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Gwinnett County is committing $5 million to help find ways to relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 85. County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with the Georgia Department of Transportation to conduct an I-85 corridor study. The money that will be spent on work related to the study will be spread across four years, and state transportation officials have agreed to match the county’s contribution. That means Georgia and Gwinnett County officials will spend a total of $10 million over nearly half of the next decade studying and beginning to do some work on I-85. “We’re looking at potential capacity improvements as well as safety improvements really all the way from 285 to north of State Route 316,” Gwinnett County Transportation Director Alan Chapman said. A corridor study on I-85 has been floated around in recent years, particularly as county officials undertook a major update to Gwinnett’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan. County officials plan to use money from the 2017 special purpose local option sales tax to cover their portion of the study’s funding. The four-year window and funding includes time to work on the study — which itself could take a couple of years

Two members of the Gwinnett County Police Department Honor Guards carry a wreath of red roses, white carnations and blue delphinium towards the department’s fallen officers memorial during Tuesday’s ceremony. (Staff Photos: Isabel Hughes)

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Walking somberly in front of their peers, two Gwinnett County Police Department Honor Guards carried a wreath of red roses, white carnations and blue delphinium toward the department’s fallen officers memorial, which bears the names of four men. Bringing up the rear of the guard, three officers gripped their rifles, preparing for a three-volley salute that followed the laying of the wreath. “We’re here not only to remember, but to honor and celebrate all those who have fallen, including the four listed here: Marvin Gravitt,

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job posed. Their courage and sacrifice are nothing less than heroic and are to be remembered by all.” On Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Police Department joined hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the nation in honoring the men and women throughout the U.S. and in Gwinnett County who died serving their A girl places an item on the department’s fallen officers memocommunities as part of Peace rial in remembrance of the four Gwinnett police officers who Officers Memorial Day, which were killed in the line of duty. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed as May 15. Jerry Everett, Ralph Davis and profession would be difThe day is part of National Chris Magill,” said Gwinnett ficult, but the desire to serve police Maj. Mark Fitzpatrick. and protect their community See OFFICERS, Page 7A “They knew going into this outweighed the dangers the

Driver suspected in road rage stabbing incident turns himself in BY ISABEL HUGHES

dustrial Boulevard in the Sugar Hill area on May 7. The driver of a vehicle believed A police report to be involved in a road rage stabdetails that the bing incident has turned himself suspect — identiin to Gwinnett police and has been fied Tuesday as charged with aggravated assault, Eugene Brants, a Eugene officials said. 25-year-old from Brants Last week, Gwinnett County PoDacula — pulled lice Department detectives enlisted up alongside a silver Toyota the public’s help in finding the Tacoma that was being driven by man accused of stabbing another Dahlonega resident Jesse Cole. man at a red light on Peachtree InDetectives determined that this isabel.hughes@gwinnettdailypost.com

was a road rage incident where both drivers exited their vehicles and confronted each other. Police said a physical fight took place, during which Brants stabbed Cole. Brants was transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center without incident. Cole has been charged with battery and has agreed to turn himself in when he is sufficiently recovered from his injuries. See STABBING, Page 7A

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Lanier High School leads district in Student Production Award nominations BY TREVOR MCNABOE

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to qualify for a regional competition. Winners of each category Five years ago, Lanier advance to the national High School’s video Student Production Award program was nonexistent. competition. The school, which opened Teacher Keith Phillips, a less than a decade ago has former production assistant transformed from a new with the Atlanta Falcons, video department to one of has transformed the prothe best in the county after gram by providing in-depth receiving nine Student Pro- learning experiences for duction Award nominations. students. Each year, Student ProPhillips said when the duction Award nominations program began, it was filled are given out by regional mostly by students just chapters of the National looking for an extra class. trevor.mcnaboe @gwinnettdailypost.com

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But during the program’s second year it began to blossom. While Phillips was setting the core of the program by helping students in the introductory video I class, he had help from David Rhines, a technical manager with experience at NBC Sports. “He came in every week that year and helped them with pre-production and planning,” Phillips said. During the year, the program received two nominations and started the “We Are Lanier” documentary series. Phillips said the approach to the program is to allow students to maintain freedom and creativity in things that interest them. “We always start and ask them what they want to make,” Phillips said. “I don’t force them to do a particular thing because they might not be interested in sports video or doing lights. I just said, ‘Here are the skills we’re working on; What are you going to make with it?’” Last year the program did not receive a single nomination. “After last year’s heartbreaking zero nominations, I’m proud of how the students bounced back this year,” Phillips said. “They didn’t let the results derail

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what they have started here. I was hoping for one nomination this year, so I’m thrilled to see the kids rewarded for their hard work with the nine nominations.” A normal week for students includes preproduction planning during the early parts of the week, followed by filming and then editing the film before presenting it to Phillips. Students were nominated in categories ranging from General News Assignment to Music Video to Long Form Non-Fiction (docu-

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mentary) to Short Form Fiction (short film). Leading the way with six nominations is Andy Cole, a junior at Lanier and a digital media intern for Gwinnett County Public Schools TV. “It’s awesome to finally be recognized for the world-class work that is going on in Lanier Productions,” Cole said. “It’s such an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award — this award alongside our industry standard classroom instruction is truly preparing the class and me for college, career and beyond.” Graduating senior Thomas Harmond was nominated for three awards this year. Harmond, who spends a majority of the time behind the scenes working on filming and story boarding videos, developed an interest in film from a mentor at church. “Just hanging out around him I started slowly picking

it up,” Harmond said. “Over time I learned a lot from him, watching YouTube videos and having the freedom to do things here helped.” Sophomore Jenna Keck said most projects they work on take between two weeks to a month to complete. She was nominated along with sophomores Michael Madryzk and Sakib Jamal for their five-minute film “Gone.” The trio spent about five months making the film and made school history by producing the first narrative film to receive a nomination at Lanier. “I’m proud that it made it this far,” Keck said. “It would be really exciting to win, but if it’s not meant to be, I won’t be upset because this is already a huge honor.” Other students nominated for awards are juniors Barry Chen,Seth Zimmerman, Jacob Reese and Valyn Turner. In addition to the nine nominations from Lanier High School, students from five other schools from GCPS were recognized. Stephen An from Brookwood, Chris Nooney, Lislay Estrada and Justin Harris from Phoenix, Will Peninger from Peachtree Ridge, Lauryn Johnson from Parkview, and Justice Bigot from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology received nominations. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at SCAD Atlanta on June 9.

Gwinnett 200’s STORY VAULT project was launched to commemorate Gwinnett County’s bicentennial by recording the stories of the people who live, work, and play in Gwinnett. While attending Brookwood High School, Erica Andrews enjoyed participating in theater, being a peer leader, and watching her school’s football team win the state championship. Listen as she recounts childhood memories in Gwinnett.

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Hillary’s bitterness world tour MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, and to Sydney, its largest, with a huge chip on her shoulder. The chip has been there since the 2016 election and seems to be growing larger with every appearance. As with almost everything else the Clintons do, it cost Cal to hear her Thomas bitterness. Those who went to hear Clinton speak, more than 5,000 people, paid between $200 and $500 Australian dollars (about $150 to $380 U.S.). What they heard was criticism of President Trump and his foreign and domestic policies. Not that long ago, Americans made an effort to stop “partisan politics at the water’s edge,” but no more. Especially with some Democratic politicians who seem to believe that government belongs to them and when Republicans win an election it was somehow stolen from its rightful owners. Interviewed by former liberal Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Hillary Clinton eventually got to what she believes is the real reason she lost to Donald Trump. It was misogynistic men and women who voted the way their husbands told them to that prevented her from making history, or if you prefer, herstory. Hillary Clinton was at it even before the event began by tweeting that President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal was a “big mistake” that actually makes the U.S. less safe. As if America would be safer by trusting the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world to live up to an agreement when Iran’s religious and political leaders regularly speak of their commitment to destroy us (and Israel, too). In his account of her appearance, Chip Le Grand of The Australian newspaper writes that while Hillary Clinton was “at times disarmingly honest (that seemed to be a first), warm, funny and optimistic,” she also appeared “self-serving and sad.” Like a boxer who doesn’t know when to leave the ring, Hillary Clinton is a two-time political loser who hasn’t gotten the message that she is unlikeable and unelectable. She would do herself and the country (not to mention the Democratic Party) a favor by retiring and leaving the scene of her political accident. There is still money to be made, however, and to the Clintons money is their catnip. The Wall Street Journal reported last Friday: “… it’s Clinton fundraising season. This has been true of every season of every year since the late 1970s. But this is a particularly important moment because of a major event that is now less than two weeks away. Last month Axios reported: ‘Longtime Clinton supporters last week received an invitation offering access to the family (the green invitation features photos of Bill, Hillary and Chelsea) at a Clinton Foundation benefit on May 24 in New York, at prices ranging from $2,500 (“Friend”) for cocktail party and dinner, up to $100,000 (“Chair”) for “Leadership Reception for two, a premium table of ten, program recognition as Gala Chair and invitations to the Clinton Foundation Annual Briefing.’” The now defunct Clinton Global Initiative (which, not surprisingly, stopped receiving large donations after Hillary Clinton’s defeat) spent a lot of donor money on a large staff, travel and “miscellaneous” expenses. What do new contributors to the Clinton Foundation hope to get in return for their donations? More bitterness, perhaps? Very sad. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.

Trump has to be willing to walk away So Donald Trump has a date with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. Good deal — so far. As long as the president doesn’t get arrested for chewing gum or hanged for spitting on the sidewalk, his meet-up with North Korea’s “Rocket Man” in that spotless city might actually become a historic summit. Singapore 2018 might even become one of Trump’s legacies, though I suspect at this point he’s not as fixated on legacy-building as most presidents. He’s more focused on making a deal with a nasty communist regime that no previous president has been able to make. We’ll know soon enough if Singapore is for show or for real. Meanwhile, I hope when Mr. Trump sits down to negotiate with Kim Jong Un he’ll remember what happened when Ronald Reagan went to Reykjavik in October of 1986 to meet Mikhail Gorbachev. My father’s meeting in Iceland with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was a “session” and not an official summit, but it was a huge, huge geopolitical deal at the time. The hope was for the two superpowers to dis-

proposed “Star Wars” ballistic missile defense system — my father said “Nyet.” He got up and walked away from the table. Everyone was shocked and concerned by what my father did, but the rest was history. The Soviet Union soon went Michael bust. The Berlin Wall came Reagan down. The Cold War was over. Saying no to the USSR cuss ways to put limits on when it wanted the United strategic nuclear weapons States to give up something arsenals and to come up with was not an audible my father a sweeping arms-control called on the spot. It was agreement that would bring something he had been hopabout the major mothballing ing to do for a long time. of their nukes and missiles. I I remember in 1976 at remember when my father’s the Republican National administration was putting Convention when he lost the the Reykjavik trip together. nomination. I walked over It was his second meeting to his hotel room and asked with Gorbachev, and hopes him, “Why in the world were sky-high for a historic would you even want to run agreement that would end for president?” the scariest part of the Cold “Michael,” he said, “for War. too long I’ve watched presiEveryone in the adminisdents of the United States tration — including Nancy meet with Secretary Gen— was excited because they erals of the Soviet Union. thought Reykjavik was goEvery time we sit down with ing to be Ronald Reagan’s them they’re asking us to greatest legacy. Everyone give up something to get was pushing him — relentalong with them. lessly — to make a deal with “I want to be the first Gorbachev. Almost any deal. president who says ‘Nyet.’ But when Mr. Gorbachev That’s the reason I wanted to said he wouldn’t sign the run for president.” document unless the United In order for President States gave up the Strategic Trump’s meeting on June Defense Initiative — the 12 to be a success — and

he certainly has it in him to make it one — he also has to be willing to walk away. You can’t make a deal just because you’re thinking it’s going to be good for your legacy. Your legacy might be when you stand up and walk away from a bad deal. The only way you’ll ever win real victories against the people who run hellholes like the USSR, North Korea and Iran is if you’re willing to walk — and they know it. Anyone can make a bad deal — look at the one President Obama made with Iran. So my suggestion to the president is, don’t make a deal with North Korea just to make a deal. Sometimes the best deal is to walk away. And anyway, Mr. Trump, with three American prisoners safely back home from North Korea, you’ve already got a win. Michael Reagan is a political consultant and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press). He is the founder of the email service reagan. com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www. michaelereagan.com. Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.

