over the years. The challenge for both, in a city loaded with transplants from elsewhere, is building a base of homegrown fans. People move to Atlanta, but their sports allegiances don’t change. It’s why you see tons

Soccer franchise, which was announced officially Wednesday. The MLS isn’t even 20 years old, so there isn’t the type of generation to generation history that exists in older pro leagues. You may see a few Houston Dynamo fans at Atlanta games, but the vast Will majority in attendance should Hammock be fans of our team. For soccer fans in this area, of Chicago Cubs or New York or this region, Atlanta should Mets fans at Braves games. be your team. As of now, there And why you get lots of Green isn’t a MLS team in the SouthBay Packers or New Orleans east (at least until Orlando Saints fans in the Georgia joins next year) and the closest Dome for Falcons games, and options are teams in Texas. New York Knicks and Detroit Atlanta also has an enthusiPistons fans at Hawks games. astic soccer community with Those types of obstacles rapidly expanding youth clubs hopefully won’t affect Atall over the metro area. The lanta’s new Major League growth of the soccer-loving

Hispanic population also should be a great boost for devoted home fans. Locally, the Atlanta Silverbacks have fared very well in their latest reincarnation, too, another positive sign. That type of energy, and a supportive, soccer-friendly owner like Arthur Blank, should give the MLS team a chance to turn Atlanta natives into fans, but just as importantly make some of the transplants into Atlanta soccer fans from the start. Will Hammock can be reached via email at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost. com/willhammock.

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support. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen doubled with one out in the fourth, but Cueto struck out third baseman Pedro Alvarez and first baseman Gaby Sanchez to end the inning. Left fielder Jose Tabata made a sensational running catch of catcher Brayan Pena’s long drive before crashing into the wall with his left shoulder. Tabata walked off the field with assistance from manager Clint Hurdle and trainer Todd Tomczyk. Starling Marte replaced him in left field.

PHOENIX — Catcher Anthony Recker hit his second home run of the season and Dillion Gee pitched seven shutout innings to help the New York Mets complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-2 victory at Chase Field on Wednesday afternoon. Recker belted a solo homer off Brandon McCarthy (0-3) in the second inning and also doubled in the sixth, when Gee drove in the Mets’ third run with a bases-loaded groundout. Gee (1-0) retired the first 14 batters he faced and gave up three hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter while throwing 72 pitches. Third baseman David Wright had two singles, an RBI and a stolen base and extended his hitting streak to eight games for the Mets (8-7), who are above .500 for the first time this season. Second baseman Aaron Hill and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt opened the bottom of the ninth inning with homers off Jose Valverde to prevent Arizona’s fourth shutout of the season. Third baseman Martin Prado had three hits for Arizona (414), which is off to the worst start in franchise history.

but struck out Schierholtz for his fourth save.

Yankees 3, Cubs 0, Game 1 NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka allowed a pair of bunt singles and struck out 10 in eight dominant innings, leading the New York Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. Game time temperatures were 43 degrees with 15-mph winds but that barely fazed Tanaka (2-0) in his third start. Tanaka allowed a bunt single to left fielder Junior Lake with one out in the second and a leadoff bunt hit to first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the seventh. In previous seasons, Tanaka might have actually had a nohitter. Lake was initially called out by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez but Chicago manager Rick Renteria won a challenge on the play. Rizzo reached by hitting a bunt into the shift at third base where shortstop Dean Anna was playing too deep to record the out. In between hits, Tanaka retired 14 in a row, getting six strikeouts in that span while also getting help from his defense. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice running catch when his glove grabbed a sinking line drive just before hitting the ground against catcher John Baker in the sixth. After Rizzo’s hit, Anna made a throw on the run to get left fielder Nate Schierholtz by a step. That play also was reviewed but this time it did not go in favor of the Cubs and Tanaka retired shortstop Starlin Castro and Lake to end the seventh. Tanaka finished off his 107-pitch outing by getting strikeouts on third baseman Luis Valbuena and designated hitter Mike Olt before Baker grounded out. Shawn Kelley allowed a twoout single to Rizzo in the ninth

