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Derrick Mahone

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MAHONE: Bidding farewell to the southside

This will mark the second time in my 28-year sports journalism career that I will have to say farewell to the Southern Crescent.

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Jonesboro looking forward to challenge against Spain Park

Depending on which Jonesboro High boys basketball player you ask, you will get a different response about tonight’s game against Spain Park.

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MAHONE: Bidding farewell to the Southside

This will mark the second time in my 28-year sports journalism career that I will have to say farewell to the Southern Crescent.

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Kirkland Varnardo commits to powerhouse Hutchinson Community College

Kirkland Varnardo commitment to national junior college powerhouse Hutchinson Community College is equal parts about football and some about life lessons.

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Justin Tuoyo has emerged as defensive specialist at Chattanooga

Tuoyo has found niche as shot blocking expert

At the beginning of the season, Chattanooga coach Will Wade told sophomore center Justin Tuoyo that he had a chance to be one of the top shot blockers in the country.

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Tremaine Dillard commits to Jacksonville State

Tremaine Dillard had a reason to feel at home during his visit to Jacksonville State this past weekend.

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Zerrick Cooper and Amarlo Herrera get all-star invitations

A pair of football players with Clayton County connects received invitations to prestigious offseason events.

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Daniel Peace leading South Georgia State on national level

Peace helping lead SGSC

For Daniel Peace, South Georgia State College is a lot like home for him.

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Jonesboro, Mount Zion meet in key Region 4-AAAA game

As the Region 4-AAAA stretch run begins, Jonesboro and Mount Zion girls basketball meet in a key match-up today.

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Amarlo Herrera looks to impress NFL scouts in East-West Shrine Game

The journey to impress NFL personnel has begun for former North Clayton High and Georgia standout Amarlo Herrera.

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Drew can't overcome slow start in loss to Dutchtown

Dutchtown coach April Tate with the way her team started its Region 4-AAAA game against Drew, but she was even more pleased with the finish.

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Justin Tuoyo ties Southern Conference record

It was a game that former Lovejoy standout Justin Tuoyo will not soon forget.

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Southern Crescent all-stars help Georgia get win in Florida

Kevin Jones joked that he felt a lot lighter making the trip back to Atlanta after Saturday’s Florida vs. Georgia “Clash of the Scholar Athletes” High School All-Star Game.

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Jonesboro Cardinals off to fast start

Jonesboro off to fast start

Jonesboro coach Lamar Harris has seen some “great things” from his team during the first half of the season.

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Henry County all-stars help Georgia get win in Florida

Kevin Jones joked that he felt a lot lighter making the trip back to Atlanta after Saturday’s Florida vs. Georgia “Clash of the Scholar Athletes” High School All-Star Game.

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A YEAR TO REMEMBER

Area witnesses several magical moments in athletics

It was one of the biggest sports years in Southern Crescent history.

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Georgia all-stars seeking bragging rights in Florida

Kevin Jones has used two different combinations in the last two Florida vs. Georgia “Clash of the Scholar Athletes” High School All-Star Game.

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Larry Hodnett hopes college overlook his size

Hodnett hopes college overlook his size

Kevin Jones calls Morrow senior Larry Hodnett his team’s “secret weapon” going into Saturday’s Florida vs. Georgia all-star game.

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Georgia all-stars seeking bragging rights in Florida

Kevin Jones has used two different combinations in the last two Florida vs. Georgia “Clash of the Scholar Athletes” High School All-Star Game.

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Clayton County players get all-state recognition

Coming into the season, Lovejoy wide receiver Preston Williams was on just about everyone’s Player of the Year “Watch List” as he started to garner national recognition.

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Jonesboro, North Clayton travel to big holiday tournaments

They will play in traditionally tough holiday tournaments on the road, but the competition is not the only reason coaches give for playing in away tournaments.

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North Clayton experienced some success at recent tournament in Albany

Reginald Scurry is not big into individual always.

MAHONE: Douglas brothers spreading holiday cheer in area

Harry Douglas is having another solid season as a wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Clayton County players looking to make impression at Junior Bowl game

Jordan Griffin had a tough decision to make this week.

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Rasham Suarez returns to Atlanta as member of Southern Miss squad

Rasham Suarez has taken a long journey to get back to Atlanta.