Longing for the old, wooden stereo console It sat in my parents’ dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It filled my childhood with a harmony and clarity we could use lots more of about now. Sundays after supper, the sweet smell of coffee and pot roast and pineapple upsidedown cake still in the air, my father (the Big Guy) loved to play his favorite albums on it. He liked Barbra Streisand in those days. He loved Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. And he’d go nuts when he played “The Stars and Stripes Forever!” by John Philip Sousa. He’d turn the volume high and begin marching through our small house, lifting his legs and arms high and making exaggerated faces the way comedian Red Skelton did with his Clem Kadiddlehopper character. We’d jump from the table and follow behind him, marching and laughing until tears filled our eyes. That old console played nonstop during the Christmas season. Our stack of records usually began with the “Holiday Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” followed by “Christmas with the Chipmunks.”

simple music that it brought into our home — a simple harmony and clarity for which the world is in desperate need. There is so much yapping and shouting on television and the radio. There is an obsession with Don Imus and Anna Nicole, and every yapper Tom under the sun is beating both Purcell stories into the ground. And while the experts Then came “Snoopy vs. the weigh in on the idiotic stateRed Baron” and Bing Crosby. ments uttered by Imus, few As soon as Bing finished, criticize the words and images we restacked the albums and on so many other channels that played them again. are 20 times more vulgar and My mother used the stereo demeaning; few are critical of more than anyone. She loved so many real woes we face in to listen to it while working a culture becoming more crass around the house. She loved and cynical by the minute. to whistle, too, a habit she The shouting and hootlearned from her father (and ing and hollering has gotten one she passed along to me). so loud, it’s getting hard to Hers was a high-pitched hear anymore — it’s getting whistle — the sound of a hard for folks to distinguish happy robin singing on a between what is worthwhile sunny spring morning — and on the tube and the radio and she could harmonize with what is garbage. This must be most tunes. Sometimes she the case. Why else would so tuned in to an AM station that many crude, silly and stupid played Frank Sinatra and Dean programs litter the airwaves Martin. Other times she’d play every night? her Doris Day album. I still Some weeks — a week just can hear her whistling to “Que like this one — I just want Sera, Sera.” to escape it all. My family I’ve been thinking about the doesn’t have the old stereo old stereo console lately. I’ve console anymore, but I did been longing for the sweet, buy a new turntable recently.

My mother’s cousin gave me dozens of old albums she no longer listens to, and I’ve been working my way through them. I listed to an old Sinatra album recently. It was wonderful to transport myself from our noisy world into one of clarity and harmony and simplicity. It was wonderful to travel back to the 1950s and 1960s. Human nature and the world were messy then, too, but the noise level was much lower. There was no cable then —no channels to allow the yappers to yap. The average citizen was certainly a lot more civil then than the average fellow is now. Perhaps we’d all be better off if more folks started collecting old albums — if more folks tried re-creating the simple childhood memories of the old stereo consoles that once sat in their parents’ dining room. This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s humorous book, “Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood,” available at Amazon.com. Purcell is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist. Send comments to him at Tom@TomPurcell.com.


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Like you, I don’t hapTheir choice seems Jan. 19) — Put a plan in pen to think this is a good lopsided, and as a guest, place and follow through. idea, but you and he have you can respond, which Refuse to let someone had your debate, you’ve you obviously intend to else’s agenda dismantle Amy Dickinson failed to persuade your do. Just don’t make a big what you are trying to husband to behave differdeal about it. This is not achieve. Make changes ently and now you should grandchildren. I’m also about you — or your kids based on research and accept his choice — even on the guest list, but both and partners. common sense. if it is a flawed one — and my kids and their sigDEAR AMY: I burst AQUARIUS (Jan. let it go. nificant others have been into tears reading your 20-Feb. 19) — Share Bill is not creating a excluded. My plans are answer to “Worried,” the your feelings and make wedge in your marriage, to politely bow out of woman who felt a deep a physical gesture to let but you might be. this function due to the and loveless void in her someone know your intenDEAR AMY: My son is fact that my kids are the life. tions. Changing the way getting married soon and only family members not Thank you, thank you you do things, dealing his cousin (my brother’s included. for suggesting that she with children or updating son) one month later. I’m not looking to adopt a pet. You are so your look is encouraged. In planning the recreate tension, but this right that animals have an PISCES (Feb. 20-March hearsal dinner party, I’m blatant disregard for my incredible way of unlock- 20) — Trust, honesty and sticking with tradition and kids leaves me cold. I, of ing compassion and love. integrity will play a big inviting only the bridal course, have no problem — Pet Lover role in the way things turn party and out-of-town explaining how I feel to DEAR PET LOVER: I out. You’ll have an opfamily members coming my brother and his wife know it because I’ve lived portunity, but it could lead in for the wedding. and see no reason to invite it. to an emotional loss if it’s My (local) sister-in-law them to the dinner I’m You can contact Amy handled poorly. just told me that she and planning. I’d appreciate Dickinson via email: askaARIES (March 21-April my brother are inviting your thoughts on this. my@amydickinson.com. 19) — Take a closer look all family members to — Feeling Snubbed Readers may send postal at the way you present their rehearsal dinner. DEAR SNUBBED: mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box who you are and what The guests include other Every wedding is differ194, Freeville, NY 13068. you have to offer. 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Husband gives a hand, a beer to homeless friend allowed some happiness at the end of his life, and I should not be so “righteous.” I stopped helping my husband pack lunches for Bill at that point, and I’ve stopped buying beer at the grocery store to keep in our fridge. My husband resents me for this now. He told me that I’m “petty,” and ever since, this has been an issue that causes arguments regularly. I’m pretty sure my husband is now buying beer for Bill at the liquor store. I understand being charitable, but I won’t contribute to a man’s slow death, and I resent Bill for creating this wedge in my marriage. I don’t know what to do anymore. Amy, what do you think? — Disapproving Wife DEAR DISAPPROVING: You say that your husband is not typically compassionate (nice dig), except when he is. You wouldn’t give beer to this man (nor would I). In addition to the possible health risks, depending on where you live, I assume that “Bill” could be ar-

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Macaroni Grill location in Buford closes due to fire By Isabel Hughes

and Emergency Services spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge. “Smoke quickly filled Romano’s Macaroni the restaurant as staff and Grill in Buford is tempopatrons evacuated,” Rutrarily closed following a ledge said. “An employee Monday afternoon fire that doused the outlets with a caused “extensive damage” portable fire extinguisher to a front wall. prior to exiting the buildGwinnett County fireing. They reported seefighters responded to the ing smoke inside, but no restaurant, which is located flames were visible. Everyin front of the Mall of one was outside-safe when Georgia on Buford Drive the fire trucks arrived and N.E. at 1:02 p.m. after an no injuries were reported.” employee saw smoke comWhen firefighters aring from electrical outlets rived, Rutledge said, they located in a back storage found light smoke showarea near the kitchen, ing from the outside of the according to Gwinnett single-story stucco buildCounty Department of Fire ing. isabel.hughes @gwinnettdailypost.com

“Crews deployed an attack hose line and entered the restaurant to put the fire out and check for extension,” he said. “The fire was contained within the wall on the front-right corner of the building and caused extensive damage to the wall. Firefighters had to breach part of the wall material from the exterior to keep the fire from spreading.” Though the exact cause of the fire is not yet known, Rutledge said it appears to be accidental. The restaurant will remain closed indefinitely due to the damage and associated cleanup.

Suspect sought in a string of thefts at local businesses By Isabel Hughes isabel.hughes @gwinnettdailypost.com

Gwinnett police are asking for help identifying a man responsible for stealing several cash registers and a safe from three local businesses, totaling more than $3,500 in stolen money and $1,700 in damages. In the first theft, which occurred May 5, the suspect — a “heavy-set male with a dark complexion and thin mustache” who was wearing “a hoodie (pulled) tightly around his face and has light colored or white tennis shoes” — used a brick to smash the front door of Dacula’s Tobacco Palace before stealing the cash register and quickly fleeing, police said. The following day, he again reportedly used a brick to smash the glass of Discover Wings, which is located on Indian TrailLilburn Road in Norcross. There, he also stole the cash register. About 45 minutes later that same day, the man allegedly struck again, forcing entry into Loui Loui Seafood on Satellite Boulevard by using bricks

The suspect in three Gwinnett thefts is described as a “heavy-set man with a dark complexion and thin mustache” who was wearing “a hoodie (pulled) tightly around his face and has light colored or white tennis shoes.” (Special Photo)

or rocks. He proceeded to steal the cash register and safe. Anyone with information to share is asked to contact detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS

(8477) or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the cases by referencing case numbers: 18-041217, 18-041534 and 18-041552.

Charcoal grill to blame for fire that destroyed Gwinnett home From Staff Reports

“Crews could see a dark column of black smoke from A charcoal grill sparked a a distance as they responded fire and completely deto the scene,” Rutledge said. stroyed a house near Auburn “Firefighters arrived to find on Mother’s Day. heavy flames and smoke Gwinnett County fireshowing from the basement, fighters responded at 3:55 both floors, and in the attic p.m. Sunday to a report of a of a two-story, wood-frame house fire in the 3500 block house.” of Tupelo Trail in unincorpoFire crews deployed fire rated Auburn. attack hose lines and began Calls were received in the to knock down the bulk of 911 center from an occupant the flames from the outside. and a neighbor reporting the Firefighters were not able to fire, according to Gwinnett immediately enter the home County Fire Capt. Tommy due to the intensity of the Rutledge. One caller advised fire and partial collapse of that the whole back of the the roof, Rutledge said. house was in flames, he said. “Crews were challenged

by the intense flames and exposure threats to neighboring houses,” Rutledge said. “Firefighters flowed water from multiple hose lines and an aerial ladder device to bring the fire completely under control and to protect the homes on either side.” Officials said the blaze caused heavy damage to the home and its contents. It is determined to be a total loss. There was no damage to the neighboring houses. According to the occupant, he was preparing to cook on a charcoal grill under the back deck and went to the front of the house.

