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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll is here in time for State Championship Weekend. Some of the state's best are done, but the team at the top will get to play for the crown.

The Milton Eagles are in the class AAAAAA final against neighborhood rival Roswell. Blessed Trinity is next while Walton, Starr's Mill and Loganville round out the top 5.

Parkview, Gainesville come in at 6 and 7, with new state class 1A Private champion Eagle's Landing Christian at 8. Marist and East Coweta complete the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 polls are computer generated and produced by USA Today High School Sports exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Lacrosse Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Lacrosse Poll is here. The state finals are all done and a familiar face tops our charts.

The Milton girls successfully defended their class AAAAAA championship and led our list - Lassiter, Walton, Centennial and Westminster made up the top 5.

Mill Creek, McIntosh, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee and Kell rounded out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 polls are computer generated and produced by USA Today High School Sports exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com

Wounded soldier celebrates his birthday in a new home

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga - A wounded war veteran got quite a birthday present on Wednesday as he and his family prepare for a new life.

Army Sgt. Ben Graham earned two Purple Hearts during tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

His new home will stand as a tribute to his service.

"This house is freedom to us," said Lori Graham, Ben Graham's wife. "It's freedom from stress, a lighter weight on our shoulders. This is the way God wants it to be."

On his 34th birthday, Sgt. Graham took his family on a tour of the four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home he now calls his own. Chase Bank and the Homes 4 Wounded Heroes Foundation gave the keys to Graham and his wife after remodeling it with new appliances and fresh paint.

Graham suffered a brain injury during his second tour in Iraq. An improvised explosive device ended his military career.

That came after he survived a sniper's bullet.

Parapro arrested for having sex with special needs student

Parapro arrested for having sex with special needs student

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A female paraprofessional at Special Needs School of Gwinnett was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student.

Kari Lynn Bryan, 38, was arrested May 17 on a sexual assault charge. She was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $5,700 bond.

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The victim told police he had sex with Bryan about 20 times at her home in unincorporated Lawrenceville, according to a police report.

Bryan reportedly admitted to her relationship with the teen.

Bats' staff stifles G-Braves, 6-2

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- With a chance to win the season series in their final meeting of the year against the Louisville Bats (23-23), the Gwinnett Braves (17-30) managed just two runs on six hits in a 6-2 loss on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.

Right-hander Omar Poveda (L, 3-3) delivered his seventh-straight quality start for the G-Braves as he held the Bats to three runs on four hits over 7.0 innings, but he was outdueled by Louisville right-hander Chad Reineke. Reineke (W, 4-3), who tossed 7.0 scoreless innings in a no-decision against Gwinnett on April 25, went 7.0 innings with two runs allowed on six hits for the win on Tuesday.

The G-Braves did get off to a good start, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Todd Cunningham tripled with one out and came around to score on an RBI single by Tyler Pastornicky, making it 1-0.

Atlanta cop injured in motorcycle crash in Gwinnett

ATLANTA -- An off-duty Atlanta Police officer was involved in an accident in Gwinnett County Monday evening. 

According to Gwinnett County authorities, the incident happened on I-85 NB at the Beaver Ruin exit, when the officer's motorcycle collided with a car.

The officer, whose name was not released, was transported to the Gwinnett Medical Center with serious injuries. Atlanta Police said those injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

G-Braves split doubleheader with Bats

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- After dropping their tenth straight home game with an 8-5 loss in game one of the doubleheader, the Gwinnett Braves (17-29) took care of business in the nightcap, winning for the first time at home since April 22 with a 5-2 victory over the Louisville Bats (22-23) on Monday night.

The Bats came out swinging in the first game, scoring eight runs on 11 hits off of G-Braves' pitching. Starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 2-3) yielded seven earned runs on nine hits over 4.0 innings, losing for the third straight start.

Louisville got to Gilmartin quickly, scoring twice in the first inning. Neftali Soto did the damage with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.