High School Sports


Championship games in review: Classes AAA and A-private

Class AAA Calhoun 10, Peach County 6 Recap: Calhoun scored the game’s only touchdown on Brannon Spector’s 45-yard interception return with 23 seconds remaining in the first half. The Yellow Jackets took a 10-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Elmer Gutierrez after Peach County failed to cover a pooch kickoff to open the second half. Calhoun held Peach County...
All-region teams: 5-AAAAAAA honors Chatelain, Bales, Blanks, LaFlamme, Vela, Arnette

All-region teams: 5-AAAAAAA honors Chatelain, Bales, Blanks, LaFlamme, Vela, Arnette

Branden Camp/Special to the AJC. Here is the all-region team for 5-AAAAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Co-offensive player of the year: RB Marcus Chatelain, Lambert, Sr. Co-offensive player of the year: QB Ben Bales, North Forsyth, Sr. Co-defensive player of the year: DE/LB Justin Blanks, Milton, Sr. Co-defensive player of the year: DE/LB Ryan LaFlamme, South Forsyth...
All-region teams: Ware’s Bradley, Jones named top players in 2-AAAAA

All-region teams: Ware’s Bradley, Jones named top players in 2-AAAAA

BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Here is the all-region team for 2-AAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Offensive player of the year: RB Raja Bradley, Ware County, Sr. Defensive player of the year: LB Ernest Jones, Ware County, Sr. Athlete of the year: FB/LB Tupac Lanier, Sr., Statesboro Coach of the year: Ken Cribb, Wayne County Offense QB – Garrett Overholt, Wayne County...
All-region teams: Ackles, Cendoya among honorees in 6-A

All-region teams: Ackles, Cendoya among honorees in 6-A

Here is the all-region team for 6-A, as voted by the league’s coaches: 6-A North Player of the year: ATH C.J. Ackles, Mount Zion, Sr. Offensive player of the year: RB Tijai Whatley, Darlington, Sr. Defensive player of the year: LB Logan Blevins, Trion, Sr. Coaches of the year: Brad Gordon, Mount Zion, and Mark Hollars, North Cobb Christian First-team offense QB – Jarrett...
Daily List: Winning streaks, three-peats and most coaching state titles

Daily List: Winning streaks, three-peats and most coaching state titles

Eagle’s Landing Christian became the 11th school to win 36 consecutive games and the ninth to win three straight state titles. Jonathan Gess became the 12th head coach to win at least four GHSA state championships. Winning streaks 47 – Buford (2004) 46 – Parkview (2003) 44 – Lincoln County (1991) 42 – Buford (2015) 41 – Sandy Creek (2011) 41 &ndash...
Daily Trivia: Georgia high schools where Oklahoma’s Brown, Sermons played

Daily Trivia: Georgia high schools where Oklahoma’s Brown, Sermons played

(AJC) Two prominent members of the Oklahoma Sooners played for Georgia high schools. One is All-America tackle Orlando Brown. The other is freshman running back Trey Sermons. They will face Georgia in the Rose Bowl. For which Georgia high schools did they play? (Answer Tuesday) Answer to Friday’s question: Benedictine is the Georgia school that had been playing football...

Opinion: Peach County wants a hearing, but won’t win

Peach County is asking for a hearing with the Georgia High School Association’s board of trustees this week over an official’s call that might’ve cost the Trojans a touchdown or even the game in their 10-6 loss to Calhoun on Friday in the Class AAA football championship game. The middle Georgia school sent GHSA executive director Robin Hines and the board...
Army’s ground forces outflank Navy, barely

Army’s ground forces outflank Navy, barely

It hardly was the most efficient snow-removal system, but certainly the most precise. Thousands of feet synched as a single pair – left, right, left, right – clearing tracks in the newly dusted field.  Shoulder to shoulder, company by company, the 4,400-member corps of Army cadets marched first into Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, nearly three hours before kickoff. Leading the...

