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MAHONE: There is a lot to be thankful for in sports

While their classmates are enjoying the benefits of a week off from school because of the Thanksgiving break, the Mundy’s Mill football team is participating in the benefits of their hard work.

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MAHONE: Why not Lovejoy?

HAMPTON — There was some doubt coming into the season about how good Lovejoy would be.

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MAHONE: Sportsman paradise awaits

The press pass has been updated. Credentials from Atlanta Motor Speedway have been picked up. Batteries for the remote control have been changed.

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MAHONE: The prestige of being a Lovejoy quarterback

The names and years rolled off Craig Chatman’s lip with ease.

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MAHONE: Riverdale players getting it done on and off the field

Riverdale coach is making sure to keep the emphasis on "student" in student-athletes.

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MAHONE: Don't judge a player just by his size

Sports Editor Derrick Mahone thinks that Jermaine Hough has a big future despite his small stature.

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MAHONE: Jordan or James? Let’s not debate

There is no getting around it when it comes to sports.

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MAHONE: Coaches employ different summer workout routines

When it comes to summer football workouts — coaches have three options.

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MAHONE: NASCAR vet brings joy to young driver

Ken Ragan has been a fixture in auto racing for many years.

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MAHONE: Lovejoy legacy will continue

The names are a little different, but it was evident that there was some talent on the Lovejoy practice field.

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MAHONE: Herrod ready to continue Riverdale’s success

Only recently did Terry Herrod interview for the head football coaching job at Riverdale High.

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MAHONE: Rivals meet at region meet

There is always that game within the game.

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MAHONE: Harrison “a home run” for Clayton State

When it comes to describing their thoughts on new Clayton State men’s basketball coach Paul Harrison, his two former employers use the baseball term home run.

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MAHONE: Douglas trying to make a difference

There could be other projects that Harry Douglas could be doing.

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MAHONE: Recent events have been good and bad for sports

The NCAA Final Four has arrived in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves are back playing games that count.

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MAHONE: CSU seniors leave championship legacy

Late Friday, a new champion will be crowned in NCAA Div. II.

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MAHONE: Clayton State’s ‘grit’ is defining characteristic

On Sunday morning, the Clayton State women’s basketball team will board a plane heading to San Antonio, Texas.

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MAHONE: No introduction needed for Clayton State basketball

Just before he began his postgame press conference inside the media room at the Clayton State’s Athletics and Fitness Center, the school’s sports publicist asked Lakers coach Dennis Cox to introduce the two players beside him.

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MAHONE: Clayton State trying to enjoy the ‘journey’

Clayton State has made this journey before, and that’s why Lakers coach Dennis Cox is taking a different approach.

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MAHONE: Georges-Hunt getting it done on, off court

This has been quite a week for former North Clayton High standout Marcus Georges-Hunt.

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MAHONE: Forest Park deserves better support

It has always been said that success is contagious.

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MAHONE: Gibbons leaving CSU in better shape

He has been a fixture on the Clayton State men’s basketball team sidelines for the last 12 seasons.

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MAHONE: ‘It’s not life’ without Wortham

Sports Editor Derrick Mahone says this season — and world — wouldn't be the same without Eagle's Landing star senior

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MAHONE: Unpredictable region tourneys continue

Like with any basketball tournament, this week’s region tournaments have seen its share of upsets.

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MAHONE: Region tournaments should bring out the best

The old coaches cliché of, “There’s no tomorrow,” has been repeated several times this week.

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MAHONE: NSD is only the beginning for area athletes

The day started early and ended late.

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MAHONE: Coaches getting jump start on 2014 class

The ink is not dry yet on the recruiting class for 2013. In fact, no high school seniors have yet to sign their scholarships yet, but college coaches are already combing the landscape looking for that next big recruit.

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MAHONE: All-star games meant to showcase talent

There was a time when the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game was the premier postseason game in the state.

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Columnist make predictions on Lovejoy, Norcross

Clayton News Daily sports editor Derrick Mahone and Gwinnett Daily Post sports edit Will Hammock share their thoughts on the Class AAAAAA title game.

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MAHONE: Impressive fourth quarter sends ELCA to Dome

During the past 11 games, when the fourth quarter came, Eagle’s Landing Christian pretty much had the game secured.

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MAHONE: ELCA, Lovejoy ready to punch Dome ticket

It’s time to come clean. It’s time to admit that I was wrong about last season’s semifinal finals involving Southern Crescent teams Lovejoy and Eagle’s Landing Christian.

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MAHONE: Lovejoy, Stockbridge, ELCA staying alive in postseason

Now it gets a little tougher to pick these games.

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MAHONE: Southern Crescent developing playoff swagger

As we enter the second round of the state playoffs, we still have four teams alive.

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MAHONE: Could be a historic night in the Southern Crescent

For 10 teams in the Southern Crescent, their playoff fate will be decided tonight.

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MAHONE: Top seeds, playoff positioning on the line

The next to last week of the regular season will see some interesting match-ups that will have playoff implications.

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MAHONE: Locust Grove ready to take next step

It appears that we learned last week that Locust Grove must be taken serious.

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MAHONE: Next few weeks will shape region races

Former NFL coach Dennis Green once went on a 45-second tirade after a loss and uttered the infamous words: “They are who we thought they were!”

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MAHONE: Can Tigers stop the Griffin jinx?

Stockbridge is the latest Southern Crescent team to take its shot at longtime nemesis Griffin when the Tigers make the trek to Memorial Stadium this evening.

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MAHONE: Clayton County looks to maintain bragging rights

The very first time that a Henry County and Clayton County team met in football, Clayton County walked away with bragging rights.

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MAHONE: Griffin still has upperhand in Jonesboro series

After 308 days, the wait is finally over for the Jonesboro Cardinals as they meet No. 3 Griffin.

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MAHONE: Rivalries spark deep emotions

This is sort of rivalry week for many teams in the Southern Crescent area.

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MAHONE: Dutchtown looks to make history

Sometimes when history repeats itself, that can be a good thing, especially in sports.

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MAHONE: McWilliams will be back stronger and better at USC

Everything was going well for South Carolina freshman Rico McWilliams as the former Lovejoy standout was heading into preseason drills.

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MAHONE: Given time, Forest Park could become a winner

The image of that fall day in 1992 is still very visible in my mind.

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MAHONE: Overrated or essential, coaches' opinions vary on passing leagues

There is one thing that coaches all agree on, and that’s to disagree.

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MAHONE: The offseason has changed since the old days

There is no such thing as the offseason anymore in high school athletics.

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MAHONE: NFL draft has Southern Crescent flavor

I’ve never met Cordy Clenn, but I’m definitely excited for him

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MAHONE: Beloved friend, mentor passes

It was “Career Day” in 1978 at my elementary school.

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