High School Sports


West Forsyth repeats as team champion, North Oconee’s Schoenherr wins all-around at gymnastics state meet

Last year’s GHSA gymnastics championships ended with West Forsyth dethroning Buford after a three-year reign. On Friday night at Ola High School in Henry County, the Wolverines won their second team state title in a row. West Forsyth held off Buford by only 1.124 points to win the 2017 title, but this time the Wolverines bested second-place North Oconee by 3.85 points to secure back-to-back...

Friday spring scores

Adairsville 19, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 12 Alexander 8, South Paulding 2 Appling County 7, Fitzgerald 0 Athens Academy 14, Clarke Central 2 Bainbridge 7, Madison County 5 Blessed Trinity 2, West Hall 0 Blessed Trinity 4, West Hall 3 Calhoun 3, Haralson County 0 Cambridge 7, Pope 6 Cedartown 9, Rockmart 2 Chestatee 10, George Walton Academy 4 Coahulla Creek 4, Sonoraville 0 Coffee 6, Northside-Warner...
Spring football: breaking down the new-look Class AA

Spring football: breaking down the new-look Class AA

The new GHSA reclassification will kick in next school year and it impacts Class AA. The number of schools in AA will increase from 63 to 66 — though not all of those schools have football programs — and AA will both lose and gain some schools.  Perhaps the most notable program to leave AA is Benedictine, which won two of the last four state titles. That they remained in AA after...

Baseball: Region champions and their tournament history

Baseball’s regular season concludes this weekend, and the state tournament begins Thursday. Here’s a look at the likely (or definite) region champions and their state-tournament history.   1 – Lowndes (19-9, 8-2) edged Colquitt County (18-9, 7-3) win the region. The Vikings are a frequent state-playoff team with eight quarterfinal-or-better finishes the past 20 years....
Class AAAAAA football: 10 highest-rated senior prospects for 2018 season

Class AAAAAA football: 10 highest-rated senior prospects for 2018 season

Class AAAAAA could claim one of the nation’s top high school football players during the 2017 season. Harrison quarterback Justin Fields finished as the No. 2 senior prospect nationally, behind only Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Fields had his season end prematurely when he suffered a broken finger in October in a victory against Dalton, but he has long since recovered and is currently...

Thursday spring scores

Adairsville 6, Calhoun 0 Appling County 11, Jenkins 0 Arabia Mountain 12, Columbia 1 Baconton Charter 3, Early County 1 Burke County 11, Baldwin 0 Byne Christian 19, Sherwood Christian 4 CFCA 16, Cross Pointe 1 Chamblee 12, Miller Grove 6 Chattooga 12, Model 1 Commerce 4, Riverside Military 3 Dade County 22, Gordon Central 1 Druid Hills 15, Henry County 0 East Laurens 6, Treutlen 4 Fannin County 7...

2018 GHSA gymnastics state meet preview

This year’s GHSA Gymnastics State Championship will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sport’s inaugural season in Georgia. And this Friday, April 20, all qualifying teams will compete at Ola High School in Henry County to show off their skills on the balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor exercise. Throughout the past 50 seasons of GHSA girls gymnastics, 17 different schools have...
Football: New coach Andrews brings different approach to Walnut Grove

Football: New coach Andrews brings different approach to Walnut Grove

They’re virtually starting over at Walnut Grove, where former Grayson assistant Robert Andrews was hired to turn the fortunes around at the youngest school in Walton County. Andrews was the head coach at Bowdon for the last three season, where he went 14-19. But Andrews was looking to return to a larger school; he’d spent seven seasons as an assistant at Grayson and two other years at...

Wednesday spring scores

BaseballArabia Mountain 19, Columbia 0Archer 9, Shiloh 2Athens Academy 8, Oglethorpe County 2Atkinson County 14, Wheeler County 8Bainbridge 7, Tift County 6Bowdon 7, King's Ridge 6Brookwood 4, Parkview 3Cambridge 10, Dunwoody 9Carrollton 12, Rome 7Centennial 1, Northview 0Chamblee 15, Miller Grove 4Commerce 4, East Jackson 2Decatur 10, North Springs 6East Paulding 6, Kell 2Eastside 18, Salem 0Effingham...

