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Runoff to decide GOP race Perdue to face Kingston By Camie Young

State Senate candidate P.K. Martin, left, laughs with supporters Bryan Lash, center, and Bill Lowndes during the watch party Tuesday night at Johnny’s Pizza in Lawrenceville. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

Balfour ousted Beaudreau, Martin headed for runoff By Camie Young


The highly anticipated match-up for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat won’t be decided for another two months. Republican voters Tuesday sent businessman David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston to a July runoff to determine who will square off against Democrat Michelle David Nunn. Perdue While Nunn sailed to the nomination for the seat, which will replace Saxby Chambliss, the seven-person GOP field was not so easily whittled. Perdue brought in about 30 percent of Jack the vote, as of press Kingston time, with Kingston taking about 27 percent of the support. “Georgia Republicans have spoken tonight. They are concerned about the

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Heard keeps BOC seat By Tyler Estep

A jury found him not guilty, sending him back to the General Assembly last year, but voters ended the tenure of Gwinnett’s longest-serving senator Tuesday. Don Balfour, the Snellville man who has represented Gwinnett in the Georgia Senate for 22 years, came in last in a threeman primary, which sent challengers Mike Beaudreau and P.K. Martin into a Don Balfour July runoff for the Republican nomination. “It’s an issue of how long folks serve in government that leads to complacency,” Beaudreau said of the expense report mistakes that brought Balfour legal troubles last year. While Balfour was cleared of criminal wrongdoing, the ethical question came up among voters, he said. “We need turnover. We don’t need people to serve decades and decades in office,” said Beaudreau, a former county commissioner who garnered the highest vote total Tuesday.

hospitalized in intensive care in Germany, the senator said. While he has not yet been diagnosed, Balfour said he has been able to speak to his son. “He wants to be back in Afghanistan,” Balfour said of Trey, 27. “The heart of a soldier is hard to understand. … He’s alive and well and

LAWRENCEVILLE — There are more than a few ways for a candidate to kill time while waiting for slow election results to pour in. If you’re John Heard, you pick up a guitar and play. Heard, the incumbent Gwinnett County commissioner waiting to learn his fate in Tuesday’s District 4 Republican primary, welcomed friends, family and fellow politicians to the Cuernavaca Mexican Restaurant. As 9 p.m. passed and nothing had been posted on the county John Heard elections website, he grabbed a performer’s well-worn guitar and strummed a few chords. He soon found himself at the microphone belting out “Sweet Home Alabama.” By the end of the night, he was — at least metaphorically — singing “Hallelujah.” “The simple fact that the last leg of the campaign never got delivered from the post office, I think we’re lucky to get here,” Heard said. As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Heard had accumulated nearly 56 percent of the 6,930 votes cast in the district that stretches from Lawrenceville to Rest Haven and

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State Senate District 9 candidate Mike Beaudreau waits for election results on Tuesday evening with friends and family at a home in Lilburn. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden)

to Afghanistan. “My thoughts today aren’t on an election,” Balfour said not long after polls closed. “My wife is beside herself. She knows all the worst possibilities. I can tell her that’s a one in But he added that he is keep- a million chance, but that’s her ing Balfour in his prayers, just only child; that’s her baby.” hours after news broke that the Trey Balfour, a member of senator’s son had fallen critithe 48th Brigade of the Georgia cally ill while on deployment National Guard, is currently MORE INSIDE

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Interim title removed, Preczewski named GGC president By Keith Farner

Regents announced after its regular monthly LAWRENCEVILLE — meeting Fourteen months, nearly to that Prethe day, after Stas Preczeczewski wski was named interim has been president of Georgia Gwinappointed nett College, the interim president label was removed on of GGC, Stas Preczewski Tuesday. a position The University Syshe’s served in an interim tem of Georgia Board of role since March 2013. keith.farner

While a search was never initiated, USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby said Preczewski has demonstrated that he is ready and highly qualified to lead. Preczewski replaced Daniel J. Kaufman, who became president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, after Preczewski previously served as vice president for Aca-

demic and Student Affairs at GGC since 2005. “There could be no more fitting choice for the second president of Georgia Gwinnett College,” Tommy Hughes, board chair of the GGC Foundation trustees, said in a press release. “Stas understands GGC’s unique mission and vision, and was instrumental in creating the college from

the ground up. Georgia Gwinnett has established itself as a new model for higher education. It is important that GGC’s chief executive officer understands and maintains the institution’s innovative approach and its commitment to student success.” Preczewski also served as interim president of Georgia College and State

University in Milledgeville, from July 2011 through June 2012. “That the Board of Regents and the chancellor would grant me this privilege to continue serving Georgia Gwinnett College speaks volumes about the reputation GGC has developed through the selfless efforts

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Snellville now party to mayor-council suit By Camie Young


The city of Snellville is now a party to the lawsuit between its mayor and the city council. Judge Warren Davis ruled Tuesday that the city itself can intervene in portions of the suit, where Mayor Kelly Kautz alleges the city council has acted to thwart her authority to appoint a city manager and city clerk. “There isn’t one part of this suit that the court can give remedy that doesn’t involve City Hall,” said City Attorney Tony Powell, who is involved in another court case, which has been appealed to the Supreme Court, after Kautz attempted to fire him last year. “Our citizens have a right to participate in the process.” But Kautz’s attorney Phyllis Miller said the suit

Attorney Phyllis Miller, standing at table, objects while attorney Kevin Tallant, right, makes his case for a motion, during a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz against the members of the City Council.

“The mayor does have some powers and that is really what this case is all about,” he said. “You have Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz, Councilman Bobby Howard and resident Tricia Rawlins taken the position that the listen to court proceedings Tuesday for a suit Kautz filed against the members of the mayor has no power whatcity council earlier this year. (Staff Photos: Camie Young) soever and that is legally incorrect. The mayor does was carefully worded to “We are not suing the date, Davis denied a motion have power.” specify the actions of the city. We are not asking the to dismiss the suit from During Tuesday mornindividual council members city to take any action or the council’s attorney, who ing’s hearing, Davis and not the city. desist in any action,” Miller said Kautz’s claims that the refrained from ruling on said. “Having the city bemayor is the city CEO were contentions that council come a party does nothing struck from the city charter members met in an illeGREAT PRICES. GREAT CAUSE. but put more of a burden when it was rewritten to al- gal meeting or that it was on the taxpayers. … All of low for a city manager form unlawful that Kautz was Gwinnett County this can be addressed by of government in 2004. denied access to City Hall’s the existing parties without But Davis said he besecond floor administrative another layer of lawyering lieved the case is broader offices. and bills.” than just the CEO designaBut he did show distaste Setting a June 9 court tion. for the political machina-

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tions in the city. “Whoever made that decision should be counseled,” Davis said of City Manager Butch Sanders’ call to take away key card access to the offices. “That’s probably some of the personality conflicts that are more pervasive than the legal issues. … Some of politics is personal skills. “You really think it’s a good idea for the mayor to not have access to City Hall? I find that appalling,” he added. “That is so visceral, such a personal affront and then you can understand how people can’t work together.”

Woman claims she was groped by nurse at Gwinnett Medical Center By Tyler Estep

bers called an ambulance and paramedics took her to GMC-Duluth “just to DULUTH — A local check, maybe someone woman claims she was put something in my groped Sunday morning drink,” she said. by a nurse at Gwinnett Hamilton said she was Medical Center-Duluth. still at the hospital the Norcross resident Nanext morning when, her dine Hamilton said she sister and mother having went to a party Saturday, gone to breakfast, she had two drinks and went awoke to a male nurse home because she wasn’t taking her underwear off. feeling well. When she The man then groped her continued vomiting into legs, buttocks and right the morning family mem- breast, Hamilton alleged. tyler.estep

“I can picture it stepby-step what happened,” she said. “He was trying to make small conversation while he was messing with me.” The 39-year-old said when she opened her eyes and saw the nurse’s name tag, he turned it around. Hamilton then asked to call her sister and the nurse left. “I’m horrified,” Hamilton said. Hamilton and a fam-

ily member were at the Duluth Police Department Monday to speak with a detective. An initial incident report was not yet available. As of Monday afternoon, no charges had been filed. Gwinnett Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Okun released a statement Monday on behalf of the hospital. “Following protocol, Gwinnett Medical Center immediately responded to the patient’s complaints and was in contact with the Duluth Police Department,” the statement said. “Because this matter is currently under investigation, we are unable to comment any further. Gwinnett Medical Center is cooperating fully with the police department and takes any allegations of inappropriate behavior seriously.” Hamilton, an account manager with a power company, said she was still shaken Monday and had to call out of work. She said she hoped the nurse in question would be arrested. “I don’t feel safe,” she said. “I really don’t.”

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DNA ties ex-neighbor to woman’s ’08 murder bor — has been deported, returned to the U.S. LAWRENCEVILLE — and been Gwinnett County police arrested believe they’ve solved the for traf2008 murder of Margaret ficking Binkele, a solitary 58-yearhundreds old woman found beaten, of pounds stabbed and possibly sexuof mariGerson Salmeron-Diaz juana. ally assaulted inside her Sugar Hill trailer. On July In the six years since 25, 2008, police responded Binkele’s death, the man to Binkele’s trailer on now accused of killing Heather Pines Drive and her — a former neighfound her decomposing By Tyler Estep


body. Already deceased for several days, an autopsy showed she had been stabbed and suffered severe head trauma. Seminal fluid was also recovered from the scene, but the DNA did not match anyone in the national CODIS, or Combined DNA Index System, database. The investigation was eventually moved to cold case status. On March 20 of this year, though, detectives

received a CODIS “hit,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. “The matching DNA belonged to Gerson Salmeron-Diaz,” Smith said. “It was later determined that Diaz was Binkele’s neighbor at the time of the murder, but was not in the area during the period of the investigation.” In the years following Binkele’s murder, Salmeron-Diaz, now 26, was

deported to El Salvador following “an unrelated arrest,” Smith said. At some point he made his way back to the United States. He was arrested in Arizona on Dec. 11, 2013, when he and five other suspects “were caught by U.S. Park Rangers transporting nearly 400 pounds of marijuana,” Smith said. It was upon that arrest that Salmeron-Diaz’s DNA was entered into the

CODIS system. Salmeron-Diaz is being held at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, N.M., where Gwinnett County police detectives recently traveled to obtained a DNA sample confirming the CODIS match, Smith said. A murder warrant has been filed and SalmeronDiaz will be transported to the Gwinnett County jail upon his release in New Mexico.

Son of slain DeKalb sheriff-elect Library to host luncheon tied to Gwinnett Co. pot houses with chefs Dupree, Graubart By Tyler Estep

Metro Task Force — made up of deputies from the Gwinnett County The Gwinnett Metro Sheriff’s Office and ofTask Force has raided ficers from the Duluth, three Lawrenceville, Lilburn, marijuana Snellville and Suwanee growhous- police departments — es over responded to a home at the last 2386 Hidden Lane in several Snellville after being days, con- tipped off to possible fiscating drugs in the residence. more than “While at the residence, Michael Brown 600 plants investigators encountered at homes in Snellville and Michael Gerrard Brown, Dacula. who leased the home,” Authorities believe the sheriff’s office spokesman man responsible for the Deputy Shannon Volkooperation is the son of dav said. “A search of the Derwin Brown, the 2000 residence resulted in 414 DeKalb County sheriffmarijuana plants and the elect whose political arrest of (Brown).” rivals ordered his murder. “Additional informaLate last week, memtion” gathered at that bers of the Gwinnett scene led authorities to tyler.estep

two other residences either leased or owned by Brown. At a home at 3016 Overlook Hill Pass in Dacula, investigators uncovered “a marijuana grow room that had been partially dismantled, along with a small amount of loose marijuana and other suspected narcotics,” Volkodav said. At a home at 3466 San Antonio Drive in Snellville, they found an additional 251 marijuana plants. Brown has been charged with three counts of manufacturing marijuana, trafficking marijuana and drug possession within 1,000 feet of a school. He is being held without bond.

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Chefs and cookbook authors Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart arrived in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, May 18, for a photo shoot for a new book set to be released in spring 2015. For dinner that evening, Dupree cooked quail eggs and some bread. “We’re big fans of the South Carolina quail,” Dupree, the author of 15 cookbooks, said during a phone interview Monday ahead of an appearance in Lawrenceville she’ll make June 4. The photo shoot, expected to last a week, comes on the heels of two appearances at festivals — the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, and the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia on Sunday. In June, the duo will make an appearance in Lawrenceville at an upscale weekday luncheon hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library that will be followed by a Q&A session on their 2013 James Beard Award-winning cookbook “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.” Dupree, who has appeared on more than 300 television shows, started the book seven years ago. Graubart, who was producer for Dupree’s own television show and the author of “Slow Cooking for Two: Basics, Techniques, and Recipes,” came in and got things organized and the two proceeded to work together for four years to create the 725-page book. “And (it) weighs 6-and-ahalf pounds,” Graubart, also a cooking teacher, laughed.

Chefs and cookbook authors Nathalie Dupree, left, and Cynthia Graubart will make an appearance at a luncheon in Lawrenceville on June 4. Lunch will be followed by a Q&A session. Tickets for the event are now available. (Special Photo)

for specific tools and precise ways to follow recipes. • What: Luncheon and “What we want is the Q&A session with chefs flavors of the South even and authors Nathalie though they’re sort of new Dupree and Cynthia or adapted recipes,” Dupree Graubart said. “We want that earthi• When: Doors will open ness.” at 11:30 a.m. During the June 4 event • Where: Garden Plaza, 230 Collins Industrial at Garden Plaza located at Way, Lawrenceville 230 Collins Industrial Way • Cost: $12 in advance in Lawrenceville, Dupree and $17 at the doors, if and Graubart will talk about available cooking technique, theory, • For more informagetting organized, how to tion: Visit friendsgcpl. adapt things, relaxing when org or email contact@ cooking, using fresh ents and more. “People also want to “It was just like birthing a know about our collaborababy.” tion and working together Having tested every and putting together a cookrecipe, “we hope that book, especially one of that (readers) find their favorite size,” Graubart said. “People Southern recipe in the book have just great questions. and that they find something They want to know what we new that they haven’t tried use, where we buy things, before,” Graubart said. “We what they can substitute is hope they find it comforta question we often get. It’s ing. We wanted them to hard to get us to be quiet.” hear our voices with them “We never want to stop,” in the kitchen as they were Dupree added. “We always cooking.” have more to say.” A technique book, “MasSeating for the luncheon, tering the Art of Southern which will include two Cooking” shows the purpose recipes from “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” is limited and tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 per person. Tickets, if still available, will be $17 at the doors, which will open at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will support the Gwinnett County Public Library. Gold Standard Coverage For more information World Class Claims Service or to purchase tickets, visit Gwinnett County Farm Bureau or email 1150 Cripple Creek Dr., Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043 770-963-6090


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You could face long-term problems if you are very unlike the usual dreams. We’ve been dating Is it possible for such a that you will stay open and take people at face value. symptoms of Parkinson’s a little over a month, and new relationship to work optimistic about the posProtect your assets and your disease. However, there even though we’re still in out long distance? Is it too sibilities. reputation. have been a very few the puppy love stage, we early to tell this man that I DEAR AMY: The letPISCES (Feb. 20-March reported cases of advanced see a real future together. love him? ter in your column from 20) — If you have been Lyme disease with sympTiming seems to be — Not Enough Time “Flustered” sent chills up feeling blue, take time to toms that looked like the enemy here as I’ve DEAR ENOUGH: It my spine. This poor former pamper yourself or just relax. 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I leave soon and he is challenging projects, this mental illness. need will bring you personal course of Parkinson’s disI was upfront with him working on big projects at distance might give you I think Flustered should satisfaction and enrich your ease, some people may not when we started dating, and work, leaving very little both the freedom you need look into getting mental life. Personal and community think clearly and can have he reassured me we’d work time for us. This is chalto fulfill your professional health counseling for this commitments will bring you hallucinations. Parkinson’s through it. We’ve talked lenging because he is tired pursuits, while giving this person. She sounds scary. disease is diagnosed by a more recently about visiting and worn out at the end of new relationship time to — Worried unexpected benefits. You have a lot to offer. neurologist based on the each other twice a month the day. grow. DEAR WORRIED: TAURUS (April 20-May symptoms and a detailed and him potentially moving I tell him every day all Long-distance relationI don’t know if I would 20) — Your desire to learn is physical exam. up there in December. the things I love about him ships can be wonderful, advise getting involved commendable and unstopMeridian stress asDo long-distance relabut I don’t say, “I love you.” fulfilling and exciting. to this extent, although I pable. Meeting with others sessments have not been tionships ever work out, He does the same thing. I Don’t crowd him too much definitely think “Flustered” and comparing thoughts proven to be effective as especially after knowing am worried that might scare now and don’t lay heavy should call the police if this and ideas will keep you upa diagnostic test. I would someone for such a short him off. The “L word” is a emotions on the table (I do person crosses the line into to-date and well-informed. highly suspect the effiamount of time? He’s done big thing, but I don’t want think it’s too early to launch frightening territory again. Forge ahead.
















