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Vol. 44, No. 153
Incentives key issue in BOC race By Tyler Estep firstname.lastname@example.org
Officials cut a ribbon Tuesday, signaling the final completion of the diverging-diamond bridge on Pleasant Hill Road at Interstate 85. Those cutting the ribbon, from left to right, are: Joe Allen of the Gwinnett Place CID, Todd Long of the Georgia Department of Transportation, state Rep. Pedro Marin, state Rep. Dewey McClain, Commissioner Lynette Howard, State Transportation Board member Rudy Bowen, State Road and Tollway Director Chris Tomlinson, Gwinnett Place CID board member Mark Williams, David Snell of E.R. Snell Contractor, Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and Commissioner Jace Brooks. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)
No longer any doubt
Officials celebrate success of Pleasant Hill diverging-diamond By Camie Young
As the politician gave her speech, a man in a sports car revved his engine as he turned onto Pleasant Hill Road. “Okie dokie,” Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, as if heeding his call to speed along — the same way the government heeded business leaders’ call to find a quick fix to the bottleneck at Pleasant Hill and Interstate 85. Nash and other leaders were at the interchange Tuesday to celebrate the culmination of a conversion of the interstate bridge to a diverging-diamond interchange. Only the second in Georgia,
Alfie Meek is not what his surname implies. Meek, a former county economist, is challenging John Heard for his District 4 seat on Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners. Two weeks before MORE ONLINE the May 20 For candidate bios, sample ballots and other election sto- Republican primary that ries, go to Election Central at www.gwinnettdailypost.com/ will decide elections. their fates, he didn’t shy away from calling out his opponent. “I worked for these guys for 10 years. I left three years ago because I couldn’t work for them anymore,” Meek said. “… I worked for this (commissioner). And I
See BOC, Page 10A
Ethics center of District 9 Senate debate By Camie Young email@example.com
MORE ONLINE Visit gwinnettdailypost.com for video of Rob Woodall’s thoughts on the diverging diamond.
the innovative design calls for people to cross to the opposite side of the road, allowing for free-flowing turns on and off of the interstate. And it provided immediate traffic relief, when the cross-over occurred last summer, at a cost 10 times lower than the replacement of the bridge. For years, local business owner Leo Wiener said, “If you didn’t have to go across Pleasant Hill, you didn’t do it. You’d Crews have completed construction of a diverging-diamond infind another way to go around. terchange for the Pleasant Hill Road bridge over Interstate 85. That wasn’t good for the busiThe design, the second in the state of Georgia, has drivers shift to the opposite side of the road to allow for free-flowing turns on
See DIAMOND, Page 5A and off of the interstate. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)
There may have been an 800-pound gorilla in the room, but Sen. Don Balfour didn’t waste any time addressing it. In his opening statement at a political forum Tuesday, the senator didn’t shy away from his trial last year on criminal charges involving per diem requests. But he pointed out to the Republican crowd that not only should they believe in “innocent until proven guilty,” but that he was found not guilty. But the two men challenging Balfour in the GOP primary later this month said the residents of state Senate District 9, which includes much of central Gwinnett from Lawrenceville to Snellville, deserve more. “This campaign has always been about restoring trust,” said P.K. Martin, a for-
See DEBATE, Page 5A
Gwinnett fire department practices river rescues near Buford Dam By Tyler Estep
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BUFORD — Near Buford Dam, the danger is obvious. The Army Corps of Engineers sounds horns that alert fishermen, tubers, swimmers and boaters that water is being released from Lake Lanier into the Chattahoochee River. The water levels rise quickly, but, over the 2.5-mile stretch from the dam to Ga. Highway 20, the warnings are loud and offer plenty of time to prepare. The
regulars know to call ahead to get the release schedule. As the river winds further through northern Gwinnett, though, problems arise. “It’s downstream in some of the other parks where we see some of the issues,” Lt. Matt Jamieson said. “Basically it’s just people being unfamiliar with the river.” Jamieson was joined by
other members of the Gwinnett County fire’s swiftwater rescue team and representatives from the department’s technical rescue team Monday as they trained just around the bend from the Buford Dam. As warmer weather continues the river will get busier, and, should something go awry, the county’s primary line of defense will be ready. The teams, representing fire stations 14 and 24, ran several See RESCUES, Page 5A
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Members of the Gwinnett County fire department’s swiftwater and technical rescue teams trained on the Chattahoochee River near the Buford Dam on Monday. They practiced several different rescue scenarios and techniques. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)
2A • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
Cops: Man stole, pawned computers By Tyler Estep
cious pawn transactions. According to police reports, a loPolice believe a Lawcal officer renceville man was searching a feeding his heroin habit database of by pawning computers he local pawn stole from Walmart stores shops across the county. noticed Michael Rene Faciane, that, in 11 Michael Rene 34, was arrested Sunday different Faciane and charged with 10 counts transacapiece of theft by receiving tions at three different and theft by deception. He locations, Faciane had sold was already in the DeKalb nine computers and two County jail on felony surround sound systems. shoplifting charges when All of the items “appeared a Gwinnett County police to be brand new.” detective tied him to a “With the exception of monthlong string of suspi- having Faciane’s name on tyler.estep @gwinnettdailypost.com
reportedly admitted to the string of thefts and subsequent pawn shop sales. the login screen, no other He told police he had documents were on the figured out how to get computer,” the report said. security devices off the Police soon obtained computers and needed the video of Faciane stealing money to feed his $150-acomputers in several of the day drug habit. incidents that occurred at “I asked him what was Walmarts in Snellville, Lo- driving him to steal all of ganville, Stone Mountain these items and he stated and Lawrenceville, reports heroin,” police said. “Fasaid. During an interview ciane then showed me his at the DeKalb County forearm which had many jail — where he was being needle marks.” housed after allegedly beGwinnett County jail reing caught attempting to cords showed that Faciane steal a computer from anwas being held in lieu of other Walmart — Faciane $48,000 bond. AS FIRST REPORTED on gwinnettdailypost.com
AAA: Spring gas prices have hit their peak By Keith Farner keith.farner @gwinnettdailypost.com
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the second straight week of declines for the cost of gas in Florida, and Georgia and Tennessee are expected to follow suit, said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. “This is encouraging news for motorists who have seen prices steadily rise since February,” Jenkins said. “It is likely that gas prices have hit their spring peak, which often becomes the highest price of the year.” The cheapest gas prices in Gwinnett on Monday morning were $3.54 at five stations in and around Lawrenceville. Gulf Coast refineries, where most of the country’s gasoline is produced, have record levels of crude. Gasoline production also reached the highest weekly number ever reported, according to the Department of Energy. Most refineries are now fully operational after reducing their output during spring maintenance season. The country is also past the May 1 deadline to switch to summer-blend fuel, which puts a strain on distributors.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 • 3A
19 Gwinnett seniors Five Finger Death Punch coming to Arena named QuestBridge recipients for 2014 By Keith Farner
By Deanna Allen
Nineteen Gwinnett seniors have been selected QuestBridge National College Match recipients, a program that connects high-achieving, low-income students with top colleges across the country. The students will have their entire college career paid for, and Gwinnett’s 19 recipients are part of 440 students nationwide. They come from six Gwinnett schools, and Berkmar High led the way with nine recipients. QuestBridge, a nonprofit organization, partners with colleges that offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. This school year, 12,818 high school seniors from across the nation applied to QuestBridge’s National College Match program. The organization matches the students with its partner colleges and 35 of the nation’s premier universities. The Gwinnett seniors and the colleges they plan to attend are: From Archer High: • Jalencia Wade — Amherst College • Odemi Pessu — Brown University
From Berkmar High: • Kevin Bollo — Northwestern University • Valeria Caamano-Pichardo — University of Notre Dame • Jasmin Espinoza — Stanford University • Salam Nassar — Bowdoin College • Mati Nemera — University of Notre Dame • Nancy Nguyen — Emory University • Tom Nguyen — Davidson College • Amancio Romero Sackey — Emory University • Nhat Quang Tran — University of Chicago From Brookwood High: • Lindsay Garrett — University of Chicago From Collins Hill High: • Eun Sol Cho — Vasser University • Mary Nosa — Columbia University From the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology: • Chinye Ijeli — University of Chicago • Erika Ikizake — Vanderbilt University • Wooil “Paul” Kim — Pomona College • Daniela Ruiz — Northwestern University From Shiloh High: • Justin Willis — Brown University
From Staff Reports LAWRENCEVILLE — A new pizza franchise is giving away free food this weekend. Jet’s Pizza has a new location at 2695 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, where customers will
receive a free slice of its signature deep dish square pizza — one per person — along with free Jet’s Bread — two pieces per person — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. “We like to give our community the opportunity
both debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at No. 2. The two albums feature two No. 1 radio DULUTH — The hit singles, “Lift Me Up” Arena at Gwinnett Center featuring Rob Halford of has announced the bands Judas Priest, and “Battle Five Finger Death Punch Born,” and have comand Volbeat will be cobined sales of more than headlining a fall show at 600,000 units to date. the Duluth venue. The American rock Five Finger Death band Five Finger Death Punch’s 2013 releases Punch is Ivan Moody on “The Wrong Side of vocals, Zoltan Bathory on Heaven and the Righteous guitar, Jeremy Spencer Side of Hell — Volume 1” on guitar, Jason Hook on and “The Wrong Side of guitar and Chris Kael on Heaven and the Righteous bass. Side of Hell — Volume 2” The Danish band Vol-
beat’s “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” has sold more than 300,000 copies in the U.S. according to Soundscan, alongside hundreds of thousands of digital singles. The quartet received its first Grammy Nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for “Room 24” and won Germany’s Echo Award for “Best International Alternative Act.” Volbeat is Michael Poulsen on vocals and guitar, Anders Kjølholm on bass and Jon Larsen on drums, joined by former
Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the new album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen. Tickets for the Oct. 11 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, and are $39.75 to $45. Tickets can be purchased at GwinnettCenter.com, the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office or by calling 1-888-9-AXSTIX. The concert will feature special guest Hellyeah and opener Nothing More.
By Keith Farner
tional Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highestscoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, about 16,000 students, were named semifinalists on a state representational basis. National Merit Scholars from Gwinnett: Grace E. Brosofsky, Buford, homeschool Probable career field: Environmental engineering William H. Jin, Duluth, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology Probable career field: Biochemistry Stephen B. Jenkins, Lawrenceville, Mountain
View High Probable career field: Electrical engineering Martha S. Weber, Lawrenceville, Brookwood High Probable career field: Civil engineering Aprotim Core Bhowmik, Lilburn, Parkview High Probable career field: Medicine Michael A. Yu, Lilburn, Parkview High Probable career field: Electrical engineering Jasmine Deepa Pillarisetti, Norcross, Duluth High Probable career field: Biomedical engineering Cynthia X. Fang, Suwanee, Groton School (Groton, Mass.) Probable career field: Biotechnology
8 local seniors selected for National Merit keith.farner @gwinnettdailypost.com
Eight Gwinnett high school seniors were recently selected as National Merit Scholars, a designation given to only 2,500 students across the country out of a pool of 15,000 finalists. The $2,500 scholarship winners in each state are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. The selections were
done by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official. This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2012 when about 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/Na-
Jet’s Pizza to give away free food A record number of Gwinnett seniors to just taste our product,” said Rose Bolzan, owner of the Sugarloaf location. The first 200 customers will also receive a free Jet’s Pizza T-shirt. For more information on the Sugarloaf location, call 770-237-0006.
selected as Gates Millennium Scholars By Keith Farner
lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees were selected based on a review of their academic Never before have this record, community involvemany Gwinnett seniors been ment and extracurricular selected as Gates Millenactivities, and their families’ nium Scholars, an honor for need for financial assisoutstanding minority stutance. dents to have their college The organization has tuition paid for in full. partnered with the AmeriThe program, estabcan Indian Graduate Center lished in 1999, is funded Scholars, the Asian and by a grant from the Bill and Pacific Islander American Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship Fund, the Hisfor low-income African panic Scholarship Fund and American, American Inthe United Negro College dian/Alaska Native, Asian Fund. Pacific Islander American This year’s honorees and Hispanic American from Gwinnett are: students with an opportunity • Micheline Amisi of to complete an undergradu- Archer High ate college education in any College plans: University discipline they choose. of North Carolina, Chapel The Gwinnett honorees Hill are among 1,000 from • Oluwatomisin “Tomi” across the country. Adelusi of Brookwood High Last year, 12 Gwinnett College plans: Massachuseniors were selected for setts Institute of Technology the honor, while 11 were • Paula Deroseney of honored two years ago. Dacula High In addition to the full College plans: Emory scholarship for undergradu- University ate work, the Gates Millen• Chinye Ijeli of Gwinnium Scholars also qualify nett School of Mathematics, for funding to cover gradu- Science, and ate and doctoral work in the Technology areas of computer science, College plans: University education, engineering, liof Chicago brary science, mathematics, • Jonathan Peraza of public health or science. Meadowcreek High To earn the scholarship, College plans: Emory the seniors participated in a University keith.farner @gwinnettdailypost.com
• Nabilah Khanam of Meadowcreek High College plans: Georgia State University • Caridad Milanes of Meadowcreek High College plans: Georgia State University • Thaxton Lipscomb of Mountain View High College plans: Clemson University • Thien-Phuoc Do of Norcross High College plans: Emory University or University of Chicago • Josselyn Garcia of Norcross High College plans: Emory University • Benazir Haseen of Norcross High College plans: Georgia State University • Annie Yang of North Gwinnett High College plans: University of California, Berkeley or University of Georgia • Hildana Haileyesus of Parkview High College plans: Duke University • Brian Chung of Peachtree Ridge High College plans: Dartmouth University • Brandon Johnson of Shiloh High College plans: New York University
4A • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 To Your Good Health
No shortcut to deal with belly fat DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an old man (84) with a middle-age paunch (5 feet, 7 inches tall and weigh 200 pounds) who needs to fit into a suit with pants an inch too tight in time for a wedding in a few weeks. About how many pounds do I need to lose to fit into them? Is there any formula for converting waist inches to pounds? And are there exercises or other means to focus the weight loss on belly fat? — Anon. ANSWER: I am afraid there’s no formula. Further, I have to tell you that weight doesn’t always come off where we want it to, and specific exercises aren’t going to make the fat come off in those locations. The good news is that for most people, especially men, the first 10 pounds or so to come off usually comes from the middle. The fat in the omentum (an apron-shaped structure inside the abdomen) is metabolically active and often is the first place where fat is gained or lost. Moreover, that fat is the most likely to increase risk of heart disease. So losing weight around your middle is a good way of improving overall health, especially if you have more inches there than you’d like. I often have seen people start a healthy diet and exercise program and find that the waist size decreases but the weight stays the same. That may be because muscle is much heavier than fat, and the increase in muscle mass makes up for the loss of fat. More muscle is good for you; less body fat is good for you. Weight is an imperfect measure. Liposuction can remove fat from around your waist, but a healthy diet and regular exercise will make you feel better and quite possibly live longer. Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med. cornell.edu or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Health newsletters may be ordered from www.rbmamall.com.
The solunar tables for lakes are based on studies that show fish and game are more active at certain times during the lunar period. MAJOR
8:02-10:02 a.m......... 8:24-10:24 p.m.
2:20-3:20 a.m............. 1:47-2:47 p.m.
POLLEN COUNTS Trees: High Weeds: Low Grass: High
Monday Cash 3 Midday: 4-1-3 Cash 3 Evening: 5-0-6 Cash 4 Midday: 9-0-6-6 Cash 4 Evening: 4-5-0-2 Ga. 5 Midday: 4-2-2-1-4 Ga. 5 Evening: 2-7-6-2-0 Fantasy 5: 1-4-16-36-40-43
Allatoona (840.0) ........ 840.37
(1071.0) ....... 1071.27
Blackshear (237.0) ........ 236.84
Blue Ridge (1690.0) .......1684.95
(435.0) ........ 434.97
Seminole (77.50)........... 79.98
Thurmond (330.0) .........329.13
(339.8) ........ 338.49
(521.0) ........ 520.56
(660.0) ........ 660.88
Walter F. George (190)....... 187.37
(530.0) ........ 528.80
West Point (635.0) ........ 633.34
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LOTTERY Tuesday Cash 3 Midday: 3-8-0 Cash 4 Midday: 2-1-0-9 Ga. 5 Midday: 2-6-5-4-9
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TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1915, a German U-boat sank the RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 off the coast of Ireland. In 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered and withdrew from World War II. In 1998, Mercedes-Benz announced its $36 billion merger with the Chrysler Corporation. In 2000, Vladimir Putin assumed the presidency in Russia’s first democratic change of office. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Browning (1812-1889), poet/playwright; Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), composer; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (18401893), composer; Gary Cooper (19011961), actor; Eva Peron (1919-1952), Argentine first lady/actress; Johnny Unitas (1933-2002), football player; Tim Russert (1950-2008), journalist; Breckin Meyer (1974- ), actor; Alexander Ludwig
(1992- ), actor. TODAY’S FACT: In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby. The horse went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, becoming the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown and the only winner to do so while undefeated. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1982, a jury ruled in favor of Raiders owner Al Davis in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, allowing Davis to move the team from Oakland, Calif., to Los Angeles. TODAY’S NUMBER: 16,024 — height (in feet) of the Carstensz Pyramid, the highest summit of Puncak Jaya in Indonesia. Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to scale the “Seven Summits” — the highest peak on each of the seven continents — when he reached the top of the Carstensz Pyramid on this day in 1986.
