Youth swim team finishes top 5 at swim meets

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Young swimmers from south DeKalb put on a performance in Washington, D.C. and at a state swim meet. The Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Kids “HLHK” SEALs swim club competed in the 31st Annual Black History Meet in Washington, D.C. during the President’s Day weekend. HLHK sent 27 swimmers to the meet and the group came in […]

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Buford’s defense stifles SWD

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SWD girls fall to Buford in Class 5A title game     The Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers could not get past Buford’s full-court press defense and were unsuccessful in defending their state title.   The Buford Lady Wolves defeated Southwest DeKalb 60-42 in the Class AAAAA championship game March 8 at the Stegeman Coliseum in […]

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Six basketball teams advance to Elite Eight

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Six DeKalb County basketball teams took another step forward in playing for a state championship. The boys’ basketball teams from Greenforest, Lithonia, Miller Grove and St. Pius advanced to the Elite Eight of their respective classification after wins in the second round of the playoffs on Feb. 23. Southwest DeKalb and Stephenson girls’ basketball teams […]

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A family affair: Second generation of Bembrys shining in sports and academics at Stephenson

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When Stephenson High School opened in 1996, brothers Demeche and Gerin Bembry made a name for themselves in both athletics and academics. Twenty years later, the second generation of Bembrys—Deonta, 16, and Isaiah “King” Bembry, 15; Justin Birdsong,17, and Adrian Lane, 17—are living up to the Bembry legacy while creating their own legacy in the […]

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Southwest DeKalb wins traditional Area 5-5A wrestling title

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   The Southwest DeKalb Panthers made a clean sweep of the Area 5-AAAAA wrestling titles by following up on its Duals wrestling title with the Traditional title.   Six gold medals were collected by the Panthers on the way to 211.5 points to out-pace Arabia Mountain’s 124 for the championship.   Southwest DeKalb’s Colby Ficklin […]

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Champion girls, Chamblee boys win county middle school basketball titles

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  The Champion Lady Chargers extended their victory string to 34 in a row by knocking off the Miller Grove Lady Wolverines 44-30 for their second consecutive DeKalb County Middle School basketball title on Saturday at Cedar Grove Middle School.   Champion put together back-to-back 17-0 seasons with the first-place trophy behind the play of […]

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Controversy surrounds SWD football coach hiring

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Former Miller Grove High School football coach Damien Wimes was named the new Southwest DeKalb High School football coach. Wimes, a 1991 graduate of Southwest DeKalb, was introduced to the players, parents and alumni respectively at the school Feb. 9 for meet and greet sessions. He coached at Miller Grove for six seasons, accumulating a […]

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83 players sign on National Signing Day

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As in years prior, National Signing Day 2017 was a success in DeKalb County. Eighty-three players from DeKalb public and private schools and Decatur High School signed letters of intent Feb. 1 during the “national holiday.” As usual, DeKalb has several four- and three-star recruits who signed with Division I schools, including Cedar Grove offensive […]

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