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Rain doesn’t put a damper on Greater Gwinnett Championship events

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FROM THE PAPER STAFF REPORTS

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 DULUTH – The rain didn’t put a damper on things as Champions Tour Professionals, amateurs, members of the United States Military and patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoyed Wednesday’s Greater Gwinnett Championship events.

President’s Cup captains Jay Haas and Nick Price offered an exclusive inside the ropes conversation to VIP guests at the Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Legends & Lore event.Haas will play in this weekend’s Greater Gwinnett Championship. He tees off at 11:50 a.m. Friday.

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Dragons, Lady Dragons take tri-meet against region-rival Morgan Co. and Commerce

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Jefferson hosts tri-meet as spring sporting action continues. See more scenes in Charles Phelps' photo gallery below.

Jefferson hosts tri-meet as spring sporting action continues. See more scenes in Charles Phelps’ photo gallery below.

BY CHARLES PHELPS

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JEFFERSON – The Jefferson High School boys’ and girls’ track and field team is working towards peaking when the Region 8-AAA meet comes around. But, taking the Jackson County Championship next week isn’t a bad goal either.

 After a week away for Spring Break, both groups knocked off the rust and even put up new season-best times on Wednesday against region-rival Morgan County and in-county rival Commerce.

The Dragons scored 136 points to take the boys’ meet. They bested Morgan County by 115 points. Commerce scored 13 points.

The Dragons took first-place honors in 15 of 16 events.

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TENNIS: Beatty, Yates lead Lady Dragons to 5-0 sweep over Lady Tigers on Senior Day

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Tigers edge out Dragons, 3-2

BY CHARLES PHELPS

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JEFFERSON – With the Region 8-AAA tennis tournament looming next Thursday and Friday, the Jefferson Lady Dragons’ tennis team looks to be trending upward and a berth in the Class AAA state playoffs is very much within reach.

On Thursday, the Lady Dragons romped the Commerce Lady Tigers 5-0. Thursday was also Senior Day, and seniors Charley Beatty and Olivia Yates performed well. Both won in straight sets. Yates didn’t lose a game in her 6-0, 6-0 rout against Morgan Pyrzenski. Beatty defeated Chandler Klugh 6-2, 6-2.

Junior Cailyn Dianni (No. player) extended the Lady Dragons’ singles dominance as she swept Commerce’s Maddie Lumpkin in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

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Griggs fans 7 Dragons as Jackson Co. tops Jefferson; doubleheader set for Friday night at Jackson Co.

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The Dragons and Panthers will play a doubleheader this Friday at Jackson County. See scenes from Tuesday's action in Charles Phelps' photo gallery below.

The Dragons and Panthers will play a doubleheader this Friday at Jackson County. See scenes from Tuesday’s action in Charles Phelps’ photo gallery below.

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

 JEFFERSON – Jackson County starting pitcher Chris Griggs recorded seven strikeouts and gave up only five hits in the Panthers’ 2-0 over rival Jefferson. It was the Panthers fourth straight win and third straight shutout.

Jackson County first baseman Joel Ellis did damage from the plate, connecting for three singles and knocking home starting pitcher Chris Griggs twice for both Panther runs (first and seventh inning).

Griggs, second basebman Chandler Saine and left fielder Travis Vickers recorded hits for the Panthers. Like Ellis, all three hits were singles.

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Greater Gwinnett Championship announces three Hall of Famers for Novelis Celebrity Challenge

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Players support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Compete for Cooper Cup honoring Cooper O’Brien

GWINNETT COUNTY – The Greater Gwinnett Championship, an official event on the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, announced Tuesday the participants of the 2015 Novelis Celebrity Challenge. Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta Braves legend John Smoltz and College Football Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler will play their own competitive round of golf for charity within the tournament on Saturday, April 18.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Novelis again this year to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Stan Hall, executive director of the Greater Gwinnett Championship. “Last year’s event was a treat and the children really enjoyed their time with the celebrity players.”
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