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liens on the property, which frees up cash flow, a huge blessing for seniors living on a fixed income. Unfortunately, many senior homeowners who might be better off with HECM loan don’t even bother to get more information because of rumors they’ve heard. That’s a shame because HECM loans are helping many senior homeowners live a better life. In fact, a recent survey by American Advisors Group (AAG), the nation’s number one HECM lender, found that over 90% of their clients are satisfied with their loans. While these special loans are not for everyone, they can be a real lifesaver for senior homeowners. The cash from a HECM loan can be used for any purpose. NO MONTHLY MORTGAGE Many people use the money PAYMENTS?2 EXTRA CASH? to save on interest charges by paying off credit cards or other It’s a fact: no monthly high-interest loans. Other mortgage payments are required common uses include making with a government-insured home improvements, paying off HECM loan;2 however the medical bills or helping other homeowners are still responsible family members. Some people for paying for the maintenance simply need the extra cash for of their home, property taxes, everyday expenses while others homeowner’s insurance and, if are now using it as a “safety net” required, their HOA fees. for financial emergencies. Another fact many are not If you’re a homeowner age aware of is that HECM reverse 62 or older, you owe it to mortgages first took hold when yourself to learn more so that President Reagan signed the you can make an informed FHA Reverse Mortgage Bill decision. Homeowners who into law 29 years ago in order are interested in learning more to help senior citizens remain in can request a free 2018 HECM their homes. loan Information Kit and free Today, HECM loans are Educational DVD by calling simply an effective way for American Advisors Group tollhomeowners 62 and older to get free at 1-800-660-4963. the extra cash they need to enjoy At no cost or obligation, the retirement. professionals at AAG can help Although today’s HECM you find out if you qualify and loans have been improved to also answer common questions provide even greater financial such as: protection for homeowners, there 1. What’s the government’s are still many misconceptions. role? For example, a lot of people 2. How much money might I mistakenly believe the home get? must be paid off in full in order 3. Who owns the home after I to qualify for a HECM loan, take out a HECM loan? which is not the case. In fact, You may be pleasantly surprised one key advantage of a HECM by what you discover when you is that the proceeds will first call AAG for more information be used to pay off any existing today. Source: http://reversemortgagedaily.com/2016/06/21/seniors-home-equity-grows-to-6-trillion-reverse-mortgageopportunity. 2If you qualify and your loan is approved, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) must pay off any existing mortgage(s). With a HECM loan, no monthly mortgage payment is required. A HECM increases the principal mortgage loan amount and decreases home equity (it is a negative amortization loan). AAG works with other lenders and financial institutions that offer HECMs. To process your request for a loan, AAG may forward your contact information to such lenders for your consideration of HECM programs that they offer. When the loan is due and payable, some or all of the equity in the property no longer belongs to borrowers, who may need to sell the home or otherwise repay the loan with interest from other proceeds. AAG charges an origination fee, mortgage insurance premium, closing costs and servicing fees (added to the balance of the loan). The balance of the loan grows over time and AAG charges interest on the balance. Interest is not tax-deductible until the loan is partially or fully repaid. Borrowers are responsible for paying property taxes and homeowner’s insurance (which may be substantial). We do not establish an escrow account for disbursements of these payments. A setaside account can be set up to pay taxes and insurance and may be required in some cases. Borrowers must occupy home as their primary residence and pay for ongoing maintenance; otherwise the loan becomes due and payable. The loan also becomes due and payable when the last borrower, or eligible non-borrowing surviving spouse, dies, sells the home, permanently moves out, defaults on taxes or insurance payments, or does not otherwise comply with the loan terms. American Advisors Group (AAG) is headquartered at 3800 W. Chapman Ave., 3rd & 7th Floors, Orange CA, 92868. (Residential Mortgage Licensee #22849) V2017.08.23_OR 1

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Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Buford is temporarily closed following a Monday afternoon fire that caused “extensive damage” to a front wall. (Special Photo)

It’s a well-known fact that for many senior citizens in the U.S. their home is their single biggest asset, often accounting for more than 50% of their total net worth. Yet, according to new statistics from the mortgage industry, senior homeowners in the U.S. are now sitting on more than 6.1 trillion dollars of unused home equity.1 With people now living longer than ever before and home prices back up again, ignoring this “hidden wealth” may prove to be short sighted. All things considered, it’s not surprising that more than a million homeowners have already used a governmentinsured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or “HECM” loan to turn their home equity into extra cash for retirement. However, today, there are still millions of eligible homeowners who could benefit from this FHA-insured loan but may simply not be aware of this “retirement secret.” Some homeowners think HECM loans sound “too good to be true.” After all, you get the cash you need out of your home but you have no more monthly mortgage payments.

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Gwinnett’s representatives face primary challenges By Curt Yeomans

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The most watched race in Gwinnett County on May 22 may not be the race for governor, lieutenant governor or some other statewide race, but rather the one for U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s seat. Woodall, R-Ga., is running for re-election for his 7th Congressional District seat, but he’s facing opposition from both sides of the political aisle in a race that national Democrats have pegged as one of their targets in this year’s elections. There are six Democrats — Kathleen Allen, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Melissa Davis, David Kim, Ethan Pham and Steve Reilly — but Woodall has to first survive a challenge from former Marine Shane Hazel in the Republican primary before he can turn his attention to a fall race. Elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., is being challenged by fellow Democrat Juan Parks in the 4th Congressional District’s Democratic Primary, with the winner facing Republican Joe Profit in the fall. Over in the 10th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., is facing Joe Hunt and Bradley Griffin in the Republican primary, with the winner of that contest facing the winner of the Democratic primary race between Chalis Montgomery, Richard Dien Winfield and Tabitha A. Johnson-Green in the fall. Johnson challenged in 4th District Johnson is seeking what would be his seventh term in office if he is elected. He said last fall that he wants to focus on improving access to health care, livable wages for workers, adequate resources for public education, affordable college tuition and vocational training programs if he is reelected this year. “Having served during the terms of three presidents, I am committed now more than ever to public service,” Johnson said in his re-election campaign launch announcement in November. “Because of the daunting challenges we face as a nation, I want to continue working to bring people together to get things done in Congress for the American people and my constituents specifically.” Challenging Johnson, however, is Parks, a Marine Corps veteran and Newton High School JROTC instructor who said on his campaign website that “now is the time for change in Congress.” He has said he wants to address sex trafficking, the resources through HUD to address affordable housing, a bipartisan approach to health care, mental illness and gun ownership training. “In this era of polarization and partisanship, we need members of Congress to work together to achieve results for the American people,” Parks said on his website.

meet the candidates 4th Congressional District Hank Johnson (incumbent) Age: No Response Party: Democrat Education: Clark Atlanta University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Occupation: Congressman Lived in District Since: No response Political Experience: 4th Congressional District representative for 11 years Juan Parks Age: 41 Party: Democrat Education: Joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school Occupation: Retired Marine, currently a JROTC instructor at Newton High School Lived in District Since: No Response Political Experience: No Response 7th Congressional District Rob Woodall (incumbent) Age: No Response Party: Republican Education: Furman University, law degree from University of Georgia Occupation: Attorney Lived in District Since: No Response Political Experience: Seventh Congressional District representative since 2011 Shane Hazel Age: 38 Party: Republican Education: Bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Georgia; special operations training group close quarter battle team in the U.S. Marine Corps Occupation: Business development aerospace Lived in District Since: 1981 Political Experience: Campaign chairman for a Georgia state house race Kathleen Allen Age: 47 Party: Democrat Education: Bachelor’s degree in government and french from Claremont McKenna College

cessible, accountable or transparent. He said the way the government itself is operating is the biggest issue facing the country right now. “History is replete with the horrors of democide,” Hazel said. “I started addressing this very problem a couple years ago by teaching the history of the Constitution and the Constitution itself. We must educate Americans in this fashion so that they may through law, throw off these usurpers and would be Two Republicans, tyrants.” six Democrats On the Democratic side vying for 7th District of the race, Kim said federal Woodall said on his leaders should ensure access campaign website that he to health care while keeping favors implementing the premiums and deductibles FairTax, cutting red tape that affordable, negotiate lower small businesses deal with, prescription drug prices for protecting Second Amendpeople on Medicare and ment rights, letting local ofMedicaid, offer “Dreamers” ficials make decisions about a pathway to citizenship, education, enforcing existing provide tax relief to families, immigration laws, protecting ensuring schools are safe, unborn children and shrinkmake the VA do its job and ing the size of government. protect Social Security. “The federal government is “Washington is broken,” too big,” Woodall said on his Kim said. “Our representative website. “My work is geared puts party over country and toward shrinking the size of the special interests control the federal government and the agenda while working reducing its involvement in families continue to see their the lives of Georgians.” living costs go up but their Hazel said he feels the wages remain stagnant. Stop government is acting uncon- the madness; end the chaos stitutionally and that Woodall and gridlock and bring back was not upholding his oath common sense and integrity of office. He accused the to Washington.” congressman of not being acMeanwhile, Pham — an

Occupation: Risk management consultant at Kaiser Permanente Lived in District Since: 2006 Political Experience: Firsttime candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux Age: No response Party: Democrat Education: Bachelor’s degree from Yale University, master’s degree from the University of Southern California, Ph.D. from Syracuse University Occupation: Professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Public Policy Lived in District Since: No response Political Experience: Former aide to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., former director of the Georgia Senate’s Budget and Evaluation Office Melissa Davis Age: No response Party: Democrat Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina, master’s degree from University of North Texas, master’s degree from University of North Georgia Occupation: Financial management Lived in District Since: 2012 Political Experience: No elected experience, spent more than 20 years working with municipal and county governments in the financial sector David Kim Age: 39 Party: Democrat Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University Occupation: Publisher, entrepreneur Lived in District Since: 2005 Political Experience: Commissioner of Youth and Children Services, Montgomery County, Ethan Pham Age: 36 Party: Democrat Education: Studied biol-

immigrant whose family immigrated from Vietnam in the 1990s — said Americans should have equal access to health care, education and be treated equally in the criminal justice system. He tied Woodall to President Donald Trump and said the biggest issue facing the country right now is a “never-before-seen crisis in American leadership.” “Our current president does not care about his responsibilities or even understand them,” Pham said. “And representatives like Rob Woodall have let him embarrass and endanger all of us just so that their campaign donors can get a tax break.” Reilly also said he is concerned about “distraction, division, dysfunction, fake news and alternative facts,” and said they “cannot be permitted to become the ‘new normal’ in America.” Congress should take a public service approach to tackling immigration reform, climate change, gun control and campaign finance reform, he said. He also raised concerns about a shrinking middle class. “I am concerned about the erosion of the middle class,” Reilly said. “Too much of our nation’s wealth has become concentrated in the top 1 to 2 percent of earners. This is a trend we must reverse with fair tax policy, fair trade

