High School Sports


Trivia: Marist graduate who coached St. Pius to a state title

Marist and St. Pius are playing in the second round of the playoffs, a rematch of a regular-season game won 17-0 by St. Pius. The coach of St. Pius' only state-championship football team was a Marist graduate. Who is he? (Answer Thursday) Answer to Tuesday's question: Shamrock High, which closed in 1996, went by the nickname of Dragons. Other closed DeKalb County schools, and their nicknames listed...
Four Questions with orthopedist Dr. Matthew Stewart

Four Questions with orthopedist Dr. Matthew Stewart

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is Dr. Matthew Stewart, an orthopedist for the Hughston Clinic in Georgia. Stewart is a Columbus native and former Columbus High football player who studied at Auburn, the Medical College of Georgia and Duke University.  1.
All-region teams: Brantley, Starks, Wimes earn top honors in 5-AAAAA

All-region teams: Brantley, Starks, Wimes earn top honors in 5-AAAAA

Here is the all-region team for 5-AAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Offensive player of the year: WR Kevah Brantley, Lithonia, Sr.  Defensive player of the year: DB Jamel Starks, Southwest DeKalb, Sr.  Coach of the year: Damien Wimes, Southwest DeKalb  QB - Bryson Williams, Arabia Mountain, Sr.  QB - Octavious Griffin, Columbia, Jr.
All-region teams: Vidalia’s Bell named 2-AA player of the year

All-region teams: Vidalia’s Bell named 2-AA player of the year

Here is the all-region team for 2-AA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: RB/LB Nyshun Bell, Vidalia, Sr.  Athlete of the year: RB/WR Keondre Williams, Metter, Sr.  Offensive player of the year: QB Kade Youmans, Swainsboro, Jr.  Defensive player of the year: DB K.J. Starnes, Swainsboro, Jr.
List: Teams with the most first-round road wins since 1996

List: Teams with the most first-round road wins since 1996

Westminster won a first-round playoff game on the road for the ninth time last week when the Wildcats defeated Jefferson 35-7 in Class AAA. That's the most first-round road wins for any school since 1996, when the GHSA expanded the playoffs to 32-team draws. 9 - Westminster  8 - Colquitt County  5 - Coffee  5 - Houston County  5 - Stratford Academy  5 - St.
A look at the Second Round pairings

A look at the Second Round pairings

There are 16 teams remaining that will be fighting for a spot in the quarterfinals this week, and there are intriguing matchups up and down both sides of the bracket. Here’s a look at what each team did in the first round, and what they will be up against this round.  Woodward Academy defeated Carver-Columbus 55-40 in the first round.

A breakdown of the Maxwell Ratings Playoff Projections after the first round

The Maxwell Ratings Playoff Projections this week suggest that Cedar Grove will be your Class AAA state football champion nearly half of the time in the computer projections.Despite Calhoun’s place at the top of the rankings all season, the Maxwell Ratings picks the Saints, 50 percent of the time, to win the 2018 title.
AA in brief: AA in brief: Round 1 playoff talk

AA in brief: AA in brief: Round 1 playoff talk

With Round 1 in the books, it’s time to compare the results to the predictions I made prior to the start of the playoffs. As you can see, I only missed on two games. In both cases, I knowingly went out on a limb. (For a recap of Round 1, go here.) We’ll start with the No. 7 Bremen Blue Devils at the Union County Panthers.
East Paulding not a typical No. 4 seed

East Paulding not a typical No. 4 seed

East Paulding was one of those No. 4 seeds that may have gotten overlooked when the playoffs started. But no one is sleeping on the Raiders now after they knocked off once-beat Region 6 champion Banneker in the first round.  Coach Billy Shackelford’s team competes in Region 7, which includes three ranked teams: No. 1 Rome, No. 9 Kell and No. 10 Carrollton.
Maxwell playoff projections after Round One

Maxwell playoff projections after Round One

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 2018 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons.

