State Sports Report


Kennesaw State adds six early signees after breakthrough season

Coming off the most successful season in school history, Kennesaw State landed six recruits on the inaugural Dec. 20 signing day. Coach Brian Bohannon announced the six players Wednesday morning. The collection includes two offensive linemen, a receiver, a defensive end, a defensive back and a linebacker. Five of the players are out-of-state signees, with three of them from Alabama. Will Haigler,...
Smoltz takes his golf game to mountaintop at U.S. Senior Open

Smoltz takes his golf game to mountaintop at U.S. Senior Open

In his head, John Smoltz always had this other vision of himself. Yeah, it’s crowded in there. He had done the pitching thing – both starting and closing – so well that he now sublets a little corner of Cooperstown. He hadn’t crossed over into baseball broadcasting but hardly a minute before he was earning all the plum assignments. And yet, there has always been this other...
Payday lending group loses lawsuit over record release

Payday lending group loses lawsuit over record release

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that correspondence between a Kennesaw State University professor and a payday lending organization she conducted a study for is subject to disclosure under the state’s open records laws. The ruling, hailed by open government advocates, means that Campaign for Accountability, a Washington-based watchdog group, can obtain communications between Kennesaw...
U.S. Open even better second time around for Koepka  

U.S. Open even better second time around for Koepka  

Brooks Koepka is U.S. Open champion. Repeat, Brooks Koepka is U.S. Open champion. Just in case you didn’t get the message the first time, when Koepka went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin in 2017 and bludgeoned the Open field, he showed up at Shinnecock Hills Sunday and, in a little different method, did it all over again. OK, we get it.  Mr. Koepka is also Mr. Clutch. He also is the first defending...
USGA makes it right for U.S. Open final round

USGA makes it right for U.S. Open final round

If the United States Golf Association ran football, there would be days the goalposts would be moved up into the corner endzone seats. And pitched at the jaunty angle of a cool kid’s cap. If the USGA took over baseball, outfield fences would be built like bellows and move in and out according to that day’s starting pitchers.    Heaven knows how LeBron James would react when...
Johnson stumbles backward into a four-way U.S. Open lead

Johnson stumbles backward into a four-way U.S. Open lead

What a lovely day for a kick to the groin.  The bright blue sky over Shinnecock Hills on Saturday was painted in delicate wisps of white. The breeze fresh and cool. A virtual Long Island Iced Tea for the soul.  Ah, but the assembled U.S. Open golfers were in no mood for reverie. They were too busy trying to stop the bleeding all over their scorecards. Dustin Johnson would be the first to...
Mickelson stages bizarre, moving experience at U.S. Open

Mickelson stages bizarre, moving experience at U.S. Open

On his 48th birthday Saturday, Phil Mickelson was like a kid again. That’s not necessarily a good thing, not when it means behaving at a major championship the way you might when the ball just won’t go through the clown’s mouth during your putt-putt party.  Mickelson shot 81 in the third round of the U.S. Open, the one major championship he never will own. Even more surprisingly...
Dustin Johnson is dusting ’em at U.S. Open

Dustin Johnson is dusting ’em at U.S. Open

The most exclusive residence on this tony part of Long Island is the little patch of red on the U.S. Open scoreboard reserved for every golfer under par. That’s where Dustin Johnson, your leader through two rounds at Shinnecock Hills, lives. And no one else. There high above the scuffling masses, he is totally alone with his thoughts, which admittedly appear to be as uncomplicated as an old...
Anchors aweigh: Woods misses U.S. Open cut

Anchors aweigh: Woods misses U.S. Open cut

The good ship “Privacy” is free to lift anchor this weekend, departing Sag Harbor for a more southern port. Its owner, Eldrick Woods, the golfer formerly known as Tiger, will have no further use of it here in the vicinity of the U.S. Open. Perhaps, somewhere along its journey, a burial at sea would be in order. Certainly, there is a putter that deserves an unceremonious drowning. Needing...
World’s No. 1 Johnson, Bulldogs’ Henley top the survivors’ list at U.S. Open

World’s No. 1 Johnson, Bulldogs’ Henley top the survivors’ list at U.S. Open

You’d like to believe that somewhere James Foulis is raising a wee dram to smiling lips. The 21st century players arrived in force at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday, bringing all their high-tech weapons to bear on the U.S. Open. The drivers with their refined geocoustic soles. The golf balls that are labeled as if they were ballistic missiles – we can only hope the North Koreans never get...
At U.S. Open: Tech’s Strafaci plays it upbeat amid all high scores

At U.S. Open: Tech’s Strafaci plays it upbeat amid all high scores

When is shooting 78 at a major no reason to come off the course looking like you had just undergone a five-hour session of electroshock? One case would be Tyler Strafaci, the Georgia Tech junior determined to treat his first swing through the U.S. Open as the cool – a word he regularly pulled from his bag Thursday – experience it is. While it was a rather grim parade of famous golfers...
U.S. Open looks to reclaim its mojo at Shinnecock

U.S. Open looks to reclaim its mojo at Shinnecock

It should be noted that the potential for protest outside the gates of Shinnecock Hills remains high this week, despite some last-minute parking lot diplomacy. The Shinnecock Indian Nation, which numbers around 1,200 members, made peace of a sort with the United States Golf Association in advance of Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open. The price of that peace: A parking concession on tribal...
At U.S. Open: Woods reunites with the last major he won - long ago