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Austin Donaldson is candidate for Atlanta Tip-Off Club top award

After helping lead Jonesboro to the Class AAAA title last season, Cardinals coach Dan Maehlman had some high expectations for Austin Donaldson this season.

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Tiffany Wilson earns Big South Conference top freshman honor

Tiffany Wilson, Amarlo Herrera, Georgia Bulldogs, UNC Asheville Bulldogs

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Kirklin Varnado set to lead South squad in Clayton County all-star game

After watching Kirklin Varnado workout during the spring drills, Mount Zion new coaching staff decided the best way to utilize the senior’s talents was at quarterback.

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Drew High players, coach get region recognition

Drew record-setting running back Marquis Terry was named the top player in Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A by the region coaches as they released the all-region team.

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Jonesboro made statement with win over Miller Grove

Jonesboro makes statement with Miller Grove win

Moments after the buzzer sounded in a steamy Drew High School gymnasium, Jonesboro headed to its locker room with a 73-52 win over Miller Grove.

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STATEMENT WIN

Jonesboro defeated Miller Grove 73-52 on Saturday in a non-region basketball game at Charles Drew High.

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Jonesboro, Miller Grove meet with bragging rights on the line

When Miller Grove coach Sharman White was first informed that the game against Jonesboro was being moved to nearby Drew High, he was sort of disappointed.

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Zac Bradley overcomes tragedy to graduate from Clayton State

Zac Bradley wasn’t going to let his current situation get the best of him.

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Cheyna Williams helps Florida State win national soccer title

One of the first teammates Cheyna Williams befriended when she transferred to Florida State earlier this year was Jamia Fields.

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Clayton State runner Job Kemboi earned All-American honors

Job Kemboi capped off a stellar cross country season at Clayton State with a historic run during the NCAA Div. II meet in Kentucky.

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Kelsey Arnold breaks track and field record at Georgia Southern

Former Jonesboro High track and field athlete Kelsey Arnold, a sophomore at Georgia Southern, broke her own school record in the weight throw by nearly a meter as the Eagles track and field program opened its 2014-15 indoor season at the Birmingham Southern Icebreaker meet.

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Amarlo Herrera earns All-SEC honors

Georgia senior linebacker Amarlo Herrera, a Southern Crescent native, received a pair of postseason honors.

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Clayton County players dominate All-Region 4-AAAA team

Players from the Southern Crescent dominated the All-Region 4-AAAA teams that was chosen by the region’s 11 head coaches.

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Kerry Watson brings leadership to Forest Park

To the Forest Park girl’s basketball team, Kerry Watson is not an outsider.

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Amarlo Herrera is the leader on the Georgia Bulldogs defense

Herrera is a leader on the Georgia defense

While many of Amarlo Herrera fellow senior teammates were making headlines four years ago as Georgia was putting together its heralded “Dream Team” recruiting class, the outside linebacker was very low-key.

Clayton State soccer players get national recognition

Avery Shephard had an immediate impact on the Clayton State men’s soccer team this season.

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North Clayton players named to the All-Region 4-AAA team

Three North Clayton players were chosen to the first team All-Region 4-AAA team, which was recently released.

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CLAYTON COUNTY VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Vickie Sutton, Jonesboro High

With graduation having left the Jonesboro team short on leadership, Vickie Sutton was asked to step up and become more of a vocal leader.

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North Clayton banking on its toughness, togetherness

There are several qualities that North Clayton coach Martisse Troup likes about this season’s team.

Vickie Sutton making name for herself at Jonesboro High

It is not easy being the younger sibling.

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North Clayton banking on its toughness, togetherness

There are several qualities that North Clayton coach Martisse Troup likes about this season’s team.

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Jonesboro Cardinals ready for season to get started

It has been 10 days since the Jonesboro Cardinals played its scrimmage game against North Clayton.

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Austin Donaldson is considered a leader on and off the basketball court

It was Austin Donaldson’s performance on the basketball court that made Chattanooga coach Will Wade start recruiting the senior point guard.

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Forest Park girl's basketball has sights set on state title

When it comes to region championship and state semifinals, the Forest Park girl’s basketball team has been there, and done that.

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Forest Park has three basketball players to sign college scholarships

As the Forest Park girl’s basketball team held a 50-point halftime lead over Crsip County in a scrimmage game, the focus for three seniors was on their future.

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