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.
Jesse Brown, a Northwestern commitment, has carried a heavy load in the Brookwood offense since his sophomore season
Where to watch Gwinnett products on TV in this week’s college football action
News and notes about Gwinnett products faring well in college athletics
A one-time long shot for pro baseball, Providence Christian grad Collin McHugh has reached a level of MLB success that no Gwinnett pitcher before him has achieved
Within four years, Mill Creek senior Aaron Anderson lost his father and his older brother, but he has rebounded for success on and off the football field
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Under Armour All-American Game annually make recruiting Gwinnett players a mission
Peachtree Ridge will honor former standout Bradley Roby, now a Denver Bronco, with a special ceremony at Friday’s home game
Where to watch Gwinnett grads in this week’s college football TV action
News and notes about Gwinnett grads faring well beyond high school athletics
The Georgia High School Association has set its quarterfinal and semifinal locations, and also has firmed up a schedule for the state finals in Macon