Round 1:  How the regions fared and a look at the upsets

After Round 1 of the playoffs Region 7 took the biggest hit while Region 5 was unscathed.  Region 7 had six teams total in the playoffs (Mount de Sales, Tattnall Square, Stratford Academy, Aquinas, Greene County, and Hancock County) but lost four of them after Round 1 as Mt. de Sales, Stratford, Tattnall and Hancock County all were bounced.
Elbert County head coach Fritts retires

Elbert County head coach Fritts retires

Elbert County head coach Sid Fritts, who won multiple region titles at three Georgia schools, retired on Monday. Fritts was 174-53-2 in 20 seasons as a Georgia head coach. He was 75-30 at Elbert County, where he won region titles in 2010 and 2013 and coached current Georgia star Mecole Hardman. Fritts won two region titles at Rome (2005-06) and four at Vidalia (2001-04).
List: Teams with first playoff victories in at least three years

List: Teams with first playoff victories in at least three years

Five teams advanced in the playoffs for the first time this season. Those were Creekview (Class AAAAAA), New Hampstead (AAAAA), Pickens (AAAA), North Cobb Christian (A) and Hebron Christian (A). Also, Trinity Christian and Riverside Military Academy advanced for the first time in the GHSA playoffs. They had won rounds as members of the Georgia Independent School Association.
Trivia: Mascot of former DeKalb County high school Shamrock

Trivia: Mascot of former DeKalb County high school Shamrock

Hebron Christian head coach and former NFL player Jeff Saturday, whose team advanced to the second round in the Class A playoffs last week, played high school football at Shamrock High in Decatur. The school existed from 1967 through 1995 with Ron Gartrell, currently at Stephenson, serving Shamrock's final head coach.
Four Questions with Hebron Christian head coach Jeff Saturday

Four Questions with Hebron Christian head coach Jeff Saturday

GHSF Daily's Four Questions feature historically poses the same questions to a different Georgia head coach each issue. This season, head coaches are being asked Four Questions tailored to current events. Today's interviewee is Hebron Christian head coach Jeff Saturday, whose team won its first-ever playoff game last week in a 20-10 victory over Mount Paran Christian.
All-region teams: Haselwood named 5-AAA player of the year

All-region teams: Haselwood named 5-AAA player of the year

Here is the all-region team for 5-AAA, as voted by the league’s coaches: Player of the year: WR/DB Jadon Haselwood, Cedar Grove, Sr.  Freshman of the year: Rashad Dubinion, Cedar Grove  Coach of the year: Jermaine Smith, Cedar Grove  QB - Shaheim Bailey, Stone Mountain, So.  RB - Robert Jones, Cedar Grove, Sr.  RB - Paul Weathington, Westminster, Jr.
Gwinnett, Region 1 still going strong heading into Round 2

Gwinnett, Region 1 still going strong heading into Round 2

Six Gwinnett County teams remain in the Class AAAAAAA football playoffs, and three of them – Grayson, Parkview and defending state champion North Gwinnett – will be at home for the second round. Region 1 still has top-ranked Colquitt County, Lowndes and Tift County still standing. That’s the most from any region in the AAAAAAA field.
Habersham, Effingham, Bradwell join a lot of familiar faces in Round 2

Habersham, Effingham, Bradwell join a lot of familiar faces in Round 2

Here’s a look at this week’s second-round games in the Class AAAAAA football playoffs, with recaps of the first-round results: *Valdosta (7-4) at Glynn Academy (8-3): Glynn Academy beat Valdosta 27-3 in the first round last year and is seeking its fifth consecutive trip to the quarterfinals.

Maxwell First Round summary: For playoff excitement, get out the popcorn and skip the higher classifications . . .

