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The Peachtree Ridge High grad auditioned and eventually was chosen for the role in the sixth season in 2015. Initially, he was kept in the dark about his character — what writers and producers do to keep the show’s plot lines from leaking.

“You don’t even get the full script; you get the parts you’re in and you don’t know if you’re going to die in that episode or the next,” Zimmerman said. “You don’t know how long you’re going to be on the show.”

The actor was in high school when he got a part on the comedy series “Meet the Browns” created and directed by Tyler Perry and filmed Atlanta in 2009.

Zimmerman knew he wanted to be in entertainment when he wrote and performed a rap song for his elementary school talent contest and won. But his journey hasn’t been without challenges; he has moved back and forth across the county and be turned down several times.

“I’ve been doing this all my life, and I’ve been rejected so many times that it almost feels that this has always been where I’m meant to be, as cliche as that sounds,” he said. “If you’re successful at all in this business, you had to have experienced ‘no’s.”

Zimmerman went on to gain acting credits for the TV shows “The Game,” and “Single Ladies,” and the movies “Parental Guidance” and “Captain America: Civil War,” and more.

Buck was a three-year letterwinner in basketball, two-year letterwinner in his Junior year he was a part of the: Honorable Mention, All-County, and Second Team All-Region squad...was also a part of a team that was a Region Runner-Up, a part of the Stat Tournament team and a member of the team that won the Deep South his Senior year he was listed on the: First Team All-County, First Team All-Region, Region Championship and MVP...he was also a part of the Kreul Classic National Tournament Championship squad...was a part of the Region 7-5A Championship squad which gave number one Norcross their first loss to an in-state team in over two years...was also a part of the three-time defending state championship squad and the state tournament team...was a part of a baseball team that was the Regional Champions and State Tournaments in his senior year...was also a Peer Leader in his Senior year...played one year as a true Freshman at DII North Georgia College and State University.

Coach Schmitt has accumulated the Region AAA Coach of the Year for the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 seasons. She was also named the State AAA Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Along with the region and state recognition, in 2009 Schmitt was awarded the NSCAA State Girls Coach of the Year for private schools and the NSCAA Southeast Regional Coach of the Year for private schools, an honor that she was again awarded in 2011. This recognition made her one of eight coaches up for the national coach of the year. For the 2016 season, Schmitt was named the NSCAA State Girls Coach of the year for private schools.

Coach Schmitt teaches Algebra and Geometry at St. Pius. She is also the Assistant Athletic Director. She serves as a discipline mentor, Women's strength coach, and Assistant Cross Country Coach. Coach Schmitt also attends the Jamaica mission trip over spring break.

Previous to Pius, Coach Schmitt played four years of Division I soccer for the Samford bulldogs in Birmingham, Alabama. During those four years she accumulated numerous awards including Second Team All – OVC and All – OVC Tournament Team. She helped lead Samford to four straight back to back regular season conference championships and scored a penalty kick to send the bulldogs into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Preceding her career at Samford, Schmitt played for Parkview High School and Gwinnett Soccer Association. At Parkview, Schmitt recorded two regional championships and a state championship her senior year. She scored the game winning goal in the state championship game in the last thirty seconds as fans were walking out of the stadium. Her performances awarded her the Gwinnett County Player of the Year in 2003 and she was named one of only two girls from Georgia as a NSCAA high school All – American. Along with high school accomplishments, Schmitt's club team won the 2001 National Championship and finished third nationally in 2002 and 2003.

Coach Jaime Kruppa Fisher’s personal high school girls team keeps advancing in the postseason next month.

Fisher's first season as the head coach, the Lady Longhorns finished with the second-most wins in school history (16) and also became the first girls basketball team in school history to make it to the Sweet Sixteen in the AAAAAA state tournament. She spent 12 seasons coaching at South Gwinnett High School, where she was the Head Coach for her final four years. As a coach, she has been a part of several state playoff teams, including back-to-back AAAAA State Runners-up teams. Coach Fisher graduated from South Gwinnett and played on the 1995 undefeated AAAA State Championship team. She received a full scholarship to Georgia Tech, earning Honorable Mention All-ACC honors her junior and senior years; she graduated from Georgia Tech in 2001 with a degree in Management. Coach Fisher is a Physical Education teacher and her husband, Lee, is a Biology teacher at Lambert and coaches baseball.

Attorney Chuck Efstration works each day with the objective of providing effective legal counsel to assist clients in the areas of family law and criminal defense. Chuck enjoys the opportunity to provide quality, results-focused representation on behalf of his clients.

Chuck began his career as a Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney, working in all phases of the criminal justice process for felony offenses. As an ADA, Chuck successfully prosecuted many felony cases, including jury trials, conducted appeals on behalf of the State, prosecuted Juvenile Court matters, and worked as an instructor for police officers.
Since opening The Efstration Law Firm, PC, entering private practice, Chuck has worked extensively in divorce, child custody, child support, and contempt matters, in addition to his practice in the areas of criminal defense. Chuck has worked for clients on matters pending throughout Georgia.

Chuck actively serves the legal community as President of the Gwinnett County Bar Association, a member of the Council on Criminal Justice Reform, a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Military Legal Assistance Program.

A graduate of Mercer Law School and the University of Georgia, Chuck resides in the Dacula area of Gwinnett County. Chuck grew up in Gwinnett, graduating from Greater Atlanta Christian School and earning the rank of Eagle Scout with a Gwinnett County Boy Scout troop.

Chuck is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

2003 North Gwinnett grad and 180 Sports Performance CEO Jonathan Loudermilk is in his first season as the Georgia Swarm strength and conditioning coach.

Jeremy Emmanuel Lamb (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a freshman, he was the second-leading scorer on the 2011 national champion Connecticut Huskies team.

Lamb attended Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia, where he captained the basketball team and averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds per game, leading Norcross to the regional championship, the Elite 8 of the state playoffs and a final record of 27–3. He was recruited by UConn after drawing the attention of coach Jim Calhoun, who felt that Lamb reminded him of former UConn star Richard "Rip" Hamilton.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Lamb was listed as the No. 19 shooting guard and the No. 76 player in the nation in 2010.

During his freshman year at UConn, Lamb played in every game. He averaged 11.1 points per game, which was second on the team behind Kemba Walker. He scored a career-high 24 points against Marquette on January 25, 2011. In the 2011 Big East Tournament, Lamb averaged 14.2 points and helped the 9th-seeded Huskies win the tournament and earn a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Lamb increased his scoring output to 16.2 points per game, and tied his career-high with 24 points against San Diego State in the Sweet 16 on March 24, 2011.[5] Preceding UConn's Final Four game against Kentucky, Lamb was 11-for-15 from three-point range in the NCAA Tournament, the highest all-time percentage by a player who has reached the Final Four. In the national title game, he scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Huskies defeated Butler by a score of 53–41.

Following the season, he was invited to the June 17–24, 2011, 17-man tryouts for the 12-man FIBA Under-19 World Championship team by USA Basketball, and was ultimately selected to be a part of the team. The 12 selected players competed as Team USA in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships in Latvia from June 30 to July 10, 2011. Lamb was the only American player selected to the five-man All-Tournament Team.

The 2012 basketball season was a bitter disappointment for both Lamb and UConn.[citation needed] Lamb and UConn in general despite their overall talent failed to meet expectations after suffering a losing record in Big East play during the regular season and bowing out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after losing to Iowa State University. Following the 2012 season, Lamb declared for the NBA draft.

Chris Duvall (born September 10, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a right back for the New York Red Bulls.

Born in Duluth, Georgia, Duvall played his club soccer for the Concorde Fire before joining the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 2010.[1] Duvall was a four-year starter for Wake Forest and played in 74 games and had one goal and 11 assists in his collegiate career.

On January 16, 2014 Duvall was selected with the 22nd pick by the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He made his debut for the team on May 17, 2014 against Toronto FC, coming on as a halftime substitute for Kosuke Kimura as the Red Bulls lost 2–0. Duvall then made his first professional start the next week on May 24 against the Portland Timbers. The Red Bulls went on to lose 2–1. After a few more impressive displays Duvall emerged as the teams starting right back appearing in 22 official matches in his rookie campaign.

On June 28, 2015 Duvall scored his first goal as a professional helping New York to a 2-1 lead, in a 3-1 derby victory over New York City FC. A few days later, on July 1, 2015 Duvall helped the Red Bulls to a victory in the U.S. Open Cup over another local rival New York Cosmos, drawing a pk during the match which was converted by Sacha Kljestan in a 4-1 victory. However, Duvall suffered a harsh tackle in the waning moments of the match which resulted in a broken right leg, keeping him out of action for the next few months.

Due to various injuries to New Yorks central defenders, Duvall was converted to center-back during the early part of the 2016 season and started the match at center-back for the club in a 7-0 Hudson River derby victory against New York City FC on May 21, 2016.

David Norman Greene (born June 22, 1982) He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia. He was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Greene has also been a member of the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. He retired following the 2008 season, having never played in a regular season game

While attending South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia, David Greene was a two-sport standout as a quarterback in football, and as a right fielder in baseball. In football, he led his team to two consecutive playoff appearances and as a senior, he completed 134 passes out of 227 pass attempts (59.0 completion percentage) for 2,102 yards, and 19 touchdowns, and earned USA Today All-USA Honorable Mention honors, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 honors, Super Southern 100 honors, Top 75 in Georgia honors, Class AAAA All-State honors, Georgia Sports Writers Association AAAA All-State honors, was named the Gwinnett County co-Offensive Player of the Year, Atlanta Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year, Gwinnett Touchdown Club All-Star quarterback, and Atlanta Club Quarterback of the Year. After his senior season, he participated in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game.

Greene played quarterback at the University of Georgia in college. He began his career as a redshirt freshman in 2001, being named the starter before the season. His most notable freshman game occurred at #5 Tennessee on October 6, known as the "Hobnail Boot" game. This phrase was coined by Georgia's famous play-by-play announcer Larry Munson. After Tennessee took the lead in the fourth quarter on a successful screen pass with :44 left, Greene led the Bulldogs back down the field with an inspiring series of quick passes. The winning touchdown pass went to fullback Verron Haynes in a now famous play known as "P-44 Haynes" or the "Hobnail Boot" play with just five seconds remaining on the clock. Upon Greene's completion to Haynes in the endzone for the winning touchdown, announcer Munson made this fateful call: "We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face!"

This play marked the beginning of Greene's record-setting career at Georgia, highlighted by guiding the team to a Sugar Bowl victory in 2002. The same season he led the Bulldogs to their first SEC championship since 1982. He was named SEC Offensive Rookie of the Year after the 2001 season, and was the 2002 Offensive Player of the Year for The Southeastern Conference. In 2004, Greene made 214 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, a record that stood until broken by Andre Woodson from Kentucky in 2007.

At Georgia, one of Greene's roommates was friend and future Cincinnati Bengals defensive line David Pollack, who was drafted 17th in 2005. The two played football together when they were younger in Snellville, though they went to different high schools.

Greene finished his college career as the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I history with 42 wins in four years, eclipsing the record previously held by Peyton Manning. However, on November 21, 2009, University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy broke his record with a win over University of Kansas. Greene finished his college career as the Southeastern Conference all-time career leader in yards gained with 11,270 until that record was broken by Aaron Murray on October 5, 2013 against Tennessee.

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An 11-year coaching veteran who has been a part of multiple bowl games and an NCAA Division II national championship, Buster Faulkner begins his first season as Arkansas State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016.

Faulkner most recently spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee, including the last four full years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He helped guide the Blue Raiders to 31 victories, numerous school records and a pair of bowl-game appearances from 2012-15.

Under his tutelage, the Blue Raiders amassed more than 5,000 yards of total offense in three consecutive seasons for the first time in school history while averaging over 31 points a game. MT’s 2015 team amassed 5,946 yards and scored 442 points, both school records, helping the squad finish 6-2 in Conference USA and earn an invitation to the Bahamas Bowl.

Faulkner also led several record-setting individuals in 2015, as freshman quarterback Brent Stockstill led the way by setting new single season marks for passing yards (4,005), passing yards per game (308.1), completions (327), attempts (490), touchdowns (30), 300-yard games (8) and consecutive 300-yard games (4).

Freshman All-American Richie James caught a school record 108 passes for 1,346 yards, while senior wide-out Ed Batties brought down an MT-record 13 receiving touchdowns under Faulkner last season.

Stockstill and James became the first quarterback and receiver pairing in school history to amass 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

Prior to the 2015 season that saw MT rank 32nd in the nation in total offense and 35th in scoring offense, the 2014 unit ranked 30th nationally in rushing, while Austin Grammer became the first signal-caller in school history to throw for over 200 yards in each of his first seven games and finished 11th nationally in completion percentage.