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cacy of the supplements chosen by this method. I am not against alternative treatments if they don’t interfere with effective treatment, but if it is Lyme disease, it shouldn’t be treated with supplements. Further, if he really has Parkinson’s, he is not getting treatments that may help him. I would recommend a visit with an infectiousdisease specialist who’s familiar with Lyme disease to confirm or refute the diagnosis of Lyme disease. Current blood tests are nearly 100 percent sensitive for late-stage Lyme disease. I also would recommend that you discuss with the neurologist (or obtain a second opinion if you prefer) whether the Parkinson’s disease is in need of treatment.


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City of Grayson to build clock tower Suspects By Randy Cox

senting new growth. Sidewalks and benches will surround the structure. GRAYSON — As part The top of the tower, of its gateway to the city Mayor Allison Wilkerson program, Grayson has said, will be reminiscent decided to include a clock of the architectural detail tower reminiscent of some of the old Grayson High of its old historic strucSchool, Cedar Grove tures. Baptist Church, and the The tower, which will old historic Baptist and be constructed at the Methodist churches in intersection of Rosebud Grayson. Road and Ga. Highway “We received positive 20, will include a bell, and feedback on the clock will be built with the kind tower design on our Faceof stone used elsewhere book page … over 2,900 at places like the old rock responses,” Wilkerson building, and brick, repre- said. “We couldn’t be hapStaff Correspondent

pier with the design.” Precision Planning did the original tower design sketches, and the council gave City Planner Steve Sappington the go-ahead to seek bids for the work. There is $47,500 in the budget for the clock tower, but the mayor said “I think we are going to go over that.” Funds over that figure will need council approval. Wilkerson also made presentations Monday night to participants and sponsors of the recent Grayson Day festival,

which raised over $50,000 in cash and gifts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and sponsored five children with life-threatening diseases. A check from the city for over $40,000 was presented to Make-AWish representative Erica Ross, making it the largest single Make-A-Wish fundraiser this year in Georgia, and the only city to take on such a mammoth project. In other business, the council: • Scheduled its millage

rate public hearings to receive comments at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 30, and set its hearing to adopt the rate at 6 p.m. July 7. • Agreed to pay Chelsea Gardens $3,900 to install 100 yards of child-safe playground mulch at City Park. The playground will be closed on May 29 for this work. • Granted a variance to Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 2292 Rosebud Road, to allow for the construction of a double-sided LED color display monument sign.

on lam in fatal invasion By Tyler Estep


SNELLVILLE — Gwinnett County police believe multiple armed men entered a Snellvillearea home Tuesday morning, leaving a known drug dealer dead. No arrests have been made. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said offithat legislation increased Accepting the loan cers were dispatched to Georgia’s ability to pay off its unemploythe amount of base wages meant that federal un4407 Haynes Circle just ment trust fund loan two years early is a used to calculate employer employment taxes rose, before 1 a.m. Tuesday. testament to the determination of Georgia UI taxes from $8,500 to so Butler noted that the Inside, they located the employers, the Georgia Department of $9,500 and reduced the taxes will now go down. body of 35-year-old LiLabor and our state’s General Assembly. Working maximum period a person “By repaying the loan thonia resident Antonio together, we have accomplished much, and I recan receive benefits from early, it will save our em- Macklin. main committed to keeping Georgia the premier 26 weeks to 14 to 20 weeks ployers from having to Macklin was dead state in the nation for business.” on a sliding scale tied to the pay approximately $600 from an apparent gununemployment rate. million in additional shot wound. — Gov. Nathan Deal “Georgia has repaid the federal unemployment “Investigators spoke federal government two taxes,” Butler said. “That with several witnesses years earlier than expected money can now be used and learned that the have accomplished much, government to continue the and the bulk of the credit to create jobs and grow victim was known to and I remain committed benefits. According to the goes to Georgia employers our state’s economy. sell drugs and believed to keeping Georgia the release, the $956.4 million who pay the unemployAnd, now that the loan robbery was the mopremier state in the nation in interest has paid, as well ment insurance taxes and is repaid, our employtive for the shooting,” for business.” as $56.7 million in interhave put more than 175,000 ers will see a reduction Ritter said. “Witnesses In December of 2007, est. The state is scheduled Georgians back to work,” of $63 per employee in stated that two to three with the unemployto pay the final interest Labor Commissioner their federal unemployunknown males wearing ment rate at 5.1 percent, payment of $2.7 million by Mark Butler said. “I want ment taxes beginning in dark camouflage entered Georgia’s unemployment Sept. 30. to thank Gov. Deal and January.” the home brandishing insurance trust fund had Officials noted that the the General Assembly for The state unemployguns.” a balance of $1.3 billion. state has paid $3.9 billion their assistance in making ment insurance trust fund The victim was shot But two years later, the in state unemployment necessary changes to the has a current balance of following an altercation unemployment rate had insurance benefits from the unemployment laws, which, $355,827,774.92, the and died on scene, Ritter more than doubled to 10.4 time of the loan through along with the GDOL’s release added. said. The suspects fled. percent and the trust fund March 2014. efforts to combat fraud As of Friday, 14 other No further details were was depleted. Georgia, Legislative action in and put Georgians back to states have not yet repaid available Tuesday. along with 30 other states, 2012 helped repay the loan, work, have greatly helped their federal unemployAnyone with inforborrowed from the federal officials said, explaining repay the loan early.” ment loans. mation is asked to call Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300.

State repays feds for help with unemployment benefits By Camie Young


Georgia has paid off a $1 billion federal loan used to help pay state unemployment insurance benefits during the Great Recession. Last week, state officials sent the final payment of nearly $62.5 million to the U.S. Department of Labor to pay off the loan two years early, a press release said. “Emerging from the Great Recession, a top priority of my administration has been putting Georgians back to work, and this news proves we are making great strides,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “Georgia’s ability to pay off its unemployment trust fund loan two years early is a testament to the determination of Georgia employers, the Georgia Department of Labor and our state’s General Assembly. Working together, we

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world&nation WORLD Bombings kill at least 118 in Jos

House to debate bill on VA firing rules

Michael Jace arrested for murder of wife

By Susan Cornwell Reuters

JOS, Nigeria — Backto-back bomb blasts killed at least 118 people and wounded 45 in the crowded business district of the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, emergency services said, in an attack that appeared to bear the hallmarks of the Boko Haram insurgents. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the militant group Boko Haram, which has set off bombs across the north and center of Nigeria in an increasingly bloody campaign for an Islamic state, was likely to be the prime suspect in what would rank among their deadliest single attacks in five years of insurrection. Boko Haram grabbed world headlines by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls on April 14 from the northeastern village of Chibok. Britain, the United States and France have pledged to help rescue them.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire or demote senior executives, officials said on Tuesday, following accusations that veterans’ health care delays have led to preventable deaths. The bill addressing the “mess at the Veterans Administration” will “try and provide the tools to the administration to hold senior managers accountable,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, told reporters. “The American people are frustrated, especially when those who have served our country in uniform have been treated the way they have, and God forbid, who have perished because of the mess at the VA,” Cantor said at a news conference. Eric Shinseki, secretary of the department, has faced calls for his resignation over Egyptian teenager the allegations, but so far President Barack Obama to seek asylum in has resisted the demands and assigned a top White United States House aide to help the LOS ANGELES — An department deal with the Egyptian teenager who problem. traveled to the United States The House bill would to take part in a prestigious give Shinseki “greater auscience fair has decided thority to fire employees … to seek asylum, saying he due to poor performance in fears returning home after the same manner a member being accused of taking part of Congress can remove in anti-government protests a member of their staff,” in Cairo, his U.S. lawyer according to a bill summary said on Tuesday. Abdullah Assem, who has invented eyeglasses for quadriplegics to operate computers and communiEnd approaches cate with others, flew to Los Angeles on May 12 to for Boston gun present his creation at the control sign Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, lawBOSTON — An iconic yer Farida Chehata said. sign bearing pro-gunThree days later, the gift- control messages that has ed 17-year-old contacted hung near Fenway Park officials with the Los Ange- in Boston for almost two les office of the Council on decades will soon lose its American-Islamic Relations home. and expressed concern The 252-foot-long about returning to Egypt, billboard — which according to Chehata, who features a counter trackis a staff attorney with the ing the more than 45,000 council. people killed by guns in With the support of his the United States since parents in Egypt, Assem the December 2012 attack decided to stay in the on a Newtown, Conn. United States and seek elementary school — has asylum, said Chehata, who been a prominent feature will represent the boy in his of Boston since real estate application. He has not yet developer John Rosenthal filed the application with ordered the first version U.S. immigration authorifor a parking garage in ties. 1995. He sold the garage, which overlooks the heavYemen clashes ily traveled Massachusetts kill at least 16 Turnpike, to the owners people in Sanaa of the Boston Red Sox a year ago and agreed for SANAA — At least 16 the sign to come down in people were killed north of March 2015. the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Rosenthal, who hopes Tuesday in fighting between to find a new location Shi’ite Muslim tribesmen for the sign before it is and government forces and removed, said he had allied Sunni Muslim rivals, put it up with a goal to local government sources change the terms of the said. gun-control debate in the The sources said the fight- United States. ing erupted when fighters loyal to the Shi’ite Houthi North Miami mayor tribe attacked military and security outposts near the suspended from city of Omran, in the provoffice after charges ince that carries the same name, killing six soldiers MIAMI — The mayor and one officer. of North Miami, Fla, was The army responded to suspended from office by the attack, killing nine of the Florida Gov. Rick Scott fighters. on Tuesday a day after —From wire reports she was charged as part


U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, hold a news conference after a Republican Party caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s website. The department’s “widespread and systemic lack of accountability for senior executives is exacerbating all of its most pressing problems,” the committee’s website said, explaining the need for the bill. “Department senior executives who presided over negligence and mismanagement are more likely to have received a bonus or glowing performance review than any sort of punishment,” the website said. The legislation, introduced in February, is sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican who is chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. The bill has over 100

co-sponsors, including some Democrats. The bill is expected to be considered on the House floor on Thursday. The VA has put three senior officials in Phoenix on administrative leave because of accusations that VA medical facilities there covered up long wait times for patients, including 40 who died while awaiting care. Allegations have been made about similar coverup schemes at VA medical facilities in at least seven other cities. Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s top health official, resigned last week, before a retirement announced in September. Longtime VA employee Jef-


The iconic sign bearing pro-gun-control messages, seen here Tuesday, has hung near Boston’s Fenway Park for almost two decades and is going to lose its home in March. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

of an alleged $8 million mortgage fraud scheme. Marie Lucie Tondreau faces up to 30 years in prison for six counts of wire fraud, federal officials said in an unsealed indictment. She turned herself in to the FBI on Tuesday morning and a judge later ordered her release on $50,000 bail. “It’s a lie,” Tondreau told the local ABC TV affiliate in Miami when asked about the allegations. Tondreau is the fourth Miami area mayor to be indicted in the last year, and the first woman.

Detroit bankruptcy plan faces key vote by committee Detroit’s plan to deal with $18 billion of debt so it can exit municipal bankruptcy faces a crucial test today, when a panel of Michigan state lawmakers votes on legislation, opposed by some conservatives, to provide state funding for the city. A special Michigan

House committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future began hearings last week on a package of bills authorizing a $195 million lump sum contribution by the state, and creating of an oversight commission for the city.

Christie to cut pension payments TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Tuesday he will slash the state’s contributions to its public pensions by nearly 60 percent, or $2.3 billion, for this and next fiscal year combined in order to close a large, unexpected revenue shortfall. Speaking at a press conference in the state capital, Christie said he would not reveal details but said they would be forthcoming soon. He did say he would not support a tax on high earners in the state, which opposition Democratic legislators have started to push. The slashed payments come in response to a

frey Murawsky was chosen to replace Petzel. But Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, on Tuesday sent Obama a letter asking him to witahdraw Murawsky’s nomination as VA undersecretary of health. Cornyn said Murawsky had been the supervisor of Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA system that is at the heart of the investigation into delayed care for veterans. The Wall Street Journal reported that a Chicago-area VA hospital that Murawsky oversees is being investigated for allegedly using unauthorized appointment waiting lists that made it seem it was meeting the VA’s goal of a two-week waiting time.

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jace, an actor known for playing a cop in the cable television drama “The Shield,” allegedly shot and killed his wife in their Los Angeles home while their children were present, police said Tuesday. The 51-year-old actor, who has appeared mostly in supporting roles on television over the past two decades, was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held on $1 million bail. LAPD Detective Dean Vinluan said it was not known if the couple’s two children, who are now in the care of family, had witnessed the murder. April Jace, 40, was found dead at their modest home in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles when police responded to a report of domestic violence shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday, according to police.

Fox spins a twist with new dating show

LOS ANGELES — An English country manor, a gaggle of giggling bachelorettes, a slew of butlers and one very mysterious ginger-haired Prince Charming are at the center of Fox’s new dating show, where the bachelor is not quite what he seems. Meet Matt Hicks, the newly discovered $807 million revenue shortfall 24-year-old British envifor this fiscal year, which ronmental consultant who bears more than a passing ends in just six weeks. resemblance to Britain’s Christie said the state Prince Harry, and was reduced revenue projecgiven the task of persuadtions over the two fiscal ing 12 American girls that years by $2.75 billion. The budget hole is due they were vying to date the fun-loving royal. largely to April tax col“As far as I was aware, lections that fell far short impersonating a member of projections. of the royal family was treason and I’m pretty sure Federal judge the punishment for that strikes down Pa. was being locked in the Tower of London,” Hicks anti-gay law told Reuters. Premiering on Tuesday, HARRISBURG, Pa. Fox’s “I Wanna Marry — A federal judge on Harry” spins a twist on Tuesday struck down the televised dating format Pennsylvania’s ban on used most notably by ABC same-sex marriage, the latest in a series of court for “The Bachelor,” where one man is charged with decisions across the finding love from a group country confirming gay of 25 women, honing it couples’ rights to wed. Finding Pennsylvania’s down to the lucky one over a series of glamorous and 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitution- drama-filled dates. al, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III Macklemore wrote: “By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples apologizes who seek to marry in for costume Pennsylvania may do Seattle rapper Macklso, and already married same-sex couples will be emore apologized late on recognized as such in the Monday for wearing a costume that he acknowlCommonwealth.” edged could be ascribed The ruling makes to a Jewish caricature and Pennsylvania the 19th said it was not his intenU.S. state where gay tion to mock the Jewish marriage is allowed, people. a movement that has The half of the Gramgained momentum since my-winning hip-hop duo the Supreme Court Macklemore & Ryan ruled last June that leLewis sought to defuse gally married same-sex criticism on social mecouples are eligible for dia that the costume he federal benefits. chose to wear to a Seattle Most recent court rulmuseum event last Friday ings allowing gay marwas anti-Semitic — with riage have included a stay pending appeal, but its large nose, black beard and wig. Jones’ ruling does not. —From wire reports — From wire reports

Microsoft’s new tablet takes aim at Apple’s MacBook By Bill Rigby Reuters

NEW YORK — Microsoft Corp. unveiled a larger but lighter version of its Surface Pro tablet on Tuesday, hoping that the company’s expertise in business software will help it take on Apple Inc. in mobile devices. At a presentation in New York, new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella made it clear that

MUST READ Microsoft, which recently acquired Nokia’s handset business, is committed fully to making its own devices, despite a lack of success for its phones and tablets so far. “We are not building hardware for hardware’s sake,” said Nadella, at the event. “We want to build experiences that bring

together all the capabilities of our company. The Surface Pro 3 tablet, which comes in three models starting from $799 and costing up to $1,949, features a 12-inch screen, much larger than Apple iPad’s 9.7 inches. It also comes with access to Microsoft’s Office software suite, employed in businesses around the world. Microsoft executives made frequent comparisons with the Mac-

Book Air at Tuesday’s launch, making it clear that Apple’s lightest laptop, which starts at $899, was the device to beat. The same executives, highlighting a focus on the enterprise segment of the market, also talked up the limitations of existing tablets in a full office environment. Microsoft “has concentrated on its key strength — business users who look at tablets as extensions and/or replacements

for full laptop capability,” Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates wrote. “Microsoft finally seems to understand it cannot go head to head with Apple’s iPad, and must offer a superior business device.” Microsoft, which is recasting itself as a “devices and services” company, has not made much headway on the devices side, except for its Xbox game console.


