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Derrick Mahone

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Clayton State riding four-game win streak

MORROW — It hasn’t always been a smooth road this season for the Clayton State women’s basketball team as the Lakers have had to replace several key players.

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Jonesboro looks for revenge against North Clayton

Could Jonesboro and North Clayton have saved the best for last?

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Many senior prospects still making up mind about college decision

Many senior prospects still making up mind about college decision

As the last recruiting weekend wraps up in a few days, it has become crunch time for several area athletes as they start to make their college decision.

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Randy Anyanwu flips to Buffalo after visit

A few weeks ago, Lovejoy’s Randy Anyanwu had his college choice made.

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Clayton County wrestlers prepare for area tournaments

This is the tournament that area wrestlers have prepared for all season.

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Clayton State looking for improvement down stretch

When Clayton State first-year coach Paul Harrison looks over the season so far, he says there is just as much reason to be encourage as there is to be discourage.

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Charles Shedrick producing in final year at Clayton State

What might seem like a inconvenience for some players, has served as a motivational point for Charles Shedrick in his final season at Clayton State.

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New NASCAR rules to affect Atlanta Motor Speedway races

A change in its format to determine starting positions for events held in its three national divisions by NASCAR will likely have a direct impact on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Labor Day Weekend of racing.

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Academics, football attract Trey Sanders to Campbell

RIVERDALE — Some colleges might have passed on former Riverdale wide receiver Trey Sanders because of his size, but there is no mistaking his ability.

CSU splits games

Clayton State didn’t get the sweep against visiting North Georgia in a key Peach Belt Conference contest at the Athletics Center. The Lakers women’s team got a 88-70 upset against No. 19 North Georgia to win its fourth straight game. Clayton got 22 points and 10 rebounds each from Shacamra Jackson and Andrea Benford in the win. In the men’s game, the Lakers lost 84-81 being up five points with 1:30 remaining in the contest. The men’s team was led by reserve Kelsey Terry, who came off the bench to score a game-high 29 points and grab 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Both teams will be back in action today as they travel to Georgia College for a conference game.

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Academics, football attract Trey Sanders to Campbell

RIVERDALE — Some colleges might have passed on former Riverdale wide receiver Trey Sanders because of his size, but there is no mistaking his ability.

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Jonathan Celestin commits to Minnesota

Jonathan Celestin became the latest Mundy's Mill player to commit to Minnesota when he visited the Big Ten school over the weekend.

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Clayton State women's team looks to continue winning streak

The season was starting to look bleak for defending Peach Belt Conference champions Clayton State as they were in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

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Lavelle Westbrooks gets opportunity in Senior Bowl game

Although Lavelle Westbrooks played his college football at the NCAA second-highest level, the former Riverdale star is use to tough competition.

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Rodney Smith makes choice to sign with Minnesota

Mundy’s Mill RB latest to commit to Golden Gophers

When Rodney Smith took his official visit to Minnesota in late November, it was three degrees in Minnepolis.

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Jonathan Celestin getting late push from Minnesota

Jonathan Celestin, Greg Manior, Mundy’s Mill linebacker

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Rodney Smith commits to Minnesota

Mundy's Mill running back Rodney Smith has verbally committed to Minnesota.

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Morrow, Luella meet in key Region 2-AAAAAA game

In Morrow coach Creswell Foy’s estimation, his team is starting to peak.

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MAHONE: Riverdale coach Terry Herrod knows the recruiting process

It was a long and busy day for Riverdale football coach Terry Herrod on Tuesday.

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Riverdale, Lovejoy play for bragging rights

It has no region implications, but when Lovejoy host Riverdale tonight, it is still an important game.

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Rashad Canty commits to Vanderbilt

Moments after receiving an offer from new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, Riverdale wide receiver Rashad Canty wasted no time in accepted the chance to play at the SEC school.

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Rashad Canty decommits from Appalachian State

The specualation had been building since Rashad Canty had an all-state type of season.

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Clayton State names first Hall of Fame class

The voting is over and the results are in for the first Clayton State Sports Hall of Fame class.

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Forest Park dominates at county wrestling tournament

Forest Park dominates at wrestling tournament

After a strong showing in one of the state’s most competitive area dual tournaments, there were good indications that Forest Park would be the team to beat at the annual Clayton County Traditional Wrestling Championships.

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Clayton State starts indoor track season strong

A pair of Clayton State track and field participants got off to a good start in the new season.