At U.S. Open: Woods reunites with the last major he won - long ago

It has taken some time – decades, really – but Tiger Woods now pretty much shares the same view about his chosen game as the rest of the world.  “Golf is always frustrating.” So he said the other day during his pre-U.S. Open presser, sounding as much like a 14-handicapper as a 14-time major champion. This Open represents the 10-year milepost since Woods won the last of...
One more time, with feeling, Mickelson seeks missing U.S. Open grail

One more time, with feeling, Mickelson seeks missing U.S. Open grail

Can we all agree that this is absolutely the final boarding call for the Phil Mickelson U.S. Open Heartbreak Experience? Here at Shinnecock Hills, a place that well and truly represents Mickelson’s wrenching relationship with this championship, might we, one way or another, close the book on the single missing piece to an otherwise complete set of golf sterling?   Here it is: One last...
At U.S. Open: When putts start falling, we’ll take Spieth seriously again

At U.S. Open: When putts start falling, we’ll take Spieth seriously again

Living in a world in which Jordan Spieth can’t putt just seems wrong. It is as if, suddenly, Gordon Ramsay couldn’t boil water or Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t get a date. There are laws of nature being trifled with here, I tell you. Yet, it’s right there in one of the PGA Tour’s mysterious yet handy statistical tools – entering this week’s U.S. Open, Spieth...
John Smoltz the golfer qualifies for Senior Open Championship

John Smoltz the golfer qualifies for Senior Open Championship

Former Braves great John Smoltz knows all about pressure. It didn’t end when he retired. Smoltz, an avid golfer when he played for the Braves, competed in an 18-hole qualifier for U.S. Senior Open Championship at Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City. And Smoltz prevailed on the third hole of a playoff to earn the third and final spot. Jack Larkin and Sonny Skinner both posted rounds...
State golf roundup: Mill Creek, North Gwinnett capture top classification

State golf roundup: Mill Creek, North Gwinnett capture top classification

The Mill Creek boys defended their title in the Class AAAAAAA golf championship, while the North Gwinnett girls won their first title in the state’s highest division.  Mill Creek, led by Georgia Tech commitment Luka Karaulic, was awarded the victory when the second round was rained out at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. The Hawks shot 13-over, with Karaulic shooting 71, J.T. Smith shooting...
Competition for state golf championships begin Monday

Competition for state golf championships begin Monday

The Mill Creek boys and Lambert girls are among the teams who will defend their state titles when the GHSA golf championship begin around the state.  The championships will be contested over two days, with all schools competing over 36 holes for the second straight year. Only two schools failed to qualify to defend their championships. Class AAAAAAA boys at Sunset Country Club, Moultrie: ...
PGA Tour star Lucas Glover’s wife arrested after violent argument over poor performance

PGA Tour star Lucas Glover’s wife arrested after violent argument over poor performance

The wife of PGA Tour star Lucas Glover was arrested Saturday in Florida on domestic violence charges, which allegedly occurred after she became upset over Glover’s poor performance in a tournament, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.  >> Read more trending news  Police said Krista Glover, 36, intentionally attacked and injured another person in a home in...
Lottery for 2019 Masters Tournament tickets is open

Lottery for 2019 Masters Tournament tickets is open

Getting tickets to the Masters Tournament can be as difficult as finding tickets for “Hamilton” at the Fox Theatre. The lottery for tickets to the 2019 Masters Tournament opened May 14. To apply to roam Augusta National Golf Club next spring you must create an account on the Masters website. All applicants will be notified late June via e-mail when the random selection...
That first win elusive, Schniederjans gears up for first Players Championship 

That first win elusive, Schniederjans gears up for first Players Championship 

Ollie Schniederjans had one of those tempus fugit moments just a week ago, in preparation for a little golf tournament outside Charlotte. It had been but three years since the once-upon-a-time top-ranked amateur in the world left Georgia Tech, ready to burn up the playing fields of the PGA Tour like 180 pounds of Roundup. He, today, is still only 24, just in his second full-time season, still...
Golf: Dunwoody boys win10th straight county title ... More area results 

Golf: Dunwoody boys win10th straight county title ... More area results 

The Dunwoody boys won the DeKalb County championship for the 10th straight year last week at Mystery Valley Golf Course. The Wildcats shot a 327 to score an easy win over Chamblee (363) and Lakeside (432).  Dunwoody’s Nick Trembath was medalist with a 79, giving him a three-shot win over teammate Jack Kardasha. The Wildcats got a pair of 83s from Patrik Cociaccio and Elijah Dwoskin, who...
McIlroy finally over Masters, ‘biggest golf tournament in the world’

McIlroy finally over Masters, ‘biggest golf tournament in the world’

It took Rory McIlroy some time – and a few bottles of wine and some prodding by his wife – to get over his loss at the Masters last month. Without only a Masters victory to complete the career Grand Slam, McIlroy called the event “the biggest golf tournament in the world” on Wednesday.  McIlroy entered the final round of the 2018 Masters in the final pairing with Patrick...
Golf: Area tournament results ... Lambert, Starr’s Mill, Woodward win