enormously critical. I want to see to it that it is included in the infrastructure bill that is in ogy and business administraLived in tion at Shorter University, law District discussion now.” degree from John Marshall Since: But, another Republican in Law School 2016 the race, Hunt, said officials Occupation: Attorney, Political in Washington D.C. have Farmer Experi“run out of ideas that move Lived in District Since: ence: the country forward” and 2015 None “‘zero-sum politics’ have Political Experience: A hijacked our country.” He Democratic voter since 2006. Joe Hunt Age: 43 said the need for economic Steve Party: Reempowerment is a key issue Reilly publican facing the country right now. Age: 57 EducaHe said one way to address Party: tion: the issue is to address training MBA, Democrat for various trades, whether it Mercer Educabe through trade schools or University tion: apprenticeships. Stetson School of Business Central and Economics, BS Public Gwinnett “We propose the Trade Relations, Georgia Southern High School; bachelor’s Industry Apprenticeship proUniversity degree from Mercer Univergram, which allows students Occupation: Restaurant sity, juris doctorate from the who don’t intend to enroll at Industry University of Georgia a four-year institution to apLived in District Since: Occupation: Attorney prentice in their chosen craft,” Lived in district since: 1975 2003 Hunt said. “This time in an Political Experience: None Political experience: Forapprenticeship will earn the mer chairman of Gwinnett individual experience, as well Chalis Democratic Party; former Montchairman Seventh District as tuition money for a technigomery for the Democratic Party of cal school through public and Age: 40 Georgia; member Demoprivate partnerships with tax Party: cratic Party of Georgia State credits. This is similar to the DemoCommittee; 2012 Democratic G.I. Bill for technical and crat nominee for the 7th Congrestrade workers.” Educasional District Meanwhile, Griffin, the tion: MM third Republican in the race, Georgia State University 10th Congressional Occupation: Piano Teacher District said health care is the biggest Lived in District Since: issue facing the country Jody Hice 2002 right now and he specifically Political Experience: None (incumpointed to drug prices. His bent) plan includes letting MediRichard Age: 58 care negotiate fair prices with Dien Party: Redrug companies, cutting drug Winfield publican patent lengths from 20 to 15 Age: 68 EducaParty: tion: years, getting generic drugs Democrat Bachelor approved by the FDA sooner Educaof Arts degree from Asbury and letting Medicare switch tion: College in Wilmore, Kenpatients to generic drugs Bachelor’s tucky, a Master of Divinity without patient consent. degree from Yale College; degree from Southwestern “Drug prices are out of studied philosophy at UniBaptist Theological Semicontrol and skyrocketing,” he versity of Paris from 1969 to nary in Fort Worth, Texas, said. “Too many Americans and a Doctor of Ministry de- 1970; Magister Artium from gree from Luther Rice Semi- University of Heidelberg and are faced with the decision of Ph.D. from Yale University nary in Atlanta, Georgia. buying medication or keeping Occupation: Distinguished Occupation: Minister, U.S. the lights on.” Research Professor, UniverCongressman On the Democratic side of sity of Georgia Lived in District Since: I the race, Montgomery said Lived in District Since: raised my family in Walton leaders in Washington D.C. 1982 County and currently reside have not addressed health Political Experience: No in Greene County. care, education, infrastructure elected office experience, Political Experience: investment and jobs needs. helped blue collar workers Member of the House fight for better wages and Armed Services, Oversight Montgomery wants to work work conditions in college. and Government Reform across party lines on an inAlso worked with H. L. and Natural Resources frastructure bill that includes Mitchell’s Southern TenCommittees. Also member funding for rural developant Farmers Union to help of the House Armed Serment, affordable housing and vices Committee’s Emerging organize sugar cane plantamore broadband access. She Threats and Capabilities and tion workers in Franklin, also wants to address the risLouisiana. Strategic Forces Subcoming cost of health care. mittees; Vice Chairman of Tabitha A. the Oversight and Govern“While it may take more Johnsonment Reform Subcommittee than two years to pass health Green on Government Operations care that works for everyone, Age: No and serve on the Subcomwe need to ensure the pharResponse mittee on National Secumaceutical companies do not Party: rity; member of the Natural engage in price gouging, and Democrat Resources Subcommittees freeze any increases in insurEducaon Energy and Mineral Reance premiums,” Montgomtion: sources and Water, Power Bachelor’s degree from and Oceans. ery said. “Too many people Georgia Southern Univerare choosing between health sity, A.S. nursing, Middle Bradley Griffin care and paying their electricGeorgia College Age: 33 ity bill.” Lived in District Since: No Party: Republican Meanwhile, Winfield said Response Education: U.S. Army he wants to push a “bold Political Experience: No Occupation: Business social rights agenda anchored Response Owner in guaranteed jobs.” He proposed a federal job guarantee that deals with fair wages, as policy, improvements to pub- said. lic education, and affordable Meanwhile, Davis said on well as enacting a minimum wage that is fair and adjustand accessible health care for her website that investing in all Americans.” transportation infrastructure, able based on inflation and productivity gains, equal Allen, who has worked providing an education that employee representation on in managed health care for emphasizes STEAM fields corporate boards and manda23 years, said Republican and vocational training, plans to repeal the Affordexpanding Medicaid, improv- tory collective bargaining in able Care Act, also known as ing the Affordable Care Act, workplaces with multiple Obamacare, helped motivate making sure workers are paid employees, paid family leave, free public child care and her to run for Congress. She livable wages and ensuring said access to health care is veterans have access to health elder care. “These measures will go the biggest issue facing the care, affordable housing, job a long way towards fulfilling country right now. training and education asthe American Dream of being “We must reinforce the sistance are key issues. a country where everyone ACA, allow Medicare to “My focus is to bring acwho wants to work can earn negotiate drug prices for countability to Washington, a decent living and maintain seniors, expand Medicaid in while getting results for our a decent standard of living this state, and begin Congres- families,” she said. “I’m not when they cannot work,” sional committee hearings to afraid to speak up for what design a single-payer system the community and the coun- Winfield said. Meanwhile, during a that meets the unique needs try (needs).” recent Atlanta Press Club deof the American economy, bate, Johnson-Green said the while meeting the health Three Republicans, status quo needs to be shaken care needs of all Americans,” three Democrats fight up by an influx of new ideas. Allen said. for 10th District seat She has been a nurse for Bourdeaux said on her Hice said Republicans about 20 years and is running website that she is running have had some successes on a platform of health care to ensure children, includsince Trump became presireform. ing her 6-year-old son, can dent, but he also said there “I’m not a career politigrow up to have access to is more work to do. He said cian, but I am a concerned affordable health care and a he wants to address health citizen who wants to help quality education. She also care, continue pushing for shape and define the laws that said she is concerned about the FairTax and introduce the direction that the country and support bills designed to govern our everyday lives,” Johnson-Green said at the is heading under President protect second amendment debate. “I know the struggles Donald Trump. rights. of the everyday citizen. My “We need a representative “There is (also) work to who will provide a serious be done on broadband issues lifestyle is representative of the people of this district and check on our current presion the federal level,” Hice the state of Georgia. I want dent while working to reform said. “Here at home, of the to be a voice for the voiceour democracy to be more 25 counties that I represent, inclusive and less beholden to the majority of them are rural less, an advocate for those in special interests,” Bourdeaux and the broadband issues are need.”


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Police Week — which, along with Kennedy’s proclamation, was established by joint resolution of Congress in 1962 — and pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In Gwinnett’s 200 years, five men have been killed in the line of duty — the four Gwinnett officers inscribed on the memorial and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenneth Wimberly. The men join more than 21,541 law enforcement officers in the nation’s history who have been killed — 129 of whom died in 2017 while performing their jobs as a peace officer. While the Gwinnett officers’ deaths, which range from being handcuffed together and shot a total of 14 times to being struck by a drunk driver to being murdered for responding to a report of a disturbance, are tragic, Gwinnett police Chief A.A. “Butch” Ayers said they were not in vain. “At the dedication of the (National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial) in 1991, President (George H.W.) Bush said, ‘Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream,’” Ayers said. “Therefore, it is appropriate today that we honor the four members of our agency who made the ultimate sacrifice for that dream.” For Gravitt, Everett and Davis, that sacrifice was made jointly on April 17, 1964 when they responded to a suspicious activity call. Unknowingly, the officers had interrupted three men who were attempting to disguise an Oldsmobile they had stolen in Atlanta. The men disarmed the policemen and cuffed them

“Cole stated that a white male with a shaved head opened his driver’s door while he was stopped at the red light and stabbed him in the stomach,” officers wrote in the report. Police were called to the scene after pedestrians found Cole in the roadway at 7:20 p.m. It further details that in addition to the stomach wound, Cole was also stabbed on the left side of his back at some point, though said he could not recall which intersection it happened at other than it was nearby. “Cole mentioned being out of the vehicle and getting back in his truck at some point during the incident,” the report said. “He stated that he ‘took off’ after being stabbed, and the suspect followed behind him in a blue station wagon/ hatchback, possibly a Subaru or a Mazda. Cole gave police a cellphone photo he took of the suspect’s car, which detectives released last week in the hopes of finding the suspect. Gwinnett police Sgt. Jake Smith, a spokesman for the department, said Monday that the man who turned himself in did so “immediately” after seeing media coverage and a photo of his Mazda Protege 5.

Above, Gwinnett County Police Department Chief A.A. “Butch” Ayers speaks at Tuesday’s ceremony. At right, Ayers, left, and Maj. Mark Fitzpatrick salute as the American flag is lowered to half-staff Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Isabel Hughes)

together, though not before questioning what to do with them. “When they put the uniform on, they automatically become dirty sons of bitches,” one of the suspects, Venson Williams, reportedly said. “It don’t matter to me.” After deliberating for a short time, the men made a decision: kill the officers. With 14 total shots — 12 to the officer’s heads — the story made national headlines. The murderers were arrested and sentenced to death, though later had their sentences commuted to life in prison. The last of them died in 2016. Magill’s end of watch dates to May 23, 1993, when he was struck by a drunk driver while waiting

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in his cruiser for a tow truck to tow the car of a previous drunk driver. That suspect was also arrested and convicted and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Wimberly was murdered on September 26, 1998 when he responded to a report of a disturbance at the apartment complex where he lived. A beloved member of the sheriff’s office, each year, deputies travel to his grave in Columbus to honor him with flowers, said Deputy Shannon Volkodav, spokeswoman for the agency. “We in (law enforcement) are very mindful of the friends who are lost in this profession,” Volkodav said. “Most people go a lifetime and don’t have a friend

murdered, but we (often) do, and it’s an unnatural existence. Losing friends and coworkers never gets easier, so (Peace Officers Memorial Day) is a bittersweet day for us.” The “sweet” in Volkodav’s “bittersweet,” however, comes in remembering the honor those who died had, Ayers said. “The sacrifice of these officers epitomizes the dedication that all law enforcement officers exhibit each and every day,” Ayers said. “We must never forget their deeds and their heroics, and they serve as an inspiration every day to us all. As we carry out our daily duties, remember this quote: ”It is not how officers died that made them heroes; it is how they lived.’”

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age 72 of Grayson, passed away 5-12-18. Tim Patricia “Patti” Carroll, age 58, of Flowery Branch, Stewart Funeral Home. GA passed away WednesLula day, May 2, 2018. FlaniAnn Hall (Stowers) gan Funeral Home Age 54 of Lula, GA Duluth, GA passed away May 13, 2018. Crowell Brothers William Clark Funeral Homes & Cremaof Duluth, GA died May tory. 15, 2018. Bill Head FunerDuluth, GA al Home Duluth Chapel. Winder, GA

Brenda Dawley Age 64 passed away on May 11, 2018. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Lawrenceville, Ga. Hoschton

Timothy Elmore Timothy Elmore, age 54 of Hoschton passed away Monday, May 14, 2018. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton. Dacula

Christine K. Epps (King) Age 90 passed away Sat. May 13. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Dacula, GA

Geraldine “Crinkle” Ethridge age 65, passed away on May 12, 2018. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, GA Loganville

William “Billy” Leon Graham, Sr William “Billy” Leon Graham Sr., age 61 of Loganville, GA, passed away on 5/10/18. Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel.

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Ralph Edward Hardie, age 66, of Duluth, GA passed away Monday, May 14, 2018. Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford Grayson

Nellie Ruth “Nell” Jessup Nellie Ruth “Nell” Jessup, age 94, of Grayson, GA passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Nell was born in Bleckley County, GA to J.B. and Estelle Holland. Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Roger W. Jessup, Sr.; loving parents, J.B. and Estelle Holland; and devoted sister, Melba Chastain. She is survived by her daughter, Gwen Jessup Trimmer, of Grayson, GA; son, Roger W. Jessup, Jr and wife Anne of Sevierville, TN; grandsons, Chris Eberly and Tom Eberly; greatgrandchildren, Cassie Eberly, Chris Eberly, Jr. and wife Calie, Jon Eberly, Josh Eberly, and Tyler Eberly. She will be missed greatly by all her family and friends. A special thanks goes out to all the compassionate and loving friends and caregivers for all the help they provided to (Ms.) Nell while she

was at home. Nell will always be remembered as an avid gardner. During her lifetime she belonged to three garden clubs. She was very active in the National Hemerocallis (Day Lily) Society. Later becoming President of the American Hemerocallis (Day Lily) Society. She travelled extensively promoting day lilies and judging at Day Lily competions. Nell was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Snellville, GA. She organized the Explorers Group for 55 and over adults; it is still going strong today. She was also president of the Ruth Circle at WPC and attended the pastor’s weekly Bible group for many years. A Celebration of Life Service Honoring Nell will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at 11:00 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church 2208 Main Street East, Snellville, GA 30078. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nell’s memory. Condolences may be sent to or viewed at www. wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, “A Family Company” 120 Scenic Hwy Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411.

to complete — and begin engineering work on traffic relief projects on the interstate. Chapman said it is possible that the study area will likely go all the way up to the Buford area. There will be a smaller focus area though to address heavily congestion on the interstate. “We think we’ll study it all the way up to 985, but the real choke point is from just north of Pleasant Hill Road down to 285,” Chapman said. None of the county funds are expected to be spent on the portion of the study area located between I-285 and the Gwinnett-DeKalb County line. County officials approached GDOT with the proposal to work together on the corridor study. The state is already working on extending its Express Lane tolls with new lanes being built between Old Peachtree Road and Hamilton Mill Road on I-85. Working with state transportation officials on the study will have its benefits for the county as well, particularly a potential synergy with other major transportation projects taking place in the region. The state has been working on its “Revive 285” project, which will include 12 miles of new elevated Express Lanes on both sides of I-285 between I-85 and Interstate 75. GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry also told the Gwinnett Chamber earlier this year that the state is also looking at eventually redoing Spaghetti Junction to relieve congestion. “With the improvements GDOT has proposed for 285, we do think it’s important to coordinate this work with Revive 285,” Chapman said.