J.K. Murphy, Vice President, SCNI

Todd Cline, Editor

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Hillary’s health matters

Karl Rove, the bete noir for Democrats (and some Republicans), has dared to raise questions about Hillary Clinton’s health. The New York Post first reported a conversation between Rove, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Dan Raviv of CBS News about Mrs. Clinton’s fall Cal and concusThomas sion in December 2012. Rove was quoted as saying, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.” Bill Clinton defended his wife saying she is “in better shape” than he is, but confirmed that it took “six months” of “very serious work” to recover from her concussion. A State Department spokesperson said it was 30 days. Which is it? The physical condition of a president, or one seeking the office, is a fundamental issue in any campaign and in every presidency. Virtually every president since George Washington has had health issues, some minor, some major. Not all presidents or their staffs were forthcoming about them. In 2002, The Atlantic Monthly compiled a list of presidential health cover-ups: “Concealing one’s true medical condition from the voting public is a time-honored tradition of the American presidency. William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia in April of 1841, after only one month in office, was the first Chief Executive to hide his physical frailties. Nine years later Zachary Taylor’s handlers refused to acknowledge that cholera had put the President’s life in jeopardy; they denied rumors of illness until he was near death, in July of 1850, sixteen months into his presidency. During Grover Cleveland’s second term, in the 1890s, the White House deceived the public by dismissing allegations that surgeons had removed a cancerous growth from the President’s mouth; a vulcanized-rubber prosthesis disguised the absence of much of Cleveland’s upper left jaw and part of his palate. The public knew nothing about the implant until one of the President’s physicians revealed it in 1917, nine years after Cleveland’s death.” Perhaps the most famous cover-up occurred with Woodrow Wilson. In 1919, during his second term, Wilson embarked on a national tour to promote the World War I peace treaty he had personally negotiated. During the trip, Wilson experienced headaches and fatigue. The tour was aborted and Wilson returned to the White House where he suffered a stroke. Wilson’s inner circle, including his wife, doctor, private secretary and even the secretary of state, hid his condition. They told the press and cabinet the president had suffered a nervous breakdown. No one was allowed to see him, not even his vice president. Wilson retired from the White House in 1921 and died three years later. That sequence of events couldn’t happen in today’s saturated media environment. Or could it? John F. Kennedy suffered from multiple health problems. Among the cover-up conspirators was Kennedy’s doctor, Janet Travell, who is credited with the idea of JFK’s rocking chair to ease his back pain and to convey a positive image. Bill Clinton refused to release his medical records to the public. Barack Obama released a one-page letter from his doctor testifying to his “excellent health.” Both men admitted to using recreational drugs in their youth, though Clinton ludicrously claimed he didn’t inhale. Obama smoked cigarettes. Just as most candidates for high office feel compelled to release their tax returns (Mitt Romney was a rare exception), all candidates, especially candidates for president, should publish their medical records. If Hillary Clinton’s concussion was not serious and there are no concerns about its long-term effects; if the glasses she now wears are not to correct double vision or other lingering symptoms attributed to her fall, then there is no problem. But if the reverse is true and she is covering it up, the public has a right to know and she has a duty to tell us. The media also have an obligation to keep up the pressure until the truth is known. Email nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas at

Local cities recognizing Memorial Day There is no lack for things going on this week. We just completed the earliest primary in state history, and up next is the last day of school, signaling the start of summer vacation for the kids, which begins with a three-day weekend. It’s a respite that comes with a chance to cook out and hit the lake or pool, but obviously there is deeper meaning behind this holiday. And thankfully that will be highlighted as Gwinnett’s busy week continues with ceremonies recognizing Memorial Day being held in Snellville, Duluth and Dacula. The ceremony in Snellville is a new one, as the city dedicates its Veterans Memorial on Saturday. The memorial, located in front of City Hall on Oak Road, features an eternal flame, a

Pro Tem Tom Witts who led the effort to build the memorial. “It was a lot of work, donations and contributions.” There are also plans for another ceremony on Memrial Day, and those will be announced during the Todd Cline dedication. Editor Another city that does Memorial Day right is Duwaterfall and a “Wall of Vet- luth. The city’s tradition of erans” featuring the names putting up flags bearing the of those who have served the names of Duluth’s war dead country. reminds me of a similar Funded through donatradition in the small town tions and the sale of bricks, where I grew up. It’s hard the Snellville memorial will not to get a little choked up take center stage on Saturdriving through town, lookday, beginning with music ing at flag after flag honorand dancers from 4 to 6 p.m. ing those who fought for our followed by the dedication country. at 7:30. The eternal flame Duluth will also have will be lit between 8:15 and a ceremony on Saturday, 8:30. paying special tribute to the “This day has been a long- Wounded Warrior Project. time coming,” said Mayor The ceremony begins at 6

p.m. at the Duluth Festival Center. On Memorial Day, Dacula continues its tradition of hosting a parade for the 21st straight year. The theme of the parade is “Courage, Sacrifice, Freedom” and it begins at 10 a.m. It begins at Hebron Baptist Church and proceeds down Dacula Road and turns right on Second Avenue before ending at Dacula High School. There is a Memorial Day festival to follow, allowing folks to spend the day in Dacula. These events are great ways to honor those who fought for our freedom. And no matter how busy the week is, that’s a reminder we can all use. Email Todd Cline at todd. cline@gwinnettdailypost. com. His column appears on Wednesdays.

Gwinnett Place area showing growth Investment and growth are occurring regularly throughout greater Gwinnett Place. The Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District has maintained a singular focus toward improving the area’s physical infrastructure and creating an environment conducive for economic redevelopment in Gwinnett’s central business district, and our efforts are bearing tangible results. Businesses are moving to, and investing in, the Gwinnett Place area as a result of the cohesive working partnership of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, GPCID, and the Gwinnett Chamber’s Partnership Gwinnett initiative. Proactive strategies and incentive tools are in place. As a result, during 2013 alone, 475 new jobs were created in the area. Private sector investments in greater Gwinnett Place include: • ViaSat Inc. — Expands Building, Adds 275 New Jobs A producer of satellite and digital communication products for government and commercial customers; 60,000-square-foot facility,

Leo Wiener $10.5 million investment • National DCP — Relocates from New England to Gwinnett Place The exclusive sourcing, purchasing and distribution partner for Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants; Corporate Office, 125 new jobs • The Dennis Group — Opens Georgia Office in Gwinnett Place Area Complete planning, architectural, process engineering, and construction management services exclusively to the food and beverage industry; corporate office location; 35 new jobs • VetConnexx — Launches New Location in Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone Specializes in providing customer service for Fortune 500 companies, while also providing veterans and their

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immediate families with postdeployment jobs; Customer Service Contact Center within the Greater Gwinnett Place Opportunity Zone, 300 jobs Building upon Gwinnett’s position as the most diverse county in the Southeastern United States, the greater Gwinnett Place global presence grew with the addition of HAMACO Industries Corporation’s US headquarters, a subsidiary of Japan-based Hamada Industry Co. Ltd; Idaka America Inc., a Japanese trading company that distributes machinery and spare parts to the automotive industry; Okaya (USA) Inc, an importer and exporter of iron and steel products; and TravelSky, a China-based IT solutions developer for the airline and tourism industry, will bring 50 new jobs to the area with the opening of their U.S. Development Center. National real estate firms continue to invest in the greater Gwinnett Place area. The District welcomed Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC., the private real estate equity firm who purchased Gwinnett Place Mall in October 2013 and adds the mall to its list of properties across the U.S. Additionally,

Rivercrest Realty Investors’ purchase of Gwinnett Marketfair is a significant win for area retail. Biscayne Atlantic purchased the Gwinnett Commerce Center, a 10-story, 214,000-square-foot Class-A office building in the District in a joint venture with Red Starr Investments and PointOne Holdings. These successes are a result of strong partnerships and a strategic plan to transform Gwinnett Place over the coming years. More expansions and relocations to the area will be announced soon, and we will continue with our laser-like commitment to bring economic redevelopment and success to the central business district of Gwinnett County. Leo Wiener is Chair of the Gwinnett Place CID Board of Directors. He is a principal and partner with Glenwood Development Company LLC, which specializes in acquisition, development and asset management of multi-tenant retail properties. His more than 15 years in commercial real estate includes divestitures, financial analysis, leasing, management, project financing and development.

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election 2014


Hice, Collins headed to runoff Johnson wins District 4 seat

and Brian Richard Slowinski with 1.97.

Congressional District 4 Incumbent Hank Johndeanna.allen son drew 55.37 percent, or 15,144 votes, to Tom Conservative radio talk Brown’s 44.63 percent, show host Jody Hice and or 12,208 votes, in the Mike Collins, the oldest race for son of forDistrict mer U.S. 4. With Rep. Mac no ReCollins, publican appeared seeking to be headelection, ed toward Johnson Jody Hice celebrates being one of two Republican candiHank dates to move on to a runoff election following Tuesday’s a runoff will run Johnson Mike Collins election primary election. (Staff Photo: Camie Young) unopposed following in the general election in Tuesday’s primary eleccontest to represent the election. November. tion. Republican party in the Collins was followed in Before being elected to At press time, Hice, a race for Congressional votes by Donna ShelCongress, Johnson served Walton County resident, District 10. don with 15.03 percent 12 years as a DeKalb had 33.51 percent of The winner of the of votes, Gary Gerrard County magistrate judge votes, or 17,146 votes, to July 22 runoff will face with 7.43 percent, Steand served five years as Collins’ 33.14 percent, Democrat Ken Dious in phen Simpson with 4.71, a county commissioner or 16,959 votes, in the the November general Mitchell Swan with 4.20 prior to that. By Deanna Allen

State House Rep. Brooks Coleman, left, waits for results at Pepperoni’s in Duluth on Tuesday night in the race for House District 97 against Dahlys Hamilton and Jef Fincher. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

Coleman keeps District 97 seat By Tyler Estep

man, is a staunch supporter of the program and called Tuesday’s result proof that residents are Common Core did not “pleased with the strong kill Brooks Coleman. standards that we have.” It didn’t even send him “It’s so tragic that so to a runoff. much misinformation Coleman, the 20-year was out there about Comholder of the Georgia mon Core,” he said. House of RepresentaColeman spent the tives seat for District evening surrounded by 97, claimed Tuesday’s supporters at Pepperoni’s Republican primary eas- in Duluth. The 74-yearily, unofficially taking old said he was relieved 55 percent of the vote. upon learning the — alAs of about 11:15 p.m., beit unofficial — results. challengers Jef Fincher “I tell you I am so and Dahlys Hamilton relieved and so excited took about 39 and 5 per- about serving the people cent of the votes, respec- of the 97th for another tively. term and look forward The campaign’s key is- to taking education and sue was the controversial everything else to new Common Core education heights,” Coleman said. standard. Coleman, the There is no Democratic House education chairchallenger for the seat. tyler.estep

Seckinger wins BOE District 2 By Keith Farner

“Honestly, it’s better than what I expected because low turnout usually isn’t good for an incumWhile experience apbent,” Seckinger said. “It’s peared to win out in the a testament to the school Gwinnett system, it’s not about me, County it’s what we’ve been able Board of to do as a district.” Education Seckinger, 56, a conDistrict 2 struction business owner, primary has served on the Gwinnett on TuesSchool Board since 1995, day, the tied for the second-longest Dan incumbent tenure with Dr. Robert McSeckinger praised the Clure, both behind Louise work of the school district. Radloff, who has served on In a battle of three the Board since 1973. Republicans, School Board “I’m disappointed that Chairman and incumbent the incumbent is winning,” Dan Seckinger unofficially McCaigue said. “I was secured 62.8 percent of hoping for a change and so the votes, while former were others. Mr. Hobbs is Osceola County (Fla.) qualified. He’s got experiSchools Superintendent ence, he’s an intelligent Leon Hobbs had 23.7 per- man. Mr. Seckinger’s been cent, and Gwinnett County there too long.” Schools occupational Hobbs could not be therapist Ileana McCaigue reached for comment on had 13.4 percent. Tuesday. keith.farner

Brown wins District 98 state House seat

Hamilton to face Chandler in District 105

Hamilton said. Hur, a 30-year-old realtor, said By Keith Farner the Gwinnett Tea Party. voter turnout was still too low for “It is always very hard to go both parties, but he’s confident in against an establishment candithe campaign he ran. Excited to serve the constituents date — they have money, connec“I did everything that I needed who voted in the 98th district, tions and endorsements,” Hancock to do,” he said. “We did everything Michael Brown late said. “But I am really proud and that we needed to do. I can leave Tuesday night also humbled by all of the volunteers this race confidently knowing that said he had a “ton who worked so hard and donated I did everything that I needed to do of support.” their time and money to the cam- on my end.” “I’m just letpaign.” Calling herself “a solutions ting it sink in,” person,” Hamilton in her campaign said Brown, who Hamilton wins District 105 said that, if elected, her top goal knocked off David In District 105, Renita Hamilton would be to ensure that representaMichael Hancock in the Re- appeared to knock off Tim Hur in tives keep multiple lines of comBrown publican primary. the Democratic pri- munication open with voters. Brown, who has mary. Hamilton had Republican incumbent Joyce described himself as a Christian 514 votes, or 57.8 Chandler bested Hamilton by just Southerner by nature, looked at the percent, while Hur 554 votes in the 2012 general elecelection as applying for a job. had 374, or 42.1 tion. The owner of an environmental percent. Hamilton said in the rematch drilling company called GeoLab, Hamilton, a with Chandler she would campaign Brown, in unofficial results, had 39-year-old small differently than two years ago. Renita 1,179 votes, or 63.4 percent of business owner, “I need to reach across to the Hamilton the vote, while Hancock had 36.5 said her message other side and talk with them percent, or 680 votes. Hancock, a resonated with voters. more,” Hamilton said. “I think 52-year-old former planning and “I think the fact that I sincerely Joyce has done a really good job zoning commissioner for the city of care about the community, I supof securing Republicans and their Suwanee, is the owner of Suwanee port working class families, I faith, but I think we need to be a Creek Software and co-chairman of come from working class family,” little more centered.”

Deal gets nod, looks to November contest By Camie Young

voters who have shown their faith in us, and we Gov. Nathan Deal sailed thank the through a two-person ‘Deal for challenge in the GOP Governor’ primary Tuesday, headgrass-roots ing toward a November network Nathan Deal that match-up with Democrat Jason Carter, the grandson worked of former President Jimmy hard Carter. behind the “Sandra and I are humscenes to bled by the tremendous make this support we have received possible. from friends across GeorRepubligia in today’s election,” cans have Jason Carter delivered a Deal said, when results showed more than 70 perstrong viccent support throughout tory margin in this race, the state. “We thank the sending a clear message camie.young

that our party is united and ready to work to earn the votes of Georgians in all corners of the state and from all walks of life. “I will run on my record of the last four years, but also my vision for the next four years. We’re proud to look back; we’re excited to look forward,” Deal added of the upcoming reelection battle. In a rare primary challenge to a sitting governor, Deal faced off against State Schools Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington, but he never took the challenge seriously, sitting out on recent debates.

In Gwinnett, Deal received 25,990 votes to Pennington’s 6,481 and Barge’s 3,189. Carter did not face a primary challenger, and he quickly turned toward the November election. “The campaign for Georgia’s future starts now,” Carter said. “We need new leaders with a vision for Georgia that starts with a world-class education system and an economy that works for everyone. I look forward to visiting every part of our state and debating Gov. Deal on the issues that matter most to Georgia families.”