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Teen houseguest requires real supervision DEAR AMY: Recently, I had a relative’s teenage daughter come stay with me over a holiday weekend. She had been having issues with her parents and at school, so I thought this would give everyone a rest and a breather. The teen is close to my older kids, and I thought they might be able to mentor and nurture her. The entire weekend reminded me of the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” I haven’t had that much drama in my house since my own daughter was a teenager — and to top it off, my own kids gave her alcohol when I wasn’t with them. I was truly disappointed when I found
Amy Dickinson out. I thought for sure that I had taught them to know better! When I tried to talk to them about it, they actually tried to defend it! They believe that it was better for them to buy her liquor and let her drink it supervised, rather than with strangers.
Seriously? It took someone coming into my house and staying for two days to upset the balance of the household. Now I’m at a loss to explain to my two adult (ages 24 and 22) children why this was a colossal mess-up. They are adults and should know better, right? Can you please give me some guidance? — Horrified DEAR HORRIFIED: Your heart was in the right place, but your hubris seems to have overwhelmed your judgment. You cannot take a troubled teenager into your house for a long weekend and “fix” her. You should only expect
her to behave the way she usually behaves, only in a new environment that offers new ways to act out and new co-conspirators with whom to behave badly. You should also not have left her under the supervision of two young adults who have no parenting experience and questionable judgment. You don’t need to continue to explain to your kids why what they did was wrong; unfortunately, many older adults also feel as they do about “supervised” underage drinking. This is why parents of teenagers need to be aware of the values and judgment of all of the people (parents as well as kids) their teens hang with.
Hidden assets and unsolicited financial aid will be welcome surprises this year. Consider investing in property or learning new skills. Family and friends will play a larger role in your life as well. If you keep the lines of communication open, you will be offered support, suggestions and hands-on assistance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Someone will be overly sensitive. Don’t waste time on a no-win situation. Move on to more valuable projects, working with people who will contribute as much as you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You will be in a celebratory mood today. Get out and party, or find other ways to share your happiness. Your power of attraction will help you get closer to someone special. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Finish any incomplete paperwork and tie up loose ends regarding investments, health issues or legal matters. The less you leave to chance, the better you will feel about the future. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It’s a good day to take part in networking functions and mingle with your peers. You will make new allies and find a platform to express your plans for the future. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You may be inundated with conflicting information. If someone is pressuring you, back away and take time to think things over. A mistake will turn out to be costly. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Love and romance will put a smile on your face. Plan a little surprise for someone you enjoy spending time with. Your kind gesture will pay off in many ways. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A family member may not be interested in your plans. Give him or her space, and carry on with your agenda. A physical challenge will be stimulating and rewarding. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec. 21) — A seminar, lecture or special interest group will provide the information and stimulation you desire. Attend a conference or travel to an unfamiliar destination. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) — Before making a financial decision, consult with the people who will be affected by the choice you make. Get all of the details firsthand before you trust someone with your hardearned cash. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You will be restless and looking for an adventure today. Plan a day trip or learn something new that can enhance your professional future. Don’t be afraid to share your feelings and intentions. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Get ready for a challenge and a chance to put your energy to good use. Proceed with creative plans that you’ve been considering. You’ll get the backing you need from someone important. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Get back on course where your health and fitness goals are concerned. Start with a nutritional diet. If you feel good, you will excel.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 • 5A
Company donates $40,000 of flooring to Gwinnett alternative school By Keith Farner
Center West, where a new sport court was unveiled in the multi-purpose floor in his honor. NORCROSS — Jeremy The 6,900-square-foot Nelson was someone who floor, valued at $40,000, loved basketball, but also was donated by Norcross loved helping people. company CBA Sports, after The 12-year-old BuJamie Sartin, the company’s ford middle schooler died president, was challenged by in January 2013 during a a friend to give back to the Gwinnett Basketball League community. The donation all-star game because of an is believed to be the largabnormal heart condition. est single donation to an Yet his passion to help peo- alternative school in Gwinple, which his parents have nett County Public Schools championed since his death, history. was carried out on Monday “This is a fit,” Sartin said. during a ceremony at GIVE “It truly gives kids a second keith.farner @gwinnettdailypost.com
nesses in the area. “But people are now taking another look,” said Wiener, the chairman of the board of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, a self-taxing business organization that discovered the idea for the diverging-diamond on an interstate in Missouri and offered it as a potential solution, instead of waiting on $60 million in funds to open up for a bridge replacement. The CID provided money for up-front feasibility studies and convinced Gwinnett officials the $5 million project would work. With a $1 million grant from the State Road and Tollway Authority, the CID put in another $1 million of its own money to boost aesthetics, add lighting and landscaping
Sartin and the Nelsons. “The population that is most thankful and most grateful is our students,” Southerland said. Herb Nelson, Jeremy’s father, said GIVE West makes sense because the alternative school helps kids across Gwinnett County. His son wore size 14 shoes, had a giving heart, and prayed like a preacher, his father said. The floor is one of several things the Nelson family is doing in Jeremy’s honor, including a 5K race on Sept. 6 in Buford and scholarships at Buford High School.
Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, in that it makes a big impact on traffic using a small amount of resources. “It will make a tremendous difference for the 54,000 people who cross this bridge every day,” he said. And for those who live and work in the Gwinnett Place area, the divergingdiamond isn’t just a traffic solution. It is a symbol of the revival of the community, said Joe Allen, the CID’s director. “(This shows) things are positive for the future of Gwinnett Place,” he said. Construction is currently underway on the Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge along I-85, just a few miles south. Officials said its conversion to the divergingdiamond flow is expected to occur in the fall.
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Diamond features. “This has been a wild success for taxpayers,” said Congressman Rob Woodall. “Count me among the citizenry whose life is better because people dared to dream.” Nash said she was a “doubting Thomas,” when it came to the bridge design, but she admitted she was wrong Tuesday, as thousands of cars bustled through the interchange during the ceremony. “It does make for a smoother travel through the interchange,” she said, thanking for the partner organizations in the CID, Georgia DOT and SRTA that made the project possible. Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim Conroy said the innovative idea heeds the call of taxpayers, who approved the Special
BUDGET WORKSHOP ON THE PROPOSED CITY OF SUWANEE BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 The City of Suwanee will conduct a special workshop on the proposed budget for fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 at the City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee, GA 30024 on: • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:30 P.M.
was a drug addict and whose father was not around. The only people the student had in his life were hired to care for him. But when Hawk introduced him to Sartin and David Wengryn from CBA Sports, he said their donation, which came without any previous connection to the school, was an example of true love. “Don’t ever tell me the world does not show you true love and caring,” Hawk said he told the student. “There are people in the world who do care for you.”
and transportation, the discussion often turned back to leadership and ethics. When Balfour talked about improving the state’s posture as business friendly and talked about drawing jobs, Beaudreau countered, saying the senator should work more on bringing jobs to the local district. Balfour shot back later about working to open Georgia Gwinnett College, bringing a thousand jobs. He also talked about Gwinnett Medical Center’s problems several years ago opening a cardiac center, quipping, “I didn’t hold a town hall meeting; I went and sat down with (the people halting the plan).”
All three extolled their records of service, from Balfour’s work at the Capitol, to Beaudreau’s push for transportation improvements, including the Sugarloaf extension, to Martin’s track record of cutting taxes in Lawrenceville even when revenues were already down in a recession. “There’s a lot of great things we’ve accomplished in the past; there will be a lot of great things we’ll accomplish in the future,” Balfour said. The men face off in the Republican primary on May 20, with the winner due to face Democrat Timothy Swiney in the November general election.
•From Page 1A different exercises Monday, putting men, ropes and boats in the water. “It’s invaluable to be able to perform an activity before you have to do it under pressure,” Jamieson said. “You already have a gameplan, you already know the way you’re going to make stuff work and how things are going to happen. You’ve
“The money is to help people, so we don’t really care where you are,” Herb said. “Jeremy was a great guy, and he loved basketball, but he also loved helping people, and as long as I’ve got strength in me, that’s what I’m going to try to do.” The lasting effect of the donation will be seen by students who don’t think the world wants anything to do with them. Charles Hawk, who works in instructional support with the blended online program at GCPS, said he talked with one student at GIVE West whose mother
mer Lawrenceville councilman. “We need a new direction for District 9.” Mike Beaudreau, a former county commissioner, told the crowd at Summit Chase Country Club that the people need leadership and accountability, pointing out that he held town hall meetings for 96 straight months while in office. “Ethics reform is also how you treat people at home … and how often you ask for input,” Beaudreau said. “… We are lacking leadership.” While the trio touched on issues like education, a proposed cannabis oil law
always got to be prepared for the unexpected, but to be able to do this ahead of time, you can’t put a measure on it.” The amount of incidents the swiftwater rescue team and its colleagues respond to each year varies, but officials said most incidents happen after water is released into the river from the dam. The water typically takes 45 minutes to pass
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WORLD Gurlitt, German who hoarded Nazi-looted art, has died at 81
BERLIN — The elderly German recluse whose Munich apartment contained a secret art hoard, including masterpieces looted by the Nazis from their Jewish owners in World War II, has died after a heart operation, his spokesman said on Tuesday. Authorities stumbled upon Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of paintings and drawings by the likes of Marc Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso in 2012 after a routine check on a train from Switzerland turned up wads of cash, triggering a tax inquiry. His spokesman, Stephan Holzinger, said the 81-yearold Gurlitt had decided to return home, looked after by his doctor and a nurse after a complicated heart operation, and spend his final days in the Munich flat that once housed part of his beloved collection. Gurlitt’s collection of 1,280 artworks was assembled by his father Hildebrand, an art dealer put in charge of selling what Adolf Hitler called “degenerate” art, and ordered to be removed from state museums to help fund the Nazis’ war effort.
Pistorius accused of intimidating Steenkamp’s friend in court JOHANNESBURG — South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, tried to intimidate a friend of the former model in court on Tuesday, according to the friend’s lawyer. Pistorius is accused of shooting dead 29-year-old Steenkamp following a heated row in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. The track star says he killed Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet. “During an adjournment in court today, my client Kim Myers was approached by Oscar Pistorius who whispered in a sinister undertone: ‘How can you sleep at night?” Myers’ lawyer Ian Levitt told Reuters. “She is horrified by this disturbing act but will not be intimidated and intends to carry on attending the trial for Reeva.”
world&nation Dead buried as Ukraine nears war By Matt Robinson and Aleksandar Vasovic Reuters
KRAMATORSK/ ODESSA, Ukraine — Both sides have been burying their dead as Ukraine slides further toward war, with supporters of Russia and of a united Ukraine accusing each other of tearing the country apart. Tuesday was generally quieter than past days in most of eastern and southern Ukraine, but violence flared in the eastern port of Mariupol in the evening, according to local media. The Web site 0629.com. ua posted pictures of tires blazing outside the city council building, which had already been occupied by pro-Russian protesters and thick smoke pouring over the city center. Some streets were barricaded by buses or walls of tires and people heard shooting near a local military base. In Kramatorsk, a separatist-held town in the east that saw an advance by Ukrainian troops at the weekend, the coffin of 21-year-old nurse Yulia Izotova was carried through streets stilled by barricades of tyres and tree trunks on Monday. Scattered red carnations traced the route. At the Holy Trinity Church, seven priests led mourners in prayer for a woman killed by large
NATION Colo. home hit by plane once used to belong to the pilot
NORTHGLENN, Colo. — A Colorado pilot who walked away unhurt after his single-engine plane crashed into a suburban Denver house had once owned the stricken dwelling, in what police and the pilot’s employer said on Tuesday appeared to be a mere coincidence. The pilot, 52-year-old Brian Veatch, lost power while towing an advertising banner in his Piper Pawnee crop-duster over a residential neighborhood in the town of Northglenn on Monday and crashed into the rear of a two-story house. The impact ignited a fire and left a gaping hole in the back of the ranch-style residence, with the tail of the plane protruding from the structure.
Gunmen abduct Bridge fire, 8 more girls in collapse shuts northeast Nigeria highway from L.A. to Las Vegas MAIDUGURI — Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists’ strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday. The abduction of the girls, aged 12 to 15, follows the kidnapping of more than 200 other schoolgirls by the militant group last month, whom it has threatened to sell into slavery. Lazarus Musa, a resident of the village of Warabe, told Reuters that armed men had opened fire during the raid. — From wire reports
LOS ANGELES — The main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas remained shut on Tuesday, backing up traffic for miles a day after a bridge fire and collapse forced officials to close the busy interstate in both directions. The overpass, which had been under construction over Interstate 15 near the high desert community of Hesperia, some 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, caught fire during construction on Monday, said Officer Matt Hunt of the California Highway Patrol.
