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.
Buford sophomore volleyball player Morgan Mitchell fought through a poisonous snake bite earlier this year, suffered in the Ted’s Montana Grill parking lot near the Mall of Georgia
Where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in this week’s college football TV games
GWINNETT GRADS: Memorable senior day soccer finishes for GAC’s Gandy-Cromer, North’s Edwards
News and notes about Gwinnett products faring well in college athletics
Region football standings
Central Gwinnett suffered a rough loss to Grayson last week, while Archer continues to impress in region play
Collins Hill and Mill Creek, two teams in a four-team tie for second place in the region, face off Friday night
Richard Schumacher, who passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer, made a giant impact during his tenure at Meadowcreek
News and notes about Gwinnett County products faring well in college athletics
Beloved wrestling coach Richard Schumacher, a former East Stroudsburg All-American who led Meadowcreek's wrestling program back to prominence, died Monday night after a battle with pancreatic cancer
Dacula got a big battle from struggling Brookwood in a Region 8-AAAAAA game Friday night