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AAAAAA blog: What Kell team is most likely to win state?

Twelve teams that have played in the Corky Kell Classic, which will be played for the 23rd time Friday and Saturday at McEachern, have gone on to win state championships the same year. The most recent was Grayson in 2011. (List below.)

Preseason polls would need to be badly wrong for it not to happen in 2014. The top six teams in the Class AAAAAA rankings – McEachern, Colquitt County, Archer, North Gwinnett, Tucker and Mill Creek – are playing as part of the seven-game event. So is defending AAAAAA champion Norcross (No. 9) and the No. 2 team from AAAA, Sandy Creek.

In fact, here are the matchups with the teams' rankings:


6 p.m. — North Paulding vs. Creekview

8:30 p.m. — No. 3 Archer vs. No. 2 Sandy Creek (AAAA)


9 a.m. — No. 5  Carrollton (AAAA) vs. No. 7 Kell (AAAAA)

11:45 a.m. — No. 6 Mill Creek vs. No. 2 Colquitt County

2:45 p.m. — Brookwood vs. Valdosta

5:30 p.m. — No. 9 Norcross vs. No. 5 Tucker

8:45 p.m. — No. 4 North Gwinnett vs. No. 1 McEachern

Corky Kell Classic participants that won state titles - 

1996 Brookwood

1997 Parkview

1997 Thomas County Central

1998 Carrollton

2000 Parkview

2001 Parkview

2002 Parkview

2006 Roswell

2008 Camden County

2009 Camden County

2010 Brookwood

2011 Grayson

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