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Brian Paglia

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Union Grove rebounds with win over Lovejoy

Lady Wolverines girl's soccer gets 4-2 victory in the Class AAAA first round at Lovejoy.

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IT’S THEIR TIME

Class of 2013 football prospects step into spotlight

Here’s a look at some of the top rising seniors in Clayton and Henry counties, and a few players you might not know, but should.

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Dutchtown, Forest Park ready for rematches in state playoffs

Dutchtown and Forest Park are quite familiar with their first round opponents in the boy’s soccer state tournament.

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Area welcomes four new football coaches

Many high school football teams start spring practice next week, and four in Clayton and Henry counties will have a new head coach. Here’s a look at the new guys on the sideline and what they have in store for their respective programs.

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Stage set for Glenn

Former Riverdale standout has the size and skills to make NFL draft history

Thanks to hindsight, the history Cordy Glenn is about to make appears earth-shattering — no football player from the Clayton or Henry counties has ever been selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

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PAGLIA: 5 things that wouldn’t surprise me

What to watch for as state tournaments approach

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The swing queen

North Clayton senior Mariah Stackhouse is taking a humble road to the top thanks to her parents

Golf was just supposed to be Mariah Stackhouse’s hobby. Her parents, Ken and Sharon, knew golf was a corporate sport where business relationships are created and deals can be swung, in more ways than one.

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Forest Park eager for next test

To learn about itself, Forest Park boy’s soccer team has dug deep into the implications of its matches this season.

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SOCCER NOTEBOOK: Looking beyond wins and losses

Something’s going on with these soccer teams. Call it an identity crisis — they look like one team from afar, but a different one altogether upon closer examination.

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RAPID RISE

After tough times in 2011, these teams found a way to get better ... fast

Sometimes, the difference between incompetent and competitive is just one player. Sometimes, it’s eight or nine.

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Signings continue to add up for Union Grove baseball

Wolverines seniors Cole Murphy, Austin Smith and Logan Smith signed scholarships last Friday.

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LUELLA PLAYING MIND GAMES

Coming off consecutive losses for the first time in two seasons, Luella baseball looks to get back on track

This hasn’t happened in quite some time. Forty-five regular season games, to be exact, spanning three seasons.

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Bama signee Tomlinson hurts knee playing soccer

Henry County senior and Alabama football signee Dalvin Tomlinson will require surgery after sustaining a significant knee injury while playing on the high school soccer team.

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GIANT IMPACT

Jamal Covington brings the right kind of game for No. 10 Lovejoy

From August to December, Jamal Covington fit right in on the high school football field.

MVP Camp showcases region’s top football talent

National recruiting high school football analysts Chad Simmons (FoxSports/Scout.com) and Rusty Mansell (247sports.com) are bringing their third annual MVP Camp to McDonough this Sunday, April 1, to showcase some of the state’s top talent.

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PAGLIA: Well played, Chipper

The manual for how to walk away from professional sports — any professional sport — was written in 2001.

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Eagle’s Landing’s Wortham given clean bill of health

Eagle’s Landing junior basketball star Eric Wortham Jr. got the news he was hoping for Thursday — he can play basketball again.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Britney Guy

Henry Daily Herald's Girls Basketball Player of the Year is Luella's Britney Guy

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BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eric Wortham

Henry Daily Herald's Boys Basketball Player of the Year is Eagle's Landing's Eric Wortham

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Coaches ready to embrace new practice rules

Fine for teams that violate rules

For his entire 35-year coaching career, Al Hughes has always conducted preseason football practice the same way.

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BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Hill, Luella in command in win over Ola

The staple of Luella baseball through the season’s first 12 games — solid pitching, sound defense and a productive top of the lineup — was enough for the Lions on Monday in a 5-2 victory at Ola in a non-region game.

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Lovejoy trio sells teammates on benefits of club soccer to take Lady Wildcats to the top

When Rory Welsch got the job as Lovejoy girls soccer coach four years ago, he heard a group of freshmen had been wandering the halls of the school boasting of their skills.

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PAGLIA: Locals will soon join the madness

Are you ready to root for the local guys?

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BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Locust Grove ‘learning a lot’ in rebuilding year

Either Locust Grove is as bad as its 13-2 loss to Union Grove, or is as good as its 21-5 victory over Henry County.

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GIRLS SOCCER NOTEBOOK: Locust Grove growing up fast

Now, in it’s third year of existence, Locust Grove High School finally has a senior class.

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Drew falls to Columbia in Class AAA title game

No. 1 Columbia made it three consecutive Class AAA championships with a 65-46 victory Saturday at the Macon Coliseum, but Drew, in just its third year of existence and second of varsity basketball competition, made the Eagles work for it.

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PAGLIA: Heart beats again for Eagle’s Landing basketball

If there’s a way to make a memorable run through the state tournament both irrelevant and inspirational, Eagle’s Landing has found it in teammate Eric Wortham Jr.'s frightening episode of seizures last Friday.

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Eagle's Landing's Wortham out of hospital

No cause found for star forward’s seizures

Eagle’s Landing junior Eric Wortham Jr. was home from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Thursday after suffering a seizure at school last week, even making a surprise appearance at a team dinner.