Brewers 5, Cardinals 1 MILWAUKEE — Righthander Wily Peralta worked into the seventh inning and catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run single as the Milwaukee Brewers avoided a sweep by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee’s offense, held to a run on six hits in the first two games against St. Louis, finally showed signs of life, taking advantage of two Cardinals’ errors to snap a two-game losing streak. First baseman Matt Adams bobbled a bouncer by Brewers right fielder Logan Schafer to lead off the third and after Peralta laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Schafer into scoring position, center fielder Carlos Gomez drove him home with a double to center. That is all that Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly would muster. He scattered three hits and struck out two, but was limited to just four innings after injuring his left leg running to first on a fifth-inning ground out. With Kelly (1-1) out, Milwaukee cashed in against right-hander Seth Maness in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two outs. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy drove in two more with a single to right. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez followed with an RBI single to left to make it 3-0 before left fielder Khris Davis flied out to right, ending the inning. Peralta (2-0) got the rally started with a line drive that bounced off the glove of St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta. The play was originally ruled a hit but after further review by the official scorer, Jhonny Perlata was charged with the error and all three runs became unearned. The Cardinals got on the

New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

board in the sixth with a oneout home run by right fielder Allen Craig, but Peralta recovered and stranded a pair to work out of the jam. Peralta gave up a leadoff single to center fielder Jon Jay in the seventh and after throwing out third baseman Daniel Descalso, gave way to lefthander Will Smith. Smith gave up a base hit to pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter but pinch-hitter Shane Robinson ended the inning by grounding into a double play at second. Reds 4, Pirates 0 CINCINNATI — Righthander Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout, and first baseman Joey Votto hit a two-run home run, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series between National League Central rivals. Cueto (1-2) allowed just three hits had a career-high 12 strikeouts en route to his seventh career complete game. Left-hander Francisco Liriano (0-3) allowed three earned runs and six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings for Pittsburgh (7-8). Cincinnati (6-9) scored in the first inning without recording a base hit. Liriano began the game by walking center fielder Billy Hamilton, who stole second, then reached third and scored on wild pitches to put the Reds ahead 1-0. The only hit allowed by Cueto through three innings was catcher Tony Sanchez’s dribbler that went for an infield single to extend his hitting streak to six. After a rocky first three frames in which he threw two wild pitches and issued two walks, Liriano recorded a perfect third inning with two strikeouts. But Pittsburgh’s offense failed to provide any run

Orioles 3, Rays 0 BALTIMORE — Adam Jones, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy each drove in a run, and three Baltimore pitchers combined for a shutout as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon. Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI infield single while playing designated hitter. He had been sent home Tuesday — that game was postponed by rain — due to a flu bug that is sweeping through the Orioles clubhouse but returned, and manager Buck Showalter put him at DH. Wieters and Hardy both drove in runs without getting a hit. For Wieters, it was a sacrifice fly while Hardy grounded out to bring in a run. All of that was enough for the Orioles (7-7) — thanks to good pitching from starter Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) and the bullpen. Gonzalez needed 98 pitches to get through five innings as Tampa Bay (7-8) repeatedly worked the count. But the right-hander allowed just three hits while striking out six and walking three. His only real problem came in the fourth when the Rays had runners on first and second with one out before right fielder Nick Markakis made a diving catch of a David DeJesus liner and threw to second to double up first baseman James Loney. Zach Britton came on in the sixth and threw three shutout innings. He escaped a basesloaded, one-out jam in the sixth by getting second baseman Ben Zobrist to ground into a force play at the plate and striking out Wil Myers. Tommy Hunter came on in the ninth and recorded his fourth save. The Orioles manufactured a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Left fielder Nelson Cruz led off with a walk and moved to second when first baseman Chris Davis singled to right. Jones then loaded the bases with a perfect bunt down the third base line for an infield single. Wieters then drove in Cruz with a sacrifice fly to the base of the center field fence. Hardy then topped a grounder just to the right of pitcher Jake Odorizzi (1-2). The right-hander had some trouble fielding it and had to make a back-hand flip to first baseman James Loney to get Hardy, but Davis scored for a 2-0 lead. The Orioles made it 3-0 in the fifth when Jones drove in a run by topping a slow grounder down the third-base line which died just in fair territory. That scored Ryan Flaherty with the third run.


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MT. AIRY — Blake Best had three hits and drove in four runs as Peachtree Ridge defeated Habersham Central 13-2 in four innings in Region 7-AAAAAA action on Wednesday. Craig Williams picked up the win for the Lions (16-6, 9-3) on the mound. Steven Tomlinson had three hits and drove in two runs, while Drew Wharton had two hits and drove in three. Matt Trawick also had two hits for Peachtree Ridge. BASEBALL BASEBALL

