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Derrick Mahone

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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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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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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.

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Forest Park wrestlers come up a little short in 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.

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Forest Park wrestlers come up a little short in 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.

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SW DeKalb edges Forest Park 55-53 in semifinals rematch

SWD edges Forest Park 55-53 in rematch

Steven Cole schedule games against top-ranked competition to get a gauge of where his team is at during the season.

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Area players looking to help state all-stars against team from Florida

Kevin Jones, Lovejoy, Rodney Smith, Randy Anyanwu, all-star, Florida

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Hakeem Smith pursuing NFL dream

Hakeem Smith just finished his last season at Louisville, and now he is pursuing his dream of playing in the NFL.

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Drew host Forest Park in key subregion game

Candence Jackson, Drew Titans, Forest Park Panthers, Region 4-AAAAA, Steven Cole

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Forest Park wrestling preps for area duals tournament

Don Williams is not making any predictions on Saturday’s Area 4-AAAAA Duals Championship, but the Forest Park coach is sure his team will not go down without a fight.

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Former Clayton County football players make all-star game rosters

A pair of former Riverdale High football standouts were named to postseason all-star game, which should help in their pursuit to play in the NFL.

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Forest Park looks for revenge against Southwest DeKalb

The Forest Park girl’s team will get a quick reminder of how close it came to playing for a state title last season.

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MAHONE: Region races starting to heat up

Region, playoffs, berth, Jonesboro, Forest Park, Drew, Lovejoy

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Randy Annyawun, Justin Brown commit to Western Kentucky

Randy Anyanwu and Justin Brown didn’t plan it this way, it just sort of happen because they both saw something they liked in Western Kentucky.

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DeMarquis Gates says he is still committed to Ole Miss

During this past season, DeMarquis Gates learned a lot about football.

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Nine Clayton County players make GSWA all-state teams

There is no question that the Clayton County football junior class has some talented players, and it was evident by the recent Georgia Sportswriters Association (GSWA) all-state team.

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MAHONE: Holiday tournament has good growth potential

Each year, teams from Clayton County must hit the road to seek some good competition during the holiday season.

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Lester Knauls has sights set on football scholarship

Knauls still has sights set on football scholarship

Lester Knauls was all prepared for his senior season with the Drew football team.

HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

Drew hosted the first Southside Christmas Tournament last week. The 12-team field included teams from Alabama and throughout Georgia. Three teams from the county - Lovejoy, North Clayton and host Drew played in the three-day tournament that has a round-robin format. Clayton News Daily sports editor Derrick Mahone was at the tournament and captured images of the action.

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Riverdale survives second half in win over Burke Co.

Riverdale seemed in control of its game with Burke County on Friday in the Southside Christmas Classic at Drew High.

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Clutch shooting lifts Lovejoy to 70-66 win over Drew

When the shot left Marion Currington’s hand, the senior guard had a good feeling.

MAHONE: There's no easy way in picking all-state team

The ballot has been filled out, and the e-mail has been sent.

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Southern Crescent represented at Junior Bowl game

Football fans will get a glimpse into the future on Tuesday when a talent junior class takes the limelight at Grady Stadium.

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TOP TEN SPORTS STORIES OF 2013

It was a year of triumph for many teams and individuals in the county, but 2013 also provided some disappointing defeats and setbacks. There were some big wins, and heart-breaking losses in the season.

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Drew High to host holiday tournamen

RIVERDALE — Drew coach Jarrod Davis has always wanted to bring a quality holiday tournament to the southside of the city.

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Five things to look for in 2014 football season

Five things to look for in 2014

Some interesting storylines await the 2014 season.

ALL-CLAYTON COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

The Clayton News Daily announces its all-county team.

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Top plays, performances highlight season in Clayton County

Top plays, performances highlight season

There were some big wins and and top performances during the 2013 involving county teams.

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Jonathan Celestin named Clayton County’s top defensive player

Jonathan Celestin, Mundy’s Mill

Jonathan Celestin switched positions this season to help the Mundy’s Mill defense, and in the process had a season worthy of being named county defensive player of the year.

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Greg Manior named Clayton County’s top coach

Greg Manior, Mundy’s Mill

After leading Mundy’s Mill to its best season in school history, Greg Manior was chosen coach of the year in Clayton County.

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Rodney Smith named Clayton County’s top offensive player

Rodney Smith, Mundy’s Mill

Rodney Smith showed no ill effects from an ACL injury from a season ago. He rushed for 2,201 yards to help lead Mundy’s Mill into the postseason.

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Mundy's Mill football finish season ranked for first time in history

Mundy’s Mill finish season ranked for first time in history

There were a lot of firsts for the Mundy’s Mill football team this past season.

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Area recruits have been busy meeting with college coaches

Top high school players in county busy meeting with college coaches

There are 46 days left until National Signing Day in February.

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Morrow wrestling coach taking different approach

MORROW — Morrow wrestling coach Maso Moon has been around the sport for a while. He has a state championship from his coaching days at Columbia High in DeKalb County to prove he knows what he is doing.

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Clayton State women to host basketball tournament

Three days after helping coach Dennis Cox reach a milestone victory, the Clayton State women’s basketball team will return to action today.

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Rapper 2 Chainz to hold basketball tournament at North Clayton High

A former North Clayton High basketball standout is doing his part to help another former Eagles’ standout.

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Local teams to compete in Chuck Miller Holiday Classic

Winning and gaining much needed experience are the two elements coaches say they want to get from the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic, which is host by Henry County High.

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LaKiah Sims hopes to keep the Drew Titans in thick of region race

Drew’s Sims hopes to keep team in thick of region race

LaKiah Sims knows if the Drew girl’s basketball team is going to challenge for the region title and state playoff spot, she has to have a big year.

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Lovejoy boys basketball is off to fast start

Lovejoy off to fast start with new lineup

Lovejoy coach Rick Francis admits the season is still young, but he sort of likes what he is seeing in his boy’s basketball team.

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Several Clayton State soccer players receive honors

Several Clayton State soccer players receive honors

MORROW — Several Clayton State men’s soccer players have received postseason honors from national organizations.

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Lovejoy WR Preston Williams named top region offensive player

While the debate continues on whether Preston Williams is the top junior recruiting prospect in the country, Region 2-AAAAAA coaches thinks he is the best in their league.

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Clayton State opens Peach Belt Conference schedule

Clayton State women open defense of their Peach Belt Conference title while an new era in the men’s basketball program begins on Saturday.

MAHONE: Championship coaches have area roots

Tonight’s Class AAAAA finals between undefeated Creekside and Tucker has some Southern Crescent connections.

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Smith, Celestin chosen top players in subregion

Smith, Celestin chosen top players in subregion

Enjoying the best season in its 11-year history, Mundy’s Mill players dominated the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A all-region team, which was chosen by the league’s coaches earlier this week.

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Drew girls basketball looking to make postseason run

If you ask anyone associated with the Drew girl’s basketball program, they will likely tell you that last season ended prematurely.

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Forest Park takes county duals title

After three years in the building process, Don Williams says his Forest Park wrestling team is turning the corner towards where he wants them to be.

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MAHONE: Former Lovejoy football coach Al Hughes was more than just a good coach

For a man that has meant so much for a team and community, this wasn’t the way Al Hughes was supposed to go out.

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Al Hughes no longer coach at Lovejoy

After 13 years and seven region championships, Al Hughes is out as the Lovejoy coach.