The Maxwell Ratings will rank the Georgia High School Association's 422 teams throughout the 2018 season. The ratings are based entirely on historical performance and on field results and do not consider personnel changes on the player roster or coaching staff. Interesting results: - Maybe it’s me, but my excitement for college football this season is somewhat flat.
Lower-seeded teams enjoy some first-round success

Lower-seeded teams enjoy some first-round success

Eight region champions and 11 ranked teams went down in the first round of the playoffs last week, a far cry from last season, when home teams and favorites dominated. In a stunning turnaround, road teams were 32-80 (.286) in this year's first round. They were 13-99 (.116) in 2017. There were eight wins by No.
Only head coach in Hughes history steps down

Only head coach in Hughes history steps down

Willie Cannon, who led Hughes to region titles in 2012 and 2013, has stepped down, bringing to eight the number of reported head-coaching resignations in the offseason. Scott Wilkins of East Jackson and Donnie Revell of South Effingham also have resigned in recent days.  Cannon started Hughes' program in 2009. His record in 10 seasons was 60-49.
Trivia: Riverside Military great who went on to hall-of-fame coaching career

Trivia: Riverside Military great who went on to hall-of-fame coaching career

Riverside Military Academy won its first GHSA playoff game last week with a 24-14 victory over No. 5 George Walton Academy in the Class A private-school division. Riverside has a proud football history that includes a Georgia Independent School Association championship in 2005 and some great teams in the 1920s and 1930s before the GHSA began administering state playoffs.
Four Questions with Columbus head coach Philip Marino

Four Questions with Columbus head coach Philip Marino

GHSF Daily's Four Questions feature historically poses the same questions to a different Georgia head coach each issue. This season, head coaches are being asked Four Questions tailored to current events. Today's interviewee is Columbus head coach Philip Marino, whose team earned the program's first playoff victory since 1974 last week with a 35-33 win over Salem in Class AAAA. 1.
List: No. 4 seeds that have won at least two playoff games

List: No. 4 seeds that have won at least two playoff games

Eight No. 4 seeds survived the first round. That's a big improvement over last season, when No. 4 seeds went 3-45. The winners were Tift County, Bradwell Institute, Coffee, Harrison, New Hampstead, Loganville, East Paulding and Pike County. (Tift County, the fourth-place finisher in Region 1-AAAAAAA, technically was an at-large playoff team that filled a No. 4 spot in the bracket.) No.

First round playoff wrap up

The upset bug was out and biting in the private playoff bracket, as half of the higher seeds went down. On the public side, all but one of the higher seeds will move into the second round. Here’s a recap: The Bears went down to Macon and pulled off the biggest upset of Round 1.

How did Class AAA move through the first round of the playoffs?

Sixteen teams made it past the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs Friday, and Saturday morning we are greeted with a second-round schedule loaded with key games across the state.Only one region -- Region 4 which is located in Middle Georgia -- advanced all four seeds to the second round. Peach County, Westside-Macon, Jackson and Pike County advanced.
First Round recap

First Round recap

Troup got the playoffs started early with a Thursday night victory over the visiting Warriors—giving the program its first 10-win season since 2003. Running back Tyree
Friday night recap: Round 1

Friday night recap: Round 1

Round 1 of the Class AA playoffs saw no major upsets, though my predictions — which I’ll discuss more on Tuesday — suffered what should ultimately be a few inconsequential hits. Below is the updated official bracket with scores, as found on GHSA.net. Below is a more in-depth look at Friday’s games.

Two top-10 teams fall in high class; Hillgrove-Walton, Parkview-Archer on deck

Two top-10 teams lost in the first round of Class AAAAAAA on Friday, and at least two more are going down in the second round an account of the Walton-Hillgrove and Archer-Parkview matchups.  First, the events of the first round …  Tift County defeated No. 6 Roswell 42-7, and East Coweta defeated No. 10 Marietta 28-26.
Upset specials: Three No. 1 teams lose in first round

Upset specials: Three No. 1 teams lose in first round

It was a great first round for upsets in Class AAAAA, as three No. 1-seeded teams were eliminated on Friday night.T Region 3 champion Starr’s Mill, Region 5 champion Southwest DeKalb and Region 6 champion Banneker were all ousted on the cold, wet night.  It was a bad night all around for tams from Region 5 and Region 6, with each of their playoff qualifiers going down.
First-round sweeps for Regions 1, 2 and 6

