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Lady Spartans feeling elite

The Athens Academy girls soccer team advanced to the elite eight and got a bit of redemption after a 1-0 win over Savannah Day Country Day on Wednesday.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
AOTW: Malcom Bridge’s Thomas sets state record in 1,600

For a middle school kid, eighth-grader Alex Thomas was already a pretty good runner.

Posted: May 05, 2016
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Spartans edge FPD to reach state finals

Mother nature and First Presbyterian Day could not keep the Athens Academy boys tennis team from reaching the state championship Monday.

Posted: May 05, 2016
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Lady Titans top nemesis Woodward

Marching into Bogart on Monday was that team again.

Posted: May 05, 2016
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Warriors advance to state finals, will face Westminster

My God, a freshman.

Posted: May 05, 2016
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Prince picks Vandagriff to replace Herron

Character, Christian values and charisma, all of those were positives about Greg Vandagriff that Prince Avenue athletic director Richard Ricketts continued to check off his list when interviewing for the Wolverines’ head football opening.

Posted: May 05, 2016
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These kids are way too smart for me

Oconee County High School athletic director Kevin Yancey and I stood in the infield of the Area track and field meet two weeks ago watching student-athletes accomplish mind-numbing feats.

Posted: May 05, 2016
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Friday 04/29/2016
Vandagriff named Prince Avenue football coach

Prince Avenue Christian announced in a statement Friday that Greg Vandagriff will be its next head football coach.

Posted: April 29, 2016
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Thursday 04/28/2016
AOTW: Back from injury, Westminster’s Koslowsky dominates

“Soccer is not my identity, my identity is in Jesus Christ,” Westminster freshman forward Calvin Koslowsky said when asked about his thoughts of having the game he loved taken away from him for months while he fought through the rehab process of recovering from a broken back.

Posted: April 28, 2016
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Racing thoughts

Winning the Region 8-AAAA 800-meter race last week by nearly four seconds was the norm for North Oconee’s Harper Sigler; after all he’s on top of the results nearly every time he runs the event.

Posted: April 28, 2016
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Warriors’ boys advance to Final Four, girls fall

The Oconee County High School boys tennis team advanced to the Final Four for the second year in a row after a 3-0 sweep of Coahulla Creek Tuesday.

Posted: April 28, 2016
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Thanks, Oconee, for keeping us busy

Should we be so lucky as to crown a champion of spring sports, I can’t believe that another county could produce as much success as Oconee County.

Posted: April 28, 2016
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Prince prepping for playoffs

As of Wednesday, the final Class A-Private Power Ratings released by the Georgia High School Association didn’t make the playoff picture too clear for Prince Avenue Christian.

Posted: April 28, 2016
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Thursday 04/21/2016
30 for 30

ATHENS — Like the 29 that came before it, this wasn’t going to be the Athens Academy boys team that ended the streak.

Posted: April 21, 2016
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Former county players perform well in Georgia's G-Day

ATHENS — It had been sold and sold and sold but many wondered, even as soon as 15 minutes until kickoff, if the fan base would buy into Kirby Smart’s optimistic goal of 93,000 fans filling Sanford Stadium for Saturday’s G-Day scrimmage.

Posted: April 21, 2016
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Black Mamba; my tribute to the legend

It was a bit hard watching Lakers’ great Kobe Bryant finish out his 20-year career.

Posted: April 21, 2016
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AOTW: Roche records five goals in NOHS’ senior-night contest

North Oconee senior girls soccer player Erin Roche’s high school soccer career is quickly coming to a close as the Lady Titans held their annual senior day to honor the team’s seniors.

Posted: April 21, 2016
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Titans win fifth straight region golf championship

Winning for the North Oconee’s boys golf team has become a tradition.

Posted: April 21, 2016
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Spartans hire Wilson as new boys hoops coach

After a lengthy search, Athens Academy has named Ed Wilson as its next boys basketball coach according to a release by athletics director Kevin Petroski.

Posted: April 21, 2016
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Thursday 04/14/2016
AOTW:Green anchors Titans’ lineup during lengthy win streak

Most good baseball teams have a solid offensive presence in the middle of the lineup to pivot the other offensive pieces.

Posted: April 14, 2016
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Wolverines let chances slip in loss

Monroe — The Prince Avenue baseball team dropped its second game in a row, falling in a 6-1 decision to Region 8-A co-leader George Walton Academy on Thursday, a day after losing to it 9-4.

Posted: April 14, 2016
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Athens Academy’s Harisay wins discus, shot put at Barberitos

Julia Harisay’s face turned from intense to relief, from a grunt to a smile all in the matter of seconds.

Posted: April 14, 2016
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Lady Warriors’ golfers claim Region 8-AAA title

With just six holes remaining, the Oconee County High School girls golf team was trailing Jefferson by two strokes in the Region 8-AAA golf championships Monday, when the Dragons’ top golfer had a blowup on the 12th hole.

Posted: April 14, 2016
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Double Jeopardy splashes Spieth out

If there’s one thing that really chaps my fiancée it’s how Final Jeopardy often plays out to crown the not-so-deserving winner.