No neutral site: Postponed championships to be hosted by schools

The Georgia High School Association, which postponed six of its eight state championship football games this weekend because of a winter storm, explored the option of taking them to a neutral site but opted instead to play the games at school sites. The GHSA, citing safety concerns following Friday’s wintery weather, called off the two state championship football games ...
Calhoun 10, Peach County 6

Calhoun 10, Peach County 6

It wasn’t pretty or without controversy, but the Calhoun Yellow Jackets beat the Peach County Trojans 10-6 in the Class AAA state championship on Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, capturing their third state title since 2011. The Yellow Jackets (14-1) held a Trojans (13-2) offense averaging 45.7 points a game scoreless, forcing three turnovers that led to all of their...
Class A Private: Eagle’s Landing Christian 41, Athens Academy 3

Class A Private: Eagle’s Landing Christian 41, Athens Academy 3

Eagle’s Landing Christian quarterback Nate McCollum (4) dives for a rushing touchdown in the first half against Athens Academy during the Class A Private Championship Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Jason Getz/For the AJC) Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy won its third straight state championship on Friday morning, the fifth in the school&rsquo...
Some playoff suggestions and ranking bowls from 1 to No-Jimbo

Some playoff suggestions and ranking bowls from 1 to No-Jimbo

It’s that time of year again when we ask the question: “Is a Gasparilla Bowl more or less important than a Frisco Bowl?” And, “Wouldn’t the world be a better place without ‘Spuddy Buddy,’ mascot for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?” And what’s the chance college football can just expand to 16-team playoff and junk all of the bowls except maybe...

Finals previews (Prince Avenue’s Greg Vandagriff gives his thoughts on ELCA)

Here is a look at the finals (courtesy Georgia High School Football Daily), including a comment from Prince Avenue Christian head coach Greg Vandagriff. PRIVATE Eagle’s Landing Christian vs. Athens Academy When, where: 10 a.m. Friday, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Records, rankings: Eagle’s Landing Christian is 13-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 1; Athens Academy is 13-0...
Championship game previews

Championship game previews

Eight Georgia high school football championship games will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday. (Hyosub Shin/AJC) Colquitt County vs. North Gwinnett When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 11-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAAAA and No. 8; North Gwinnett is 13-1, the No. 1 seed...
Seven teams seeking first title; at least two will get it

Seven teams seeking first title; at least two will get it

11/24/2017, Alpharetta, GA – Coffee wide receiver Marquavious Jefferson (22) runs the ball after catching a pass during the first half of the AAAAAA football quarterfinals against Alpharetta. Coffee meets Lee County for the Class AAAAAA championship Friday night, and the winner will claim its first state title. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM At least two...
All-region teams: Blessed Trinity’s Chambers named 7-AAAA player of the year

All-region teams: Blessed Trinity’s Chambers named 7-AAAA player of the year

BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Here is the all-region team for 7-AAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: RB/DB Steele Chambers, Blessed Trinity, Jr. Offensive player of the year: QB Chase Abshier, Marist, Sr. Defensive player of the year: LB Paul Stanley, Marist, Sr. Special teams player of the year: PK Timmy Bleekrode, Marist, Sr. Offense QB – Jake Smith...
All-region teams: Thomas, Brown, Parson earn top honors in 7-AA

All-region teams: Thomas, Brown, Parson earn top honors in 7-AA

Branden Camp/Special to the AJC. Here is the all-region team for 7-AA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Offensive player of the year: QB Trevor Thomas, Pepperell, Sr. Defensive player of the year: DE Sean Brown, Coosa, Sr. Coach of the year: Biff Parson, Rockmart First-team offense QB – Dylan Bailey, Rockmart, Jr. RB – Marcus Smith, Rockmart, Jr. RB – Z.J. Whatley...
All-region team: Dooly County’s Lawson named top player in 4-A

All-region team: Dooly County’s Lawson named top player in 4-A

Here is the all-region team for 4-A, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: QB Bo Lawson, Dooly County, Jr. Offensive player of the year: QB Gunnar Watson, Taylor County, Jr. Defensive player of the year: LB Jontavious Ferguson, Manchester, Sr. Special teams player of the year: PK Abisai Gutierrez, Macon County, Sr. Coach of the year: Evan Hochstetler...
Keys to victory, players to watch and predictions