Grayson 5, South Gwinnett 4 LOGANVILLE — Grayson defeated South Gwinnett 5-4 in Region 8-AAAAAA on Wednesday. Will Etheridge picked up the win on the mound for the Rams (14-8, 10-2), while Tyler Knight and Colton Harrelson each had two hits for Grayson. Dominique Jackson had three hits and Gabriel Tillman had two hits for the Comets. Brookwood 7, Dacula 1 DACULA — Nick Marquez pitched a complete game to help Brookwood to a 7-1 win over Dacula on Wednesday. Marquez gave up an unearned run and struck out six Falcons to earn the win. Derick Carswell had three hits and drove in two runs for Brookwood (11-10, 8-4). Brock Baughcum and Mason LeBlanc each had two hits and an RBI for the Broncos. Garrett Medley led the Falcons (12-10, 6-6) with two hits. Collins Hill 5, Meadowcreek 1 SUWANEE — William Holland had two hits, including a home run to help Collins Hill defeat Meadowcreek 5-1 in Region 7-AAAAAA on Wednesday. Michael Formont picked up the win on the mound for the Eagles, who improved its region record to 6-6. Trevor Powers and Christ Schwarzer each had three hits and drove in a run, while Al DeVillar had two hits and drove in two runs for Collins Hill. Mill Creek 5, Duluth 3 HOSCHTON — Cameron Turley picked up the win on the mound and smacked a home run to lead Mill Creek to a 5-3 win over Duluth in Region 7-AAAAAA. Turley pitched 5 2/3 before Andrew Wise finished out the game to earn the save. Austin Geist had two hits for the Hawks (14-9, 10-3). Parkview 9, Archer 8 LILBURN — Brandon Hill hit a grand slam to help Parkview defeat Archer 9-8 in Region 8-AAAAAA on Wednesday.

J.T. Chamblee pitched 2 2/3 innings to earn the win out of the bullpen for the Panthers (17-3, 11-0). Isiah Gilliam earned his fifth save while also contributing two hits and driving in a run. Jordan Kelly hit a home run, Michael Craig drove in two runs, while Daino Deas and David Draper each had two hits to pace the Parkview offense. Lanier 9, Madison County 6 DANIELSVILLE — T.J. Richardson had two hits and drove in two runs to lead Lanier to a 9-6 win over Madison County in Region 8-AAAA action Wednesday. Trenton Little pitched five innings to earn the win, while Kam Doster pitched the final two innings to earn the save. Cameron Coursey and Bryan Gropp each had two hits for the Longhorns (16-6, 10-3).

Buford 8, Fannin County 1 BUFORD — Jake Higginbotham pitched five innings and helped his own cause with two hits as Buford defeated Fannin County 8-1. Bayne Miller had two hits and drove in two runs, while Ben Wicker and Joey Bart each had two hits and drove in a run for the Wolves (20-1, 16-1 in Region 7-AAA).

GIRLS TENNIS GIRLS TENNIS Buford sweeps into region championship match OAKWOOD — Buford defeated East Hall and Dawson County by identical 5-0 scores to advance to the championship match of the Region 7-AAA tournament Wednesday at West Hall High School. Annalea Stevens, Bailey McCammon and Katie Quinn won in singles in both matches. Savannah Whaley and Abbey Mitchell, along with Peyton Wolfe and Tamia Wayne, swept the doubles matches. Wesleyan splits at region tournament ATLANTA — Wesleyan dropped a 3-2 decison in the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament, but recovered to defeat Greater Atlanta Christian 4-0 in the consolation match Wednesday at Westminster. Sophia Strickland and Savannah Strickland were the winners against Lovett for the Wolves (15-5). The Stricklands also won against the Spartans, and were joined by the doubles duos of Kaitlin English and Leila Jordan, along with Katie McLaughlin and Katie Van Laeke. BOYS TENNIS BOYS TENNIS Brookwood wins twice at region tournament LAWRENCEVILLE — Brookwood defeated Shiloh and Central Gwinnett to advance in the Region 8-AAAAAA tennis tournament on Wednesday at Rhodes Jordan Park. Against the Generals, the Broncos received wins from Brandon Mills and Will George in singles and the doubles team of David Brown and Will

McWhirt. Against the Black Knights, Mills and George were victorious along with the doubles team of Ryan Pridgen and Matt Bullock. Peachtree Ridge wins twice to advance to region title DACULA — Peachtree Ridge defeated Duluth 3-0 and North Gwinnett 3-2 on Wednesday at Hamilton Mill to earn a spot in the Region 7-AAAAAA championship match. Against the Wildcats, Kevin Lim, Taylor Foote and the doubles tandem of Alex Peed and Niki Makarenko won their matches. In the semifinals, Foote, Jasith Choppara and Peed/Makarenko won to lift the Lions (10-7) to the title match, where they will face Norcross on Thursday. Mill Creek 3, Collins Hill 2 DACULA — Mill Creek defeated Collins Hill 3-2 at the Region 7-AAAAAA tournament on Wednesday. Shawn Tribble won in singles while the doubles teams of Jake Foley and T.J. Millonig along and Avery Arneson and Jacob Lattie won for the Hawks. Winning matches for the Eagles (10-6) were Evan Padvorac and Shayon Malek.

