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Mike Delrio

Mike Delrio

After six seasons covering pro sports as a credentialed writer/photogrpaher in the Atlanta area, Mike began covering Gwinnett County High School sports in 2013 which led to the launch of Gwinnettsportsreport.com. GSR is a site that highlights prep and youth sports in Gwinnett County. While baseball. basketball, and football receive the majority of the attention, GSR will include updates and news on a variety of sports across the county.

GSR coverage of pro teams in the county began in June 2015.  

With many of the top athletes and teams in Georgia calling Gwinnett home, there is a never-ending stream of news and Gwinnettsportsreport.com looks forward to becoming one of your favorite sports blogs for updates on the outstanding athletes in our county.

 

After a week that included Grayson extending their winning streak to six games and a Friday night match-up between Berkmar and Shiloh that was decided on a last second basket, Class-AAAAAA, Region-8 boys basketball has become a three-team battle royal that will ultimately determine the champion.

Berkmar (14-5, 9-2), despite falling to Shiloh (13-6, 10-3) on the buzzer beater Friday, shares the region lead with Grayson (18-2, 9-2). The Patriots and Rams each have a winning percentage of 0.818, while the Generals are third at 0.769. Grayson has the hot hand now, and has lost just twice (both in region) and looks to be pushing to the front of the pack.

Georgia will have two new members in Class-AAAAAA for the 2014 GHSA football season as Tucker and North Paulding, both AAAAA schools last season, are moving up to the state’s highest class. Tucker was the runner-up in AAAAA last season while North Paulding was the Region-5 champions.

 

The additions of two teams that are perennial title challengers will make AAAAAA even stronger. Early 2014 Maxwell Ratings have Tucker at No.11 and North Paulding at No. 17. While adding two talented teams, AAAAAA did not lose any of the Top 10 teams, so the 2014 season is already shaping up to be another great season for football fans across the state.

 

 

Norcross, GA- Greater Atlanta Christian has cracked the USA Today basketball top 20 rankings, climbing from No.25 last week to No. 19 in this this week’s poll. The Norcross school joins Marietta’s Wheeler High as one of just two Georgia teams in the USA Today top 50. GAC (20-0, 4-0) is currently the top team in Region 6, Class-AA.

GAC has been led this season by a pair of seniors, Isaiah Wilkins and Troy Morrison. Not only are the pair team leaders, but they are also among the Gwinnett County leaders in a number of categories as well as being on the Max Preps Class of 2014 Watch List.

 

The Norcross Blue Devils (13-2) and the North Gwinnett Bulldogs (13-2) squared off on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in the final game of the GHSA 2013 football season to decide the champion of Class-AAAAAA, the state's largest classification, with the Blue Devils trying to win their second consecutive title. After 48 minutes of football, Norcross proved they are the best team in the state with an impressive 17 point victory over Region-7 rival North, 31-14.

 

Many analysts believe the Pittsburgh Pirates took great advantage of two early first round picks and improved themselves more than any other team in the June 6 MLB Draft. Pittsburgh had the ninth and 14th first round selections and used them on two high school players. Grayson High School centerfielder Austin Meadows was the first of the two picked with catcher Reese McGuire being the second.

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North Gwinnett (13-1) won a back and forth battle with traditional Cobb County powerhouse McEachern (11-3) on Friday night by a 27-21 count to advance to the Class-AAAAAA state championship at the Georgia Dome next Saturday night. The Bulldogs will face Region-7 rival and defending state champion Norcross in search of their first state title. It marks the first time since 2002 that both teams in the finals are from the same region.

North Gwinnett took the opening kickoff and promptly turned the ball over, the first of three in the first half, when quarterback Hayden Sphire threw into coverage and was picked off by Rahmoi Parsons on the Bulldogs first play from scrimmage. Parsons returned the ball to the North 27-yard line and McEachern senior QB Ty Clemons, who shared time with freshman Bailey Hockman, connected with T.J. Rahming on a fade to the right corner of the end zone on their first play from scrimmage to give the home team n early 7-0 advantage.

The C.J. Leggett show began on the Bulldogs second possession. The senior broke a 66-yard run on the second snap, and then finished off the 80-yard drive with a 2-yard burst that evened the score at 7-7 with 9:07 to go in the opening stanza.

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The Blue Devils defense set the tone for the night in the first half when they held Colquitt to four field goal attempts despite the fact that the Pack started four of their first six possessions on the Norcross side of the field. Putting up just nine first half points on four scoring opportunities fueled the Devils growing confidence, while at the same time having a demoralizing impact on the Colquitt offense.

While the Norcross D played "Lights out all night", as Coach Keith Maloof said after the victory, the offense was inconsistent much of the night. The wet weather conditions, which resulted in delays in both the Norcross and North games, were a factor in the lack of offensive production. In combination with a wet, muddy field both offenses struggled to put together extended drives. Quarterback AJ Bush and the Norcross offense managed enough big plays to find the end zone twice, which was just enough to send the Devils to their second consecutive state championship game.

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North Gwinnett went on the road to face Region 7-AAAAAA rival Norcoss on Tuesday night in a contest between the Max Preps Nos. 4 and 17 boys basketball teams in the state. The No.4 Bulldogs were looking to extend their region undefeated streak to 11 by downing the No. 17 Blue Devils, but Norcross used smothering defense and team offense on their way to a 59-48 victory in front of the home fans.

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