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Darryl Maxie

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MAXIE: Our link to a bygone era passes away

The Scripture says “It is appointed unto man once to die,” but — forgive me, Lord — I always wondered if there might be an exemption for Furman Bisher.

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Jonesboro roars back to oust Lovejoy

The Cardinals, trailing all the way into the middle of the fourth quarter, came up with three 3-pointers in 72 seconds and went on to a 58-49 victory against county rival Lovejoy at Fort Valley State University to advance to the Class AAAA semifinals.

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North Clayton advances to final four by routing Alcovy

Add Alcovy to the Eagles' list of double-digit-margin postseason victims after Marcus Hunt scored 34 points Friday to lead North Clayton to an 84-62 rout in a quarterfinal at Fort Valley State University.

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‘Best news’ for Forest Park: Second-round game at home

A No. 4-seeded team upset a region champion in the first round of the Class AAAA girls basketball tournament.

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Jonesboro’s first-round victory over Griffin could be costly

Jonesboro’s boys basketball team thought it was having a bad day Friday, as it slogged through a first-round victory over Griffin in the Class AAAA playoffs.

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Dawkins’ defense helps Jonesboro swat down Woodland

Woodland kept issuing challenge after challenge to Jonesboro center Kim Dawkins. She kept rising to meet it with an outstretched hand.

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Ailing tournament teams make no excuses

Short-handed doesn’t necessarily mean a short stay in the playoffs.

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Defenses prepare to deal with high-octane foes

Seldom does a 1-3-1 defense earn play-of-the-day status on SportsCenter. Maybe the occasional blocked shot, but even then, it’s usually in a subservient role to the fast-break jam that punctuates the highlight.

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North Clayton boys win first region title since ’93

North Clayton’s boys basketball team lurked through the regular season, peeking its collective head out long enough to hand Lovejoy its only Region 4-AAAA defeat, then went back into hiding.

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Lovejoy nips Forest Park for No. 3 seed

Maybe the first-round bye wasn’t such a blessing after all.

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Jonesboro wins third straight squeaker over Forest Park

Jonesboro vs. Forest Park, Part III — a tale of frustration, of perseverance, of redemption and, finally, of triumph in triplicate.

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Lovejoy boys, Forest Park girls rejoin 4-AAAA fray

It has been nine days since Lovejoy’s boys and Forest Park’s girls last took the court in a meaningful game — the reward for a regular season well done.

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Southern Crescent wrestlers fix gaze on titles

The high school wrestling world — or at least Georgia’s small corner of it — converges today upon The Arena at Gwinnett Center, where the traditional state championships begin.

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Jonesboro thwarts Tri-Cities’ upset bid

Jonesboro doesn’t design plays for Chukedubem Okeke, and he’s not the guy the Cardinals look for on offense.

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Strong Rock girls reach 100-victory milestone

A.C. McCullers has come a long way from 1968 at Northwest Whitfield, the setting in which his coaching career began. The winding path took him through the dominant 1990s at Morrow, where his girls basketball teams won four championships in a five-year stretch.

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Method to the Mat-ness

Don Williams adds Forest Park to legacy of wrestling success

Even though victory follows Don Williams wherever he goes, the Forest Park wrestling coach insists it isn’t about him.

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Moody stays above frays that two SEC coaches didn’t

My mind immediately shot to Chris Moody. Traveling down I-285, listening to Chuck and Chernoff on 680 The Fan, I heard the outrageous comments attributed to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin that first were introduced in a blog by Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean — that players who de-committed from Vanderbilt were “not men of honor” and “not men of integrity.”

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For Jonesboro wrestler Rice, not seeing is believing

Only three months ago, Lucas Rice discovered wrestling. Soccer, football and basketball all sounded nice, but the diminutive Jonesboro freshman didn’t think he could be any good at them.

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Mundy’s Mill girls pull away in fourth to beat Morrow

If Morrow had a little more offensive punch, it might rank among Region 4-AAAA’s most dangerous girls basketball teams.

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Locust Grove, Forest Park lead charge into wrestling sectionals

Locust Grove, Forest Park, Ola and Morrow are the Southern Crescent schools sending at least 10 wrestlers on to the sectional rounds of the traditional tournament across the state this coming weekend.

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Locust Grove’s Benefield a state contender because of maneuver he made his own

Jarred Benefield used to take his sweet time in wrestling matches, hoping to have enough points after three periods to win a decision. Then, the Locust Grove senior grappler happened upon a sure-fire shortcut, one that has helped make him one of the state’s best.

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SEC-bound: Tomlinson to Bama, Moody to South Carolina

Dig, if you will, the picture: Alabama and South Carolina, engaged in an SEC championship in the not-too-distant future, and all of a sudden the spotlight shines on Henry County.

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Real signature, ‘surreal’ day for Union Grove's White

D.J. White had imagined National Signing Day many times. The real thing Wednesday was infinitely better.

