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Derrick Mahone

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MAHONE: Hard not to have emotional ties to the communities

As sports journalist we are supposed to be objective.

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Cameron Solomon finds home at Southern Wesleyan University

It seems that Cameron Solomon has found the right fit.

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Drew makes historic Class AAAAA semifinals appearance

Drew coach Candence Jackson wasn’t quite sure how her team would react in their first road playoff game in program history.

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Forest Park, SWD to meet in semifinals, again

There are expected to be some jitters considering this is the Class AAAAA semifinals, but there will definitely be a comfort level for both Southwest DeKalb and Forest Park in Saturday’s contest.

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Jonesboro meets top-ranked Alexander in state semifinals

Reaching the Class AAAA semifinals is special, but for this season’s version of the Jonesboro Cardinals, it has some extra meaning.

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Lavelle Westbrooks pleased with his NFL Combine performance

Players are never really satisfied, and Lavelle Westbrooks is no exception.

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Clayton County players named to the All-Reigon 2-AAAAAA team

Two boy’s players from Clayton County made the first team All-Region 2-AAAAAA team, which was chosen by the region’s seven coaches.

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Drew, Forest Park continue playoff run

Drew is in uncharted territory while Forest Park is back in a familiar setting.

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Jonesboro regains composure for win over Worth County

JONESBORO - It was midway through the fourth quarter, and Jonesboro seemed very much in control of its second round Class AAAA playoff game against visiting Worth County.

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Lakiah Sims chosen as Region 4-AAAAA top player

Coming into the season, Lakiah Sims knew she had to step up her game because Drew had a young team.

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Isa Muhammed signs to play at Army

Isa Muhammed never really thought much about the service academies when it came time for his college recruiting.

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Clayton County wrestlers perform well at state

One one was able to celebrate a state title at the recent traditional wrestling tournaments, but that didn’t stop the celebrations.

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Defensive pressure has been key to Clayton State success

Clayton State coach Dennis Cox says it was either his stubbornness or the belief that he had in his team that prompt him to keep pushing them to master his defensive philosophy.

HISTORIC WIN

With a 74-64 win over visiting Evans on Friday, the Drew girl’s basketball team made program history.

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Mundy’s Mill to host Evans in first round of playoffs

Mundy’s Mill was in the midst of a three-game winning streak, then the Tigers sustained a loss to Forest Park.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway fans to benefit from Daytona 500 winner

The winner of Sunday’s Daytona 500 could be beneficial for several Atlanta Motor Speedway fans.

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Scott Woerner goes into state sports Hall of Fame

The day has finally arrived for former Jonesboro football standout Scott Woerner.

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Lavelle Westbrooks eager to impress NFL scouts

Playing football on the Football Championship Subdivision level, former Georgia Southern cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks became accustomed to being under the watchful microscope of NFL scouts.

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County wrestlers finally get chance at state meet

JONESBORO — Tavarez Clark is excited about his first trip to the Georgia High School Association traditional wrestling championships.

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Clayton County teams focusing on state tournament

After a frantic week of region tournaments, four teams from the county survived, and will move on to the state playoffs.

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Drew looking for better playoff results

RIVERDALE - Drew girl’s basketball team has been in this before. In fact, this will be the third time that the Titans will take part in the Georgia High School Association basketball playoffs since the school opened in 2009.

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Drew finally get a state playoff win

RIVERDALE — Lakiah Sims figured she had to do something in the second half of Drew’s first round Class AAAAA playoff game against visiting Evans or her career in a Titans uniform was over.

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Reginald Austin has been hired as Forest Park new football coach

It is a process that Forest Park principal Derrick Manning hates to go through, but it seems it has become customary at the school.

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Omari Murray is having productive season for Clayton State

Despite late start, Clayton State’s Murray has been productive

As his teammates were getting into midseason form, Omari Murray was just getting start for Clayton State earlier this season.

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MAHONE: Paul Harrison has Clayton State moving in right direction

To an outsider, Clayton State’s 8-13 record isn’t exactly how you would want a new era in basketball to begin.

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Quincy January, Michelle Smith named Region 4-AAAA top players

There is no question that there are some good basketball players and teams in the Clayton County.

GAME TIME

Clayton State women’s basketball team captured its eighth straight win in a row with an 83-66 victory over Montevallo at the Athletics Center.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark makes bold NASCAR predictions

It is time for them to “start their engines” as the 2014 NASCAR gets started.

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Clayton State has eye towards postseason

With six games remaining, Clayton State women’s basketball team is now thinking postseason.

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MAHONE: Weather puts freeze on GHSA events

In the end, Mother Nature always win.

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Brandon Williams signs with Tusculum

Brandon “Magic” Williams had a career worthy of a college scholarship.

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Weather postpone GHSA events

Mother Nature is having its way with the Georgia High School Association traditional tournament and region basketball tournament throughout the state.

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Lovejoy WR Preston Williams stays busy in offseason

Lovejoy wide receiver Preston Williams has stayed busy during the offseason. In addition to his workouts, Williams has been entertaining college coaches throughout the recruiting season.

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Region 4-AAAA tournament offer teams chance at redemption

Region tournaments offer teams chance at redemption

Coaches and players have always looked at region tournaments as a second chance on the season.

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Dennis Cox named to a Florida Hall of Fame

There is no question that Dennis Cox is having a disguished coaching career as the Clayton State women’s coach.

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Several area players must start recruiting process over again

Jakyrio Williams woke up on National Signing Day on Wednesday all set to sign a scholarship with West Georgia Technical College.

Clayton State looks to continue its success

MORROW — Are the Clayton State men’s and women’s basketball teams starting to peak at the right time?

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Observations from National Signing Day in Clayton County

Five observations from National Division Signing Day

The letters of intent have been signed, and the endless calls from college coaches and recruiting analysts have stopped.

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Mundy’s Mill has historic signing day

Program has first two major college signees

It has been a season of firsts for the Mundy’s Mill football program, and Wednesday’s National Signing Day added to the historical season.

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Greg Taylor picked Bethune-Cookman over N.C. Central

Greg Taylor walked into the Riverdale media center on Wednesday morning with every intention of signing a letter-of-intent with Paine College in Augusta.

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MAHONE: National Signing Day is only the beginning

National Signing Day

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Clayton County players willing to travel far to play college football

Proximity wasn’t a big factor for most senior football prospects when they decided to sign their letter-of-intent on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

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Another big signing class at Lovejoy

It was pretty much business as usual at Lovejoy on National Signing Day.

SIGNED, READY

On Wednesday’s National Signing Day, about 30 football players from Clayton County made their college decision official by signing their scholarship offers.

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TIME TO SIGN

Athletes can start signing scholarships today

The scene will be played out across the state and nation today.

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Several wrestlers from Clayton County advance to Sectionals

There were no team championship that emerged from the recent traditional area championships, but 30 wrestler that earned a berth into this weekend’s state Sectional matches.

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Clayton State AD McAloose takes job in Florida

School AD McAloose takes job in Florida

After overseeing the Clayton State athletic program for little over a year, Carl McAloose has stepped down to take a similar position at a school in Florida.

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Clayton State men looking to build some momentum

When Charles Shederick’s 3-pointer from the left baseline went through the net on Saturday, it served as a reminder that Clayton State could play with the best teams in the Peach Belt Conference.

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Defense, confidence key to Clayton State streak

It seemed easy for Shacamra Jackson to point to the two keys to Clayton State’s latest success.

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Broncos, Seahawks playing for big prize

The hype is over, now it’s time for Seattle and Denver to settle who is the best team in the NFL.