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George Marcus age 59, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Hobe Sound, FL

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MALINOWSKI - Margaret Dalton Malinowski, 93, of Duluth, GA died May 15, 2018. Ms. Malinowski, a native of Tuscumbia, AL was a former owner and operator of Tiny Tots Kindergarten in Metairie, LA. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. (Bob) Malinowski, Sr, her parents Brab and Josephine Dalton; and brothers, Samuel Dalton and William Dalton; she is survived by her, son and daughter-in-law, Robert F. (Bob) and Mary Malinowski, of Duluth, GA; grandsons, Robert F. Malinowski, III of Dallas, TX, Derek Imes of Athens, GA, Glenn Imes of Denver, CO; great grandchildren, Corley Imes of Athens, GA and Kayli Newton of Atlanta, GA and nieces Debbie, Cindy and Gail. If you choose, please make donations to a Catholic charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent by visiting www. billheadfuneralhome.com. No services are planned . Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Duluth Chapel (770)476-2535.

Mrs. Margie Trammell Lord, age 83 of Statham, Georgia. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia.

Brenda Skinner (Roberts) Brenda Roberts Skinner, age 66, of Bethlehem, GA passed away Monday, May 14, 2018. Flanigan Funeral Home Suwanee, GA

Joseph Patrick McMenamin, age 88, of Hobe Sound, FL passed away Mon., May 14, 2018. Flanigan Funeral Home Monroe, GA

Gordon Oliver Mills, III age 58, of Monroe, GA passed away on May 12th. Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Auburn

Mrs. Phyllis Mitchell Phyllis Rebecca Mitchell, age 52, of Auburn passed away Monday, May 14, 2018. Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton. Buford, GA

Margaret Ogletree (Williams) Margaret Williams Ogletree, of Buford, GA passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford Buford, GA

Jimmy C. Reed Jimmy C. Reed, age 73, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Joyce Hulene Smith Joyce Hulene Smith, age 73 of Suwanee, died May 9, 2018. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday May 19, 2018 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Mrs. Smith was born in Piedmont, AL and was a retired claim processor with Traveler’s Insurance after 31 years of service. She is survived by her husband, Robert Smith of Suwanee and her brother, Devon Lankford of Tuscaloosa, AL. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.billheadfuneralhome.com. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:30 AM till time of service at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

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Loganville man wanted for murder is in custody stabbing to death his girlfriend, 42-yearA Loganville man accused old Kellie of murdering his girlfriend Roop of was arrested a day after BarBuford, on row County Sheriff’s Office May 10. Ethan deputies issued a Be On the “The Andrew Lookout, or BOLO, warning Barrow Ramey for the man. County On Friday, deputies Sheriff’s Office responded to warned residents that 1306 (Georgia Highway 124 29-year-old Ethan Andrew in Hoschton) in reference to Ramey was wanted for a female who possibly fell felony murder and aggraon a knife,” Barrow County vated assault charges and Sheriff’s Office Capt. Cory that anyone who came into Almond said. “Upon arrival contact with him should use the deputies noticed a wound caution, avoid approaching to the neck of the victim.” him and call 911. Roop was taken to Ramey is accused of Northeast Georgia MediBY ISABEL HUGHES

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cal Center, where she was pronounced dead, while the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was called in to examine the crime scene. Investigators determined Roop had been attacked and identified Ramey as the suspect. According to Barrow County officials, a tipster told them Ramey was in the 4600 block of Braselton Highway on Saturday morning. Barrow County deputies, along with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, took Ramey into custody without incident. FOX 5 Atlanta contributed to this report.

Veterans, first responders can get free pet adoptions BY ISABEL HUGHES isabel.hughes @gwinnettdailypost.com

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is thanking first responders and military personnel by offering free pet adoptions through the end of the month. As part of the shelter’s Make May Magnificent Month, veterans, activeduty military personnel, first responders, and nurses and doctors with proper ID can take home a new pet at no charge, while the general public can pay $20 to adopt a vaccinated and fixed dog or cat. Shelter fees are normally $90 and $30 for the respective animals. “Please keep in mind that adopting an animal is a decision that should include responsible planning for space,

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CLASS AAAAAAA STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

All-county final set Parkview rolls into title series with 6-1 romp over Woodstock

Parkview celebrates beating Woodstock in Game 3 of their semifinal playoff series Tuesday in Lilburn. (Photo: Jeff Robinson)

By McClain Baxley Staff Correspondent

LILBURN — Parkview sophomore pitcher Miles Garrett had started just three games this season before getting the call for Tuesday’s Game 3 against Woodstock. In what was the biggest game of his young career, Garrett came out with four perfect innings and gave the Panthers the momentum they

needed to win Game 3 of the semifinals series 6-1 against the Wolverines. Parkview will play Mill Creek in a best-of-three series in Athens for the Class AAAAAAA state championship, starting May 22. During pregame, Garrett was focused and calm. “My main goal was to throw strikes,” Garrett said. “Let them work and if anything happened, it happened.”

Garrett threw two strikeouts and a pop fly to open up the game, and the Panthers added onto their momentum with a tantalizing bottom of the first. Senior centerfielder Logan Cerny picked up where he left off from the day before with a single to left field. Junior catcher Jonathan French reached first base on an error at first, sending

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Mill Creek’s Zach Green (18) pitches against Brookwood during Tuesday’s state semifinal series at Mill Creek. (Photo: Dale Zanine)

Sophomore starter helps lead Mill Creek into state finals By Collin Huguley

Game 2 in extra innings Monday saved their season following a 6-3 Brookwood victory in Game HOSCHTON — Heading into 1. But Mill Creek had burned Game 3 of its Class AAAAAAA three of its go-to senior pitchers state semifinal series with the Monday as Davis Sharpe, BranBrookwood Broncos on Tuesday, don Blume and Alaska Abney all Mill Creek’s hopes of advancing threw at least five innings in the to the state finals rested on the doubleheader. shoulders of sophomore starting However, with Green on the pitcher Zach Green. mound, it was as if the Hawks’ The Hawks’ dramatic win in pitching staff did not miss a beat Staff Correspondent

against a dangerous Brookwood lineup. The sophomore left-hander held the Broncos to three hits and gave up just one run over 4 2/3 innings of work before handing the reigns to senior Justin Parish. Mill Creek also produced timely hitting and had a raucous home crowd that, along with Green’s strong start, helped push the Hawks to the state finals with

a 5-2 victory at Father’s Field on Tuesday. “He’s a competitor,” Mill Creek head coach Doug Jones said of Green. “Young kid but I knew as long as he didn’t get ramped up too much and showed some poise, he had it in him to compete.” It sets up an all-Gwinnett finals showdown with Parkview, which outsted Woodstock.

Brookwood won a coin toss after Game 2 on Monday night and was the home team for the decisive third game in the series. Because of that, when Green went to the mound for the first time in the bottom of the frame, he did so with a lead. Hawks first baseman Davis Sharpe, a Clemson signee, took

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‘Captain Jack’ a model of consistency for United 2 By Taylor Denman taylor.denman@ gwinnettdailypost.com

TORONTO AT ATLANTA

The very nature of Atlanta United 2 and how it fits into the franchise’s goal of developing new and young pros isn’t conducive to consistent results. Through the rocky 1-4-3 start, there’s been one unwavering model of consistency stapled to Atlanta United 2’s starting lineup: captain Jack Metcalf. The 26-year-old veteran has played every minute for Atlanta United 2 in its inaugural season. That

What: USL soccer Who: Toronto FC II at Atlanta United 2 When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Coolray Field, Lawrenceville

adds up to a total of 720 minutes at a variety of positions. Metcalf is a native of Liverpool where he grew up training in the Liverpool FC Academy. He spent four seasons at Clemson, where he started 66 matches and made

Third-team All-ACC in his senior season. His professional career began with United Soccer League side Charlotte Independence. He appeared in 41 matches, including 567 minutes in his rookie season. After a stint Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League where he logged 111 minutes in three appearances, Atlanta United 2 announced Jack Metcalf as one of the club’s original signees on Jan. 24. In the club’s inaugural match against New York Red Bulls II on March 24, Metcalf was the first to

wear the captain’s armband for Atlanta United 2. It’s ironic “Captain Jack,” as he’s been referred to by fans on social media, shares a nickname with the flakey, selfish — but endearing — character from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Accounts and stats will indicate Metcalf is the least flakey and one of the most selfless players on the Atlanta United 2 roster. Metcalf is tied for ninth in the USL with 493 passes. His volume of playing Atlanta United 2’s Jack Metcalf looks to pass during a

March 31 match against Charlotte Independence. (Cour-

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Gladiators release 2018-19 schedule From Staff Reports The Atlanta Gladiators released their 2018-19 schedule Tuesday with the season opener is set for Oct. 13 on the road. The

home opener is Oct. 19 against Greenville. Game times have changed to 7:35 p.m. except on Sundays (3:05 p.m.) and special day games — Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Jan. 21, 12:35 p.m.) and a educational field trip day for local school kids (Feb. 7, 10:35 a.m.). The Gladiators have played on Thanksgiving for 15 straight years, but are moving that game to

the preceding Wednesday. The schedule also includes six home games from Dec. 19-30. Atlanta plays 36 home games at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth.

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In Brief

Peachtree Ridge’s Ferry, Jones sign to play college football Peachtree Ridge seniors Alex Ferry and Bryce Jones will be honored today for signing with college football programs. Ferry, a safety and outside linebacker, signed with Mercer and Jones, an offensive lineman, signed with Delta State.

Mariners’ Cano banned 80 games Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for the diuretic Furosemide, which has been known to be used as a masking agent by track athletes. The suspension is effective immediately. Already on the disabled list with a broken hand suffered last week, the games Cano misses while on the DL will count toward his suspension. Cano will also be ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners reach the playoffs. — From staff, wire reports

Sports Calendar

ALL SPORTS

Ongoing through Aug. 3: All Sports Youth Camps, in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, will host summer break camps in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, softball and multisports this year. Locations include Bogan Park, Collins Hill Park and George Pierce Park. Summer camps are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go to www. allsportsyouthcamps.com, email DLStancil@yahoo. com or call 770-356-6861.

BASEBALL

June 4-8: The 38th annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will host its local summer session at the Hog Mountain Baseball Complex, across from the Atlanta Falcons headquarters. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for ages 6 to 14. Cost is $135 per player or $125 per player for a team rate. The site is one of seven summer camp locations around the state this summer for Sapp, a former Gwinnett high school coach and former head coach of the University of Georgia. For more information, go to www.robertsappbaseballcamp.com, email rsbbcamp@charter.net or call 770-287-3309. June 15-17: Gwinnettbased Red Stitches Baseball will host its fourth annual college showcase tournament at Truett-McConnell University. The event is open to high school and travel teams in the 15-andunder and 16- and 17-yearold divisions. Games will be played at Truett-McConnell,

Habersham Central and White County. Cost is $675. Two games of pool play will be followed by a singleelimination tournament. For more information, email to RedStitches2014@gmail. com.

