High School Sports


Boys basketball rankings: Four No. 1 teams lose; each keeps its position

Four No. 1-ranked boys basketball teams lost last week. Each maintained its position in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings. Newton, the No. 3 team in Class AAAAAAA, was responsible for two No. 1 teams going down. The Rams defeated Warner Robins of AAAAA 80-65 on Monday and Morgan County of AAA 65-61 on Saturday. Morgan County (20-1) had won its first 20 games. Newton’s Region...
Girls basketball rankings: Shortened schedule produces few major changes

Girls basketball rankings: Shortened schedule produces few major changes

There were few major changes in the girls basketball rankings after a week in which a significant portion of the schedule, particularly in the northern part of the state, was wiped because of the icy road conditions that led to numerous school closings. All eight No. 1-ranked teams remained the same. Only one – Class AAAAA Buford – failed to go undefeated during the week, but...
A recap of the Peachtree Corners Invitational at Norcross High School

A recap of the Peachtree Corners Invitational at Norcross High School

Norcross’ Dalvin White (12) protecting the ball. (Photo: Norcross Facebook) The Peachtree Corners Invitational Tournament brought together 14 of some of the best teams in the country at Norcross High School for seven games on Saturday. The first game pitted the Gwinnett Heat against the Clayton Eagles for a GHSA/AAASP Wheelchair game in which the Heat took a 39-16...

Saturday basketball scores

Saturday, January 20 Basketball Scores By Score Atlanta Boys  Adairsville 36, Bremen 35 Allatoona 61, Osborne 29 Baldwin 71, Washington County 40 Ben. L Smith, NC 46, Jonesboro 41 Blessed Trinity 46, Wesleyan 40 Brunswick 79, South Effingham 50 Calhoun County 96, Randolph-Clay 79 Cambridge 74, Alpharetta 63 Campbell 64, Westlake 58 Cass 53, Rockmart 43 Chattahoochee 62, Johns Creek 50 Cherokee...

Friday basketball scores

Friday, January 19 Basketball Scores By Score Atlanta Boys Berkmar 64, Brookwood 40 Brooklyn Collegiate 58, Lincoln Academy 55 Brookstone 64, Marion County 57 Butler 77, Josey 62 Cartersville 58, Cedartown 25 Chattahoochee 68, Northview 57 Cook 61, Crisp County 55 Dodge County 67, East Laurens 17 Eagles Landing Christian 56, Berrien 36 Elbert County 54, Social Circle 31 Fellowship Christian 71, Walker...
Guest Editorial: Become an official to stay connected to high school sports

Guest Editorial: Become an official to stay connected to high school sports

Robin Hines By Bob Gardner and Robin Hines They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials. These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level ...
Central-Macon girls ‘locked in’ and ready for another playoff run

Central-Macon girls ‘locked in’ and ready for another playoff run

Toombs, right, led the Chargers to their first region championship. Photo: Beau Cabell, Macon Telegraph Since arriving in Macon to take over as the Central girls basketball coach, head coach Sheila Toombs has had 11 years to mold her program in to top-5 team and playoff contender. After a season that saw Central win its first-ever region title (4-AAA) and its first-ever...

Non-region clash between two of state’s best leads weekend schdule

Here are some of the top games of the weekend. GIRLS No. 1 (Class AAA) Greater Atlanta Christian at No. 1 (Private) Holy Innocents (Saturday): Both teams could end up being state champions in March, but first they will hook up for a rare non-region game as the regular season begins the home stretch. Holy Innocents’ is ranked among the top 30 teams in the country by some national...
Weekend preview: No. 8 Jonesboro boys headed for test at Peachtree Corners showcase

Weekend preview: No. 8 Jonesboro boys headed for test at Peachtree Corners showcase

Jonesboro’s boys basketball team will be the Class AAAAAA representative at the Peachtree Corners Invitational when it takes on Ben Smith of North Carolina at 4 p.m. Saturday at Norcross High School. Eighth-ranked Jonesboro, which plays at Lovejoy on Friday, is 12-6 overall but 9-1 and tied for first place in Region 4-AAAAAA with Stephenson after losing to the Jaguars...

‘Unfinished business’ mentality fueling Morgan County boys; top Class AAA games this weekend

The top-ranked Morgan County Bulldogs have been a model of consistency in Class AA and AAA for the past four seasons. We soon might be saying five. In 2011-12, the Bulldogs fell to eventual-champion Laney in the Class AA quarterfinals and the next season, Morgan fell to North Hall 50-46 in the second round. But the proverbial ball was rolling and starting in 2013-14, Morgan...
Top weekend games: Week 11

Top weekend games: Week 11

Let’s take a look at some of the top AA boys and girls games taking place this weekend. Will start on the boys’ side at the top in Region 4, with the No. 1 Glenn Hills Spartans (18-0, 8-0) playing at the No. 5 Laney Wildcats (14-3, 5-1) on Friday. The Spartans hold a 1.5-game lead in league standings heading into this game, so they’ll hold onto first...
South Ga. girls showdown … More drama in DeKalb … Villa Ricans unbeaten

