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James Butler

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Danyale Brimer has seen improvement in his pitching arsenal

Lovejoy’s Brimer has put more speed on fastball

A big part of Lovejoy’s baseball success has been the continued development of pitcher Danyale (D.J.) Brimer.

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Morrow seniors Jada Wadley and Angelica Rivera sign soccer scholarhsips

History was made Wednesday afternoon at Morrow High School.

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Marquett Simmons has eye on state title

After three top-six finishes at last year’s Class AAAAA state meet, Mount Zion’s Marquett Simmons is back and gaining confidence daily in his senior year.

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Lovejoy relying on pitching, depth

Craig Chatman has been a coach with the Lovejoy baseball team for 15 seasons and the head coach for the last 12. He has seen a majority of the baseball teams the school has trotted out and has a special distinction for this year’s club.

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Mount Zion baseball looking to overcome adversity

Being a first-year head coach comes with its challenge

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Drew Titans baseball see improvement

There is a different air around Drew’s baseball program.

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Jonesboro girls turn up the pressure

Coming into the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, South Effingham and Jonesboro were confident teams. The two squads had a combined six losses between them.

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Forest Park girls win second region title in three years

They knew it would not be pretty. They knew they would have to value every possession.

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Second-half surge lifts Forest Park girls

Still alive for a title and still perfect. That sums up the Forest Park girl’s basketball team.

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Wyche’s wait might have cost him big

Riverdale senior Troy Wyche had his sights set high this season.

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Wyche’s wait might have been costly

Throughout his senior season, Riverdale’s Troy Wyche had his sights set high.

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Mount Zion boys clinch subregion with 67-58 win

On a night when the Drew basketball team displayed banners with the names of the seniors basketball players in its gym, Mount Zion relied on its own senior captain.

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Titans burn Mundy’s Mill in 87-67 victory

Drew boys get physical, but at the cost of Clyde

Mundy’s Mill put off the inevitable long enough.

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Mundy's Mill boys can't mount comeback against Union Grove

Mundy's Mill boys come up short.

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Seniors pitch in for Riverdale

On a night in which they honored their seniors, the Riverdale Lady Raiders got a nice reprieve from Region 4-AAAA scheduling as Class AAAAAA Lovejoy came to visit.

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Forest Park pressure too much for Drew

Forest Park and Kayla Potts continue to heat up.

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Jonesboro girls overcome slow start for 41-30 win

When the Riverdale girls’ basketball team looks back on its home game with Region 4-AAAA, Div. B power Jonesboro, missed opportunities will most likely come to mind.

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Jonesboro pressure too much for Upson-Lee

Lady Cardinals win 10th straight.

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Forest Park rolling with Potts’ return

From the opening tip, the Forest Park Lady Panthers sprung a trap that the Mount Zion Lady Bulldogs just could not get out of.

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Mount Zion shakes off pesky Forest Park

Maybe Mount Zion was looking ahead, maybe Forest Park had the perfect gameplan.

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Drew ‘D’ leads 74-62 win over Union Grove

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Region 4A-AAAAA clash between Drew and visiting Union Grove was anybody’s contest.

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Lovejoy tops North Cobb, 63-42 focuses on ‘unfinished business’

Having defeated prolific passing offenses during their playoff run, the Lovejoy Wildcats were quite familiar with wide-open spread teams.

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Lovejoy follows bouncing ball to beat North Gwinnett 21-6

Right on the periphery of state championship contenders all season long, the Lovejoy Wildcats now find themselves among Class AAAAAA’s final four.

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Lovejoy holds Marietta QB in check to advance to quarterfinals

The irresistible force met the immovable object as the Marietta offense clashed with the Lovejoy defense.

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Custis gets 4 TDs as Lovejoy whips Tri-Cities

Ranked No. 7 in the state, the Lovejoy Wildcats have been seldom challenged this season. That trend continued Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium, as Lovejoy rolled to a 51-13 win over Tri-Cities in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

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Jonesboro clinches playoff berth with win over Dutchtown

The playoffs offically start in one week, but judging by the atmosphere and circumstances of the Region 4-AAAA play-in game between Jonesboro and Dutchtown, the postseason came one week early.

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Hudley’s 3 TDs help Mount Zion win first

Bulldogs open up passing game for 31-17 win over Forest Park

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Knauls’ 4 TDs help Drew dominate Mt. Zion 56-6

In the first-ever meeting between the Drew Titans and Mount Zion Bulldogs, Drew dominated from the outset Friday.

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Craine, Slade, Parker lead Union Grove rout of Forest Park

Trio scores two TDs apiece in 54-6 win over Forest Park

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Jonesboro finds groove to beat North Clayton

For a while Friday night at Southern Crescent Stadium, it was hard to tell which team was winless and which was the seventh-best in the state. As the game progressed, however, No. 7 Jonesboro seized control to get a well-earned 26-8 victory over North Clayton.

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Riverdale outduels Eagle's Landing in 52-36 win

Raiders rush for 358 yards

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Forest Park drops the ball in 40-0 loss to Creekside

Fumbles dug Forest Park a hole it was unable to escape Friday in a 40-0 loss to Creekside at Tara Stadium.

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Drew rebounds to rout Rockdale 42-0

RIVERDALE — Coming off a season-opening loss, the Drew Titans knew they had to work to get better. Game 2 saw them turn a poor start into a positive, as special teams led the way to a 42-0 defeat of Rockdale County Friday at Southern Crescent Stadium.