Faulkner helped lead the Blue Raiders to an 8-5 overall record and appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2013 as his offense had the second most yards in school history, ranked 31st nationally in rushing and 25th in third down conversion percentage. The offense also registered seven games of 200 or more yards rushing and had five different players top the 100-yard rushing mark. Quarterback Logan Kilgore became the first signal-caller in school history to have three straight 2,000-yard seasons with all three years coming under Faulkner.

In 2012, the unit keyed the Raiders’ 8-4 season by re-establishing the running game and protecting the football. Middle Tennessee ranked 46th nationally in rushing and tied for 28th for fewest turnovers lost. The unit also had four games where they rushed for over 200 yards and produced three different 100-yard rushers. Wide receiver Anthony Amos and center Micah James both earned first team all-conference honors.

In 2011, Faulkner took over the play-calling duties as offensive coordinator the final seven games of the year while remaining quarterbacks coach. His unit went on to record the fifth most yards of total offense, complete a then-record 299 passes and became just the second offense in school history to amass over 3,000 passing yards.

Faulkner went to Middle Tennessee after serving the 2010 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Murray State. In his lone season at MSU, Faulkner’s offense broke 27 school records and finished first in the FCS in total plays, pass completions, and completion percentage. The Racer offense racked up nearly 5,000 yards and produced the first 500-yard passer, 200-yard rusher, and 200-yard receiver in the same game in FCS history. The Racers ranked fifth in total offense nationally in 2010, while the year prior to Faulkner’s arrival MSU had a ranking of 115.

The 2010 Racers offense ranked first in the OVC and fifth nationally with 36.09 points per game, while also leading the league in passing offense and ranking fourth nationally with 313.5 yards per contest. The MSU quarterbacks led the country in completions and completion percentage.

Under Faulkner’s guidance, quarterback Casey Brockman had just six starts in 2010 but earned second team all-conference honors and was twice picked as the National Player of the Week. Brockman also garnered three OVC Player of the Week awards en route to finishing first in the league and eighth nationally in passing yards per game. Brockmanaccounted for 313 yards of total offense per game.

Prior to joining the Racers staff, Faulkner spent the 2009 season as the quarterbacks coach at Central Arkansas. UCA’s offense averaged 26.2 points a game and 215.8 yards a game through the air and was ranked in the Top 25 nationally in every offensive statistic.

Senior quarterback Robbie Park finished the year going 217-for-358 for 2,434 yards and 12 touchdowns. The yardage total was seventh on the school’s all-time single-season list.
Faulkner’s coaching career began at Valdosta State, where he served as a student assistant helping with the quarterbacks in 2005. After one season with the Blazers, he served as an offensive graduate assistant at Georgia, working with the offensive line and quarterbacks.

Faulkner returned to Valdosta State in 2007 and served as the quarterbacks coach for two seasons. In his first season, the Blazers went 13-1 and captured the Division II National Championship as quarterback Willie Copeland passed for 2,903 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Faulkner took over as the offensive coordinator for the Blazers in 2008. VSU averaged 380.8 yards a game in advancing to the quarterfinals as quarterback Chris Hart earned Freshman of the Year honors. Hart accounted for over 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
As a player, Faulkner starred as a quarterback for Valdosta State from 2000 to 2003. In three years with the Blazers, he passed for 7,100 yards and 64 touchdowns while registering a 47-6 record.

As a sophomore, Faulkner earned first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors and honorable mention All-American accolades after going 327-for-503 for 3,941 yards and 44 touchdowns in leading the Blazers to a 14-1 record and a spot in the National Championship game.

He played his senior season at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he passed for 2,861 and 16 touchdowns, while setting 10 school records.

During his prep career, Faulkner started at quarterback as a sophomore and led Parkview High School to the 1997 Georgia state championship.

A native of Lilburn, Ga., Faulkner earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Valdosta State in 2005. Faulkner, and his wife, Tia, have one son, Harrison, and two daughters, Hadley and Haisley

It took a dozen years, but Troy Hall said it was worth it.

Hall, a 1993 graduate of Central Gwinnett High who grew up in Lawrenceville, will screen his long-awaited independent film, “The Dissection of Thanksgiving,” a comedy with universal themes, at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta on Saturday night at 6:45. Tickets are $12.

“At its core, it’s a film about family and when you are faced with any kind of tragic situation, the one thing most people can rely on is that they can fall back on their family,” said Hall, who will participate in a question-and-answer session with executive producer Ryan Seger following the film. “But what happens when it’s the family breaking apart?”

“The Dissection of Thanksgiving” a 97-minute comedy that blends humor with the themes of love, family and financial hardship and perseverance, is the brain child of Hall and his friend, Kevin Logie, who wrote the screenplay 12 years ago. The duo and director and friend, Rafael Monserrate, endured plenty of rejection, investors pulling funding and the U.S. housing market crisis to make their critically acclaimed film a reality.

Mill Creek grad Emilie Meason, a four-time All-American as the former Emilie Burger, is returning to Georgia golf a a volunteer coach. Meason, also a four-time All-SEC performer, was a mainstay of the Bulldogs' lineup from 2009-2013, posting 14 top 10 and 28 top 20 finishes in 43 events played. She was a three-time medalist. Emilie's career-low round of 6 under 66 is second all-time at Georgia. She posted that score both in the first round of the 2012 Lady Puerto Rico Classic and in the third round of the 2010 Tiger/Wave Invitational. Meason also owns two of the top 15 stroke averages in Georgia history. The Hoschton native was a standout junior who advanced to match play at both the 2008 U.S. Girls' Junior and the 2009 U.S. Women's AM and participated in the Canon (now Wyndham) Cup.

Colleen graduated from Georgia College in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a teaching concentration. She was originally born in Indianapolis, Indiana but moved to Buford, Georgia when she was in the second grade. Colleen played soccer since she was nine, and ran cross country all four years of high school as well.

Bryan Karg, a 2010 Norcross High School graduate, serves on one of the three ships honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, which marks its 15th anniversary today.

Ensign Karg is a combat electronics division officer aboard the USS Arlington, which was created to honor the victims and first responders of the individuals who were a part of the Flight 77 plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

Said Karg: “The most unique thing about the ship is really what the ship represents being that Arlington is named for the first responders. Our ship embodies the idea of resilience and fortitude.”

A combat electronics division officer’s main mission is the responsibility of the sailors who do the maintenance in the navigations and communications department. Karg’s role as an electronics division officer is not his only priority.

He is constantly seeking to become the best leader and best sailor.

His responsibility as an officer extends further to tasks such as handling numerous relationships, meeting deadlines and forging lasting professional relationships.

Sarah Richards is the new head girls soccer coach at Shiloh after being a part of the program previously as the coach of the junior varsity team. She is a graduate of South Gwinnett, where she stood out in basketball and soccer, and Emory University.

Before coming to Shiloh, Richards studied abroad in Austria and Scotland. Staff correspondent Alan Cole spoke to her about those experiences, her own playing days and her ambitions for Shiloh girls’ soccer in this week’s installment of “Getting to Know…”.

Jessica Coan’s first job search in education couldn’t have gone any better.

The Greater Atlanta Christian grad was willing to be an assistant softball coach and work her way up, but didn’t want to limit herself.

“I wanted to be a head coach (this young),” Coan said. “It’s funny, people have asked me that same question. You want to be a head coach? Don’t you think that’s a little ambitious at your age? Well, I’m an ambitious person.”

Then Coan’s dream coaching job just happened to come open when Judy Tenney retired as GAC’s head softball coach. She applied for the opening in late January and it was announced Monday that Coan had been hired to replace Tenney, her former coach at GAC. The Spartans even play on Sandra Coan Field, named after Coan’s grandmother.

“I guess you could say I’ve dreamed about (being GAC’s coach),” Coan said. “I really wanted to, since I left high school, I knew I would love to go back at coach there. GAC has such a special place in my heart. I love the softball program, I love the school, I love Coach Tenney. I knew I wanted to teach at a school like GAC, where I could express my faith through softball and at school and not have to worry about that. … GAC was the ultimate (job), that would be awesome.

“I know I’ve got some big shoes to fill. I really do. GAC has had such a big impact in my life in softball and in general. Being able to possibly be that for someone else means the world to me. I know how everyone loves Coach Tenney and I know I have big shoes to fill.”

Patel, a 1992 Norcross grad, is on the medical staff of the U.S. Track and Field Team for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taking him away from his duties as a PA and athletic trainer for SMS.

Patel, PA-C, ATC, of Sports Medicine South is a board Certified Physician Assistant and a Certified Athletic Trainer. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association.

He started his health care career as an athletic trainer in 1998—and his experience reads like a sports fan’s dream come true. Patel has provided care to the University of Georgia’s football and track & field teams as well as the University of Alabama’s football and softball teams. In addition, he has worked with the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets as an athletic trainer. He has also been a part of the medical staff for major events such as the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships, the NFL Invitational Camp (Scouting Combines), and multiple college football championship bowl games. Currently, Harris is the Director of Sports Medicine for Gwinnett County’s Norcross High School and continues to serve many local athletes and teams to get Beyond Better.

Mary Byrne, daughter of Jim and Margaret Byrne was born on June 19, 1987.

Collins Hill has and always will be Mary Byrne’s school — but now she’s getting the chance to start her own program elsewhere.

The 2005 Collins Hill graduate has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the same girls soccer program she starred for as a four-year starter before a college career at Georgia College.

She’s now headed to Johns Creek as the new head girls soccer coach.

“I’m so excited to have my own program,” she said. “Just the biggest thing is making sure that these girls understand that they’re student-athletes and they’re students first and foremost and (their) education is the most important thing. Having a program that develops them as individuals, not just athletes. They understand teamwork. They understand responsibility, accountability, that they can kind of become who they’re supposed to be as they move on. Because after high school, hopefully they want to do something — whether it be military, or college, going into the work force — I just want them to be able to learn something from athletics that can be brought into the real world.”

Former Shiloh standout Robert Carter signed a free agent contract Friday with the Golden State Warriors.

Carter turned down chances to be drafted in the second round by both the Atlanta Hawks and the Denver Nuggets because both teams wanted to send him to Europe for more development, according to a CSNMid-Atlantic report citing Carter’s agent.

Carter averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, his first at Maryland after transferring from Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-9 forward started his first two seasons at Tech before transferring and sitting out the 2014-15 season.

As a high-schooler, Carter played at Thomasville before finishing his career at Shiloh. He was a Daily Post Super Six and all-county selection in 2012 as a senior, when he averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Former Gwinnett County high school baseball standout Drew Steckenrider was honored by the Miami Marlins as their Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, the team announced Friday.

The 2009 Greater Atlanta Christian grad, who was selected in the eighth round of the 2012 out after a collegiate career at Tennessee, posted a 2.19 earned run average and an .077 opponents batting average with 17 strikeouts in 12 innings over 10 outings out of the bullpen for the Marlins’ Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville last month.

For the season, Steckenrider has posted three saves with a 1.96 ERA, 30 strikeouts and a .132 opponents average in 23 innings in 18 relief appearances for the Suns.

He was promoted to Jacksonville in mid May after making six appearances for the Class High-A Jupiter (Fla.) Hammerheads, which whom he threw 10 scoreless innings.

Bailey Tardy flew to California ahead of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open with a manageable blend of excitement and nerves.

“This year it’s more try to complete than the wow factor,” Tardy said. “I can actually control my nerves and see this might be my future.”

Two years ago, as a senior at Norcross, Tardy competed in her first U.S. Open on Pinehurst’s hallowed grounds.

She was the first to tee off, at 6:45 a.m., and shot an opening-round 83. She rebounded a bit with a 78 the following day, but still missed the cut by nine strokes.

“I feel like I could not be any more nervous than I was (at Pinehurst),” said Tardy, who again earned her spot at the Open through the qualifier in Butler, Pa. “Not to say I won’t be nervous, but I’ll be more confident and more comfortable.

“You play to be nervous, that’s the thrill of golf. I want to have that edgy side, that feeling inside you. That’s what you’re there for. If you’re not nervous, you’re not in the right spot.”

Grayson grad Ella Stevens recently helped the United States U-19 Women’s National Team to a 2-0-1 record during a trip to Auckland, New Zealand.

Stevens, an incoming freshman at Duke, started all three matches and finished the three friendlies with two goals and one assist.

In the opening match against the New Zealand U-20 National Team, Stevens played the first 78 minutes that saw the U.S. fall behind on a New Zealand first-half goal. The United States scored twice in the second half to win 2-1.

Stevens converted a penalty kick goal as the U.S. finished in a 4-4 draw in the second match of the trip. The Gatorade National Player of the Year played 65 minutes in the shootout.