Keys to victory, players to watch and predictions

If I had to pick a winner this Saturday, I would go with Blessed Trinity. The Titans are possibly the hottest team in championships and they are playing confidently and with a giant chip on their shoulders. That is what is great about this matchup though. Both Marist and Blessed Trinity have had something to prove all season long and that has led to the historic third all-time...
National rankings: North Gwinnett is Georgia’s top-rated team

National rankings: North Gwinnett is Georgia’s top-rated team

Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national polls. The numbers on the left are this week’s rankings; the numbers in parentheses are last week’s rankings. CalPreps 32. (46) North Gwinnett 40. (45) Colquitt County 48. (NR) Rome 66. (52) Lowndes 70. (67) Grayson 86. (56) Brookwood 87. (89) Archer 93. (NR) Lee County USA Today None MaxPreps None PrepNation None High School...
Jordan’s Newman the fourth coach to leave job in Columbus

Jordan’s Newman the fourth coach to leave job in Columbus

Jordan’s Justin Newman has resigned, bringing to four the number of head-coaching changes among Columbus public schools this offseason. Newnan, who confirmed his departure to the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer on Thursday, was 2-18 in two seasons, 2-8 in 2017. Newman was a player on Shaw’s 2000 state-championship team. Other coaches who have left Columbus jobs in recent...
Daily List: Finals that were rematches of regular-season games

Daily List: Finals that were rematches of regular-season games

Three championship games will be rematches of regular-season games. Lee County beat Coffee 23-7 on Nov. 3 (AAAAAA). Marist beat Blessed Trinity 25-24 on Oct. 20 (AAAA). Irwin County beat Clinch County 21-7 on Sept. 15. There have been 24 previous state-title games that were rematches. The original winner is 14-8, but the original loser has won five of the past six, including...
Daily Trivia: School that played for more than 100 years before winning title

Daily Trivia: School that played for more than 100 years before winning title

(AJC) Rabun County is the oldest football program that can win its first state title this week. The Wildcats started varsity football in 1949. Which Georgia school had been playing football for more than 100 years before winning its first state title in 2014? (Answer Monday) Answer to Thursday’s question: The high school coach with the most victories at the Georgia...

Championship preview: Peach vs. Calhoun

The Class AAA championship game between the second-ranked Peach County Trojans and the fourth-ranked Calhoun Yellow Jackets pits two of the most storied programs in the state, and two of the most successful coaches in the state, against one another at  1 p.m.   Friday  at the Mercedes-Benz...
Undefeated teams Rome, Warner Robins meet for state title

Undefeated teams Rome, Warner Robins meet for state title

Eight Georgia high school football championship games will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday. Of the eight championship games that will be played this weekend, only the Class AAAAA final features two undefeated teams. No. 1 Rome and No. 4 Warner Robins are both 14-0 heading into their showdown for the title on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Rome...
The score only a small part of Army-Navy game

The score only a small part of Army-Navy game

When Army and Navy meet for the 118th time Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the FBS playoff committee will not be obliged to watch. In no way will this game between the 8-3 Black Knights of the Hudson and the 6-5 Midshipmen rearrange the furniture of college football. When considering the only college game of this day, reserved for after the glut of conference championship...
Championship megapreview: Rabun County vs. Hapeville Charter

Championship megapreview: Rabun County vs. Hapeville Charter

Aerial view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/For the AJC) On Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the No. 5 Rabun County Wildcats will play the No. 2 Hapeville Charter Hornets for the GHSA’s Class AA state championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. It will be the first-ever title game appearance for the two programs, both of which have dominated...
All-region teams: Fromm, McCray, Mashburn win awards in 1-AAAAA

All-region teams: Fromm, McCray, Mashburn win awards in 1-AAAAA

Here is the all-region team for 1-AAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: 1-AAAAA Offensive player of the year: Dylan Fromm, Warner Robins, Jr. Defensive player of the year: Martavous McCray, Thomas County Central, Sr. Special teams player of the year: Eli Mashburn, Warner Robins, Sr. Coach of the year: Mike Chastain, Warner...