Golf: Area tournament results ... Lambert, Starr’s Mill, Woodward win

The Lambert boys won the Area 3-AAAAAAA championship on Monday at Eagle Watch. The Longhorns shot a 10-over 298 to place first. Freshman Myles Jones shot a 4-under 68, Hilton Francine shot a 73 and Mitchell Taylor had a 75 to pace Lambert. Lambert has been on a roll. The Longhorns set a team record with a 7-under 281 in the final round of the North Georgia Invitational, which pushed them into first...
For college hoops, the Rice Report offers a way up and out

For college hoops, the Rice Report offers a way up and out

We stress that these are recommendations. There’s no assurance that all, or any, of them will become reality. But those among us who awaited the findings of the commission chaired by Condoleezza Rice with bated breath – and, it must be said, with more than a bit of skepticism – the report’s arrival early Wednesday offered the promise of a bright new morning.  Rice&rsquo...
Golf: Woodward girls celebrate sixth win. ... Central wins Lady Trojan

Golf: Woodward girls celebrate sixth win. ... Central wins Lady Trojan

The Woodward Academy girls have won six tournaments this spring and have their focus on the state title. The War Eagles were second in state meet a year ago after winning it all in 2016. The War Eagles have won the Woodward Match Play at White Oak, the Brookwood Invitational at Summit Chase, the Lowndes Lady Viking Classic at Kinderlou Forest, the Maple Ridge Tournament, the East Lake First Tee tournament...
Atlanta-based SunTrust says data on 1.5 million customers tapped

Atlanta-based SunTrust says data on 1.5 million customers tapped

Atlanta-based SunTrust on Friday said it feared that a now-former employee had wrongly accessed basic information about 1.5 million customers. The company became aware in late February that the person – an employee at the time – had access to confidential information including names, addresses, phone numbers and some account balances. However, the pool of data that had been accessed did...
If Reed never takes off Masters green jacket, who’d really blame him?

If Reed never takes off Masters green jacket, who’d really blame him?

It has been less than two weeks since Patrick Reed won the Masters, and already all the other sport coats in his closet are green with jealousy. Just not green enough. In case you didn’t know it, Reed outlasted Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth at Augusta National. It was in all the papers. But need further proof? Just check out Reed about any time he leaves the house. Chances are he’ll...
Golf: Marist wins Larry Nelson; Auburn wins Trojan Invitational

Golf: Marist wins Larry Nelson; Auburn wins Trojan Invitational

  Marist won the inaugural Larry Nelson High School Invitational at Atlanta Country Club. The War Eagles, led by Preston DeSantis and Owen Burden, shot a 297 to beat Westminster (303) and Harrison (306). Marist got a 71 from DeSantis and a 72 from Burden. David Frank (75) and Matthew Larkin (79) rounded out the scores for the War Eagles.  Westminster had five of its six golfers shoot in...
Marathon-man Flesch wins Mitsubishi Electric Classic 

Marathon-man Flesch wins Mitsubishi Electric Classic 

Surviving what passes for an endurance test in golf, breaking out of a rush-hour traffic jam atop the leaderboard, Steve Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in a playoff in the gathering darkness Saturday. It required 38 holes Saturday to do it, Flesch winning on the second playoff hole with a birdie on the par-5 18th at TPC Sugarloaf. Yes, the golfing world got its pound of Flesch - and then...
Haas leads Mitsubishi Electric Classic, faces a 36-hole finish Saturday

Haas leads Mitsubishi Electric Classic, faces a 36-hole finish Saturday

Around men of a certain age, you don’t want to employ the word “stroke” too liberally. But in this case, it’s a very good thing. Really. On Friday, just one little stroke separated Jay Haas from that most excellent of golfing feats – shooting his age. Being that he’s 64, and being that this was the first round of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, it all added up...
Rain forecast prompts Saturday finish at Mitsubishi Electric Classic

Rain forecast prompts Saturday finish at Mitsubishi Electric Classic

Staring at a 100 percent rain forecast Sunday, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic has opted for a Saturday finish at TPC Sugarloaf.  Looking to avoid a replay of 2015 when the tournament’s last round was washed out on Sunday, they’ll try to squeeze in 36 holes of the 54-hole event on the over-50 PGA Tour Champions in a single day. The second round is scheduled to begin Saturday morning...
Gambling at the Masters? The PGA Tour supports it

Gambling at the Masters? The PGA Tour supports it

If sports betting becomes legal, the PGA Tour would like you to wager on them and the likes of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told USA TODAY this week that “If it’s legalized and regulated, you get to a point where you can better ensure the integrity of your competitions. You can provide adequate protection for consumers, which doesn&rsquo...
Tiger Woods enters U.S. Open: Will he win another major?

Tiger Woods enters U.S. Open: Will he win another major?