Buford wins a pair, advances to region championship OAKWOOD — Buford defeated Fannin County 4-0 and Banks County 4-1 to advance to the championship of the Region 7-AAA tournament on Wednesday. Nicholas Becker, Skyler Wilson and Avery Turner won singles matches along with the doubles duo of Matthew McGuigan and Garrett Jordan. In the semifinals, Becker, Wilson and Turner were again victorious along with the doubles team of Katriel Barcourt Gio Mejia. Wesleyan drops a pair at region tournament ATLANTA — Wesleyan fell to host Westminster 5-0 and Greater Atlanta Christian 3-1 in the Region 6-AA tournament on Wednesday. Cole Brown won for the Wolves. GIRLS SOCCER GIRLS SOCCER Peachtree Ridge 5, Mill Creek 2 HOSCHTON — Peachtree Ridge scored three goals in the game’s final 20 minutes to defeat Mill Creek 5-2 on Wednesday. Allie Hoxie, Jordyn Missel, Amanda Ferry, Courtney Miller and Sydney Kohne scored for the Lions (14-3, 6-0). McClaine Logsdon scored two goals for the Hawks (9-7, 5-3). Wesleyan 1, Pace Academy 0 ATLANTA — Wesleyan defeated Pace Academy 1-0 on Wednesday at Pace. T.J.Anderson scored on an assist from fellow freshman, Abbey Mitchell. Vivian McCoy made five saves for the Wolves.

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Mill Creek 2, Peachtree Ridge 0 HOSCHTON — Ryan DeCook scored with five minutes remaining and Noah Thomas added an insurance goal as Mill Creek clinched the Region 7-AAAAAA championship with a 2-0 win over Peachtree Ridge. Jason Chavez made five saves to earn the shutout for the Hawks (13-2, 7-1).

BOYS LACROSSE BOYS LACROSSE Collins Hill 19, Mountain View 9 LAWRENCEVILLE — Collins Hill downed Mountain View 19-9 on Wednesday on the road. Quincy Ward led the Eagles (77) with four goals. Conner Angi and Zach Hernandez had two each for Collins Hill. Mill Creek 7, West Forsyth 6 CUMMING — Mill Creek defeated West Forsyth 7-6 on Wednesday. Sam Kibildis and Ed Greico each scored twice for the Hawks (7-6). Brandon Savoie won 10 faceoffs for Mill Creek. North Gwinnett 9, Etowah 8 SUWANEE — Aaron Hartz scored the winning goal with four seconds left as North Gwinnett defeated Etowah 9-8 on Wednesday at home. Colton Garvin led the Bulldogs (14-1) with four goals. Luke Prinz added three goals and Evan Richardson made eight saves for North Gwinnett. GIRLS LACROSSE GIRLS LACROSSE Peachtree Ridge 17, Mountain View 4 SUWANEE — Darby Frisbie scored seven goals to lead Peachtree Ridge to a 17-4 win over Mountain View on Wednesday at home. Sherine Starr added four goals for the Lions (4-8, 3-0). Collins Hill 21, North Forsyth 6 SUWANEE — Jessica Murad scored five goals to lead Collins Hill to a 21-6 win over North Forsyth on Wednesday at home. Anna Britt had four goals, Kate Dougherty had a goal and three assists and Emily Napierala had three goals for the Eagles (10-3). Abby Squires also scored twice for Collins Hill. Northview 13, North Gwinnett 8 DULUTH — Northview defeated North Gwinnett 13-8 on Wednesday on the road. Liz Blumthal led the Bulldogs with four goals. GAC 8, Decatur 6 DECATUR — Emman Gorman scored three goals to lead Greater Atlanta Christian to a 8-6 road win over Decatur on Wednesday. Angela Tate had two goals and Taylor Key made 11 saves for the Spartans (5-8). — Compiled by Ken Chrzanowski

