Rolling Hills Prep, Northview fall in girls’ basketball state finals


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Nothing can compare to losing a parent, most certainly not losing a state championship basketball game. Rolling Hills Prep junior point guard Madison Yamada lost both within the last month.

Yamada had nine points and eight assists to lead a spirited comeback Saturday, but Yamada and her teammates couldn’t get past the Atherton Menlo Knights and lost 70-63 in the Division II final at the Golden 1 Center.

Yamada lost her father, Scott, to a heart attack in late January and said her team rallied around her and helped her deal with the loss. It was Yamada, a co-captain, helping her teammates deal with the loss Saturday.

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Longtime Georgia football coach Don Savage, who finished his career at Norcross, passes away

Savage was previously head football coach at both Dunwoody, his alma mater, and Northview. He coached at Dunwoody from 1992 to 2001, serving as head coach from 1997-01. He was head coach at Northview from 2002-07 before joining the staff at Norcross, where he coached both football and baseball and helped the Blue Devils to back-to-back state football championships in 2012 and 2013. He began his career at Lithia Springs, where he coached from 1989-92.

He was a three-sport athlete at Dunwoody in football, basketball and baseball before playing college football at William and Mary.

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Auburn, which hadn’t qualified for March Madness since 2003 and hadn’t competed in a postseason tournament of any kind since 2009, is back in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers were announced as one of the 68 teams to make the field Sunday evening. Their celebration comes 5,436 days after the program’s last tournament game ‘ a one-point loss to Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen on March 28, 2003.

The SEC regular-season co-champions earned the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region (Omaha, Neb.) and will play 13-seed College of Charleston in San Diego, Calif. in the first round on Friday at 6:27 p.m. CT (TruTV). The winner of that game will face either 5-seed Clemson or 12-seed New Mexico State in the second round on Sunday.

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High school winter sports all-league team honors for boys, girls wrestling – Star

Eastlake High School senior Ben Martinez qualified for his second trip to the California state boys wrestling championship meet. He led a contingent of four Metro Conference qualifiers to the two-day meet in Bakersfield March 2-3.

Martinez (30-8) had the best showing in the group with a 2-2 record to finish among the top 16 wrestlers in his weight class. He finished two wins from earning a place-finish in the tournament.

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‘The whole atmosphere around the arena was electrifying,’ Martinez said. ‘The excitement level increased every round.

‘The quality of competition is second to none. California is considered one of the best state tournaments. It’s almost at the college level. Everyone is at that level.’

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