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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 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 looks forward to becoming one of your favorite sports blogs for updates on the outstanding athletes in our county.


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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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Miles Thompson was one of two Georgia Swarm players to notch their first goal of the season in Sunday's home loss to the New England Black Wolves. Image courtesy Georgia Wolves/ Paul Sasso. 

The Georgia Swarm began the final quarter of Sunday’s National Lacrosse League game trailing the visiting New England Black Wolves by just a goal, 6-5, but lost the first home game of their inaugural season after being outscored 5-1 in the in the final stanza en route to the 11-6 final score.

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Tahj Tolbert led Lanier to an 11-1 season. The Longhorns finished No. 9 in the final 2015 AAAAA composite ranking.

Despite the absence of a state football championship, an unusual occurrence in recent history, Gwinnett County has been well represented in the end of season rankings with eight teams that are in the final composite ranking Top 10 of their classification. Half of the teams (Mill Creek, Grayson, Archer, Peachtree Ridge) play in AAAAAA and were highlighted in an earlier article while the other half (Lanier, Buford, GAC, Wesleyan) play in smaller classifications (AAAAA, AAAA, AA), but deserve as much recognition for their outstanding seasons as the AAAAAA teams received for theirs.


Cameron Turley (16) led Mill Creek to a 13-1 season that put the Hawks at No. 3 in the final 2015 AAAAAA composite ranking. Image courtesy Tony Rowe.  

In a football season that just weeks ago included talk about the possibility that Gwinnett County could be home to both teams in the state AAAAAA final, it’s not surprising that four county teams finished the season in a composite top 10 ranking in the largest classification in Georgia.

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Derek Nesbitt (17) has 28 points to lead the Gladiators in scoring after 31 games. Image courtesy Atlanta Gladiators/Dale Zanine.    

The Atlanta Gladiators begin 2016 in second place in the South Division of the ECHL after posting a 9-3-1 mark in December action. The 19 point month improved the Gladiators season total to 40 (19-10-2), placing them No. 4 in the 14 team Eastern Conference.

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Capatain Jordan MacIntosh (24) tallied 4 points for the Swarm in the loss to the Mammoth on New Year's Day. Image courtesy Georgia Swarm/Jack Dempsey. 

The Georgia Swarm began their inaugural National Lacrosse League season with a 16-15 road loss against the Colorado Mammoth on New Year’s Day. The one-goal defeat marks the beginning of professional indoor lacrosse in Gwinnett County, home to the relocated Swarm.

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MaxPreps released their 2015 Football Freshman All-American selections on Wednesday, and Grayson linebacker Owen Pappoe was named to the First Team Defense. Pappoe was the only Gwinnett County player selected and one of just four Georgia players named to the prestigious end of season list.

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Atlanta is one of four LFL teams that hosted open tryouts in December that saw nearly 300 athletes audition for an invitation to training camp. The remaining tryouts are set for January.        

The Legends Football League, also known as the Lingerie Football League, held open tryouts in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Atlanta on Saturday, December 12 and results suggest that the 2016 season will be one of the most competitive in the history of the LFL.


Cameryn Brent (1) ran for 217 yards and scored twice in the Grayson semifinal loss to Roswell on Friday night. Image courtesy Jim Lacey.

Grayson (13-1) was good on a 19-yard field goal to take a 26-23 lead against Roswell (14-0) with just 41 seconds remaining in the Georgia High School Association football semifinal matchup. With the Ram faithful still celebrating the score, the Hornets offense took the field and completed passes of 30 and 35 yards, the last of which was a touchdown and came with 10 ticks of the clock left, en route to a 30-26 win that brought the Grayson season to a sudden end.


Colquitt County QB  Chase Parrish (4) threw for 431 yards and six TDs in the Packer semifinal win over Mill Creek. Image courtesy Tony Rowe.

Colquitt County (14-0) traveled to Hoschton to take on Mill Creek (13-1) in the semifinal round of the Georgia High School Association football playoffs in a game that matched a Packers offense that averaged more than 47 points a game this season against a Hawk defense that allowed just 6.8. After 48 minutes of play, Colquitt County headed home with an impressive 52-31 win that sends the Packers back to the Georgia Dome to defend the AAAAAA state title they won last year by defeating Archer, another Gwinnett County team.

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Mill Creek fans before the opening kickoff.

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