Hawks end regular season with win The Sports Xchange MILWAUKEE — Six players scored in double digits for Atlanta as the Hawks wrapped up the regular season with a 111-103 victory over the Bucks on Wednesday night at Bradley Center. Already locked into a first-round playoff meeting with top-seeded Indiana, the Hawks rested their leading scorer, forward Paul Millsap, but got 17 points from forward Mike Scott and 15 from center Mike Muscala. Forward Cartier Martin hit 5 of 7 shots and knocked down two of Atlanta’s eight 3-pointers to finish with 14 points. Forward DeMarre Carroll added 13 points and point guard Jeff Teague and guard Shelvin Mack each finished with 11 for the Hawks, who shot 53.9 percent. Milwaukee point guard Brandon Knight ended the season on a high note, hitting 12 of 18 from the field to finish with 31 points. Forward John Henson scored 19 and forward Khris

Baseball Major League Baseball NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB L10 Atlanta.................... 10... 4.. .714..... —... 7-3 Washington............... 9... 6.. .600.... 1.5...6-4 New York................... 8... 7.. .533....2.5...6-4 Philadelphia.............. 6... 8.. .429.......4...4-6 Miami........................ 6..10.. .375.......5... 1-9 Central Division W L Pct GB L10 Milwaukee............... 11... 4.. .733..... —...8-2 St. Louis.................... 9... 6.. .600.......2...6-4 Pittsburgh.................. 7... 8.. .467.......4...4-6 Cincinnati.................. 6... 9.. .400.......5...5-5 Chicago.................... 4... 9.. .308.......6...3-7

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Middleton added 16 for the Bucks, who shot 51.9 percent but committed 22 turnovers which Atlanta turned into 24 points. Rookie forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 10. Both sides got off to blistering starts. Atlanta (38-44) got 15 points from Scott and 10 from Teague while shooting 60.5 percent. But the Bucks got 18 points on 6-of-7

shooting from Knight, and they led 63-58 at halftime. The Bucks (15-67) held an 83-82 lead into the final quarter but fell apart down the stretch. They trailed by 10 when Scott hit a jumper to make it 97-87 with 6:37 to play. Milwaukee closed the book on a largely forgettable season with the worst record in franchise history, but at the same time the Bucks ended

29th double-digit strikeout game of his career and PHILADELPHIA — his 21st as a Phillie. Lee Julio Teheran pitched a threw 128 pitches, includthree-hitter for his first ca- ing 85 for strikes. reer shutout on Wednesday Howard, leading off the night as the Atlanta Braves fifth against Teheran, broke beat Philadelphia 1-0. up the perfect game when Teheran, who retired he hit a slow roller to the the first 12 hitters he right of the infield. Shortfaced, allowed an infield stop Andrelton Simmons, single by first baseman playing the left-handedRyan Howard in the hitting slugger that way fifth, a two-out single by as part of Atlanta’s shift, catcher Carlos Ruiz in fielded the ball and made the eighth and a two-out a glove-hand flip to first single by shortstop Jimmy baseman Freddie Freeman Rollins in the ninth. but was unable to retire the The second-year rightlumbering Howard. hander, now 2-1, struck out Howard later advanced four and did not walk a bat- to second, just one of ter. He threw 115 pitches, two Phillies baserunners including 75 for strikes. to make it into scoring Evan Gattis went 4-for- position. Teheran retired 4 with a solo homer for the next 11 hitters before the Braves (10-4), who Ruiz’s hit in the eighth. have won five straight. It Rollins stole second afwas the first career fourter his hit in the ninth, but hit game for the catcher. second baseman Chase Left-hander Cliff Lee Utley grounded out to (2-2) was a completesecond to end the game. game loser for PhiladelGattis, leading off the phia, allowing 11 hits fourth, homered on an 0-2 while striking out 13 and pitch from Lee to give walking one. It was the Atlanta a 1-0 lead. The Sports Xchange

on an optimistic note. The team will have a 25 percent chance of landing the first overall pick in the upcoming draft and also gained a sense of stability after it was announced earlier in the day that the franchise was being sold by former Sen. Herb Kohl. Both Kohl, who has owned the Bucks since 1985, and the new ownership group — led by New York hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry — committed $100 million apiece to construction of a new arena in Milwaukee. The Bucks’ lease at Bradley Center, which opened in 1988, expires after the 201617 season. Notes: Bucks G/F Khris Middleton was 9-for-13 on 3-point attempts in his three previous games. … F Paul Millsap, the Hawks’ leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, sat out a second straight game in order to rest for the playoffs. … Milwaukee was the only team that failed to win consecutive games this season.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran pitches in the first inning against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. (Eric Hartline-USA Today Sports)