GOLF

June 4: The inaugural Parkview TFXC 4-Man Scramble Tournament will be held June 4 the Providence Club to benefit the high school’s track and field and cross country programs. Shotgun start is 9 a.m. Cost is $75/player or $300/team and lunch and breakfast are included. For more information or to register, go to www.parkviewtfxc.com. June 25: The 10th annual Archer Classic will be held at Summit Chase Country Club to benefit the Tigers’ high school football program. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Cost is $125 per player and sponsorships are available. For more information, email tjohnstone@eaglerocks.com.

SOFTBALL

June 4-7: The annual Georgia Gwinnett College softball summer camp, where participants learn from Grizzlies head coach Kat Ihlenburg and current players, runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4-7 and includes lunch in the campus dining hall. It’s open to girls age 7 through entering high school. The cost is $225 and more information can be found at www.grizzlysoftballcamps.com. June 3 is the deadline for online registration and walk-up registration is welcome on June 4.

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New Hawks coach Pierce preaches ‘D’ Field Level Media

Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies before spending Lloyd Pierce made one the past five seasons with thing very clear at his first the 76ers. news conference as coach General manager Travis of the Atlanta Hawks. Schlenk said Pierce’s The 42-year-old is pas“positive vibe” in Philadelsionate about defense. phia made him a good fit He spotted some Atlanta for the Hawks. players in the seats and Bazemore wasn’t the defense immediately came only Atlanta player who to mind. attended the press con“If we weren’t doing this ference. Forwards John press conference right now, Collins and Taurean Prince I’d probably have these — two of the team’s young guys doing some defensive Philadelphia 76ers summer league coach Lloyd Pierce building blocks — were drills,” Pierce said during looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the on hand, as were big man Monday’s introduction. second half at Thomas & Mack Arena. (Photo: Joe Camp- Mike Muscala, forward oreale-USA Today Sports) “That’s who I am.” DeAndre’ Bembry and The Hawks announced point guard Isaiah Taylor. Friday that they had hired reporters after the news Mike Budenholzer. They Also in attendance was Pierce, the former Philaconference. “Bringing in were just 23rd in scoring 76ers forward Robert delphia 76ers assistant who a defensive-minded guy is defense, allowing 108.8 Covington, who happened has drawn rave reviews important because that’s points per game. to be in Atlanta visiting for working with young where championships are Pierce will be looking to a family member. He players. won. If we start there, I lower that stat significantly termed Pierce as “a great And, of course, for his believe everything else will in his first opportunity to coach.” defensive philosophies and fall into place.” be a head coach. He also “He’s helped me so techniques. The Hawks went just has had stints as an asmuch in my career,” Cov“I’m excited,” swing24-58 this season, their sistant with the Cleveland ington said. “It’s only right man Kent Bazemore told fifth and final season under Cavaliers, Golden State that I be here, as well.”

Suns win lottery, Atlanta to draft third Field Level Media

The Suns will pick No. 1 overall in the draft for the The Phoenix Suns were first time in franchise hisawarded the No. 1 pick in tory. The draft will be held next month’s NBA draft June 21 at Barclays Center via the lottery held Tuesin New York. day in Chicago. “Extremely excited — I The Suns, an NBA-worst think it’s something that 21-61 this season, had the we really needed,” Suns highest odds at the No. 1 representative Josh Jackpick at 25 percent entering son, the No. 4 pick in last the drawing. The Sacrayear’s draft, told ESPN. mento Kings, with an 18.3 “Now we just gotta sit and percent chance to select in see who we want.” the top three, will pick secJackson said that he ond, and the Atlanta Hawks hopes the Suns select (42.6 percent at top three) Arizona center Deandre will make the No. 3 pick. Ayton, who is regarded as The Memphis Grizzlies the top available draft pros(55.8 percent at top three) pect. Real Madrid guard and Dallas Mavericks (42.6 Luka Doncic, Michigan percent) were bounced from State center Jaren Jackson the top three with the draw- Jr. and Duke forward Maring. They will pick fourth vin Bagley III are among and fifth, respectively. the other highly regarded

names. The Suns have seen plenty of Ayton during his time at nearby Tucson, while Doncic played for new Suns coach Igor Kokoskov on the Slovenian national team last summer. “I can’t compare those two guys because I lived with Luka. I coached Luka,” Kokoskov has said, via azcentral.com. “I’ve watched highlights of the other kid. I don’t ever run away from my opinion, but other guys have seen him play a lot more than me.” The Orlando Magic will pick sixth, followed by the Chicago Bulls seventh and Cleveland Cavaliers eighth. The Cavs’ pick originally belonged to the Brooklyn Nets — the key piece to last

summer’s Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics. The New York Knicks will pick ninth, and the Philadelphia 76ers will choose 10th — a pick originally held by the Los Angeles Lakers that could have gone to the Celtics if it landed at No. 2 or No. 3. The Charlotte Hornets hold the No. 11 pick, and the Los Angeles Clippers will pick back-to-back at Nos. 12 and 13 with the Detroit Pistons’ pick (No. 12) falling outside the top four. The Denver Nuggets round out the lottery at No. 14. The rest of the draft order has already been determined by worst to best record among playoff teams, with the Washington Wizards holding the No. 15 pick.


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Buford returns to state finals with sweep Wolves win pair of tight games vs. region rival By Brandon Brigman Staff Correspondent

BUFORD — Buford continued its roll through the Class AAAAA baseball state playoffs on Tuesday, winning its eighth-straight playoff game. The Wolves drew a bases-loaded walk in Game 1 for a 3-2 victory over Flowery Branch and then needed the seventh inning again for a 1-0 win in Game 2 of the semifinals. “You come out and play Flowery Branch, your rival, you can throw out scores and overall records,” Buford head coach Stuart Chester said. “They’ve got a good ball club and it was two good baseball games.” The victory put Buford back in the state finals for the third time in four years

Buford’s Noah Ledford (3) and Griffin Price (1) celebrate after Price scored the gametying run in the bottom of the seventh inning in a semifinal series against Flowery Branch on Tuesday. The Wolves won the opening game 3-2. (Photo: David McGregor)

where the Wolves will face a familiar foe. Buford will take on defending state champion and this year’s Region 8 champ Loganville on Monday at the University of Georgia. No. 2 ranked Buford lost to

top-ranked Loganville 4-2 and 8-1 in April after beating No. 9 Flowery Branch days earlier. “They are a really good baseball team,” said Chester of Loganville, which defeated Starr’s Mill. “I’ve

always had that philosophy that pitching is going to beat good hitting and, son, they are loaded. It will just come down to if we don’t make any mistakes and just hang in until the end.” Buford (28-11) has not

lost a game in the state playoffs this year, winning by an average of seven runs. It was a different story on Tuesday in a pair of tight games. Grant James was the unlikely hero in Game 2. The senior struck out in the third and fifth innings. But after Garrison Price led off the seventh with a single and Brandon Jolliff had a sacrifice bunt, James came up with a big hit. The senior’s RBI single drove in Price for the 1-0 lead. “Up until this series, he was struggling and couldn’t buy a hit, just hitting it right at them,” Chester said. “He doesn’t get down on himself and it couldn’t have happened to a greater young man with a base hit right there.” Buford starting pitcher Sean Adams finished off the seventh inning to pitch a beautiful game. The senior had 10 strikeouts and allowed one hit. He never faced more than four batters in an inning. “He struggled the last two rounds with his location, his curve ball,”

Chester said. “But it was on tonight.” In Game 1, the Wolves were faced with bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh with the game on the line down 2-1. Griffin Price reached on a walk and Evan Place, who drove in the Wolves’ first run in the fifth with a ground out, had an RBI double to tie the game 2-2. Noah Ledford followed with his third walk of the game, but runner K.J. Johnson was thrown out at second. Kaleb Elder reached on a fielder’s choice as a pinch hitter and Garrison Price dew an intentional walk. Patrick Wagner drew four straight balls to plate runner Christian Griffin for the winning 3-2 run. “With a 3-0 count, I told him to get on top of the plate and make it as small as you can make it,” Chester said. “I’ll take a walk in that situation.” Ramsey David was the starting pitcher for Buford, going 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine and allowing four hits and one run.

Hawks battle to GAC finally tops Westminster end in semis loss Spartans advance to state finals with huge 9-6 win By Ken Chrzanowski Staff Correspondent

HOSCTON — Mill Creek staged a second-half comeback only to see Lassiter pull out the match late as the Trojans defeated the Hawks 12-10 in the Class 6A-7A girls state lacrosse semifinals on Tuesday. “It was a 50/50 game until the end,” Mill Creek coach Brian Williamson said. “The girls played hard and I have no complaints.” Lassiter (19-2) opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the match when Riley Moon beat Mill Creek goalie Juliana Pleck for a 1-0 lead. Mill Creek then seized control with three consecutive goals. Lyndsey Lewis tied the score at 2:52 with a grounder that found the back of the net. Brooke Beverly then gave the Hawks (16-6) the lead off a feed from Riley Kay. Sara Grieco increased the lead to 3-1 at 6:30 on a pass from Beverly. Lassiter, who defeated Mill Creek 12-8 on Valentine’s Day to open the season, put the clamps down defensively while scoring the next four goals to take a 5-3 lead at 23:27 of the half. The Hawks, who had numerous shots on net and attempts hit the post, closed within 5-4 as Grieco’s shot squirted through the defense and into the goal. Lassiter pushed its lead to 6-4 with a goal in the final 30 seconds of the first half and kept the pedal down after the break. The Trojans reeled off two goals in a little over a minute to increase their lead to 8-4. Keying the Trojans all game long were the draw controls from Liz Harrison. Harrison, a sophomore commit to the University

of Florida, only allowed the Hawks to win a possible five of 24 draws. “We like to be around 50 percent on draws,” Williamson said. “You have to give her credit, she is one of the best at what she does.” Though the situation for Mill Creek looked difficult, the Hawks mounted a comeback spearheaded by Lewis. The junior took a centering pass from Beverly and scored to make it 8-5. Beverly cut the lead to 8-6 at 5:28. In the span of the next 4:24, Lewis scored three more goals and suddenly Mill Creek held a 9-8 lead. Lassiter called a timeout to regroup and was able to score a minute later when Fiona McLaughlin tied the game. The next eight minutes were scoreless. Mill Creek was penalized and was a player down at 19:16 when Lassiter’s Lily Wisdom broke the tie. The Hawks were then penalized again and were down two players when the Trojans scored to increase its lead to 11-9. Another Lassiter goal was followed by a goal from Grieco to make the score 12-10 with just under two minutes to play. Several opportunities came and went, unsuccessfully, and the visitors were able to run out the clock and advance to the state championship. “Being two persons down hurt, no doubt,” Williamson said. “We had our chances. A couple of bounces here and there and we lost Beverly to cramps late in the game. The comeback was huge and I’m very proud of them for that.” Mill Creek graduates seven seniors from this year’s team, including four starters.

Mill Creek’s Lyndsey Lewis (10) fights for position against the Lassiter defense during the lacrosse playoff Tuesday at Mill Creek. Photo: Dale Zanine

From Staff Reports

Last year, Westminster won 11-4. ATLANTA — Greater This year, GAC (17-3) Atlanta Christian finally led 6-2 after three quarters beat Westminster in boys and survived a wild fourth lacrosse and avenged to advance to the state last year’s semifinal loss finals for the first time. Tuesday. The championship match The Spartans, led by is Saturday at Kennesaw three goals each from Mi- State. chael Morris and Michael “This is the first time Malone, surged to a big we’ve been able to beat lead and held off Westmin- Westminster,” head coach ster down the stretch for Tim Ball said. “They’re a 9-6 victory in the Class the standard. For us to A-AAAAA Final Four. have the opportunity and

to have overcome adversity is a tremendous blessing. But I told the guys, we’re not done.” Goalkeeper Peter Klueber made eight saves in the win. Josh Rose added a goal and three assists, while Trey Wood and Ryan Quisling each scored for the Spartans. “Offensively, our possessesion and our patience were huge,” Ball said. “That took the ball out of their hands and defensive-

ly, we limited their shots.” The Spartans pushed their lead to 7-2 just a few seconds into the fourth quarter before Westminster mounted a comeback attempt. Seven of the combined 15 goals in the game were scored in the final 12 minutes. Westminster got close, but never bridged the gap. “When they started scoring, we didn’t let it rattle us and we stayed on track,” Ball said.

