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Showcases and spotlights local high school sports and sports leagues. Recreational resources are also reviewed.

Kennesaw State Inks Eight Early for Lacrosse Signing Class


The Kennesaw State lacrosse team has officially signed eight high school recruits in its 2015 class during the National Letter of Intent signing period.

Head coach Kristina Llanes and the Owls welcome Lauren Hoffman, Shannon Moore, Alexandra Bunn, Molly Tobias, Jacqueline Kisthardt, Kell High School’s Haley Swift, Taylor Catts, and Allison Delaney from teams across the nation.

“The women’s lacrosse staff is extremely excited about the class of 2019,” Llanes said. “The student athletes in this class are all talented young women who will bring a strong work ethic, high lacrosse IQ and will contribute to the rising success of the Kennesaw State University lacrosse program. We look forward to them getting to campus in the fall and know they will finish out their senior year of high school strong in the classroom and on the field.”

Haley Swift, a four year starter in the midfield helped Kell High School win the 2014 GHSA AAAAA State Championship. Along with winning a state championship, Catts was on the Second Team All-State Team for AAAAA.

According to Coach Llanes, Haley Swift is a local midfielder who has a natural instinct to goal and also works extremely hard in midfield transition. She will contribute immediately on both ends of the field and continue to grow into an impact player.”


Anytime Fitness announces its opening in East Cobb!


Anytime Fitness, the world largest and fastest growing 24-hour co-ed fitness franchise, is pleased to announce it is open for fitness in the Parkaire Kroger shopping center. We plan to open the first week of December, 2014.

“For many people, joining a gym can be an intimidating experience” said Libby Kelley, Anytime Fitness club owner.  “Our gym is small enough that we can provide personalized attention for all of our members.  Whether weight-loss is your goal, or increased strength or improved balanced and flexibility – or a combination of some of those things – at Anytime Fitness, we’re able to help you achieve whatever results you seek.”

Nationwide, the average Anytime Fitness club has about 800 members.  The gyms are staffed roughly 16 hours a day, but members can access the club whenever they like – even during unstaffed hours – using a computerized key-fob system.

“We make it easy for our members to exercise whenever and however they like,” said Kelley.  “The gym will always be clean and well-maintained, featuring the best exercise equipment available.  We have personal trainers available to help you learn how to use all of the equipment and to develop an individualized workout plan, if you like.  We also have a ‘Fitness on Request’ system that allows members to choose from dozens of video classes whenever it’s most convenient for them.”

Membership at one Anytime Fitness club gives members access to 2,400 clubs worldwide as wells access to, the most comprehensive online wellness support system available.

The layout of each club is designed for quick and effective exercise. At the Anytime Fitness club in East Cobb members have full use of top-quality equipment and amenities, including:

  • Circuit and resistance training machines
  • Free weights
  • Cardio equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes
  • Group fitness classes, including Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Body Sculpt, Silver Sneakers,
  • Cardio Kickboxing,  and more!
  • Private bathrooms, changing rooms and showers

In anticipation of our opening in December, we are offering a pre-sale membership price of $1 down and $29 per month.  Club tours will be available during construction.  Membership information is available at the club, by calling 678-909-5095 or by emailing


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Future Braves Stars Host Baseball Clinic for East Marietta Little Leaguers

East Marietta little leaguers pose with Braves minor leaguers at the September Baseball Clinic held at Sewell Park in East Cobb.

East Marietta little leaguers pose with Braves minor leaguers at the September Baseball Clinic held at Sewell Park in East Cobb.

It was a clear, crisp morning on Saturday, September 20 as fourteen of the best Minor League players from the Braves organization took to the field at East Marietta Little League at Sewell Park in East Cobb County. About 60 youth baseball players were there and ready to learn hitting, fielding, and base running from these “Future Stars.” These Braves Minor Leaguers were chosen as the best pitchers and hitters from each league leading up to the Major League Atlanta Braves (from Dominican Summer League, to Rookie ball, all the way through the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves). As part of the weekend festivities for the players, they volunteered their Saturday morning to teach young ballplayers many of the skills that led them to where they are today.

The clinic was split into four stations: hitting, infield work, base running, and outfield work. There were 3-4 players at each station, which gave ample instruction to each group of 15 ballplayers. By the end of the clinic not only were the young ballplayers worn out, but so were the Minor Leaguers!

Once the clinic ended – everyone gathered back on the main field for a group photo. Then came a nice surprise, autographs! An autograph station was set up for all the participants to get signatures from the “Future Stars.” A gift bag with a Braves t-shirt, a Braves sticker, and a Braves hat was also given to each participant. Many of these “Future Stars” will be on the Major League roster in a few years, so this was a great opportunity to meet and learn from the baseball players now.

Thankful to be able to give back to the community, the players really enjoyed their experience interacting with the youngsters. Ronnie Richardson, Director of Minor League Operations, had this to say about the clinic, “The overall experience for our players was great and they truly enjoyed interacting with the fans. Our goal is not only to develop good baseball players, but also to develop players that have a desire to give back to the community when they have the opportunity.”

Below are the Minor League players that participated in the clinic.

  • Jason Hursh – Mississippi Braves
  • Williams Perez – Mississippi Braves
  • Nate Hyatt – Lynchburg Hillcats
  • Yean Carlos Gil – Rome Braves
  • Alec Grosser – Danville Braves
  • Jorge Zavala – Gulf Coast League
  • Dilmer Mejia – Dominican Summer League
  • Jose Peraza – Mississippi Braves
  • Kyle Kubitza – Mississippi Braves
  • Kyle Wren – Lynchburg Hillcats
  • Jake Schrader – Rome Braves
  • Ozhaino Albies – Danville Braves
  • Alejandro Salazar – Dominican Summer League

Look for these outstanding young men to be with the Atlanta Braves in the near future!


