My parents moved to a newly growing Gwinnett County back in 1978, when I was 5, and since that day my home and my life has centered around this now sprawling suburbia.
Back when we moved from my native Alabama, there wasn’t much in Gwinnett. I used to ride my bike across two-lane Ga. Hwy. 29 in Lawrenceville with ease. I took a fourth-grade field trip to see Gwinnett Place Mall under construction.
I went to Bethesda Elementary, Sweetwater and Richards Middle (the first year it opened) and Brookwood High School, prior to majoring in journalism at the University of Georgia. Just a few months after graduation, I accepted a sports writer position at the Daily Post in March 1997 and was promoted to sports editor in 2005.
During my time here, I have witnessed some of the incredible talent that continues to pipeline through the county. Six-time MLB all-star Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves. World Cup forward Josh Wolff. Basketball star Maya Moore. A handful of Olympians.
As of the end of the 2010-11 school year, Gwinnett¹s high school teams had won 213 state championships during my time at the Daily Post. I’ve been fortunate enough to see many of those in person. I look forward to seeing many more in Gwinnett, where I still live with my wife and two young children.
Dacula grad Joe Efford passed up a scholarship to UNC-Greensboro for pro tryouts in Europe and earned a spot on the roster of Spanish club RCD Mallorca
North Gwinnett lost a lot to graduation, leaving plenty of offseason holes to fill in the lineup before the 2015 football season starts
Wesleyan’s football team will feature its biggest-ever senior class this season
New head coach Philip Jones and some new assistant coaches brought Brookwood football an offseason of change, while also keeping some old traditions alive
Andrew Webb already had some impressive labels, but now he can add national champion to the list
The talent, and the expectations, are rising for the Mountain View football program, which has a new head coach in Nick Bach
A handful of talented Peachtree Ridge football players off last year’s team are playing in college now, but it’s clear that the talent pool there is just fine. One visit to spring practice this year was a good reminder of that.
Mill Creek’s football team will lean on its tested defense early in the season while an inexperienced offense grows up
Meadowcreek has turned to one of its most accomplished alums, Sherida Triggs, to turn around its girls basketball program
Greater Atlanta Christian’s football team finished as the Class AA runner-up last season thanks in large part to some of the more dynamic playmakers in the state