South Ga. girls showdown … More drama in DeKalb … Villa Ricans unbeaten

Two of the top girls teams in South Georgia will meet on Friday in a game that will could determine the regular-season champion in Region 1. No. 3 Harris County plays at No. 4 Bainbridge. A win would virtually cement first place for Harris County, which won the first meeting 75-57 on Dec. 8. A win by Bainbridge would throw the teams into a deadlock for first place. Harris...
7A boys basketball: Three top-10 teams to play in PCI showcase

7A boys basketball: Three top-10 teams to play in PCI showcase

No. 1 McEachern, No. 2 Norcross and No. 9 Wheeler of Class AAAAAAA are playing Saturday in the Peachtree Corners Invitational at Norcross High. The boys basketball showcase also will feature Region 5-AAAAAAA leader Lambert, No. 8 Jonesboro of AAAAA and No. 2 St. Pius of AAAA. McEachern (15-2) – ranked No. 9 by USA Today and No. 12 by MaxPreps...
Football coaching changes: Gainesville’s Miller retires

Football coaching changes: Gainesville’s Miller retires

Bruce Miller won 225 games, nine region titles and one state championship in 30 seasons as a head coach. Bruce Miller, who led Gainesville to its first football state championship in 2012 and won 225 games in 30 seasons as a head coach, retired this week. Miller took over the Gainesville job in 2002 after leading North Forsyth to its first and only semifinal appearance in 2001. ...

Tuesday basketball scores

Boys Baldwin 67, Cross Creek 55 Collins Hill 51, North Gwinnett 48 Effingham County 53, Bluffton, SC 48 Glenn Hills 94, Butler 63 Hart County 49, Monroe Area 44 Jenkins 75, Groves 41 Lakeview Academy 67, Hebron Christian 59 Lincoln County 66, Glascock County 38 Marion County 80, Dooly County 73 Prince Avenue 68, Athens Academy 56 Putnam County 64, Social Circle 62 Riverside Military 68, Commerce 62...
Record-setting six overtimes needed to settle Region 1-AAAA showdown

Record-setting six overtimes needed to settle Region 1-AAAA showdown

With region action picking up across the state, Class AAAA was the home to one of the best regular season region showdown perhaps in state history this past Friday night. It was a Region 1-AAAA battle between Carver-Columbus and Americus-Sumter that ended in a six overtime, 125-122 victory for the host Panthers. According to the Americus Times Recorder, the game set ...

Top boys, girls teams fighting for position in polls

The No. 3 Johnson-Savannah boys team has proven its worth. Since losing to Jenkins (79-41) Dec. 18, the Atomsmashers have reeled off six victories, including a 93-45 victory against Groves on Jan. 12 and a 61-53 victory against Heritage on Jan. 15. Shamar Jones leads the Atomsmashers in scoring (19.7 points), but the team has four players averaging in double-figures. Georgia ...
Rankings rundown: Week 11

Rankings rundown: Week 11

Every Sunday, the AJC releases its top 10 polls for both  boys and  girls. Here’s a rundown of those teams and where they’re at at this point in the season. Boys 1.  Glenn Hills (16-0) Region record: 7-0 in Region 4 (first place) Notes: The Spartans coasted through...
7A girls basketball: McEachern returns star guard at perfect time

7A girls basketball: McEachern returns star guard at perfect time

McEachern’s bid to win a fifth straight state championship in girls basketball picked up momentum with impressive victories Friday and Monday over the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked  teams in Alabama’s Class 5A. Playing in Montgomery at the BallN Powher Prep Invitational, McEachern defeated No. 1 Charles Henderson of Troy 49-45 (behind 24 points from Victoria Agyin)...
No. 1 Hughes boys, three ranked girls teams start week with a loss

No. 1 Hughes boys, three ranked girls teams start week with a loss

It was a rough start to the week for ranked boys and girls Class AAAAAA basketball teams as four of the six that played on Monday came away with losses. All three top-10 girls teams that played – No. 2 Winder-Barrow, No. 6 Alpharetta and No. 7 Northview – came up short. Winder-Barrow lost 81-51 to Riverdale, the top-ranked team in Tennessee and the No. 3 team nationally, according...
Stockbridge’s great start … Region leaders begin to emerge

Stockbridge’s great start … Region leaders begin to emerge

Southwest DeKalb’s Eugene Brown tries to get past Miller Grove’s Terrence Edwards. (Photo – Mark Brock) Having two of the top scorers in Region 4 has helped propel Stockbridge into the state rankings. The No. 6 Tigers are a fairly young team, but coach Rodney Latham has got the team’s high-powered offense into gear behind seniors Kavonte Ivery and Terrynce Jackson...

MLK Day basketball recaps

On Monday across the state, several basketball showcases honored Martin Luther King Jr. Here is the action from a few of those events. DREAM CHALLENGE (MOREHOUSE COLLEGE) In first game of the Dream Challenge at Morehouse College, Windsor Forest defeated Mount Vernon 55-48 after taking a 34-29 lead at halftime. Zim Fields led Windsor Forest with 24 points. Teammate Juwan Davis...
Girls basketball rankings: Greenville is new No. 1 in Class A public

Girls basketball rankings: Greenville is new No. 1 in Class A public

Greenville is the new No. 1 girls basketball team in the Class A public-school division after Telfair County, the previous No. 1, lost to Wilcox County on Saturday. Greenville, led by state player-of-the-year candidate Brittany Davis, beat 10th-ranked Marion County 68-58 and then cruised past Brookstone and Callaway by a combined score of 169-52 last week to improve to 16-1...
Boys basketball rankings: Warner Robins now No. 1 after Buford loss

Boys basketball rankings: Warner Robins now No. 1 after Buford loss

Two No. 1-ranked boys basketball teams, both defending champions, were beaten last week. Langston Hughes remained No. 1. Buford did not, giving way to Warner Robins. Hughes (15-4, 10-1) was upset by Alexander 70-66 in a Region 5-AAAAAA game on Tuesday, then bounced back to beat current No. 6-ranked Tri-Cities 69-58 on Friday. Region 5 is also home to No. 5 Douglas County, making it the...