Crowded state school superintendent field leads to runoffs By Keith Farner


As expected, the crowded fields in both parties to select the next State Alisha Valarie School Superintendent Morgan Wilson caused runoffs for both Republicans and Democrats. from teachers, adminisThe nine Republicans trators and local superinand six Democrats ranged tendents to former local

Richard Woods

Mike Buck

school board members, businessmen and lawyers. Voting totals were in-

conclusive on Tuesday night, but one certainty was a July runoff is scheduled to determine the November general election opponents. Early returns showed Valarie Wilson and Alisha Thomas Morgan in a runoff for the Democratic nomination while Richard Woods and Mike Buck are grouped together

on the GOP side. In unofficial results at press time, Wilson had more than 32 percent of the Democratic vote, while Morgan had nearly 25 percent. On the GOP side, Buck had more than 20 percent and Woods had 17. Name recognition was difficult for any candidate to muster statewide, and

many relied on a local network of supporters. In the coming months, the winning candidates will likely campaign about how they would deal with the nearly $8 billion in cuts to K-12 education in the last decade, and the perceived over-emphasis of testing and standardized test results with the new teacher evaluation system.

Butler to run unopposed, Johnson to face Millar in November By Deanna Allen


Gloria Butler

Fran Millar

With no Republican running on the primary ballot, incumbent state Sen. Gloria Butler will

run unopposed in November for the District 55 seat. According to unofficial primary election results, Butler drew 77.77 percent of votes, or 4,887 votes, over challenger Mark A.

Williams, who took 22.23 percent, or 1,397, of 6,284 total votes. Butler was elected to the Senate in 1998. District 40 Tucker resident Ta-

mara Johnson drew 71.97 percent of votes, or 1,571 votes, in the Democratic primary race for District 40 against Benedict Truman’s 28.03 percent or votes, of 612 votes. In November, Johnson

will face incumbent Fran Millar who won Tuesday’s primary election against Dick Anderson with 71.05 percent of votes, or 1,112 votes, to Anderson’s 28.95 percent of votes, or 453 votes.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014 • 11A •From Page 1A includes parts of the Dacula, Braselton and Buford areas. Challenger Alfie Meek claimed the other 44 percent of the unofficial totals. Heard said the victory came even after 18,000 lastminute mailers didn’t go out to potential voters — and because Meek was “running a campaign based on fouryear-old data.” “He was saying there’s

•From Page 1A ticked off that he’s not in Afghanistan.” Balfour said he is appreciative of the support he has received from constituents and fellow legislators throughout his

BOC ethics issues, well we’ve corrected those issues,” Heard said. ” … He’s still saying that Gwinnett County is going to hell in a handbasket (economically) and we’re on the road to recovery.” Meek, who was the county’s economist and economic development director for nearly a decade, spent Tuesday night grilling out at a friend’s house before retiring early. He said

son’s deployment. During the legislative session, Balfour was surprised with a Skype session with his son on the floor of the Senate, as the body celebrated Georgia National Guard Day at the Capitol. “Every single day thou-

sands of soldiers protect our freedoms in places we don’t know and may never know; my son is no different from any of them,” Balfour said. In Lawrenceville, former City Councilman P.K. Martin celebrated

with supporters. Like Beaudreau, he said the support of volunteers was key to making the runoff and will be for getting out the vote again in July. “It’s still the same message. It’s still about

earning the trust of the people,” Martin said. “There is a true distinction in the race, and the records will speak for themselves.” As of press time, Beaudreau’s vote tally was about 39 percent, while

Martin brought in more than 32 percent of the central Gwinnett district. Balfour fell about 500 votes behind with 28 percent. The runoff winner will face Democrat Timothy Swiney in the November general election.

Miles barely breaking double digits and Branko Radulovacki and Todd Robinson bringing in little support. “Over and over on the campaign trail, people, through their words and actions, have declared that our political leaders can do better,” Nunn said.

“Georgians know that Washington is not working for them. They tell me they are tired of the political dysfunction, the finger pointing and the name-calling.” “Tonight, we send a message to Washington that we want something different,” she added.

include a master’s in engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s in National Security Strategy and Planning from the United States Naval War College, and a doctorate in Higher Education

from the University of Missouri. Preczewski and his wife, Jean, reside in Buford. They have three adult children, each of whom hold the rank of captain in the U.S. Army. The Preczewskis recently became grandparents.

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more to go.” Kingston, a congressmess in Washington like man from Savannah who you and I are,” said Perhad the support of the due, the cousin of former U.S. Chamber of ComGov. Sonny Perdue who merce, wrote in a mescampaigned as a Washsage to voters: “While ington outsider. “One this is cause for celebrathing we did do tonight, tion, we cannot rest on we retired three career our laurels. Tonight we politicians. We’ve got one must redouble our ef-

of a dedicated staff and faculty and the outstanding students they serve,” Preczewski said in a press release. “GGC itself is the result of a community’s commitment to an excep-

Gwinnett County Commissioner John Heard plays a guitar while he and supporters await election results Tuesday night at Lawrenceville’s Cuernavaca Mexican Restaurant. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)

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Monday that he wouldn’t be speaking with the media regardless of the primary’s outcome. The ethics issues referenced by Meek included Heard’s ties to efforts to bring a hotel to the Gwinnett Center. Heard, a former architect, was involved in the original pitch involving the hotel; he eventually removed himself from all commission meetings and votes regarding the project.

forts.” Former Secretary of State Karen Handel was the lead vote-getter in Gwinnett, but she missed the runoff with about 21 percent of the statewide total. Congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey both pulled in just under

10 percent of the vote. Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who has been a national Democratic darling, had no trouble besting three other candidates in the race. She garnered more than 80 percent of the support in Gwinnett, with Steen

GGC tional academic institution that is affordable, accessible and which reflects the wonderful diversity of Gwinnett County. I am excited about our future.” In February, Preczewski told the Daily Post that the interim title didn’t

change how he did his job. “Whether you have interim before your name, the decisions still have to be made and the responsibility is still the same,” Preczewski said. “You just have that word out front. I

operate the same, whether it’s there or not there.” Preczewski earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Cornell University in 1980 and concurrently received his Army officer commission. His other degrees

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Georgia officials begin summer Water may be affected as crews place new line driving, boating safety campaigns From Staff Reports

By Camie Young


With Memorial Day weekend coming up, public safety officials are boosting their regular Click It or Ticket campaign with a message to keep boaters and motorists from drinking and driving. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering for with the Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol, beginning the campaign Monday, just before schools let out for summer vacation and

the traditional celebration of summer during the Memorial Day weekend. “We’ve got our DNR partners on the water and our GSP and local law enforcement partners on the road,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “No matter where you choose to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, if you’re drunk behind the wheel, your home for the night will likely be in a jail cell.” Law enforcement agencies plan to crack down on impaired driving and boating a year after a new law

lowered the boating under the influence limit to 0.8 to match the driving under the influence limit. “The summer boating season is a great time for families to get outside and enjoy Georgia’s beautiful and abundant waterways,” Lt. Colonel Jeff Weaver of DNR said. “Boaters must always keep safety in mind, make it a habit to wear a life jacket, always have a sober operator and do not take risks out on the water.” The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety launched its Memorial Day campaign

replacing outdated pipes throughout the county, County officials will preventing failure and along with its annual “100 eliminating the cost of Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” connect a new 48-inch water main line on Thurs- repairing a water main initiative, which runs through Sept. 2. day. The work may impact break. “Enjoy your time with nearly 57,000 customers This project, which will family and friends as we in the northern part of the occur between Sawnee Avremember those who died county. enue and City Hall Street fighting for our freedom,” The Gwinnett County in Rest Haven, is the final Col. Mark McDonough, Department of Water stage of the installation of commissioner of the Depart- Resources said some 1,280 feet of 48-inch ducment of Public Safety said. residents may experience tile iron pipe and 80 feet “As you travel, remember to brown water and slightly of 66-inch diameter steel always buckle up, properly reduced pressure during under Buford Highway. restrain children, watch your the connection phase, Residents are asked speed, avoid distractions in- which is expected to last to call 678-376-7000 to side your vehicle, and use a from 4:30 a.m. to midreport brown water, then designated driver if alcohol night. open their outside spigots consumption will be part of Officials said the county and run the water until its your festivities.” is being proactive in clear.

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Frank Cabrera, age 77, of Lilburn, GA, passed away on May 19, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.

Harmon Wayne Hull, Jr., age 65, of Auburn, GA, passed away May 19, 2014.


Joe Davis Joe Davis, age 76, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 18, 2014. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road SW, Lawrenceville GA, 30046. 770-962-3100.



George Johnson George Wayne Johnson, age 59, of Snellville, GA, passed away May 19, 2014. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company”, Snellville Chapel 770979-3200.


Jesse Johnson Jesse H. Johnson, age 85, of Snellville, GA passed away May 17, 2014. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

William Eggers William John Eggers, age 90, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 19, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.


Frederick Forsyth Frederick B. Forsyth, age 80, of Hoschton, GA, passed away on May 19, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.


Zelma Hicks Zelma Hicks, age 85, of Winder passed away Friday, May 16, 2014.

ille, Sister Janet Connell of Highlands, North Carolina and Brother Cecil Cason, Jr. Of Clermont, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband Gene, Sister Mary Butler and Grandson Casey Lowry. The family will receive friends Thursday May 22, 2014 from 4-8 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Service will be held in the Chapel there on Friday May 23, 2014 at 2PM with a brief graveside service to follow with the Rev Floyd Tenney officiating. Arrangements made by Tim Stewart Funeral Home: 300 Simonton Road SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. 770-962-3100. Please sign the online guest book at

Sarah Lowry Sarah Cason Lowry age 82 of Lawrenceville passed away on May 16, 2014. She was born on July 17, 1931 in Tifton, Georgia to her late parents Cecil and Hallie Cason. It was there that she met and married her Husband of 58 years Gene. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, good seamstress and a very good cook. After 14 years as a stay-at-home mom she reentered the work force taking various administrative jobs. She finished her career and retired from the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Afterwards she continued working as a volunteer with the Gwinnett County Public Library System. Sarah is survived by her Sons: Joe (June) and Jeff, all of Lawrencevi

Mary Jane Simpelaar Mary Jane Simpelaar, age 71, of Lyons, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Peachtree Cremation Society. www.peachtreecremation. com


Karen Slaick Karen Lynn Slaick, age 56, of Grayson, GA, passed away on May 15, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.

1946 in Detroit, MI. She attended Mumford High School in Detroit. She attended Hopewell Baptist Church in Norcross, GA and was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:00 noon until the time of service. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.


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Ashley Mitchell Ashley Nicole Mitchell, age 35 of Jackson, passed away on May 5, 2014. Peachtree Cremation Society. www.


Margaret Schwier Margaret Schwier, age 91, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on May 20, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.

Virlyn Thigpen Mr. Virlyn B. Thigpen, 81 of Flowery Branch, passed away Sunday May 18, 2014. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Weinrich Robert P. Weinrich, age 79, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 17, 2014. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.


Beverly Thomas Mrs. Beverly Jones Thomas, age 67, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She is survived by her husband of forty-five years, Neal Thomas; children, Ryan Jones, Detroit, MI, Roxane and Bernard Johnson, Doraville, GA and Reginal Thomas, Detroit, MI; twelve grandchildren; sister, Anita Bradley, Detroit, MI; brothers, Maurice and Julie Jones, Detroit, MI, Lloyd and Valerie Jones, Detroit, MI, Gregory and Kelly Jones, AZ; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Thomas was born November 29, 1


States Army serving as a Military Police Officer in Fort Hood Texas. He then worked with General Electric for 17 years before retiring in 1996 from the Gwinnett County Sherriff Department. Jerald & Sue donated the home he was born in to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. He was a loving Husband, Father, & Grandfather. He was preceded in death by his Parents: Broadus & Lillie Bell Williams. He is survived by his Wife of 60 years: Sue (Tanner) Williams of Buford; Daughters: Regina (Williams) Swancey & Tommy Shelton of Buford, Angela (Williams) & Kim Wages of Buford; Brother: Jack Williams of Lawrenceville; Grandchildren: Ashley (Wages) & Matt Stratemeyer, Daniel Swancey, Clay Wages, all of Buford. Flowers accepted or in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to American Lung Association National Office 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 or go to The family will receive friends Wednesday May 21, 2014 from 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home: 300 Simonton Road, SW, Lawrenceville, GA, 30046. 770-962-3100. Please sign the online guest book at

Robert Williams Robert Jerald Williams age 79 of the Hog Mountain community passed away Monday May 19, 2014. A funeral service will be held 2PM Thursday May 22, 2014 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with Rev. Dee Dillin & Rev. Chris Gaddis officiating. Interment to follow at Hog Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Dacula. Mr. Williams lived in the Hog Mountain Community all his life. He is a Veteran of the United


Majorie Wilson Majorie Elene Wilson, age 71 of Loganville, GA, passed away May 18, 2014. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company”, Snellville Chapel 770979-3200.

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Wolves bitten

GAC keeps run alive

Spartans earn trip to finals with 1-0 defeat of Westminster By Steve Argo

Staff Correspondent

Buford’s Joey Bart (25) misses the throw to the plate as Cartersville Parker Tidwell (31) slides safely to home in Tuesday’s Class AAA semifinals at Buford. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

Defending champs rally to oust Buford in state semis By Scott Smith

BUFORD — After the controversial ejection of Cartersville head coach in Game 2 of its Class AAA semifinal baseball series Monday, Buford and Cartersville hit the field on Tuesday night for the right to face Blessed Trinity in the weekend’s final. Whether it was the effects of Monday’s events or the sheer fact the loser would see its season end, Cartersville bounced back from a 3-0 deficit with an inspired effort to take the series with a 7-5 win. Cartersville will to host the Titans this Saturday in an attempt to defend its Class AAA title, while Buford saw its promising season end at 30-5. “We just played for (head coach Stuart Chester) and wanted to win it for him,” Cartersville pitcher Garrett Rutledge said. “This was also the 500th win of his career and it’s just unexplainable.”

Buford’s Joey Bart (25) shakes hands with teammates after losing game three in the Class AAA semifinals. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

Buford sent Kevin Coulter to the mound, who was the winner in Game 3 of the quarterfinals against Pike County. The Wolves staked Coulter (10-1) to a 3-0 lead, getting two runs in the top of the first and one more in the second, but just like

in the previous two games, the bottom of the second proved to be the difference. The Purple Hurricanes (25-11) erupted for five runs, getting a big three-run triple from Brent Arnold to go up 5-2. Although Buford battled back

to cut the score to 6-5 with a tworun homer from Austin Wilhite in the top of the fourth, Cartersville relievers were able to keep the Wolves at arm’s length. “Once again, we couldn’t get out of the second inning,” Buford head coach Tony Wolfe said. “That’s the second game in a row that they put a five spot on us. “I was proud of the way our kids battled after that inning. We competed, but just come up a little bit short.” Buford took an early lead with two runs in the top of the first, getting a big two-run double to left center from Nick Wilhite to plate Jake Higginbotham and Austin Upshaw, who each reached base with a single. The Wolves tacked on another run in the top of the second when Hunter Puckett led off with a double and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice from Austin Wilhite. With a 3-0 lead and Coulter on See BUFORD, Page 6B

Wesleyan’s furious comeback falls short From Staff Reports SAVANNAH — The tenacious Wesleyan Wolves baseball team said all season no lead was too large to overcome. But they couldn’t seem to stem the tide in a staggering 19-16 loss to Benedictine in Game 3 of their Class AA semifinal

series Tuesday. The Wolves had been down many times before — sometimes way down — and managed to come back. Which is how they ended up one step away from the state finals. They trailed Benedictine 19-9 in the seventh and exploded for seven runs. Unfortunately, they needed a few more.

“We never give up,” head coach Brian Krehmeyer said. “But obviously this lead continued to grow. We just couldn’t hold them down.” Benedictine scored three in the first inning and Wesleyan never caught up. The Wolves (19-16) surely made it interesting though. Led by a monster four-

homer effort from Grant Colton, Wesleyan stayed on Benedictine’s heels. Colton was 4-for-4 with four home runs and seven RBIs. Christian Stark (4-for5, double, two RBIs) and Jahmai Jones (2-for-3) also went yard. Colton’s second two-run blast and a series of other

hits got the Wolves within 13-9 at the end of the fifth, but Benedictine pushed the lead to 19-9 in the top of the seventh. Wesleyan threw six pitchers and never bridged the gap despite a big final push. “We were constantly fighting back,” Krehmeyer said.