First-round sweeps for Regions 1, 2 and 6

Sixteen teams advanced Friday to the second round of the Class AAAAAA football playoffs, and 12 of them came from three regions. Regions 1, 2 and 6 swept their games in a first round in which 10 of the 16 games were decided by 22 or more points.  Region 1 teams Lee County, Valdosta, Northside-Warner Robins and Coffee proved their strength with a sweep of Region 4.
Round 1 Roundup

Round 1 Roundup

After giving up an early lead to Collins Hill on a 75-yard run by Isaiah Love, the Parkview Panthers soundly defeated the visiting Eagles 42-19 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
East Coweta 28, Marietta 26

East Coweta 28, Marietta 26

Playing on an extremely muddy field Friday at Marietta, East Coweta had little choice but to rely on running back Gerald Green.  The senior made the most of the extra workload, rushing for 275 yards on 36 carries and scoring all four of his team’s touchdowns in a 28-26 victory over Marietta in the first round of the Class AAAAAAA playoffs.  East Coweta (4-7), the No.
First-round recap: South Georgia teams stand tall

First-round recap: South Georgia teams stand tall

It was a big night for Georgia high school football Friday, especially for South Georgia football.  Three unranked South Georgia teams beat top-10 opponents in the first round, and southerly Region 1-AAAAAA went 4-0, picking off a pair of ranked teams from DeKalb County and reaffirming itself as the state’s most dominant regional force in the state playoffs.  No. 1 Lee County, No....

Northside-Warner Robins 43, Tucker 21

Five-win seasons just do not happen at Northside-Warner Robins. In fact, this year’s 5-5 regular season was the worst record for the Eagles since 1991 (3-7). But after Round 1 of the Class AAAAA state playoffs, Northside is 1-0, after a 43-21 win over the Eagles’ main post season rivals, Tucker, at Adams Stadium in north Dekalb County. Northside, the No.
Harrison 23, Johns Creek 20

Harrison 23, Johns Creek 20

The Harrison Hoyas used a relentless rushing attack and capitalized on a number of miscues by the Johns Creek Gladiators to win 23-20 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs on Friday at The Colosseum. The No. 6-ranked Hoyas (9-2) advance as the No. 4 seed from Region 6 and will travel to Sugar Hill next week and play Lanier, the No. 2 seed from Region 8.
Mill Creek 13, Brookwood 10 OT

Mill Creek 13, Brookwood 10 OT

Sophomore Joshua Battle ran for two touchdowns, the second in overtime, to help Mill Creek survive a slugfest with Brookwood 13-10 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAAA playoffs at Mill Creek’s Markham Field.  Battle scored on a 10-yard run in the first half and ended the game with a 1-yard carry before being dogpiled by teammates in the end zone.
The Leaderboard: Sheppard, Brosmer, Jones are tops in yardage

The Leaderboard: Sheppard, Brosmer, Jones are tops in yardage

Haralson County RB Treylon Sheppard, Centennial QB Max Brosmer and Warner Robins WR Marcayll Jones finished the regular season as the state's leaders in rushing, passing and receiving yards. Now, some prestigious state records will be sweating out the playoffs.  Sheppard has rushed for 2,874 yards, which is believed to be the most ever in a regular season.
Lassiter’s Irwin among five head coaches stepping down

Lassiter’s Irwin among five head coaches stepping down

Five head coaches have resigned since last week’s end to the regular season. The latest is Lassiter’s Jep Irwin, who has stepped down after his ninth season at the Marietta school. Lassiter won region titles in 2012 and 2013 and reached the Class AAAAA semifinals in 2011 under Irwin, but failed to make the playoffs the past two seasons and finished 1-9 this year.
Four Questions with Frank Santore, voice of the Ringgold Tigers

Four Questions with Frank Santore, voice of the Ringgold Tigers

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is Frank Santore, the play-by-play voice of the Ringgold Tigers. He can be heard tonight on WAAK Radio 94.7 FM calling Ringgold's game at Peach County. 1.
National rankings: Colquitt County moves into top 5 in CalPreps poll