Saturday basketball scores

Saturday, November 11 Basketball Scores By Score Atlanta   GIRLS Alcovy 52, Chamblee 51 Athens Academy 44, Commerce 32 Atlanta Int’l 49, Strong Rock Chr. 45 Bainbridge 53, Warner Robins 49 Banks County 76, Oglethorpe County 25 Beach 44, Glynn Academy 31 Bryan County 53, Portal 16 Buford 57, Harrison 35 Cairo 66, Shaw 63 Carrollton 56, Woodland-Bartow 20 Cedartown...

GHSA Dual Wrestling Championships: Final Day Recap

The GHSA Dual Wrestling Championships in Macon crowned seven champions today. Here is a look at what took place. Camden County defeated Archer 47-13 to take the Class AAAAAAA crown. Before the latest reclassification, Archer won titles in 2013-16 in Class AAAAAA and Camden took the AAAAA titles in 2015-16. Camden moved past West Forsyth, Hillgrove and Collins Hill to earn the...

AAAAAAA Boys: No. 8 Peachtree Ridge 54, No. 9 Collins Hill 49

No. 9 Collins Hill appeared to be on its way to running Peachtree Ridge out of the gym on Friday. The Eagles had gone on a 16-2 run to end the third quarter. But No. 8 Peachtree Ridge had other ideas. The Lions got their second wind, continued to attack the boards with abandon and responded with a 13-4 stretch, giving them a 54-49 win in a key Region 6-AAAAAAA game. It was...

Friday basketball scores

Friday, Jan. 12 Basketball scores By Score Atlanta GIRLS Athens Academy 49, Athens Christian 34 Bainbridge 56, Cairo 43 Baldwin 69, Hephzibah 22 Bowdon 48, Gordon Lee 37 Bradwell Institute 56, Richmond Hill 31 Brunswick 50, Effingham County 38 Bryan County 67, Bacon County 32 Butler 44, Harlem 38 Calhoun 70, Bremen 69 Campbell 43, Newnan 34 Carrollton 50, Kell 33 Central-Macon...

GHSA Dual Wrestling Championships: Day 2 Recap

The second day of the GHSA Team Dual Wrestling Championships has been completed. Here is a look at what happened on Friday in Macon. In Class AAAAAAA, Camden County will face Archer tomorrow in the championship match. Camden County, Collins Hill, Archer and North Forsyth advanced to the quarterfinals of the winners bracket. Camden defeated Collins Hill 56-12...
N. Fulton in the NBA: Kobi Simmons may have role with Memphis

N. Fulton in the NBA: Kobi Simmons may have role with Memphis

Kobi Simmons was sent back down to the G-League on Thursday after spending a month with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the rookie from Alpharetta may have a role with them going forward. Simmons, a 2016 graduate of St. Francis, played well over the span of 10 games with the team while starting point guard Mike Conley and other key players nursed injuries. One fan blog declared “It’s Kobi time...
First place at stake this weekend for Region 4 girls, Region 5 boys

First place at stake this weekend for Region 4 girls, Region 5 boys

Region 4 has made its claim as the toughest girls basketball region in Class AAAAAA with four teams – No. 1 Lovejoy, No. 6 Forest Park, No. 9 Tucker and No. 10 Stephenson – ranked in the top 10 and within one game of each other in the standings. The teams will continue to sort out the pecking order when Lovejoy travels to Forest Park for the biggest game on the AAAAAA ...
7A boys basketball: A look at each top-10 team

7A boys basketball: A look at each top-10 team

Boys basketball in the highest classification seems deeper than usual this season. In some years, it’s hard to fill those final two or three spots in the top 10 with teams that have been consistently good and can challenge the top five. This season, there’s little difference in the resumes of the bottom five vs. the top. In fact, perennial contenders such as Wheeler...
SWD-Miller Grove to determine early leader in DeKalb

SWD-Miller Grove to determine early leader in DeKalb

Miller Grove’s Maurice Harvey (Photo – Mark Brock) One of the biggest prizes in Region 5, perhaps the deepest league in Class AAAAA, goes to the regular-season champion. That team gets a free pass to the semifinal round, guaranteeing them a spot in the state playoffs. Getting the leg up on such an advantage will be at stake tonight when Southwest DeKalb travels to Miller Grove...
Lovett’s Brown bounces back from torn ACL to have standout senior season

Lovett’s Brown bounces back from torn ACL to have standout senior season

Lovett’s Jenna Brown (54) and teammates listen to coach Liz Kennedy during a timeout in the Lions’ 53-25 victory Tuesday. Jenna Brown emerged from the visitors’ locker room Tuesday after Lovett’s game at Westminster with a bag of ice wrapped around her right ankle. There was no major injury, just a tweak of an ankle that she rolled a couple of weeks ago. And it...
GHSA Dual Wrestling Championships: Day 1 Recap

