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Atlanta Motor Speedway to host first NASCAR open team test ‘15

An open team test for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams Feb. 26 will kick off four consecutive days of on-track NASCAR action at Atlanta Motor Speedway leading into the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. Read More»

Two local wrestlers win at South Metro tournament

Logan Wesolowski, one of the winners last weekend, holding the official tournament bracket showing his weight class which is traditionally presented to each winner. Photo/Submitted.

WHS and SCHS pin opponents

Two varsity wrestlers from Fayette won their respective weight classes last weekend at the annual South Metro tournament at Luella High School. Thirty teams competed in the event, which is Georgia’s longest-running high school wrestling tournament, having run annually since 1971.

Logan Wesolowski of Whitewater won the championship in the 145-pound division, going 5-0 in the tournament. Jake Lee of Sandy Creek won the 106-pound division, also going undefeated, and improved his season record to 23-0. Read More»

Bonding at the food bank

The Rising Starr Cheerleaders met in November to work at the Midwest Food bank along with two of the captains of the football squad, Hannah Defler and Kristen Decos. Each month, the team gets together for a bonding event and in the month of November they decided to give back. Photo/Submitted.

The Rising Starr Cheerleaders met in November to work at the Midwest Food bank along with two of the captains of the football squad, Hannah Defler and Kristen Decos.

Each month, the team gets together for a bonding event and in the month of November they decided to give back. Photo/Submitted.

Adams named All-American

Garrison Adams of Fayetteville, a defender at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American first team, a week after his team won the national soccer championship. Photo/Special.

Garrison Adams of Fayetteville, a defender at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American first team, a week after his team won the national soccer championship.

Adams attended Landmark Christian School and came up through the AFC Lightning academy program.

A sophomore, he came to Lee last year from Mississippi State and scored five goals this season for the Flames, who defeated Bethel College of Indiana 2-1 in the Dec. 6 championship in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo/Special.

Olympic gold medalist eyes two more

Olympic gold-medalist and Fayette County native Christian Taylor. Photo/Special.

One of Fayette County’s most successful international athletes is gearing up for another season, and perhaps a repeat of Olympic glory.

So far, Christian Taylor’s biggest moment during his track and field career was when he stepped on the platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London to receive the gold medal for the triple jump.

While the Olympics is by far the most visible venue in which he competes, he stays busy in between Olympic competitions.
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Landmark senior signs with Stanford baseball

Ben Baggett, a senior at Landmark Christian School, signed a baseball scholarship with Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., during the early signing period in November. Photo/Submitted.

Ben Baggett, a senior at Landmark Christian School, signed a baseball scholarship with Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., during the early signing period in November.

So far in his prep career he has been named a Perfect Game third-team All-American, team MVP at Landmark and preseason All-State selection.

Last year he broke the school’s single-season and career strikeout records.

He also trained at Explosive Mechanics with Jared Bidne and played summer baseball with Esteban Maldonado and Lloyd Thompson with Home Plate. Photo/Submitted.

Basketball players net gifts for Christian City

The JV and varsity basketball teams at Landmark Christian School collected more than 45 gifts for the children at Christian City during the recent second annual “Landmark Never Stops Giving” Christmas party. Christian City is a non-profit, non-denominational organization providing ministry and care to children, the elderly, and the infirm in nearby Union City. The gifts were delivered last weekend. Photo/Submitted.

The JV and varsity basketball teams at Landmark Christian School collected more than 45 gifts for the children at Christian City during the recent second annual “Landmark Never Stops Giving” Christmas party. Christian City is a non-profit, non-denominational organization providing ministry and care to children, the elderly, and the infirm in nearby Union City. The gifts were delivered last weekend. Photo/Submitted.

Basketball results

BOYS
Fayette County is 1-3 and did not play last week.


Landmark is 5-2 after a 94-53 loss to Pace Academy and wins over Whitewater (87-71) and Drew Charter (104-48).


McIntosh is 5-0 after wins over Mundy’s Mill (66-40), Forest Park (57-54) and Starr’s Mill (69-55). In the Starr’s Mill game Jordan Lyons scored 32 points on seven three-pointers and 7-of-7 foul shots, while Chase Walters blocked seven shots, Will Washington had eight assists and Dishon Lowery grabbed nine rebounds. Read More»

Eye socket injury doesn’t dissuade eighth-grader

Pictured above and below, eighth-grader Summer Johnson. Johnson was hit by a 95 mph fastball in the eye last year, but has since recovered and now plays volleyball for Konos Academy. Photos/Submitted.

Konos volleyball player almost died after 95 mph hit to eye

A year ago, volleyball was not in the cards for Summer Johnson.

In fact, for a short time in 2013, her life was in jeopardy.

It makes her accomplishments on the volleyball court this fall even more remarkable.

In August of last year, Johnson sat in the stands on the third base line at a game in California, watching her older brother try out for the USA baseball team.

A 95 mph fastball was fouled off and hit her directly in the eye before she had time to react.
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Payne named top defensive player

Donald Payne, a Fayetteville resident and graduate of Landmark Christian School who has been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore defensive back for Stetson University. Photo/Submitted.

Donald Payne, a Fayetteville resident and graduate of Landmark Christian School, has been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore defensive back for Stetson University.

He received the honor by a vote of the league’s coaches.

Payne garnered the top defensive award just one year after being named the league’s Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, making him the first to accomplish that feat since freshman honors were created in 2006. Read More»

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