To close out the final friendly match, the Americans registered a 4-1 win that saw Stevens assist on the first goal and score the game-winner for the U.S. in the 49th minute. She logged 71 minutes in the contest.

Abdullah attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, but didn’t complete his first full season of track & field until his senior year of high school.

At Kennesaw State, Abdullah competes in combined events and has swept the Atlantic Sun Men’s Indoor Track & Field weekly awards three times this season. He set a school record in 2015 by becoming the first Owl to ever score in an NCAA Indoor Championship – finishing fourth overall in the heptathlon.

During his sophomore year at Brookwood, Abdullah’s German teacher persistently pestered him to go out for the track team. Although the season was already underway, he agreed to join the team. At his first meet, Abdullah’s high jump qualified him for the regional playoffs.

Shortly after the meet, however, Abdullah broke his ankle while playing basketball. With hopes of potentially playing on the hardwood in college, he opted to stay away from track and focus solely on basketball

When senior year rolled around and he had received minimal college offers for basketball, Abdullah decided to give track & field another shot.

“I wasn’t even that good at first,” Abdullah said. “I was jumping 6’2 on the high jump and running the 400m in about 50 seconds. I moved up to a 6’4 on the high jump, then, out of nowhere, jumped a 6’8. That’s when my coach started telling me that this was probably for me and I should stick with it.”

At the Georgia High School Association Track & Field State Championships, Abdullah met KSU assistant coach Agne Eggerth, who recruited him to be an Owl. Having never previously heard of the school, he researched the program and scheduled an official visit.

He fell in love with the school and the coaching staff on the visit and later accepted the offer to be on the track & field team in Kennesaw.

DiMercurio was born on March 21, 1991 and is a native of Suwanee, GA, not far from where she went to college at the University of Georgia in Athens. During her time at Georgia DiMercurio was an All-SEC performer in both the 5,000m and 10,000m run and earned All-South Region honors in cross country her senior year. After graduating she joined Greenville Track Club Elite where she improved on her personal bests from 1500m to 10,000m. DiMercurio also contested a half marathon for the first time during 2015 where she saw immediate success. Her 1:14 performance at the Jacksonville Half Marathon qualified her for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials where she competed in her first marathon. Prior to qualifying for the Trials, Nicole posted a course record setting win at the Maggie Valley 8k, won the Governor’s Cup 5 Miler, and finished 2nd at the 2015 Peachtree Road Race.

Malcolm Moses Adams Brogdon (born December 11, 1992) is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks . He played college basketball at the University of Virginia and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) First Team in 2014 by the league's coaches and to the third team by the media. Was also named ACC player of the year for the 2015-16 season.

Austin Wade Meadows (born May 3, 1995) is a professional baseball outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Meadows was considered as one of the top prospects eligible for the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He was ultimately selected ninth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and signed for $3,029,600 three weeks after the draft.

Meadows was committed to play college baseball at Clemson University, but chose to forgo that commitment by signing with the Pirates.

Meadows grew up in Loganville, Georgia, where he grew up and competed with fellow 2013 MLB Draft first round pick Clint Frazier. He led Grayson High School to the Georgia Class 6A State semifinals as a junior, hitting .390 with four home runs, 28 RBI and 19 stolen bases. Meadows was named a preseason First-Team High School All American by Rawlings and Perfect Game, and he hit .535 with 14 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 28 RBI in his senior season.

Marci Mitchell Whiteside, a 1999 Shiloh grad, was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame last week for her performances as a college softball player at Carson-Newman University (Tenn.).

Whiteside pitched for Carson-Newman from 2000-2003, earning SAC player of the year honors her final two seasons. She was a four-time all-conference selection, as well as the conference’s female student-athlete of the year in 2003. She also is one of two student-athletes in conference history to win the President’s Award (which she won twice) and conference athlete of the year in the same season.

Whiteside holds Carson-Newman’s career record with 41 shutouts (also second in league history) and her 18 no-hitters rank second all-time in NCAA Division II history. She finished her career with a 1.53 ERA and 714 strikeouts, earning all-region honors twice and Academic All-American honors three times. She graduated college with a 4.0 GPA.

Whiteside has worked as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Washington, D.C. since 2007.

Son of Dexter and Sandra P. Walker … one of three children … member of cadet squadron 21 … majoring in management … completed a astronautical engineering class last summer and was the assistant flight commander for survival training last summer … completed Operation Air Force in the summer of 2014 … completed survival training in the summer of 2013 and took a class in chemistry … would like to get into coaching someday.

Kelsey Schaffernoth is the daughter to parents Tammy and Rob. She was born April 1st, 1993 and has two siblings, a brother named Cory, and a sister named Katelyn. Kelsey is a 2011 Brookwood grad, just finished her first year as a language arts teacher and girls soccer coach at her alma mater.

Schaffernoth, 23, started for four years on the soccer team at Piedmont College, where she graduated in May 2015. She was the head junior varsity girls soccer coach this past season for the Broncos, guiding her team to an unbeaten season.

Robert Nkemdiche was born September 19, 1994 and is an American football defensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He attended the University of Mississippi for three years until declaring early for the 2016 NFL draft where he was picked 29th overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

Regarded by ESPN as the "Southeast's best [high school football] prospect since the early 1980s," Nkemdiche was highest touted prospect committing to the Ole Miss Rebels since Eli Manning in 1999.

A native of Loganville, Georgia, Nkemdiche attended Grayson High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He played as a defensive end and running back for the Grayson Rams high school football team. In his junior season, he registered 59 tackles and 18 sacks on defense while also running for 528 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns on offense. Grayson went undefeated throughout the season, finishing 15–0 with a GHSA 6A state title win over Marietta Walton. In his senior year, Nkemdiche registered 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks on defense, whilst on offense he had 235 total rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Early in the season Grayson defeated Dalvin Cook's Miami (FL) Central 35–3 in a game that was nationally televised on ESPN. The Rams went on to a 10–2 season record, and were upset by Mitch Hyatt's North Gwinnett in the second round of the GHSA 6A state playoffs. Nkemdiche was the Gwinnett Daily Post Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career at Grayson with 41 career sacks. He was named first-team All-American as a junior by MaxPreps, as well as second-team as a senior.

Emma Harris was a four-year starter for the Brookwood High School Competition Cheer Team and senior varsity cheerleading captain. She signed to cheer for Georgia Southern University returning to Gwinnett County to teach and coach cheerleading. She was the head cheerleading coach for Parkview High School before returning to her alma mater Brookwood High School in 2014.

When Sierra Lawrence was entering eighth grade in Georgia, her uncle presented her with a future scenario.

Lawrence was a talented athlete but participated in multiple sports.

To thrive in one and maybe earn a college scholarship, she had to choose between basketball and softball.

“It was extremely difficult, and at the time I think she probably liked basketball a little more than softball because it was just more up-tempo and was more exciting to play,” Lawrence’s uncle, Terry Lester, said. “But from that point we decided she needed to decide which one to focus on. She started practicing softball year-round, hitting and fielding.”

Though she still played basketball on her high school team, AAU was off the table, and the Michigan softball program is grateful.

Early in 2009, professional softball teams coveted Brittany Rogers.

The former Dacula star had just finished four exceptional seasons at Alabama — she was an All-American all four years — and had played at a higher level with the U.S. National Team that spring.

That run with the top American team ended up being her last time playing competitive softball, though. The speedy outfielder, now Brittany Mayweather, had other plans.

“There was some interest with the pro league, but the pro league commitment would kind of take away from what I could offer in teaching,” Mayweather said. “I just decided teaching was going to be the best route. … It was definitely tough at the time. I almost felt like I was going through withdrawals from not being on a team because I’ve been on a team my whole life.

“It was different. But it was fun to create a different version of a team with my colleagues at work. It definitely took some adjusting, but I definitely get my taste of teamwork when I’m teaching.”

That decision led Mayweather — who will be inducted Friday in the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame — to where she is now, a fourth-grade teacher at Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Mulberry Elementary. The 29-year-old is finishing up her sixth year in GCPS education, the first four at Bethesda Elementary and the past two at Mulberry.

She’s been a fourth-grade teacher every year of her career in education, a degree she didn’t intend on at Alabama until an enjoyable community service project at the end of her freshman year at Alabama sparked a switch from her plan to be a civil engineer.

“I knew I wanted to teach fourth grade because of my fourth grade teacher (at Fort Daniel Elementary), Chad Hayes,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s still in the county. He was my inspiration along with all of my other teachers.”

Jocelyn Penn (born September 10, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. She played in the WNBA from 2003 to 2004. She was the ninth overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft, selected by the Charlotte Sting. She scored 50+ points, making her the first in 13 years to score two 50+ games in the same season (at the time of the accomplishment).

Justin Taylor is the Vice President and trainer for Ultimate 48 Fitness. Justin is enthusiastically dedicated towards helping each and every client reach their goals. He is certified through AAAI-ISMA as a personal trainer and in nutrition. Justin has four years of training experience and two years of coaching experience. His experience also includes 14 years of football, as well as other sports. He understands the level of training and dedication needed to be successful on and off the field. As a high school and college player, Justin played defensive back.

During that time he trained with other trainers in addition to his high school and college to provide the extra edge to be successful. When Justin begins training and developing young players for high school sports, he shares not only the training techniques but the ability to relate and understand the players he trains. He understands that the proper relationship and level of respect is vital for the success of his players. At Ultimate 48 Fitness, Justin is also involved with strength, sports performance, weight loss, and overall health as well as nutrition. His philosophy is that hard work and dedication leads to success and the satisfaction of reaching one’s goals!

As president and trainer of ULTIMATE 48 FITNESS, Manny makes sure his passion in health and fitness is fully translated upon his clients in order to achieve the ultimate goal. As an AFAA-certified personal trainer, Manny has trained and helped a variety of people in many ways. His philosophy in fitness and health revolves around a wide variety of knowledge along with the targeted objective of his clients.

He has been professionally working as trainer/coach for five years and has been around strength and conditioning for over ten years. Manny is a graduate from the University of West Georgia and has a master’s in Business Administration. Manny was raised playing sports which conclude thirteen years of baseball, two of which are collegiate. In addition, he has been involved with American football for many years, five in college and one currently with a professional Arena football team. In order to be more knowledgeable, Manny keeps an open mind in the fitness world and still seeks for new certifications along with continuing education. At the University of West Georgia, Manny specialized in weight-loss, sports performance, muscle-building, and health. In addition, he participated in programs such as Biggest Loser’s, Wolf-90x, group-x training, 1-on-1’s, and lecturing on nutrition and health. Manny believes anyone trying to attain their Ultimate goal will indeed reach success by applying hard work and faith to their regimen.

Grayson grad Clay Ardeeser, who played at Georgia College from 2012-15, recently signed to play professional baseball for the Garden City Wind, a member of the independent Pecos League.

Ardeeser, a first baseman, was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) honoree, also earning All-Southeast Region status in both his junior and senior seasons. The lefty slugger finished his career with 29 home runs and 196 RBIs, hitting .364 over his four seasons with 270 career hits.

Vadal Alexander (born March 23, 1994) is an American football offensive guard for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Tigers of Louisiana State University.

A native of Buford, Georgia, Alexander attended Buford High School, where he was a two-time Georgia AA First Team All-State offensive lineman as a junior and senior. In his senior season, the Buford Wolves went 14–1 and finished as GHSA Class AA runner-up, being upset in the state final by Calhoun. After his senior season, Alexander participated in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by, Alexander was ranked as the No. 11 offensive guard prospect in the class of 2012. Alexander chose Louisiana State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina.

Juan Daniels was a star wide receiver at Norcross, racking up 1,237 yards receiving in 1991, and then at Georgia, where he had nearly 2,000 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches in his career. After a brief NFL career, he kept active in football and was chosen for the United States Flag and Touch football League Hall of Fame.

Lucas Sundberg Sims (born May 10, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Sims was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia. He signed with the Braves, receiving a $1.65 million signing bonus.

During his first professional season he pitched for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Braves and Danville Braves. He finished 2-4 with a 3.71 earned run average with 39 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.

Sims played the 2013 season with the Class-A Rome Braves. He started the season in the bullpen but was then moved to the rotation. He finished the season 12-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 116 2⁄3 innings.

In 2013, Sims was considered the Braves best prospect according to[50] He had fallen to third on the same list by the start of the 2015 season, and was placed seventh on the year-end list. The Braves sent Sims to the Arizona Fall League in 2015. He opened the AFL season for the Peoria Javelinas, and also started the Fall Stars Game. Sims was invited to spring training for the first time in 2016. He began the season with the Mississippi Braves, and was promoted to Gwinnett on April 23.