GHSA Dual Wrestling Championships: Day 1 Recap

The first day of the GHSA Dual Wrestling Championships in Macon is in the books, and for Class AAAAA and Class AAAA, the second round has fully taken place. For Class AAAAAAA and AAAAAA, the second round will begin  tomorrow . For Class AAA-A, the first round will begin  tomorrow . In Class AAAAAAA...
Big games highlight Class AAA weekend

Big games highlight Class AAA weekend

The top-ranked Morgan County boys basketball team has had little trouble protecting its 16-game winning streak after moving past Heritage-Conyers (64-49) and East Jackson (68-47) last week. The Bulldogs, who won state titles in 2014 and 2016, are 7-0 at home, 3-0 on the road and 6-0 at neutral sites and lead the Region 8 standings over Monroe Area (10-4, 1-1). And that sets...
Georgia bill calls for instant replay in high school football playoffs

Georgia bill calls for instant replay in high school football playoffs

A state representative whose district includes parts of Peach County has introduced a bill to the General Assembly that would require instant replay to be used in Georgia high school football playoff games. House Bill 667, sponsored by Rep. Patty Bentley (D-Butler), comes in the wake of the 2017 Class AAA championship game between Calhoun and Peach County in which a missed...
Georgia bill calls for instay replay in high school football playoffs

Georgia bill calls for instay replay in high school football playoffs

A state representative whose district includes parts of Peach County has introduced a bill to the General Assembly that would require instant replay to be used in Georgia high school football playoff games. House Bill 667, sponsored by Rep. Patty Bentley (D-Butler), comes in the wake of the 2017 Class AAA championship game between Calhoun and Peach County in which a missed...
Top weekend games: Week 10

Top weekend games: Week 10

Let’s take a look at some of the top AA boys and girls games taking place this weekend. We’ll start at the top, on the girls’ side, with the No. 1 Laney Lady Wildcats (14-0, 4-0 Region 4-AA).Will they lose a game this season? If they’re going to, it could come on Saturday against the No. 7 Josey Lady Eagles (15-1, 5-0) one of their stiffest challenges...

Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals

By Alex Ewalt – aewalt@scoreatl.com The Macon Centreplex will host the state’s 17th dual wrestling championships from Jan. 11-13. There are several powerhouse teams looking to repeat as state champions, but the competition is strong in each of seven classifications as challengers try to dethrone favorites. In Class AAAAAAA, Camden County comes in with the goal of...

Larry Campbell’s successor at Lincoln County steps down

Following a legend is never easy, and there is no bigger coaching legend in Georgia high school football than Larry Campbell of Lincoln County. Campbell’s successor, Kevin Banks, has stepped down after four seasons, he confirmed to the AJC on Wednesday. His record was 30-15-1 at the Class A school. ‘’I need to spend some time with my family and step away for...

Tuesday basketball scores

Tuesday, January 9 Basketball Scores By Score Atlanta Boys Adairsville 68, Haralson County 48 Alpharetta 70, Dunwoody 65 Blessed Trinity 59, Chestatee 35 Butler 95, Westside-Augusta 74 Callaway 78, Jordan 74 Cambridge 79, Chattahoochee 57 Cass 46, Rome 42 Cedar Shoals 66, Loganville 46 Central-Talbotton 68, St. Anne Pacelli 41 Chattooga 88, Gordon Central 42 Colquitt County 53, Lee County 42 Dawson...
Gainesville boys team finally rolling after 3-6 start

Gainesville boys team finally rolling after 3-6 start

The Gainesville boys basketball team, which went 28-2 last season and lost to eventual state champion Hughes by three points in the quarterfinals, finally has things rolling again. The Red Elephants started the season 0-4 and were just 3-6 after nine games before getting on track. All six of the losses came against Class AAAAAAA or out-of-state teams. Now they’ve won...

GAC girls getting back on track after losing its team leader

The Greater Atlanta Christian girls team has an impressive 11-3 (4-0 in region) record, but the Lady Spartans faced a setback in Naples when team leader Robyn Benton tore her ACL and will be out for the season. Benton, described as the team’s leader, will have surgery  this Thursday . “But we have a senior nucleus that...
Rankings rundown: Week 10

Rankings rundown: Week 10

Every Sunday, the AJC releases its top 10 polls for both boys and girls. Here’s a rundown of those teams and where they’re at at this point in the season. Boys 1. Glenn Hills (14-0) Region record: 5-0 in Region 4 (first place) Notes: The Spartans have ripped off 14 wins to start...
‘Homebody’ Hagans tries to make history at Newton, UGA

‘Homebody’ Hagans tries to make history at Newton, UGA

Newton junior Ashton Hagans (0) says he’s ”a pass-first guard, but I can score if I want.” Photo: Courtesy of Rockdale Citizen Ashton Hagans is trying to help Newton break a 54-year-old drought. The Rams’ boys basketball team last won a state championship in 1964. Newton has reached the quarterfinals and semifinals the past two seasons with Hagans at the point,...
Arabia girls moving up ranks … Gas leak halts Villa Rica-Rome game

