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Brian Paglia

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Before they were stars

The North Henry Tigers youth football team dominant and filled with future Clayton and Henry county high school football stars

VOLLEYBALL: State playoff preview

A look at local high school volleyball teams in the state playoffs.

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Mount Zion volleyball sets sight on winning season

Lady Bulldogs are 17-16 going into weekend tournament

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PERFECT PLAYER: Building the Southern Crescent’s ideal athlete

Taking the best attributes of six players from the Southern Crescent, a perfect player was pieced together.

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VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK: For Jonesboro, beach tournament is time to grow

Coach: “Usually we come back and start to go in the right direction.”

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Woodland volleyball gets all it can handle from Jonesboro

No. 4-ranked Lady Wolfpack improve to 18-0

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Southern Crescent rivals ready for ‘a pillow fight’

Four rivalry games offer mix of new and old

VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK: Riverdale ready for playoff push

Lady Raiders are 10-1 going into critical Tuesday tri-match

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PAGLIA: Unranked, but not forgotten

When the Associated Press’s preseason high school football rankings were released Tuesday, the Southern Crescent had just two teams ranked — one expected and one a surprise.

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Foster looking for progress with Morrow

Mustangs take on Campbell tonight in season-opener

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PAGLIA: Ola family must move forward together

Mustangs can't move on, but it can move forward with help of community

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Forest Park's Clark making mark at Iowa Wesleyan

Panthers alumni overcomes futility, health scare to thrive in college

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HOME-GROWN TALENT: 10 college football players from the Southern Crescent to watch

Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald staff writer Brian Paglia picks 10 players from the Southern Crescent who should have the biggest impact on the biggest stages this college football season.

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VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Despite title, ELCA embracing underdog role

Before Eagle’s Landing Christian won its first ever volleyball state championship, there was crying.

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PAGLIA: With transfer issue, it’s all about value

There is no bigger controversy in high school sports than the transfer of athletes.

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ROAD TO KICKOFF: Morrow keeps moving forward despite turmoil

The headlines have said Forest Park is the moribund football program of Clayton County desperate for coaching stability, starving for success and waiting for a proud tradition to return.

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PAGLIA: Local football teams ready to break out

Despite their struggles last season, these four teams who could be poised for a break out year.

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Forest Park once a ‘great place to be’

Mike Parris still remembers Tara Stadium packed with Forest Park and Morrow high school football fans that late October night in 1994, and for good reason.

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A Summer Of Passing

Lovejoy couldn’t get enough. Forest Park wanted no part. Neither did Woodland — well, except under the right circumstances.

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Kamau returns as world champion

McDonough 6-year-old wins two titles

Heru Kamau went to Orlando, Fla., thinking he was going to compete against some of the top karate competitors in the Southeast, which was interesting enough for the McDonough native looking for a challenge.

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PAGLIA: Morrow’s Foster could be the one — again

Mustangs football program needs stability at head coach

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Stockbridge’s Townsend featured in Sports Illustrated

16-year-old tennis phenom is one of eight teenage athletes chosen

Morrow football assistant Foster promoted to head coach

School couldn't offer previous hire teaching contract

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PAGLIA: Southern Crescent has more talent than two lists can fit

My apologies, Desmond Ringer. Sincerest regrets, Tiffany Wilson. You start making lists and find that they can be constraining.

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FIVE GIRLS PLAYERS TO FOLLOW

Here is a look at some girls players in the Southern Crescent that could emerge as the best in the area:

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MID-SUMMER BASKETBALL REPORT: Boys teams to follow

Here is a look at five boys teams that should be worth following this upcoming season.

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MID-SUMMER BASKETBALL REPORT: Girls teams to follow

Here is a look at five girls teams that should do well this upcoming season.

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Summer school

Eagle’s Landing boys looking to take final step

Chris Davenport’s biggest fear when he moved from national basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy in Florida to Eagle’s Landing this summer was that he’d taken a step down.

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Former Henry County baseball players fill summer league team

OTC Bearcats have nine players with county ties

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PAGLIA: Southern Crescent football in black and white

I have seen the future. Correction: I have seen TWO futures.

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Younginers deal their way in

Only in racing can a 1996 Mustang turn into a Legends car for dad then a Bandolero for son.

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Thornton grows into a contender

Riley Thornton goes through the driver’s standard pre-race protocol — driving suit on, ear plugs in, helmet on, climb in the car, off to Thunder Ring.

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PAGLIA: A dream deferred

A few Southern Crescent baseball players found out the dream of being selected in the Major League Baseball draft doesn't always going according to plan.

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Massey returns in style

Defending Young Lions champ now has Bill Elliot Racing on his side

Mason Massey comes with the look — the polarized shades, the tightly-cropped, finely gelled hair and the willing smile.

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Mundy’s Mill’s Crawford is first area player picked in MLB draft

Rashad Crawford wasn’t picky going into Major Legue Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

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GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ashley Nagy

Ashley Nagy had two goals coming into the season — help Union Grove win a state championship and break her own single-season record for goals scored.

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BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Judah Goodridge

Judah Goodridge may not have gone on a goal-scoring spree this season like he did two years ago as a sophomore, but he still came out on top in the Southern Crescent.

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Forest Park’s Cole switches to Georgia State

Former Forest Park girl’s basketball standout Ashlee Cole is staying in Georgia.

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PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Martin

Perhaps no single pitcher was more crucial to his team than Eagle's Landing Christian's Kevin Martin, who compiled a 12-1 record with a 1.20 ERA.

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PAGLIA: For one day, I almost soared

There is no going back once inside a Legends racecar at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Stackhouse falls behind and out of U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Things have been going well for Mariah Stackhouse. She had a big graduation party Saturday.

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PAGLIA: Thanks for the close calls

Yes, there were state champions from the Southern Crescent this season. But there was so much more.

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Stackhouse shoots 67 for third state title

After not participating in the Class AAAA golf tournament last season, two-time winner Mariah Stackhouse wanted to make a statement in her return.

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Lax Attacks!

No sport can compare with lacrosse’s growth, and the Southern Crescent is looking to catch up

The single mother would now have even more on her plate. She couldn’t make it to the standing-room-only rally, because she had to work

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Stackhouse shoots 67 for third state title

After not participating in the Class AAAA golf tournament last season, two-time winner Mariah Stackhouse wanted to make a statement in her return.

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ELCA, Luella and Mundy’s Mill brace for second round challenges

Three Southern Crescent teams survived the first round of the state playoffs to advance to Wednesday’s next round.

BOY'S SOCCER: Capsules for second round matches

Previews for Clayton and Henry teams in the second round of the boy's soccer state tournament Tuesday.

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Three titles would still be nice for Stackhouse

Mariah Stackhouse could win her third individual golf Class AAAA championship Monday at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Augusta, but winning it might just make it harder.

Lady Titans last team standing

Symone Townsend has played tennis long enough now that the only scouting she needs on an opponent is during warm-ups.

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Baseball state tournament

The slates have been wiped clean.