ATLANTA — If defense does win championships, Greater Atlanta Christian needs to bottle up its 1-0 Game 3 defeat of Westminster in the Class AA state semifinals and take it to Savannah for the state finals. Pitching and defense were the keys on Tuesday in GAC’s victory. The Spartans move on to the state championship bestof-three series at Benedictine, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AA, starting on Saturday. So, for the time being, GAC will have to put that retirement ceremony for head coach Cliff Shelton on hold as the No. 4 seed out of Region 6-AA continues on a sensational run in the state tournament. The Spartans (20-13) have now won four away series in the state tournament — including wins on the home fields of Jefferson, Pepperell, Berrien and Westminster. And just like the 8-1 win over Berrien in Game 3 last Friday, GAC got outstanding starting pitching and backed it with stellar defense in the one-run win over Westminster. “This team is incredibly special and there’s a connection to my seniors that I can’t explain,” GAC head coach Cliff Shelton said. “Like I said before, we’re in the same boat — when they play their last game, it will be my last game, too.” The Spartans got a complete-game effort from senior left-hander Ben Childers, and a defense which produced two inning-ending double plays and threw out a pair of Westminster runners at home and third, respectively. GAC catcher Devin Daugherty also nailed a Westminster runner at second trying to steal in the third and picked off a Wildcat at second in the fifth. “They’ve been doing that kind of stuff all year,” Shelton said. “But I really never thought we would win


Huntzinger, Lions claim state title GAC’s Smith wins From Staff Reports

Champions Retreat EVANS — The Golf Club score 67, exactly what and both Charles Huntzinger shot he and the to win this year’s Class Lions got AAAAAA Sectional Tour- their Class nament, stuck in his mind AAAAAA Charles during Monday’s state state Huntzinger tournament. titles. They “In years past, we’ve erased the memories of talked about 67 wins state last year’s state tournachampionships,” Huntzment when they were inger said. toppled by a 67 from NorThe Peachtree Ridge cross’ Zach Healy, who junior shot his 67 at led Norcross to the crown.

This time the 67 was from Huntzinger, whose low round carried Peachtree Ridge to a 300 total, three shots ahead of runner-ups Roswell and Johns Creek. “I went out and did what I wanted to do,” Huntzinger said. “I told myself earlier today, ‘You’ve got a chance to win if you don’t make any mental errors.’ I did that. Part two of the equation was make sure you beat

Healy. But I wanted it more for the team than myself. I’ve known these guys since I was little.” Healy made a run to repeat as AAAAAA champion with a 69. The Norcross senior played as an individual this season because his team didn’t qualify. “(Healy) played pretty darn well,” Norcross coach Chris Hall said. See LIONS, Page 6B

Class AA crown From Staff Reports KEYSVILLE — Steffen Smith pushed the Greater Atlanta Christian boys golf team to the brink of a Class AA title Monday, but the Spartans came up just short. The margin was a single stroke. Smith, a sophomore, won the individual state

championship with a 5-under-par 67 at Applewood Golf Course as the Spartans posted a low team score of 2-over-par 290. Unfortunately, Region 6-AA rival Westminster shot 289. Ben Shipp followed Smith with a 2-under 70, finishing fourth individually.

See GAC, Page 6B

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May 28-30: The Lady Devils Kids Camp will be held at Loganville High School with coach John Zorn. Camp is open to rising fifth- to eighth-graders. For more information, go to www.loganvillebasketball. com or call 770-940-7738. June 2-6: The Harlem Legends will host their Shoot for the Stars basketball camp at Bunten Road Park gym in Duluth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Cost is $150 per camper or $135 for Duluth residents. For more information or to register, visit www.harlemlegends. com or call 678-630-8843. June 2: Basketball Boot Camp for seventh graders will be held at Richards Middle School from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $95. For more information, call 678518-6669. June 2-6: Lanier will host its fifth annual Excel with Fundamentals High School Basketball Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open to rising fourth- through eighth-graders. Cost is $130 per player. For more information, contact Jeremy Huckaby at or 678-910-3677.


Through June: The Multi County Football Officials are looking for new officials to join its organization covering much of the metro Atlanta area. New and experienced officials welcome. For more information, visit www. or call

George Allen at 770-8806632.


June 14: The third annual Edward Mengel Memorial Father’s Day Tournament will be held at Southland Country Club in Stone Mountain at 1 p.m. The tournament benefits the V Foundation for cancer research. Cost is $100 or $50 for golfers who raise $100 or more for the V Foundation. For information, email to


Ongoing through July 19: The Gwinnett Lacrosse Academy will offer a Summer Indoor Lacrosse League for current first- to 10th-graders on Saturdays. It also will offer Learn to Play Clinics for basic skills for rising first- to ninth-graders on Thursday evenings. Both will be at Silverbacks Sports Center in Suwanee. Go to for more information.


June 23-26: The Fellowship of Student Athletes in Gwinnett will host a soccer camp for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 at Georgia Gwinnett College. The camp will feature instruction from a variety of college and professional soccer coaches including both GGC coaches. To register, visit www. For more information, email or call 423580-8557.


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Bart, Marshall earn top honors Gwinnett Dugout Club makes all-county team picks Archer, Austin Upshaw of Buford, Nick Mollica The Gwinnett Dugout of Dacula, Joey Ruiz of Club announced its honor- Hebron Christian, Matt ees for its 2014 All-County Ramsay of Lanier, Griffin teams, as well as inducted Helms of Norcross, Ben five new members of its Carswell of North, Isiah Hall of Fame, at its annual Gilliam of Parkview, Garawards ceremony Sunday rett Whitlock of Providence at Greater Atlanta ChrisChristian, Austin Exford tian’s Long Forum. of Shiloh and Chad Smith Buford’s Joey Bart and of South Gwinnett and Parkview’s Mac Marshall pitchers Sean Fitzpatrick of were the two top honorees Archer, Connor Bennett of among the county’s coach- Buford, Drew Buschman of es, with Bart being named Grayson, Connor Darling Player of the Year and of North, Jordan Lee of Marshall earning Pitcher of Peachtree Ridge, Jackson the Year honors. Winskie of Providence and Bart was hitting .484 Andrew Sauer of Wesleyan. with seven home runs and Selected as honorable a county-best 48 RBIs mention were position heading into the Wolves’ players Curtis Terry of Class AAA state semifinal Archer, Mason LeBlanc of series against Cartersville Brookwood, Nick Wilhite on Monday. of Buford, Cole Zabowski Meanwhile, the leftof Collins Hill, Ryan Mchanded Marshall was 9-0 Clendon and Jose Ponce of with a 0.58 ERA and 87 Duluth, Devin Daugherty of strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings Greater Atlanta Christian, heading into the Panthers’ David Stinson of Grayson, AAAAAA semifinal series Haydn Nechanicky of against Lambert. Hebron, Cameron Hankins Other superlatives were and Forrest Girardeau of awarded to Mountain Mountain View, Jascanel View’s Jason Johnson as Ferreras of Norcross, Avery the Coach of the Year, Kenyon of North and SteParkview as the Team of ven Tomlinson of Peachtree the Year and the Panthers’ Ridge, as well as pitchers coaching staff as the Staff Nick Marquez of Brookof the Year. wood, Kam Doster and Members of the Dugout Trenton Little of Lanier, Club’s first-team AllAndrew Wise and Jack County included position Fleming of Mill Creek and players Mickey Creighton Chad Smith of South. of Brookwood, Austin Winners of the the Scott Collins of Dacula, Andrew McIntyre Hustle and AtFalgiano of Grayson, T.J. titude Award included Jerry Richardson of Lanier, Kyle Vixamar of Archer, Mason Abernathy of Mill Creek, Brown of Berkmar, Derrick Ben Utley of Mountain Carswell of Brookwood, View, Trevor Craport of Patrick Burnette of Buford, Norcross, Daino Deas and Caston Walker of Central Brandon Hill of Parkview, Gwinnett, Al Del Villar of Drew Wharton of Peachtree Collins Hill, Dallas RichRidge and Jahmai Jones of ards of Dacula, Sam Weber Wesleyan, as well as pitch- of Duluth, Cody Helton ers Jake Higginbotham of Grayson, Javy Lopez of Buford, A.J. Moore of of GAC, Shane Smith of Mountain View, Brooks Hebron, Thomas Johnston Buckler of Norcross, of Lanier, Daquan Harris Tucker Baca of North of Meadowcreek, Walker Gwinnett and Christian Boyd of Mill Creek, Vann of Parkview. Ben Utley of Mountain Second-team All-County View, Justin Henderson selections included posiof Norcross, Zach Tindol tion players E.J. Ranel of of North, Jim Wagner of From Staff Reports

Parkview, Matt Trawick of Peachtree Ridge, Evan Porter of Providence, Brian Armstead of Shiloh, Adrian Martinez of South and Will Collins of Wesleyan. Academic All-County team members were John Mahaffey of Archer, Brian Barrett of Berkmar, Mickey Creighton of Brookwood, Jake Mayo of Buford, Roy Clackum of Central, Riley Donahue of Collins Hill, Austin Collins of Dacula, Keenan Kolbinsky of Duluth, Tyler Knight of Grayson, Connor Joseph of GAC, Tyler Calvert of Hebron, Bryan Gropp of Lanier, Mason Bernard of Meadowcreek, Andrew Wise of Mill Creek, Samuel Freitas of Mountain View, Trevor Craport of Norcross, Adam Corn of North, J.P. Chamblee of Parkview, Blake Best of Peachtree Ridge, Zach Meier of Providence, Ben Fleri of Shiloh, Ryan Dunlap of South and Brendan Abernathy of Wesleyan. Also honored at the banquet were Players of the Month for March E.J. Ranel and Sean Fitzpatrick of Archer, Mason Brown and Jharol DeLaRosa of Berkmar, Mickey Creighton and Mason LeBlanc of Brookwood, Austin Upshaw and Hunter Puckett of Buford, Daniel Valdes and Aladdin Alkhatib of Central, William Holland and Cole Zabowski of Collins Hill, Austin Collins and Nick Mollica of Dacula, Ryan McClendon and Jose Ponce of Duluth, Andrew Falgiano and Chandler Amason of Grayson, Devin Daughtery and Ben Childers of GAC, Joey Ruiz and Robby Stephens of Hebron, Cameron Coursey and T.J. Richardson of Lanier, Austin Wilkey and Shea Wilkey of Meadowcreek, Logan Moseley and Kyle Abernathy of Mill Creek, A.J. Moore and Ben Utley of Mountain View, Jascanel Ferreras and Jordyn Thomas of Norcross, Avery Kenyon and Ben Carswell

of North, Mac Marshall and Daino Deas of Parkview, Jordan Lee and Matthew Trawick of Peachtree Ridge, Jackson Winskie and Garrett Whitlock of Providence, Myles Smith and Daniel Chupp of Shiloh, Chad Smith and Dominique Jackson of South and Jahmai Jones and Andrew Sauer of Wesleyan. Players of the Month for April included Nathaniel Howard and Rhian Mann of Archer, Michael Rodriguez and Brian Barrett of Berkmar, Nick Marquez and Justin Hohm of Brookwood, Joey Bart and Jake Higginbotham of Buford, Rolando Heredia and Anthony Lopez of Central, Al Del Villar and Chris Schwarzer of Collins Hill, Jack Peebles and Jonathan Grant of Dacula, Trey Harris and Graham Parris of Duluth, Drew Buschman and Colton Harrelson of Grayson, Ross Wood and Jackson O’Brien of GAC, Sid Turner and Drew Coker of Hebron, Kameron Doster and Matthew Ramsay of Lanier, Jonathan Arnold and Brian GoCool of Meadowcreek, Jack Fleming and Austin Parham of Mill Creek, Forrest Girardeau and Tyler Zak of Mountain View, Brooks Buckler and Mike Perez of Norcross, Tucker Baca and Connor Darling of North, Jordan Kelly and Michael Craig of Parkview, Steven Tomlinson and Drew Wharton of Peachtree Ridge, Caleb Carter and Carey Spratlin of Providence, Austin Exford and Gilberto Lopez of Shiloh, Chad Smith and Mikey Lee of South and Grant Colton and Carter Hall of Wesleyan. In addition, the club inducted former Brookwood pitcher Chase Hawkins and former Broncos head coach Dale Moore, former Dacula pitcher Travis Devine, former Wesleyan pitcher Grayson Garvin and outgoing GAC coach Cliff Shelton into its Hall of Fame.

Panthers rack up region awards From Staff Reports Parkview made a near sweep of superlatives from the All-Region 8-AAAAAA baseball team, which was released Monday. Panthers senior lefthander Mac Marshall was named the region’s Pitcher of the Year, while Chan Brown was named Coach of the Year and the Panthers were the overall region Team of the Year. The lone exception was

the region’s Player of the Year honor, which went to Dacula’s Austin Collins, who posted team bests that included a .463 batting average with three home runs and 21 RBIs for the Falcons this season. Joining Marshall and Collins as being honored by the region as first-team All-Region selections were position players Curtis Terry of Archer, Mickey Creighton and Mason LeBlanc of Brookwood, Nick Mollica

of Dacula, Tyler Knight of Grayson, Daino Deas and Brandon Hill of Parkview, Myles Smith of Shiloh and Chad Smith of South Gwinnett, plus pitchers Sean Fitzpatrick of Archer, Nick Marquez of Brookwood, Drew Buschman and Chandler Amason of Grayson and Christian Vann of Parkview. Second-team All-Region selections included position players E.J. Ranel of Archer, Jharol DeLaR-

osa of Berkmar, Brock Baughcum of Brookwood, Daniel Valdes and Roy Clackum of Central Gwinnett, Garrett Medley of Dacula, Andrew Falgiano and David Stinson of Grayson, Jordan Kelly of Parkview, Austin Exford of Shiloh and Dominique Jackson of South and pitchers Jack Peebles of Dacula, Noah Albury of Brookwood, Isiah Gilliam of Parkview, Gilberto Lopez of Shiloh and Mikey Lee of South.

Lacrosse all-county teams revealed which went to Wesleyan’s Aaron Smay. Gwinnett County’s Joining those honorees high school boys and girls on the First-Team Alllacrosse coaches honored County were attackers Luke the players they selected to Printz and Jack Ryan of their All-County team late North, Matt Zimmerman last week. of Wesleyan and Sharp Peachtree Ridge and Reynierson of Grayson, North Gwinnett each had midfielders Dominguez two players named among and Jacob Lee of Peachtree the boys superlatives, with Ridge and Zach Roper the Lions’ Steven Lee being of Mill Creek, defensenamed the county’s Attack men Jordan Johnson of Player of the Year and Matt Peachtree Ridge, Zack Dominguez was the counKaloper of Wesleyan, Alex ty’s Academic Player of the Gasta of North and DarYear, while the Bulldogs’ rien Mask of Collins Hill, Nathan Howell and Aaron specialty players Rakan Amin took in Midfielder Aboneaaj of North and and Defensive Player of the goalie Brandon Hodoval of Year respectively. GAC. Peachtree Ridge head Second-team playcoach Bob Basher was the ers were attackers Ruscounty’s Coach of the Year, sell Gardner of Collins while North’s John Paloscik Hill, Gavin Kesserling of was named the Assistant Buford, Ben Briggett of Coach of the Year. Peachtree Ridge and Sam The two superlatives Kibildis of Mill Creek, that came from other teams midfielders Sam Gasta were the Specialty Player of North, Matty Dedon of the Year, which was Mill of Peachtree Ridge and Creek’s Brandon Savoie, Andrew Eubanks of Mill and Goalie of the Year, Creek, defensemen Jake From Staff Reports

Hubbard of Mill Creek, Ryan Arona of GAC and Darius Thompson of Grayson, specialty player Brooks Rice of GAC and goalie Cody Lewis of Collins Hill. Also honored for the boys were first-team AllAcademic selection Tommy Lawrence of Collins Hill and second-team AllAcademic selection Rakan Aboneaaj of North. The girls honorees were headed up by Attack Player of the Year Lindsay Moore of Wesleyan, Midfielder of the Year Maddie Beck of Mill Creek, Defender of the Year Chase Battle of North, Goalie of the Year Meredith DiStasi of Wesleyan and Academic Player of the Year Lauren Aycock of North. Collins Hill’s Travis Pearre was the Girls Coach of the Year, while Brian Casal of Peachtree Ridge was the Assistant Coach of the Year. Aycock headed up the first-team All-County selections, joined by fellow

attackers Austyn Gorski of Grayson and Darby Frisbie of Peachtree Ridge, midfielders Emily Hallberg of Mill Creek, Abby Squires of Collins Hill and Lindsey Cobb and Haley Gorke of North, defenders Rachel Gann of Mill Creek, Lizzie Cisneros of Brookwood and Andie McGregor of Peachtree Ridge and goalie Erica Welty of Grayson. Haley Curtin of Brooikwood was the first-team All-Academic selection. The All-County secondteam included attackers Curtin, Emily Napierala of Collins Hill and Amila Shake of Brookwood, midfielders Rebecca Graham of Duluth, Sabrina Han of Peachtree Ridge and Aleah Marijanich of Archer, defenders Emily Farrow of Wesleyan, Arynne Keeley of Collins Hill and Taylor Dirkse of Grayson and goalie Victoria DelNero of North. Collins Hill’s Anna Britt was the girls second-team All-Academic selection.