Tiger Woods has filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. The USGA says Woods officially entered on Thursday, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters. Even exempt players have to formally enter the U.S. Open. Woods hasn’t played the U.S. Open since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay with rounds of 80-76. The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at Shinnecock...
A week after last Masters walk, O’Meara back to work at Mitsubishi Classic

A week after last Masters walk, O’Meara back to work at Mitsubishi Classic

A week ago, Mark O’Meara was walking the green mile at Augusta, the walk that every Masters champion must one day make. The one most never see coming when they’re young. A last time through the tunnel of trees at No. 18, around the corner and up the hill to the final tilting green. The truth was known mostly just to him, that at 61 he no longer could hit it long enough to scare Augusta...
Meet Gene Sauers, one of happiest players at TPC Sugarloaf this week

Meet Gene Sauers, one of happiest players at TPC Sugarloaf this week

About five weeks into a seven-week trial by hospital in Savannah – doctors having finished a series of skin grafts, all the while informing his wife in hushed tones that survival was going to be his toughest par save yet – the oddest thought occurred to Gene Sauers. I want to play golf again.  Dropping that on Tammy, his wife, “Her eyes got really big and she said, ‘I...
Early jolts for UGA’s Tom Crean: Jonas Hayes to Xavier, Ashton Hagans to Kentucky

Early jolts for UGA’s Tom Crean: Jonas Hayes to Xavier, Ashton Hagans to Kentucky

Losing Jonas Hayes was a blow to Georgia, and to Tom Crean. There’s no sugar-coating that. Crean acted as if he wanted the guy who’d become the best thing about Georgia basketball to stay, which shows that the new man is no dummy. He and Hayes went out recruiting together, prompting Crean to say in a statement released Monday, “I became a big fan.”  There’s no shame...
Patrick Reed rises in FedExCup standings after Masters win

Patrick Reed rises in FedExCup standings after Masters win

After winning his first major championship Sunday at the Masters Tournament, Patrick Reed rose from the No. 27 spot to No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. The top 30 players on the FedExCup standings will travel to Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the final of four FedExCup Playoff events September 19-23. Reed’s career-best finish in the FedExCup Playoff was in 2016 when he won the Northern...
Golf: Auburn dominates field to win 43rd Hardaway Invitational

Golf: Auburn dominates field to win 43rd Hardaway Invitational

Auburn High School stepped across the Alabama state line to win the 43rd annual Larry Gaither Hardaway Invitational in runaway style. Auburn shot a 1-under 575 for the 36-hole event, leaving Marist (22 over), defending champion Columbus (27 over) and Brookstone (34 over) in its wake. Jonathan Parker of Columbus shot 70-70 and was medalist at 4-under 140. Owen Burden of Marist and Jake Reitz of Auburn...
Ryan on the birth of the twins: ‘It’s been a wild ride for us, but well worth it’

Ryan on the birth of the twins: ‘It’s been a wild ride for us, but well worth it’

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan discussed the birth of his twin sons before raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Pro-Amateur golf tournament at TPC Sugarloaf on Monday.  “It certainly has been a busy couple of months,” Ryan said. “We are really excited to have the two sons at home. They are getting big, strong and healthy. Sarah is doing great. She was amazing...
Nobody can run down Reed on Masters Sunday

Nobody can run down Reed on Masters Sunday

How do you like Patrick Reed now? Say what you will about the golfer who brings out certain visceral emotions in the crowd, the kind that often requires a pro wrestler in a mask to evoke. Both at home and abroad. Bring out all the media dredges and let them work long into the night to unearth the venal sins of his youth and the downed limbs of his family tree. It’s all there if you’d care...
Patrick Reed writes new chapter for his life, career with Masters win

Patrick Reed writes new chapter for his life, career with Masters win

This is why it’s a Masters Sunday. Because nothing is simple. Because a final round that’s expected to be a two-man race becomes a three-man race and then a five-man race and then ... wait, where did Jordan Spieth come from? This is why it’s a Masters Sunday. Because we don’t expect Rory McIlroy to fade away again, even though, OK, we kind of expect Rory McIlroy to fade away...
Rory McIlroy’s Masters duel never happens

Rory McIlroy’s Masters duel never happens

If Rory McIlroy had been asking for divine provenance on Sunday, he received a bunch of the stuff immediately, when he somehow parred the first hole from a wooded preserve far removed from the right fairway. That bit of conjury wound up shaving a stoke off strutting Patrick Reed's lead and their Masters sword fight was on. Except it wasn't. McIlroy's account with the great beyond had already been...
Spieth’s improbable comeback falls just short

Spieth’s improbable comeback falls just short

Jordan Spieth can still make them roar at the Masters. Even when he starts the final round nine strokes off the lead and tied for ninth. Spieth was an afterthought on Sunday as the world was fixated on the duel between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy in the final pairing. Reed held a three-stroke advantage but their Ryder Cup rivalry was rekindle and again at the forefront of the golfing world. Until...
19th hole: No record but a green jacket

19th hole: No record but a green jacket

Patrick Reed had several records in his sights as the final round of the 82nd Masters began on Sunday. In the end he got the one prize that professional golfers covet most, the green jacket to the winner. But he did miss on three marks that would have stood a test of time in the record book. After getting his substantial third-round lead by dominating the par 5s, 13-under through 54 holes, he made...
Masters notes: Casey just misses course record

Masters notes: Casey just misses course record

Paul Casey was playing with a marker on Saturday. He nearly shot the Masters course record on Sunday. Casey missed the record of 63 after trouble on the final two holes. Casey made the cut at the number, 5-over par, after the first two rounds of the 2018 Masters. Going out first, with a non-competitive marker, he shot a 3-under 69 in the third round. Casey shot 3-under on the front nine of the fourth...
Patrick Reed holds on to win Masters