Posted: April 14, 2016
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Thursday 04/07/2016
Herron today, gone tomorrow

Prince Avenue Christian School’s Jeff Herron was happy at the school, didn’t have any particular reason to leave and had planned to stay at the school for the distant future.

Posted: April 07, 2016
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AOTW: Lady Spartans' Phillips wins long jump, 200 at Marist

Athens Academy sophomore Katie Phillips showed some of her versatility and speed at a track meet at Marist High School last Wednesday.

Posted: April 07, 2016
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PACS takes pair from Spartans

Prince Avenue Christian’s bats weren’t necessarily freezing cold last Thursday, they were just defrosting.

Posted: April 07, 2016
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Like you, I didn't see Herron leaving

I did a double take.

Posted: April 07, 2016
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Thursday 03/31/2016
Lady Warriors only need one goal to stun North Oconee

The rain could not wash out the annual highway 53 rivalry Saturday night as the Oconee County Lady Warriors made the four and a half mile trek over to North Oconee High School to face the Lady Titans.

Posted: March 31, 2016
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OCHS boys defeat Titans by a goal

On Saturday night the highway 53 rivalry was renewed on the soccer pitch as North Oconee High School clashed with Oconee County High School in what was a highly emotional match, as both teams wanted to earn the bragging rights that come along with beating the school that sits less than five miles away.

Posted: March 31, 2016
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I’m not dragging my feet on golf this year

Perhaps so far this spring you’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of golf in our paper.

Posted: March 31, 2016
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AOTW: Faulkner hits homer, has seven-RBI week for Warriors

The Oconee County baseball team has found some punch in the middle of the lineup to go along with twins Connor and Cole Tate.

Posted: March 31, 2016
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Thursday 03/24/2016
AOTW: White comes into game in seventh, dominates Lakeview

Jack White wasn’t expecting to have much of an impact in Athens Academy’s contest with Lakeview Academy Friday, and through six innings his expectations held true.

Posted: March 24, 2016
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Random thoughts in our busiest season

This is the climax.

Posted: March 24, 2016
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Local Football teams to be challenged in 2016

According to recently released football schedules by the Georgia High School Association, North Oconee and Oconee County won’t have to wait too long to renew their region rivalry on the football field.

Posted: March 24, 2016
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Prince Avenue searching for boys, girls coaches

The local high school basketball coaching carousel continues to turn as Prince Avenue Christian will have to fill both its girls and boys positions.

Posted: March 24, 2016
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The real deal

ATHENS — PGA golf professional Cutts Benedict was writing scores on the big board at the Athens Area Junior Golf Tour’s Athens Classic at the University of Georgia Saturday when he spotted Prince Avenue’s Will Kahlstorf walking by.

Posted: March 24, 2016
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Thursday 03/17/2016
AOTW: Westminster's Smith hitting, pitching with confidence

Westminster Christian School junior baseball player C.J. Smith had a week that would have made ESPN’s Chris Berman proud.

Posted: March 17, 2016
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Shaking the rust

Time to start the season all over again.

Posted: March 17, 2016
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Titans, Lady Titans sweep tennis rivalry

North Oconee and Oconee County High Schools will have to wait until next year to be back in the same classification and region, but that didn’t make Friday’s tennis matchup any less meaningful.

Posted: March 17, 2016
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Farmer K’s 9 in Titans’ win

Spring brings about new beginnings and rebirth, for the North Oconee County High School baseball team spring brings about region play and a clean slate.

Posted: March 17, 2016
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You made your bracket, here's mine

All right, let the madness commence. Today is the (real) day that March Madness begins.

Posted: March 17, 2016
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Thursday 03/10/2016
AOTW: Sigler breaking school and meet records in senior year

He’s just having fun and running fast. Doesn’t sound like the average high school senior and there isn’t anything ordinary or slow about North Oconee County’s Harper Sigler.

Posted: March 10, 2016
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Seeing Red Elephants

The Oconee boys’ soccer team felt a roller coaster of emotions in the final minute of Tuesday night’s match against Gainesville.

Posted: March 10, 2016
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Maybe the GHSA will listen to us now

Passing the buck. It’s something the Georgia High School Association seems to be good at, and this time I don’t mean dollars and cents.

Posted: March 10, 2016
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Della Torre to get shot at reaching Olympics

With four state titles already in hand, Oconee County High School swimmer Danielle Della Torre has proven she’s one of the best swimmers in Georgia.

Posted: March 10, 2016
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Frazier soaking in spring camp

Former Oconee County High School standout Adam Frazier is getting his first taste of the big leagues this spring, but he’s enough of a veteran in the game to know how the system works.

Posted: March 10, 2016
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Friday 03/04/2016
Fricks honored at OC Diamond Day

The Oconee County baseball team hosted its Diamond Day Saturday and honored longtime head coach Stan Fricks after the first game of the team’s double-header.

Posted: March 04, 2016
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A Wolverine first

“You can’t build a skyscraper without having a foundation.”

Posted: March 04, 2016
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Spartans’ Banks out as head of boys hoops

Athens Academy released boys basketball coach James Banks from his head coaching duties the school said in a statement released last Friday.

Posted: March 04, 2016
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