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North’s DelNero signs to play lacrosse in N.Y. North Gwinnett senior Victoria DelNero has signed a letter of intent with Roberts Wesleyan College, an NCAA Division II program in Rochester, N.Y. DelNero played goalie for the Bulldogs, recording 134 saves with a 52.34 save percentage for a 13-6 team.

Lanier’s Smith commits to West Florida basketball Lanier senior point guard Peyton Smith has made a commitment to the University of West Florida men’s basketball program. He is the son of Barry and Pamela Smith. Smith earned second-team All-Region 8-AAAA honors as a senior, averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 assists.

North’s Bullock to be honored by Positive Athlete Georgia North Gwinnett junior Jessica Bullock has been selected by Positive Athlete Georgia for the Georgia Most Positive Award winner for girls golf. She will be honored June 14 during a ceremony at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. The award recognizes athletes for optimistic attitude, encouraging teammates, being servant leaders, having a heart for others, admitting imperfections, always giving 100 percent and always putting the team first.

11-year-old qualifies for US Women’s Open Lucy Li, an 11-yearold from California, has become the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open after going two under par in her sectional qualifier, the U.S. Golf Association said. Li earned her way into next month’s golf major event by shooting rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay near San Francisco on Monday. The school girl beat second-place qualifier Kathleen Scavo by seven strokes to earn her way into the field for the June 19-22 championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Lexi Thompson, at 12 years, four months in 2007, previously held the mark as youngest to qualify. — From staff, wire reports

Stephen stepping down at Collins Hill ern, and the program I’m in needs more flexibility (in terms of scheduling). … My ultimate goal is to Having coached wresmove into administration, tling for many years, and I want to do things Josh Stephen has come that will set me up in that to appreciate the intense (direction). … It’s the best combative elements of the move for me right now.” sport. Stephen, whose twin But he didn’t enjoy havbrother Mike is the head ing to figuratively wrestle coach at Grayson, has been with a decision on his coaching wrestling on the future, which ended when high school and youth levJosh Stephen has stepped down as the head wrestling els for more than 15 years, he chose to step down as coach at Collins Hill. (File photo) Collins Hill’s head coach including six seasons as late last week. head coach at Harrison Stephen, who spent the a doctorate degree in curhard to leave the kids, the High School in Cobb last three seasons as head riculum studies, which he parents and the commuCounty before coming to coach and two previous hopes will help him reach nity, but I’ll still be around. Collins Hill as an assistant seasons as an assistant with his goal of advancing from I still plan on teaching (at in 2009. the Eagles program, said teaching to administration. Collins Hill). Then, after two years on his decision was made to “It was a tough deci“I’m starting my doctor- Cliff Ramos’ staff, he took allow him time to pursue sion,” Stephen said. “It’s ate through Georgia South- over the program when By David Friedlander david.friedlander@

Ramos retired 2011 and guided the Eagles to the Class AAAAA state traditional tournament championship in 2012. In addition, Stephen coached 23 individual state placers, seven individual state champions and two All-Americans heading into this past season while with the Collins Hill program. Though his pursuit of his doctorate has led him to his decision to step down, he says he will remain active in Gwinnett’s wrestling community, helping to coach with the Compound Training Facility’s northern location in Buford. “I’m still very passionate about the sport,” Stephen said.

North turns to Wentzler as girls interim coach By Will Hammock

bring in a replacement for retiring Corban Cofer in time for the 2014-15 school year. Rather than rush a full-time “It’s important for us to do a hire, North Gwinnett has opted to thorough search,” York said. “We name Mike Wentzler as the interdon’t have any teaching jobs open im head girls soccer coach for the and we want to give (the soccer 2015 season. He also will continue job) its due. We want to go out and in his current role as the Bulldogs’ make sure we find the right person head boys soccer coach. to take over a very important proNorth athletic director Grady gram at our school. Mike will do York said a search for a full-time a great job for a year and we’ll get head girls soccer coach would be him some help.” made prior to the 2016 season. An Wentzler, a Duluth grad, took absence of open teaching positions over as North’s boys head coach in made it tough for the program to 2010. He led the team to a streak

of three straight state playoff appearances from 2011-13 that ended this season. He was the Region 7-AAAAAA boys coach of the year in 2013. His specialty is goalkeeper, the position he played at Duluth and at Berry College, where he was an NAIA All-American. He also has served as goalkeeper coach for the Emory University women’s soccer team. “Coaching both teams will be quite the logistically challenging task,” Wentzler said. “In order for North to perform a thorough

search to find a the quality coach that the extremely talented girls program deserves, stepping in as an interim gives our athletic department the time to find the right candidate. “My interim year also provides an opportunity for a larger candidate pool of applicants that includes coaches and teachers who are unable to apply since the transfer window within Gwinnett County is closed and the job opened so late in the school year. Overall, I am looking forward to working with the girls program.”

Rams’ Westendorf finalist for national award From Staff Reports

and exemplary character demonstrated on and off Grayson’s Jennifer the field. Westendorf was named the Now a finalist for the Georgia’s girls soccer play- prestigious Gatorade nationer of the year by Gatorade al girls soccer player of the and USA year award to be announced Today high later this month, Westenschool dorf joins an elite alumni sports on association of past state Tuesday. award-winners in 12 sports, The including Abby Wambach award (1997-98, Our Lady of recognizes Mercy, N.Y.), Derek Jeter Jennifer not only (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Westendorf outstandMich.), Candace Parker ing athletic excellence, (2001-02, Naperville Cenbut also high standards tral HS, Ill.), Alexi Lalas of academic achievement (1987-88, Cranbrook HS,

Mich.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.). The 5-foot-7 sophomore forward scored 46 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Rams (21-1-1) to the Class AAAAAA state championship game. A member of the U.S. soccer under-17 women’s national team, Westendorf is in her first year at Grayson, having moved to the area from Montgomery, Ala., with her family. She

is ranked as the nation’s No. 6 recruit in the Class of 2016 by Westendorf has maintained a 3.90 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and has participated in multiple community-service initiatives in association with her church youth group. “Jennifer Westendorf has had the biggest impact on her team this season,” said Jeff Becker, head coach of Brookwood. “Grayson was lacking a goal-scorer

last year, and Jennifer has provided that for them on a consistent basis.” Westendorf has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame beginning in the fall of 2016. Westendorf joins recent Gatorade Georgia Girls Soccer Players of the Year Rachel Garcia (2012-13, Greater Atlanta Christian), Ashley Baker (2007-08, Parkview) and Marah Falle (2006-07, Parkview) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Gwinnett Goal Club honors year’s best prep players From Staff Reports Brookwood and Greater Atlanta Christian swept the county soccer player of year awards Tuesday night at the Gwinnett Goal Club’s season-ending banquet. Brookwood’s Jenny Allen and Brahan Gamarra were selected as the Gwinnett players of the year for Class AAAAAA, while the AAAAA-A players of the year were both from GAC, Danielle Marcano and Nash Wagnon. Two other awards went to those two schools — Brookwood’s Danny Klinect as AAAAAA boys coach of

the year and GAC’s Thom Jacquet as the AAAAA-A boys coach of the year. Grayson’s Terry Klinect (AAAAAA) and Lanier’s Jack Hughes (AAAAAA) were voted as the girls coaches of the year. The club also selected its all-county teams and scholar-athlete award-winners for each team. Those honorees are as follows: All-County AAAAAA Boys Thomas Long, Archer Gabriel Guerra, Berkmar Brahan Gamarra, Brookwood Jordan Locke, Brookwood Alfredo Rivera, Brookwood Ricky Ortiz, Central Gwinnett Michael Ille, Collins Hill Paul Ille, Collins Hill Zach Jones, Collins Hill Brian Mejia, Dacula

Nikolai Iotov, Duluth Ryan Sanders, Grayson Jairo Velazquez, Meadowcreek Ernando Manrique, Mill Creek Mike Vincent, Mill Creek Jonathan Sayers, Mountain View Daniel Bile, Norcross John Arndt, North Gwinnett Connor Rosenthal, Parkview Jung Nam, Peachtree Ridge Adrian Lollar, Shiloh Austin Varney, South Gwinnett AAAAAA Girls Carson Batye, Archer Raven Mathews, Berkmar Jenny Allen, Brookwood Sanon Williams, Brookwood Mimi Sangosina, Central Gwinnett Dena Cisic, Collins Hill Paige Hoover, Collins Hill Katie McAdams, Dacula Hannah Huizenga, Duluth Tiffany Sornpao, Duluth Brittney Bennett, Grayson Ella Stevens, Grayson Jennifer Westendorf, Grayson Elisa Diaz, Meadowcreek Caroline Fleming, Mill Creek Katie Darby, Mountain View Maddie Stephen, Norcross Caroline Gualdoni, North Gwinnett

Emma Carlson, Parkview Sumer Culberson, Peachtree Ridge Kaylee Griswold, Shiloh Kelly Geary, South Gwinnett AAAAA-A Boys Willy Uriostegui, Buford Davis Bryan, GAC Marius Heislitz, GAC Ryan Marcano, GAC Nash Wagnon, GAC Braden Elmer, Hebron Cole Redman, Hebron Andrew Thompson, Hebron Eduardo Carlos Sosa, Lanier Jake Freeman, Providence Cort Coxhead, Wesleyan AAAAA-A Girls Elexa Bahr, Buford Brie Smith, Buford Jessi Vaverka, Buford Heather Ferrari, GAC Reagan Glisson, GAC Danielle Marcano, GAC Sarah Boyd, Hebron Lexi Kent, Hebron Tori Wyant, Lanier Anna Bougas, Providence Hope Morgan, Wesleyan Scholar-Athlete Award AAAAAA Archer: Kevin Quiterio, Gabrielle

Coumes Berkmar: Rishi Brahmbatt, Viviana Santana Brookwood: Junior Ametepe, Rebecca Head Central Gwinnett: Mirza Krluc, Hannah Supple Collins Hill: Juan Restrepo, Michaela Routh Dacula: Bryce Lackey, Madison Glunn Duluth: Mitch McCurry, Rebecca Miller Grayson: Ryan Sanders, Chelsea Norton Meadowcreek: Jaime Ramirez, Elisa Diaz Mill Creek: Ethan LoCicero, Courtney Larson Mountain View: Dylan Harper, Janine Kfouri Norcross: Dilan Gonzalez, Nicki Willis North Gwinnett: David Abbott, Amanda Delgado Parkview: Parker Nguyen, Madison Ober Peachtree Ridge: Sujay Kalathoor, Phoebe Palmer Shiloh: Daniel Nguyen, Vivian Nyamukapa South Gwinnett: Austin Varney, Kelly Geary

Sprint Cup star Almirola living the American dream By Seth Livingstone The Sports Xchange

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standout Aric Almirola knows that his good fortune can be traced to good family, good decisions and a great country. “My story is just one of millions,” said the Richard Petty Motorsports driver, whose roots resonate with a patriotic bond to the third annual “NASCAR: An American Salute” program, a seven-week campaign to rally teams, tracks, fans and partners to collectively recognize and honor active and retired service men and women. “I’m thankful for the opportunities we have on a day-today basis and for the men and women who put their life on the line to make sure we, as Americans, get to wake up and be safe each day.” Almirola’s patriotism extends far beyond the U.S. Air Force

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (43) prepares for the race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4. (USA Today Sports: Mike DiNovo)

logo on the blue hood of his iconic No. 43 Ford and runs deeper than the commitment his sponsor Eckrich Meats has made in aiding military families. It extends all the way back to 1966, when his paternal grandparents emigrated from Cuba, sacrificing all their possessions so their family might have the opportunity to live the American dream. When Ralph Almirola Sr. and wife Eneida fled Havana with only the clothes on their backs and their two children, Almirola’s father, Ralph Jr., was 4 years old

and his uncle, Roberto, was just 2. “It was at a time when Fidel Castro was offering freedom flights to Miami,” Aric Almirola says. “But if you wanted to go, you had to give all your personal belongings to the government.” The Almirolas were not dirtpoor, so the decision was not an easy one. “My grandparents were middle class,” Aric says. “They worked hard for everything they acquired in Cuba. They had a car and a farm-style house. My grandfather always worked and so did my grandmother, who sewed dresses and other items. They made a decent living. “But they didn’t like what they saw of the way the country was going. When it was time to make a decision, they made it for their family and themselves. “When they arrived here, they felt instant patriotism. This was the country that accepted them and welcomed them and gave them an opportunity. All they were asking

for was that opportunity to create a better life for their family than what they had in Cuba.” Ralph Almirola Jr. would spend four years in the Air Force, serving as an environmental control specialist before joining the Hillsborough County Fire Department, where he continues to work. Aric, now 30, was born on Elgin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and lived there for two years before his family’s move to Tampa. As fate would have it, the family of Aric’s grandfather on his mother’s side had also emigrated from Cuba years before. His grandfather, Sam Rodriguez, was a sprint car racer of note — a three-time Tampa Bay Area Racing champ who helped Aric embark on his career as a go-kart driver when he was 8. Almirola grew up playing baseball as well as racing. At 14, when he won the pole at his first World Karting Association race,

his sport of choice became more apparent. Almirola, who studied mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida, got his major break in racing at 23 when Joe Gibbs signed him to participate in the Joe Gibbs Racing/Reggie White Driver Diversity Program. “It’s one thing to live in a country that’s so inviting — a place where people want to be,” Aric said. “I’m lucky enough to be an American citizen. But I also get to drive a race car for a living and make really good money at it to support my family. I know this is all because of my grandparents’ decision to move here. There’s no way I’d be racing cars if I lived in Cuba.” As blessed as he feels about his career, his family, including wife Janice and their two young children, and to be an American, Almirola feels equally fortunate about his ability to give something back with the American Salute program.

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Cumpton outduels Rodriguez in G-Braves loss By Guy Curtright Staff Correspondent

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett left-hander Daniel Rodriguez is having a bounce-back season, but is still winless at Coolray Field. The native of Mexico fell to 0-3 at home compared to 4-1 on the road as Indianapolis salvaged a split of the four-game series against the G-Braves with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night. Rodriguez deserved a better fate. The 29-year-old struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings and one of the runs against him was unearned. Indianapolis righthander Brandon Cumpton was just a little better. The former Georgia Tech standout from Augusta allowed five hits and a run over a season-best eight innings while improving to 4-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.35. He struck out six and walked two. Rodriguez, who has a 3.12 ERA, retired the last eight batters he faced. He gave up five hits — one a homer to the second batter

Gwinnett Braves starter Daniel Rodriguez struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings, but still suffered the loss against Indianapolis on Tuesday at Coolray Field. (Photo: Taylor Botta)

of the game — and walked one. In most ways, his outing was as good as his previous start in Buffalo on May 13, but he got a loss instead of a win. At least the loss didn’t knock the G-Braves (2519) out of first place in the International League South. Durham (26-21)

dropped a home game earlier in the day and remains a half-game behind. Gwinnett manager Brian Snitker wasn’t around for the end of the game. He was ejected for the first time this season after questioning an out call on an attempted stolen base in the fourth innings. Derrick Mitchell appeared to easily

beat the throw. Snitker has been impressed with Rodriguez this season. “He’s pitched very well,” the manager said. “Everything revolves around his curveball. If he has it working, he can change up on his other pitches.” Rodriguez rarely reaches 90 mph and Indianapolis

shortstop Robert Andino lined a 1-0 fastball over the left-field fence for a firstinning lead. The G-Braves tied it on an RBI single by Christian Bethancourt in the second inning, but the Indians scored twice in the fourth and added an unearned run courtesy of two Gwinnett errors in the fifth. Bethancourt got the GBraves within one run with a two-out double in the ninth inning, but Edward Salcedo lined out to Andino with two on to end the game. Josh Kinney got his third save. Tommy LaStella joined Bethancourt with two hits for the G-Braves. Andino and Chris Dickerson each had two hits for Indianapolis, which leads the IL West with a 26-19 record. Rodriguez spent seven seasons in the Mexican League, going 11-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 2012. That was enough for Atlanta to sign him and he made two starts for Gwinnett at the end of that season. Rodriguez, especially tough on left-handed hitters, had a good spring training with the Braves

last year and was an outside candidate for a spot in the bullpen. But he struggled after a solid April with Gwinnett and his season ended in early June because of a strained elbow. After a frustrating summer, Rodriguez made it back to pitch in the Mexican Pacific League over the winter and set out to make up for lost time, starting with another solid spring with Atlanta. So far so good, especially on the road. Notes: Sean Kazmar was placed on the disabled list with a bruised left hand suffered on a slide at the plate in Buffalo on Friday. The shortstop has a .324 average in 24 games. … Jose Constanza remains on the disabled list with a groin strain suffered May 9 at Lehigh Valley. … Todd Cunningham had his streak of games with an RBI end at five. … Today’s scheduled day off is just the G-Braves’ second of the season. The other was April 30. … Norfolk comes in Thursday for a four-game series to conclude the homestand.