Buck Lanford is a Co-Anchor for Good Day Atlanta FOX 5/WAGA-TV and on Sports Talk Radio 680TheFan in Atlanta and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Traci, and their three children. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the 1986 South Gwinnett grad talks with sports editor Will Hammock on a variety of topics, ranging from his high school basketball career to his wife's scary accident to his TV experiences.

It's nice to be in Atlanta right now. My parents are here. My wife's parents are here. It's home. I like Atlanta. I could see staying in Atlanta the rest of my life and having a nice life and a nice career. But if a golden opportunity came up elsewhere, I'd have to consider it.

David Akin serves as an assistant coach under head coach Nick Gast for the varsity basketball program. In their first year together, the team was able to win double digit games for the first time since 2010. Akin currently works in the special education department.

Prior to Parkview, Akin served as an assistant basketball coach at Milton High School. Milton finished #1 & #2 respectively in the state of Georgia in 2011 and 2012. Within the those two seasons alone at Milton, eleven players went on to play at the college level. The Eagles amassed a 61-4 record on the court in those two seasons with notable victories over national programs such as: Oak Hill, Bishop Gorman, Winter Park, Lone Peak and Jamesville Dewitt. In 2013, The Atlanta Journal Consitution named the 2012 Milton High School Basketball team as one of the "Five Best of All Time" in the state of Georgia.

Akin also served as the head coach of the Gwinnett Majic, a minor league basketball franchise located in Gwinnett County. He guided the Majic to the league's best regular season record and help capture the World Basketball Association Championship in back to back to back years (2009-2011). Along the way, he was named WBA Coach of the Year in those respective seasons.

Akin was a member of the Lady Bulldog Basketball Staff at the University of Georgia from 2006-2009. During his time at Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament three times, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006-2007. He received his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Georgia in December 2007.

David is a native of Lilburn, GA where he attended Berkmar High School and was a two-year letter winner in basketball. He played for Coach David Boyd and was a member of Berkmar's 1998 state runner-up squad. Upon graduating from high school, he went on to continue his playing career at Brewton-Parker College where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball. He helped the team reach the NAIA tournament in the '99-'00 season. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Brewton-Parker in 2003.

Wes Turner enters his fourth season with the Alcorn State Braves football team. He will serve in multiple capacities to include: Nickels coach, director of operations, videographer, and Recruiting Coordinator.

Prior to joining the Braves staff he worked with the University of Memphis football staff as a defensive graduate assistant after spending the previous three years on the coaching staff at Georgia Southern.
At Georgia Southern, Turner served as a defensive assistant coach working with the defensive backs. In 2009, the Eagles' defense averaged 6.2 TFL and 1.9 sacks per game. The defense had two players named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team and one to the All-Conference first team.

In 2008, Turner worked on a defensive staff that, playing as many as nine true-freshmen on a consistent basis, saved its best performance for last in a 17-10 win at 14th-ranked Furman to close out the season with a winning record. The 10 points allowed were the fewest by an opponent since October 2005.

The defense saw a league-best four rookies named to the inaugural SoCon All-Freshman Team in 2008. As a defensive unit, the Eagles ranked 22nd in TFL per game (7.0) and 26th in sacks per game (2.4) in the nation.

During the 2007 season, the Eagles' defense ranked 14th nationally in turnover margin, a +1.09 per game average. That impressive average was a result of the team's 56th ranking in passes intercepted, 17th in fumbles recovered and 37th in turnovers gained. Overall, the defensive unit recorded 65 TFL, 19 sacks, 11 interceptions and 56 pass break ups.

Turner lettered three years and spent five years in all with the Georgia Southern football program. The one-time walk-on joined the team in the fall of 2002. He redshirted that year and then saw action in six games his redshirt-freshman year. As a sophomore in 2004, he played in nine games, becoming a valuable member of the special teams unit and helping the Eagles qualify for the playoffs. He recorded three tackles on special teams that season.

After missing the 2005 campaign, Turner returned the following season and played in eight games. Again, he provided senior leadership on special teams, ranking among the leaders in tackles in 2006 and earning the Special Teams Captain Award.

Turner joined the Eagles after a standout career at Collins Hill High School. He earned Gwinnett County Player of the Month honors during his junior year. He also lettered three times in baseball, being named to the All-Atlanta team and played with Team Georgia.

Turner graduated in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in general studies from Georgia Southern. He is married to Stephanie Turner who are the proud parents of two girls Taylor (4) & Peyton (2)

Erwin, 21, just finished his first season after being a 2015 fourth-round draft pick by the White Sox out of Clemson. The 6-foot-5 left-hander went 2-2 with a 1.34 ERA in 15 games (seven starts) at two levels, rookie Great Falls and Class A Kannapolis. He struck out 30 batters to just seven walks in 40 1/3 innings.

Collin Alexander McHugh (born June 19, 1987), had a humble beginning to his career but it started before he even played professional baseball. He was born in the wealthiest city in the Midwest, 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Illinois. He went to Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, GA) for high school. Not recruited by D1 schools McHugh attended D-III Berry College.

Collin has since played the Colorado Rockies, the New York Mets and now is seeing success playing for the Houston Astros.

Snellville native and Shiloh High School graduate Tyler Reagin, said he received God’s call to go into ministry in college and has known ever since he was always going to be a pastor. What he didn’t know was he was going to be a pastor for more than 10,000 church leaders.

Reagin is the new Executive Director of the Catalyst Conference, a three-day event for Christian leaders that ends on Friday at the Gwinnett Arena. He said it has been a really neat experience bringing an event like Catalyst back to the county he grew up in.

“When the Gwinnett Convention Center opened, the very first year, was when I graduated high school,” Reagin said. “To be from Gwinnett County and get to do an event that’s been here 15 years and been in the Arena for 11 and to be here and know that it was one of the first events at the Arena. It’s been neat for us to partner with a county and allow them to see what God’s doing in young people and leaders. For me it’s really neat to go, ‘Man, I grew up here’ and yet I get to come back here and see how what we get to do really has an effect on the community.”

C. J. Uzomah (born January 14, 1993) is an American football tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Auburn. He was drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Austin Shepherd (born May 28, 1992) is an American football guard for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. He was drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round, 228th overall of the 2015 NFL draft.

Shepherd attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He was ranked by as the No. 18 guard and No. 22 by, while ranked him 46th nationally as an offensive tackle. He was also ranked 13th on Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 50. Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Shepherd chose Alabama over Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and UAB. He enrolled in January of 2010 and participated in spring drills for the Crimson Tide.

Bradley Roby (born May 1, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

A native of Suwanee, Georgia, Roby attended Peachtree Ridge High School, where he was an All-State receiver and defensive back. He recorded 42 tackles and six interceptions along with 29 receptions for 526 yards as a senior. He scored 11 touchdowns: five on receptions, two on punt returns and one each via a rush and kick, interception and a fumble return. He was a four-time school scholar-athlete. He was an standout basketball player.

He was also on the school's track & field team. He won the 100 meters at the 2009 Region 7 AAAAA Championships, with a career-best time of 11.02 seconds, and also finished third in the 200 meters with a career-best time of 22.49 seconds. He also competed in long jump.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Roby was listed as the No. 42 athlete in the nation in 2010.

Former Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch made the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster on Saturday, he said in a text message.

The 6-foot, 229-pound Lynch was a two-year starter and senior captain for the Orange before going unselected at this year's NFL Draft. He signed with the Rams as a free agent shortly after but was likely a long shot to make the final cut.

Lynch recorded 14 tackles, a pass deflection and a forced fumble in three preseason games. Playing against the Chiefs on Thursday, he paced the Rams with nine tackles.

At Syracuse, Lynch posted a team-leading 97 tackles, inducing 12 for loss, and seven sacks as a senior last season. He earned third-team All-ACC honors from Phil Steele.

Lynch finished with 69 tackles, including 12 for loss, six pass deflections and four sacks as a junior.

He is also one of the stronger players to come out of Syracuse recently. He was named the No. 4 "freak" athlete in the country by before last season.

Lynch chose the Orange after graduating from Brookwood with a 3.7 GPA and two-part 1435 SAT score, according to After he chases his NFL dream, Lynch has aspirations of becoming a sports broadcaster.

Ja'Wuan Amir James (born June 3, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

James attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He helped lead his team to 13-1 mark as senior, earning Region 7-5A championship while advancing to the state quarterfinals. He was selected to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida.

James attended the University of Tennessee from 2010 to 2013. He started 49 consecutive games for the Vols, all at right tackle. His 49 starts set a record for career starts by an offensive lineman in Tennessee history (passing Jeff Smith's 48 set from 1992-1995).

Cameron Phillips Heyward (born May 6, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

Heyward attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia, where he played for the Peachtree Ridge Lions high school football team. He was the 2006 Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year. As a senior he was considered the 7th best football player in Georgia, and the 13th best defensive tackle in the nation by He benched 335 pounds and squatted 510 pounds, and was considered a scholar athlete with a GPA of 3.2.

As a true freshman in 2007, Heyward was named a freshman All-American by Sporting News, and after recording 30 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 2 passes broken up.

Heyward finished his career at Ohio State with 162 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and one interception.

Taylor Heinicke (born March 15, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).

In 2011, Taylor Heinicke accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Old Dominion University, where he played for the Old Dominion Monarchs football team from 2011 to 2014.

Heinicke became the starter for Old Dominion in 2011. That year he led the Monarchs to a 10–3 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, but lost in the second round of FCS playoffs against Georgia Southern. He passed for 2385 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 1 interception, and he ran for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also punted 4 times for 170 yards. Heinicke was named to the All-CAA 3rd team Offense and was the National Freshman Performer of the Year. Old Dominion finished ranked #10 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Heinicke made the Minnesota Vikings as their third quarterback after a record-setting career at Old Dominion.

Max Garcia (born c. 1992) is an American football guard for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was a team captain of the Florida Gators college football team, where he was recognized as second-team all-SEC in 2014. He was drafted in the fourth round, 133rd overall, in the 2015 NFL draft.

Garcia originally attended the University of Maryland before transferring to Florida.

Max is listed on the 53-man 2015 roster.

Geremy Davis (born January 10, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Connecticut.

Geremy is on the New York Giants' 53-man 2015 roster.

David Andrews was born July 10, 1992 in Johns Creek, Georgia. At Wesleyan, Andrews was named to the SuperPrep All-Dixie team, PrepStar All-Southeast Region team. At, he was a three-star prospect, #9 center nationally, #37 overall prospect in Georgia. named him a three-star prospect, #6 center nationally. also named Andrews a three-star prospect, #6 center nationally.

The 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class named David as an A All-State First Team and # 41 on Georgia Top 50, the 2010 Georgia Sportswriters Association also named him Class A All-State First Team. As a senior, David, recorded a 92 percent blocking grade average, 58 knockdowns and did not allow a sack ... Also recorded 41 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss.

As a junior, recorded an 88% blocking grade average with 48 knockdowns and did not allow a sack ... Also added 41 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss on defense. David helped lead Wesleyan to a Class A state championship as a sophomore in 2008.

Jared Cook Jr. (born April 7, 1987) is an American football tight end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

Cook played college football at the University of South Carolina. During his career he started 15 of 36 games for the Gamecocks at tight end, finishing his career with 73 receptions for 1,107 yards and seven touchdowns.

Drew is on the Oakland Raiders' 53-man 2015 roster for the third straight season.

Traditions continue at North Gwinnett’s Jared Cook Tip-Off Classic:
Jared Cook, a North grad and tight end with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, began sponsoring it to honor his mother Yulinda, a breast cancer survivor.Jared Cook Tip-Off Classic - in honor of his mother. (

Andrew "Drew" Butler was born May 10, 1989 in Duluth, Georgia, and is the son of Kevin Butler, a former University of Georgia and NFL placekicker.

He attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia, and played high school football for the Peachtree Ridge Lions. As a junior, he averaged 40 yards per punt with a longest kick of 63 yards and 13 punts inside the 20-yard line. Following his senior season in 2006, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association named him to their Class 5A all-state first teams. rated him as the No. 9 punter recruit in the nation. He also played Peachtree Ridge Lions golf team, while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average.[2]is an American football punter for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Georgia and was recognized as a consensus collegiate All-American punter.

Brice Butler (born January 29, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of San Diego State.

Butler graduated from Norcross High School in 2008 and graduated from University of Southern California in 2011 where he majored in public policy, management and planning. He enrolled in a master's program at San Diego State in 2011 and played his final season.

Brice Butler is on the Oakland Raiders' 53-man 2015 roster for the third straight season.