PEOPLE Lewinsky admits regrets about Clinton scandal
WASHINGTON — Monica Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern whose 1990s affair with Bill Clinton nearly brought down his presidency, broke a long silence on Tuesday, saying she regretted what happened. Writing in Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky, 40, said it was time to stop “tiptoeing around my past — and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story.” Her affair with Clinton was one between consenting adults and the public humiliRussians and Ukrainians living in Greece shout slogans and hold signs during a pro- ation she suffered altered test outside the European Union office in Athens on Tuesday. The placard, left, reads, the direction of her life, she wrote. “Bring the neo-Nazis in Ukraine to justice.” (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis) “Any ‘abuse’ came in calibre bullets, which the carried Andrey Biryukov’s the wind, and a patriotic the aftermath, when I was townsfolk believe were open casket from a van to song about dead heroes made a scapegoat in order fired by Ukrainian troops. the street corner where he was played from a sound to protect his powerful posi“They shoot at us. Why? was shot. system. tion,” she said in excerpts of Because we don’t want A pro-Ukrainian activist, Relatives wept and a the article published on the to live with fascists?” Biryukov, 35, was killed young woman fell on her magazine’s website. 58-year-old passport phoduring a day that began knees crying loudly. The Lewinsky added, “I, tographer Sergei Fominsky with hundreds of pro-Rus- corner where the man died myself, deeply regret what asked, standing with his sian sympathizers armed was decorated with flowers happened between me and wife among the mournwith axes, chains and guns and small Ukrainian flags. President Clinton.” ers. “We’re not slaves. We attacking a Ukrainian “The government has kneel to no one.” march, and ended later that failed to protect its own Amid boycott In Odessa, a previously night with the pro-Russians people. The police have of Beverly Hills peaceful, multi-ethnic barricaded inside a building failed miserably,” said NiBlack Sea port where more that was set on fire, killing kita, a grizzled 56-year-old haunt, city than 40 people were killed dozens. with a Ukrainian yellow confronts Brunei on Friday in the worst A small crowd of about and blue arm-band. day of violence since a 50 people stood around Sergei, in his 40s, who BEVERLY HILLS, CaFebruary revolt toppled the body, covering it with also came to mourn, said lif. — The city of Beverly Ukraine’s pro-Russian carnations and roses. A violence “was imported to Hills will vote on Tuesday president, pall-bearers Ukrainian flag fluttered in Odessa.” on whether to pressure the government of Brunei to divest the Beverly Hills Hotel, the pink-hued haunt Johnson, Kitzhaber’s comof the Hollywood set, munications director. after the small country’s “The governor told me enactment of sharia law that he assessed the woman’s prompted protests. situation,” Johnson said. Comedians Ellen “She was in severe distress. DeGeneres, Jay Leno He secured her airway and and British entrepreneur began CPR.” Richard Branson have been Lt. Rich Chatman, public the most prominent figures information officer of Portto advocate shunning the land Fire and Rescue, said hotel and its bungalows, Kitzhaber’s action was key a favored locale for the to saving the woman, who at Hollywood elite since it last check was conscious and opened a century ago. The wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a house is breathing. Beverly Hills Mayor lifted by a crane in Northglenn, Colo., on Tuesday. The pilot Lili Bosse said last week of a single-engine airplane pulling an advertising banner the city council would walked away uninjured after it crashed into an unoccupied Accused Boston vote at its Tuesday meethome in suburban Denver on Monday and set the building bomber’s lawyers ing on a resolution urging on fire, authorities said. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) the Brunei government to seek privacy for The fire and subsequent The fire, which started on family meetings divest its ownership of the collapse of the bridge forced Sunday, burned about 3,500 hotel and condemning the officials to close the inacres near Guthrie, west of BOSTON — Defense at- country’s laws. terstate in both directions, Tulsa, and has been about Brunei, a former Brittorneys for accused Boston cutting off the main artery 75 percent contained, fire Marathon bomber Dzhokhar ish protectorate of about between Southern California officials said. Tsarnaev called on a federal 400,000 run by Sultan Haji and Las Vegas, as well as “(There are) no road judge late Monday to block Hassanal Bolkiah, last other destinations in Nevada closures at this time, but law law enforcement agents week became the first East and Utah. enforcement will be patrolAsian country to adopt the from monitoring jailhouse Hunt said there were ling and will only allow Islamic criminal law. meetings between the susno injuries reported in the residents in at this time,” said pect, his attorneys and his incident but both sides Stan May, public informasisters. Kimmel gets two of Interstate 15 remained tion officer for the Tulsa Fire Attorneys for Tsarnaev, more years for closed as of noon local time Department. who could be executed if on Tuesday as crews worked convicted of killing three late-night show to clear debris. Authorities Oregon governor people and injuring 264 in hoped to reopen northbound NEW YORK — Jimmy the 2013 attack, argued there gave emergency was no proof to support lanes later in the afternoon. Kimmel’s late night show first aid to woman prosecutors’ concerns that “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has been extended for two his sisters may be using Deadly Oklahoma PORTLAND, Ore. — Or- “terrorist tradecraft” to pass more years, ABC said on wildfire largely egon Gov. John Kitzhaber on messages to the surviving Tuesday, sealing the lateMonday performed cardionight line-ups across the bomber. contained pulmonary resuscitation on “Raising such paper-thin main U.S. networks for the OKLAHOMA CITY — a woman suffering from car- concerns about security is a next few years. A central Oklahoma wildfire diac arrest, possibly saving Kimmel, 46, has preno-lose proposition for the that has killed one person, the ailing and unconscious sided over the show for government, because even destroyed about 30 strucwoman’s life, authorities 11 seasons. He moved to the flimsiest of arguments, tures and caused more than said on Tuesday. an earlier, high-visibility once ominously repeated 1,000 people to flee to safer Kitzhaber, a former emer- and amplified by the news 11:35 p.m. time slot in ground has been largely gency room doctor, was on January 2013, where media, will inevitably tend contained, fire officials said his way to dinner when he ratings increased despite to inflame the public’s fear on Tuesday. spotted a man attempting to of the defendant,” attorneys head-to-head competition But the state is still worrevive a woman sprawled on for the 20-year old ethnic from veteran David Letterried that dry conditions, high the ground near the roadman on CBS and NBC’s Chechen said in a filing heat and low humidity could way in downtown Portland “Tonight Show,” which Jay in U.S. District Court in cause fires to break out in and asked his driver to pull Leno left earlier this year. Boston. other parts of the state. over, said Nkenge Harmon — From wire reports — From wire reports
Reports: Number of U.S. elderly to double by 2050 By Susan Heavey Reuters
WASHINGTON — The number of people age 65 and older in the United States is expected to almost double by 2050, a shift that is expected to drastically alter the nation’s racial makeup and pressure its economy, two government reports released on Tuesday said. Those older U.S. residents are expected to grow from 43 mil-
MUST READ lion in 2012 to nearly 84 million over the next four decades as the baby boomer generation ages, the Census Bureau said in its latest estimate. One in 5 of the nation’s population will be 65 or older by 2030, the year by which all baby boomers — named for the “boom” in U.S. births in the years following
the Second World War — hit the unofficial retirement age, the Census Bureau found. By 2056, its researchers expect another milestone: The number of U.S. seniors will be larger than the number of those age 18 and younger. “The projected growth of the older population in the United States will present challenges to policy makers and programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.
It will also affect families, businesses and health care providers,” researchers wrote. At the same time, as boomers age and die, their decline is expected to spur dramatic changes as the mostly white generation makes way for an increasingly diverse younger population. Currently, there are about 76 million boomers. That number is expected to drop to 60 million by 2030 and just 2.4 million by 2060,
researchers estimated. “This pattern, coupled with increases in immigration and births to minority populations, is projected to produce an increasingly diverse population in the years to come,” they wrote. The number of births among racial minorities recently surpassed that of white births, and officials estimate that non-whites will make up the majority of the U.S. population by 2060.
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Where has all the money gone? Most people, perhaps even the superwealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. This is especially true when they detect money for which they can’t account. Not so with the federal government. Some recent headlines reflect a disturbing pattern that has contributed to our $17 trillion debt and to a growing cynicism among the public, which increasingly regards government in a negative light. Here are just a few recent gems gleaned from Cal reading newspaper Thomas stories and wire service reports: “Pentagon to destroy $1 billion in ammunition.” This USA Today story says, “It is impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction … remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report … ” So in addition to nonfeasance add incompetence. The New York Times reports on a modest medical office in Brooklyn that received $4.1 million in Medicare funds for “therapy.” The Times says the money went to one person. Maybe the government needs therapy. Taxpayers certainly do. A personal favorite, again from USA Today: “IRS workers who didn’t pay taxes get bonuses.” Then there’s this from the Washington Post: “Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous failure.” Why let failure get in the way of a government program? “$6 billion goes missing at State Department,” reports the Fiscal Times. I’m constantly misplacing billions, aren’t you? Again the Fiscal Times: “Government Blatantly Wastes $30 Billion This Year.” The key word is “blatantly.” Just in time for this year’s university commencement exercises we learn, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal: “Government programs to reduce (student loan) defaults are encouraging more debt.” Citizens Against Government Waste this week releases its 2014 “Pig Book” listing some of the outrageous spending by the federal government. The book focuses mostly on “pork,” those earmarks added to a bill after the normal budget process. Earmarks have been outlawed since fiscal 2011, but members of Congress always seem to find ways around the many laws they pass. This year’s Pig Book has found earmarks attached to the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government. One paragraph from the introduction reveals the lengths to which some members of Congress will go to circumvent the law in pursuit of their own political interests: “The 2012 Pig Book noted that although there were fewer earmarks than in prior years, the projects involved larger amounts of money and included fewer details. This is also true in 2014. For instance, a $25 million earmark for the National Predisaster Mitigation Fund appearing in the FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act corresponds to 58 earmarks totaling $24.6 million for the same program in the FY 2010 DHS bill. The 2010 earmarks appeared in the ‘Congressionally Directed Spending’ section at the end of the bill, which contained the names of the members of Congress requesting each project and its location, as required by the pertinent transparency rules. “This is in stark contrast to the FY 2014 earmark, which contains no such information.” When committing a crime, some criminals try not to leave fingerprints at the scene. Congress engages in criminality on a higher plain by not leaving “fingerprints” on their earmarks. Who will hold them accountable? Apparently not enough voters, too many of whom appear indifferent, or deliberately ignorant of it all. To paraphrase the old Peter, Paul and Mary song: where has all the money gone? Long time passing. Gone to earmarks and down a sinkhole. When will we ever learn? Email nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding a passion for finding a cure Why? It’s a question that will be asked repeatedly on Friday at Gwinnett’s annual Relay For Life event for the American Cancer Society. As in, why are you here? Why do you walk? Why do you Relay? But really it’s a question we all ask ourselves, whatever day or week it happens to be. It’s a question Julie Jay asked herself. Like any of us, she was more than happy to help with things like Relay for Life, to be on a team, raise some money, participate. But when her uncle — Jim Jay — became sick with lung cancer her participation turned to passion. And when he passed last April, she knew how she would honor his memory. “Our office has done (Relay) and I’ve always participated,” said Jay, who works in the District Attorney’s Office as a legal associate for Judge Timothy Hamil. “But when my uncle was diagnosed in 2012, (Relay) meant something different. It took on a whole new meaning.” Jay directed that passion toward raising money for Relay For Life, bringing in $1,900 last year. She challenged herself to do more in 2014. Then Jay found out the mother of her good friend, sorority sister Amanda Collins, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She felt hopeless and helpless at the plight of her friend’s mother, choosing to dive into Relay as a way to help. That passion has helped Jay raise more than $4,000 this year, making her the No. 3 individual fundraiser out of more than 5,700 participants. She said she never thought of herself as someone who could ask for donations,
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Julie Jay and her uncle, Jim Jay, from her childhood. (Special Photo)
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but spurred on by the memory of her uncle and the plight of Donna Collins she has asked through every means available, sending emails, posting on social media, and in some cases and writing letters to her older relatives who weren’t online. In those letters she included pictures of her uncle, who worked at Cisco and was passionate about charitable causes himself, favoring Habitat for Humanity. “(Doing this) makes me feel close to him and makes me feel like this is something he’d be proud of,” Jay said of her participation in Relay. “(The key) is just not being afraid to ask (for donations). If someone says no, they say no. But more often people will donate $5, and that’s great.” Jay credits Jennifer Reed, who is the leader of her office Relay team and a member of the Relay steering committee, with helping and inspiring her. Her goal now, she said, is to get even more
Julie Jay, right, is participating in Relay for Life in memory of her uncle Jim May and in honor of the mother of her friend Amanda Collins, left. (Special Photo)
involved with the event, perhaps joining the steering committee herself. “I love the feeling (of being involved),” she said. “It’s nice to have something you are passionate about. I wasn’t one of those people who could say,
‘I’m passionate about reading’ or something like that. But I have really become passionate about this.” Email Todd Cline at todd. email@example.com. His column appears on Wednesdays.
over themselves in their attack on Sterling by rebroadcasting his remarks. The attackers have overlooked that perhaps everyone has the right to make statements, however bigoted, in the privacy of their own home. The secret recordings were evidently made in California, a state with perhaps the most stringent restrictions on the clandestine recording of private conversations. As I understand California law, the fact the Sterling did not agree to these recordings, makes them illegally obtained, and is a gross violation of his civil rights. It appears that the media violated the law by broadcasting them and perhaps the NBA has likewise violated the rights of Donald Sterling by not only making his remarks public but has used this as “evidence” which was illegally obtained. Perhaps, after the lawsuits,
Sterling will also own the NBA and a few news outlets, too. I strongly disagree with Sterling’s bigoted statements, but don’t we all have the right to make private remarks, however stupid they may be, in the privacy of our home? — Ernest Wade Loganville
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Snellville couple deserves support in pursuit of gay marriage rights I have been in a committed relationship for 21 years. Because my partner and I are heterosexual, our marriage gives us valuable rights and privileges that we have come to take for granted. Couples like Shelton Stroman and Christopher Inniss (“Local couple at center of gay marriage ban lawsuit,” May 4, 1A) who are also in a committed relationship cannot enjoy the same rights and privileges simply because they are homosexual. This is the definition of injustice. Neither my partner, nor I, nor our adopted teen-aged daughters feel that our family is remotely harmed, threatened, or undermined by gay
relationships. We wish to offer our support and encouragement to Shelton, Christopher and Jonathan, and hope that the U.S. District Court will stand up for fairness for all. — Randall Young Lawrenceville
Sterling’s remarks were wrong, but so was how they were obtained Donald Sterling, owner of the NBA Clippers basketball team, is a bigot and deserves little sympathy but we should all be afraid of the tactics being used in the attempt to destroy him. His girlfriend reportedly secretly recorded his racist rants and then released the recordings to the media. The media and the NBA have fallen all
Cartoon’s depiction of Deen unfair By including her in the “tips of the iceberg” of Racism in America, the political cartoon in the May 1 edition of the Daily Post did an incredible injustice to Paul Deen. Is she to be held accountable for the rest of her life for something spoken in private? She already has paid dearly. — Elizabeth Truluck Neace Dacula
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Genevieve Crego Longtime Hall County resident, Genevieve Caroline Lahey Crego, age 74, of Flowery Branch, Georgia passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, after suffering for many months with the bone marrow disorder, Myelofibrosis. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch with inurnment following at Memorial Park South Cemetery. Father Eric Hill will officiate. The family will receive friends 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Mrs. Crego was born July 17, 1939 to the late Raymond Joseph Lahey and Genevieve Marie Peschel Lahey in Clinton, Iowa. Mrs. Crego moved to Flowery Branch in 1983. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, where through the years she volunteered with the thrift store, was a member of the Bereavement Committee, and assisted in the counting of weekly offerings. She participated in various community volunteer activities, including Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Crego was also preceded in death by four brothers, Raymond, James, Patrick and Paul. Mrs. Crego is survived by: husband of 54 years, Alvin Crego of Flowery Branch; three sons and a daughter and their spouses: Mark & Lona Crego of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Maria & Alexander Whitaker of Rome, Georgia; James & Maureen Crego of Indian Springs, Alabama; and Michael & Margaret Crego of Rome, Georgia; 10 grandchildren: Andrew Whitaker of Charleston, South Carolina; Molly Crego of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Emily Caroline Whitaker of Williamsburg, Virginia; Morgan Crego of
Rose Goswick Rose Anderson Goswick, age 97, of Vero Beach, FL and formerly of Sugar Hill, GA passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Goswick. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Belinda Goswick, Vero Beach, FL and Steve and Alice Goswick, Stuart, FL; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Goswick was born April 10, 1917 in Dawsonville, GA. She was a graduate of North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. She was a retired elementary school teacher from Gwinnett County Public School System with thirty years of service having taught at Harmony Elementary and Sugar Hill Elementary schools. She was a member of the Gwinnett County Retired Teacher’s Association and a member of West Buford Baptist Church in Buford, GA. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Dawsonville, GA. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www. flaniganfuneralhome. com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.
Dorothy “Dot” Harrison age 72 of Dacula passed away Sunday, May 04, 2014. A Funeral Service will be held 11AM Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with Rev. Donald Robinson officiating. Interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Mrs. Harrison was a member of Gloster Baptist Church and enjoyed working in greenhouses and being a homemaker. She is survived by her Husband of 57 years: Perry Harrison; Son & Daughterin-law: Perry Michael & Karen Denise Harrison of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Daughter & Son-inlaw: Wanda Fay & Kenneth McGuire of Dacula; Son: Brian Keith Harrison of Winder; Brothers & Sisters-in-law: Donald Ray Browning & Wanda of Winder, Jr. Browning & Pam of Braselton: Sister: Vera Randall of Winder; Grandchildren: Perry Alan Harrison, Crystal Denise Dixon, Mindy Massey, James Perry McGuire, Austin Brian Harrison; Great Grandchildren: Kylee & Blake Massey, Lexi McGuire, Hunter Brian Harrison, Cullen Michael Dixon; and Several Nieces and Nephews. In Lieu of flowers memorial to St. Judes Children Hospital/ Scottish Rite 975 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30342. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5-8 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home: 300 Simonton Road, SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100. Please sign the online guest book at www.stewartfh.com
Mary Ruth Kennedy, age 83, of Auburn, GA (Mt. Moriah Community) passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dee and Lera Ruth Kennedy; sisters, Grace Benefield and Winnie Sloan; brothers, Ernest Kennedy, Talmadge Kennedy, Byron Kennedy, Brady Kennedy, J. D. Kennedy and Herman Kennedy; special niece, Rita Helton Kennedy. She is survived by special niece and husband, Nancy and Bobby Wheeler; sister-in-law, Mrs. J. D. (Pat) Kennedy, Gainesville, GA; also many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. Ms. Kennedy was born June 4, 1930 in Barrow County, GA. She was a 1948 graduate of Braselton High School. She was retired from Georgia Art Lighting and Georgia Boot in Flowery Branch, GA. She was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Auburn, GA. She loved everyone. She also loved going to church and gospel singing. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Barney Williams and Rev. Gerald Hudlow officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery, Auburn, GA with Gary Kennedy officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in memory of Mary Ruth Kennedy. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.