Bulldogs suffer sudden death By Michael Allen

Mostellar. Palocsik admits his team got too sloppy durSUWANEE — The ing Lassiter’s run. North Gwinnett boys “When we get outside lacrosse team’s dream seaof what we do, well that’s son ended in heartbreak when you see those big Tuesday. swings,,” he said. “We’re After North scored not playing the way we the game-tying goal were taught to play or the with three seconds left way they have the skill in regulation, defending to play. That’s just the state champion Lassiter way the game is in high edged the Bulldogs 10-9 school.” in sudden death overtime Justin Edwards’ goal in the Class AAAAAAA with 3:47 left in the fourth semifinals. appeared to take the air Braden Erksa scored out of North’s sails. Howthe game-winning goal ever, the Bulldogs kept on a bounce shot nearly battling and trimmed the two minutes into the extra North’s Lloyd deLatour (13) looks to shoot Tuesday score to 9-7 when deLanight during the semi-final game against Lassiter. (Phoperiod and the Trojans tour scored off a Swanson to: Nicole Seitz) bench stormed the field as pass with 1:04 to go. several Bulldogs players pretty fair on both sides.” took the ball on a counAfter a North timeout (18-2) dropped to the turf It was North that dealt terattack and charged with 43 seconds left, Ortocrushed in defeat. the first blow on the downfield to find an open lano narrowed the score to “You go to battle like scoreboard with 8:19 in Jordan Young who scored 9-8 after scoring with 30 that and your initial feelthe first. Ahead a man from 10 yards away with seconds left. ing is that you just want after a Lassiter foul, Dylan 4:54 in the second to put Lassiter won the ensuone more opportunity,” Polanski zipped a pass the Bulldogs up 4-1. ing faceoff, but a penalty North head coach John just feet from the net to Down three goals at the gave North the ball with Palocsik said. “I wish for Zach Swanson who beat half, Lassiter didn’t flinch. 20 seconds to go. The all my heart, my seniors the Trojans goalie Cooper Choice Mostellar scored Bulldogs went on the especially, for those boys Conrad. with an assist from Murquick attack and converted to have one more shot and Lassiter responded just phy Mostellar with 10:50 when deLatour took a a chance at a championover four minutes later in the third and Andrew pass from Ortolano and ship, but that’s playing when Mercer University Atchison scored on a solo skipped it past Conrad to sports. You have to be signee John Michael Mcshot with 6:58 to narrow tie the game with three willing to go out there and Cormack fought off several the score to 4-3. seconds in regulation. lay it out on the line and Bulldogs to beat Turner North responded with Headed into overtime, they did that. You take the Cho to tie the game 1-1. two goals of its own when North carried the momenwins and losses and you North regained the lead Lloyd deLatour’s shot tum but it was Lassiter learn from it.” near the end of the first. ricocheted off the goal that executed. The TroThe matchup between Jack Ortolano approached post for a score with 4:07 jans won the faceoff and two state lacrosse powfrom behind net and in the third. Over a minute missed wide on several ers was nothing short of tossed across to Swanson, later Jack Ortolano found shot attempts. The Trojans intense. With both teams who scored standing in Jack Reilly for a score to got one look too many one game away from play- nearly the same spot as push North’s lead to 6-3. when Erksa scooped the ing for a state title, there his first goal to give the After that the Trojans ball and bounced a shot was plenty of chippy play Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. turned their game up a off the turf past Turner throughout the match. North managed to score notch. Lassiter scored six Cho for the score. “The refs are really two quick goals midunanswered goals be“We had it rolling right going to let the guys play way through the second. tween the third and fourth at the end there, kind of (in the playoffs),” Palocsik Moments after Lassiter quarter. Lassiter’s Atchigot our groove back and said. “We tend to not reregained numbers from a son pulled off a hat trick just needed one more ally take advantage of that penalty, Swanson scooped in seconds, scoring goals possession,” Palocsik said. as much as other teams. a loose ball on a deflected with 1:12 and then 1:05 “We didn’t get it, they got Our boys play a very dis- shot attempt and darted a remaining in the third. it, they finished and when ciplined brand of lacrosse, shot by Conrad to earn a McCormack began the two great teams come out so that’s hard to change hat trick. fourth with an unassisted and it’s down to the last in the playoffs, but the Nearly a minute later, goal followed by goals four teams, that’s the way refs let us play and it was North’s William Hunter from Erksa and Murphy these games should be.” Staff Correspondent


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United •From Page 9A time affects his ability to rack up that counting statistic, but he completed 401 of those passes for a roughly 81 percent success rate. His mistakes are rare, a credit to his technical and decision-making skill set. While the role may not always suit him, Metcalf is willing to act as Atlanta United 2’s utility and execute his role from a variety of spots on the pitch. “He’s a consummate professional,” head coach Scott Donnelly said. “He’s consistent, which is something we work towards with young players. Not that he’s a young player, Jack’s in his prime in a lot of ways.” Metcalf’s passing ability goes hand-in-hand with Atlanta United’s style of play. The team’s attack starts in the back and typically stays on the ground through the midfield. Metcalf sometimes finds himself in the defensive midfielder position when he’s intercepting and receiving passes from teammates on the back line as he tries to direct the attack to the attacking tier of midfielders. Other times he takes over as a wingback of sorts and catalyzes the attack by sending passes to forwards when the formation is on the offensive. “We’re a team that tries to keep the ball and play out of the back, I think that’s a big part of it,” Metcalf said. “I think the main thing is just the style of play, and I wouldn’t be surprised if, coming into the season, there’s a bunch of guys on that list.” Oliver Shannon, a firstteam loanee who’s logged 616 minutes with Atlanta United 2, followed Metcalf at Clemson. Shannon

shares a common hometown with Metcalf and the two became acquainted before the two became teammates this season. The more time he’s spent observing Metcalf, Shannon said his consistency throughout the entirety of each match stands out the most. “He’s been consistently one of the best players in every game this season,” Shannon said. “A lot of the younger guys can look up to Jack. If we can replicate his consistency, the results will start coming.” Metcalf said he takes pride not only in suiting up for each match but being relied upon deep into those matches in the late, grueling minutes. He also gave credit to Atlanta United’s staff and his teammates for taking the importance of regeneration into account, one factor that’s helped him avoid any crucial injuries thus far. In April, Atlanta United endured a brutal stretch of three matches in seven days, including two on the road against a couple of the USL’s top clubs — Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati — and Metcalf, of course, was on the pitch for every minute of all three matches. Following a defeat at home to Charleston Battery, Metcalf walked off the pitch to meet with reporters after Charleston had handed Atlanta United 2 its first loss. When asked how he felt after playing 180 minutes in four days, he said without hesitation, “I feel fine.” Metcalf made his sixth start of the season four days later. “Everyone wants to be out there all the time,” Metcalf said. “I’ve managed to do that so far. Touch wood, I can stay out there as long as I can.”

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GGC bound for softball Series From Staff Reports

LAWRENCEVILLE — A season of firsts continued for the No. 1-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College softball program, with the Grizzlies making a historic trip to the NAIA World Series after winning the opening round’s Lawrenceville bracket Tuesday at the Grizzly Softball Complex. GGC (52-4) defeated the tournament’s No. 2-seeded Oregon Tech 4-1 in the deciding championship game of the double-elimination tournament. That game came after the Owls had scored a 4-0 victory over the Grizzlies earlier in the day. Georgia Gwinnett College has set a singleseason school record with 52 victories, earned a No. 1 national ranking and qualified for its first NAIA World Series. This year’s tournament will be played May 24-31 in Clermont, Fla. In the winner-takes-all opening round finale, GGC scored two runs in the first inning to grab the early momentum. A run-scoring single from junior Tori Robinson got the team on the scoreboard. A sacrifice fly from sophomore Sydney Willhite, an Archer

Georgia Gwinnett College’s softball team celebrates its Lawrenceville bracket championship win in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs Tuesday. (Photo: GGC Athletics)

grad, scored sophomore RaeQuinn Rossetti for a quick 2-0 advantage. A solo home run from Oregon Tech’s Tara Moates in the top of the third inning trimmed GGC’s lead to 2-1. However, an RBI ground out from Rossetti in the fourth inning gave the Grizzlies a key insurance run, and a solo home run by junior Elyssa Melton in the sixth inning pushed the

team to a decisive advantage. That’s all of the offensive support freshman Piper Wagner would need in the pitcher’s circle. She went the distance to improve to 19-0 on the season. Oregon Tech (39-15) brought the game-tying run to the plate in the seventh inning, but Wagner got a pop out to freshman Holly Janco to end the game and

begin the celebration. Earlier, the Owls gave GGC an early punch in the first championship game as Kiahna Brown led off the game with a solo home run. The team then added a run in the third inning and scored two unearned runs in the sixth inning for the 4-0 victory — the first over the Grizzlies in opening round play. Pitcher Loryn Williams scattered four hits in the shutout.

Grizzlies advance to title round From Staff Reports

The No. 2-ranked Grizzlies (47-10) used a threeLAWRENCEVILLE — run third inning to take a The Georgia Gwinnett Col- 4-2 lead. It started with a lege baseball team moved run-scoring single from one win closer to achieving junior Alex Garland, which its goal of playing in the scored freshman and Lanier NAIA World Series after grad Cam Coursey to tie the defeating Keiser University game, 2-2. Junior Onassis (Fla.) 10-2 on Tuesday in Matos gave the Grizzlies the Lawrenceville bracket the lead for with a two-run of the NAIA baseball single in the third inning. opening round at the GrizGarland launched a twozly Baseball Complex. run home run to extend the

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Grizzlies’ lead to 6-2 in the fifth inning. GGC added four more runs in the eighth inning to stretch the lead to 10-2, including a two-run double from Jordan Tylski. Sophomore starting pitcher Hunter Dollander scattered six hits in the second complete-game performance of the tournament. Senior and Shiloh grad Marcus McCorkle,

Coursey and Garland each collected two hits in the victory. The Grizzlies outhit Keiser 11-6 in the contest. Georgia Gwinnett College is the only undefeated team remaining in the Lawrenceville bracket. At 3 p.m. today, the Grizzlies face the winner of today’s 10 a.m. game. It would take two losses for GGC to be eliminated.