While Charles' love for robotics began at 10 or 11-years-old when he stayed up past his bedtime watching the television show BattleBots, his interest accelerated at North Gwinnett High School. He graduated in 2007 from North, where he started the school’s robotics team. Currently teaching at MIT as a rare instructor there without a graduate degree, he is also in the early stages of starting his own engineering business to serve industrial and robotics control systems.

Brandon Foster Jacobs (born December 8, 1990) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League.

The Boston Red Sox drafted Jacobs in the tenth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus ranked Jacobs as the 46th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2012 season.

On July 12, 2013, Jacobs was traded to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Matt Thornton and cash. He was ranked the #7 ranked prospect in the White Sox organization. After the trade, Jacobs played for Double-A Birmingham Barons. He finished the 2013 season combined hitting .244 in 455 at bats, 33 doubles, 13 home runs, 66 runs batted in, 44 walks, 140 strikeouts, and 12 stolen bases. After the 2013 season, Jacobs was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On January 10, 2015, Jacobs signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals, but he was released during spring training. On April 10, he signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League.

Red Sox prospect has special moment...

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It was one of those small but special moments that happen only in spring training, when a kid wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform with No. 94 on his back gets to tell a story, and collect a keepsake.

It's about the day that a kid named Shannon Wilkerson was summoned to pinch hit for David Ortiz, stepped into the batter's box against Roy Halladay, and went home with a broken bat as a souvenir.

"That's something out of a dream," Wilkerson said after Monday's exhibition between the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

Wilkerson, just 22 years old, was born in Lawrenceville, Ga., right outside of Atlanta, and grew up in the town of Dacula, which lies halfway between Atlanta and Athens, home of the University of Georgia. Dacula is not pronounced like the vampire but as Duh-CUE-la. The town's population, as of 2009, was 4,805.

An outfielder, Wilkerson was drafted on the sixth round by the Red Sox in 2008, out of Augusta State College, where he was named Division II player of the year after leading the Peach Belt Conference in six offensive categories, including batting average (.441) and home runs (24). He debuted with Lowell in 2009, and advanced to the Class A Greenville Drive in South Carolina. He missed time last season with Greenville after fracturing a hamate bone in his wrist, but came up big in the playoffs, batting .389 (7-for-18).

Earlier this month, he reported to minor-league camp, and on Monday, he was on the list of campers called up to accompany the big league club to Bright Field. Wilkerson had gotten in one game last spring, in the late innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, but this was his first time this spring.

Halladay, who has won a Cy Young Award in each league, was still in the game when the Red Sox came to bat in the eighth inning. The second hitter scheduled to bat in the inning was Ortiz, who already had come to the plate three times. Instead, Wilkerson was told to grab a bat.

"I was on-deck, I realized, 'I'm hitting for David Ortiz,"' he said. "And then I think it kind of sunk in. When I got to the plate, I told myself, 'Just go back to being yourself. Relax. Breathe.' After the first pitch, I was back to myself, and saw the ball well."

With the right-handed hitting Wilkerson ahead in the count 2-and-1, Halladay threw a fastball. Wilkerson squared up the pitch nicely, lining a ball down the left-field line, but foul. He also broke his bat, and went into the dugout to retrieve another. The next pitch was a slider, the kind that Halladay has made a living out of enticing hitters to chase. Wilkerson leaned toward the pitch, but somehow forced himself to hold back on his swing. Ball three.

"When I got back to the dugout," Wilkerson said, "I told some of the other minor leaguers, 'That's the hardest, latest-breaking slider I think I've ever seen.' Thank God I was able to hold off."

The next pitch was ball four, and Wilkerson was on base with a walk. With the game televised by ESPN, the moment was not lost on friends and family.

"I just turned my phone on, and it hasn't quit vibrating in my back pocket," he said.

When the inning ended, Wilkerson returned to the dugout with a purpose.

"The first thing I did was to look for the bat that I broke," he said. "They had it in a bag with the bats that had been broken in the game. I found it. I got it here. I'm taking it home with me."

For someone else, a broken bat to be discarded. For Shannon Wilkerson, a piece of a dream. And that's something always worth holding on to.

Bennett was a standout catcher at Alabama (2007-11), where he compiled a .314 career batting average while starting more than 100 games, including 97 starts behind the plate. During his career, the Crimson Tide reached four straight NCAA Regionals and advanced to the Super Regionals in 2010.

He earned numerous accolades, including the 2010 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament team, National Player of the Week by College Baseball 360 and a spot on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.

Bennett was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

A native of Atlanta, Bennett is a 2006 graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School.

“I’m very thankful to Georgia State University and Coach Frady for giving me this opportunity,” Bennett said. “To be able to coach baseball for such a strong program in my hometown is a blessing, and I’m excited to work with these outstanding student-athletes and coaches.”

To chase his soccer dreams, Joe Efford bet on himself.

The 2014 Dacula grad had to make a difficult decision roughly a year ago — chase professional opportunities in Europe or take the sure thing, his college soccer scholarship to North Carolina-Greensboro. Right after he finished freshman orientation at UNCG, he opted for the pro route.

Olson attended Parkview High School. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut that season for the Arizona League Athletics and also played for the Vermont Lake Monsters that season.

In 2013, Olson played for the Beloit Snappers. Olson started 2014 with the Stockton Ports. Throughout the season he was among the home run leaders in Minor League Baseball.

Sean Everet Johnson (born May 31, 1989), a Brookwood HS grad, is an American soccer player who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer and for the United States national team.

Johnson was drafted in the fourth round (51st overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire.[4] He was the last Generation Adidas player selected in that draft. He made his MLS debut on August 1, 2010 during a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles Galaxy after earning the starting spot against Andrew Dykstra. In his rookie season he earned back to back "Save of the Week" honors. In November 2011 Manchester United gave given Johnson a trial which began at the end of the MLS season in December.

On December 1, 2011, Chicago Fire announced that Johnson would be training at Everton for a week. In 2013, he was named the Chicago Fire's Defender of the Year. He had an 11-9-7 record with the Fire- along with 6 clean sheets.

Aleec Harris was born (10/31/90) and raised on the outskirts of Atlanta he recalls enjoying a regular upbringing as a basketball and American football loving kid at elementary and middle schools. Yet after he and his parents relocated into inner city Atlanta, Harris started to wander down the wrong path.

“I kind got swept up in things I shouldn't have,” he admits. “I had some rough teenage years and took my family through some rough times. At high school drugs and gangs were really big. I'd moved from the outskirts of the city and wanted to fit in and I fell victim to peer pressure.”

In his junior year at high school his life was spiralling dangerously out of control. He was flirting with a world filled with narcotics and violence and did things that were “disheartening to my family”.

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Jacob Reese Burnette, born August 10, 1992, stands 6'4, 180 and has plenty of room to fill out - Burnette features two good secondary offerings. The first his a curveball and the second is a changeup. The curveball, which sits in the high 70's, is a good pitch with potential to be above-average in the future. Burnette's changeup is still developing, but he's more comfortable with the pitch than the average kid fresh out of high school. The young right-hander is a long way from a finished product, but he has a nice mix of stuff and polish. Ultimately, Burnette has the chance to have three average or better pitches.

Blake Daniel Wood, born August 8, 1985, attended North Gwinnett High School and then Georgia Tech. In the summer of 2004, Wood pitched in the Alaska Baseball League for the Anchorage Bucs, and in the summer of 2005 played in the Cape Cod League for the Y-D Red Sox.

Blake is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians.

Walker Zimmerman, born May 19, 1993, played all of his youth soccer at Gwinnett Soccer Association in Lilburn, GA. Walker was coached by several individuals but continued to develop his skills and take it to the next level with coach Nuno Piteira.

Zimmerman played college soccer at Furman University between 2011 and 2012. He was named First Team All-Conference 2011, Southern Conference Freshman of the Year 2011, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s All-America Second Team in 2012.

FC Dallas selected Zimmerman in the first round (No. 7 overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.[2] He made his professional debut on May 11th, 2013 as a late substitute in a 2–1 victory against D.C. United.

Charles started his career as a featherweight in the amateurs, where he had a record of 42–0. In 1938, he won the Diamond Belt Middleweight Championship. He followed this up in 1939 by winning the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament of champions. He won the national AAU Middleweight Championship in 1939. He turned pro in 1940, knocking out Melody Johnson in the 4th round. Charles won all of his first 15 fights before being defeated by veteran Ken Overlin. Victories over future Hall of Famers Teddy Yarosz and the much avoided Charley Burley had started to solidify Charles as a top contender in the middleweight division. However, he served in the U.S. military during World War II and was unable to fight professionally in 1945.

He returned to boxing after the war as a light heavyweight, picking up many notable wins over leading light heavyweights, as well as heavyweight contenders Archie Moore, Jimmy Bivins, Lloyd Marshall and Elmer Ray. Shortly after his knock-out of Moore in their third and final meeting, tragedy struck. Charles fought a young contender named Sam Baroudi, knocking him out in Round 10. Baroudi died of the injuries he sustained in this bout. Charles was so devastated he almost gave up fighting. Charles was unable to secure a title shot at light heavyweight and moved up to heavyweight. After knocking out Joe Baksi and Johnny Haynes, Charles won the vacant National Boxing Association World Heavyweight title when he outpointed Jersey Joe Walcott over 15 rounds on June 22, 1949. The following year, he outpointed his idol and former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis to become the recognized Lineal Champion. Successful defenses against Walcott, Lee Oma and Joey Maxim would follow.

In 1951, Charles fought Walcott a third time and lost the title by knockout in the seventh round. Charles lost a controversial decision in the fourth and final bout. If Charles had won this fight, he would have become the first man in history to regain the heavyweight championship. Remaining a top contender with wins over Rex Layne, Tommy Harrison and Coley Wallace, Charles knocked out Bob Satterfield in an eliminator bout for the right to challenge Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano. His two stirring battles with Marciano are regarded as ring classics. In the first bout, held in June 1954, he valiantly took Rocky the distance, going down on points in a vintage heavyweight bout. Charles is the only man ever to last the full 15-round distance against Marciano.[4] In their September rematch, a severely cut Marciano rallied to KO Charles in the 8th round, in a bout that was named The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year."

Steven Lawrence "Steve" Whitmire (born September 24, 1959) is an American puppeteer, best known for being the performer of Kermit the Frog and Ernie—roles he inherited after Jim Henson's death in 1990.[3] In his career, Whitmire has performed several characters on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and The Muppets series and during such occupations has worked for the Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and Disney's The Muppets Studio.

Four-time J.O. National Qualifier ... 2011 State All-Around Champion ... State Champion on parallel bars and two-time on rings ... competed in qualifier meet for USA Visa Championship ... born January 29, 1992 in Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Karen and Scott Jarrett ... has one brother, Drake ... currently enrolled as an Anthropology major.

"UT is the place I've dreamt of since I was a little girl, just being here and playing here at Tennessee," DeShields said in a university release. "God sometimes has strange ways of working, and now I just feel like I am where I am supposed to be. I will give everything I have to make sure those dreams I had as a kid are fulfilled. This is not about me. It's about we. I'm here to help this program win games and win championships."

DeShields' mother, Tisha DeShields, was an All-America heptathlete for the Tennessee women's track team in 1991, when she was known as Tisha Milligan. DeShields' father is Delino DeShields, a former second baseman who played for five major league teams from 1990 to 2002.

- Played High school soccer at Parkview from 96 - 98
- 2 time state champion 97 and 98 seasons
- All county senior year
- Played at Reinhardt College 98-2000
- National NJCAA runner-up 98
- All NJCAA region team -98-2000
- All NJCAA tournament team 98
- Finished degree at Georgia State University with a BS/education/mathematics 2004
- MS Walden University 2008
- Coached as assistant at Dacula High school 2011 season.