Arabia girls moving up ranks … Gas leak halts Villa Rica-Rome game

Arabia Mountain’s Iyania Kitchens muscles her way to the basket past SWD’s good defensive effort (Photo – Mark Brock) When Jerry Jackson was hired as the girls basketball coach at Arabia Mountain, he inherited a team that was loaded. The Rams returned six girls who started on last year’s 20-6 team that reached the second round of the state playoffs. But the veteran...
GHSA facing backlash from road teams after decision on state title games

GHSA facing backlash from road teams after decision on state title games

The Georgia High School Association’s decision to move six postponed state-championship football games to high school fields this Friday night is unanimously unpopular among the six teams playing on the road. Rome head coach John Reid called the move ‘a joke.’ Hapeville Charter coach Winston Gordon called it a ‘tragedy.’ Blessed Trinity’s Tim McFarlin said it&rsquo...
High school football championship games rescheduled for next weekend

High school football championship games rescheduled for next weekend

Saturday’s high school football state championship games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have been postponed and will be played next weekend. Two of the four games scheduled for Friday were postponed after heavy snow hit metro Atlanta during the day on Friday.  Two of Saturday’s games were postponed at the time, and the final two games scheduled for today were officially postponed...
4 high school championship games postponed; moved from Atlanta

4 high school championship games postponed; moved from Atlanta

Four of this weekend’s eight GHSA football championship games, the first to be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, have been postponed because of the winter weather that moved through north Georgia beginning Friday morning. The first two games of the championships, in Class A (private) and AAA, were played Friday as scheduled, but the Class AAAAA final between Warner Robins and Rome, set...
ACL injuries in youth athletes raise fears of early arthritis, knee replacements

ACL injuries in youth athletes raise fears of early arthritis, knee replacements

As children increasingly participate in organized sports, doctors have begun seeing increased incidence of knee injuries among this population, raising concerns that youth athletes might be facing early arthritis.  "Yes, the numbers are up," Dr. John Xerogeanes, professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of sports medicine at Emory University, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Georgia high school football team enters field carrying American flags

Georgia high school football team enters field carrying American flags

A North Georgia high school football team ran onto the field carrying American flags before a game Friday night, Channel 2 Action News reported. The Fannin County Rebels played a home game against Greater Atlanta Christian. School superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney called the entrance a “unifying moment”  and said it was organized by the team, coaches and parents. “It was an...
Meet the 2017 AJC Super 11

Meet the 2017 AJC Super 11

This 33rd rendition of the AJC Super 11 and the headliners are nationally famous quarterbacks. Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville is rated the consensus No. 1 pro-style QB in the nation and the No. 1 overall player by Rivals and Scout. Justin Fields of Harrison is the consensus No. 1 dual-threat QB and the No. 1 overall player by ESPN and 247. Lawrence committed to Clemson in December. Fields...
High school baseball player of the year

High school baseball player of the year

Achievements: Waters batted .510 (53-of-104) with 15 home runs, four triples and 13 doubles while leading Etowah to its first state championship in baseball. In 14 state-playoff games, Waters was 21-for-40 (.525) with five home runs, 13 extra-base hits, 16 walks, 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Waters is rated the No. 11 recruit nationally by Perfect Game and No. 33 by Baseball America. He is projected...
High school girls golf player of the year

High school girls golf player of the year

Girls golf player of the year Elisa Yang, Wesleyan Achievements: Three-time GHSA champion; No. 16 prospect in Class of 2017 by Golfweek; ranked 53rd on Junior Golf Scoreboard; won AJGA’s Vaughn Taylor Championship and Scott Stallings Championship; won GSGA Top 60 Women’s Classic. Height/Weight: 5-foot-4, 120 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed with Georgia Why Georgia: I just love...
High school boys golf player of the year

High school boys golf player of the year

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds Class: Sophomore College choice: Has made a verbal commitment to play at Georgia Why Georgia: It’s close to home, and the quality of education there is big for me and my parents. The quality of the golf team is great. My golf coach (David Potts) went there, as well. Best high school moment: Winning state when I was a freshman because no one expected it, and...
Lambert wins overall Directors Cup title

Lambert wins overall Directors Cup title

The Georgia High School Association added a seventh classification in the 2016-17 school year for the state’s largest schools, but the top athletic program in the top class remained the same. Lambert, which captured Regions Directors Cups in Class AAAAAA the past two years, made it three in a row by winning the new Class AAAAAAA championship in the GHSA’s all-sports competition. The Longhorns...
High school girls lacrosse player of the year

High school girls lacrosse player of the year

Achievements: Was named a 2017 Under Armour All-American; three-time state champion; GHSA’s 2017 Player of the Year; GHSA All-State First Team (2016 and 2017); GHSA Team Georgia first team (2014 and 2015); Academic All-American (2015, 2016, 2017); “THE RIDE Presented By Nike Lacrosse” participant (2016). Position: Goalie Height/Weight: 5-foot-2, 150 pounds Class: Senior College choice...
High school boys lacrosse player of the year

High school boys lacrosse player of the year

Achievements: Two-time Georgia Lacrosse All-American; 400 career points. Position: Attacker Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 185 pounds Class: Junior College choice: Committed to North Carolina Why North Carolina: It has one of the top lacrosse programs in the country. The campus is really nice, and it has great academics. I’ve been there four or five times, and the moment I stepped on campus, I knew...
High school girls track player of the year