Week 9 lacrosse rankings

In boys Class 6A-7A, No. 1 Lambert picked up another pair of wins, topping Forsyth Central 19-3 and dominating Cambridge 15-1. The Longhorns have now outscored their 14 opponents by 179 goals this season with an incredible 212-33 advantage in goals. No. 2 North Gwinnett topped Collins Hill 12-6, Northview 12-4 and No. 5 Johns Creek 3-1. No. 3 Centennial picked up a solid 16-13 win over Class A-5A...

Tuesday spring scores

Adairsville 12, Bremen 2 Alexander 11, Mays 2 Alpharetta 10, Johns Creek 0 Aquinas 1, Mt. de Sales 0 Archer 13, Shiloh 1 B.E.S.T. Academy 12, Therrell 9 Baconton Charter 7, Terrell County 2 Blessed Trinity 8, West Hall 2 Bryan County 6, Vidalia 5 Calhoun 11, Coahulla Creek 0 Central Gwinnett 10, Discovery 2 Chapel Hill 4, Cedartown 3 Chestatee 12, Rabun County 2 Claxton 18, New Hampstead 8 Clinch...
Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

Coweta County announced last week that its three high schools – Newnan, East Coweta and Northgate – will move forward on plans to have artificial turf on their football fields this fall. Cost will be $5.4 million and includes track and other renovations, according to The Newnan Times-Herald. That follows news in January that five Cherokee County high schools – Cherokee, Creekview...
Girls soccer: McIntosh faces challenging final week of regular season

Girls soccer: McIntosh faces challenging final week of regular season

The McIntosh girls soccer team, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA and the defending state champion, begins a rugged final week of the regular season when it hosts No. 2 Veterans on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Chiefs, who have won 11 state titles, including five in the past seven seasons, are 13-1-1 and have allowed just six goals this season, including two in their only loss, a 2-1 setback against Class AAA...
Lacrosse in brief: Week 9

Lacrosse in brief: Week 9

Each week, we’ll take a look at four of the state’s top teams — two from the boys’ side, two from the girls — and see how they’re doing at this point in the season. Here are the latest AJC rankings. Now, let’s move on to the four featured teams. Lassiter Trojans (8-4)Upcoming matches: at No. 10 Etowah (11-3) on Wednesday; at North Paulding (4-8) on Friday...

Week 9 boys soccer rankings

Walton overtakes Norcross as the team to beat in the state’s highest classification. The Raiders moved past Milton and Lassiter last week, both 4-1 victories, to stake their claim to the top spot. Norcross suffered a 2-1 loss to Lakeside on March 27 before reeling off victories over Parkview and Etowah on March 29 and April 13, respectively. Grayson, previously fourth, made the move up to third...

Week 9 girls soccer rankings

Lassiter is in the driver’s seat of the state’s highest classification following victories over Allatoona and Walton last week. Parkview is second again this week with Mill Creek taking the No. 3 spot following Milton’s drop from third to fourth. Peachtree Ridge, previously No. 6, jumps to No. 5 this week following Forsyth Central’s fall to sixth. Johns Creek is leading Class...

County championships produce stellar performances

  Every year, county championships around the state serve as solid warm ups for athletes as they prepare for the qualifying meets – regionals, sectionals and state. Though county championships are only for annual bragging rights, the natural rivalries among many of the teams oftentimes produce great performances. This year was no exception. Here is a look at some of this year’s county...

Monday spring scores

BaseballAllatoona 6, McIntosh 5Americus-Sumter 10, Marion County 7Arabia Mountain 16, Cross Keys 0Armuchee 15, Southeast Whitfield 2Carrollton 5, Woodland-Bartow 2Central (AL) 6, Shaw 2Columbia 3, Miller Grove 2Dodge County 8, Telfair County 2Douglas County 8, Langston Hughes 3Drew 14, Lovejoy 0Dunwoody 6, Chattahoochee 4Effingham County 3, Brunswick 2Fitzgerald 11, Wilcox County 1George Walton 11...
Golf: Marist wins Larry Nelson; Auburn wins Trojan Invitational