Battle for Southern bragging rights at Buford Showcase

The field of the Buford Showcase Saturday at Buford High School features several ranked teams, major-college signees and a small bit of intrigue. The six-game event, which tips off at noon, features two nationaly ranked clubs in the 3 p.m. slot, when McEachern, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAAA, and No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps, takes on Porter Gaud (7-0) from Charleston, S.C...
Northside’s Kinsler expects tight, low-scoring final between his Region 1 foes

Northside’s Kinsler expects tight, low-scoring final between his Region 1 foes

Kevin Kinsler has seen a lot of good football teams in his eight seasons as head coach at Northside in Warner Robins. After all, his Eagles have won four region titles and a state championship and reached the semifinals three other times during his tenure. But Kinsler saw more than his fair share of quality teams this season. Ten of Northside’s 12 opponents reached the playoffs,...
All-region teams: Central Gwinnett QB named player of year in 7-AAAAAAA

All-region teams: Central Gwinnett QB named player of year in 7-AAAAAAA

Central Gwinnett quarterback Jarren Williams, a U.S. Army All-American, is the Region 7-AAAAAAA player of the year. He committed to Miami this week. Here is the all-region football team for 7-AAAAAAA as voted by the region’s coaches. Player of the year: QB Jarren Williams, Central Gwinnett, Sr. Offensive...
Daily List: 31 coaches who have taken two schools to state finals

Daily List: 31 coaches who have taken two schools to state finals

Back with new team Lee Shaw of Rabun County and Robby Pruitt of Coffee are the most recent of 31 Georgia head football coaches who have led two schools to state-championship games. Shaw led Flowery Branch to a title game in 2008, while Pruitt led Fitzgerald to a title game in 2000. Tim McFarlin of Blessed Trinity also is in the club, though he joined with the Titans’...

Maxwell Finals projections

Each game is listed showing the game rate, favorite, the expected winning percentage of the favored team, the projected margin, and the opponent. The game rating is the rating required to win 50% of all games in an infinite round robin competition against the expected rating of the loser of the game, which favors games with highly rated and closely matched opponents...
Daily Trivia: High school coach with the most wins in Georgia Dome

Daily Trivia: High school coach with the most wins in Georgia Dome

The state championship games will be held for the first time in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday. There were 298 high school games played in the Georgia Dome, including 46 championship games. Which high school coach won the most games in the Georgia Dome, which was imploded on Nov. 20? (Answer Friday) Answer to Wednesday’s question: The school with 100 victories...
All-region teams: Heritage WR Young is top player in 3-AAAAAA

All-region teams: Heritage WR Young is top player in 3-AAAAAA

Here is the all-region football team for 3-AAAAAA as voted by the region’s coaches. Player of the year: WR Jordan Young, Heritage (Conyers), Sr. Offensive player of the year: QB Damekus Taylor, Evans, Jr. Defensive player of the year: DB Kwauze Garland, Heritage (Conyers), Jr. Athlete of the year: RB/LB Corey Watkins, Evans, Sr. Special teams player of year: Andrae Robinson...
All-region teams: Cummings named player of year in 3-AA

All-region teams: Cummings named player of year in 3-AA

Here is the all-region football team in 3-AA as chosen by the region’s coaches. Player of the year: QB/DB Nick Cummings, Dodge County, Sr. Offensive player of the year: RB R.J. Carr, Dodge County, Jr. Co-defensive players of the year: LB Randy Green, Southwest, Jr.; LB Preston Daniels, Washington County, Jr. Special teams player of the year: Javoris Smith, Southwest, Sr....
7A preview: Position-by-position look at North Gwinnett, Colquitt County

7A preview: Position-by-position look at North Gwinnett, Colquitt County

North Gwinnett running back Tyler Goodson has rushed for over 100 years in each of the past three playoff games. North Gwinnett and Colquitt County will play in the Class AAAAAAA final on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. North Gwinnett, opened in 1961, has never won a state title. The Bulldogs lost to Lowndes in 2007 and Norcross in 2013 in championship games. Colquitt County...
Head coaches in the state finals: Classes AAA, AA and A

