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Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox dismissed from team after marijuana arrest
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Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox has been dismissed from the boys basketball program following an arrest on campus for possession of marijuana.

The misdemeanor arrest was made Feb. 4 following a search of school grounds, according to Gainesville police spokesman corporal Kevin Holbrook.

The fifth-ranked Red Elephants (24-2) played without the senior Wednesday night, when they defeated Salem 58-57 in the Region 8-AAAAA quarterfinals at Gainesville High and secured a spot in the Class AAAAA state tournament.

Gainesville will face Cedar Shoals in the tournament semifinals on Friday at Salem High in Conyers.

Maddox, 18, was suspended for one game earlier this season during the opening round of the Lanierland tournament.

Gainesville coach Benjie Wood said at the time Maddox’s absence from the Dec. 27 game was for disciplinary reasons.

Maddox also started at second base for the Red Elephants baseball team last season and was an integral part of that program’s run to the state semifinals. He has signed a baseball scholarship to play at Ole Miss.

Maddox is no longer listed on the team roster of the Gainesville baseball program’s official website. A call to Red Elephants baseball coach Jeremy Kemp seeking comment on Maddox’s status with the team was not returned Thursday night.

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