Wesleyan girls win 6-AA track From Staff Reports ATLANTA — Wesleyan claimed the Region 6-AA girls track and field championship with a dominating performance Wednesday at Westminster. The Wolves scored 187 points for a 30-point victory over runner-up Lovett. Greater Atlanta was fourth with 98 points. The Wesleyan boys finished as runner-up to Westminster, which had 169 points to the Wolves’ 162. The GAC boys were just behind with 156 points. Wesleyan’s girls swept the 400- and 1,600-meter relays and won three individual region titles. Hannah Hoskin was first in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches, Landyn Duley won the long jump at 1611 1/2 and Cairo Booker won the 200 in 26.26. Both Booker (400, 58.70) and Duley (100, 13.06) added runner-up finishes. Booker and Duley joined Jayla Jones and Sheridan Davenport on the first-place 400 relay (49.57), while Booker, Davenport, Mikayla Coombs and Kylie Reed made up the championship 1,600 relay (4:04.68). Davenport also was runner-up in the 200 (26.59) and Lauren Frerking had a pair of secondplace finishes in the discus (85-11) and shot put (30-1 1/2). Caroline Reed also was second in

the 1,600 (5:12.79). Wesleyan’s boys won the 1,600 relay in 3:32.16 with the foursome of John Walker, Jordan Argilagos, Clay Patrick and Jordan Patrick. Jordan Mack gave the Wolves an individual title in the high jump at 6-0. Wesleyan got secondplace finishes from Jalen Hodges (high jump, 5-10), Kyler Duley (long jump, 19-0), Drew Jones (triple jump, 39-5), Argilagos (400, 51.59) and Patrick (300 hurdles, 42.45). GAC won five individual region titles, including a pair by Darius Slayton in the 100 (11.15) and 200 (22.90). Micah Abernathy won the 400 (50.25) and was barely second to Slayton in the 200 (22.92). The Spartans’ Alex Rowe won the long jump (19-8) and Myles Ingram was first in the triple jump (39-7). Abernathy, Slayton, Chris Williams and Jaelen Venable teamed up to win the 400 relay in 43.21. GAC’s boys runner-ups were Miller Kettle (1,600, 4:29.48) and 3,200 (10:04.75) and Jordan Arnold (110 hurdles, 17.37) Kennedy Street won the 400 for the GAC girls (58.14), who also got second-place finishes from Stephanie Reynolds (high jump, 5-2, 100 hurdles, 15.58 and triple jump, 33-3 1/2) and Courtney Fair (300 hurdles, 49.43 and triple jump, 34-6).

SPORTS AT A GLANCE West Division W L Pct GB L10 San Francisco........... 9... 5.. .643..... —...6-4 Los Angeles.............. 9... 5.. .643..... —...6-4 Colorado................... 7... 8.. .467....2.5...5-5 San Diego................. 6... 8.. .429.......3...5-5 Arizona..................... 4. 14.. .222.......7...3-7 Tuesday’s Games Atlanta at Philadelphia, ppd. Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 5 Miami 11, Washington 2 St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 1 N.Y. Mets 9, Arizona 0 Colorado 3, San Diego 2 San Francisco 3, L.A. Dodgers 2, 12 innings Wednesday’s Games Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 0

Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 1 N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 2 Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 0 Washington 6, Miami 3 Colorado (De La Rosa 0-2) at San Diego (Cashner 1-1), late L.A. Dodgers (Maholm 0-1) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 0-0), late Today’s Games Atlanta (Wood 2-1) at Philadelphia (Burnett 0-1), 1:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 2-0), 3:45 p.m. Colorado (Morales 0-1) at San Diego (Kennedy 1-2), 6:40 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 2-0) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 0-0), 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 2-1) at Washington (Jordan 0-1), 7:05 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB L10 New York................... 9... 6.. .600..... —... 7-3 Toronto...................... 8... 6.. .571.......5...6-4 Baltimore.................. 7... 7.. .500.... 1.5...6-4 Tampa Bay................ 7... 8.. .467.......2...4-6 Boston...................... 5... 9.. .357....3.5...3-7 Central Division W L Pct GB L10 Detroit....................... 6... 4.. .600..... —...6-4 Chicago.................... 8... 6.. .571..... —...6-4 Minnesota................. 6... 7.. .462.... 1.5...5-5 Cleveland.................. 6... 7.. .462.... 1.5...4-6 Kansas City.............. 5... 7.. .417.......2...5-5 West Division W L Pct GB L10 Oakland.................. 10... 4.. .714..... —...8-2 Seattle...................... 7... 6.. .538....2.5...4-6