Barbara Heenan Barbara Treadwell Heenan passed to the lord Sunday May 4, 2014. HOSCHTON
Kenneth Hudgins Kenneth Alan Hudgins, age 60 of Hoschton, Georgia passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Georgia Cremation is assisting family with local arrangements. Georgia Cremation 3116 U.S. Highway 23 Duluth, Georgia 30096. 678-584-0914. GeorgiaCremation.com.
Geevarghese Issac Koorppillil Geevarghese Issac Koorppillil, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away May 4, 2014. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC “A Family Company,” Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www. wagesfuneralhome.com .
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 • 9A a carpenter. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no funeral service. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www. flaniganfuneralhome. com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.
John Pruett Mr. John Ellis Pruett, age 91, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rilla Nell Pruett; and sister, Eloise Pruett Dasal. He is survived by his children, Ronald Ellis Pruett and wife, Cindy, Buford, GA, Ricky Jay Pruett, Sr. and wife, Rita, Buford, GA, Rita Pruitt Farr and husband, Frankie, Gainesville, GA and Cheryl Darlene Pruitt, Chestnut Mountain, GA; six grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Elbert and Robbie Pruett, Buford, GA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Pruett was born August 31, 1922 in Buford, GA. He was a 1941 graduate of Flowery Branch High School. He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army. He was retired from General Motors Assembly Plant in Doraville, GA after forty-one years of service and was a member of the U.A.W. Local 10. He was a member of New Bethany Baptist Church in Buford, GA. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Grant, Jr. and Rev. Robert Dasal officiating. Interment will follow at New Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Buford, GA with military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www. flaniganfuneralhome. com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.
Cass Smith Cass Smith, age 68, of Jasper, Georgia, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at his home following a courageous 9 month battle against Esophageal Cancer. A Celebration of Life Service were held 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Chapel of Wildwood Christian Academy (770) 893-3800, 695 Whitley Rd. S., Marble Hill, Georgia 30148. A reception followed immediately after the Services. The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to Wildwood Christian Academy for a scholarship in his name to help Odyssey of the Mind teams go to the World Finals. Cremation Services are provided by Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper, Georgia. (706) 253-7500 BUFORD
Joe Stanley Joe Stanley, age 87, of Buford, GA passed away May 5, 2014. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010.
Bill Halfhill Mr. Bill Halfhill, 91, of Winder died May 4, 2014.
parents Arcadia Corcino and Francisco Rivera Quinones. Hector was a veteran who served in the US Army, worked at Hess Oil Refinery and later became a business owner for many years. Hector served faithfully and with great joy as a Deacon at Holy Cross Catholic Church in St Croix for the past 12 years. Viewing will be held at Flanigan Funeral Home at 4400 S. Lee Street, Buford GA 30518 on Friday, May 9th from 5 pm to 8 pm. A funeral service will be held at Catholic Church of St. Monica, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30097 at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Burial will follow the funeral service at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, 5979 New Bethany Rd, Buford, GA 30518. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.
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Lewis Owens Lewis Wesley Owens, age 67, of Loganville, GA, passed away May 5, 2014. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544.
Keith Parker Keith B. Parker, age 56, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Olivia Parker. He is survived by his partner of thirty years, Debra Tormey, Buford, GA; children, Nancy Steptoe, Flowery Branch, GA, Katie Bierman, Colorado Springs, CO and Reba Smith, Buford, GA; five grandchildren; brother, Junior Peppers, Buford, GA; aunt, Frankie Millwood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Parker was born December 29, 1957 in Buford, GA. He received his education from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA. He was h f il
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Hector Rivera Hector Luis Rivera, 67, of St Croix, USVI passed away on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the VA hospital in Decatur, Georgia. Born in Vieques, Puerto Rico on April 22, 1947 he came to St Croix at the age of 7 months and lived most of his life there. Hector is survived by his wife of 47 years Francisca S. Rivera, son Hector Luis Rivera Jr, daughters Graciela Rivera and Arcadia Teresa Remy, Daughter in Law Annette Rivera Acevedo, Son In Law Kimeian Remy and eight grandchildren Enrique Daniel Arroyo, Jannette Marie Rivera, Selena Marie Remy, Marcos Adrian Rivera, Tamia Annaliese Remy, Aaliyah Marguerite Remy, Julissa Francisca Rivera, Jonathan Arron Remy, brothers Francisco Rivera, Robertito Rivera, sister Yolanda Rivera nieces, nephews and many other relatives. Hector was preceded in death by his son Luis Daniel Rivera and his p dia Corcino
Virginia L. Walker, age 81, of Jonesboro, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014. Peachtree Cremation Society. www. peachtreecremation.com
Gerald Williams Gerald Williams, age 70, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 2, 2014. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road SW, Lawrenceville GA, 30046. 770-9623100. www.stewartfh.com
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10A • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 •From Page 1A think we can do better.” Meek, a 44-year-old father of two, is currently the director of innovation strategy and impact at Georgia Tech, a job that means travel across the state consulting with communities small and large regarding their approach toward economic development. The latter is a key issue in the District 4 election, and both Meek and Heard agreed strides need to be made. The candidates, however, have very different philosophies when it comes to what those strides are. Heard, a former state representative who closed shop on his architecture firm following triple-bypass surgery last year, said his goal is to make Gwinnett the country’s best place to do business. He scoffed at the prospect of luring jobs to the county by offering incentives to companies considering relocation, saying that “what government needs to do is get out of the way.” “We do not need to be in the business of providing incentives and entitlements and trying to buy businesses,” Heard said. “It’s easy to do business in Gwinnett. … It’s taxpayer dollars, and the purpose of taxes is to provide the services to the community that the community chooses. And creating incentives for competitors to come in is not what taxpayer dollars need to be used for.” Meek was the county’s economist and director of economic development for almost 10 years. During that time, he played “a vital role” in attracting businesses like NCR and Hewlett-Packard and was directly involved in any incentives-involving negotiation, he said. “I clearly have a better grasp of what we need to do,” Meek said. “And I don’t think he understands economic development. … I don’t like incentives, but you have to have them to play the game.” Meek said, if elected, his plan to improve Gwinnett’s economic condition would be four-fold and include rewriting the incentives ordinance to focus on development; encouraging class-A office space development in appropriate parts of the county; revamping the county’s strategic plan; and better utilizing tools like the development authority and tax allocation districts. “My opponent has been an economic developer, but from an academic position is different from putting the wheels in place,” Heard countered. Heard also pointed to his own role in the implementation of the county’s Uniform Development Code, which he said “brings new opportunity to communities that are due for revitalization.” The 59-year-old also touted transportation improvements already underway, including the Ga. Highway 316-Ga. Highway 20 interchange
BOC competitor.” With one ex-commisJohn Heard (i) Alfie Meek sioner in federal prison and • Age: 59 • Age: 44 another awaiting trial, the • Educa• EducaGwinnett County Board of tion: tion: Commissioners has been no BachBachelor’s stranger to ethical issues in elor’s degree in recent years. Meek said he degree in economics, left his job with the county archiGeorgia tecture, Institute of because of that. Southern Technology; “I was starting to feel like Polytechnic University master’s in business economthe reputation Gwinnett’s • Occupation: Architect, ics, Georgia State University; leaders was getting was going business owner and condoctorate in agricultural ecoto start to filter down to peostruction project manager nomics, University of Georgia ple who worked for them,” he • Political experience: Six • Occupation: Economist and said. “And I couldn’t be a part years, Georgia House of director of Innovation Strategy of that anymore.” Representatives; four years, and Impact at Georgia Tech Heard said his ethics Gwinnett County Commis• Political experience: Chief shouldn’t be a topic of dissioner economist and economic • Family: Wife Debbie; development director for cussion because all of “the daughters Jill and Leigh; Gwinnett County Board of problems” have already been grandson Barrett Commissioners removed from the board. • Family: Wife Pilar; sons “I think my challenger has Aidan and Garrett tried to make an issue of it,” he said, “but he’s a few years in Lawrenceville and the has been drawn into a pair of late.” widening of the latter on the semi-controversies — one District 4 stretches from northern end of the county. surrounding his personal con- Lawrenceville to Rest Haven If elected for a second nection with efforts to bring a and includes parts of the term, Heard said he wants hotel to the Gwinnett Center, Dacula, Braselton and Buford to change code enforcement and the other involving his areas. operations to focus more on being mentioned in a lawsuit. helping those with issues The former architect, than fining them. now a project manager with “If a person can’t mainMetro Waterproofing, has tain their property properly, removed himself from all most of the time it’s that they meetings or votes involving aren’t financially able to do the hotel, which he pitched that,” he said. “The worst several years prior to his thing to do in that case is to political career. He called give them another fine to the lawsuit, in which he was have to pay.” not named as a defendant, In the last few years, Heard the product of a “disgruntled
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Stinchcomb’s success continues Backus savoring retirement perks
even as he followed many of the same paths as Matt. He actually surpassed some of his older brother’s It could have been a achievements, carving out burden. his own road to success by Jon Stinchcomb’s older using his sibling as both a brother by two years, Matt, role model and motivation. set the family bar pretty It’s why Jon Stinchhigh as an All-American comb’s decision to have football player at the Matt introduce him Friday University of Georgia, as a Gwinnett County where he also was one of Sports Hall of Fame inthe nation’s most decorated ductee was an easy one. scholar-athletes. He was a “(Matt) has been first-round pick in the NFL extremely influential in Draft, eventually playing my life, he’s a great role seven seasons in the league model,” Jon said. “I’m and reaching the Super sure he’s really the only Bowl. reason I’m being inducted, The younger Stinchbecause of the nepotism comb never viewed the situation as stressful, though, See SUCCESS, Page 4B By Will Hammock will.hammock@ gwinnettdailypost.com
Hawks amaze in PK victory
By Christine Troyke
“When you decide to retire, you have your Jeff Backus is making the whole life to most of his retirement. do whatever He’s traveling, going huntyou want. ing and driving his daughter “It took Jeff Backus to school. some time to The Norcross grad is doadjust to things around the ing all the things he couldn’t house, trying to find things to during his 12-year NFL stay busy with and I’ve done career. that. I couldn’t be happier.” “Honestly, from the time Backus, who Friday will I got to the University of be inducted into the GwinMichigan after I graduated nett County Sports Hall of high school until I retired, Fame, was a first-round draft it was a very regimented schedule,” Backus said. See SAVOR, Page 4B christine.troyke@ gwinnettdailypost.com
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush is picked up by offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb after Bush scored on the 2-point conversion in a game on Oct. 21, 2007 in New Orleans. (File Photo)
By Steve Argo
HOSCHTON — The outcome seemed inevitable and the end of the 2014 season was so close for the Mill Creek boys soccer team. But the Hawks have lived to play another day. Down 3-1 in the penalty-kick session after 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtimes resulted in a 3-3 tie, Mill Creek pulled off one of the great comebacks in recent memory to knock off Johns Creek in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament Tuesday night at Markham Field. “To be down twice in the game against a solid team and come back was big,” said Mill Creek head coach Sean Garnett. “But to be down two in penalty kicks with (Johns Creek) having a chance to win twice, it’s just incredible. You can’t describe it. To win it like that in a playoff game is amazing.” Officially, it will go down as a 4-3 win, but there was so much more to it. Trailing by two in the penalty-kick session after Billy Johnson was the lone Hawk to connect on his shot, Justin Rivas stepped up and hit the back of the net to cut it to 3-2 Johns Creek. That’s when Mill Creek goalkeeper Daniel Smith, who hadn’t played at all in the 90 minutes of regulation and overtime but was brought in for the suddendeath penalty kicks, stepped up for the Hawks. After Johns Creek had made its first three shots, Smith locked in and the Gladiators didn’t score again in their final four attempts. Noah Thomas tied it for Mill Creek when he put his shot home and make it 3-3 after the regulation five kicks by each team, so on it went. Both teams missed in Round 6 as Smith came up with another save for Mill Creek, then Davis Magee was true on his shot in Round 7 to put the Hawks up 4-3 with Johns Creek still to shoot.
Another shutout gives Brookwood win over Lassiter By Will Hammock will.hammock@ gwinnettdailypost.com
Brookwood’s Andy Harris (1) jumps up to make a save during the second half of Tuesday’s Class AAAAAA second-round playoff game at Brookwood. (Photo: Kyle Hess)
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Brookwood’s Brahan Gamarra (10) battles for possession of the ball against Lassiter’s Grady Murray (13) during the first half of Tuesday’s Class AAAAAA second-round playoff game at Brookwood. (Photo: Kyle Hess)
SNELLVILLE — The Class AAAAAA boys soccer playoff game was less than two minutes old when Brookwood goalkeeper Andy Harris faced a stiff challenge. Lassiter’s Munear Abousaud made a run through two Bronco defenders, creating a one-on-one with a charging Harris. The Brookwood sophomore stuffed Abousaud on that opportunity, matching it late in the half with another close-in stop. From there, the Brookwood defense did what it and Harris usually does — record shutouts. The top-ranked Broncos scored twice in the second half Tuesday night for their 13th shutout in 19 victories, a 2-0 victory over No. 8 Lassiter in the AAAAAA second round.
We’re not always pretty (on defense) and we scramble at times, but we get the job done.” — Brookwood boys head coach Danny Klinect
They advance to host Campbell in the quarterfinals Friday night. The hosts also broke a tie with the 2004 state championship team for victories in a season — but are still shy of the 21 wins recorded by the 2001 squad. “That’s nice, but there’s a lot of work left to be done,” Brookwood boys coach Danny Klinect said. Lassiter (14-6) had scored 12 goals in its last three matches, including a 5-0 win over North Gwinnett and a 4-2 win over Peachtree Ridge, but it put just four shots on goal against the Broncos. Only one of those came in the second half, when Brookwood (19-1) took control with goals from Samaan
Williams and Alfredo Rivera. “We’re not always pretty (on defense) and we scramble at times, but we get the job done,” Klinect said. “If you watch us defensively, you think, ‘Wow, how are they 191?’ But they’re athletes and Jordan (Locke) does win a lot of balls in the air. … He’s been the gamechanger in the season. When he missed the first four or five games and we gave up some goals and were struggling, he goes back there and we’re a different team. It forces teams to change their style.” Locke, who is 6-foot-5, and Junior Ametepe were
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2B • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
Gwinnett Preps BASEBALL
State playoffs, second round (all doubleheaders, best-of-three series) Class AAAAAA 4:30 p.m. — Grayson at Milton 4:30 p.m. — Walton at Parkview 5 p.m. — Mill Creek at Lambert Class AAAA 5 p.m. — LaGrange at Lanier Class AAA 4:30 p.m. — St. Pius at Buford Class AA 1:30 p.m. — GAC at Pepperell 4:30 p.m. — Model at Wesleyan Class A 2 p.m. — Pace at Hebron
Girls state playoffs, first round Class AAAAAA 6 p.m. — North Gwinnett at West Forsyth 6:30 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge at Chattahoochee 7 p.m. — Centennial at Collins Hill 7:30 p.m. — Johns Creek at Mill Creek Boys state playoffs, first round Class AA 7:30 p.m. — St. Pius at GAC
Girls state playoffs, second round Class AAAAAA 7 p.m. — Brookwood at Walton 7 p.m. — Lassiter at Grayson 7 p.m. — Parkview at Peachtree Ridge Class AAAA 6:30 p.m. — Alexander at Lanier Class AAA 6:30 p.m. — Blessed Trinity at Buford Class AA 5:30 p.m. — Armuchee at GAC 5:30 p.m. — Wesleyan at Bremen Class A 5:30 p.m. — Holy Innocents’ at Hebron Boys state playoffs, second round Class AA 7:30 p.m. — Wesleyan at Bremen
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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.
May 20: The 16th Dr. Miles H. Mason Jr. golf tournament, benefiting the Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion Institute, at Chateau Elan begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $300 per player with sponsorships available. For more information, call 678-3128500 or visit www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/golf.
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. fcagwinnett.org/soccercamp. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423580-8557.
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.mcfoafootball.org or call George Allen at 770-880-6632.
