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James Butler

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Drew drops first round of state tourney, says goodbye to leader Maleek Taylor

Drew High School, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012, lost to Statesboro. Senior Maleek Taylor posted 25 points in his final game.

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Kelsee Arnold having an impact at Mundy's Mill

When it comes to basketball, Mundy’s Mill guard Kelsee Arnold is all business.

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North Clayton girls basketball bonding through charitable work

North Clayton team helping others off the court

While the North Clayton girls basketball team won just four of its first 12 games on this season, those four wins doubled the win total from last season.

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North Clayton says focus has been key to team success

Despite five straight playoff appearances, the North Clayton boys’ basketball team appears to be a legitimate threat to compete for a state title for the first time since its region championship and final four appearance in the 2011-12 season.

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Forest Park Panthers win Clayton County wrestling titles

Hours after winning its second county dual wrestling title in as many years, Forest Park notched its fourth Clayton County Traditional Wrestling Championship in a row as the Panthers won eight of the 14 individual titles.

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Forest Park appears to be the favorite in the Clayton County Duals Wrestling Championship

In just its third year, the Clayton County Duals Championship crowns the deepest wrestling team in the county.

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CLAYTON COUNTY GIRL'S BASKETBALL PREVIEWS

Get ready for the upcoming basketball season with a team-by-team capsules.

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Morrow, North Clayton to compete at state cross-country meets

The state cross country championships will get underway today in Carrollton with two Clayton County teams competing. The boys’ teams from both Morrow and North Clayton finished fourth in their respective regions to earn the last team qualifying spot.

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Babb Middle defeats Eddie White Academy for Clayton County Middle School Championship

Babb defeats White 8-0 to win county title

Babb Middle School gave further proof that defense wins championships.

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Queryachi Taylor of Lovejoy gets invite to wrestle overseas

Lovejoy junior Queryachi Taylor is making an impact on the football field for the Wildcats this season, but it’s in his other sport that he has garnered a worldwide reputation.

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Morrow, Forest Park repeat as Clayton County cross country champions

Familiar names finished on top at the Clayton County Cross Country Championships as Morrow, led by individual winner Cameron Pack, won the boys’ team title and Forest Park won the girls’ team title.

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Mundy's Mill pending its hopes on an improving defense

Mundy’s Mill sit atop the Region 4- AAAAA, Div. A standings with a 4-0 record.

Babb, Kendrick Middle set for rematch

Babb, Kendrick set for rematch

Both Kendrick and Babb made game-clinching plays in the final minutes of their quarterfinal games to advance to the semifinals where they will face each other on Tuesday.

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Marquis Terry carrying a big load for the Drew Titans offense

After sharing carries as a sophomore and missing four games due to injury as a junior, Drew senior running back Marquis Terry is now the workhorse for the Drew Titans offense.

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Morrow Mustangs look to repeat at county cross-country championship

As the tail end of the cross country season approaches, the Morrow High School boys’ team is in prime position to reach their goals.

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Opio Douglas hopes to get Paralympics invitation

Douglas has shot at Paralympic invite

Jonesboro senior athlete Opio Douglas is blazing a trail those around him hope others will follow.

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Kendrick Middle School looks for football playoff momentum

Sitting at 5-0 and the only remaining unbeaten middle school football team in the county, the Kendrick Comets have their sights on the No. 1 playoff seed and county championship.

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Khalid Hylton carrying rushing load for Mundy's Mill

When the Mundy’s Mill football team won a school-record eight games and advanced to its first-ever state quarterfinals last season, running back Rodney Smith shouldered a heavy offensive load.

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Youthful Mundy's Mill looks for playoff berth

Having the best softball team in Clayton County is nothing new to Mundy’s Mill.

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Mundy's Mill softball boost young, but talented pitching staff

During its seven-game winning streak, the Mundy’s Mill softball pitching staff has three shutouts and has seen opposing teams score over three runs only once.

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Eddie White Academy looking for another middle school title run

The Eddie White Academy football program has only been in existence five years, but the Wolves head into this season fresh off their second appearance in the county’s middle school championship game.

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Morrow looks to continue to build cross-country profile

The Morrow boy’s cross-country team narrowly missed out on being one of the 25 best teams in Class AAAAAA a year ago.

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Quincy January signed scholarship with St. Augustine's

It was more than the allure of playing basketball at St. Augustine’s that attracted Riverdale forward Quincy January to the NCAA Div. II school.

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Lovejoy loses in Southside Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament semifinals

Lovejoy advanced further than any other Clayton County team in the Southside Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament that ended Thursday evening.

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Five Lovejoy High basketball players earn scholarships

Lovejoy swingman Jahir Cabeza joined four of his teammates as college signees, making the five players the largest signing class in Lovejoy basketball history.

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Andrew Nsuk one of favorites at state meet

When Mount Zion quarter and half-miler Andrew Nsuk talks about the end of his 2013 track season, he sums it up with four words.

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Alondra Managa signs soccer scholarship with Point University

When the Point University women’s soccer team dipped into Clayton County three weeks ago to sign one of the area’s best players in Morrow’s Angelica Rivera, the Skyhawks coaches already knew the type of talent the county produced.

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Marquett Simmons, Jonathan Ross sign track scholarships with Limestone College

Mount Zion boys track and field head coach Jason Battles stood before a packed room adjacent to the school’s cafeteria and said “trophies gather dust, scholarships change lives.”

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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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