Texas........................ 7... 7.. .500.......3...5-5 Los Angeles.............. 6... 8.. .429.......4...5-5 Houston.................... 5... 9.. .357.......5...3-7 Tuesday’s Games Tampa Bay at Baltimore, ppd. Cleveland at Detroit, ppd. Texas 5, Seattle 0 Chicago White Sox 2, Boston 1 Kansas City 4, Houston 2 Toronto 9, Minnesota 3 Oakland 10, L.A. Angels 9, 11 innings Wednesday’s Games Toronto at Minnesota, ppd. Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0 Cleveland (McAllister 1-0) at Detroit (Sanchez 0-0), late Seattle (Hernandez 3-0) at Texas (Darvish 1-0), late

Boston (Buchholz 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 1-0), late Kansas City (Guthrie 2-0) at Houston (Keuchel 1-1), late Oakland (Milone 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 1-0), late Today’s Games Cleveland (Salazar 0-1) at Detroit (Verlander 1-1), 1:08 p.m. Toronto (Dickey 1-2) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-0), 1:10 p.m. Seattle (Ramirez 1-2) at Texas (Scheppers 0-1), 2:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Price 2-0), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Boston (Lester 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-0), 8:10 p.m.


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runners at first and second. A wild pitch would “We really needed this move Miller and Stinson one tonight,” Mountain into scoring position and View head coach Jason another pinch hitter in RobJohnson said after fallert Kwiatkowski came up ing 2-0 to Collins Hill on big with a two-run single to Tuesday. “When we needed right center. to put some good at-bats That chased Stinson together we were able to from the game, who went that and it’s said that big 6 1/3 innings with six time players make big time runs (five earned) on eight plays, and that’s what Ben hits with no walks and 11 Utley did.” strikeouts. Norcross rode the arm of Trevor Craport came in its starting pitcher Graeme relief and struck out Josh Stinson into the seventh in- Logan for the second out of ning, who started the game the inning, but a defensive by setting down the first 11 miscue on an attempted hitters he faced. force out at second for the Stinson allowed three game’s final out went awry runs in the fourth but with a wide throw, putting settled back into a groove, runners at first and second. facing the mininum in the That opened the door fifth and sixth innings. for Utley, who crushed the But the seventh got off first pitch he saw over the to rocky start for Stinson center fielder’s head for a when Brad Weaver led two-run double and a 7-6 off with a single. Stinson lead. would regroup to strike In the bottom half, Craout Zach Miller, but pinch port (2-for-4, RBI, stolen hitter Luis Vilchez singled base) led off with a single off Stinson’s foot to put and stole second with one

out, but Moore left him there by retiring the final two hitters he faced for the save. The win went to Tyler Zak, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out five. “You can’t ask anything more of a sophomore like we did of Zak,” Johnson said. “He came out, threw strikes and went right after them. That was a huge outing for someone as young as he is.” Norcross took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Andrew Lightle (2-for-4, RBI, run) singled in Jordyn Thomas, who came in as a pinch runner for Griffin Helms. Stinson would breeze his way through the first three innings, striking out six in a row at one point, and was strong in the fourth by getting the first two outs before Utley broke that streak with a bloop single to center.

Forrest Girardeau followed with an RBI double to tie the score at 1-1, with Matt Hubbard and Miller each adding RBI singles to give Mountain View a 3-1 lead. Norcross responded with five unearned runs in the bottom half, taking advantage of a couple of infield errors to take a 6-3 lead. Justin Henderson had the big blow in the frame for Norcross with a tworun single, while Craport capped off the scoring with an RBI single. Mountain View starter Brendan Munson might have had a better fate if not for the errors, as he left after 3 1/3 innings work with six runs (one earned) on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts. The loss puts Norcross at 13-9 overall and 6-6 in the region, leaving the Blue Devils in a fight for the fourth playoff spot with North Gwinnett and Collins Hill.