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Drew stuffs No. 2 Eagle’s Landing

Drew boys basketball players had more than an inkling that they were going to hand Eagle’s Landing its first Region 4-AAA loss Tuesday night. So they made sure that they looked the part.

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Signing Day, here at blessed last!

National Signing Day is a big relief.

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Eagle's Landing, Drew both going for nine

Eight, contrary to popular opinion, is not enough.

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Clayton State shut down 2-time player of week, cruise 70-53

The Clayton State men’s basketball team came out with a sense of urgency Wednesday against Lander, the Lakers knowing that the last thing they needed was yet another close Peach Belt Conference defeat.

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Jonesboro hits the floor to sweep North Clayton

Sometimes, the way up is down.

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Petty cashes in on scoring chances for Jonesboro

As a sophomore, Patrick Petty wasn’t asked to score. There were Division I-caliber upperclassmen to handle those duties.

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Locust Grove finishes fourth at state duals

Locust Grove made good on coach Nick Fordham’s goal of “bringing home some hardware,” finishing fourth out of 16 Class AAA teams in the team duals state wrestling tournament this past weekend in Macon.

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Drew withstands Stockbridge rally for 51-49 victory

Never judge the fight in a team by the ugliness of its record. Because Drew didn’t fall into that trap, it survived a frenetic Friday finish for a 51-49 victory at Stockbridge.

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You do the mat: 4 Southern Crescent teams chase 2 duals titles

The team dual wrestling state championship begins today in Macon, with two Southern Crescent area champions and a pair of runners-up ready to hit the mats.

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Statistically stealthy Clayton State women keep rising

It’s like committing a crime and making sure you don’t leave any fingerprints.

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N.Clayton stifles Lovejoy, causes three-way tie for 4-AAAA lead

Nobody gets through Region 4-AAAA boys basketball unscathed. North Clayton made sure Lovejoy wouldn’t skate through the season without tasting region defeat Tuesday, and because of it the league awakens to a three-way tie for first place.

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Forest Park, Locust Grove take area duals crowns

Forest Park and Locust Grove will go to the state duals wrestling competition with one thing in common: an area championship.

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Region 4-AAAA powers Lovejoy, North Clayton collide

Lovejoy’s basketball season can be divided into two parts: What the team did while the football squad was enjoying an extended run to the state-championship game, and what the team has done since.

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Jonesboro recovers to nip North Clayton 51-48

Chukedubem Okeke hasn’t been playing basketball very long, but he understood clearly what being yanked during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against visiting North Clayton meant.

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Despite appearances, county rivalry isn’t all about Hunt

Marcus Hunt scores a career-high 47 points and North Clayton beats Jonesboro. Hunt scores a season-low nine points and North Clayton loses to Jonesboro.

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Local favorites line up for area duals wrestling

Wrestling season gets serious now. Area duals tournaments involving Southern Crescent teams will go on this weekend — at Forest Park, at Eagle’s Landing, at McIntosh — a precursor to the state tournament the following weekend in Macon.

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Free-throw slump hurting Clayton State men

At first, Clayton State coach Gordon Gibbons dismissed problematic free-throw shooting as the exception, not the rule.

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Clayton State men brace for conference crush

Now comes the tough part for the Clayton State men’s basketball team: three Peach Belt Conference games in a five-day span, beginning tonight at the Athletics and Fitness Center against North Georgia.

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Confident Forest Park seeks to break rare slump

Forest Park hasn’t lost three consecutive girls basketball games since 2009, and that’s what the Lady Panthers will try to avoid tonight in their first game of 2012.

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Lakers thwart Limestone buildup for 69-64 win

Clayton State did so many things right Thursday night in its men’s basketball contest against Limestone College, it was hard to believe that it was still a one-possession game with eight seconds to play at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

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Confident Forest Park seeks to break rare slump

XXX Forest Park hasn’t lost three consecutive girls basketball games since 2009, and that’s what the Lady Panthers will try to avoid tonight in their first game of 2012.

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Lakers thwart Limestone buildup for 69-64 win

Clayton State did so many things right Thursday night in its men’s basketball contest against Limestone College, it was hard to believe that it was still a one-possession game with eight seconds to play at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

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Clayton State men brace for conference crush

Now comes the tough part for the Clayton State men’s basketball team: three Peach Belt Conference games in a five-day span, beginning tonight at the Athletics and Fitness Center against North Georgia.

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Lady Lakers open Heritage Bank Holiday Classic

There’s a bull’s eye on the backs of the Clayton State women’s basketball team. It comes with the territory when you’re the defending national champion.

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Close games and Clayton State going hand in hand

Too many more games like the last two involving the Clayton State men's basketball team and they’re going to have to install a cardiac-care unit at courtside in the Athletics and Fitness Center.

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Close games and Clayton State going hand in hand

Too many more games like the last two involving the Clayton State men's basketball team and they’re going to have to install a cardiac-care unit at courtside in the Athletics and Fitness Center.

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Lovejoy's Hough gets it done on, off field

The question, to which no opponent truly found a satisfactory answer, was this: What can't Jermaine Hough do on the football field?

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