• Standout 6’4” forward at Buford High School
• Scored 2,174 points in high school career
• Led Wolves to State Runner-Up (1999)
• AAU National Championship GA Magic (1999)
• Miss Georgia Basketball (2000)
• Three-time UGA All-Conference (SEC)
• Under 20 USA National Team
• Wade Trophy Nominee
• SEC Freshman of the Year (2001)
• Drafted 12th overall to Los Angeles Sparks (2004-2009) Minnesota Lynz (2009) Chicago Sky (2010)
• Gold Medalist - U.S. Young Women National Team, Croatia and All-Tournament Team
• Sports Analyst – College Sports South
• Competes internationally - Italy, Spain, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Latvia

• Standout athlete at Norcross High School
• Considered one of Gwinnett’s best ever all-around athletes
• Holds Gwinnett County Championship Meet records in the 300M hurdles, 400M dash and the high jump
• Member of four relay teams that hold Norcross High records
• Three times All-County in track
• All-County in cross country
• Holds high school 400M dash
• Broke University of Tennessee program record in the decathlon as a freshman
• SEC Freshman of the Year
• Two-time captain
• Captain’s Award and Ironman Award at UT
• Davis/Zwingle Scholarship, rising senior demonstrating exceptional campus leadership
• Two NCAA team championships (2001) outdoors, (2002) indoors.
• NCAA champion in the decathlon - University of Tennessee (2003)
• Ranked No. 8 in the world, No. 4 in U.S. in decathlon while at UT
• Only four-time All-American in the decathlon for the University of Tennessee
• Active on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and in student government
• Part of USA team that competed against Germany (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005)
• Qualified at U.S. Olympic trials (2004)
• U.S. Outdoor Track and Field National Championships – 4th decathlon (2005)
• Joined the Harvard coaching staff (2009)

Amanda Jo Weir (born March 11, 1986) is an American competition swimmer and Olympic silver medalist. She was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic Team, and won a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, Weir started swimming while the family lived in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Weir holds many of the sprint freestyle age group records for USA Swimming, setting her first record at age 12, in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.17 seconds.[citation needed] She attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, and led the Brookwood swim team to four consecutive Georgia Class 5A state championships.[1]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Weir swam the third leg in the U.S. team for the Women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Leading after her leg of the relay, the U.S. team finished second to the Australians, setting an American Record with their finishing time. Weir earned a Silver medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay by helping her team qualify for the final.

Weir became a freshman at the University of Georgia in 2004,[2] where her team dominated the 2005 NCAA championships, with Weir anchoring four of the unprecedented five UGA winning relays. She was recognized as the Atlanta Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2005. Weir left the University of Georgia after her freshman year and transferred to the University of Southern California in 2006.[3] After a single semester at USC, Weir decided to end her college swimming career to begin swimming professionally.

At the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championship, Weir broke the American record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 53.58.

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the U.S. qualifying meet for the Olympics, Weir made the U.S. Olympic team for the second time by finishing fifth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 54.41,[4] which qualified her to swim in the 4×100-meter freestyle as a member of the U.S. relay team. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she earned a bronze medal as a member of the third-place U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

David M. Pollack (born June 19, 1984) is a former American college and professional football linebacker who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL), having suffered a career-ending injury in the second game of his second season. He played college football for the University of Georgia, was a three-time All-American, and was recognized as the top college defensive player in the nation. Pollack made 36 sacks during his collegiate career, third most in NCAA history. He was a first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

Pollack attended the University of Georgia, where he played for coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs football team from 2001 to 2004 and was a roommate of future NFL quarterback David Greene.

For three consecutive seasons, he was recognized as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a first-team All-American (2002, 2003, 2004)—twice as an NCAA consensus first-team honoree, having received the first-team selections of a majority of All-America selector organizations in 2002 and 2004.[1] He is only the second player in Bulldogs team history to earn first-team All-American honors in three seasons, following Heisman Trophy-winner Herschel Walker.

• Standout in football, basketball and wrestling at Shiloh High School
• Gwinnett County Defensive Lineman of the Year twice at Shiloh
• Atlanta Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior
• Class 5A all-state high school selection
• UGA All-Conference (SEC) and first team All-American (2002, 2003, 2004)
• 36 sacks in collegiate career, third most in NCAA history
• SEC Player of the Year Award (2004)
• SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award (2004)
• Chuck Bednarik Award (2004)
• Ted Hendricks Award (2003, 2004)
• Lombardi Award (2004)
• Lott Trophy (2004)
• First-round NFL draft pick Cincinnati Bengals
• ESPN's College Game Day
• ESPN's Thursday Night Football

• Georgia record 7 straight youth state championships
• Two-time AAU national champion
• A three-time state champion at 171 pounds at Shiloh High School
• State champion sophomore, junior and senior year
• Compiled a four-year record in high school of 154-3
• First from Georgia to win Senior National Tournament (1999)
• Ranked No. 4 in the country at 189 by Wrestling USA magazine
• Named Georgia Wrestler of the Year (1999)
• Four-time NCAA qualifier at North Carolina State
• NC State - finished second in the ACC Tournament (1999)
• Won National Wrestling Coaches Association Tournament at 171 pounds (1999)
• Posted a 23-9 record with three pins, six major decisions, and a technical fall, leading to ACC championship (2001)
• Posted 18-4 record at 165 weight (2002 - 03)
• Two-time ACC champion NC State
• Established The Wrestling Academy in Gwinnett (2004)
• Trains approximately 500 wrestlers per year

• Standout athlete at Grayson High School
• Played basketball in Grayson’s original rock gym
• UGA letterman football
• UGA letterman baseball
• On first SEC baseball championship team at UGA (1933)
• All-Time University of Georgia Football Lettermen (1931-32-33)
• Catcher - Atlanta Crackers baseball team (1934)
• Defensive Tackle - Chicago Cardinals football team (1938)

A love of people, teaching, and sports allowed Terri Slide to bring groups of students together who might never have crossed paths.

Slide serves as the head coach of the eighth grade girls’ basketball team at Dacula Middle School. She is a product of the Gwinnett County school system, having attended Benefield Elementary, Sweetwater Middle, and Berkmar High schools before receiving a full scholarship and playing basketball for four years at Georgia Southwestern State University while earning her undergraduate and Masters degrees, both in special education.

“After I finished playing basketball in college, I never dreamed of coaching basketball. It was something that just fell into my lap,” said Slide. “Now, I have absolutely fallen in love with it. For four months out of the year my life revolves around the twelve girls that make up my team. We practice every day and I also offer additional individual shooting practices in the mornings for any players who would like to take advantage of the opportunity for shooting tips.”

Slide is also involved with the sixth and seventh grade teams, providing the opportunity to help develop the younger girls that will one day play for her. She also assists with the Dacula High School open practices for both middle and high school girls during the summer, in an effort to bridge the two programs and have cohesiveness between the two schools.

Currently in her thirteenth year of coaching, Slide also teaches students with severe and profound disabilities.

“Before I started coaching, I did not know many of the regular education students at Dacula Middle. As a special education teacher, our class is very involved and our daily schedule is very different than the rest of the school,” remembered Slide. “During my first year of coaching, I was shocked when I would walk down the hall and students would say “Hi, Coach Slide.” So many of the regular education students were recognizing me, and also began stopping by my classroom.”

Specifically, many of Slide’s players began to stop by her classroom to say hello to her and her students. Several of them began to volunteer to help with various things in her class.

“To see the interaction between my students and the players was wonderful. One year, I was even able to have one of my students help out as a team manager.”

“As much as I love coaching basketball, it has been most rewarding for me to have my players form relationships with my students.”

Alex Weekes was born on September 7, 1984 in Claremore, Oklahoma. His dream started when his mom, a single parent from Trinidad who played basketball herself, instilled a love for the game in her son. Moose still fondly remembers an AAU game as a teenager when he preserved a championship victory by running down an opponent from behind and swatting away a shot in the waning seconds of the game.

Moose became one of the top high school players in the country and went on to play at Middle Tennessee State, where he led the Blue Raiders in blocks as a freshman and broke the school record for most blocked shots in a game, with eight. He studied wellness and exercise science in college and would enjoy training other athletes following his playing days.

His pregame rituals? Listening to some country rap tunes while stretching, drinking some coconut water, and eating bee pollen. He will eat most anything on a pizza – but onions or anchovies are definitely out.

If he were a car, Moose says he would be an off-road jeep, because he can handle most anything thrown at him, and he is tough, dependable and built to last.

Alexandria Abryionna Nicole David was born June 2, 1991 in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the daughter of Alexander and Christinia David. Dria attended Presbyterian College. She graduated from college in 2013 with the prerequisites for vet school and has applied to the vet school in Auburn, Georgia. When Dria is not at basketball practice Central Gwinnett, she works at a daycare, studying for vet school and being around AAU, anything that still gets her in the basketball gym.

Mikey Henderson, born October 16, 1984, is Buford grad and current Parkview assistant football coach. He is a 2013 inductee into the Buford Sports Hall of Fame.

Shiloh grad Mitch Gill, 28, works for Gwinnett Medical Center’s sports medicine department and is the head athletic trainer at Dacula High School. He began working for GMC in Sept. 2013 after working previously with the volleyball, softball and women’s basketball teams at Austin Peay University and with the women’s basketball and tennis teams at the University of New Orleans.

#Gill, who played basketball at Shiloh, has a degree in sports medicine/athletic training from Valdosta State and a master of science in sports medicine, which he earned from Georgia State while he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Emory. He is married to Christa Waterman Gill, a former basketball player at North Gwinnett and Georgia Southern, and the couple has a 10-month-old daughter, Ella.

Timothy Carl Gustafson was born December 29, 1984 in Hollywood, Fla. He's the son of Carl and Jeannie Gustafson. Tim's grandfather, Carl, played semi-professional baseball as a pitcher.

In high school Tim was a four-year letterwinner as a shortstop and pitcher for coach Hugh Buchanon at Parkview High School ... Named the Gwinnett County Pitcher of the Year in 2002 and 2003 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Helped Parkview win state championships in 2001 and 2002 ... Set a school record for wins when he went 12-2 with a 2.21 ERA as a junior ... Posted an 8-1 record and a 2.64 ERA as a senior, striking out 63 and issuing 11 walks in 55.2 innings ... Also lettered three years as a wide receiver and defensive back in football ... Named the Gwinnett County defensive back of the year and earned all-state honors as a senior ... Helped Parkview win football state championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 ... Played for the East Cobb Yankees team that won the Connie Mack World Series in 2003 ... A four year member of the Parkview Honor Roll.

Kevin Christopher Minter was born on December 3, 1990 in Suwanee, Georgia, the son of Leonard Minter and Willie Mae Hollis. Minter attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, where he started on the football team for four years. In his junior year, he had 137 tackles. In his senior year, he had 113 tackles and was named to the Class 5A all-state first team.

Minter is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Minter played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU) and earned All-American honors. The Arizona Cardinals picked him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kevin is on the Oakland Raiders' 53-man 2015 roster.

Mill Creek High graduate Alex Reed began his first year as a teacher at the school on August 5, 2014, nearly six years after he was paralyzed in a car crash after football practice. The University of Georgia graduate is teaching engineering classes with a focus on physics. Alex Reed's transformation from student, to student-teacher, to full-time teacher at Mill Creek, all in about five years, is complete.

Heather DeVan is a producer, model and actress. She started her career at the tender age of 15 modeling internationally when she was a student at Brookwood High School living in Lilburn. At 21, she moved to Los Angeles and began acting. Heather has graced the covers of countless magazines and is currently the spokesmodel for Curel body lotion. She works consistently on national television commercials and is the first recognizable face for Nutella spread.

Wendell Odom is the most respected author of Cisco networking books in the world. His past titles include books on the entry-level Cisco certifications (CCENT and CCNA), the more advanced CCNP, and the industry-renowned CCIE. His books are known for their technical depth and accuracy. Wendell has worked as a network engineer, consultant, instructor, course developer, and book author, and he has produced videos, software, and blogs related to Cisco certifications.

Born Justin Parks Roper on July 28, 1987 in Atlanta, Ga. Parents: Brad and Donna Roper. Justin, who began his high school career at Greater Atlanta Christian before transferring to Buford, played three seasons for Oregon before finishing his career at Montana.

The Valdosta State football program announced Wednesday that Justin Roper has been named quarterbacks coach. Roper was the running backs coach last season for fellow NCAA Division II member Findlay, where he coached Daiquone Ford to All-America honors while helping the sophomore to 1,789 yards and a school-record 24 rushing touchdowns.

“Being a native of Gwinnett County, Justin has a lot of connections in that area,” the VSU Blazers' Head Coach David Dean said. “We have always had a strong contingent of Gwinnett County players on our roster and his presence on our coaching staff should help us increase our ability to get players out of that area, which consistently has some of the top talent in the state.

Louis Tyrone "Lou" Williams was born October 27, 1986. Williams played at Snellville's South Gwinnett High School under Roger Fleetwood, where he was a four-time All-State selection, was named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball" during his junior and senior year and was voted as the "Most Athletic" Senior Superlative by his peers. As a junior, Williams led South Gwinnett to win the 5A Georgia State Championship. As a senior, Williams averaged 27.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while leading South Gwinnett to a 28–3 record and fourth place finish in the state. Williams also won the 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award which identifies the nation's top high school player, and was named to the 2005 McDonald's All-American East Team. Both Williams and Mike Mercer, high school teammates at South Gwinnett High School, committed to play at the University of Georgia,[2] but Williams declared for the 2005 NBA Draft.[3] Williams is the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history.

