Retiring Columbia coach Steve Dennis makes history with 400th win

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Longtime Columbia High School baseball coach Steve Dennis could hardly contain his emotions as he reflected on his coaching career after his last home game at Columbia on April 22. “It’s been very rewarding,” Dennis said. Columbia (25-5) defeated Decatur 9-5 in Dennis’ last game, improving Dennis’ overall record to 401-325-5 in his 29-year tenure […]

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Saints capture region track championship

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Defending Class AAA state champions Cedar Grove Saints rallied from a six-point deficit to overtake Westminster 181-169 for the Region 5-AAA track title on April 17 at Westminster.  Westminster held a 70-64 lead after field events held on April 15, despite three gold medals by the Saints.  Cedar Grove’s Raquan Bonner won the high jump […]

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Tucker advances in state tennis playoffs

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The Tucker Tigers tennis teams had the brooms out literally and figuratively for their first-round playoff match. Both the boys and girls’ teams swept Brunswick 5-0 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs April 17 at Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis Center. Before Tucker swept Brunswick, event officials had to sweep the […]

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Tucker overcomes scary moment to beat Decatur

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Despite losing a player in the fifth inning, the Tucker Tigers rallied to beat the Decatur Bulldogs 5-3 at home April 8. In the bottom of the fifth inning with the score tied at 3-3, senior pitcher and first baseman Jaelin Sewell was near the dugout on deck warming up when a foul ball hit […]

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Arabia Mountain remains at top of region standings

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The Arabia Mountain Rams baseball team still has a grip on first place in Region 5-AAAAA after its win over Lithonia April 10. The Rams beat the Bulldogs 6-1 at home. Arabia Mountain (8-1, 13-7) got off to a slow start, going down 1-0 in the second inning after Lithonia (2-5, 3-9-1) scored on a […]

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Lakeside boys, Miller Grove girls top high school track-and-field competition

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The Lakeside boys’ track-and-field team keeps its ‘best in DeKalb County’ crown for another year, while the Miller Grove girls’ team reclaimed its crown.  Lakeside won its second consecutive county track-and-field title March 27 at Godfrey Stadium. Lakeside claimed the title after scoring 92 points. Arabia Mountain finished second with 80 points, followed by Cedar […]

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Emory swim teams win national championship

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The Emory University swimming and diving teams dominated the Division III championship swim meets in Shenandoah, Texas. The women’s swim and dive team won its eighth consecutive national championship and the 10th overall in program history, while the men’s team won its first national championship in program history March 18. The two titles mark the […]

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Greenforest cruises to second consecutive state title

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  Mission complete A 24-10 third quarter run was the turning point for the Greenforest Eagles as they cruised to a 81-57 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian in the Class A-Private state title game March 10. This is the second consecutive title for the Eagles and third in five seasons. Head coach Larry Thompson said […]

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