Patrick Reed holds on to win Masters

Patrick Reed did it. But it wasn’t easy. While Reed dismissed playing partner Rory McIlroy early, he had to hold off challenges from Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. In the end, Reed finished at 15-under par, just 1-under on the day, to capture his first major. Fowler finished second at 14-under and Spieth finished third at 13-under. Reed two-putted on the final hole, making a final four-footer...
Tiger Woods’ return to Masters ends with slight roar

Tiger Woods’ return to Masters ends with slight roar

Tiger Woods finally found his form at the Masters. It came a few days too late. Woods closed with a flurry, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round and finishing at 1-over 289 for the tournament. Woods had two birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the back nine. The eagle was his first at the week. His only late blemish was missing a 9-foot par putt at No. 18. Still, he played much more like the four-time...
2018 Masters Tournament: Final round

2018 Masters Tournament: Final round

Click through the images above to see the final round of the 82nd Masters Tournament Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Augusta National Golf Club. Patrick Reed, who played golf at UGA and Augusta State, entered Sunday’s final round in the lead. He shot a closing round of 71 to hold off challenges from Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to win his first green jacket. Some stories to follow...
Georgia college, town reflect Hispanic growth and prosperity

Georgia college, town reflect Hispanic growth and prosperity

Dalton State College student Bryan Lopez is part of a school team that will, as part of its many duties, recruit students across the state line in Tennessee this fall. Lopez, 22, an aspiring dentist who came with his family from Guatemala when he was 12, will stress to his target audience — Hispanics — that this college is the place for them. The percentage of Hispanic students...
Ex-Brinks employee convicted of conspiring to rob armored trucks

Ex-Brinks employee convicted of conspiring to rob armored trucks

Federal prosecutors say a former Brinks employee used his knowledge of armored truck routes and drivers to orchestrate two Savannah-area heists. Victor Natson, 27, worked for Brinks, Inc. for two years before he conspired with a convicted gang member and that man’s cousin to pull off the robberies in October 2016 and January 2017, according to the office of Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney...
Why a small change in law could create danger for students

Why a small change in law could create danger for students

A dozen words have stirred panic among the people responsible for keeping Georgia children safe when they’re going to and from school.  A phrase that state lawmakers inserted into a 15-page traffic measure in the waning days of this year’s legislative session will muddy the law about stopping for school buses while they’re loading and unloading, school officials warn. &ldquo...
Another Georgia school district joins the movement to arm teachers

Another Georgia school district joins the movement to arm teachers

The Fannin County Board of Education approved arming teachers Thursday, becoming the second system in the state to make that move. The county is on the Tennessee border. It’s 3,212 students and faculty of 179 are dispersed among three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. It has about about half the number of students as Laurens County schools, which became the first school...
Georgia school district to allow teachers to carry guns

Georgia school district to allow teachers to carry guns

A school district near Macon is looking to become Georgia’s first one to let some teachers and other personnel bring guns to school. At its April 12 meeting, Laurens County’s school board passed a resolution to “authorize certain personnel to possess or carry weapons on any property or in any building owned or leased by the district, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation...
George Lynch ready to lead Clark Atlanta as new basketball coach

George Lynch ready to lead Clark Atlanta as new basketball coach

Clark Atlanta had success with its last NBA-player-turned-coach. So much that it had to try again. The Panthers introduced George Lynch as their men’s basketball coach Monday. Lynch, a 12-year NBA veteran and North Carolina standout, was coaching with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons’ G-League affiliate, last season. “It was an honor to take this interview and follow up...
Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap

Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap

Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level, though. The National Assessment of Educational Progress...
5 observations from Georgia State’s spring game

5 observations from Georgia State’s spring game

The Panthers held their first spring game at Georgia State Stadium on Saturday, with Blue defeating White 59-35. “It was a very entertaining game,” coach Shawn Elliott said. “A lot of good catches. Offense moved the ball quite well up and down the field. They played with great effort, came out of it healthy, clean.” Here are five observations from the game: 1. The quarterback...
Kennesaw State defense outduels offense in spring game

Kennesaw State defense outduels offense in spring game

Kennesaw State, coming off the best season in school history (12-2), held its spring game Friday night. The defense defeated the offense 35-34 in a brief three-quarter affair. Here are five observations from the scrimmage: 1. Dorian Miles is a mismatch nightmare Miles had only two catches in the first half, but he made the most of both – and should’ve had a few more. The sophomore...
Georgia State getting physical, searching for new leaders in spring practices

Georgia State getting physical, searching for new leaders in spring practices

A year in, the physicality that Shawn Elliott preaches is well-established. Elliott arrived at Georgia State with mild fanfare, taking over a relatively young program that had been to one bowl game and didn’t register on Georgia’s football-packed scale.  He immediately made strides to change that. The Panthers secured their winningest season in school history and capped it off with...
Georgia State has potential upset formula vs. Cincinnati

Georgia State has potential upset formula vs. Cincinnati

Georgia State rode the 3-ball to a conference championship and berth in the NCAA tournament. It’s banking on it again to pull a major upset against 2-seed Cincinnati on Friday in Nashville. The Panthers are heavy underdogs as a 15-seed, and they’re hoping to find the same magic that propelled them past 2-seeded Baylor as a 14-seed in 2015. GSU coach Ron Hunter sees parallels between his...
Georgia State wins Sun Belt, earns NCAA tournament berth

