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Local sports briefs: Medlen leads G-Braves to 2-0 win
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Gwinnett Braves’ starter Kris Medlen propelled the Gwinnett Braves to a 2-0 shut out of the Syracuse Chiefs.

Medlen, who retired the first eight Syracuse batters he faced, picked up his team-best fourth win of the season. He is now 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA. Medlen allowed just three base runners on two hits and a walk in the win.

Outfielder Brandon Jones was 1-for-3 and picked up the only RBI in the game on a first-inning single. J.C. Holt scored the second run of the game in the second inning.

Henshaw named all-conference

Army baseball player and North Hall High grad Joey Henshaw was named to the Patriot League first-team all-conference team Tuesday.

Henshaw, a sophomore, was one of seven Black Knights named to the first team, a school and conference record.

Henshaw batted .406 with a team-high nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 42 games this season. His 67 hits led Army which won the Patriot League title.

State contenders featured on HCS-TV 

Spring sports are in full swing on Hall County Sports Television, with the area’s playoff teams in baseball, soccer and track making an appearance this week.

In baseball, Flowery Branch enters the Class AAA playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAA. Falcons coach Jimmy Lawler and players James Mills and Jimmy Fitzgerald join the show to reflect on the season and discuss their upcoming series with Oconee County.

The North Hall girls soccer team also makes an appearance on the show. Lady Trojans coach Nathan Wallace and goalkeeper Mary Mancin discuss Friday’s state championship game with St. Pius X. They are joined by West Hall coach Wolfgang Jager, whose Spartans play for a state title bid today.

Also on the show this week is Gainesville track and field coach Todd Wofford, whose Red Elephants are fresh off a Region 7-AAA title and next head to Jefferson for the state meet.

Weightlifting coaches Stan Luttrell of Chestatee and Jim Pavao of Gainesville also stop by to discuss their team’s wins at the Georgia Bench Press Championships and State Olympic-Style Weightlifting Championships last week.

HCS-TV airs at 8 and 9 tonight, 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday on Charter channel 23.

Lady Saints now ranked No. 1 in national poll

The North Georgia & State University softball team moved up to the No. 1 ranking in Wednesday’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division-II Poll, marking the first top ranking in school history.

The Saints (43-3) claim the ranking after spending the entire season in the top 25 and 10 weeks in the top 10. They were No. 2 for three weeks before moving up.

North Georgia plays host to Queens University at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Saints are one of 16 host sites for the NCAA region tournaments.

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