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This week: Georgia Tech spring game highlights a busy week
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This season will be one of much adjustment for the Georgia Tech football team. Fans will get a first-hand look during Saturday’s T-Day scrimmage game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The game starts at 12:30 p.m.

Many of the Yellow Jackets’ key players from last year’s ACC champion squad are now headed to the NFL, including running back Jonathan Dwyer, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and defensive lineman Derrick Morgan.

Now it’s a question to see which players are ready to step up and fill those big shoes.

At running back, Anthony Allen, Roddy Jones, Embry Peeples, Lucas Cox and Marcus Wright are the top candidates in their “A” back and “B” back positions in the backfield.

At wide receiver, the talent is a little more thin with Stephen Hill, Kevin Cone and Correy Earls as some of the top names.

There is no quarterback battle for the starter’s spot: That clearly belongs to redshirt junior Joshua Nesbitt. However, there is some debate for the No. 2 spot at QB with Jordan Luallen, Tevin Washington and freshman David Sims all in the running. With Nesbitt out due to injury this spring, the trio will get their last chance before August to try to claim the back-up role.

On defense, former local high school standouts Izaan Cross, from Flowery Branch High, and Logan Walls, a Dawson County High graduate, are expected to see considerable playing time.

: Region championships and berths to the state meet will be decided this week. Region 7-AAA girls will play today at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville, and the boys play Wednesday at Achasta in Dahlonega. Last year, Margaret Yeh of West Forsyth was the individual champion and Pickens won the team title on the girls side.

For the boys, North Hall senior Landry Haynes is the defending champion for the North Hall boys, who are looking to win their fourth straight region title.

Region 8-AA will determine its champions today at the Traditions course in Braselton. In Region 8-A, the championship will be decided on Tuesday at the Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant State Park in Franklin Springs. The Region 8-AAAA championships are today for the girls and Tuesday for the boys at The Orchard course in Clarkesville.

TENNIS: The high school tennis state playoffs open this week at various sites. On Tuesday, the West Hall boys play host to Cedartown at the Bobby Bailey Tennis Center in Flowery Branch.

Meanwhile, both Lakeview Academy tennis teams are in the playoffs: The boys visit Whitefield Academy at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while the girls play host to Holy Innocents’ on Wednesday.

The Flowery Branch and Johnson girls teams, and Gainesville boys are also in the postseason.

ATLANTA BRAVES: After a day off today, the Braves face their first NL East rival of the season starting Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. After three games against Philadelphia, the Braves visit the New York Mets.

On Tuesday, Tommy Hanson will take the mound for the third time this season. In his last outing, he only allowed four hits and an earned run in a win against the San Diego Padres.

: After a win in Game 1 of their first round playoff series, the Hawks play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Philips Arena. Game 3 is at 7 p.m. on Saturday on Milwaukee. Atlanta is looking to make it past the first round of the postseason for the second consecutive season.
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