Golf: Marist wins Larry Nelson; Auburn wins Trojan Invitational

  Marist won the inaugural Larry Nelson High School Invitational at Atlanta Country Club. The War Eagles, led by Preston DeSantis and Owen Burden, shot a 297 to beat Westminster (303) and Harrison (306). Marist got a 71 from DeSantis and a 72 from Burden. David Frank (75) and Matthew Larkin (79) rounded out the scores for the War Eagles.  Westminster had five of its six golfers shoot in...
Tennis: First-round pairings set for state tournament in Class AA-AAAAAA

Tennis: First-round pairings set for state tournament in Class AA-AAAAAA

The playoff field has been set for Class AA-AAAAAAA and one first-round matchup has already been played. Here are the first-round pairings for the state tournament and what to watch for. Class AA-AAAAAAA have until this Friday to complete their first-round matchups, while Class A-Private and Class A-Public have until April 26. In girls Class AAAAAAA, last year’s state runner-up North Gwinnett...

Week 9 baseball rankings

Mill Creek solidified its place back atop Class AAAAAAA, sweeping previous No. 1 North Gwinnett (now No. 8) in three games and moving from third to first. There wasn’t much movement in Class AAAAAA, but Brunswick falls from No. 10 after losing a series to South Effingham and Alexander checks in at No. 10; Pope remains No. 1. Carrollton falls from No. 3 to No. 9 in Class AAAAA after losing both...
GHSA makes positive move after Peach-Calhoun missteps

GHSA makes positive move after Peach-Calhoun missteps

The Peach County Trojans walked away from the 2017 football season furious, confused and wanting answers. The controversial ending of the Calhoun-Peach County Class AAA championship game was the product of at least two missed calls on one play, which compounded other missed calls throughout the game.For those unfamiliar with what took place on Dec. 8, 2017, here is a breakdown: With 3:33 left in the...

Friday spring scores

Alexander 15, Mays 0 Appling County 6, Long County 0 Blessed Trinity 8, Chestatee 0 Bowdon 5, Darlington 4 Bryan County 7, Bacon County 1 Burke County 23, Hephzibah 4 Calhoun 2, Bremen 1 Callaway 11, Heard County 3 Cambridge 12, North Atlanta 2 Carrollton 14, Woodland-Stockbridge 4 Cartersville 18, LaGrange 5 Chamblee 10, Lithonia 4 Chattooga 17, Gordon Central 1 Clinch County 8, Echols County 2 Collins...
Defending champs Hapeville Charter reloading for repeat

Defending champs Hapeville Charter reloading for repeat

Repeating as a state champion can be harder than winning the first one. Not only is there a target on the backs of the defending champion, but in the case of the Hapeville Charter Hornets, they’ll try to repeat despite losing 25 seniors — 14 of which were starters. That will be a tall task for the Hornets, who ended last season by beating Rabun County in the Class AA championship...
Class AAAAAA football: Nine teams will have new head coaches in 2018

Class AAAAAA football: Nine teams will have new head coaches in 2018

Nine Class AAAAAA schools will have new head football coaches when the 2018 season begins in a little more than four months. Eight of those positions have been filled, while North Atlanta is still looking.  Here’s a recap of the moves that have been made in the offseason.  *Apalachee: The Wildcats hired West Hall head coach Tony Lotti to replace Steve Sims, who stepped down in December...

Thursday spring scores

Armuchee 14, Southeast Whitfield 4 Athens Academy 9, Providence Christian 8 Auburn, AL 16, Troup 6 Bainbridge 8, Cairo 0 Bremen 12, Murray County 2 Brookstone 15, Dooly County 0 Calhoun 15, North Murray 1 Cartersville 15, Cedartown 0 CFCA 15, Crisp Academy 6 Chapel Hill 10, Sandy Creek 5 Dade County 8, Trion 5 Dalton 7, South Cobb 1 Fellowship Christian 11, Whitefield Academy 1 Fitzgerald 7, Bleckley...
Westminster’s Scott Snyder ‘Once you get to the playoffs, if you lose your focus, you don’t get another chance’

Westminster’s Scott Snyder ‘Once you get to the playoffs, if you lose your focus, you don’t get another chance’