Georgia State wins Sun Belt, earns NCAA tournament berth

The Panthers are going dancing for the fourth time in school history. Georgia State defeated Texas-Arlington 74-61 to claim the Sun Belt Conference tournament crown on Sunday in New Orleans. It’s the Panthers’ second conference championship under coach Ron Hunter and first since 2015. The Panthers (24-10)earned the South Region’s 15-seed in the NCAA tournament. They’ll face...
Georgia State considers itself favorite in Sun Belt tournament

Georgia State considers itself favorite in Sun Belt tournament

Georgia State is the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, but it boasts the No. 1 player in the conference. And that’s largely why it considers itself the conference’s best. D’Marcus Simonds ranks among the more prolific scorers in the country. He’s helped the Panthers to a 21-10 record while averaging 21.5 points per game. That’s the 19th highest scoring...
Georgia State, Frady optimistic for 2018 season

Georgia State, Frady optimistic for 2018 season

In his 31st year as a coach, Greg Frady gets just as excited for each opening day as he did the first season. His Panthers are hosting Bradley at 5 p.m. Friday, a chance to start the season with a win for the fifth consecutive year. Georgia State is what many could consider the perfect blend of old and new. It returns 19 players (12 seniors) and welcomes eight freshmen. Senior shortstop Justin Jones...
Kennesaw State baseball preview

Kennesaw State baseball preview

2017 record: 25-32-0, 10-11 Atlantic Sun Season opener: vs. Connecticut, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: How they got here: Despite a lackluster record, KSU’s season wasn’t as bad as it appears. The Owls finished third in the conference after a semifinals run in the ASUN postseason tournament. Coach Mike Sansing’s group is returning several...
Georgia State baseball preview

Georgia State baseball preview

2017 record: 22-33, 10-20 Season opener: vs. Bradley, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: Who’s back: The Panthers are a veteran group; of 19 returning players, 12 are seniors. Shortstop Justin Jones will play his final season in blue and white. Jones is a career .288 hitter with 77 RBIs and 98 runs scored and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Junior...
5 observations from Georgia State’s upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe

5 observations from Georgia State’s upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe

A late rally wasn’t enough. The streaking Panthers were upset at home Saturday afternoon by a struggling conference opponent. Hosting Louisiana-Monroe, the third-from-last place team in the Sun Belt Conference, Georgia State played a lackadaisical first 30 minutes. It came back from 14 down to force overtime, but fell short 90-82. Here are five observations from the Panthers’ first loss...
Kennesaw State finishes recruiting cycle with 18 players

Kennesaw State finishes recruiting cycle with 18 players

Coming off a 12-2 season that tied them for the most wins in Big South history, the Kennesaw State Owls welcomed 16 recruits and two transfers to their roster during the 2017-18 cycle. “We got a bunch of great young men,” coach Brian Bohannon said. “Our coaches did an outstanding job. They’re the ones who are out on the road, meeting with families and talking to coaches and...
Who makes up Kennesaw State’s 2018 recruiting class?

Who makes up Kennesaw State’s 2018 recruiting class?

After a 12-2 season, Kennesaw State welcomed 18 new players via this year’s recruiting cycle. The Owls landed the following: • Jayden Barron, DL, 6-2, 270, Thomaston (Upson-Lee HS) • Je’Cory Burks, DB, 6-0, 165, Perry (Perry HS) • Andrew Butcher, DL, 6-3, 245, Alpharetta (University of Tennessee/Alpharetta HS) • Jeremiah Compton, DB, 6-1, 185, Waverly (Camden County...
Georgia State completes 26-man 2018 class

Georgia State completes 26-man 2018 class

After a historic 2017 season, Georgia State hauled in 26 new players, with nine of them secured Wednesday. “Overall, it’s one of the best classes I think we could’ve brought in here,” coach Shawn Elliott said. “We’ve met all our needs. … We did a really good job of getting the necessary tools in place, the character in place to build this program where we...
Georgia State expands 2018 recruiting class

Georgia State expands 2018 recruiting class

Georgia State added several players to its 2018 recruiting class Wednesday. The Panthers are hoping to capitalize off the momentum that comes with winning their first bowl game in school history when they defeated Western Kentucky 27-17 in the Cure Bowl. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s signees: The Panthers signed 16 players in December: • Despelado Alexandre, 6-5, 265, OL, Deerfield...
Kennesaw State adds 12 recruits to 2018 football class

Kennesaw State adds 12 recruits to 2018 football class

Kennesaw State had its most successful season in school history in 2017. And now it appears to be paying off in signing recruits. Here’s a look at the players who signed with the Owls on Wednesday: KSU inked six commitments during the initial signing period.  • Will Haigler, 6-1, 185, WR, Florida High, Tallahassee, Fla.• Zion Katina, 6-3, 250, OL, Independence High, Franklin,...
Simonds helps Georgia State defeat Texas State

Simonds helps Georgia State defeat Texas State

Georgia State put on its work boots Saturday afternoon, when the Panthers’ 54-50 win over Texas State unfolded just about the way you would have predicted of a meeting between the Sun Belt Conference’s top two defensive teams. Scoring came at a cost, and D’Marcus Simonds did heavy lifting down the stretch to lead the Panthers to their seventh consecutive win, all Sun Belt games....
5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Georgia Southern