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Cobb Photography: “Nature Photography” with Tom & Pat Cory


Join the Cobb Photographic Society the 3rd Monday of every month to hear interesting talks on a variety of photography subjects from talented local and regional photographers.

On Monday, November 17th, nature photographers Tom & Pat Cory, a husband and wife team based in Chattanooga, will share their insights on perfecting your nature photographs.  Their work has been published in a number of calendars and publications, such as Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, Nature’s Best, Delta’s Sky Magazine and Blue Ridge Country. They host a number of photographic workshops for students of the art of nature photograghy locally, nationally and internationally each year.

To learn more about this talented duo, view their work and learn about their upcoming workshops, visit:


This is event and open to the public.

The Cobb Photographic Society is a photography club located in Marietta, GA. The CPS welcomes photographers of all skill and ability levels. To learn more about the Cobb Photographic Society, visit:


YMCA Cobb Adult Soccer to host St. Nickolas Charity Soccer Event

ST Nick 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater

Registration is open for the 2014 St. Nickolas Charity Soccer Event, hosted by YMCA Cobb Adult Soccer. All Donations benefit local Must Ministries Toy Box in Marietta.

The St. Nickolas Charity Soccer Event will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 10am-5pm, at Custer Park in Marietta off Highway 41 & the North Marietta Parkway. Four divisions will compete – Men’s Open Rec, Men’s Over 30, Women’s & Coed
Small Sided 7v7 with small goals and 35 minute halves.

Per Player Entry is a Toy (new & unwrapped), valued at $25.00 or greater – please include batteries if required. Candy Canes, hot chocolate and water for everyone are provided.

Prizes for Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Best Christmas Hat and Best Team Costume. All referee, officials and staff are volunteers, donating their time to make this possible.

Registration opened November 1. This is a Rain/Snow/ or Shine event. For more information contact Karon Beyer at or call (404) 317-9245.

The St. Nickolaus Charity event was founded five years ago and has continued to grow annually. They have found a permanent home the 1st Sunday in December at Custer Park through the generosity of the Cobb YMCA. Every year the goal is to continue to raise the Toy donation by 25%, with last year’s total of over 200 toys ($5,000.00)


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7th Annual 1940s Swing Dance is Saturday

Commemorate the 1940s era with an evening of dancing to the live Big Band music of the Peachtree Jazz Edition on Saturday, November 15, 7pm. The program supports Feed the Future, a KSU initiative to assist students in need. The evening will include:

  • Peachtree Jazz Edition’s 18-piece orchestra and vocalist
  • Beginner swing dance lessons
  • 1940s-style photo shoot and costume contest

Join in the fun by wearing 1940s attire! (not required). Open to the public, no reservations required. Admission is FREE with the donation of one non-perishable food item.

Dance held at Kennesaw State University Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

For more information call 470-578-2083 or email



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Dreams of Recovery Celebrity Golf Tournament Scheduled November 10


On Monday, November 10, Dreams of Recovery along with Fredi Gonzalez, Manager of the Atlanta Braves, will be hosting their second annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at White Columns Country Club in Milton, GA. The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation was founded in 2008 after Cindy (an East Cobb resident) was injured sunbathing in her driveway when she was struck by a vehicle leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. After raising funds for her personal therapy, she and Fredi saw how many others were struggling with the same financial needs for therapy. Activity-based therapy costs $100 per hour,  approximately $12,000 to $15,000 every three months, which it takes three months for a body to learn and retain a new skill.

Not only is therapy beneficial for motor recovery but it also helps prevent secondary complications. The Foundation not only helps with therapy, but for those who live in rural areas and do not have transportation to a rehabilitation facility, the Foundation provides therapeutic equipment for patients to use in their home. This equipment is very expensive and can range from $5,000 to $30,000. Each recipient could possibly receive a grant up to $15,000 for therapy or therapeutic equipment.

Please join Dreams of Recovery Foundation in their mission to help raise awareness and funds for individuals with spinal cord and/or acquired brain injuries by participating in their Celebrity Golf Tournament on November 10. Registration begins at 10am, Shotgun start at 12pm. Lunch will be provided.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities please visit their website at or call 770-675-6565.

Life is not a Spectator Sport

Are you living with aches and pains or limited range of motion that makes all things you used to do with ease almost impossible? WellStar clinical experts will present the latest information on hip and knee technology advancements and surgical treatment options that can help you get back in the game.

WellStar Cobb Hospital
3950 Austell Rd., Austell, GA
Tuesday, Nov. 11
6:30-8:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.)

Registration is required for this free program. For more information, or to register, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

(Source: WellStar) 

Sunday is “The Ultimate Cheer Fest”


Cobb County PARKS and Cheertyme will host the 6th Annual Ultimate Cheer Fest at the Cobb Civic Center. This competition will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2.

The Ultimate Cheer Fest is an opportunity for cheerleaders, ages 5 and up, to compete in cheer and dance. Each team will have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to perform their routine. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and medal as part of their registration fee. Team trophies will also be awarded for each place. Our top two teams that are awarded the “Grand Champion” title will receive jackets and banners.

Spectators are encouraged to support their favorite teams as spirit and sportsmanship awards will be given. For more information, please contact Wendy Collins or call 770-528-8885 or email

Vote for Sprayberry as WSB’s Game of the Week

Sprayberry High School Yellow Jacket Football team is up for game of the week for Channel 2 WSBTV for Friday’s game against Kell. Voting is open and you can vote numerous times before voting closes on Thursday. Vote at

On Facebook?  Every “like” a game gets on Facebook earns five extra bonus votes. Visit to earn the bonus votes.
Go Yellow Jackets!