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High-stakes surround NFL Draft By Larry Fine
The Sports Xchange
NEW YORK — It may bring a dynamic quarterback to the pro ranks in Johnny Manziel, or a defensive force in Jadeveon Clowney, but this week’s NFL Draft may be remembered for ushering in the league’s first openly gay player. High-stakes suspense envelopes the three-day draft starting on Thursday that is the lifeblood of the National Football League, the mechanism that distributes the primary talent flow into the league from the college ranks. Top candidates including linebacker Khalil Mack, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and offensive linemen Greg Robinson, should have the guessing game over their NFL future settled in the first round, but one of the main threads of intrigue will not be resolved until Friday or Saturday. Michael Sam, the decorated defensive lineman from the University of Missouri who has been projected as a middle round pick, is expected to become the first openly gay player ever drafted by having his name called at Radio City Music Hall. Sam, the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading it with 11.5 sacks, may be selected on Friday when the second and third rounds are held, or he could have to wait until rounds four through seven are conducted Saturday. There is also the chance that Sam, who may be seen as too slow to play linebacker and not tall enough to thrive on the
Johnny Manziel sits front row to watch the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners on April 15 in Arlington, Texas. (USA Today Sports: Matthew Emmons)
line, could be passed over following a so-so performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Presuming Sam is drafted, that will set up another challenge for him — to make the final roster of the drafting team this summer to become the NFL’s first openly gay player. “I just wish you guys (would) see me as Michael Sam the football player, instead of Michael Sam the gay football player,” Sam told a throng of reporters after going through a slew of drills and interviews at the Scouting Combine. Prized target The Houston Texans select first, followed by the St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders to round out the top five in an order fashioned by worst record all the way to Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks at number 32. Team plans are treated as top secret, and speculation abounds on whether some clubs will try to trade up to snare a prized
Boom/bust Despite the comprehensive scouting of college target by providing extra game tapes and the examipicks to a team hoping nations — physical and to fill additional spots by mental — administered moving down in the draft. during the NFL combine, Pass rusher extraordithe draft annals are littered naire Clowney of South with flops. Carolina has long been Some of the biggest presumed to be the likely busts have come from top top pick, but questions picks made on quarterabout his work ethic led backs who did not pan out some experts to suggest he and set their franchises could be overtaken. back for seasons on end. Quarterbacks are often Number one overall the wild card factor in the picks in recent years have draft, as teams without a been lavished on such productive passer can be underwhelming NFL quarwilling to wage a big price terbacks from JaMarcus on what is widely conRussell (Oakland in 2007), sidered the most critical David Carr (Houston in position on the gridiron. 2002) and Tim Couch Manziel, the undersized (Cleveland in 1999). yet electrifying quarterUnsurprisingly, those back dubbed “Johnny three teams are still looking Football” during his for a franchise signal caller. Heisman Trophy winning The inexact science days at Texas A&M, is an of the NFL Draft is also X-factor. illustrated by teams who Many pundits expect the have catapulted to success scrambling quarterback with less heralded players. to be taken within the top Three-time Super Bowl five or 10 spots, while winning quarterback Tom others say Manziel could Brady of the New England slide out of the first round Patriots was taken in the over worries he would not sixth round of the 2000 hold up to the physical draft, while reigning Super punishment doled out by Bowl champion QB RusNFL defenders. sell Wilson was picked in Other highly rated quar- the third round in 2012 by terbacks available include the Seattle Seahawks.
NFL DRAFT: Thursday, 8 p.m. (NFL Network), New York While the first pick of this year’s draft will probably be Jadeveon Clowney if the Texans stick at No. 1, there is still much uncertainty in the top-10. Here’s The Sports Xchange’s mock draft:
1. HOUSTON TEXANS — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Since Bill O’Brien was hired in Houston, I’ve penciled Blake Bortles into this spot for the Texans at No. 1. But Clowney might be too talented to pass up here and from what I’m hearing, he is the favorite at No. 1 if Houston keeps this pick. 2. ST. LOUIS RAMS (from WAS) — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Yes, the Rams brought back Rodger Saffold, but with his injury history and Jake Long coming off a serious injury himself, Robinson is still a strong possibility here. At the end of the day, I think St. Louis trades out of this pick, but if they stay at No. 2, I like the Auburn tackle here. 3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo With zero quarterbacks off the board here, do any of them intrigue Jacksonville enough to be the future of the franchise? Manziel is very tempting, but I’m leaning no, making Mack a natural fit as the Jaguars upgrade the defense, specifically the pass rush. 4. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M The Browns will give Brian Hoyer a shot, but is he the long-term option? No, Ray Farmer and his staff weren’t at Manziel’s pro day, but if you think that means they’re not interested, you’d be wrong. 5. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson The Raiders need upgrades at several positions, most importantly quarterback. But they might be left in a spot where they guy they want isn’t left on the board. If that’s the case, Watkins would be a nice consolation prize. 6. ATLANTA FALCONS — Jake Matthews, OT, Auburn The two favorites for this pick is either pass rusher or offensive tackle and with Clowney, Mack and Robinson off the board, Matthews, Barr and Lewan are the main candidates. I’ll lean Matthews right now, giving Atlanta a rock on the offensive line to help keep Matt Ryan on his feet. 7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Blake Bortles, QB, UCF Could Lovie Smith and Co. really draft a quarterback with the first pick of the new regime in Tampa?
It’s certainly possible as the Buccaneers are doing their due diligence on all the quarterbacks, including in-state product Blake Bortles. 8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Best player on the board or quarterback? The Vikings desperately need an identity at quarterback, something Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater could bring to Minnesota. 9. BUFFALO BILLS — Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on the toughness and grit that Lewan brings to the field. 10. DETROIT LIONS — Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M The Lions have the best wide receiver in football and a top-10 pick with several holes on the roster, could they really draft a wideout here? Yes, if a talent like Evans is still available. Detroit’s top priority should be improving the depth chart and Evans does that. 11. TENNESSEE TITANS — Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State The Titans lost Alteraun Verner to free agency and despite feeling comfortable with some of the young cornerback talent on the roster, Gilbert’s long, fast skill-set might be too enticing with this pick. 12. NEW YORK GIANTS — Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame The Giants drafted a versatile tackle/guard last year in the first round (Justin Pugh), could they do it again this season? If that player is Martin, then yes, the top offensive lineman on the board here. 13. ST. LOUIS RAMS — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama After going offense with the No. 2 pick, the Rams need to look at the defense with their second first rounder, specifically the backend. Clinton-Dix is a ballhawking safety with the skills needed to be a force vs. the pass and the run. 14. CHICAGO BEARS — Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville The Bears addressed the defensive line in free agency and if Aaron Donald is gone, Chicago will mostly likely look to upgrade the secondary. 15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State The Steelers current cornerback talent isn’t going to scare any opposing offense and in a division with Josh Gordon and A.J. Green, a physical, aggressive cornerback
Blake Bortles of Central Florida, Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Derek Carr of Fresno State. Watkins, a standout receiver from Clemson, has been acclaimed as the best of a deep class of pass catchers. Other receivers who could join Watkins as a first-round pick include Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU) and Brandin Cooks (Oregon State).
like Dennard could change that. 16. DALLAS COWBOYS — Anthony Barr, DE, UCLA The Cowboys have done their due diligence on Barr in the scenario that he falls to them. Well in this mock, Barr is still around and I don’t think Dallas will pass. 17. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Jimmie Ward, FS, Northern Illinois Could the Ravens go safety in back-to-back years? Why not, that’s one possibility with James Ihedigbo gone. Pryor and ClinonDix are off the board, but Ward belongs in that same conversation and would give the Ravens an impressive safety pair, along with last year’s first rounder Matt Elam. 18. NEW YORK JETS — Odell Beckham, WR, LSU The Jets took out the check book for Eric Decker in free agency, but chances are they aren’t done addressing the wide receiver position, especially if a talent like Beckham is still on the board. 19. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Miami has some solid options at tight end, including Charles Clay who emerged last year as a reliable receiving threat. But no tight end on the Dolphins’ roster can match the ability of Ebron and what he brings to the offense. 20. ARIZONA CARDINALS — Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Carson Palmer is the Cardinals starting quarterback in 2014, but beyond that is a question mark and Arizona might be tempted to secure that long-term answer in this draft with Carr. 21. GREEN BAY PACKERS — C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama The Packers need help on defense and could benefit from Mosley slipping down draft boards due to injury issues. 22. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana Latimer is more than just the flavor of the month, he is drawing legitimate first round interest from several teams and the Eagles have shown a great deal of interest in the former basketball star. 23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Marqise Lee, WR, USC Andy Reid and John Dorsey will be looking to add explosive weapons on offense and Lee would give Alex Smith another target starting in week one. 24. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Although shoulder surgery will
likely keep Verrett shelved until training camp, he is an outstanding cover man who will be able to help the Bengals’ banged up secondary. 25. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State Despite his off-field activities in the news, Roby is still likely to land in round one. The Chargers have the need and have shown the interest. 26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (from IND) — Kyle Fuller, CB, Va. Tech As the Browns begin talks to lock up Joe Haden long-term, they’ll also be looking to draft a worthy counterpart for the No. 2 cornerback spot in Cleveland. 27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn The Saints ranked top-five in the NFL last season in team sacks, but it’s tough to pass up playmaking pass rushers. Ford used the Senior Bowl as a spring board into the first round. 28. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee This pick will most likely be to help surround Cam Newton with help, either a left tackle or a wide receiver. James is a name that hasn’t appeared in many first round mock drafts, but he’s highly thought of by many in the league. 29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame Not sure the Patriots expect the space-eating nose tackle to be here when they draft, but if Nix is still on the board, he makes a ton of sense in New England with Vince Wilfork’s new contract basically a one-year deal. 30. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State The last time the 49ers drafted a fast, undersized slot receiver in the late first round, it didn’t work out so well (A.J. Jenkins). But Cooks is a different story with his combination of athleticism and polish to start at the “Y” from day one. 31. DENVER BRONCOS — Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State Shazier is simply a fun player to watch with his athleticism and ability to diagnose on the move and the Broncos could use his speed on defense. 32. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA The starting offensive guards in Seattle have produced inconsistent results so far this season. Su’a-Filo has experience at tackle and guard, but projects best inside and will be the top guard in this class for several teams.
Durant beats out James for MVP The Sports Xchange
Gervin and Michael Jordan as the only players Kevin Durant of the to top the NBA in scoring Oklahoma City Thunder is four years out of five. the winner of the MauDurant received all but rice Podoloff Trophy as six first-place MVP votes the NBA’s Most Valuable on 125 tabulated ballots. Player. Miami Heat forward LeBIt is the first MVP ron James finished second award for Durant, who to Durant. He received captured his fourth scoring six first-place votes, 118 title in five seasons by second-place votes and averaging a career-best 32 one third-place vote. points per game, joining “I think Durant has had Wilt Chamberlain, George the best year,” said Clip-
pers coach Doc Rivers, whose team went up 1-0 in the Western Conference semifinals at Oklahoma City on Monday. “I still think LeBron (James) is still the best player in the NBA but I think Durant has had an MVP year. I don’t know who has had a better year.” James said Monday there was no disputing Durant’s credentials. “Much respect to him
and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season,” said James, a four-time MVP. Durant, 25, finished second to James in 2012 and 2013. He led the Thunder to 59 victories, a secondplace finish in the Western Conference and scored at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games. All-Star sidekick Russell Westbrook missed 46 games due to knee injuries.
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Brookwood’s Frey, Lewis pick colleges Brookwood seniors Sarah Frey and Steven Lewis were honored with a ceremony recently for continuing their swimming careers at the college level. Frey, a four-year letter winner, will swim for Brenau University. A four-year state qualifier, she placed in the top 10 in the breaststroke at the Gwinnett County meet each of her high school seasons and finished her career with the No. 10 breaststroke time in school history. She is the daughter of Ann and Jeff Frey. Lewis, also a four-year letter winner, will swim for South Georgia State University. He is a three-year state qualifier, placing 14th at the state meet in the breaststroke with the seventh-fastest time in school history. He is the son of Julie and Mark Lewis.
Norcross’ Pinkett commits to Savannah State
Norcross senior point guard Khalen Pinkett has made a commitment to the Savannah State men’s basketball program. Pinkett averaged 9 points and 4 assists last season, guiding the Blue Devils to the Class AAAAAA Final Four. He also helped Norcross to the 2013 AAAAAA state championship.
Lions name new volleyball, cross country coaches
Peachtree Ridge recently announced the hiring of new head volleyball and cross country coaches. The new volleyball coach will be Alexis Arthur, who led Horizon Christian to an undefeated season, region title and Division II state championship in 2013. She had a 33-2 record in two seasons at Horizon. She also has coached for five years with GA5 Volleyball, currently serving as assistant youth director, and played college volleyball for Brenau. Matt Adams is the Lions’ new cross country coach. He spent the past two years as a volunteer high school assistant at Collins Hill, in addition to coaching the last five years with Shiloh Middle’s track and running clubs. An avid runner, he also is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the University of California at San Diego.
North’s Cofer steps down as soccer coach
North Gwinnett has begun its search for a new head girls soccer coach after accepting the resignation of Corban Cofer from the position. Cofer was the Bulldogs’ head coach for the past two seasons. He also is an assistant basketball coach at North.
The Georgia Club earns big honor The Chancellors Course at The Georgia Club has been recognized among the Best Courses You Can Play in Georgia, according to Golfweek Magazine’s recently released annual rankings. The list polled 675 voters from seven countries. Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Denis Griffiths, the 27-hole Chancellors Course is the centerpiece of The Georgia Club, an award-winning 1,500-acre planned community. The original 18 holes at the Chancellors Course debuted in 2001, with Griffiths adding a third nine in 2006 to complete the planned 27-hole routing. “It is quite an honor to be regarded by Golfweek as one of Georgia’s elite golf courses,” The Georgia Club’s general manager Ray Garbiras said. “This honor is a validation of the professionalism and hard work of the entire staff, from course maintenance and the golf shop, to club operations and beyond.” — From staff reports
Huntzinger lifts Lions to sectional win state sectional meet at White Oak Golf Club-Seminole Course. However, the Broncos’ Philip Westberry shot a 78 to qualify individually.
Tardy carded a 6-under par 66 to lead Norcross to a score of 250 at NEWNAN — Charles Huntthe Class AAAAAA Girls State zinger fired a 4-under par 67 to Sectional Tournament on Monhelp pace Peachtree Ridge to the day at Canongate Golf Club. team title of the Class AAAAAA Tardy’s score was the secondBoys State Sectional Tournament Smiths power GAC to state lowest by a girls player in Gwinon Monday at White Oak Golf ALMA — Matching rounds nett County history, trailing only Club-Seminole Course. of 4-over par 76 by sophomore a 63 turned in by former Mill The Lions also got scores of Steffen Smith and freshman Davis Creek star Emilie Burger. 76 from Mike Collins, 77 from Smith paced Greater Atlanta And combined with scores Steven Payne and 78 from both Christian to the team victory at of 86 from Anna Palmer and 98 Davis Cook and Kevin Kim to the Class AA state sectional from Elizabeth Waid, it helped post a score of 296, qualifying tournament Monday at Blueberry the Blue Devils clinch a spot in them for the state tournament Plantation Golf and Country Club. the Class AAAAAA state tournaMay 19 at Champions Retreat Sophomores Ben Shipp and ment May 19 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Evans. Alex Kimm also chipped in with Golf Club in Ft. Gordon. scores of 78 and 80 respectively BOYS GOLF as the Spartans finished with a Peachtree Ridge places fourth, team scored of 310, which qualiqualifies for state Bulldogs qualify for state fied them for the state tournaSHARPSBURG — MatchNEWNAN — North Gwinnett ment May 19 at Applewood Golf ing scores of 86 by Jenny Li shot a team score of 314 to finClub in Keysville. and Louise Yu helped Peachtree ish fifth at the Class AAAAAA Joining them there will be Ridge to a score of 259 in MonBoys State Sectional Tournament Wesleyan, which finished fourth day’s state sectional tournament on Monday at White Oak Golf with a score of 348, led by a card at Canongate Golf Club. Club-Seminole Course. of 85 turned in by Will Harper. Esther Clark was just one shot The finish was good enough to back at 87 to round out the Lions qualify the Bulldogs for the state Hebron’s Brooks makes state score, which qualified them for tournament May 19 at Champions MCDONOUGH — Hebron the state tournament May 19 in Retreat Golf Club in Evans, their Christian came up short in Ft. Gordon. first state appearance in 20 years. its bid to qualify for the state Leading the way was Bailey tournament, but Reece Brooks Duluth qualifies for state Ulp, who shot a 1-over par 72, advanced as an individual from SHARPSBURG — Sally Kim while Justin Jacobs also broke 80 Monday’s Class A (Private) sec- shot 83 to help Duluth qualify for with a score of 76. tional at Cotton Fields Golf Club. the state tournament with a team Also scoring for the Bulldogs Brooks shot 81 and tied for score of 266 Monday at the Class were Grant Manning with an 80 third, good enough to make state AAAAAA state sectional tournaand Brian Bonanno and Jeremy as the low medalist on a nonment at Canongate Golf Club. Thiele who both shot 86. qualifying team. The Wildcats also got scores Hebron shot 202 as a team and of 85 from Jordyn Sims and 98 Brookwood’s Westberry finished fifth. from Cassie Kooker. headed to state NEWNAN — Brookwood’s GIRLS GOLF Parkview’s Fasil, Brookwood’s score of 323 was just two shots Kaur headed to state short of qualifying the team for Tardy shoots 66 at sectionals SHARPSBURG — Menna the state tournament at Monday’s SHARPSBURG — Bailey Fasil of Parkview shot a 90 in From staff reports
Monday’s state sectional tournament, qualifying the Panthers’ senior for an individual spot in the state tournament May 19 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club. Brookwood’s Harmanprit Kaur shot 76 during Monday’s round, but had already qualified for state by winning low medalists at last month’s Region 8-AAAAAA tournament. GAC ties for 4th, headed to state WAYCROSS — Elizabeth Mizell shot an 83 to help pace Greater Atlanta Christian to a score of 192 in the Class AA state sectional tournament Monday at The Lakes at Laura Walker. Madi Lacata added a round of 109 as the Spartans finished in fourth place as a team, good enough to qualify for the state tournament May 19 at Pointe South Golf Club in Hephzibah. GIRLS TENNIS
Providence 3, Mt. Pisgah 2 ALPHARETTA — Singles wins by Vani Crist and Grace Auman vaulted Providence past Mt. Pisgah 3-2 in a Class A (Private) state semifinal match Monday at Mt. Pisgah. Crist’s three-set win at No. 1 singles and Auman’s at No. 3 combined with the doubles team of Carly Dubay and Maryellen Brannon to give the Storm an opportunity to play either Whitefield Academy or Darlington for the state championship Saturday at the Clayton County International Park Tennis Center in Jonesboro.