National rankings: Colquitt County moves into top 5 in CalPreps poll

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. 5. (6) Colquitt County  27. (23) Parkview  33. (38) Lee County  44. (28) Grayson  46. (42) Hillgrove  56. (51) Rome  64. (71) Warner Robins  73.
List: Teams with longest active streaks of playoff appearances

List: Teams with longest active streaks of playoff appearances

Lincoln County and Washington-Wilkes aren't in the playoffs this season. That's the first time since 1973 for Lincoln County and 1997 for Washington-Wilkes. Joining the list of schools with a current 10-season streak are Colquitt County, Valdosta, McEachern and Marion County.
Trivia: Teams that won state but not region titles in 2017

Trivia: Teams that won state but not region titles in 2017

Which schools in 2017 did not win region titles but went on to be state champions? (Answer Monday) Answer to Thursday's question: The current GHSA head coaches who were active as head coaches in 1988 are Alan Chadwick of Marist, Rick Tomberlin of Appling County (then at Jonesboro) and Ron Gartrell of Stephenson (then at Shamrock). 

Ranked teams Jefferson, Westminster to meet in Round 1 feature game

A game between two ranked programs will highlight the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs when 10th-ranked Westminster (6-4, 4-2) travels to No. 8 Jefferson (8-2, 5-1) for the third meeting between the two programs.Jefferson, the No. 2 seed from Region 8, holds a 2-0 edge in the series with victories in 2012 (35-7), under head coach T.
Five first-round playoff games to watch

Five first-round playoff games to watch

Normally the first round of the state playoffs is filled with bad games. Too many average-to-poor teams reach the postseason, making for some bad games on the opening week of the playoffs. This year it’s different. The first-round of the Class AAAAA playoffs is loaded with good games.
What to watch: Round 1

What to watch: Round 1

The Class AA playoffs begin Friday. For playoff predictions, go here. For the official GHSA bracket, go here. Below are some games of note in AA for Round 1. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Reservation, Vidalia Records, rankings: Washington County is 8-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 3-AA and unranked; Vidalia is 9-1, the No. 2 seed from 2-AA and unranked.

High class preview: R1 vs. R4 headlines first round

The first round of the Class AAAAAAA playoffs are upon us, and except for a handful of games, it might not be that suspenseful. The computer Maxwell Ratings project margins of victory of 22 points or more for 10 of the 16 games. The closest games involve Region 1 vs. Region 4 teams.
Maxwell First Round projections

Maxwell First Round 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 percent 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.
In complicated life, kicking is easy part for Jackson-Atlanta’s Breedlove

In complicated life, kicking is easy part for Jackson-Atlanta’s Breedlove

Jack Breedlove came into this world with another name and from a faraway place. Arriving without the usual compliment of fingers and toes, he was a child marked as different before the deeper defining differences revealed themselves. Born to a family that didn’t, couldn’t instinctively wrap its arms around him, he went years before being plugged into that basic human connection.
Stoneman Douglas gets set for Freedom Bowl at Milton

Stoneman Douglas gets set for Freedom Bowl at Milton

The first-ever Freedom Bowl will kick off Friday at Milton High School. The event’s six games are divided into a Friday night doubleheader and a four-game Saturday lineup. Georgia teams will be represented on both days, with host Milton playing on Friday and defending Class AAAAAAA state champion North Gwinnett playing on Saturday.
Meet the 2018 AJC Super 11

Meet the 2018 AJC Super 11

For the first time since the Super 11’s inception in 1985, there are no running backs on the AJC’s list of the best high school players in the state. There are no quarterbacks, either, but that’s happened before. The state produced the two best high school quarterbacks in the country last year, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.
Ramel Keyton, Marietta

Ramel Keyton, Marietta

Position: Wide receiver Height, weight: 6-2, 180 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Tennessee. 2017 season wrapup: Keyton led Cobb County in receptions (59) for the second consecutive season, finishing with 1,298 yards and 16 touchdowns for a team that reached the quarterfinals despite its starting quarterback (Harrison Bailey) missing seven games with an injury.
Chris Hinton, GAC

Chris Hinton, GAC

Position: Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Height, weight: 6-4,
Dominick Blaylock, Walton