5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Georgia Southern

The Panthers won’t have a better atmosphere than they had Saturday at GSU Sports Arena. Propelled by an energetic audience and one of the nation’s premier scorers, Georgia State took down rival Georgia Southern 83-66. The Panthers and Eagles sit at 14-6 on the season. But Georgia State is tied for the most wins (five) in the Sun Belt with Southern, Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe. Southern...
Carter Center working to kill this disease

Carter Center working to kill this disease

The Carter Center and its partners reported continued progress in the global Guinea worm eradication campaign. The nonprofit targeted the parasitical disease in 21 countries of Africa and Asia in 1986 and took a leadership role to make it happen. If successful, it will be only the second disease in history, after smallpox to be eradicated. A count in 1991 showed that 23,735 villages reported cases...
5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Arkansas State

5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Arkansas State

The game was closer than the Panthers would’ve liked, but Georgia State narrowly avoided an upset in a 79-75 win over Arkansas State at GSU Sports Arena on Saturday. The preseason pick as the Sun Belt’s second-best team, the Panthers (11-6, 2-2) evened their conference record with consecutive home wins after a rocky start. Here are five observations from the Panthers’ pivotal win...
Georgia State adds 16 recruits on early signing day

Georgia State adds 16 recruits on early signing day

It’s been a successful week for Georgia State: On Saturday, the team grabbed its first bowl win by defeating Western Kentucky 27-17 in Orlando’s Cure Bowl. On Wednesday, it added 16 recruits during the inaugural Dec. 20 early signing period. “What a great class,” Coach Shawn Elliott said. “Our coaches did a great job solidifying the spots we needed to get in the early...
Georgia State’s early signees class off to strong start

Georgia State’s early signees class off to strong start

After winning its first bowl game on Saturday, Georgia State is building its next era of players. During the inaugural Dec. 20 signing period, the Panthers are announcing their new recruits on the official team Twitter (@GSUPanthers). Coach Shawn Elliott has been using his Carolina ties to the fullest. Here’s who has signed with the Panthers so far (as of 9:15 a.m. Wednesday): -OL Despelado...
Mistakes cost Reinhardt in NAIA championship game loss

Mistakes cost Reinhardt in NAIA championship game loss

DAYTONA BEACH — During its three-year postseason history, Reinhardt has found only one team in the way every year – Saint Francis (Ind.). But the Eagles added to their problems early Saturday night, with costly self-inflicted mistakes during the early portion of the 62nd annual NAIA national championship game. Reinhardt turned over the ball twice before its offense even took the field...
5 observations from Georgia State’s first bowl win in school history

5 observations from Georgia State’s first bowl win in school history

For the first time, the Panthers can call themselves bowl champions. GSU dominated in all three phases, defeating Western Kentucky 27-17 in the Cure Bowl on Saturday. Quarterback Conner Manning was named the game’s MVP after going 20-of-28 for 276 yards and a touchdown. “When you do things you’ve never done before, you remember it the rest of your life,” GSU coach Shawn Elliott...
Five observations from North Carolina A&T’s win in the Celebration Bowl

Five observations from North Carolina A&T’s win in the Celebration Bowl

There was a lot of history between the Grambling State Tigers and North Carolina A&T Aggies as they squared off in the Celebration Bowl. Both teams had won the game since its inception in 2015. The game lived up to its hype as the Aggies prevailed 21-14 with a fourth-quarter scoring drive and secured their fourth HBCU national title. Here are five observations from the Celebration Bowl on Saturday...
5 things to watch for in the 2017 Cure Bowl

5 things to watch for in the 2017 Cure Bowl

Georgia State will go for its school-record seventh win Saturday against Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl in Orlando. The Panthers, once 6-3, have lost two in a row. The Hilltoppers, once 5-2, lost four of their past five. It’s Georgia State’s second bowl in three years after posting a 1-23 mark in its first two seasons in FBS. The Panthers lost the inaugural 2015 Cure Bowl to San Jose...
Cure Bowl 2017: Georgia State, Western Kentucky share streaky nature

Cure Bowl 2017: Georgia State, Western Kentucky share streaky nature

Georgia State’s Cure Bowl opponent, Western Kentucky, isn’t so unfamiliar. Like the Panthers, the Hilltoppers were plagued by inconsistencies, appearing dynamic one day and aloof the next. WKU got off to a 1-2 start before ripping off four wins in a row. It sank down the stretch, losing four of five and slumping to a 6-6 record. GSU, meanwhile, had its own streaky tendencies. It lost its...
Reinhardt hopes to focus on itself, not opponent in NAIA title game

Reinhardt hopes to focus on itself, not opponent in NAIA title game

Reinhardt coach James Miller has repeated a simple message to his team during preparations for the NAIA national championship game. Don’t think about the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) and don’t worry about their accolades or their athletes. He’s continued to stress to his players to instead focus on themselves leading to the final at 6 p.m. Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. &ldquo...
Kennesaw State will open 2018 season against Georgia State