Head coaches in the state finals: Classes AAA, AA and A

The 16 head coaches in the state finals have won 2,331 games, lost only 729, tied seven, and have a winning percentage of .761. They’ve won 30 state championships. GHSF Daily is taking a closer look each of the 16 this week, concluding today with classes AAA through A. Class AAA *Chad Campbell, Peach County:Campbell has the second-highest winning percentage (.845) among active coaches...
Kennesaw Mountain, East Laurens looking for new head coaches

Kennesaw Mountain, East Laurens looking for new head coaches

Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott has stepped down after six seasons. Scott’s teams were 18-42 at a Cobb County school that hasn’t made the playoffs since its 2000 opening. Scott had been hired from Lee County, where he was defensive coordinator. He was Perry’s head coach for five seasons and got the Panthers to the 2007 Class AAA quarterfinals. “I...

Maxwell playoff projections after the Semifinals

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings’ playoff projections for each class. The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2017 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons. While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games...
All-region teams: Lee County’s Reese is 1-AAAAAA player of the year

All-region teams: Lee County’s Reese is 1-AAAAAA player of the year

Otis Reese. Safety. Lee County High School. Chad Rhym/ Chad.Rhym@ajc.com Here is the all-region team for 1-AAAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: DB Otis Reese, Lee County, Sr. Offensive player of the year: QB Wade Sumner, Coffee, Sr. Defensive players of the year: DL Derick Newton, Coffee, Sr., and LB Zakoby McClain, Valdosta, Sr. Special teams player of...
All-region teams: Brunswick’s Jackson named 2-AAAAAA player of the year

All-region teams: Brunswick’s Jackson named 2-AAAAAA player of the year

BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Here is the all-region team for 2-AAAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: WR/CB Jaylen Jackson, Brunswick, Sr. Offensive player of the year: RB Kevin Harris, Bradwell Institute, Jr. Defensive player of the year: LB Hunter Hall, Glynn Academy, Sr. Coach of the year: Rocky Hidalgo, Glynn Academy Offense QB – Jamarius Stevens...
All-region teams: Douglas County’s Oliver named 5-AAAAAA’s top player

All-region teams: Douglas County’s Oliver named 5-AAAAAA’s top player

Here is the all-region team for 5-AAAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: LB Braelen Oliver, Douglas County, Sr. Offensive player of the year: RB Christian Royalston, Hughes, Sr. Defensive player of the year: LB Antonio Grier, Mays, Sr. First-team offense QB – Mason Wood, Alexander, Sr. RB – Uriah West, Douglas County, Sr. RB – AJ Taylor...
All-region teams: Prince Avenue’s Parrish voted top player in 8-A

All-region teams: Prince Avenue’s Parrish voted top player in 8-A

Branden Camp/Special to the AJC. Here is the all-region team for 8-A, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: WR/DB Christian Parrish, Prince Avenue Christian, Jr. Offensive player of the year: QB Alec Bornhorst, Lakeview Academy, Sr. Defensive player of the year: DL Jackson Reynolds, Athens Academy, Sr. Athlete of the year: Richard Jibunor, Athens Christian...

Common opponents for this year’s state finalists

All but one pair of state finalists have common opponents. Here is a look at how each has fared against them. Only two common opponents defeated one of the finalists. One was Valdosta, which defeated Lee County but lost to Coffee in Region 1-AAAAAA. But in a case of contradiction, Lee defeated Coffee. The other common opponent that split was Walton, which beat North Gwinnett...
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...

Georgia high school football: AJC's top games from Week 5

A look at the top high school football games from Week 5: GAC 37, St. Pius 7: Embroiled in a close game at the half, junior tailback Kyler McMichael only needed one touch to flip the switch for the Class AAA No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans. Read the complete story here. Woodward Academy 32, Marist 0: Woodward Academy took command early Friday night and dominated Marist at Colquitt...
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