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Talent-filled field expected for Lassiter 7-on-7 qualifier

Back in action after escaping elbow surgery following an injury during baseball season, North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen will be behind the line this weekend for a National Select 7-on-7 qualifier at Lassiter. Queen’s Warrior team is one of 32 in the tournament, which includes seven from Cobb County. Staff file photo by Jeff Stanton


While success in typical 7-on-7 tournaments is not necessarily an indication of how good or bad a season a football team may have, doing well in the National Select 7-on-7 may show a team is pointed in the right direction.

“All I know is we’ve always done really well,” said Lassiter coach Jep Irwin, who will have a team competing in the competition for the ninth straight year — the first seven at Pelham (Ala.) and the last two with the Trojans. “The competitiveness of the field is where you get better. With this field, every mistake is magnified. It’s intense. I do think (success in this tournament) can translate to the season.”

As competitive as the Lassiter-hosted qualifier has been in the past, this year’s field of 32 teams may be the strongest yet. Valdosta, Lovejoy, Grayson, Alpharetta, North Paulding and national power Hoover (Ala.) are just a few of the teams coming from outside the county to compete.

Joining Lassiter among Cobb County programs are Hillgrove, Kell, North Cobb, South Cobb, Walton and Whitefield Academy.

The winner of the two-day tournament will earn a spot in the national tournament next week in Hoover, Ala.

“Last year’s field was pretty strong,” Irwin said, “but I really think this may be the strongest we’ve ever had. This year, only Valdosta is fielding a ‘B’ team, and they are going to be pretty good. Last year, we had 28 teams, with four ‘B’ teams, so this is an improved field, even with the loss of North Gwinnett. Grayson took their spot, and we had to turn some good teams away.”

Some of the premier players expected to be in the event include: Hoover running back Bradrick Shaw (committed to Auburn) and linebacker Darrell Williams, Lovejoy receiver Preston Williams (Tennessee), Shiloh receiver Cameron Stewart (Central Florida), Valdosta linebacker Brian Bell (Florida State) Jefferson quarterback Evan Shirreffs and North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen (Auburn).

A 7-on-7 tournament matches the offensive skill position players against a defense’s linebacking corps and secondary. Play starts at the 40-yard line going in, and once the quarterback has the ball, he has 4 seconds to get off a throw. Touchdowns are worth six points, with an extra point earned by completing a 10-yard pass into the end zone.

For the defense, interceptions are worth three points, and one returned for a touchdown is worth six. A play ends when the ball hits the ground, or when a defender pulls an offensive player’s flag. Tackling is not allowed.

The tournament will run today and Saturday. Today’s pool play will be split into morning and afternoon waves. After the completion of pool play, teams will be ranked from 1 through 32 and placed in the tournament bracket.

Double-elimination tournament play will start Saturday at 9 a.m., and a championship game is scheduled for around 4 p.m.

Games will be streamed live at, by selecting the “NFHS Network Broadcasts” link and then finding the Georgia qualifier.

Updates on scores and bracket play will be available via a mobile app, by visiting the Select 7-on-7 website and selecting the Georgia qualifier.


(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by John Bednarowski, July 11, 2014. Click HERE to read the original article.) 

*Facebook Friday Freebie! Enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Which Wich in East Cobb!


Attention sandwich lovers! This week’s Facebook Friday Freebie is a wichalicious one that you won’t want to miss! We are giving away a $50 Gift Card to Which Wich of East Cobb! You can get a lot of sandwiches with this one!! Enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Which Wich of East Cobb!

The Freebie:

One lucky East Cobber will enjoy a $50 Gift Card to Which Wich of East Cobb.

Which Wich is a fresh, innovative concept featuring superior sandwiches served in an edgy, magnetic environment. Which Wich is committed to creating the best sandwiches available. They offer more than 50 varieties of customizable “wiches,” from the signature Wicked, loaded with five meats (turkey, ham, roast beef, pepperoni, and bacon) and three cheeses, to unique items such as Thank You Turkey, with stuffing and cranberry sauce. The Which Wich menu also includes plenty of vegetarian options and several healthy wiches for less than 400 calories each. Even the extras are held to high standards: signature house chips, hand-dipped shakes, and just-out-of-the-oven cookies are as superior as the sandwiches.