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ingly, about Bobby Jones. “He transcended golf,” Crenshaw said of the native Atlantan. “He was entirely unique.” One of the world’s greatest courses, Augusta National, reflects Jones, he said. Crenshaw, a two-time Masters winner and also someone who would stop in the middle of a tour event to show some spectators his putting grip, has an affection for golf in Georgia because of the legacy that started with Jones. “I’m fortunate to be called a champion in that place (at Augusta),” Crenshaw said. A fellow Masters winner, Mize is a native son of the city. “For me, it was a dream come true just to get in the tournament in ’84,” Mize said. Three years later, he won and was draped in the famous green jacket by Jack Nicklaus. Last weekend, Mize once again made the cut •From Page 1B from high school coach to a activity that we all grew up either in club or, with Cort, and played the weekend. coach at the nearby Norenjoying and continue to at Wesleyan. “There’s no place like the business and finance di- cross Soccer Association. enjoy.” “(Coaching my kids) has Augusta,” Mize said. rector at the newly expandAfter Darby, son Cort Liam remembers, as a been a great experience,” Marr said he was looking ing Wesleyan School. followed the same path, younger boy, kicking the Coxhead said. “I know at the tee times Sunday. “It was all hands on then Beck and lastly, Liam. ball in the family’s yard there are sometimes issues “I didn’t see Tiger,” he deck,” Coxhead remembers From child to child, the and Beck admits she picked with parent-child-coaching said. “I didn’t see Phil. I that first year at the private commitment to the sport soccer over gymnastics be- relationships, but it’s been didn’t see Dustin Johnson. school “They needed a varies. Darby doesn’t play cause she knew her family very positive all the way But you were out there.” soccer coach and I was like, in college, Beck, a high loved soccer. through. Fortunately, my “Well, when you’ve got ‘Well, OK, I did that in the school sophomore, only “I love getting out on the children work hard and are the power I have off the tee past.’ In the spring of 1998 plays at Wesleyan, Liam, a field and being with a team relatively respectful. They …,” Mize said, straightI coached the middle school seventh grader, has an open and a community and work- have their moments, but faced. team.” mind and the senior Cort is ing together,” said Beck, they are willing and able The joke was not lost on The next year, he hopeful of a college future. who also swims and runs to do what the coach says, the crowd. coached the boys’ varsity The two boys still play cross country at Wesleyan. even if it’s me.” “Those hybrids and team at Wesleyan in its first year-round. All the Coxhead children If it wasn’t him, if it 3-woods stopped well on season and has been the Yet the Coxheads are diversify their sports. Darby wasn’t soccer, the Coxhead those greens,” a now smilprogram’s only coach. more than soccer. The earned 12 varsity letters in family would be unrecing Mize finished. “I’m still His oldest, daughter Dar- sport’s not the air of their her four years, Cort is on ognizable. It’s what they tired.” by, turned 4 that same year lives rather it’s the spice. It the cross country team and do, not who they are, but a But it was Nelson, who Coxhead started at Wesley- freshens and activates the played basketball, Liam family bond. grew up in Acworth and an, and dad’s rejuvenated relationships between the tried football and also “It would have been went to Kennesaw State, interest in soccer began its siblings and between child swims. The parents play weird (without soccer),” that drew the most laughs trickle through the family. and parent. It’s a common tennis. Beck said. “There would be with his droll storytelling. Darby, now a sophomore at denominator, a connector. But the first sport is soc- nothing going on.” Nelson said he thought the University of Georgia, “We try to keep it in cer. Coxhead cedes its the “Take us outside of prac- of golf as a sissy sport started playing soccer at perspective,” said Cort, favorite sport of the family tice and games, we are not the YMCA and Coxhead’s the most serious player in and has spent time coachall-consumed with soccer,” involvement expanded the family. “It really is an ing each of his children Cort said.

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•From Page 1B really excited. I think (the new team) will have a tremendous impact.” Johnson, who is a goal-

Soccer keeper with the Chicago Fire, also shared his enthusiasm for the new Atlanta club. “I think it’s fantastic that

growing up. A baseball player, Nelson helped his high school win a share of the state championship. He didn’t start playing until he got out of the Army, having served the country in Vietnam. Nelson liked the idea that in golf, it was just the player and the course. That a shortstop, for example, who misses a grounder through his legs won’t cost everyone on a team the championship. Being a natural at the game probably didn’t hurt. In six months, Nelson was shooting par and in less than four years, he was on the pro tour. “So none of you have any excuse,” Marr said, pointing to the crowd. The talk turned to the changes in equipment and how that has affected the game. “I’m going to run out tomorrow and get me a pink driver,” Crenshaw cracked, noting the one used by now two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson. Mize said he hits it farther now than he did when he was on the PGA Tour. “It’s much more of a power game now,” he said. But the speed of play is something Nelson derides. In fact, he asked himself the question so the audience didn’t have to. “A lot of the guys coming out of college now, for whatever reason, they have to think too much,” Nelson said. “And it just takes forever to play.” Nelson played at Sugarloaf when the AT&T Classic was part of the PGA Tour and it took nearly six hours for three pros to get through the round. “I lose interest in four and a half hours,” Nelson said. No one lost interest in the clubhouse, though, and would have certainly sat longer to listen to more lore from legends.

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