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MAHONE: Wrestlers helping change Forest Park image

The building was kind of an eye sore.

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Forest Park dominates at county wrestling tournament

Forest Park dominates at county wrestling tournament

After a strong showing in one of the state’s most competitive area dual tournaments, there were good indications that Forest Park would be the team to beat at the annual Clayton County Traditional Wrestling Championships.

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Rashad Canty decommits from Appalachian State

The specualation had been building since Rashad Canty had an all-state type of season.

COUNTY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP

There was plenty of action during the recent Clayton County Traditional Wrestling Tournament. Host Forest Park won its third straight title as it had four wrestlers to capture individual titles while six other were runners-up at the one-day tournament. Morrow was second in the team standings as it also had four individual champions. Eight of the nine county schools participated in the tournament. With the county championship out of the way, teams are now turning their attention to area championships, which will be coming up in the next couple of weeks. Clayton News Daily sports editor Derrick Mahone was at the county championship to capture some of the images.

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Former Clayton State athletes making mark in pro ranks

A trio of former Clayton State athletes is trying to make its mark in the professional ranks.

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Clayton State still counted as a conference contender

The Clayton State women’s basketball program has been accustomed to making history under coach Dennis Cox.

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Added bulk has been key for James White's progress

Like most high school players, James White caught the eye of Arkansas-Little Rock coach Steve Shields’ attention during an AAU tournament.

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Hakeem Smith looks to make an impression on NFL

Hakeem Smith is getting a little taste of what practices are like in the NFL, and the former Riverdale star likes it.

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Mount Zion, Drew meet in key region game

An offseason of what coach Tiesha Wilson calls “dedication” is paying off some big rewards for the Mount Zion girl’s basketball team.

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Forest Park could be the favorite to win county wrestling title

Don Williams says winning his fifth straight Clayton County Wrestling Champion will not be easy.

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Upcoming games to decide region races for Clayton County teams

There are few non-region games sprinkled into the remaining schedules, but for the more part, its the stretch run for area basketball teams.

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Georges-Hunt, Tech steadily improving

There is that inter-drive that Marcus Georges-Hunt has wouldn’t let him just be content with being a good player on the college level.

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Healthy Jonesboro looking to make another playoff run

When you have to replace four starters from a team that came within six points of playing for a state title, some early season struggles are expected.

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Morrow looking to recapture proud tradition

There is no escaping the rich Morrow girls basketball tradition for this season’s coaches and players.

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Drew survives late run by Ola for a victory

Drew coach Jarrod Davis had a feeling that Ola wasn’t going away quietly after his team jumped to a big first quarter lead.

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Jonesboro starting to find some team chemistry

Dan Maehlman wasn’t sure what to expect from his team entering the season.

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Morrow looking for wins and bonding on Florida trip

Morrow coach Creswell Foy says judging his team solely on its won-loss record would be a big mistake.

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Lovejoy, Luella clash in big Region 2-AAAAAA contest

At the end of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament last season, Lovejoy and Luella headed in different directions.

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Shacamra Jackson filling role as Clayton State's leader

CSU’s Jackson filling role as team leader

MORROW — For Shacamra Jackson there is some added pressure not only because she is one of three seniors on this season’s Clayton State roster.

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Clayton State women's basketball looking for more improvement

MORROW — When you graduate three of your top starters, including an All-American guard, there is a chance your team could struggle.

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Local recruits monitoring Western Kentucky’s coach search

Former Lovejoy football player Randy Anyanwu and Justin Brown say they will take a “wait and see” approach as Western Kentucky looks to replace head coach Bobby Petrino.

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Clayton State swept by Young Harris

MORROW — A pair of late free throws did in the Clayton State women’s team, while a late spurt was too much for the men’s team as both fell to Young Harris in Peach Belt Conference games at the Athletics Center.

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Forest Park looks the part of state playoff contender

Moments after her team escaped with a two-point win at Forest Park over the weekend, Southwest DeKalb coach Kathy Walton sounded pretty sure that these two teams would meet again.

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Forest Park girl’s basketball has what it takes for another run

There can be an argument made that the Forest Park girl’s basketball team is currently the most successful program of any of the Clayton County sports teams.

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Forest Park wrestlers come up a little short at area tournament

Forest Park didn’t clinch a state dual tournament berth, but Panthers coach Don Williams was certainly pleased with his growing team’s effort.