Defending-champion Westminster is right where it wants to be. The Wildcats are No. 1 in Class AAA and remain undefeated through 15 games, with one tie this season.Last year, the Wildcats defeated Pace Academy 2-1 in the championship game at Mercer University in Macon to earn their 12th boys soccer championship. As a bonus, the girls also defeated Pace Academy to earn their 10th girls soccer championship...
7A football: Five favorites coming out of spring

7A football: Five favorites coming out of spring

The 2017 football season was considered to be a down year by some in terms of great teams. None made a true run at a national title as Grayson did in 2016 or Colquitt County in 2015. That won’t be the case this fall, though. Most of Georgia’s best teams will be as good or better in 2018. Here’s a look at five from Class AAAAAAA that should look highly promising coming out of spring...
Football: Veterans lures veteran coach Turner to put program on playoff track

Football: Veterans lures veteran coach Turner to put program on playoff track

  For the last four years, Milan Turner has been biding his time at Coffee High School as an assistant coach. An established winner as a head coach, Turner received several offers over the last four years, but it wasn’t until the Veterans job came open that he decided to pursue it. “I’ve had opportunities, but after praying about it, I didn’t feel the timing was right...

Wednesday spring scores

Adairsville 4, Murray County 1 Apalachee 5, Winder-Barrow 4 Aquinas 13, Glascock County 3 Arabia Mountain 15, Lithonia 11 Athens Academy 16, Washington-Wilkes 2 Athens Christian 15, Lakeview Academy 4 Bainbridge 12, Pelham 1 Bleckley County 7, Toombs County 5 Brookstone 12, St. Anne-Pacelli 0 Calvary Day 2, Savannah Country Day 0 Cedar Shoals 18, Johnson-Gainesville 7 Chamblee 16, Southwest DeKalb...

Week 8 lacrosse rankings

Only four of the top 10 teams in the boys Class 6A-7A poll played since the Week 7 rankings came out last Wednesday, but now that spring break is over, the season is about to speed up. No. 3 Centennial, No. 6 Roswell, No. 9 Cambridge and No. 10 Etowah each picked up victories while the rest of the poll was off. Tonight, No. 4 Lassiter will visit Westminster, No. 5 Johns Creek will visit the sixth-ranked...

Baseball: From hit streaks to pitch counts to series wins

Carrollton shortstop Brandon Prince made an out on Monday, and that was news. The senior had collected 12 straight hits dating to March 28. He had two triples, a double and five stolen bases during the streak. The state record is unknown, but for reference, the major league record is 12 straight hits held by three players, most recently Walt Dropo in 1952. ‘’Brandon, is a very dedicated...
Girls soccer: No. 2 Parkview, No. 8 Brookwood to meet for region title

Girls soccer: No. 2 Parkview, No. 8 Brookwood to meet for region title

Parkview has one of the hottest girls soccer teams in the state, having won nine consecutive matches (outscoring its opponents 52-1 during that stretch) and climbing to No. 2 in the Score Atlanta Class AAAAAAA rankings. But for the Panthers to secure the region title and No. 1 seed in 7-AAAAAAA, they will need to beat rival Brookwood when the teams meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Parkview in a game that...

Tuesday spring scores

Alexander 5, McEachern 2 Appling County 15, Liberty County 0 Arabia Mountain 15, Lithonia 0 Armuchee 10, Model 5 Baconton Charter 3, Seminole County 0 Banks County 5, Rabun County 1 Berrien 8, Early County 2 Blessed Trinity 8, Chestatee 5 Brookstone 9, Manchester 8 Cairo 11, Westover 3 Calhoun 9, Murray County 8 Cartersville 11, Chapel Hill 6 Cedartown 7, Central-Carroll 2 Centennial 6, St. Francis...

Week 8 boys soccer rankings

After a light week, Norcross is still the team to beat in the state’s highest classification. Walton, Central Gwinnett, Grayson and Hillgrove fill out the top five. In Class AAAAAA, Dalton is the team to beat. Chattahoochee is second again this week with Cambridge, Gainesville and Alpharetta rounding out the top half of the rankings. Decatur leads in Class AAAAA ahead of defending champion McIntosh...