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Michelle Christy Green was born on Aug. 29, 1982 to Paul and Lynn Green.

Michelle is Duluth High School graduate lettering in softball and basketball. She was on the 1999 AAAA State championship team in softball, a 3-time Gwinnett Daily Post Pitcher of the Year and a 2-time All-State in softball. Green attended the University of Georgia from 2001-2005. Her college career accolades include: 2003, 2005 SEC Champion, 2003, 2005 SEC Pitcher of the Year 2003, 2005 All-American, Career leader in wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts at UGA.

Green began her coaching career at North Carolina State University where her team was the 2006 (ACC Regular Season and Tournament Champions). Greene made the move to the University of Georgia leading the bulldogs to 2006-2009 (2009 World Series Appearance). She also coached at Oconee County High School from 2009-2011, and most recently at Gainesville High School, 2011-2014 before joining the Blue Devils at Norcross High School.

Maya April Moore was born on June 11, 1989 in Jefferson City, Missouri. She is the daughter of Kathryn Moore. [4] Moore had her first exposure to basketball at the age of three when her mother mounted a hoop on the back door of their apartment.

As a high school junior in 2005–06, she was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year after leading Collins Hill High School to Georgia's Class 5A state championship. She was only the second junior to win the Naismith award[6] Her first dunk was one-handed off an alley-oop pass in warm-ups at a dunk contest in Charlotte, NC in December 2005. She was 16 at the time.

In December 2006, she led the Collins Hill Eagles over Poly (Long Beach, California) by a score of 75–61, resulting in her being selected unanimously as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Arizona. In the title game of the "T-Mobile Invitational" in Seattle, she scored 48 points in a win over St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Delaware).

In 2007, Moore became Collins Hill High School's all-time leader in points and rebounds. During her four seasons at Collins Hill, the school amassed a 125–3 record.[6] Moore won 3 Georgia Class 5A State Championships. Collins Hill was ranked No. 1 and claimed the crown of National Champions in 2007 by USA Today (Ranked No. 2 in 2006 and Ranked No. 5 in 2005). Moore announced that she would play college basketball at the University of Connecticut.

After she led Collins Hill High School to a third straight Georgia Class 5A state championship she received her second Naismith Prep Female Player of the Year in 2007.

Nicholas Anthony Green...graduated from Duluth High School (GA) in 1997, earning all-county honors in both baseball and basketball; he was later inducted into the school's Hall of Fame...went on to play baseball at Georgia Perimeter College...he has a twin brother, Kevin, who previously played in the Braves' organization.

Nick is currently pursuing a career in broadcasting.

Kayla Tausche was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Greater Atlanta Christian School in 2004. She then attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a bachelor's degree in 2008 in business journalism and international politics. She received honors for in-depth research for analyzing the way international newspapers covered the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule.

While at UNC, Tausche was a member of the cheerleading team. Tausche sits on the alumni board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Stacy Marie Walker is a worship leader, songwriter, recording artist, and music educator. She has been performing and ministering on stages throughout America and Europe since the age of 3. She studied classical piano for many years and was the lead female role in notable musical productions. She has been in distinguished choirs such as the NARAS Grammy Jazz Choir, where she sang with world famous artists Jon Secada, Carlos Santana, Arturo Sandoval, Monica, recorded a CD at A&M Records, and was a guest of honor at the Grammy Awards. Married since 2001, Stacy is a former professional ballroom and latin dance instructor and competitor. She has been writing songs for over 20 years and has released 2 CDs thus far in her recording career. She was in the Top 5 for the Opening Act contest for Atlanta Christian radio station 104.7 The Fish. Stacy is currently leading worship, doing missions, teaching piano and voice lessons, and recording her Christian musical epic "TRANSCEND: The Trilogy".

Brian Michael McCann (born February 20, 1984) is an American professional baseball catcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Atlanta Braves from 2005 through 2013. McCann is a seven-time All-Star and a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Kenneth Tyler Aurandt was born in Athens, GA on August 27, 1983. Tyler, a 2002 graduate of GAC and offensive assistant coach at Grayson since 2011, accepted the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach job for the 2014 football season at Parkview under first-year head coach Eric Godfree. As former player at Valdosta State, from 2002–2006, Aurandt was the Wide Receiver/Return Specialist. Accolades for the Blazers include: 2004 Division II National Champions, 2002 Division II National Runner-Up, 2002 & 2004 Gulf South Conference Champions, started in 18 games during career, and was a 4 Year Letterman (2003-2006). Tyler made the transition to a coaching position for wide receivers and quarterback for VSU immediately after graduating in 2006 until his move back to Gwinnett County in 2011. Coach Aurandt transferred to North Oconee High School in January 2017 as the Head Football Coach for the Titans.

The newest cast member of NBC’s Days of Our Lives based in NYC, Norcross native Chandler Massey is remembered as the lead in many Norcross HS plays. Chandler arrived in LA to begin classes at UCLA in international business and was approached by an agent to consider reading for a key part. A multi year contract soon followed.,

Update: Massey received the 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

Nominated to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame, Terry was a standout at Dacula. He finished his high school career with 7,100 total yards and 82 TDs, was among the top passers in NC State history with 5,925 yards and three bowl games to his credit, also a two sport star while at NC State, named to ACC’s 50th Anniversary baseball team.

Will Shelton, 30, is an assistant varsity football coach and head junior varsity coach at Mill Creek, where he also serves as an assistant track coach. He has worked at the Hoschton school for six years.

Shelton and his wife Bri, who live in Braselton, have a 3-year-old son, Brantley, and another boy, Landry, due in August. The 2002 South Gwinnett graduate started four seasons on the offensive line at Valdosta State, where he began as a 219-pound walk-on, and was part of the 2004 national championship team.

He is the younger brother of Matt Stinchcomb, a former offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, where he was a USA Today and Parade All-American. On August 9, 2013, Stinchcomb began a stint as television analyst for the Saints' 2013 preseason games, together with Tim Brando.

Nominated to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame, Matt is an All-American offensive tackle for UGA 1997-1998, 1998 William V. Campbell Winner as the top member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete, first round pick of Oakland Raiders, 2003 Super Bowl, ESPN Studio analyst, and 2010 Nominee College Hall of Fame.

Nominated to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Tech’s all-ACC first team, 1995 inductee GA Tech Hall of Fame, second in Tech history with 508 career assists averaged 19.2 points per game and 7.1 assists as a senior in 1989.

Michael Palmer (born January 18, 1988) is an American football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson.

Standout Crimson Tide defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington, #97 in photo, signed with the Dallas Cowboys in April 2010. Washington graduated high school early and is called a football “smart player” by NFL recruiting sites.

Capt. Daniel Luckett, won the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program, honoring officers who demonstrate the MacArthur ideals of “duty, honor, country.”
A 2002 graduate of Norcross High, Luckett graduated from Auburn University, where he received his ROTC commission as an officer. He served a tour of duty in Iraq, where on May 11, 2008; Luckett was wounded when his patrol came under attack in Baghdad. On that day, he would become a double amputee (lower left leg and half of right foot) but his drive to lead soldiers only grew stronger. He returned to unit in March, 2009, to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Since returning to the Strike Brigade in February 2009, Luckett has taken on a great deal of responsibility, where he served as the executive officer for his company and for more than a year has helped prepare his company for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. He and his unit left for Afghanistan in May.

The duo, owners of the production company Life is My Movie Entertainment, have produced a number of feature-length documentary films that offer an in-depth look at U.S. systems and history.

Born May 22, 1969, is an American character actor, best known for his roles in films such as Changeling, Dawn Of The Dead, Law Abiding Citizen, The Adjustment Bureau and Chronicle, the TV miniseries Generation Kill, and his starring role in the Criminal Minds spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Clint Joseph Sammons born May 15, 1998,a graduate of Parkview, played professional baseball as a catcher for the Atlanta Braves. Sammons was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 43rd round (1295th overall) in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. He did not sign with them however, and instead attended the University of Georgia, where he was starting catcher in baseball. In 2004, the Braves selected him as the 191st overall pick in the 6th round in the June draft and eventually signed with the Braves.

Douglas "Clay" Cook (born April 20, 1978) is a songwriter, producer and musician who co-wrote several songs with Grammy-winner John Mayer including "No Such Thing", "Comfortable", and "Neon". Cook and Mayer's songwriting partnership was predominantly through Mayer's early career, as the songs he wrote with Mayer (with the exception of live releases) only appear on Mayer's first two releases, Inside Wants Out and Room for Squares. Cook and Mayer formed the band Lo-Fi Masters prior to Mayer recording Inside Wants Out. Cook is currently in the Zac Brown Band and was formerly in the Marshall Tucker Band and Y-O-U.

Aminu, a Norcross grad and forward for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, was born in the U.S. but will participate in the first-ever Olympic basketball appearance of Nigeria, where his parents were born.

Kibwe Johnson (born July 17, 1981) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw. He has represented his country at the World Championships in Athletics twice (2007 and 2011).

He is a two-time medalist at the Pan American Games, having taken silver in 2007 and improved to the gold in 2011 (where he broke the Games record). He set his personal best of 80.31 meters (263 ft 5.8 in) in 2011. He was the 2011 USA Outdoor Champion in the hammer throw and the 2008 USA Indoor Champion in the weight throw.

Olympian Kibwe Johnson will start his track and field coaching career with one of the nation's preeminent athletic programs. He was announced Monday as a track and field assistant coach at IMG Academy, the legendary training facility in Bradenton, Fla., that has produced some of the nation's top athletes in a variety of sports. He will specialize in throws, which took him to the Olympics in 2012, at the renowned academy.

Michael Seth Marler (born March 27, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia), is a former Arena football Placekicker. He played college football at Tulane. He was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. In his career, Marler has also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Storm.

A charter student at Georgia Gwinnett College, Andrea Ide was one of the college’s first 118 students when it opened its doors in 2006. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from GGC and a master’s degree from Harvard University, Ide has opened her own cupcake business in Suwanee.

Having signed with IMG, one of the largest entertainment management companies in the nation, Dallas is now considered among the top male models in the world. Based out of NYC, Dallas travels the world and can be seen in countless publications.

The owners are two laidback Shiloh HS alum brothers from Snellville -- one a former prosecutor, the other a corporate data cruncher. Together they have revolutionized Atlanta's frozen treat business and helped spearhead the city's food truck movement.

Conway holds the Penn State University record for 119 consecutive extra points, bounced around the NFL, playing for six teams after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1997.

Brad Lester is the founder of the training facility Athletes Elite Performance in Suwanee and Lilburn, but made his name in Gwinnett County as a standout running back at Parkview.

#Lester played at Auburn and has spent time in both the NFL and CFL over the past few years. In this installment of "Getting to Know...," staff writer Ben Beitzel talks with Lester about starting his training business, his days at Auburn and Parkview and the difficulties of breaking into the NFL.

Curran attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, where he participated in multiple sports, including wrestling and track. However, it was on the Broncos’ football field where he became a player to watch.

Curran started for the varsity football team as a sophomore, playing both linebacker and fullback. While attending a football camp in Atlanta, he met former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle. Tuggle played an important role in Curran’s development as a linebacker, and continues to serve as one of his mentors.

Jeffrey Braden Francoeur was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 8, 1984. Both of his parents, Karen and Dave, worked in the education field. Jeff attended his first Braves game in 1986. Jeff loved baseball, but it wasn't his only passion. He was one of those kids who was good at every sport he played. Blessed with the build of a linebacker, Jeff also possessed the speed of a sprinter and the quickness of a point guard. There was never much of a question about what he would end up doing for a living; it was just a matter of which sport he would choose.

Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Keppinger (born April 21, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is an American professional baseball infielder with the Tampa Bay Rays. He bats and throws right-handed. Known as a contact hitter, Keppinger has one of the lowest strikeout rates in Major League Baseball. He led the league in the "at-bats-to-strikeouts" ratio in 2008 (19.1) and 2010 (14.3). For his career (through 2011), he has only 142 strikeouts in 2,074 at-bats.

Ferrin was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She attended Brookwood High where she was the lead in many high school plays and was a member of the choir. Upon her graduation from high school, Ferrin attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.

