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Region 5-3A Title Game May Not Be a Shootout

ATLANTA -- Grady and Cedar Grove play for the Region 5-3A championship and both teams' records indicate a lot of points will be scored this Friday. Grady is averaging 42 points per game this season and Cedar Grove has scored 34 points or more for four straight games. But do not bank on a high-scoring game. Grady head coach Ronnie Millen said fans may see more defense than they are expecting.

"They're an explosive team, so I would think it'd probably be an offensive game, but then again that's what everybody thought about St. Pius and that was 7-6," Millen said.

St. Pius was averaging 41 points per game, but the Golden Lions could only manage two field goals and Grady's Marcus Caffey was the only person to score a touchdown for either team.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 10 Winner

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Georgia high school football fans flooded last week's voting for 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week. All three candidates were deserving, but the fans decided that last week's award most belonged to a defensive player.

Etowah linebacker Christian Harris came away with the Athlete of the Week award for his performance against Woodstock on Oct. 22. The middle linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown in his team's 17-14 overtime win.

Harris was also instrumental in helping the Etowah defense on a key goal line stand. He is committed to play for the University of Tennessee.

Crowd Packs in Dome to Get Motivated

ATLANTA -- More than 20,000 people filled half of the Georgia Dome for the "Get Motivated" business seminar on Monday.

It caused a big traffic jam on the Downtown Connector during the morning commute. Electronic billboards on interstates around Atlanta warned drivers all weekend of likely delays. 

Morning speakers included General Colin Powell and Lou Holtz. Rudy Giuliani, Bill Cosby, Goldie Hawn and Zig Ziglar will take the stage during the afternoon session.

"I was recently laid off," said Nerissa Cowan of Atlanta. "I'm looking to gain new skills and insights and hopefully new networking opportunities."

Ticket prices started at just $2, which made the event affordable.

Organizers make their money with the sale of books and training materials inside.

Boy in Wheelchair Gets Marathon Sendoff

ATLANTA, Ga.--11Alive Today introduced you a wheelchair-bound boy headed for the Marine Corps Marathon. (Click HERE to watch his story.) Twelve-year-old Jason Dorn was diagnosed with cerebal palsy and seizure disorder. That doesn't stop him from playing baseball on the North Metro Miracle League, and it won't keep him from crossing the finish line. This Sunday, Kyle Thomas with "PUSH America" will push Jason 26.2 miles.

While shooting that story, 11Alive's Julie Wolfe discovered that Jason LOVES Chesley. We set up a meeting between the two, and it turned into an amazing experience for our entire morning crew. Click on the video link to the right to watch Jason's reaction!

 

Park Atlanta To Motorists: "Do Your Part, Too."

   On Thursday night, for at least two hours, Helen Gibson was a number.

   Number 605 on Walton Street to be precise.

   And like many in the city who have to deal with Park Atlanta and their 25-hundred metered spots, she wasn't too happy about it.

Free and Frugal Halloween Fun

There's plenty of free and affordable fun this Halloween weekend! 

Bass Pro Shops at Discover Mills has free trick-or-treating and a costume parade for kids from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and other festivities Saturday and Sunday. 

On Saturday Underground Atlanta Atlanta is having a Boo Bash from one to 4 p.m. with free trick-or-treating and other activities.  

APS School Board Squabbles Could Jeopardize Accreditation

ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed is calling on the Atlanta School Board to resolve differences that are threatening the district's accreditation.

There is a battle among members for control of the school board and all sides are digging in for the fight. Wednesday the agency that accredits public schools warned the board members that their dissension may cause irreparable harm to the school system, and they may cause Atlanta Public Schools to lose accreditation.  

"Enough is enough," Reed said in a statement Thursday. "I am deeply disappointed by the Board's actions, which are severely undermining the best interests of our students by risking the accreditation of the entire school system."

Five members voted out the Chair in the middle of her two-year term, and the state attorney general later said that voting her out in the middle of the term violated the board's charter and was illegal.