Kennesaw State will open 2018 season against Georgia State

Kennesaw State will open the 2018 season against Georgia State. Two of Georgia’s newest college football programs will face each other for the first time Thursday, Aug. 30, in Atlanta. It will be the Owls’ first game against an FBS opponent. Kennesaw State finished its second FCS season with a 12-2 record. Georgia State began playing football in 2010. The Owls’ home opener at Fifth...
Georgia State can erase recent woes with Cure Bowl win

Georgia State can erase recent woes with Cure Bowl win

After qualifying for a bowl, Georgia State fell into a late-season swoon. The team was outscored 55-20 in home conference losses to Appalachian State and Idaho, shredding the momentum the Panthers built after achieving a 6-3 record. GSU allowed 100-yard rushers in both games after permitting none all season. “When you go out there and put on a performance like we did today, you have to look...
What to know about the Panthers, Hilltoppers in 2017 Cure Bowl

What to know about the Panthers, Hilltoppers in 2017 Cure Bowl

For the second time in three years, the Panthers are bowl-bound in Orlando. Georgia State will face Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium on Saturday. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS and CBSSN Live. The Panthers are six-point favorites. There have been 18,700 tickets distributed for the game as of Tuesday, according to Cure Bowl public relations. Each...
Kennesaw State’s Bryce Armstrong named freshman of year

Kennesaw State’s Bryce Armstrong named freshman of year

Kennesaw State’s Bryce Armstrong was named Tuesday the winner of the STATS Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman football player in FCS. Armstrong led the Owls, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs before losing, in solo tackles (85),  tackles (114), tackles for loss (12 1/2), forced fumbles (3) and fumbles recovered (4) and set a Big South record for sacks (11). He...
Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

The things that carried Kennesaw State through its successful third season went missing in just enough key moments for the Owls to fall to Sam Houston State 34-27 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday in Huntsville, Texas. A team that tackled well and avoided costly penalties in winning the Big South Conference and its first two playoff games, the Owls weren’t as strong in both...
Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, Kennesaw State’s chance to tie Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs fell short on fourth-and-5 at the 11-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Bearkats escaped with a 34-27 victory in Huntsville, Texas, Saturday night. The loss ended Kennesaw State’s 12-game win streak and its third season of football...
Kennesaw State wants charmed season to continue

Kennesaw State wants charmed season to continue

Some 18-19 weeks ago, long before Kennesaw State’s football team would unexpectedly win 12 consecutive games to advance to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, coach Brian Bohannon gave his wide receivers a task to help pass the time spent in August’s camp. The players were asked to put together scouting reports on opponents, should the Owls make the playoffs. The players guessed the...
Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s championship plan is coming together nicely. Behind a smart game from quarterback Chandler Burks and an amazing effort on defense by Bryson Armstrong, the Owls upset No. 3-seed Jacksonville State 17-7 on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs, accelerating coach Brian Bohannon’s goal of building an annual championship contender. The Gamecocks, a lower-level power...
The first Kennesaw State Owl, Chandler Burks leads by serving

The first Kennesaw State Owl, Chandler Burks leads by serving

Coach Brian Bohannon set lofty goals more than three years ago before the Kennesaw State football program began … win conference championships and win national championships.  Now in the midst of its first playoff run, the first player who committed to that goal is under center leading a dynamic offense for the Owls.  Chandler Burks came out of South Paulding High School as an undersized...
Kennesaw State had to overcome sluggish start on way to playoffs

Kennesaw State had to overcome sluggish start on way to playoffs

Four games into the 2017 season, Kennesaw State didn’t look like a playoff team.  The Owls began with a disappointing close loss to Samford on the road, followed by three unconvincing wins against inferior opponents. Coach Brian Bohannon tried to keep the tone optimistic with his team coming out ahead in the end, but his dissatisfaction with the overall play was obvious.  That all...
Tiger Woods ‘tempered’ in his return to golf

Tiger Woods ‘tempered’ in his return to golf

Tiger Woods returns to professional golf this week after a 10-month hiatus following back surgery. Woods tees off at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-player, no-cut event held in the Bahamas. He is paired with FedEx Cup winner Justin Thomas. Woods was tempered in his expectations. The 14-time major champion asserted to the media Tuesday (video, above) that he’s pain...
Kennesaw State wins in its first-ever playoff game

Kennesaw State wins in its first-ever playoff game

Kennesaw State wasn’t overwhelmed in their first FCS playoff game. The Owls played with confidence as they defeated Samford 28-17 on Saturday. The Owls won their 11th consecutive game and exacted revenge for their narrow loss to Samford on Aug. 31. The Owls will face Jacksonville State on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Explosive second...
Justin Sumpter helps put Kennesaw State on national stage

Justin Sumpter helps put Kennesaw State on national stage

Kennesaw State’s football program has experienced a massive bump in exposure this season, thanks in some part to Justin Sumpter … and also a plank and a 10-1 record. Earlier this season, the junior wide receiver showed up on ESPN’s top plays at No. 1 after his spectacular one-handed catch at Liberty — a game in which the Owls won and kicked off their perfect conference record...
Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts

Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts

Georgia State’s defense came up big when it counted in its past three games. In close wins against South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Texas State, the Panthers’ defense produced stops on potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Georgia State’s defense will face its toughest Sun Belt conference challenge this season when it hosts Appalachian State on Saturday. The two...
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