Week 8 girls soccer rankings

Following a light week with Spring Break, the soccer rankings did not change much. Lassiter is the top team in Class AAAAAAA, with Parkview moving from third to second. Milton, previously second, fell to third following Parkview’s climb. Johns Creek leads Class AAAAAA with Creekview, Harrison, Sequoyah and Dacula chasing. McIntosh holds the top spot again this week in Class AAAAA. Veterans,...
Calhoun-Peach fallout: GHSA adds 7th official for football playoffs

Calhoun-Peach fallout: GHSA adds 7th official for football playoffs

There won’t be instant replay in Georgia high school football next season, but the controversial Peach County-Calhoun state championship game has led to one significant rule change – the addition of a seventh on-field official for the playoffs. The GHSA approved the measure this week at its spring executive committee meeting in Macon. The association also announced changes in the way it...
Lacrosse in brief: Week 8

Lacrosse in brief: Week 8

Each week, we’ll take a look at four of the state’s top teams — two from the boys’ side, two from the girls — and see how they’re doing at this point in the season.Here are the latest AJC rankings. Now, let’s move on to the four featured teams.Lambert Longhorns (12-0)Upcoming matches: at Forsyth Central (2-8) on Wednesday; at No. 9 Cambridge (8-5) on Saturday...
Golf: Auburn dominates field to win 43rd Hardaway Invitational

Golf: Auburn dominates field to win 43rd Hardaway Invitational

Auburn High School stepped across the Alabama state line to win the 43rd annual Larry Gaither Hardaway Invitational in runaway style. Auburn shot a 1-under 575 for the 36-hole event, leaving Marist (22 over), defending champion Columbus (27 over) and Brookstone (34 over) in its wake. Jonathan Parker of Columbus shot 70-70 and was medalist at 4-under 140. Owen Burden of Marist and Jake Reitz of Auburn...

Monday spring scores

Alcovy 12, Stockbridge 5 Alpharetta 5, Northview 2 Brookwood 12, Central Gwinnett 0 Cambridge 6, Chattahoochee 1 Chamblee 15, Southwest DeKalb 0 Collins Hill 8, Discovery 1 Decatur 11, Jackson-Atlanta 0 Dodge County 20, Twiggs County 5 Douglas County 3, Creekside 2 Effingham County 5, Bradwell Institute 1 Evans 8, South Aiken (SC) 0 Gainesville 3, Dacula 2 George Walton Academy 12, Tallulah Falls...
GHSA approves Class A public/private split in soccer, volleyball

GHSA approves Class A public/private split in soccer, volleyball

No Class A public school in Georgia has won a state championship in soccer or volleyball.  Help is on the way. There will be separate public and private champions in both sports beginning in 2018-19, the Georgia High School Association’s executive committee voted unanimously on Monday in Macon. The move was hastened in part by pressure from the General Assembly. The GHSA has crowned separate...
Pace picks up statewide as state tourney nears

Pace picks up statewide as state tourney nears

In last week’s tennis blog, I highlighted the early (and very limited) region tournament results, which surprisingly have already produced outcomes that hint to a wild state tournament later this month. In the past week, the coinciding spring breaks around the state kept the pace slow, but it’s about to crank up. In Class AA-AAAAAAA, teams have just 10 days left to wrap up their region...

Week 8 baseball rankings

The top three shuffled in Class AAAAAAA, as North Gwinnett takes No. 1, Parkview moves up one place to second and previous No. 1 Mill Creek is now third. Pope remains No. 1 in Class AAAAAA, and Glynn Academy takes a tumble from No. 3 to No. 8 after losing two of three to Effingham County, now No. 6. In Class AAAAA, the top six stay the same with Wayne County still on top; Decatur moves from No. 10...

Class AAA football landscape changes with addition of three new programs

Three new football-playing schools will enter Class AAA in the 2018 season and two, for certain, are immediately going to impact the competition levels of their respective regions. Jefferson and Benedictine have storied athletic histories, and Cherokee Bluff, one of the state's new schools, will enter a tough region (7-AAA) hoping for a successful debut season.In Region 3-AAA, Savannah’s region...