Braves finally back up Teheran and blank Brewers ran (3-3), who won his first game since April 16. Teheran earned his ATLANTA — The second career shutout. The Atlanta Braves finally pro- right-hander allowed five vided some run support for hits and struck out six on pitcher Julio Teheran, and a career-high 123 pitches. he rewarded them with a The Brewers did not have a complete-game shutout in runner advance past second a 5-0 win over the Milwau- base until the ninth inning kee Brewers on Tuesday. and suffered their fifth The Braves scored five shutout. It was Milwauruns for the third straight kee’s fourth straight loss. game and extended their The Brewers produced winning streak to three their biggest threat in the games. It was only the sec- ninth. But with runners ond time this season that on the corners and one the Braves’ offense has out, Teheran struck out scored five runs for Tehepinch-hitter Rickie Weeks By Stan Awtrey The Sports Xchange

Baseball Major League Baseball NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB L10 Atlanta.................... 25. 19.. .568..... —...6-4 Washington............. 24. 21.. .533.... 1.5...5-5 Miami...................... 23. 22.. .511....2.5...3-7 New York................. 20. 23.. .465....4.5...4-6 Philadelphia............ 19. 22.. .463....4.5...4-6 Central Division W L Pct GB L10 Milwaukee............... 27. 19.. .587..... —...5-5 St. Louis.................. 24. 21.. .533....2.5...6-4 Cincinnati................ 20. 24.. .455.......6...4-6 Pittsburgh................ 18. 26.. .409.......8...4-6 Chicago.................. 15. 27.. .357.....10...4-6 West Division W L Pct GB L10 San Francisco......... 28. 17.. .622..... —...6-4 Colorado................. 25. 20.. .556.......3...4-6 Los Angeles............ 23. 22.. .511.......5...4-6 San Diego............... 21. 24.. .467.......7...6-4 Arizona................... 18. 29.. .383..... 11...5-5 Monday’s Games Cincinnati 4, Washington 3, 15 innings Atlanta 9, Milwaukee 3 Tuesday’s Games Washington 9, Cincinnati 4 Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 0 St. Louis 5, Arizona 0 L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 1-1) at N.Y. Mets (Montero 0-1), late Philadelphia (Burnett 2-3) at Miami (DeSclafani 1-0), late San Francisco (Bumgarner 5-3) at Colorado (Morales 3-3), late Today’s Games Cincinnati (Simon 5-2) at Washington (Roark 3-1), 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Lohse 5-1) at Atlanta (Santana 4-1), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 3-2) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 0-1), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Kendrick 0-4) at Miami (Eovaldi 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (McCarthy 1-6) at St. Louis (Wacha 3-3), 8:15 p.m. San Francisco (Cain 1-3) at Colorado (Chacin 0-2), 8:40 p.m. INTERLEAGUE AT NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday’s Games Baltimore 9, Pittsburgh 2 N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 6-0) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 4-2), late Minnesota (Correia 1-5) at San Diego (Kennedy 2-5), late Today’s Games N.Y. Yankees (Whitley 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-4), 2:20 p.m. Baltimore (Tillman 4-2) at Pittsburgh (Rodriguez 0-2), 7:05 p.m. Minnesota (Hughes 4-1) at San Diego (Ross 5-3), 9:10 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB L10 Baltimore................ 23. 20.. .535..... —...4-6 New York................. 23. 20.. .535..... —...5-5 Toronto.................... 24. 22.. .522.......5...6-4 Boston.................... 20. 24.. .455....3.5...3-7 Tampa Bay.............. 19. 26.. .422.......5...4-6 Central Division W L Pct GB L10 Detroit..................... 27. 14.. .659..... —... 7-3 Minnesota............... 21. 21.. .500....6.5...6-4 Kansas City............ 22. 22.. .500....6.5...6-4 Chicago.................. 22. 24.. .478.... 7.5...4-6 Cleveland................ 21. 25.. .457....8.5...4-6 West Division W L Pct GB L10 Oakland.................. 28. 16.. .636..... —...9-1 Los Angeles............ 24. 20.. .545.......4... 7-3 Seattle.................... 21. 22.. .488....6.5...4-6 Texas...................... 21. 23.. .477.......7...4-6 Houston.................. 17. 28.. .378...11.5...6-4 Monday’s Games Cleveland 5, Detroit 4, 10 innings Chicago White Sox 7, Kansas City 6 Houston 5, L.A. Angels 2 Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 6, Detroit 2 Toronto 7, Boston 4 Oakland (Pomeranz 3-1) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 2-3), late Seattle (Iwakuma 2-0) at Texas (Lewis 3-2), late Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 3-0) at Kansas City (Ventura 2-3), late Houston (Feldman 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 3-1), late

and center fielder Carlos Gomez. Much of Atlanta’s offensive punch came from left fielder Justin Upton, who had two hits, including his 12th homer, and drove in three runs. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons also homered for the Braves. The losing pitcher was Yovani Gallardo (2-3), who allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Gallardo left the game with an injury when he landed awkwardly and fell to the ground after leaping to unsuccessfully

field a ground ball. After being retired in order in the first two innings, the Braves scored three times in the third. Simmons led off with a long homer into the seats in left. The Braves loaded the bases on a single by catcher Gerald Laird and back-to-back walks to second baseman Ramiro Pena and first baseman Freddie Freeman with two outs. Justin Upton then drove in Laird and Pena with a linedrive single to left. Atlanta added a run in the fourth inning. Center

fielder B.J. Upton walked and went to third on a single by Simmons. After Laird struck out, Teheran hit a high chopper over the mound that was misplayed by second baseman Scooter Gennett and allowed Upton to score. Gallardo was injured on that play and had to leave the game. The Braves made it 5-0 in the fifth inning on a leadoff homer by Justin Upton, his 12th. Notes: Atlanta scratched C Evan Gattis minutes before the first pitch because of viral symptoms. He

took batting practice but because nauseated about 10 minutes before the game started. Gerald Laird replaced him in the lineup and LF Justin Upton was moved into the cleanup spot that Gattis had occupied. … The Braves challenged a play at second base and had it successfully overturned. Replays showed SS Andrelton Simmons had his hand on the base when he was tagged. He was originally called out by second base umpire Fieldin Culbreth. The review took 2:15.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Points Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May. 19 1. Matt Crafton, 162 points. 2. Timothy Peters, 151. 3. German Quiroga, 144. 4. Johnny Sauter, 143. 5. Ron Hornaday Jr., 137. 6. Ben Kennedy, 132. 7. John Wes Townley, 127. 8. Jeb Burton, 127. 9. Ryan Blaney, 123. 10. Darrell Wallace Jr., 108. 11. Joe Nemechek, 105. 12. Joey Coulter, 103. 13. Jennifer Jo Cobb, 99. 14. Bryan Silas, 94. 15. Norm Benning, 93.

Bryant, TE Matt Furstenburg, and DT Cody Larsen. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed WR Caleb Holley. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Cut G Michael Jasper and G Phillipkeith Manley. CHICAGO BEARS—Cut P Drew Butler and RB Willie Carter. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Cut RB Jamaine Cook, WR Tori Gurley, DE Elhadji Ndiaye, and T Michael Philipp. Placed WR Josh Cooper and TE Andre Smith on IR. Signed DB K’Waun Williams. DALLAS COWBOYS—Cut RB Glasco Martin. Signed DT Ken Bishop to a four-year contract. DENVER BRONCOS—Cut P Steven Clark and DT Mister Cobble. Placed DE John Youboty on IR. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Cut TE Raymond Webber. HOUSTON TEXANS—Acquired T Anthony Dima off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Acquired G Conor Boffeli off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Cut WR Andy Cruse, DE Tyrone Ezell, and WR Nathan Slaughter. Placed T Chris Martin on IR. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Cut WR Greg Moore. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Cut K Jeff Budzien and P Chad Zinchini. Signed RB Storm Johnson to a fouryear contract. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed DT Jermelle Cudjo and DT Kyle Love. Waived DL Cory Grissom and LB Ridge Wilson. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Cut QB Travis Partridge. Signed QB Teddy Bridgewater, DT Shamar Stephen, and LB Brandon Watts to a four-year contract. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS— Waived LB James Morris. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Announced DB Devon Walker has retired. Cut NT Brandon McCray and G Micajah Reynolds. Signed WR Brandin Cooks, LB Khairi Fortt, and CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste to a four-year contract. Signed LB Kasim Edebali. NEW YORK GIANTS—Signed WR Odell Beckham, LB Devon Kennard, and C Weston Richburg to a fouryear contract. NEW YORK JETS—Cut C Jacolby Ashworth and WR Dwight Jones. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Cut DB Johnny Adams, LB Frank Beltre, and WR D.J. Coles. Signed DE Denico Autry. Waived NT David Carter. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Cut DB John Fulton. Signed DB Davon Morgan. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Cut DB Jimmy Legree. Signed T Nate Isles. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Acquired G Travis Bond off waivers from the Carolina Panthers. TENNESSEE TITANS—Cut FB Quinn Johnson. Signed DE David Gilbert, WR Julian Horton, RB Waymon James, T Viondy Merisma, and DB Winston Wright. Waived DB George Baker, LB Jamal Merrell, and WR Eric Ward. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Cut NT Chris Davenport, DB Jose Gumbs, TE Kevin Perry, and QB Tommy Rees. NCAA Football HOUSTON—Named Tony Levine head coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Signed D Anton Cederholm to an entry-level contract.

SPORTS AT A GLANCE Today’s Games Detroit (Scherzer 6-1) at Cleveland (McAllister 3-4), 12:05 p.m. Seattle (Young 3-1) at Texas (Tepesch 0-0), 2:05 p.m. Toronto (Hutchison 2-3) at Boston (Buchholz 2-3), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Milone 1-3) at Tampa Bay (Bedard 2-1), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 2-3) at Kansas City (Guthrie 2-3), 8:10 p.m. Houston (McHugh 2-2) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 4-3), 10:05 p.m.

Basketball National Basketball Association Conference Finals (Best-of-7 x-if necessary) Eastern Conference Indiana 1, Miami 0 Sunday, May 18: Indiana 107, Miami 96 Tuesday, May 20: Miami at Indiana, late Saturday, May 24: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 26: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, May 28: Miami at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. x-Friday, May 30: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. x-Sunday, June 1: Miami at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. Western Conference San Antonio 1, Oklahoma City 0 Monday, May 19: San Antonio 122, Oklahoma City 105 Wednesday, May 21: Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. Sunday, May 25: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. x-Thursday, May 29: Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. x-Saturday, May 31: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. x-Monday, June 2: Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m.

Golf PGA FedExCup Points Standings By SportsDirect Inc Through May 19 YTD Top Rank Name Points Wins 10’s 1. Jimmy Walker 2,172 3 6 2. Bubba Watson 1,858 2 6 3. Matt Kuchar 1,571 1 9 4. Dustin Johnson 1,427 1 6 5. Patrick Reed 1,364 2 2 6. Jordan Spieth 1,339 0 6 7. Harris English 1,290 1 6 8. Chris Kirk 1,252 1 2 9. Zach Johnson 1,137 1 4 10. Jim Furyk 1,099 0 5 11. Brendon Todd 1,069 1 3 12. Matt Every 1,051 1 5 13. Webb Simpson 1,001 1 5 14. Ryan Moore 995 1 4 15. John Senden 987 1 3 PGA Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May 19 Trn Money 1. Jimmy Walker 17 $4,568,475 2. Bubba Watson 10 $4,557,079 3. Dustin Johnson 10 $3,576,012 4. Matt Kuchar 13 $3,464,302 5. Jordan Spieth 15 $3,201,826 6. Patrick Reed 15 $3,038,426 7. Jim Furyk 10 $2,839,637 8. Harris English 17 $2,569,772 9. Chris Kirk 16 $2,408,893 10. Martin Kaymer 11 $2,318,602 11. Zach Johnson 14 $2,290,587 12. Ryan Moore 14 $2,245,980 13. Webb Simpson 13 $2,118,756

14. Matt Every 15 $2,102,826 15. Brendon Todd 17 $2,092,863 LPGA Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May 19 Trn Money 1. Stacy Lewis 10 $853,617 2. Michelle Wie 9 $738,693 3. Lexi Thompson 9 $614,875 4. Karrie Webb 8 $584,941 5. Lydia Ko 10 $554,044 6. Anna Nordqvist 9 $542,504 7. Inbee Park 8 $488,111 8. Lizette Salas 10 $470,615 9. Azahara Munoz 11 $443,607 10. Paula Creamer 10 $415,028 11. Chella Choi 11 $380,456 12. Cristie Kerr 9 $329,239 13. Angela Stanford 9 $307,731 14. Jenny Shin 10 $294,437 15. Jessica Korda 9 $290,632 CHAMP Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May 19 Trn Money 1. Bernhard Langer 8 $1,219,451 2. Fred Couples 6 $780,600 3. Jay Haas 8 $745,129 4. Kenny Perry 8 $534,654 5. Michael Allen 8 $510,438 6. Colin Montgomerie 7 $502,929 7. Duffy Waldorf 7 $429,856 8. Olin Browne 8 $341,573 9. Steve Pate 7 $338,232 10. Tom Lehman 6 $336,411 11. Kirk Triplett 5 $327,199 12. Jeff Sluman 8 $321,443 13. Jeff Maggert 3 $317,060 14. Mark Calcavecchia 7 $316,805 15. Rocco Mediate 8 $289,255 WEB Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May 19 Trn Money 1. Carlos Ortiz 8 $363,058 2. Andrew Putnam 9 $263,657 3. Alex Cejka 6 $238,401 4. Jon Curran 8 $201,857 5. Blayne Barber 8 $189,057 6. Adam Hadwin 9 $176,104 7. Jonathan Randolph 9 $160,552 8. Justin Thomas 8 $148,423 9. Max Homa 5 $142,155 10. Daniel Berger 9 $116,216 11. Kyle Reifers 7 $111,784 12. Jason Gore 4 $106,162 13. Kris Blanks 2 $99,000 14. Alex Prugh 3 $85,857 15. Derek Fathauer 9 $85,192

Hockey NHL Conference Finals (Best-of-7 x-if necessary) Eastern Conference NY Rangers 2, Montreal 0 Saturday, May 17: NY Rangers 7, Montreal 2 Monday, May 19: NY Rangers 3, Montreal 1 Thursday, May 22: Montreal at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25: Montreal at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, May 27: NY Rangers at Montreal, 8 p.m. x-Thursday, May 29: Montreal at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, May 31: NY Rangers at Montreal, 8 p.m. Western Conference Chicago 1, Los Angeles 0 Sunday, May 18: Chicago 3, Los Angeles 1 Wednesday, May 21: Los Angeles at Chicago, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24: Chicago at Los

Angeles, 8 p.m. Monday, May 26: Chicago at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. x-Wednesday, May 28: Los Angeles at Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Friday, May 30: Chicago at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. x-Sunday, June 1: Los Angeles at Chicago, 8 p.m.