Which Wich is located off Johnson Ferry Road in the Target Shopping Center. For more information, please visit their website at

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EAST COBBER FunMom Frugal Family Field Trip of the Day: Feed the Animals Friday!

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve – Feed the Animals Friday View live amphibians and reptiles, feed ducks, hike trails, and view traditional Native American Indian dwellings!

Cost: Free, donations encouraged

Time: 10 am-4 pm

Where: 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022

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On Friday, June 20, Atlanta Swim Academy participated in the 5th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

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EAST COBBER Frugal Fun Mom Family Field Trips this week: July 12-18


And here we go, more Frugal Fun Mom Family Field Trips for you and your little ones! We’re always excited to bring you the best cheap (or my favorite, FREE) events and activities East Cobb has to offer. Don’t miss a single one of these great outings.


Saturday, July  12
Cobb County Animal Control – Kritters and Kids Cobb County Animal Control will be hosting their second annual “Kritters and Kids” Funfest. Features a variety of organizations speaking on safety, health, and responsible pet ownership. During this year’s expanded program, parents and children can learn how to greet dogs and cats they do not know, discover the importance of vet visits, learn if your dog could become a therapy animal and more.

Cost: FREE

Time: 10AM-1PM

Where: 1060 Al Bishop Drive Marietta, GA 30008

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Sunday, July 13
The Federal Occupation of Roswell: A Living History Event. Travel back in time to the 1864 occupation of Roswell by the Union Army at this staged reenactment at Barrington Hall. You’ll see the encampment of Union soldiers (General Kenner Garrard’s troops) on the lawn of Barrington Hall, a reenactment of the arrest of the women mill workers in Town Square, live music of the 1860s (including the 8th Regiment Band), interactive demonstrations of 1860s formal dance by Stately Vintage Dancers, and much more

Cost: Free

Time: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr. Roswell, GA 30075

For More Info: 770-640-3855 or


Monday, July 14
Gritters Library – Family Movie Matinee – Bring the family for a screening of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”. For more information call 770-528-2524

Cost: FREE

Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Where: 880 Shaw Park Road Marietta, GA 30066

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Tuesday, July 15
Park 12 Cobb – $1 Summer Movie Series. Playing this Thursday is “Escape from Planet Earth”. Seating is limited and doors open at 9:15am – call to check movie titles as they may change.

Cost: $1 Admission

Time: 10AM-1PM

Where: Park 12 Cobb Stadium Cinemas 2925 W. Frank Gordy Parkway Marietta, GA 30066

For More Info: 770-971-1200


Wednesday, July 16
East Cobb Library- Grow and Change. Join a park ranger to explore the life cycles of some familiar wildlife and understand that things grow and change. Using songs, movement, and role-play, students will discover the life stages of frogs and butterflies as these animals grow from baby to adult. Presented by the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. For ages 5 & up, registration is required.

Cost: Free

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Where: East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068

For more info: Email: or 770-509-2730


Thursday, July 17
Toddler Time at Sky Zone Kennesaw. Have fun with your toddler at Sky Zone Kennesaw every Tuesday and Thursday morning before the facility opens to the general public. If you can walk, then you can jump! That’s the philosophy at Sky Zone. Parents must accompany children. GREAT PRICE! This event is for toddlers/kids (five and under) and parents.

Cost: $12 per family

Time: 9:30AM to 11:00AM (Thursdays Only)

Where: 1650 Airport Rd. NW St. 105 Kennesaw, GA 30144

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Friday, July 18
Visit the Root House, the former home of one of Marietta’s earliest merchants. Conveniently located at the corner of North Marietta Loop and Polk Street, the Root House Museum is an excellent place to learn the history of picturesque and historic Cobb County, Georgia.

Cost: FREE

Time: 11:00am until 4:00pm, tours at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

Where: 145 Denmead St NW, Marietta, GA 30060

For more info: or 770-426-4982


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Booked for Lunch with East Cobb Senior Center

BOOKED for Lunch Club: Book Signing and Luncheon
July 21 | 11:30am – 1pm.
$5 Cobb residents, $6 Non-residents

This month, the BOOKED for Lunch Club is reading Murder Half Baked, by Kathleen Delaney. Ms. Delaney will be joining the group for a discussion of her book and how she got into writing, a book signing and a  wonderful lunch. If you are not a member of the book club, please come for this event and consider joining on a regular basis. The book club meets the third Monday of the month. Ms. Delaney’s books will be available for purchase.