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Jonesboro has all hands on deck for 2013 run

Jonesboro boys basketball coach Dan Maehlman knows what he has on his roster.

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Jonesboro suffers familiar fate against Miller Grove

Jonesboro again falls to No. 1 Miller Grove in the semifinals behind Wolverines' star center Tony Parker's 30-point performance and poor shooting from the Cardinals.

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Pressure gets to Jonesboro girls in semifinals loss

Two doses of Southwest DeKalb's full-court defense and playing in the semifinals for the first time in three seasons proved too much for Jonesboro in a 51-35 loss Friday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

A win and ray of hope for Mundy's Mill

Mundy's Mill coach Peniel Dany crouched on the sideline near midfield as the meaningless portions of the Tigers' 26-7 win over Jonesboro on Thursday played out.

County bragging rights at stake

Both the Clayton and Henry county volleyball tournaments begin this weekend with defending champs that have held onto their title for several seasons.

Forest Park rewrites history against Jonesboro

Jonesboro's dominance over Forest Park in volleyball had been thorough. Since 2004, as far as the record books can show, the Lady Panthers had lost 12 straight matches. They had not won a single game. They were stuck in a miserable head-to-head history.

Union Grove escapes in overtime against Woodland

After Union Grove stopped Woodland an inch short of a first down in overtime, there was no sideline boundary. There was only pandemonium, only Wolverine players and coaches leaping and storming the field, only a sense that a seismic shift in the direction of their season had taken place.

Union Grove hits centerstage

Union Grove softball coach Rod Pipkin admitted a special level of excitement permeated his team leading up to tonight's game against Jones County at Georgia Tech.

Dutchtown defense delivers win

The Dutchtown defense had felt it all by the time Ola took the ball with 8:46 left in the game and a chance to tie the game. It'd felt exuberance after a goal-line stand in the first quarter, but it'd also felt exhaustion after 19 plays and 9:30 brought the Mustangs within a touchdown.

Forest Park enjoys the ride

As the Forest Park volleyball team warms up before matches, they are full of dance moves and inside jokes. In between serves during a match, they are full of quick comedic insights on plays.

Tomlinson, Henry County punish Jackson

Henry County defensive back Dalvin Tomlinson came around the right side of the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter to an unlikely sight: An unblocked quarterback.

For 22 years, no one has been a bigger fan of Henry County High School sports than Jim Daniels

The man sitting on the bus was a legend, but to Mike Rozier, he was a stranger. Maybe he was a friend of the bus driver, Rozier thought. So he gave the man nothing more than a passing glance on the way to Rozier's first game as head football coach at Henry County in 2000.

Great debut for Little and Georgia State in Ga. Dome

Sometime after the first drive, Georgia State quarterback Drew Little found the familiar rhythm of football in the midst of 30,000 raucous fans at the Georgia Dome, in the midst of walking straight into the unknown, in the midst of making history.

ELCA turns tables on Henry County

With 9:42 left in the game and a touchdown deficit, Henry County quarterback Chris Moody spun to avoid Eagle's Landing Christian linebacker Tanner Rogers, but he was trapped. By the time Moody got a look down field, Chargers linebacker Cole Carrera had him wrapped up and collapsing to the ground. It was the second consecutive sack by ELCA, it's fourth overall and a sign the Chargers had worn down Henry County's offensive line.

Time to cement identity in week two

Jonesboro second-year football coach Tim Floyd found out a great deal about his team in its opening game against Tri-Cities last week, even if it was in a 28-25 loss.

Dutchtown wears down Stockbridge in 27-14 win

There went Dutchtown running back Mycheal Brown on the first play of the game, running the Bulldogs' comfortable and effective power rush play, bouncing off defenders that had plugged his intended path and sprinting 88 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

Mason works his way up

Marquiste Mason had long grown comfortable to his role as the young one amongst Woodland's starting linebackers. It was that way from the start, from Woodland's first game ever. Those lined up beside him were always older and had spent far more time learning to chase down running backs.

Turning work into progress

Since Paul Burgdorf became Union Grove's football coach this past spring, he's guided the Wolverines through spring practice, summer passing leagues, strength and conditioning and fall practices.

Options aren't limited

Locust Grove football coach Clint Satterfield once had to explain his team's flexbone offense to new players and their parents. When they asked Satterfield to describe the flexbone, he would cite Army and Navy as examples of college programs that use the option-oriented rushing attack. But that didn't help.

Semi-Pro comes down to final race at AMS

William Plemons III came back to Thursday Thunder after a 10-year hiatus not for the racing exposure, not for the chase of a points championship, but for the pure enjoyment of racing 10 weeks.

Program Changer

The questions Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley heard most often when he left Creekside to take the vacant Tigers job two years ago are the same questions he hears now.

Family connection

Growing up in Ohio, when Tyler and Bill Teknipp were in the backyard playing football against Bill's older brother and Tyler's cousin, Jim, now a tight end at Troy University, they would call one of the plays they had sketched on scraps of paper in Bill's room. Often, the play called resembled something close to an elaborate sequence of haphazard pitches and "fumbles" designed to exploit their one-man advantage, and it worked more often than it failed.