NASCAR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Leaders By SportsDirect Inc. Through May. 19 1. Jeff Gordon, 394 points. 2. Matt Kenseth, 379. 3. Kyle Busch, 373. 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 368. 5. Carl Edwards, 367. 6. Joey Logano, 346. 7. Jimmie Johnson, 340. 8. Ryan Newman, 332. 9. Greg Biffle, 328. 10. Brian Vickers, 327. 11. Brad Keselowski, 326. 12. Denny Hamlin, 318. 13. Kyle Larson, 318. 14. Austin Dillon, 306. 15. Kevin Harvick, 302. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc. Through May. 19 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr., $3,040,214 2. Brad Keselowski, $2,805,052 3. Jamie McMurray, $2,720,846 4. Jeff Gordon, $2,709,150 5. Denny Hamlin, $2,587,501 6. Joey Logano, $2,532,840 7. Kevin Harvick, $2,381,797 8. Jimmie Johnson, $2,351,805 9. Kyle Busch, $2,332,472 10. Matt Kenseth, $2,309,779 11. Greg Biffle, $2,028,234 12. Paul Menard, $1,943,489 13. Brian Vickers, $1,872,814 14. Austin Dillon, $1,872,221 15. Clint Bowyer, $1,838,762 NASCAR Nationwide Series Points Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May. 19 1. Chase Elliott, 379 points. 2. Elliott Sadler, 377. 3. Regan Smith, 377. 4. Ty Dillon, 344. 5. Trevor Bayne, 343. 6. Brian Scott, 315. 7. Brendan Gaughan, 282. 8. James Buescher, 269. 9. Chris Buescher, 260. 10. Landon Cassill, 258. 11. Dylan Kwasniewski, 254. 12. Ryan Reed, 253. 13. Mike Bliss, 238. 14. Dakoda Armstrong, 236. 15. Jeffrey Earnhardt, 193. NASCAR Nationwide Series Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May. 19 1. Kyle Busch, $397,785 2. Regan Smith, $393,623 3. Chase Elliott, $392,188 4. Elliott Sadler, $364,234 5. Kyle Larson, $361,929 6. Trevor Bayne, $313,638 7. Ty Dillon, $294,518 8. Brian Scott, $286,423 9. Brendan Gaughan, $274,468 10. Dylan Kwasniewski, $272,023 11. James Buescher, $264,503 12. Ryan Sieg, $263,528 13. Ryan Reed, $262,388 14. Landon Cassill, $262,336 15. Mike Bliss, $257,998

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Money Leaders By SportsDirect Inc Through May. 19 1. Kyle Busch, $159,600 2. Matt Crafton, $109,118 3. Timothy Peters, $92,396 4. Johnny Sauter, $78,257 5. Ben Kennedy, $61,002 6. Darrell Wallace Jr., $59,641 7. Ron Hornaday Jr., $58,636 8. Ryan Blaney, $56,201 9. Jeb Burton, $54,476 10. German Quiroga, $52,931 11. John Wes Townley, $49,290 12. Joey Coulter, $46,296 13. Mason Mingus, $46,266 14. Norm Benning, $45,816 15. Bryan Silas, $45,236

Transactions BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Placed RHP Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day DL. Selected the contract of RHP Javy Guerra from Charlotte (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS—Activated 1B Jason Giambi from the 15-day DL. Optioned 1B Jesus Aguilar, LHP T.J. House, and 2B Jose Ramirez to Columbus (IL). Recalled RHP Trevor Bauer and SS Justin Sellers from Columbus (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS—Sent RHP Alex White and RHP Asher Wojciechowski on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City (PCL). SEATTLE MARINERS—Placed 1B Corey Hart on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 19. Recalled 2B Nick Franklin from Tacoma (PCL). TAMPA BAY RAYS—Activated CF Desmond Jennings from the bereavement list. Optioned RHP Brandon Gomes to Durham (IL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Recalled LHP Rob Rasmussen from Buffalo (IL). National League COLORADO ROCKIES—Activated RF Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Chris Martin to Colorado Springs (PCL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day DL. Optioned LHP Sam Freeman to Memphis (PCL). Optioned C J.P. Arencibia to Round Rock (PCL). Selected the contract of C Chris Gimenez from Round Rock (PCL). Transferred LHP Martin Perez from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. BASKETBALL COLLEGE BASKETBALL OREGON ST.—Named Wayne Tinkle head coach. FOOTBALL National Football League BALTIMORE RAVENS—Cut LB D.J.

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He also is a sophomore for a young GAC team. Junior Reagan Cink (76), freshman Conner Conkel (77), freshman Davis Steffen Smith (78) Smith and sophomore Alex Kim (81) also contributed for the Spartans. But Smith had the round of the day, kick-starting play with birdies on the first two holes. “(Smith) was just real steady,” GAC coach Gary

Richey said. “He was under par the whole round. His only bogey was on No. 3. He went birdie, birdie, bogey to start. He had a lot of pars and picked his spots for birdies. He was very patient. He was 5 under after No. 12 and just played real smart golf coming in. He had a couple of opportunities after that but just didn’t make the putts.” The Wesleyan boys placed fifth in AA with a 318. James Cyran shot 75 to lead the Wolves, who also got a pair of 80s from Hunter Dixon and Rhodri Howell and an 83 from Will Harper.

Lions •From Page 1B “For his standards, he didn’t make some of the putts he wanted to make.” While Healy made a run at the individual title, Huntzinger and Peachtree Ridge were on their way to the second boys golf state championship in school history — the first was in 2009. Junior Mike Collins shot 76 for the Lions and senior Steven Payne shot 78, while seniors Davis Cook (79), Kevin Kim (79) and junior Matt Collins (87) also were in the state champions’ lineup. Peachtree Ridge was one of the first teams to finish, leaving two hours of waiting as the scores slowly trickled in. “It came down to the very last group, we were waiting for Roswell’s No. 1 to come in,” Peachtree Ridge coach Bert Green said. “It was nerve-racking. There’s nothing you can do but sit there and watch. They have a nice locker room and the guys watched ‘Dodgeball’ on TV in the locker room. They left me sweating it out.” The Peachtree Ridge golfers eventually emerged from the movie break, then hit the putting green in anticipation of a possible playoff with Roswell. That wasn’t necessary, though. Huntzinger’s score was low enough to get the job done. “(Huntzinger) just played fantastic,” Green said. “He’s played fantastic the whole year. He was low medalist at the sectional tournament. He’s been a rock this whole season. We wouldn’t be anywhere close to where we are without him. He’s just done fantastic this year.” Huntzinger was a little shaky at the start, but quickly overcame it. His approach on the second hole was out of position to the right of the green, but

he chipped to seven feet and made his par putt. He followed that up by reaching the green on the third hole, a short par-5, in two, but three-putted for par. He made a difficult, heavy-breaking chip shot for birdie on the fourth hole. “That was the hole that really started to get me going,” he said. He saved par on the next two holes, then made birdie at No. 9 to turn at 34. “There were probably four holes on the front that kind of determined how I would play throughout the day,” Huntzinger said. He made short birdie putts on No. 11 and No. 13, prompting a conservative finish from there. “I just didn’t want to lose anything,” he said. “I tried to limit my mistakes and hit as many greens and fairways as possible.” Huntzinger wasn’t done with birdies, however. Despite a rough location in the sand on the 18th hole — one leg in the bunker, one leg out — he made a short chip pin high to four feet. He rolled in that putt for his final birdie. “For us as a team, it means a lot to win,” Huntzinger said. “We’ve wanted to do it for coach. We knew this was probably our best chance to win it as a team with three seniors who will be graduating. Coach has known all of us for a long time. We figured it was time to put a run at it and sure enough we got it done for him.” North Gwinnett tied for seventh in the team standings at 317, Mill Creek was 10th (321) and Grayson finished 14th (325). Bailey Ulp was North’s top finisher with a 75, good for an 11th-place tie. Phillip Beard (77) had Mill Creek’s low round while Grayson was led by Alex Quinn (76).

Cavaliers win draft lottery once again In 2011, Cleveland finished with the second-worst The Cleveland Cavaliers record in the league but struggle to win games on the still earned the right to pick court, but they know how to guard Kyrie Irving of Duke win the NBA’s draft lottery. with the top selection. For the second year in a Last year, the Cavaliers row and the third time in had the third-best chance four years, the Cavaliers of winning the lottery, but will select first overall in they came out on top and the draft this year. chose forward Anthony Despite having only Bennett of UNLV. a 1.7 percent chance of After the Cavaliers, winning the lottery — the Bucks and 76ers, the rest ninth-best odds — Cleveof the lottery picks will land emerged as the lottery be made, in order, by the victor again Tuesday. Orlando Magic, the Utah The Milwaukee Bucks, Jazz, the Boston Celtics, who finished with the the Los Angeles Lakers, league’s worst record in the Sacramento Kings, 2013-14 and had a 25 per- the Charlotte Hornets, the cent chance of winning the 76ers, the Denver Nuggets, lottery, will pick second. the Magic, the MinneThe Philadelphia 76ers, sota Timberwolves and the who endured a 26-game Phoenix Suns. losing streak en route to The top picks in this posting the second-worst year’s draft, which will be record this season, will held June 26, are expected make the third selection. to include two Kansas The 76ers had a 19.9 teammates: center Joel percent opportunity of Embiid and forward Anwinning the lottery. drew Wiggins. The Sports Xchange

Tardy nearly wins 2nd state title From Staff Reports FORT GORDON — A playoff kept Bailey Tardy from her second high school state championship. The Norcross junior tied for Class AAAAAA low medalist honors with Kayley Marschke, but lost on the second playoff hole to the Lambert Bailey Tardy standout. Both players shot 72 in regulation at Gordon Lakes Golf Club. Both Tardy, who won state as a Greater Atlanta Christian freshman, and Marschke made pars on the first playoff hole. Marshcke won with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Tardy’s round helped the Norcross girls to 10th place in their first-ever state tournament appear-

•From Page 1B the mound, things looked good for Buford but the Cartersville bats came to life in the second. A leadoff walk to Cameron Neal (one of six walks by Buford pitchers) and an error on a grounder by Riley Richards had Cartersville in business with runners at first and third with no outs. A groundout to short by David Darnell plated the first run and moved Richards to second with one out. Rutledge would be hit by a pitch and a weak single to left from Mark Quattlebaum loaded the bases for Jack Mayo. Mayo’s fly to deep right plated Richards with the second out, but a walk to Clifton Dempsey loaded the bases again for Arnold. Arnold, who hurt Buford in Game 2 with a three-run homer, hit a slicing liner towards center. Patrick Burnette made a valiant effort with a dive but barely missed, allowing three more runs to cross the plate. “That kid was a tough out for us,” Wolfe said of Arnold. “He had some really big hits.” That chased Coulter from the game and Ketyon Gibson came in relief. Gibson was effective and kept Buford in the game, allowing two runs on three

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ance. They shot 263. The Peachtree Ridge girls placed third in AAAAAA with a score of 246, just three shots off runner-up Walton. Lambert shot 224 to run away with the team championship. Mill Creek (261) finished ninth, Dacula (275) was 14th and Duluth (285) was 15th. Brookwood’s Harmanprit Kaur, an individual qualifier, shot 78 and tied with Peachtree Ridge’s Jenny Li for eighth place. Duluth’s Jordyn Sims finished 11th with a 79, Peachtree Ridge’s Louise Yu tied for 12th with an 80 and Mountain View’s Hannah Magda tied for 14th with an 81. Mill Creek’s top finishers, Annika Blanton and Grace Choi, both shot 85 and tied for 24th. Dacula got its best showings from Bailey Hochgertle (85, tie for 24th) and Christie Blaurock (86, tie for 28th).

Yang, Wesleyan finish as state runner-up HEPHZIBAH — Alissa Yang and the Wesleyan girls golf team both finished as runner-up in the Class AA state tournament Monday at Pointe South Golf Course. Yang, a freshman, led the Wolves with a 79. Their score of 176 was well behind team champion Vidalia, which shot 154. The Greater Atlanta Christian girls finished fifth in the team standings. Elizabeth Mizell shot 86 and placed seventh individually, pacing a GAC team that has only two girls on the roster. Teammate Madi Licata shot 99 to round out the Spartans’ 185.

The Wolves shot 255, finishing behind Blessed Trinity (245) and North Oconee (249). Briana Walton was Buford’s top finisher, taking seventh place with an 83. Teammates Karley Hammond and Hope Mumme each shot 86, tying for 11th place. Buford boys place ninth THOMSON — Buford’s boys golf team took ninth in the Class AAA state tournament Monday at Belle Meade Country Club The Wolves were led by Ben Burnette and Austin Moeller, who each shot 81.

Hebron’s Brooks ties for ninth AUGUSTA — Hebron Buford girls finish third Christian’s Reece Brooks WAYNESBORO — tied for ninth in the Buford placed third in Class A Private state golf the Class AAA girls state tournament Monday at tournament Monday at Goshen Plantation. Waynesboro Country Club. Brooks shot 84.


Buford Catcher Joey Bart (25) hits a long fly ball in Tuesday’s Class AAA game against Cartersville. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings, while Coutler surrendered five runs (one earned) on two hits, three walks and one hit batter. Cartersville defense also played a big part in the win, especially in the third inning when Upshaw sent a long fly to dead center. Richards, who was already playing deep, got a good jump on the ball and timed his jump perfectly at the fence, pulling back what would’ve been a solo homer for Upshaw.

Buford battled back in the fourth when Austin Wilhite delivered a tworun homer to left center, but the Buford bats went silent after that as the next eight hitters went down in order. Lane Wilson, who picked up the win, came in the game in the second inning to relieve starter Mayo and went five innings, giving up two runs on just one hit, courtesy of the Wilhite homer, with two strikeouts. Rutledge, the winner in Game 2, entered in the

seventh and allowed an infield single to Austin Wilhite (2-for-4, homer, run, three RBIs) with one out, but struck out Higginbotham for the second out and ended the game with a pop fly to right from Joey Bart. “As disappointed as we are in losing, I’m real proud of these guys and the kind of season they had,” Wolfe said. “Final fours are never anything to hang your head about — neither is a 30-win season. We’ll eventually realize what a great year we had.”


But the biggest defensive play of the game a game 1-0 against a team came in the top of the sevlike Westminster. That’s enth with GAC hanging definitely the best team on to the 1-0 advantage. in the state. Take nothing Westminster’s McClain away from Benedictine, but Bradley drilled a shot off we’ve played (Westminster) Harry Lloyd Stadium’s seven times this season and version of the Green Monthey are doggone good.” ster in right field. Westminster had scored Bradley had a sure 78 runs in its first eight double, but then made the games of the state tourna- turn at second and headed ment, but the Wildcats for third with the potential were also playing their tying run. first Game 3. GAC right fielder PeyWestminster (27-9) had ton McGuire played the at least one base runner carom perfectly and threw in every inning starting in a one-hop strike to Justin the third, but could never Lewis at third to nail break through against Bradley for the first out of Childers and the Spartans’ the inning. defense. “I thought it was a rouIn the third, second tine play, but the ball just baseman Wade Cox threw kept carrying and I thought out Westminster’s Jake it may go over the wall,” Johnson at home trying McGuire said. “But when it to score from third after a bounced off the wall, I just Spartan error to keep the threw it as hard as I could game scoreless. to third and prayed that it In the fourth and sixth, would make it there.” GAC turned double plays From there, Childers to snuff out Westminster finished off the completeuprisings. game five-hitter with a

groundout and an infield popup to seal the deal. “We’ve only used Ben as a closer for no more than an inning or two,” Shelton said. “So I went out around the sixth inning and asked him if he had anything left, even though he only had about 50 pitches thrown. “He said, ‘Coach, this is to play for a state championship. I’m not coming out, I’m good.’ But we also had Justin Lewis for maybe an inning just in case, too.” Childers didn’t record a strikeout, walked four and hit a batter in the game, but the senior southpaw kept Westminster’s big bats silent for the most part and let his defense work behind him. “Coming in I was just trying to give us a shot,” Childers said. “Our defense was just great and they were behind me all day. I knew every ball (Westminster) put in play that we were going to have

an opportunity to make the play. It was unbelievable and I’m just so excited.” The GAC offense finally broke through with a run in the bottom of the fifth on Jackson O’Brien’s two-out double. His stroke to the right-field corner on a 1-2 pitch scored Lucas Boudreau, who had been hit by a pitch with one out. “I’ve been lucky enough to come up with some clutch hits this year, especially with two strikes,” O’Brien said. “The ball just kept carrying and carrying and I’m glad it did. “We really believe in each other. One of our biggest fans, my granddad, passed away last week and he was always sitting in the front row. Now he’s got a great seat with the best view and I know he was cheering us on.” The Spartans managed just three hits off Westminster right-hander Luke Johnson, but that’s all it took in the series-clinching thriller.

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