All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Board petitions for new math test


The Cobb school board recently voted 6-0 to sign a petition asking for a new option in Georgia’s standardized math tests.

Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said there are two different methods to teaching math in the state. Discreet math is the traditional method, where there are separate courses for subjects such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry. The other method is integrated math, which combines elements of each subject.

Right now, Georgia’s standardized test, which starting in the upcoming school year will be known as the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, is geared toward integrated math. The petition asks the state to give school districts the second option of a test geared toward discreet math.

Angelucci said Georgia is one of only four states in the nation to use the integrated math model. She hopes the petition can help change that.

“You have to lead by example,” she said.

Mary Elizabeth Davis, Cobb’s chief academic officer, said Cobb currently uses the integrated math model. 

(Excerpted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Read the entire article HERE.) 

California Pizza Kitchen adds new menu items


California Pizza Kitchen has added some new menu items that are sure to become summer favorites. Three additions to the “small plate” menu include three new flatbreads that are the Bianco (whipped truffle cream, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella and sage); the Shaved Mushroom and Spinach (Cremini mushrooms, sautéed spinach, and olive oil with romano and parmesan); and the Spicy Fennel Sausage and Poblano (sausage, mozzarella, roasted chiles, Greek oregano and spicy marinara). Nothing tastes like summer like CPK’s California Fields Salad. It’s a perfect light meal for lunch or dinner on a hot day. It’s made with fresh fruit of watermelon and strawberries mixed into field greens with a house made vinaigrette, Feta and pistachios.

Visit California Pizza Kitchen in East Cobb at 4250 Roswell Rd, 30068, call them at 770-971-7950 or visit


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Make summer memories! Community Events July 11 – 17.


The Roswell Summer Puppet Series is ongoing through July at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Celebrate the summer with fun, family-friendly activities all week long! For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email or visit for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.


Every Saturday
Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or

Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or


July 11
Antique Gun & Military Collectibles Show & Sale. Friday: 12-5pm. Saturday: 9am-4pm. $7/adults; $1/ages 6-12. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: Richard Shields, 704-282-1339 or

Men of Motown features hits from the biggest and brightest of the Motown sound such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, and many many more. Fridays: 8pm; Saturdays: 8pm; Sundays: 3pm. $20/Individual; $15/Seniors. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info/tickets: 770-293-0080 or


July 12
Living History Event: The Federal Occupation of Roswell. Music of the period, demonstrations of the formal dancing of the 1860s and food vendors. The reenactment of the arrests will take place twice each day. 10am-4pm. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info: 770-640-3855 or


July 13
Concerts by the Springs: Grains of Sand Band presented by City of Sandy Springs. 7-8:30pm. Lawn opens at 5pm. Free. Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs. More info: 404-851-9111, ext. 4 or


July 14
Cobb Chamber First Monday Breakfast. Featured Speaker: Eddie Capel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manhattan Associates. Program: Leadership Cobb. 7:30am. General admission: $60. Members: $25 online (by noon, July 9); $40 at door. Cobb Galleria Center, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-980-2000 or


July 15
Roswell Summer Puppet Series. Nationally-renowned puppeteers bring all varieties of puppets and marionettes to the stage for a collection of whimsical and captivating performances. Monday-Saturday: 10am. Additional shows Wednesday and Friday: 1pm. Tickets: $5/person or $30/person for summer pass. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More info/tickets: 770-594-6232 or


July 16
Summer J.A.M. The Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations and the Cobb Chamber partner for the annual Summer J.A.M. (Joint Association Meeting). This event promotes exposure and awareness of local business associations throughout the county. 5-8pm. $10 online (register in advance by June 13); $30 at the door. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. More info: 770-859-2341 or



July 17
READing Paws.
This one-on-one program is designed to promote confidence and to encourage independent reading skills. Recommended for grades 1-5. Registration required. 3:30-4:30pm. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2730 or


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