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Parkview •From Page 9A Woodstock’s starting pitcher Chandler Koerner into a spasm of frustration. The Panthers started to threaten as Cerny stole third base before senior first baseman Robert Bennett was hit by a pitch. Another error and two walks from the visitors scored Cerny and sophomore Jon Ponder. The inning wasn’t over, though, as senior second baseman Ben Markiewicz put down a sacrifice bunt to score Bennett, ending the inning with a 3-0 lead. The first inning cushion kept Garrett motivated and comfortable to continue to deal. “I got in the zone, and I knew my guys were behind me so that really helps,” Garrett said. “I don’t really have to do anything by myself.” Garrett’s spectacular performance became slightly flawed in the top of the fifth when he allowed

Parkview added on to its lead in the bottom of the frame. A single from French started the inning and the bases were loaded in the blink of an eye. A passed ball brought home Ponder and a single from junior Allan Del Castillo gave the home team a fiverun lead with six outs to go. Woodstock finally got its first and only run of the game in the top of the sixth after some sneaky base running. The rally was cut short with a double play that head coach Chan Brown considered to be the play of the game. “After (Woodstock) scored, the double play was huge,” Brown said. “Our defense was pretty good. When you get good pitching, good defense and Parkview senior Robert Bennett (4) slides home during Tuesday’s game against Wood- timely hitting, it makes for stock at Parkview High School. (Photo: Jeff Robinson) a good win.” Two Panthers were hit his first hit of the afterhit and ended the inning loss of a perfect game, or by pitches in the sixth noon. A double play mini- without allowing a run. maybe it was the worry inning, allowing Cerny to mized the damage from the Perhaps inspired by the of a Woodstock rally, pick up his 32nd RBI of

the season. After a pop fly, a groundout and a strikeout from senior Jarrett Embry in the top of the seventh, the game was over. The players rushed the mound, rushed the student section and rushed the home stands in triumph and jubilation. “We can’t ask for any more than what he did, which was just fantastic,” Brown said. “The seniors knew this was going to be the last time playing on this field, so they took that to heart.” In his last game at Hugh Buchanan field, Cerny went 2-4 with two hits, a walk, a run and an RBI, but while the offense was almost unstoppable at times, it was the sophomore pitcher who was the hero. “It’s crazy. In baseball it’s never been this exciting for me,” Garrett said. “We got two more games until we get a ring and that’s definitely our plan.”

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gave the Hawks a 4-0 lead. “Team baseball, we Brookwood starter Jopreach it,” Jones said. nah Daiss deep over the “We’re not unique in that, center field wall to send everybody does it, but the Hawks faithful into a you’ve got to buy in, do frenzy and give Mill Creek your part and be comfortan early 1-0 lead. able in who you are. And “The home run that just (Longenecker and Shreinkick-started it and that is er) had good approaches, when I knew I was just didn’t try to do too much gonna go out there and be and just tried to get the a dog and just give them all barrel on the baseball and I’ve got,” Green said. be short.” Green held the Broncos The Broncos answered scoreless and had allowed Mill Creek’s Davis Sharpe (3) runs the bases after hitting with a Kam Guidry solo a home run against Brookwood during Tuesday’s state home run off of Green in just one hit through the semifinal series at Mill Creek. (Photo: Dale Zanine) first three innings while the bottom of the fourth Mill Creek held the 1-0 to make it 4-1. After Mill lead. In the top of the McCauley was hit by a score Cadena and adCreek tacked on another fourth, the Hawks offense pitch to put runners on first vanced to second on the run in the top of the fifth to produced a two-out surge. and second. The Hawks throw home to make it 2-0 make it 5-1, the Broncos After Daiss retired the got a pair of critical hits Mill Creek with runners chased Green with two first two batters of the infrom the team’s eighth and on second and third. He outs in the bottom of the ning, Hawks second base- ninth hitters. was followed by Mitchell fifth by loading the bases. man Drew Cadena singled Centerfielder Brady Shreiner, who singled to But the crowd went wild and designated hitter Blaze Longenecker singled to score both runners and as Green walked off of the

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A recap of the 2018 GSHA track and field state championships, 3B

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Left, Buford’s Kimberly Harris, right, and Trinity Price are all smiles after coming in first and second, respectively, in the AAAAA 400-meter dash on Saturday in Carrolton. Top right, Parkview’s Justin Long, from left, Brookwood’s Nicholas Ramey and Parkview’s Keith Williams stand on the podium at the Class AAAAAAA meet at Berry College. Bottom right, Wesleyan’s Meagan Lynch, middle, stands on the podium at the Class A-Private meet at Berry College.

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GHSA STATE TRACK AND FIELD RECAP

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Photo: Chaunte’l Powell Above, Greater Atlanta Christian’s Nia Brown and Jada Jones run the girls 100-meter dash at the Class AAA meet Saturday in Albany. Clockwise below, Buford’s girls team celebrates a state championship at the Class AAAAA meet in Carrollton. Parkview’s Christian Corsello, Collins Hill’s Kai Brickey and Central’s Axel Avalos take the podium in Berry. Meagan Lynch celebrates with coaches after winning the Class A-Private long jump. Hebron Christian’s Ryver Morrow competes in the Class A-Private Pole Vault.

Gwinnett schools win 3 team titles, 26 individual state championships By Taylor Denman

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Gwinnett County’s top athletes contributed 26 state championships in individual events and three overall team championships at last weekend’s state track and field meets in Berry, Carrollton and Albany. The Buford and Wesleyan girls teams and Parkview boys team hoisted coveted trophies as state champions at their respective meets. Those three teams combined for 13 individual state championships. A total of 154 Gwinnett County athletes scored points for 23 of the county’s 24 GHSA prep schools. Greater Atlanta Christian led all schools with a combined seven boys and girls state champions and 22 scorers at the Class AAA meet in Albany. The Wesleyan and Buford programs tied with a total of five state championships, all from their girls teams. Wesleyan had the second-most combined scorers (19), followed by Buford (14) Shiloh (13) and Brookwood (12). The GAC girls placed second at the AAA meet, joining the Hebron Christian boys (fourth) and Archer boys (third) as local teams to take a spot on the podium after events concluded on Saturday and Sunday. GAC shines The Spartan girls track and field team finished fewer than 20 points shy of defending its state title from last season. The GAC girls had won two consecutive titles heading into the 2018 state championships. Monroe-Albany won the team title, and it seemed that in every event the Spartans won, Monroe was not far behind. Daneille Shipp beat Long County’s Tyleeah Maddox in a jump-off at 5 feet, 4 inches to claim the Spartans’ girls field state title on Friday. In Saturday’s track finals, GAC’s 4x100-meter dash team of Nia Brown, Chloe Fair, Jada Jones and Jasmine Jones won the state championship in 45.73 seconds. That time edged the runner-up Monroe team by fewer than one second. Nia Brown’s effort required a photo finish in the 100m dash to edge Jaeda Hunt by one-hundredth of a second. She finished in 11.97 seconds. In another close finish, Brown renewed her rivalry with Hunt when she placed second in the 200m in 24.49 seconds. She finished less than half of a second behind Hunt for the state title GAC followed that finish with the top two spots in the 100m hurdles. Jasmine Jones finished in 13.77, just in front of Jada Jones at 13.02. Jones also won the 300m hurdles in 41.81, with teammate Chole Fair not far behind in fourth. In addition to the Spartans’ five state titles, they scored in 11 individual events.

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No one in PGA Tour history has ever lost with a seven-stroke lead entering the final round of a tournament, and Webb Simpson kept that record intact Sunday at The Players Championship. Simpson was nowhere near as sharp or aggressive as he was in the first three rounds, but he found a way to steady his nerves, shrug off a double bogey at the final hole that left him at 1-over-par 73 for the final round and finish at 18-under 270 to win by four shots on the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele tied for second at 14 under par, with Jason Day of Australia and Jason Dufner knotted in fifth another stroke in arrears. The victory was Simpson’s fifth of his PGA Tour career, his first since he captured the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in 2014, and his biggest since he won the 2012 U.S. Open. Simpson is the ninth player to win both a U.S. Open and a Players title, joining Tiger Woods, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Jerry Pate. It was all but a given the Simpson would win after he blitzed the course over the first three days. The rest of the strongest field in golf was playing for second place in the event considered to be professional golf’s “fifth major.” He had three birdies, two bogeys and the double bogey on the closing hole on his scorecard for the final round. “I really wanted to do this for my mom,” Simpson said after winning The Players on Mother’s Day. “It was tough to stay in the moment. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. You always want to be leading going into the final round, and leading by seven is great, but it’s hard to stay motivated to continue to do what you’ve been doing.” Simpson took home $1.98 million for his victory; only the U.S. Open pays more. The win also granted him PGA Tour membership for the next five years and three-year exemptions into all four majors. It had been 106 starts since his last win.

IN BRIEF Gwinnett’s Harris, Hayes shine at Sun Belt meet Gwinnett grads Amir Harris and Jared Hayes, freshman teammates at Troy, excelled over the weekend at the Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Harris, a Parkview grad, won the 400-meter race in 46.10 seconds, just ahead of Hayes, the runner-up in 46.43. Hayes, a Mill Creek grad, also was second in the 200 (20.59). Harris and Hayes teamed up on two Troy relays, including a first-place 400 relay (39.85). Their other relay, the 1,600 (3:11.19), took third in the conference. Mountain View alum Jalen Virgil, a sophomore at Appalachian State, finished fourth in the Sun Belt in the 100 at 10.33 after running 10.29 in prelims. Virgil also plays football for the Mountaineers.

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Miles Hinton notched the Spartans boys’ sole individual state championship in Thursday’s discus throw with a 15002 throw that beat the runner-up by more than 8 feet. GAC featured five other scorers in the state track meet and finished eighth overall with 22.5 points. Buford bounds; Dacula’s Igberaese takes discus throw Starting with Kimberly Harris’ personal record leap of 20-02.50 in the Class AAAAA long jump, Buford girls track and field defended last year’s state championship with a 73-point victory. The Wolves beat runner-up Jackson-Atlanta by seven points. Buford’s five state titles were accompanied by eight additional scorers. Buford broke two state records in individual events in Saturday’s track finals. The 4x100m team of Trinity Price, Alexa and Trinity Rossum, and Price recorded a first-place finish of 45.26 seconds. The former record of 45.69 was set in 2012 by M.L. King. Harris

claimed a state record with a 53.31 time in the 400m. She beat Stephanie Smith of Northeast (Macon), who ran 53.65 in the 2000 state meet. Alexa Rossum won the 100m in 11.78, and Price won the 200m in 23.85. Dacula’s Elsie Igberaese won the Class AAAAAA discus throw by more than 10 feet, with a distance of 142-03. It was her first ever state championship after placing second to her older sister at last year’s meet. Lanier’s Zachary Collins placed second in the boys Class AAAAAA 300 meter hurdles in 38.46 seconds. Long, Lynch lead teams to state championships Parkview’s Justin Long and Wesleyan’s Meagan Lynch capped off stellar senior seasons for their respective teams at the Class AAAAAAA and Class A-Private championships in Berry. Long won two individual titles in the boys 200m and 400m dashes and ran the final

leg of Parkview’s state championship 4x100m relay team. Lynch had a perfect meet by winning the girls long jump, 100m and 200m, and ran the final leg of both of Wesleyan’s relay teams, which defended last year’s state championships. Wesleyan also had key contributions from Sutton West, who placed second in the girls high jump and 400m dash. In total, eight state championships came from Gwinnett County’s Class AAAAAAA contingents. In Friday’s field events, Norcross’ Javor Joyner won the girls shot put, North Gwinnett’s Kelsey Worthington won the girls pole vault and Brookwood’s Khalil Hassan won boys long jump. The Shiloh boys and girls teams both had first-place finishes in Saturday’s track finals. Jazmine Hobson won the girls 100m and the 4x400 relay team of DeAndre Athias, Spencer Vitense, Elijah Berry, Omar Simpson took home a state championship for the Shiloh boys program.

Three Brookwood basketball seniors were honored last week after signing with college programs. Taylor Cushenberry signed with the Barton College (N.C.) women’s basketball program, while Taj Adams and Toju Etiwe signed with men’s basketball programs — Adams with Dominican University (Ill.) and Etiwe with Oglethorpe University.

Buford’s Marsh earns ACC honors

Buford grad Erin Marsh, a freshman at Duke, earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in the heptathlon last week. Marsh had a personal-best 5,184 points, the fourth-highest heptathlon score in Duke history, to place fifth at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Archer’s Booth named all-conference

Archer grad Andria Booth, junior at Gardner-Webb University (N.C.), was named to the All-Big South Conference first team last week. Booth leads the nation in hits with 89, a program record, and ranks third nationally with a .471 batting average. She also had 31 stolen bases during the regular season. — From staff reports


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