Dominick Blaylock, Walton

Position: Wide receiver Height, weight: 6-0, 190 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Georgia. 2017 season wrapup: Blaylock was a Class AAAAAAA honorable mention all-state selection last season for a team that finished 11-1 and reached the second round of the playoffs. He had 911 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 53 catches and rushed for 264 yards and 10 TDs on 37 carries.
Travon Walker, Upson-Lee

Travon Walker, Upson-Lee

Position: Defensive lineman Height, weight: 6-5, 272 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Georgia. 2017 season wrapup: Walker finished the season with 37 tackles, 15 assists, three sacks, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. He added eight receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown on offense. Upson-Lee finished the year 4-6 in the first season under coach Justin Elder.
Owen Pappoe, Grayson

Owen Pappoe, Grayson

Position: Linebacker Height, weight: 6-1, 210 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Auburn. 2017 season wrapup: Pappoe recovered from a hip injury that forced him to miss all of spring practice and went on to record 62 tackles, including nine for losses, and a fumble recovery. He was selected as a first-team all-state player in Class AAAAAAA and led Grayson to a 10-2 record.
Kyle Hamilton, Marist

Kyle Hamilton, Marist

Position: Defensive back/wide receiver Height, weight: 6-3, 190 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Notre Dame. 2017 season wrapup: Hamilton had 55 solo tackles, 17 assists, six interceptions and five pass breakups last season and was named first-team all-state as a defensive back in Class AAAA. He is rated nationally as the No.
Jalen Perry, Dacula

Jalen Perry, Dacula

Position: Defensive back/wide receiver Height, weight: 6-1, 185 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Georgia. 2017 season wrapup: Perry, rated as the nation’s No. 15 cornerback, had 44 tackles, 16 pass breakups and three interceptions and was named first-team all-state as an athlete. On offense, he rushed for 637 yards (13.
Harry Miller, Buford

Harry Miller, Buford

Position: Offensive lineman Height, weight: 6-4, 300 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Ohio State. 2017 season wrapup: Miller graded out at 91 percent with a team-best 109 knockdown blocks and was a driving force for an offense that averaged 42.2 points per game. He started at center, guard and tackle at different points in the season, but he is the No. 2 center nationally (and No.
Jadon Haselwood, Cedar Grove

Jadon Haselwood, Cedar Grove

Position: Wide receiver/defensive back Height, weight: 6-3, 190 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Georgia. 2017 season wrapup: Haselwood is the No. 1 wide receiver prospect and No. 3 overall player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was a first-team all-state player in 2017, when he had 792 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving and nine interceptions on defense.
Andrew Booth, Archer

Andrew Booth, Archer

Position: Defensive back/wide receiver Height, weight: 6-1, 190 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Clemson. 2017 season wrapup: Booth was a first-team all-state selection last season as a defensive back, and he is rated No. 3 among seniors nationally at cornerback.
Trezmen Marshall, Clinch County

Trezmen Marshall, Clinch County

Position: Linebacker/running back Height, weight: 6-1, 235 Class: Senior College choices: Committed to Georgia.
State champions in review: 9 schools win first-ever titles in 2017-18

State champions in review: 9 schools win first-ever titles in 2017-18

Nine Georgia high schools won their first-ever state championships in sports this academic year and were among 69 schools overall that claimed the 163 state titles awarded by the Georgia High School Association. Westminster captured the most titles with eight. The Buckhead private school has won 287 state titles recorded by the GHSA, by far the most among Georgia schools.
Blessed Trinity sweeps, Lambert boys and Milton girls clinch Class 6A-7A titles

Blessed Trinity sweeps, Lambert boys and Milton girls clinch Class 6A-7A titles

The Blessed Trinity girls spoiled Starr’s Mill first-ever finals appearance and clinched a third-straight state title of their own Saturday at Kennesaw State University’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium. In the first of four state championship matches, the Lady Titans jumped out to a 9-2 halftime lead and closed out a 15-7 victory to take the Class 1A-5A crown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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