Grizzlies win conference in romp 2 from GGC voted all-AII From Staff Reports
LYNN, Mass. — Senior Tyler Carpenter threw seven scoreless innings with four strikeouts and senior Sloan Strickland went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs as the Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team earned its first-ever postseason championship Monday afternoon. The Grizzlies, in their first year of postseason eligibility, captured the Association of Independent Institutions championship tournament with an 11-0 victory over HoustonVictoria (Texas) at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass. Strickland earned Tournament MVP honors, finishing 10-for-22 at the plate with six RBIs, six runs scored, four doubles and a home run over five games. Meanwhile, in two starts in the tournament, Carpenter (8-1) allowed just one run in 14.2 total innings with 12 strikeouts and no walks, yielding just seven hits to earn a pair of victories. The top-seeded Grizzlies (48-10), who had been down to their final out in an elimination game Sunday, finished 4-1 on the week, opening and closing the tournament with a win over the sixth-seeded Jaguars (23-31). The NAIA No. 6 Grizzlies now advance to the Lawrenceville Bracket of the 2014 NAIA Baseball National Championships Opening Round at the
From staff reports
Georgia Gwinnett College’s baseball team celebrates with the A.I.I. championship trophy at Fraser Field on Monday in Lynn, Mass. (Photo: Anthony Perry)
Grizzly Baseball Complex, May 12-15. The complete tournament field will be announced Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. “I am absolutely thrilled for these guys and for our first conference championship,” GGC head coach Brad Stromdahl said. “This senior class has laid the foundation for this program. Their effort was tried and tested over the last 58 games and everyone in our organization has played a huge role in winning this title. “We had seniors come up in extremely big spots all weekend. They simply stepped up.” Phillip Bates added a 3-for-5 performance Monday while Ty Abbott went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Wil-
liam Paschal drove in a pair of runs. Strickland gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run, his second of the season. Three GGC hits in the fourth inning added to the lead. Abbott started a two-out rally with a single, then stole both second and third base. Strickland followed with an RBI single, then after a single and a walk, Antonio Allen drove in a run on a bases-loaded walk for a 3-0 lead. Bates scored on a double play in the fifth to make it 4-0. The Grizzlies added five more runs in the eighth inning. Christian Van Camp singled, stole second and scored on an
RBI single from Pat Long to make it 5-0. Later in the inning, Payne drew a walk with the bases loaded, then Bates scored on a wild pitch. Abbott drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as GGC went ahead, 8-0, and Strickland drilled a double into the left field corner to extend the lead to 9-0. The final GGC runs came in the top of the ninth with Paschal’s tworun single to score Jereid Woods and Kyle Norton. Left-hander Austin Smith completed the Grizzlies’ sixth shutout win of the year with two scoreless innings of relief and three strikeouts. “These guys have been through the wringer all year and you just let them play,” Stromdahl said.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Coach Brad Stromdahl and outfielder Jake Fields led a group of eight Georgia Gwinnett College players on the 2014 All-Association of Independent Institutions Conference team. Stromdahl was named the conference’s Coach of the Year after leading the Grizzlies to a 48-10 record and the A.I.I. tournament championship so far this season. They will host the opening round of the NAIA national tournament later this month. Fields was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year by hitting .339 with three home runs, 44 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and a .995 OPS so far this season. Other Grizzlies joining Fields on the AllA.I.I. include starting pitchers Tyler Carpenter and Alex Roberts, first baseman Sloan Strickland, shortstop Zach Alvord and outfielder Phillip Bates. In addition, GGC relief pitcher Zeke McGranahan and outfielder Ty Abbott were named to the second team.
Wolves grow up fast for state gymnastics title By David Friedlander
to help Buford accumulate 110.225 team points to best runner-up Carrollton by nearly a It can be said Buford High full point. School’s gymnastics program “I’m so proud of the girls,” has grown up in a hurry in every Buford coach Amanda Allen said. sense of the word. “They fought hard. They didn’t Paced by sophomore Logan do so well in our first event, but Nugent and freshman Berkley they finished like champions.” Berrett, the Wolves captured the The strong finish helped the GHSA’s all-classification state Wolves claim Gwinnett County’s championships Saturday at the second gymnastics state title and Westminster School in Atlanta in first since Providence won it in just their second year of existence. 2009. Nugent won the floor exercise And they did not only just one and finished in the top-three in year after placing fourth at state two other events to place third in in their inaugural season, but the all-around competition, while with a young team that includes Berrett was fifth in the uneven two seniors, two juniors a sophoparallel bars and sixth all-around more and three freshmen. firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite their youth, the Wolves featured plenty of experience, with many of the team members also competing statewide, regionally and nationally during the club gymnastics season with the Gymnastix Training Center located just a short distance from the school. “This is our second year, but we do have some things to our advantage, like a fantastic community and a major club gymnastics program not far away,” Allen said. “Two of our freshmen, Claudia Goyco and Lyndzi Jones, made it to Eastern Nationals last year. Berkley is a freshman, and she did a fantastic job (Saturday). We needed her to make (the title)
happen. And Logan’s only a sophomore, so we hope to (challenge) for years to come.” Nugent’s top event was the floor exercise, where she posted a score of 9.65 to win the event by .15 of a point over Katie Stewart of Lambert, while she also placed second on vault and third on bars to place third in the allaround with a cumulative score of 36.975, just over a half-point behind champion Stewart. Berrett, meanwhile, placed fifth on bars as her biggest score of the day to help her to a fifthplace finish in the all-around. Other members of the team are Brei Butts, Kryslyn Moore, Caroline Davis and Carolina Goyco.
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Black Knights fall to Walton by inches By David Friedlander
That’s because a blast by Diego Godinez rang off the goalpost as the final seconds ticked away, sending MARIETTA — It’s a Walton (18-2) to the state cliche that’s been used quarterfinals and ending plenty of times, but Central Central’s season 14-4-1. Gwinnett’s second-round “Give Walton credit,” Class AAAAAA boys soc- Central coach Cory Morcer playoff game against gan said. “They fought Walton was literally a hard, but to lose a game of game of inches. this magnitude on a call Unfortunately for the like that is unfortunate. … No. 7 state-ranked Black My kids have fought all Knights, they came up year. They fought to the about an inch short on two bitter end. You can see the key plays that led to a 1-0 emotion they left on the victory for the secondfield. I’m extremely proud ranked Raiders on Tuesday of these young men.” night at Raider Valley. The call Morgan reChris Jensen’s penferred to occurred near the alty kick goal that resulted midpoint of the second from a controversial hand- half after an evenly-played ball call that occurred just first half in which scoring at the edge of the penalty opportunities were few and area provided the game’s far between. only scoring. The stalemate was fidavid.friedlander@ gwinnettdailypost.com
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solid again in the central defense, while outside backs Samir Williams and Dodge Palmisano also held the Lassiter attack in check most of the victory. “That defense is strong,” said Brookwood midfielder Brahan Gamarra, who assisted the first goal. “Jordan Locke and Junior Ametepe, our two center backs, they hold it down. Jordan is a big, physical guy in the air, no long balls get over him. Junior is fast and covers him. Samir and Dodge on the outside are good oneon-one defending, physical. … Defense wins championships and it’s always good to get shutouts.” The shutout held thanks to a more opportunistic second-half attack. Brookwood had a 5-1 edge in first-half corner kicks and had two good looks at free kicks that didn’t go on frame, but needed only six minutes into the second half to go up 1-0. Gamarra took a ball on the right side and floated a pass over the defender’s
head. Samaan Williams volleyed it home from the back post to break the deadlock. “Coach put me outside on the wing because I’m good one-on-one and I just cut in,” Gamarra said. “I saw Samaan back side, I crossed it and he had a great finish.” In the 64th minute, Palmisano overlapped from his defender position down the left wing and made a great cross that caromed off the post and back to Rivera, who settled and blasted a shot into the net. The 2-0 edge was plenty, but it would have been a Brookwood comeback if not for the first-half saves by Harris. “The first two minutes of the game, (Harris) made a huge save,” Klinect said. “Andy is one of the top keepers around and he showed it tonight. He made some big saves and kept us in the game. Come playoff time in a game like this, your keeper has to make the big saves because every team at this point is a good team.”
nally broken on a play that seemed innocent when it developed. The ball bounced off the shoulder of a Central defender with his back to the play as he was marking his man deep in Black Knights territory. The referee immediately blew the whistle to signal a handball, but there was some initial confusion as to exactly where the infraction occurred due to the overlap of the lightlycolored soccer and lacrosse lines on the field. After a consultation between the referee and the linesman, the play was ruled to have occurred inside the penalty area, and Jensen converted the ensuing penalty kick to put Walton up 1-0 with 20:58 left. “Whether it was a (prop-
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“I went up and knew where I wanted to go,” said Magee. “I hit it right where I wanted to put it. No one said anything to me. I was just in my zone and just did my thing.” And when the Gladiators’ final shot banged off the left corner of the goal post, pandemonium erupted in the stands and on the field as Mill Creek celebrated win No. 16 — a school record — and a trip to the state quarterfinals on Friday to host the Hillgrove, a 3-0 winner over Tri-Cities. “I’m just doing my part,” Smith said. “I’ve been the PK goalie. I had a feeling I was coming in. I made a pretty big save in the Norcross game (in penalty kicks), so I assumed that I may come in tonight. After the first half of the overtime, Coach (Garnett) told me to be ready.” The game started fast with three goals in the first 8:32 of action. Mill Creek (16-2-0) took the early lead as Thomas moved down the left side
and scored from close range to put the Hawks up 1-0 with just 3:45 into the contest. But Johns Creek (126-1) answered right back 45 seconds later as Will Clarke scored on his own corner kick from the left side to make it a 1-1 game. Johns Creek then took its first lead of the game at 2-1 when Chris Witmond took a corner kick from Clarke and headed it into the net with 31:28 to go in the opening half. Both teams had good scoring opportunities the rest of the way, but went to the locker room with Johns Creek maintaining the onegoal lead. Mill Creek tied with 33:52 left in the second half when Ethan LoCicero scored to make it 2-2, but Johns Creek went ahead 3-2 with 22:09 remaining when Jeremy Poncelet connected for the Gladiators. Then Mill Creek got the most important equalizer of regulation when Jake Creech scored with only 8:35 to go to tie it at 3-3 and keep the Hawks’ season alive.
that exists. I’m not sure he had a vote, but he had to buy a couple (laughs). On a serious note, being as fortunate as I was to see him go through the process of working hard in high school, having an opportunity to play at the collegiate level and a chance to play in the professional ranks was great. You see the way things should be done and you hold yourself to a higher standard. I was always looking at him as someone to look up to.” Stinchcomb racked up an amazing set of accolades himself on the football field, winning a state championship at Parkview (Matt didn’t have one) and a Southeastern Conference title at UGA (Matt didn’t get one of those, either). He also won a Super Bowl championship (sorry Matt) as a New Orleans Saints starting offensive tackle, picking up Pro Bowl honors as a protector of quarterback Drew Brees. Academically, he had a 4.0 grade-point average until he made his first B in college. He graduated with honors in microbiology and a minor in religion, earning the prestigious NCAA Top 8 Award, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete from any sport at any NCAA level for accomplishments on the field, in the community and in the classroom. Matt earned that award as well, and both brothers have been inducted into the exclusive UGA Circle
the field. The junior midfielder got off a blast with five second remaining that beat Walton keeper Michael Jurick, only to clang harmlessly off the back post and out, allowing the Raiders to clear the ball as the final seconds ran off and preserve the win. “The post was the keeper’s best friend (Tuesday) night,” Walton coach Bruce Wade said. “(A goal) would’ve put us into overtime, and who knows what happens then. “A lot of times, you get two teams coming in like (Walton and Central) and things start out slow and easy, kind of like heavyweight fighters (sizing each other up). As the game wears on and time starts to tick away, the players real-
ize what’s on the line, and they know they need to get the result.” The result ultimately went the Raiders’ way, a disappointing way for the Black Knights to end a season that saw them fight back from a 3-3-1 start and win 11 straight games before Tuesday’s setback. “I hate that (Central’s) fate got dealt something like that,” Morgan said. “This is how our season started when we went on the road. We had a couple of unfortunate bounces. “It’s hard for me to tell these boys that they lose and they’re going home and their season is over, but it is. Survive and advance, and they got a goal and we didn’t. … Again, give Walton credit. They survived and advanced.”
cal part —my body’s had enough — but I did miss pick of the Detroit Lions the routine and the camain 2001 after a standout raderie. four years for the Wolver“You retire, and you ines that include a national always wonder how championship. it’s going to go. Pretty He played his entire smoothly.” pro career for Detroit and He’s not ready for that holds the franchise record life yet, though. for 186 consecutive starts “I enjoyed working at left tackle. with the players,” Backus But after 12 years, it said. “I’m just not ready was time. Time for trips to commit to the coachto Greece and elk hunting ing schedule right now. in Montana and taking It’s more intense than for his 5-year-old Harper to players. school a few days a week. “I need to regroup for a “I was 35 when I retired few years and hang out.” and it felt like when you Backus has three kids graduate college and have now and he’s savoring the your whole life in front of time he gets to spend with you,” Backus said. “I just Harper, 5, Griffin, 3, and did what I wanted to do Bryson, who turns 2 on for a while.” Thursday. Part of that was an early “I don’t want to say I’m foray into coaching. Back- Mr. Mom by any means us was asked by Detroit’s because my wife does offensive line coach, a such a great job, but it’s good friend, to help with fun being around them,” the summer training seshe said. sions. He was able to get a They had a little harder feel for what the job is like time dealing with his and also hang out with his retirement. Especially former teammates. Griffin, his oldest son. “They were trying to “They didn’t undergroom a couple of young- stand why dad was always er offensive tackles,” around the house and Backus said. “It eased the sad I didn’t play football transition of not playing. anymore,” Backus said. I didn’t miss the physi“One day Griffin said, ‘So
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Brookwood’s Jordan Locke (14) takes the ball down the field ahead of Lassiter’s Jumar Oakley (17) during the first half of Tuesday’s Class AAAAAA second-round playoff game at Brookwood. (Photo: Kyle Hess)
er) call or not, that was the call that was made,” Morgan said. “It’s part of the game. Give (Jensen) credit.” But after being frustrated by the Walton defense throughout most of the remainder of the game, the Black Knights nearly got the equalizer twice as the clock wound down in regulation. First Joel Dominguez zipped a free kick from 25 yards out on left wing just over the crossbar in the game’s 71st minute. Then, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds, a hastily-taken free kick deflected off a Walton defender in the penalty area and took an opportunistic bounce right to Godinez on a few yards outside the top of the 23-yard mark just to the right of the center of
you don’t play football for work, but you can still play football with me, right?’” That answer was easy. “Any time,” Backus said. Time — and space — is in abundance these days. Backus bought a farm about an hour from his permanent home in Ann Arbor. “I’m restoring the house,” Backus said, then laughed a little. “I’m not going to be the farmer. I leased out the land. But I bought it as a family retreat.” His parents, who are originally from that area, also have a summer house in northern Michigan. It was one of the things that made playing for the Wolverines and then being drafted by the Lions so seamless. Spending his career with the Lions — a rarity to be sure — solidified his ties to the state. “I’m fortunate to be able to play for one team,” Backus said. “It doesn’t happen a lot. I formed a lot of relationships with the team. I can identify with one team. “I have friends that
bounced around and they don’t have that identity or those relationships. I just wish we would have won a few more ballgames.” Only in 2011, Backus’ second to last season, did Detroit make the playoffs. “We were constantly trying to find the right mix of players and coaches,” Backus said. “We started to get it turned around and just couldn’t sustain it.” Backus was an enduring part of the effort, though, missing just one game in his career. It’s no wonder he’s among just the fifth class of Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame inductees. “It’s a great honor and it’s great for the community,” Backus said. And it gives Backus a chance to recognize his family for all they’ve done. His father, Bill, will be presenting his ring at Friday night’s ceremony. “My parents have always been my biggest supporters,” Backus said. “They traveled to all my games. They’re the ones that carpooled every afternoon to practice since I was 6. “It’s a great way to honor them, too.”