Friday Spring scores

Allatoona 11, Archbishop Moeller 0 Americus-Sumter 6, Westover 1 Appling County 8, Tattnall County 2 Armuchee 5, Chattooga 3 Banks County 11, White County 3 Benedictine 6, Vidalia 1 Blessed Trinity 12, Palm Harbor 0 Brookwood 3, Lakeside-DeKalb 0 Bryan County 6, Jeff Davis 3 Centennial 8, Flowery Branch 7 Chamblee 9, North Springs 3 Cherokee 5, Johns Creek 0 Columbus 14, Shaw 0 Colquitt County 3,...

ELCA’s Gess looks back at 2017, ahead to 2018

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy completed one of the most dominating seasons in the history of Georgia high school football. Along with winning their third consecutive Class A-private title the Chargers set state records in points scored during the regular season (631 in 10 games) and points per game (52).  So what do they do for an encore? Head coach Jonathan Gess talked about it: recently...
A look at the new Class AAAA

A look at the new Class AAAA

The statewide reclassification that set the regions and classifications for the next two academic school years, bumped two former Class AAAA teams out (Hephzibah, Jefferson) and welcomed in four more, bringing this year’s total to 54 teams and impacting the layout of five of the eight regions in AAAA. Here’s an overview of which regions were altered, and what the updated regions may look...
AA spring football: Rabun County continues its climb

AA spring football: Rabun County continues its climb

Since coach Lee Shaw arrived ahead of the 2012 season, the Rabun County Wildcats have improved their record each season. In 2017, they won their first 14 games before coming up short in the Class AA finals, the only championship appearance in school history. They were led by senior quarterback Bailey Fisher, who shattered almost every passing record in program history in addition to being named...
Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

Coweta County announced last week that its three high schools – Newnan, East Coweta and Northgate – will move forward on plans to have artificial turf on their football fields this fall.  Cost will be $5.4 million and includes track and other renovations, according to The Newnan Times-Herald. That follows news in January that five Cherokee County high schools – Cherokee...
Football coaching hires: Tomberlin is back, approved at Appling County

Football coaching hires: Tomberlin is back, approved at Appling County

Rick Tomberlin is perhaps best known for his days at Washington County, where his teams won three state championships in the 1990s. That and his 246 career victories, which put him in the top 30 in GHSA history.  Now, Tomberlin might be the winningest Georgia coach to come out of retirement twice.  Tomberlin was approved Monday night to become head football coach and athletics at his alma...
High school basketball: State players of the year

High school basketball: State players of the year

Langston Hughes’ boys basketball program had won only one state playoff game when Landers Nolley moved in from Chicago as a junior. Nolley helped bring two state titles to the south Fulton County school. Winder-Barrow’s girls had not made the state playoffs since 1994 when Olivia Nelson-Ododa arrived as a freshman. The McDonald’s All-American took the Bulldoggs to a championship...
High school basketball: Boys, girls all-metro teams

High school basketball: Boys, girls all-metro teams

Player of the year: Landers Nolley, Langston Hughes Coach of the year: Eddie Johnson, Therrell G Marquavius Carter, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-1, Sr. F Tyson Jackson, Creekside, 6-9, Sr. F Isaiah Kelly, Pace Academy, 6-7, Sr. G Eli Lawrence, Tri-Cities, 6-5, Sr. G Landers Nolley, Langston Hughes, 6-7, Sr. G Dondre Barnes, South Atlanta, 5-8, Sr. G/F Deandre Brown, Therrell, 6-2, So. G Chase Hunter, Westlake...
High school basketball: Boys, girls all-state teams

High school basketball: Boys, girls all-state teams

All-classification player of the year: Landers Nolley, Langston Hughes Player of the year: Ashton Hagans, Newton Coach of the year: Curtis Gilleylen, Meadowcreek G Ashton Hagans, Newton, 6-4, Jr. F E.J. Montgomery, Wheeler, 6-10, Sr. F Isaac Okoro, McEachern, 6-5, Jr. G Kyle Sturdivant, Norcross, 6-2, Jr. G Devin Vassell, Peachtree Ridge, 6-5, Sr. G Travis Anderson, Grayson, 5-11, Sr. F Brandon Boston...
2018 McDonald’s All American Games: Rosters, TV schedule