High school girls track player of the year

Achievements: Class AAAAAAA state champion and overall Georgia leader in the 200 (23.74 seconds) and 400 (52.94 seconds) meters; Class AAAAAAA state champion in the long jump (18-feet, 11 3/4 inches); led team to Class AAAAAAA state championship. Position: Sprinter/jumper Height/Weight: 5-foot-5, 132 pounds Class: Junior College choices: Georgia, Tennessee, Miami Why those three: I love the atmosphere...
High school boys track player of the year

High school boys track player of the year

Boys track player of the year Cameron Murray, Westlake Achievements: Class AAAAAAA state champion and overall Georgia leader in the long jump (24-feet, 5 1/2 inches) and 110-meter hurdles (13.84 seconds), Class AAAAAAA runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles, led team to the Class AAAAAAA state championship; competing in Cuba for USA Team Juniors. Position: Hurdler/jumper Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 145...
High school girls soccer player of the year

High school girls soccer player of the year

Achievements: Jones scored 41 goals and had 11 assists for a Collins Hill team that finished 15-5-1, won the Region 6-AAAAAAA championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. In the playoffs, she had eight goals and five assists and scored the team’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to South Forsyth that ended the Eagles’ season. Jones, who scored multiple goals in 10 matches...
High school boys soccer player of the year

High school boys soccer player of the year

Fabian Rivas, Meadowcreek Achievements: Scored a school-record 27 goals this season, named Gwinnett County Striker of the Year and led Meadowcreek to the program’s first state title. Position: Striker Height/Weight: 5-foot-6, 138 pounds Class: Sophomore College choice: Undecided College choices: I have not gotten that far in my process, yet. I am focused on finding my role with my Meadowcreek...
High school girls tennis player of the year

High school girls tennis player of the year

Achievements: Was undefeated at No. 1 singles and helped Walton win its sixth consecutive state championship at the highest level of competition. Won two rounds at women’s pro tournament. Reached quarterfinals at U-18 Super Nationals. Five-star recruit. Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 160 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed to play at James Madison Why James Madison: The coach (James Bryce)...

High school boys tennis player of the year

Boys tennis player of the year Jeremy Yuan, Northview High School Achievements: USTA ranked No. 9 Boys 18 Southern Region, rated as a five-star recruit. Second as individual and champion in doubles at USTA National Warm Up Tournament. Won five matches at USTA National Hardcourt Championships. Plays saxophone in school band and performs for local homeless shelter. Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds...
High school gymnastics player of the year

High school gymnastics player of the year

Achievements: 2017 All-Around state champion and led West Forsyth to the school’s first team state title this year. Earned a 2016 Individual state champion on beam and vault. Recorded a perfect 10 on the vault at the 2017 state meet and is a 2017 Junior Olympic National Qualifier. Position: All-Around Height: 5-foot Class: Sophomore College choice: Committed to Missouri Why Missouri: I started...
High school wrestling player of the year

High school wrestling player of the year

Achievements: Went 51-0 and won the Class AAAAAA championship in the 126-pound weight division. 2016 Georgia Freestyle Champion and Greco Roman Champion. No. 3-ranked Future Olympian by USA Wrestling. Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 150 pounds Class: Freshman College choice: I haven’t made any decision because I’m still a freshman. I’m going to visit a lot of college campuses this year...
High school girls basketball player of the year

High school girls basketball player of the year

Girls Basketball Player of the Year Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan Achievements: Coombs averaged 16.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals for a Wesleyan team that finished 28-4 and won the Class A private-school championship. It was the Wolves’ second state title during her career and their 12th in the past 17 seasons. She scored a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds in a 51-48...
High school boys basketball player of the year

High school boys basketball player of the year

Achievements: Carter averaged 22.7 points, 15.5 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per game for Pace Academy, which he led to state titles in boys basketball for the first time in 2016 and again in 2017. Carter was a McDonald’s All-American. Position: Forward Height/Weight: 6-foot-10, 250 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed with Duke Why Duke: I picked Duke because I saw it as the best situation...
High school girls swimmer of the year

High school girls swimmer of the year

Achievements: Led Walton girls swimming to the 2016 team state title, the program’s first state crown in 30 years. Won individual state titles in the 100-meter and 200 freestyle races in automatic All-American times of 49.45 in the 100 and 1:46.73 in the 200. Position: Distance freestyle Height: 5 feet 6 Class: Senior College choice: Signed with North Carolina Why North Carolina: I was balancing...
High school boys swimming player of the year

High school boys swimming player of the year

Achievements: 2016 Nashville sectionals 800-meter free and 400m IM champion; 2015-16 Olympic trials, Class A-AAAAA state champion Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed with Northwestern Why Northwestern: I had a lot of choices to make. UGA, UVA, Northwestern, etc. I did not even see Northwestern coming. I went on my trip, the last trip I took, as an official visit...
High school riflery player of the year

High school riflery player of the year

Achievements: 2017 Riflery individual state champion Height: 5-foot-2 Class: Sophomore College choices: I have looked into a couple of different colleges, some with shooting and some without. I have looked into the Air Force Academy, Georgia Southern and Florida State University. All three of those schools have shooting programs. The one that I looked into that doesn’t have rifle is the Art...
Girls cross country player of the year