Success of Honor. Those honors easily qualified Stinchcomb for induction into the Gwinnett Hall of Fame, joining his brother Matt, who was part of the 2010 inaugural class. “We’re both so proud to have been able to play in Gwinnett and to be from Gwinnett,” Jon Stinchcomb said. “To think about all the truly special athletes that have come from this county and to be recognized as one of the better ones is humbling. To see the others I’m inducted with his class, that was exciting.” The 34-year-old is now in a stage of life — postNFL football — that his older brother has experienced already. He wasn’t in a huge hurry to fill his schedule back up after his 2010 football retirement, focusing his time on a move back to Gwinnett (he settled in the Archer district) and time with his wife Ali and their two children, son Nathan, 4, and daughter Emily Gray, who turns 2 this month. “I am enjoying it, there’s a lot more family time,” Stinchcomb said. “It’s opened the doors to a lot of opportunities and experiences I’m very grateful to have. One of those is spending a lot of times with our two kids when they’re at an age where they don’t go to school every day. It’s great to be able to raise your own kids.” When Stinchcomb looked at the future steps
of his life, he scrutinized each opportunity with the same question — does this justify me taking time away that I could be spending with my family? One in particular fit that parameter. Through a speaking engagement at Brookwood’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle, Stinchcomb talked with longtime Bronco team chaplain Matt Williams, the found of NG3, a 501 (c)3 charity that stands for Next Generation: Character Community Change. It’s goal is to work directly with student-athletes at local high schools, building their character and teaching core values like responsibility, humility, integrity and honesty. “The fact that it’s relationship-driven and it’s making positive changes really struck a chord with me,” Stinchcomb said. NG3 currently serves five Gwinnett high schools — Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Grayson and South Gwinnett. Stinchcomb is director of operations, with primary goals of growth at an organizational level and partnering with new schools and sponsors. The NG3 staff is optimistic about future expansion. “If you talk to Matt
(Williams), it’s only a matter of years before we take over the world,” Stinchcomb joked. “On a serious note, this coming year we’d like to be able to serve two or three more schools. Within the next five years, and Gwinnett County is obviously our target zone, we want it to be able to spread to as many schools as it can touch.” Stinchcomb also accepted a recent opportunity in compounding pharmaceutical sales, a different course from Matt, who works in risk management and insurance. Jon also has no plans to pursue Matt’s other job as a college football TV analyst. It’s safe to say the brotherly comparison days are over, unless they’re comparing induction ceremonies. The Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame has outgrown its previous induction site in a suite at Coolray Field, trading it in for a large banquet and dinner at the Gwinnett Civic Center. “They’ve stepped their game up,” Jon Stinchcomb said of the induction. “I thought it was a really nice function when Matt was inducted, but this will be great. Now the only worry is him complaining about how much nicer my induction is.”
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 • 5B
Not much travel required for most Gwinnett teams By David Friedlander
The good news for the eight Gwinnett County teams that are continuing on in the state high school baseball playoffs is that they were simply able to survive and advance from last week’s opening round. The better news — for most of them, anyway — is that they won’t have to travel very far when the second round commences with doubleheaders Wednesday afternoon. Five of those teams will host second-round series in their respective classifications, including a pair of teams — Lanier in Class AAAA and Wesleyan in Class AA — that likely didn’t expect to be doing so even after winning their first-round series. The Wolves (14-13), the No. 3 seed from Region 6-AA, will welcome Model, the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AA, to Donn Gaebelein Field after the Blue Devils upset Region 5-AA top seed Bremen in the first round. Lanier (20-9), meanwhile, also caught a break after beating Grady in three games by having LaGrange upset Northwest Whitfield in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. That means the Longhorns will host a playoff series for the first time in the program’s brief history when the Grangers come to Sugar Hill on Thursday.
Parkview’s Daino Deas (6) is congratulated by his teammate Brandon Hill (1) after scoring against Mill Creek during a high school baseball game in Hoschton this season. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
The doubleheader will be the latest in a series of firsts for Lanier, which came into the playoffs a seed higher than a No. 4 for the first time in its history. The Longhorns recorded both their first playoff game win and their first series win thanks to some timely hits and strong pitching from starters Kameron Doster, Matthew Ramsay and Trenton Little, as well as reliever Tyler Tillman, which allowed just three earned runs in the three games. “It’s nice to be in the second round,” Longhorns coach Chad Longe said. “It’s very exciting. … We were in the playoffs the previous two years with not much success. But it
wasn’t so much (a feeling of) desperation as it was the kids taking the attitude that, ‘We’re going to do this.’ “We came in (to the first-round series) with a mission of wanting to take the series and move on. This is our fourth year (as a varsity program), and we’re beyond being content with just making it (to the playoffs).” While Lanier will join Wesleyan, Parkview (24-4), Buford (25-2) and Hebron Christian (21-7) in hosting second-round series, even two of the three teams that have to hit the road won’t have a very long trip. Mill Creek (1810) and Grayson (18-9) travel just over the county line to meet Lambert
(from Forsyth County) and Milton (from Fulton), respectively. The lone exception is Greater Atlanta Christian (15-11), which will trek to Lindale in northwest Georgia to take on Pepperell in a second-round Class AA series. The Spartans joined Wesleyan, Westminster and Lovett in a Region 6-AA in their matchups with Region 8-AA in the first round behind the heroics of Justin Lewis, who threw a complete game in a 3-1 win over Jefferson in Game 1 of their series and then delivered a walk-off home run in the nightcap. The sweep gives them the right to a rematch with Pepperell, which ended their season in a thrilling
State Second Round Wednesday-Thursday AAAAAA Mill Creek at Lambert Game 1 — Wednesday, 5 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, 5:55 p.m. Walton at Parkview Game 1 — Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, 6 p.m. Grayson at Milton Game 1 — Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 45 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, TBA AAAA LaGrange at Lanier Game 1 — Wednesday, 5 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, 4 p.m. AAA St. Pius X at Buford Game 1 — Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, 5:55 p.m. AA Model at Wesleyan Game 1 — Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, 4:30 p.m. GAC at Pepperell Game 1 — Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Game 2 — Wedenesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, 5 p.m. Class A (Private) Pace Academy at Hebron Christian Game 1 — Wednesday, 2 p.m. Game 2 — Wednesday, 20 minutes following Game 1 Game 3 (if necessary) — Thursday, TBA
three-game series in last year’s first round. But veteran coach Cliff Shelton, who will part ways with the GAC program when this season ends, says that while his team is looking forward to such a rematch, its focus is more on the here and now. “It’s a little different this time because (Pepperell
Lions exact revenge Peachtree Ridge boys surge past Chattahoochee to be able to do that for my team,” Lee said. “It was a roller coaster of a game, conSUWANEE — Less than stantly up and down.” two weeks ago, Peachtree Although it was a high-scorRidge lost on a last-second ing game that featured both goal to Chattahoochee in offenses, Lions’ goalie Alex Johns Creek. Higgins came up with huge On Tuesday, the Lions saves at key moments, totaling exacted revenge as they bested 16 saves in the game. the Cougars 13-11 in the first “Alex keeps telling me that round of the Class AAAAAA nobody knows his name,” lacrosse playoffs. Basher said. “After three wins In a game that was back in the last eight days against and forth throughout, it was Mill Creek, North Gwinnett Peachtree Ridge that scored and Chattahoochee, there are a two goals in the final 3:17 to lot of people that are going to break an 11-11 tie. know his name.” “This was a huge win for Lee got the scoring started, us, especially for our 13 hitting on two goals in the seniors,” Peachtree Ridge head first 1:35 of the game to coach Bob Basher said. “This give Peachtree Ridge a 2-0 is such a unique group and lead. But Chattahoochee, we knew this could be a great like it would do throughout year for our program.” the game, came back just as The Lions got four goals quickly. and four assists from Steven Chris Berchock and Daniel Lee, including the gameWilson scored soon after to winner with 3:17 to go, while tie the score at 2-2, before Matty Ledon also contributed Berchock and Triston Tetley four goals, including the final hit on the next two goals to goal. put the Cougars up 4-2, a lead “Someone had to make a they would hold onto through play and I was just fortunate the end of the first quarter. By Chris Stephens Staff Correspondent
In fact, Peachtree Ridge hit two off the post to open the second quarter and couldn’t find the back of the net for a total of 17:16. That was until Jacob Lee scored to make the score 4-3 in favor of Chattahoochee. “We were having trouble clearing the ball and we weren’t completing our passes,” Steven Lee said. “Coach called a timeout and we fixed that.” Ledon tied the score on an assist from Steven Lee, but it was a play at the end of the second quarter which gave the Lions a lot of momentum heading into halftime. After securing a turnover on defense, Steven Lee pushed hard to the goal, finding the back of the net to give the Lions a 5-4 lead. Ben Corrigan’s shot at the buzzer hit the post for Chattahoochee, leaving the score there at halftime. In the second half, the Cougars got off to a hot start, scoring three-straight goals before Ledon found the back of the net with 7:51 to go in the quarter.
Mickey Tomlinson’s goal a minute later pushed the Cougars’ lead back to two, but the Lions again came back. Michael Pinkstaff scored on a powerplay off an assist from Steven Lee and Matt Dominguez tied the game 18 seconds later. Then, with 2:50 to go in the quarter, Pinkstaff scored off an interception from Ben Briggette, giving the Lions a 9-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Lions got goals from Ledon and Jacob Lee to go up 11-8 with 5:57 to go. But the Cougars weren’t going away. Within a 27 second span, the Cougars got a goal from Berchock and two goals from Tommy Stanton, knotting up the score at 11-11 with 3:40 to go in the game. But it would be all for not as the Lions scored two late goals for the win. “After they scored the three goals, we didn’t roll over and that’s a credit to these players,” Basher said. “They played like a team.”
Lambert ousts North boys from playoffs By Paul Thomas
ing to be a tough one. They’ve played well all season, they’ve played big competition so we SUWANEE — North hoped to put up a good show Gwinnett couldn’t overcome and I’m very proud of my a stifling defensive effort and boys and the effort they put a flurry of second-quarter out.” goals from Lambert in the first After the first quarter round of the AAAAAA boys Lambert led 5-2, but North’s lacrosse state playoffs. defense was able to find its Lambert topped host North footing for much of the second 11-3 behind three points from quarter. Then the final minute senior attackman Sean Carof the second quarter ocruthers (two goals, one assist) curred. and two points from fellow Lambert (15-4) broke senior Spencer Wilson (one through with a goal from goal, one assist). midfielder Nick Shumate with Jack Ryan, Luke Printz and 51 seconds left in the half, and Nathan Howell each scored a quickly followed it up with goal apiece for North (16-3) in a second straight unassisted the loss. goal, this time from junior “They played a really good Jake Stanford with just 15 game the whole game,” North seconds left on the clock. head coach Scott Tinney said. Nine seconds later the “They’re a tough opponent Longhorns delivered their and we knew Lambert was go- biggest gut-punch of the night Staff Correspondent
was) a senior-laden team last year, and a lot of those guys aren’t back,” Shelton said. “They must (still) be pretty good because they beat Bowdon (in the first round). We’re trying not to play (the rematch) up because we don’t want to get too emotional, but I’m sure the kids are excited to get another chance (at the Dragons).”
as a quick faceoff win led to a Carruthers’ goal on an assist from Darron You, for an 8-2 lead with six seconds left in the half. “It was big. I think it changed the momentum,” Lambert coach Rich Wehman said of the final minute of the second quarter. “I think if we had gone into the half at 5-2 it would have been a little bit different of a feeling than getting that run.” Lambert added goals in the third quarter from Coleman Sturkey and Justin Blastick, while Carruthers put one in with 10 seconds left in the game for an 11-3 victory. North was unable to challenge goalie Garret Gomez (eight saves) much of the night thanks to stifling defense from Lambert. North turned the ball over 18 times in the game.
“We just tried to slow it down and play our own pace of game,” Longhorns’ defender Dillon Alexander said. “Holding this team that’s been doing good all season was a privilege and a really good stepping stone for our defense.” The loss and the turnovers were tough for North to swallow as it finished runner-up in the Area 4 and had just three losses all season. “They’ve done a great job of working together from day one,” Tinney said. “They’ve played hard, especially the seniors, we’ve got a large class of seniors. A lot of them, they’re four years in a program that’s only four years old. They’re dedicated, they’ve been getting out here early to hit wall-ball and all kinds of great things.”
No. 1 GAC steamrolls Murray Co. By Ken Chrzanowski Staff Correspondent
NORCROSS — Four different players scored and the defense only allowed two shots on net as Greater Atlanta Christian defeated Murray County 7-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class AA State tournament. “We have learned how to manage the game,” Spartans coach Thom Jacquet said. “We had a lot of chances early that we didn’t capitalize on. They know to keep playing and the goals will come.” From the opening whistle, GAC controlled the pace and tempo of the game. With 36:25 left in the opening half, off a deflected corner kick from Nash Wagnon in the penalty box, Davis Bryan converted to give the home team a 1-0 lead. For the next 15 minutes of the game clock, Greater Atlanta Christian continued to pepper the Indians net but with no luck. The breakthrough came at 21:56 when Ryan Marcano took a loose ball in the box and put it in the net for the first of his three goals in the game. Sporting a 2-0 advantage, the Spartans only needed 34 seconds for Marcano to make it 3-0 as he dribbled in from the corner and right footed a shot into the net. Displaying a precision passing game, GAC converted their fourth goal of the half with 17:58 remaining. Wagnon dribbled down the left third of the field, he passed to the center where Marcano then forwarded the ball on the right to a streaking Ryan Yates. Yates converted the opportunity and as the half closed the lead was 4-0. In the first half, the Spartans, in addition to their four goals, had 13 shots on net and hit the post on one opportunity. Murray County meanwhile did not register a shot on goal. The first ten minutes of the half saw the Spartans continue to press. At the 27:58 mark and continuing until 24:44, GAC scored three times to put the game out of reach. Davis, Marcano and Connor Pendery scored. In the game, the Spartans only allowed two shots on goal. “Our defense is really fast,” Jacquet said. “They played really well today to cut off opportunities.” GAC advances to the quarterfinals where it will face the winner of today’s match between Benedictine and Westside of Augusta.
6B • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
Hebron escapes with OT win over Fellowship By David Brock Staff Correspondent
DACULA — In a game it had so thoroughly dominated, Hebron Christian had to look at the scoreboard with bewilderment to find the score tied with Fellowship Christian at the end of regulation of their Class A second-round soccer state playoff game Tuesday.