Mansfield Chell Wrotto, Jr. (born October 12, 1984 in Liberia)graduated from Brookwood High School and went on to attend Georgia Tech. He is an American football guard who last played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

One of the premier 800-meter runners to wear the purple and gold ... Wrapped up her career ranked No. 6 indoors (2:05.50) and No. 9 outdoors (2:03.68) on LSU's all-time performance list in the 800 meters ... Was an All-America performer in the 800 meters during her sophomore season in 2009 ... Earned a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter final at the 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... Also earned two All-America honors as a member of LSU's 4x400-meter relay team outdoors in 2009 and 2010 ... A member of five SEC Championship teams with the Lady Tigers, including three SEC Outdoor titles (2008, 2010, 2011) and two SEC Indoor titles (2008, 2011) ... Also a member of LSU's national championship team in 2008 that took home the NCAA Outdoor crown in Des Moines, Iowa

Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Became just the 62nd American and fifth UT athlete to eclipse the 8,000-point barrier in the decathlon while winning his fourth consecutive SEC multi-events crown (May 15-16) ... His 8,010-point performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships broke Auburn's Hutsell-Rosen Track record and included a collegiate-record run of 13.70, the second-fastest time by an American, in the decathlon 110 hurdles, in addition to school-record marks of 10.58 in the decathlon 100 and 53-6 1/2 in the decathlon shot put.

While attending Georgia Southern University, Joiner was discovered in Atlanta and became a model. He then spent the next few years steadily working in Milan, Paris and South America landing exclusive campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Prada, American Eagle and Levi's, just to name a few.

James Dashner is an award-winning author of books for young adult readers who is a native of Georgia now living in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. In 2010, his novel "The Maze Runner" was chosen for inclusion on the Georgia Center for the Book's list of "25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read."

Holt was born on born June 7, 1985 in Norcross, Georgia. She is the daughter of Cassandra Holt. Holt is joined by her two brothers, Cortez and DeMarkus Dennis. Holt attended Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Georgia. Holt averaged 19.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a senior while leading the Lady Mustangs to a 20–7 record. Holt was a first-team All-State performer as a junior when she led Meadowcreek to a 24–6 record and a runner-up finish in the 2002 Class AAAAA State Tournament.

Lance Krall (born December 9, 1970 in Monterey, California) is a Vietnamese-American comedian and actor, television writer, director, and producer. He became well known after his portrayal as "Kip" in the role in faux-reality show The Joe Schmo Show. He went on to create and star in The Lance Krall Show and Free Radio. Because his father, John Krall, was a Naval aviator, and his mother Yung Krall, was a spy for the CIA, Lance spent most of his life moving from country to country and state to state. Government and military life shuffled Lance and his family to California, Hawaii, Saigon, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Washington DC and New Mexico. Lance's family finally retired from government life in 1983 and settled in Georgia. Lance attended Shiloh High School and Georgia State University.

David M. Pollack (born June 19, 1982) is a former American college and professional football linebacker who played for just over one season in the National Football League (NFL), having suffered a career-ending injury in the second game of his second season. He played college football for the University of Georgia, was a three-time All-American, and was recognized as the top college defensive player in the nation. He was a first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. Pollack was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He attended Shiloh High School in Snellville, Georgia, and was a star in football, basketball and wrestling. In football, as a senior, he was a Class 5A all-state selection and the Atlanta Touchdown Club named him the Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Hage became the state's first Class AAAA four-time state champion in wrestling. He won countless matches and made it a point to never humiliate his opponent. He's considered one of the state's all-time great wrestlers and is the sports first member of the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame.

Charles Cobb Blackmon (born July 1, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.

Blackmon grew up as a fan for the Atlanta Braves and was an outstanding baseball player at North Gwinnett High School. He transferred to Georgia Tech in the fall of 2006 after spending two years at Young Harris Junior College. He earned a baseball scholarship to Georgia Tech and graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 2011.

Parham was born in Fitzpatrick Alabama, she also attended high school at Parkview High School. Parham attended college at the University of Evansville, graduating with a B.S. Degree in Theatre. Following college, she taught French for two years at T.L. Weston High School in Greenville, Mississippi as part of the Teach for America program. Lennon resides in LA with her husband who has become a high school principal in the area.

Jason Patrick Bulger (born December 6, 1978) is an American professional baseball pitcher. Bulger played college baseball at Valdosta State University. He is currently a free agent.

David Bruckner is an American independent film and commercial director. He’s best known for writing and directing the first Transmission of “The Signal,” a collaborative science fiction tale that premiered at Sundance and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures in 2008. Originally produced for under 50,000 dollars, the film was nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award for achievements in Independent Film under 500,000 dollars.

Brandon Coutu, born September 29, 1984, and graduated from Parkview HS. He is an American football placekicker who is currently a member of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia. He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.

Lanter was born in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, the son of Joseph "Joe" Lanter and Jana "Jan" Burson. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1991 at age 8. Lanter graduated from Collins Hill High School in 2001. He played baseball, football, basketball, gymnastics and golf and was a batboy for the Atlanta Braves. He attended University of Georgia, majoring in sports business, but an interest in the film and television industry created a strong desire to pursue acting instead.

Jeff Backus (born September 21, 1977) and attended Norcross High School. He was a standout in football and baseball. He spent his freshman year at Marist School in Dunwoody before returning to Norcross, where he played his middle school years. In football, as a senior, he was a USA Today All-America selection, and was chosen by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club as the Gwinnett Touchdown Club's Lineman of the Year.

An all-around athlete at Brookwood, Andrew Hackney was a four-year letterwinner in track and field, a two-year letterwinner in football and earned one letter in wrestling. As a senior, he finished seventh overall in the weight throw (66-04.75) and 20th in the shot put(50-04) at the Nike Indoor Nationals, was 10th in the hammer (185-01) and 18th in the discus (157-04) at the Nike Outdoor Nationals and was 10th overall in the hammer (169-00) at the Junior Nationals ... As a prep junior, he earned ninth in the weight throw (57-04.75) at the Nike Indoor Nationals and was ninth in the hammer (164-11) at the Adidas Outdoor Nationals.

Kyle Maynard was born March 24, 1986 with a condition known as congenital amputation. His parents, Scott and Anita, had no idea their firstborn son would be born with a disability, but they made a critical decision early on to drive him to be as independent as possible — beginning what Kyle calls his “pursuit of normalcy.” And consequently, with basically two elbows he can type up to fifty words per minute on a normal keyboard, eat and write without any adaptations, drive a vehicle that has little modification, and live on his own in a three-story townhouse in Atlanta, GA.

Larry Highbaugh was born on January 14, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Larry is best remembered for his blazing speed on kick returns. Highbaugh attended the University of Indiana and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, and began his CFL career in 1971 as a defensive back for the B.C. Lions. He played 22 games with the Lions and signed with the Edmonton Eskimos part way through the 1972 season

Larry is currently a teacher at South Gwinnett High School.

George Rogers (born December 8, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s. Rogers played college football for the University of South Carolina, earned All-American honors, and won the 1980 Heisman Trophy. He was the first overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins of the NFL. As a pro, Rogers rushed for over 7,000 yards. He is also known as the greatest player to ever play at the University of South Carolina.

In the late 1980's, Mary Ellen Blanchard was the American female breaststroke swimmer to watch. Between 1989 and 1991, she won 8 national championships. In 1989, she broke three American records for the 100 and 200 yard breast stroke. She still holds the American record for the 200 yard breaststroke.

Hawkins was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing softball, tennis and basketball. She scored more than 1,200 points and dished out more than 650 assists in high school, a Gwinnett County public schools record.

Al "Red" Wingo had an excellent season in 1925 with the 1925 Tigers, hitting .370, good for fifth in the league. Oddly, however, his .370 average was the lowest of the three regular outfielders on the Tigers that year, as Harry Heilmann hit .393 and Ty Cobb hit .378. Al's career major league batting average was .308, and he also regularly hit over .300 while in the minors. In addition, he showed some power in the minors: he had 20 triples in each of 1920-21 with Atlanta, and in 1922 with Toronto had 34 home runs.

Passed away on October 9, 1964.

A left-handed hitter, Ivey Wingo was known more as an offensive catcher. Still, he was a good handler of pitchers with a strong arm. But Wingo held records for most errors by a catcher both in a season and career post-1900. A contemporary account stated that most of his errors were on high throws that sailed over second base on stolen base attempts. (3) The strength of his arm was demonstrated in a Baseball Magazine article in May of 1914. In a chart it was shown that Wingo threw out 92 base stealers in 98 games, an average of 0.94 per game.

Passed away on March 1, 1941.

Sherill Baker (born December 3, 1982) is an American professional women's basketball player in the WNBA, most recently with the Detroit Shock. Baker attended Greater Atlanta Christian School, then attended college at the University of Georgia and graduated in 2006. Following her collegiate career, she was selected 12th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty and traded to the Los Angeles Sparks on June 20, 2007. She signed with the Indiana Fever on May 22, 2008 and played for Ramla in Israel during the 2007–08 WNBA off-season.

When Josh Wolff dominated on the fields of Gwinnett County as a kid, the possibility of someone from this area playing international soccer seemed more than a longshot. Even as opportunities opened up with the U.S. Youth National Teams, the speedy forward from Parkview wasn't sure when his options for climbing the levels of soccer would end.

Walker, a 2004 Buford grad, had one of the most decorated prep careers the county has ever seen. He helped Buford reach four state championship games, winning three titles. The Wolves compiled a 58-2 record during that time, including a state record 45-game winning streak.

Trimble, now the head golf coach at the University of Louisville, KY, was the 1998 state high school golf champion. She continued playing golf at Auburn University where she was a three-time All-SEC selection. In addition, she was a member of the 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup team and 2002 NCAA first-team All-American. Trimble played on the 2003 FUTURES Golf Tour and was ranked 52nd on the money list as a rookie.

Dunn's first pageant title was won in 1992 when she became Miss Georgia Teenager and she later placed fourth runner-up in the Miss National Teenager pageant. In 1999 she won the Miss Georgia USA 2000 title and went on to represent Georgia in the Miss USA 2000 pageant. During this period she made a number of appearances for charities and at schools. She has also held the titles Mrs. Georgia International 2004 and Mrs. International 2004.
A graduate of Brookwood High School, Dunn bought the "Winning Edge Model & Talent Agency" at age nineteen and coached pageant contestants and winners. She sold the business upon winning the title of Miss Georgia in 2000. Patti's current business is "The Crowning Touch".

Mill Creek graduate Roscoe Dash made a breakthrough in music scene when his non-album single "All the Way Turnt Up" was played all day back in 2009. He was only 19 years old at that time. Born as Jeffery Johnson, Jr., Dash hailed from Atlanta, Georgia. He was the baby of the family for he has an older brother, two half-sisters and two step-brothers. It was the older brother, Erik, who introduced him to Hip-Hop.

At only 23, GGC graduate Homero Gonzalez has won his second Emmy award. Gonzalez, of Lawrenceville, received the honor from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast at a recent ceremony in Atlanta. He and members of a Telemundo Atlanta team were recognized for Outstanding Achievement: Television Crafts Achievement Excellence Category: 7 Team Coverage News Series “Acción Diferida.”

Middle School teacher, Ron Hickman, remembers Jonathan Massaquoi as a 5-foot-10 and 185 pound eighth-grader when he taught him 12 years ago as a Richards Middle School student.

He used to try to break my hand when he shook it,” Hickman said with a laugh.

Cherrington grew up in New York with his mother Cheryl Smith. He moved to Lawrenceville when he was a sophomore in high school and lived with his grandmother. At Central Gwinnett, he played under former head coach Ed Stokes and was a highly recruited player.

In April 2014, Amy was promoted from Good Morning America correspondent to news anchor. Amy was a co-host and national correspondent on NBC's Today Show in 2009. A former Miss Gwinnett County and 4th runner-up to Miss Georgia in 1994, Amy headed to UGA where she majored in journalism and began broadcasting in Athens. After graduation she spent four years at WCBD-TV in Charleston as a reporter and then headed for Washington, DC, where she was the early morning and noon anchor for WTTG-TV and covered stories such as the aftermath of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Amy earned local kudos by returning to Brookwood HS 2010 to film a special segment from the halls of her alma mater.

Eric broke onto the national scene at the age of 16 when he swam at the 2000 Olympic Trials. Competing in the 200 and 400 IM against many of his heroes in swimming, Eric finished 10th and 11th respectively. Upon graduating high school two years later Eric became the first male in the history of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Program to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and win a national title.

Tim grew up in Gwinnett County since he was a child, attending GCPS at Lilburn Elementary, Trickum Middle and Parkview High. He stayed in Georgia and is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

“The people behind the scenes are just as important as people in front of the camera,” Howe said. “That’s given me a deep understanding of how it works, and that’s what makes me valuable to different networks. If there’s a problem on pit lane, or if something is wrong with the truck, I have an understanding of it. Her competitive swimming career ended after a shoulder injury as a high school junior, but that’s when she focused on a broadcasting degree, and graduated from Georgia State University in 2007.

I loved my time at Georgia State,” she said. “But I really think the foundation of what I do came at Brookwood, where I developed my love of television and broadcasting.”