Girls cross country player of the year

Achievements: Three-time Class AA state champion. Top overall time in the 2016 state meet (18:17.85). Led team to the team state championship in 2014 and 2015. Position: Distance runner (Cross country; 1,600 and 3,200 in track and field) Height/Weight: 5-foot-5, 120 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Columbia Why Columbia: When I got on campus for my official visit, it was just an instinctive feeling...
Boys cross country player of the year

Boys cross country player of the year

Achievements: Three-time Class AAA state champion. Top overall time in the 2016 state meet (16:01.58). Led team to first team state championship in 2016 Position: Distance runner (Cross country; 1,600 and 3,200 in track and field) Height/weight: 6-foot, 155 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed with Kennesaw State Why Kennesaw: The No. 1 reason was that (Kennesaw State) coach (David) Poteet...

Georgia high school track championship

GHSA Track Championships Finals Results Class AAAAAAA Boys Team Results: 1. Westlake 62; 2. Parkview 55; 3. Shiloh 44; 4. Milton 39; 5. South Gwinnett 33. Boys Individual Results 100 meters: 1. Terell Smith, South Gwinnett, 10.39 seconds; 2. Rashaad Pollard, Westlake, 10.61; 3. Demarius Smith, Parkview, 10.73. 200: 1. Elija Godwin, Newton County, 21.01; 2. Brian Herron, Lakeside-DeKalb, 21.05; 3....
High school volleyball player of the year

High school volleyball player of the year

Achievements: Back-to-back recipient of Gatorade Georgia Volleyball Player of the Year. Two-time volleyball state champion. Graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Position: Libero Height: 5-9 Class: Senior College choice: University of Kentucky Why Kentucky: I had offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Florida and Missouri, but I chose the University of Kentucky because I felt like it was the best fit...
High school softball player of the year: Keara Napoli

High school softball player of the year: Keara Napoli

Achievements: Was named Class AAAAAA Player of the Year and led team to state championship. Position: RHP Height: 5-foot-5 Class: Senior College choice: Signed with Georgia Why Georgia: When I was a freshman I played in a showcase tournament that my pitching coach put on, and there were a lot of colleges there. Georgia and Georgia Tech both offered me that week. I went on four visits: Florida State...
High school cheerleading player of the year

High school cheerleading player of the year

Achievements: Class AAAAA state champion 2015-16. Region 5-AAAAAA champion and Class AAAAAA state champion 2016-17. Position: Main base/back spot Height/Weight: 5-foot-3, 115. Class: Senior College choice: Hawaii Pacific University Why Hawaii Pacific? When looking for colleges, I knew I wanted to pursue my passion for cheerleading. I decided I wanted to do acro and tumbling in college and looked up...
Georgia’s high school football player of the year

Georgia’s high school football player of the year

Achievements: Lawrence led Cartersville to state championships in 2015 and 2016. A starter since he was a freshman, Lawrence has thrown for 10,601 yards in his career. If he matches his junior totals (3,904 yards, 51 touchdowns) as a senior, he easily will break the Georgia career records of 13,077 yards and 159 touchdowns held by Deshaun Watson. Lawrence is the consensus No. 1 recruit nationally...
Rookie jersey numbers: What each draft pick from Georgia will wear in NFL

Rookie jersey numbers: What each draft pick from Georgia will wear in NFL

Twenty-nine players from Georgia were drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. As the rookies take part in their team activities they have been assigned their jersey numbers. Some players have held onto numbers they’ve worn at Georgia high schools. Others have been forced to change numbers because of NFL rules or because the jersey is worn by a veteran player. Some have received a number yet. Here is...
Nuggets' Malik Beasley has St. Francis HS jersey retired in Alpharetta

Nuggets' Malik Beasley has St. Francis HS jersey retired in Alpharetta

Before he was a Florida State Seminole or a Denver Nugget, Malik Beasley was a boys basketball player at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta. Beasley scored 1,959 points for the Knights, grabbed 728 rebounds and led the high school hoops team from Alpharetta to two state titles in 2014 and 2015. Now, anytime anyone steps in St. Francis’ gym, they’ll know Beasley played there. Beasley...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
AJC boys All-Metro basketball teams

AJC boys All-Metro basketball teams

Player of the year: Wendell Carter, Pace Academy Coach of the year: Rory Welsh, Langston Hughes F DeAundre Ballard, Southwest Atlanta Christian, 6-6, Sr. F Wendell Carter, Pace Academy, 6-10, Sr. G Landers Nolley, Langston Hughes, 6-4, Jr. F Chuma Okeke, Westlake, 6-7, Sr. F Tyler Thornton, South Atlanta, 6-7, Sr. G Ryan Greer, Lovett, 6-1, So. C JaQuavius Hayes, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-6, Sr. F Isaiah...
AJC girls All-Metro basketball teams

AJC girls All-Metro basketball teams

Player of the year: Kamiyah Street, Mays Coach of the year: Chantay Frost, Mays F Quinn Barry, Lovett, 5-8, Sr. C Sabree Gallishaw, Washington, 6-4, Sr. F Taylor Hosendove, Westlake, 6-2, Jr. G Shekinah Howard, Hapeville Charter, 6-0, Jr. G Kamiyah Street, Mays, 5-5, Sr. C Dominique Banks, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-5, Sr. G Tiamya Butler, Jackson-Atlanta, 5-6, Sr. G Lawrencia Simon, South Atlanta, 5-7, Sr...
AJC boys All-State basketball teams