“We were definitely in disbelief,” Hebron head coach Bob Gardner said. “Not to take anything away from Fellowship, but we got sloppy in the back and felt like we let them back in the game. Luckily we put some passes together in overtime and overcame some sloppy play.” Hebron finally prevailed when Andrew Thompson scored the game-winning
South advances with slim win By Chris Hillyard Staff Correspondent
MARIETTA — South Gwinnett got an emotional 2-1 victory over Lambert in the first round of the AAAAAA boys soccer playoffs. That win put South into the second round for the second consecutive season where it faced Wheeler, the team that knocked off No. 5 Duluth in the first round. The Comets looked poised and in control the entire match, passing the test and advancing to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory. “We tried to keep all our preparation the same,” South head coach Chris Calvin said. “We had an emotional win last week but we didn’t want to get too high. We told our guys to stay even keeled and to be aggressive and we did that.” South dominated possession throughout much of the early going, consistently pressuring with speed on the outside and getting a few crosses that looked ripe for a goal, but lacked the final touch to give South the lead. After both teams had combined to take just nine shots for much of the first half, Malik Thornell finally broke the tie. Thornell showed some fancy footwork and held the ball, then ripped a shot from 20 yards and buried it into the bottom right corner. “We saw that they were giving us space and that there was room in the middle,” Calvin said “We were getting great looks, just couldn’t finish it. Ma-
lik showed some patience and he put a great shot in there.” Wheeler led a brief charge toward the end of the half, but South was able to withstand for the 1-0 halftime lead. The majority of the first half was very physical play with both sides not able to get very many good looks on goal. The Comets never stopped pressuring throughout the match and nearly tripled Wheeler’s shot attempts by the end. One of South’s best chances for a second goal came on a free kick with just under 20 minutes remaining. Pedro Rengifo came out wide to the left and curled in a cross. The Wheeler keeper came out to play the ball, but misplayed it and it fell at the feet of multiple South players with their back to the goal, but neither could get turned around for the goal. Then with 10 minutes remaining, the Wheeler keeper made a tremendous diving save to deny Thornell his second goal of the match. However, the one goal was enough due to the constant pressure and determination South showed throughout the match. “That’s one thing that we have really been pushing the last couple weeks,” Calvin said. “You can’t get comfortable. To be successful in anything you do you have to be uncomfortable and keep pushing to be better. Our work ethic paid off tonight and this is a huge win for South Gwinnett.” South will travel to face Douglas County on Friday night in the quarterfinals.
goal on an assist from Cole Redman with 2:42 remaining in OT as the Lions escaped with a 4-3 win. The hosts controlled play throughout the first half. With Fellowship goalkeeper Deklan Reid under continual assault, Hebron’s Thompson, Redman, and Ben Ungerer all just missed on prime scoring chances. “We had opportunities with open shots that went
wide that normally go in,” said Gardner. But the Lions finally broke through midway through the first half when Redman centered a perfect pass to a sprinting Jacob Harper. Harper flicked a shot past Reid for a 1-0 lead. The Lions kept the field tilted toward the Fellowship goal, and Braden Elmer extended the lead to
2-0 with a goal in the waning minutes of the half. “We were comfortable at half, even though we weren’t playing well,” said Gardner. “When you let a good team like Fellowship have chances when you’re not up 4-0, it just gives the other team belief that they can come back.” After trading goals, Fellowship Christian mounted a rally. Jake Williamson
scored his second goal on a breakaway to carve the Lions lead to 3-2 with 23:49 remaining. Dalton Depew knotted the game on a goal with 4:43 to send the teams into overtime. “Credit Fellowship, they did a great job” said Gardner. “We hadn’t played since April 23 so hopefully we can move on with practice, get better from this, and get ready for Paideia.”
Rally ends G-Braves’ slide From Staff Reports
Zach Stewart was the beneficiary of the rally as LAWRENCEVILLE — he recorded the victory. After losing their last five Stewart (2-2) tossed six games, the Gwinnett Braves innings of two-run relief, (16-15) rallied from a one- scattering eight hits and run deficit and slipped by striking out three. the Buffalo Bisons (18-11) The G-Braves rally 3-2 on Tuesday night at spoiled another stellar Coolray Field. performance by Bisons In the eighth inning, the starter Liam Hendriks. The G-Braves sent eight to the right-hander entered the plate and scored two runs contest with a perfect 4-0 on three hits to win their record and the third-best first game of the homesERA in the International tand. Todd Cunningham League. He continued his reached on a one-out single dominant ways on Tuesoff Buffalo reliever Rob day, working a season-best Rasmussen, moved to sec- seven innings, allowing ond on a walk to Tommy one unearned run on seven La Stella and scored on an hits and striking out three. RBI single by Joey TerHe retired the last seven doslavich. After an infield batters he faced to lower single by Phil Gosselin his ERA to 1.01. loaded the bases, reliever Hendriks was matched Ryan Tepera uncorked early by left-hander Ian a wild pitch, scoring La Thomas, who made his Stella for the game-winner. Class AAA debut for
Gwinnett. The southpaw, optioned by Atlanta on Sunday, became the 13th player to make his TripleA debut with the G-Braves after having already made his Major League debut. Under a limited pitch count, Thomas hurled three hitless innings with five strikeouts. Thomas left with a 1-0 lead as Gwinnett scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning against Hendriks. Jose Constanza reached on a throwing error by third baseman Jared Goedert and moved to second on a single by Cunningham. After La Stella grounded into a double play, Terdoslavich drove in Constanza with an RBI single. Buffalo tied the game with a run in the fifth as Matt Tuiasosopo laced a
leadoff double off Stewart and scored on an RBI single by Goedert, making it 1-1. The Bisons had a chance to blow the game open with the bases loaded and two outs as Darin Mastroianni laced a ball down the third base line. Gosselin, however, made a diving stop to keep the game tied. The Bisons took their lone lead of the game with a run off Stewart in the sixth. Dan Johnson singled with one out, advanced to second on a two-out single by Goedert and scored on an RBI single by Ryan Goins to make it 2-1. Offensively for the GBraves, Cunningham went 3-for-4 with one run, while Terdoslavich went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. The win was Gwinnett’s first in its last at-bat this season.
Braves snap seven-game losing skid By Guy Curtright
recorded his ninth save in 10 opportunities with a perfect ninth inning that ATLANTA — For the included two strikeouts and first time in more than a the Braves (18-14) moved week, the Atlanta Braves back into first place in the had something to celebrate National League East deTuesday night. spite their recent struggles. Right-hander Gavin Floyd, coming back Floyd pitched seven strong from Tommy John surinnings in his Braves debut gery last May while with and third baseman Chris the Chicago White Sox, Johnson drove in the tieallowed seven hits and a breaking run in the eighth run while throwing 104 inning as Atlanta snapped pitches over seven innings a seven-game losing streak in a pitching duel with St. with a 2-1 victory over the Louis’ Tyler Lyons. St. Louis Cardinals. Lyons, called up from Left fielder Justin Upton, Triple-A Memphis when who had homered for the Joe Kelly had to go on Braves’ first run, and first the disabled list with a baseman Freddie Freeman hamstring strain in April, singled with one out off made just one mistake in lefty Randy Choate before his third start of the season, Johnson greeted rightgiving up a homer to Uphander Pat Neshek with an ton in the fourth inning. RBI single. The left-hander allowed Closer Craig Kimbrel just three other hits, all The Sports Xchange
singles, and had seven strikeouts to one walk. Floyd, who struck out five and walked two, faced just three batters over the minimum in the first five innings thanks to two double plays, but the Cardinals (17-17) tied the game in the sixth after a leadoff walk to third baseman Matt Carpenter. Carpenter, running on the pitch, reached second base on catcher Yadier Molina’s groundout and scored on a single by left fielder Matt Holliday. Floyd, who was 0-4 for the White Sox before undergoing Tommy John surgery last May, signed with the Braves as a free agent over the winter and made six minor league rehab starts, going 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA. Lyons retired the first 10 Braves hitters before Justin Upton broke a 0-for-12
skid by picking on a 0-1 off-speed pitch and hammering his ninth homer of the season into the seats in left-center field. Upton, who was called out on strikes to end Monday’s 4-3 loss, had been 1-for-16 with 11 strikeouts over the five games before connecting. It was the first time the Braves had led since last Thursday in a 5-4 loss at Miami and the first time they had scored the opening run since April 22, when they had a 1-0 walkoff victory in 10 innings against the Marlins. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright, who had his scoreless streak snapped at 25 innings in a loss to the Cubs in Chicago on Friday, will start Wednesday’s series final against Braves LHP Mike Minor.
Brookwood boys tennis one win from repeat state title From Staff Reports
Hillgrove, while the No. 1 doubles team of David Brown and Will McWhirt picked up the other point.
pionship at the Clayton County International Park. SNELLVILLE — The They will play region rival Brookwood boys tennis Westminster for the title. team is now one victory GAC swept the doubles away from a repeat as the BOY TENNIS points against Bleckley, Class AAAAAA state getting victories from Kris champion. GAC 3, Bleckley County 2 Ippolito and Stephen Lamb The Broncos defeated COCHRAN — Road at No. 1, and T.J. Huff and Hillgrove 3-0 Tuesday tested, the Greater Atlanta Parker Bryant at No. 2. Alex afternoon in the state Christian boys tennis team Kahn was the lone GAC semifinals, advancing to took another win on TuesSaturday’s state champion- day, this time propelling ship match against Lasthem into the Class AA siter at the Clayton County state finals. International Park. The No. 3-seeded Brandon Mills and Will Spartans upset top-seeded George swept the top two Bleckley County 3-2 to singles spots in the win over reach Saturday’s cham-
singles winner at No. 3. GIRLS TENNIS Wesleyan 5, Berrien 0 NASHVILLE — A road trip more than two hours away couldn’t slow down the No. 3-seeded Wesleyan girls, who made it worth the drive with an easy 5-0
win over No. 2 seeded Berrien in the Class AA girls tennis semifinals. The win sends the Wolves into Saturday’s state championship match against the winner of Thomasville and Westminster. The match is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the Clayton County International Park.
Winning for the Wolves were at No. 1 singles Sophia Strickland, No. 2 Lauren Alexander and No. 3 Savannah Strickland. The doubles teams of Kaitlin English and Leila Jordan at No. 1 and Katie McLaughlin and Katie Van Laeke at No. 2 rounded out the sweep for the Wolves.
19. Bryan Silas, 38. 20. Joe Nemechek, 36. 21. Ben Rhodes, 36. 22. Jimmy Weller III, 35. 23. John Hunter Nemechek, 33. 24. Cole Custer, 32. 25. Chase Pistone, 31.
25. Kasey Kahne, $1,372,383 Totals presented include NASCAR Contingency Sponsorship Awards.
SPORTS AT A GLANCE Hockey 2013-2014 - NHL Playoff Glance Conference Semifinals (Best-of-7 x-if necessary) Eastern Conference Boston 1, Montreal 1 Thursday, May 1: Montreal 4, Boston 3, 2OT Saturday, May 3: Boston 5, Montreal 3 Tuesday, May 6: Boston at Montreal, late Thursday, May 8: Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10: Montreal at Boston, TBA x-Monday, May 12: Boston at Montreal, TBA x-Wednesday, May 14: Montreal at Boston, TBA Pittsburgh 2, NY Rangers 1 Friday, May 2: NY Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2, OT Sunday, May 4: Pittsburgh 3, NY Rangers 0 Monday, May 5: Pittsburgh 2, NY Rangers 0 Wednesday, May 7: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. x-Sunday, May 11: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, TBA x-Tuesday, May 13: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, TBA Western Conference Los Angeles 2, Anaheim 0 Saturday, May 3: Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 2, OT Monday, May 5: Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 1
Thursday, May 8: Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 10: Anaheim at Los Angeles, TBA x-Monday, May 12: Los Angeles at Anaheim, TBA x-Wednesday, May 14: Anaheim at Los Angeles, TBA x-Friday, May 16: Los Angeles at Anaheim, TBA Chicago 2, Minnesota 0 Friday, May 2: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 Sunday, May 4: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1 Tuesday, May 6: Chicago at Minnesota, late Friday, May 9: Chicago at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 11: Minnesota at Chicago, TBA x-Tuesday, May 13: Chicago at Minnesota, TBA x-Thursday, May 15: Minnesota at Chicago, TBA
NASCAR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Leaders Through May. 5 1. Jeff Gordon, 347 points. 2. Matt Kenseth, 344. 3. Kyle Busch, 343. 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 328. 5. Carl Edwards, 328. 6. Joey Logano, 305.
7. Jimmie Johnson, 304. 8. Greg Biffle, 300. 9. Ryan Newman, 299. 10. Brian Vickers, 297. 11. Brad Keselowski, 294. 12. Denny Hamlin, 292. 13. Kyle Larson, 286. 14. Austin Dillon, 281. 15. A.J. Allmendinger, 279. 16. Marcos Ambrose, 268. 17. Paul Menard, 265. 18. Clint Bowyer, 261. 19. Kevin Harvick, 258. 20. Kasey Kahne, 252. 21. Tony Stewart, 244. 22. Casey Mears, 244. 23. Aric Almirola, 242. 24. Jamie McMurray, 241. 25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 218. NASCAR Nationwide Series Points Leaders Through May. 5 1. Chase Elliott, 339 points. 2. Elliott Sadler, 338. 3. Regan Smith, 336. 4. Trevor Bayne, 308. 5. Ty Dillon, 308. 6. Brian Scott, 277. 7. Brendan Gaughan, 250. 8. James Buescher, 244. 9. Chris Buescher, 229. 10. Ryan Reed, 225. 11. Mike Bliss, 225. 12. Landon Cassill, 224.
13. Dylan Kwasniewski, 221. 14. Dakoda Armstrong, 213. 15. Jeffrey Earnhardt, 172. 16. Eric McClure, 168. 17. Jeremy Clements, 168. 18. Mike Wallace, 167. 19. Joey Gase, 156. 20. J.J. Yeley, 148. 21. David Starr, 114. 22. Jamie Dick, 109. 23. Ryan Sieg, 99. 24. Tanner Berryhill, 96. 25. Blake Koch, 95. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Points Leaders Through May. 5 1. Timothy Peters, 82 points. 2. Johnny Sauter, 82. 3. Matt Crafton, 78. 4. Ryan Blaney, 78. 5. Ron Hornaday Jr., 76. 6. Ben Kennedy, 72. 7. German Quiroga, 71. 8. Darrell Wallace Jr., 61. 9. Jeb Burton, 60. 10. Tyler Reddick, 60. 11. John Wes Townley, 54. 12. Justin Jennings, 47. 13. Brian Ickler, 45. 14. Ross Chastain, 44. 15. Norm Benning, 40. 16. Jennifer Jo Cobb, 40. 17. Joey Coulter, 39. 18. Caleb Holman, 39.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Money Leaders Through May. 5 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr., $2,799,753 2. Brad Keselowski, $2,577,893 3. Denny Hamlin, $2,401,200 4. Jeff Gordon, $2,382,113 5. Joey Logano, $2,293,318 6. Kyle Busch, $2,114,368 7. Jimmie Johnson, $2,107,568 8. Matt Kenseth, $2,028,762 9. Kevin Harvick, $1,901,923 10. Greg Biffle, $1,814,683 11. Paul Menard, $1,800,698 12. Austin Dillon, $1,711,908 13. Brian Vickers, $1,659,513 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., $1,648,363 15. Kyle Larson, $1,613,533 16. Tony Stewart, $1,603,348 17. Carl Edwards, $1,601,948 18. Jamie McMurray, $1,578,368 19. Clint Bowyer, $1,575,053 20. Marcos Ambrose, $1,527,933 21. Aric Almirola, $1,517,363 22. Casey Mears, $1,429,267 23. A.J. Allmendinger, $1,406,400 24. Martin Truex Jr., $1,402,793
NASCAR Nationwide Series Money Leaders Through May. 5 1. Kyle Busch, $397,785 2. Kyle Larson, $361,929 3. Chase Elliott, $353,713 4. Regan Smith, $343,823 5. Elliott Sadler, $331,259 6. Trevor Bayne, $285,763 7. Ty Dillon, $267,623 8. Brian Scott, $257,148 9. Brendan Gaughan, $250,718 10. Dylan Kwasniewski, $247,723 11. James Buescher, $243,178 12. Ryan Sieg, $241,728 13. Ryan Reed, $240,163 14. Mike Bliss, $238,383 15. Dakoda Armstrong, $236,358 16. Landon Cassill, $236,186 17. Jeffrey Earnhardt, $231,783 18. Kevin Harvick, $231,635 19. Eric McClure, $231,391 20. Brad Keselowski, $230,780 21. Jeremy Clements, $228,768 22. Joey Gase, $228,518 23. Josh Wise, $214,892 24. Chris Buescher, $214,758 25. Matt Kenseth, $197,070 Totals presented include NASCAR Contingency Sponsorship Awards.