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Behind a strong local contingent, the Bowdon Invitational provided just what all the state wrestling hopefuls were looking for heading down the stretch run of the season.

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The Carrollton High School boys' basketball team has climbed all the back into the top spot in the region standings.

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For the second time this season, a battle between the Temple and Villa Rica high school boys' basketball teams turned into a dramatic race to the finish. This time around, it was the Wildcats who came out on top.

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With both squads taking a break from region play, the Villa Rica High School girls' basketball team cruised to a 72-20 road win at neighboring Temple on Saturday evening.

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The University of West Georgia men's basketball team's momentum from Thursday night's Gulf South Conference victory was short-lived, as Christian Brothers pulled away for an 82-73 victory at The Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

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Region wins at this point of the season are critical for postseason positioning and confidence building, and the Oak Mountain Academy girls' basketball team helped its cause in both instances on Friday night.

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The Carrollton High School boys' basketball team rallied from a huge first-half hole to capture a 71-68 region road win over Paulding County on Friday night in Dallas.

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Entering Friday's home matchup against Brandon Hall, the Oak Mountain Academy boys' basketball team was still in search of that ever elusive first victory of the season.

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Following 50 minutes, 17 lead changes and nine ties, it was De'Ashia Jones and the collective effort of the University of West Georgia defense that delivered the 77-73, double-overtime Gulf South Conference victory against Union on Thursday evening at The Coliseum.

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The timing of Will Hall's announcement may have caught a few people off guard on Wednesday, but the fact that a Division I program came knocking on his door certainly didn't surprise those close to him.

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A five-game losing streak is certainly a hole that no team wants to put itself in during the middle of conference play. And the University of West Georgia men's basketball team must find a way to dig itself out of its current slide or risk falling near the bottom of the Gulf South Conference standings.

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Both the Haralson County and Bremen high school boys' basketball teams entered their rivalry game in the same boat on Tuesday night — desperately needing a victory to erase a three-week long losing streak.

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In a Tuesday night battle of region rivals, one displayed their dominance as one of the top teams in Class AAA, while the other is still searching for answers entering the final stretch of the season.

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The Central High School boys' basketball team went toe-to-toe with region contender Sandy Creek on Tuesday night, but the Patriots simply had too much firepower down the stretch in the 91-72 decision.

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The Mount Zion High School boys' basketball team avenged an early-season loss to region rival Trion on Tuesday night, picking up a 59-44 victory over the Bulldogs.

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Facing a roster twice its size, the West Georgia Technical College women's basketball team was overmatched from the opening tip on Monday afternoon.

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Stretches of games in consecutive days come with the territory when grinding through a tough region schedule, but the Villa Rica High School girls' basketball team has proven it can battle through any challenge.

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Coming off a hard-fought, one-point region road win on Friday night, the Carrollton High School boys' basketball team had to dig deep down the stretch less than 24 hours later to put Woodland of Cartersville away for the weekend sweep.

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Shon Thomaston doesn't necessarily always use the scoreboard as the judge, jury and executioner in evaluating his ballclub's performance.

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The University of West Georgia men's basketball team's Gulf South Conference struggles continued on Saturday, the latest instance being a 97-89 setback to West Florida at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Florida.

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The Temple High School boys' basketball team used a dominating start to jump on county rival Bowdon early and hung on down the stretch for an 82-69 victory on Saturday evening.

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The Bremen High School boys' basketball team once again proved it can run with the big dogs on Friday night. But the Blue Devils came up just short in their bid to knock off state power Calhoun.

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A showdown with region-leading Calhoun did not go well for the Bremen High School girls' basketball team, as it was stung by the turnover bug en route to a 69-51 setback on Friday night.

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The Bremen High School wrestling team is right on the cusp of climbing its way back to the top spot in the state for the first time since 2011.

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The Carrollton High School girls' basketball team pulled away for a 56-41 region victory over Kell on Friday night, outscoring the Lady Longhorns by a 31-18 count in the second half to improve to 14-1 overall on the year and 6-0 in league play.

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The new year has not been kind to the University of West Georgia men's basketball team, and now its season is right back at .500.

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Riding a two-game losing streak entering Thursday's rivalry game against Valdosta State, the University of West Georgia's women's basketball team needed a victory to keep pace in the Gulf South Conference standings.

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Rarely do high school seniors get an opportunity to avenge season-ending setbacks on the gridiron. But for a handful of Mount Zion High School wrestlers, that's exactly the case this afternoon.

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Following more than three decades in the coaching profession, Keith Holloway decided it was time to spread his wings and soar off into the sunset.

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Michael Cooney is hopeful that playing at home and in front of the student body for the first time in a long time will serve as the remedy to a tough stretch for his squad.

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The Haralson County High School girls' basketball team eased past Adairsville in a 75-45 region affair on Wednesday night.

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A trip to the Magnolia State didn't yield positive results for the University of West Georgia women's basketball team this past week. But those bad vibes can be erased in a hurry when Gulf South Conference rival Valdosta State rolls into town this evening.

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A pair of local wrestling programs are heading back to the GHSA State Duals at the Macon Centreplex this weekend following the long-awaited start and conclusion of the area duals.

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Round one of the Region 5-AA battle between the Temple and Heard County high school boys' basketball teams went the way of the Braves.

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Seeking a second consecutive berth in the GHSA State Duals, the Central High School wrestling team fell in a heartbreaker in the semifinal round of the Area 5-AAAA Duals to keep it home for the weekend.

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Having not played in a full week because of the winter storm last weekend, the Heard County High School girls' basketball team picked up where it left off, pounding region rival Temple in a 41-22 road tussle on Tuesday night.

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A car accident may have sidelined her for several months, but it couldn't keep Maci Holloway down.

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The University of West Georgia women's basketball team fell in a 73-58 Gulf South Conference contest to Mississippi College at A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton, Mississippi, on Monday evening.

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Part of the journey toward becoming a man entails making tough decisions regarding your future. And for Josh Walker, leaving the only place he's ever called home for the past 17 years certainly proved to be a difficult one.

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Billy Pollard has no qualms about arriving a little early to school these days.