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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.

 

Friday, 19 February 2016 09:28

Swarm visit Bandits in NLL Week 8 action

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Kiel Matisz (46) contributed 4-points in the Week 7 Swarm loss to the Bandits. Image courtesy Paul Sasso. 

The Georgia Swarm (3-4) will travel to New York to play the Buffalo Bandits (4-2) in Week 8 of the National Lacrosse League regular season schedule. The same teams squared off last week with the Swarm losing at home by a 21-14 final.

Georgia will take the field fourth in the East, trailing both Buffalo and New England (4-2) by 1.5 games and Rochester (3-2) by a half-game in the five-team division. The Swarm has a 4.0 game advantage over the Toronto Rock (0-6).

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Santia Deck is one of the rookies taking part in the Steam preseason mini-camps that has been named by head coach Dane Robinson as a potential "impact player" in the LFL.

 

The Atlanta Steam are preparing for their fourth LFL season with a series of mini-camps ahead of opening day that include an unusual number of new faces. The combination of Steam veterans retiring and the new free agent system has opened the door for newcomers to fill almost half of the 2016 active roster.

This is the first of two articles that introduces rookies that have a real opportunity to wear the black and red this season. Arryana Barton, Brianna Brown, Santia Deck, and Danielle DiCaterino are the subjects of the first of the two articles.

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Jordan MacIntosh (24) tallied five ponts (2 goals, 3 assists) for Georgia in the Valentine's Day loss to Buffalo. Image courtesy Georgia Swarm/Paul Sasso.

The Georgia Swarm (3-4) lost to the Buffalo Bandits (4-2) by a 21-14 final in a National Lacrosse League Week 7 contest that paired East Division teams separated by a half-game. While the loss drops Georgia to fourth in the five team division, the Swarm is only 1.5 games behind division leaders Buffalo and New England (4-2).

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After being named the 2015 baseball national champions by Max Preps, the Parkview Panthers begin the 2016 season No. 4 in the MP preseason ranking with Oxford (MS), Huntington Beach (CA), and Coppell (TX) holding down the top three spots in the ranking that was released last week.

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Rookie Randy Staats (seen in earlier action) had six points to lead Georgia in the Week 6 loss to Calgary. Image courtesy Georgia Swarm/Larry Palumbo. 

The Georgia Swarm dropped a road game to the Calgary Roughnecks by a 12-11 count in Week 6 National Lacrosse League action. The loss leaves Georgia trailing both New England and Buffalo by a half-game in the five-team East Division.

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With 27 games remaining in the ECHL regular season, Atlanta Captain Derek Nesbitt (17) leads Gladiator scorers with 40 points. Image courtesy Atlanta Gladiators/Dale Zanine.     

The Atlanta Gladiators begin February in second place in the South Division of the ECHL after posting a 6-7-0-1 mark during January action. The 13 point month improved the Gladiators season total to 53 (25-17-2-1), placing them No. 5 in the 14 team Eastern Conference with 27 games remaining in the regular season.

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Steam newcomers hold down the No. 1 spot in four of 14 starting positions, including running back, in the first Atlanta Steam depth chart for the 2016 season released on Wednesday by third-year head coach Dane Robinson. First-year Steam members also hold down starting slots at wide receiver, cornerback, and defensive end following the first of several preseason minicamps.

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All images that accompany this article are courtesy Tony Villatoro/Toro Photo.

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Coco Montgomery (1), one of the handful of original Steam members retruning this season, has the edge in the battle for the No. 1 tight end slot. 

The Atlanta Steam invited 40 players to the 2016 preseason camp, the fourth in the history of the franchise, 19 of which have Legends Football League (LFL) experience-including 12 of which are returning Steam players-along with 21 rookies trying to earn a spot on the 20-player active roster.

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Deangelo Gibbs (8), the No. 1 rated Class of 2017 prospect, was one of two players from the class that moved from Peachtree Ridge to Grayson last week.

Peachtree Ridge football lost two top players from the Class of 2017 last week when both Deangelo Gibbs and Breon Dixon transferred to Grayson, also a Gwinnett County school. While the intra-county transfers must be disappointing for the Lions faithful, the Rams fan base is sure to be energized by the addition of two of the state’s top players.

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Amanda Ruller (16) joins Atlanta after spending time with Los Angeles and is one of those competing for the starting running back job.

The Atlanta Steam opened their 2016 Legends Football League (LFL) preseason camp with 19 league veterans, 12 of which are returning Steam players, and 21 rookies trying to earn a spot on the 20-player active roster. The talent and experience assembled is the deepest fielded in the four-year history of the franchise and guarantees heated competition for the starting nod at a number of positions.

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