AJC boys All-State basketball teams

All-classification player of the year: Wendell Carter, Pace Academy Player of the year: Collin Sexton, Pebblebrook Coach of the year: Eric Holland, Tift County F Rayshaun Hammonds, Norcross, 6-7, Sr. F Preston “P.J.” Horne, Tift County, 6-7, Sr. G J.D. Notae, Newton, 6-2, Sr. F Chuma Okeke, Westlake, 6-7, Sr. G Collin Sexton, Pebblebrook, 6-2, Sr. G Al Durham, Berkmar, 6-4, Sr. G...
AJC girls All-State basketball teams

AJC girls All-State basketball teams

All-classification player of the year: Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan Player of the year: Que Morrison, McEachern Coach of the year: Phyllis Arthur, McEachern G Endia Banks, Duluth, 5-8, Sr. G Vanessa Blagmon, Norcross, 5-8, Sr. F N’dea Jones, Brookwood, 6-3, Sr. G Que Morrison, McEachern, 5-9, Sr. F Autumn Newby, Archer, 6-3, Sr. G Diamond Hall, Colquitt County, 5-8, Jr. F Simone Lett, Pebblebrook...
AJC high school basketball players of the year

AJC high school basketball players of the year

Mikayla Coombs of Wesleyan and Wendell Carter of Pace Academy, two McDonald’s All-Americans who led their schools to state championships, are The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s basketball players of the year. Coombs, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, averaged 16.9 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 assists and four steals for the 28-4 Wolves, but her role in leading Wesleyan’s comeback from a 17-point...
Check out Cobb high schooler’s AMAZING alley-oop pass at All-American Game

Check out Cobb high schooler’s AMAZING alley-oop pass at All-American Game

Mableton’s Collin Sexton put the SEC on alert during the McDonald’s All-American week in Chicago. The Pebblebrook senior, an Alabama Crimson tide commit, won the event’s slam dunk contest and threw up an incredible over the back alley-oop to give the East a lead at the half of Wednesday night’s game. The pass impressed NBA star Dwyane Wade, who was watching from the sidelines...
How to watch six Georgia high schoolers in McDonald’s All-American game

How to watch six Georgia high schoolers in McDonald’s All-American game

Six Georgia high school basketball players will play in today’s McDonald’s All-American All-Star games at the United Center in Chicago. Georgia’s McDonald’s All-American boys are Wendell Carter of Pace Academy (committed to Duke), Collin Sexton of Pebblebrook (Alabama) and M.J. Walker of Jonesboro (undecided). The All-American girls are Mikayla Coombs of Wesleyan (UConn), Kasiyahna...
GHSA director Phillips to retire

GHSA director Phillips to retire

The Georgia High School Association will begin the search for a new executive director after Gary Phillips agreed to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year in a move to appease Georgia legislators who threatened to put the organization under state control. The GHSA unanimously approved a proposal from the executive committee on Monday that will pay Phillips’ salary and benefits through...
Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift. Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after...
High schools: Preseason boys, girls basketball rankings

High schools: Preseason boys, girls basketball rankings

The Class AAAAAAA boys rankings list sees Region 2 open up No. 1-2-3 and for good reason. No. 1 Wheeler has undeniable talent. No. 2 Pebblebrook and defending state champion No. 3 Westlake won’t go down without a fight and don’t be surprised if either one of them is back in the state championship.
Photos: AJC images from Friday night HS football

Photos: AJC images from Friday night HS football

Here are some photos and game recaps from Friday night high school football action: » Norcross 21, Brookwood 0: With the Region 7 title in the high class on the line, the No. 5-ranked Norcross Blue Devils let their defense carry them to a 21-0 home win over the No. 9 Brookwood Broncos on Friday. The win gives the Blue Devils (9-0, 5-0 Region 7) their first region championship since 2013...
Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

An Ohio high school senior with muscular dystrophy scored a touchdown for the varsity football team Friday night while remaining in his wheelchair. Connor Williams has been a special captain with the Valley View High School varsity football team in Germantown since his freshman year. Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped his love of Spartans football. Williams has served in several capacities...
Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Brian Herrera attends Cottonwood High School in Murray, located in suburban Salt Lake City. He is a special needs student and has known senior Alex Hart since the pair attended junior high school.

Powerful Washington high school football team strikes fear in opponents

In the world of Friday night lights and high school football, is it possible for one team to be too good? In Everett, Washington, one powerhouse team outscored its opponents 170-0 in its first three football games this season. Now other conference opponents would rather forfeit than get pummeled by Archbishop Murphy High School’s team.  "There's still unknowns. … We don't know...

Georgia high school football: AJC's top games from Week 6

A look at the top high school football games from Week 6: » Harrison 43, Allatoona 19: The highly anticipated first meeting between west Cobb rivals Harrison and Allatoona turned out to be not much of contest. Read the complete story here. » North Gwinnett 38, Mountain View 14: North Gwinnett announced to the rest of Region 6-AAAAAAA that a couple of early season losses...
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