2018 McDonald’s All American Games: Rosters, TV schedule

The 2018 McDonald’s All American Games will be played March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The boys game -- which will feature two All-Star prospects from Georgia -- will be shown on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. The girls’ game includes two prospects from metro Atlanta and a couple of Georgia Tech commits on the roster. Here are the rosters and where the players for the 41st edition of the high...
Class AAAAAAA girls: Westlake 60, Newton 45

Class AAAAAAA girls: Westlake 60, Newton 45

The emotion of the moment was evident as Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson left the court after the Class AAAAAAA girls basketball final Saturday at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.  With tear-filled eyes and weak knees, she gingerly escorted the championship trophy to her team’s locker room after a 60-45 victory over Newton that gave Westlake the first state title in program history...
What you should know about Atlanta United’s home opener

What you should know about Atlanta United’s home opener

Going to Sunday’s Atlanta United home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Here are a few things you should know as you prepare for the match against D.C. United in downtown Atlanta: - What you can and can’t bring into Mercedes-Benz Stadium - How to get to Mercedes-Benz Stadium using MARTA - Best spots to tailgate | Rules for tailgating - Atlanta United players happy for big crowd at home...
Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

The ice hockey team at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state title Sunday, 11 days after a gunman killed 14 students and three teachers at the school. Stoneman Douglas senior Joey Zenobi told WBBH-TV that the team was playing for the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting. “We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win, and that&rsquo...
Miller Grove 79, Buford 75

Miller Grove 79, Buford 75

Maurice Harvey’s leg was cramping so bad that he could hardly walk to the locker room after Miller Grove’s game on Thursday. But after scoring a career-high 30 points, there was no way the junior was going to miss a few minutes of post-game celebration.  Harvey was the offensive spark for the No. 3-ranked Wolverines all night as they scored a 79-75 road win over No. 2 Buford on Thursday...

Class AAAA boys: Upson-Lee 52, Salem 44

The name of the gym and the 59-game winning streak?  Salem wasn’t fazed.  The Seminoles brought a 21-6 record and a slew of perimeter-oriented big players to The Castle, and some confidence.  They had the overflow crowd buzzing, a little nervously, with a lead after a quarter. “This is a great program,” Salem head coach Jarrod Davis said. “I think we’re...
Photos: Georgia high school basketball state tourney

Photos: Georgia high school basketball state tourney

The Georgia high school state playoffs continued Wednesday. Take a look at a photo gallery (above) from the AJC’s Alyssa Pointer, who was at the Hillgrove-Campbell girls game. Read about the game here and the Northview-New Manchester game here. Find scores and schedules here.
Lanier girls 58, Alpharetta 54

Lanier girls 58, Alpharetta 54

The Lanier Lady Longhorns overcame a slow start that saw them in a steep hole early, took control late and fended off the Alpharetta Lady Raiders 58-54 at home on Friday in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA tournament. For the No. 5-ranked Lady Longhorns (23-6), it was their first playoff win in a program history that began the 2010-11 season. As a No. 2 seed from Region 8, they advance to the...
7A region updates: Collins Hill, King-less Shiloh take spills

7A region updates: Collins Hill, King-less Shiloh take spills

Except for a couple of at-large bids to be doled out next week, the playoff qualifiers in Class AAAAAAA are known. Their seeding won’t be decided until Friday and Saturday.    To see who’s made it, and who didn’t, see our region tournament results for boys and girls.      Here are some interesting notes about what’s happened so far in...
All-region basketball: 5-A’ top honors go to Rhodes, Oden, Hubbard, Jones

All-region basketball: 5-A’ top honors go to Rhodes, Oden, Hubbard, Jones

These are the all-region basketball teams for Region 5-A as chosen by the region’s coaches and announced this week. BOYS Malachi Rhodes, Eagle's Landing Christian  Lamar Oden, Southwest Atlanta Christian  Garrison Powell, Holy Innocents'  Tahj Keeton, Mount Vernon Presbyterian  Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, W.D. Mohammad  Josh Smith, Holy Innocents'  Yizar Rainwater, Fulton...
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...
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