High School Sports


Memorial service to be held for former Woodward coach Stallings

A memorial service for former Woodward Academy wrestling and football coach Johnny Stallings will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Woodward Academy Main Gymnasium. Visitation with the family will be held in the adjacent Tyler Brown Student Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Stallings, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame and the Macon Sports Hall of Fame,...
Parkview sophomore named Gatorade girls soccer player of year

Parkview sophomore named Gatorade girls soccer player of year

Nieva Gaither of Parkview is the Gatorade Georgia girls soccer player of the year. Gaither, a 5-foot-3 sophomore forward, led the Panthers to a 23-1 record and the Class AAAAAAA championship this year. Gaither scored 37 goals and passed for 10 assists, including one of each in Parkview’s 2-0 win over Milton in the title game.  Gaither recorded at least one point in all 24 games with 11...
Region 3-AAAA Breakdown

Region 3-AAAA Breakdown

The countdown to Region 1 continues. This week, I’m highlighting Region 3. Links from each of the previous region previews will be provided in each upcoming preview. Region 3 shrunk down to five teams after the departure of Hephzibah, which was dropped two classes to Class AA’s Region 4 after the mid-point reclassification cycle. Burke County’s Eric Parker is entering his 12th season...

A little football talk to help you through the summer

With the 2017-2018 high school sports season in the books, it’s time to look ahead to 2018-2019. So here’s a little football news to tide you over until the blog starts up again in August. ELCA is ELCA, even in the spring Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy won its third consecutive Class A Private state title last season, capping one of the most dominant campaigns in state history...
High school Athletes of the Year for 2017-2018

High school Athletes of the Year for 2017-2018

Standout performances by these athletes led to individual and team success during the 2017-2018 school year:  Anthony Seigler, Cartersville: The switch-hitting senior catcher batted .421 with 10 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 16 stolen bases and a .587 on-base percentage for the Class AAAA runner-up team. He threw out 12 of 21 runners attempting to steal a base. He also is an ambidextrous...
Cartersville catcher is first Georgia high school player taken in MLB Draft

Cartersville catcher is first Georgia high school player taken in MLB Draft

Anthony Seigler, a switch-hitting catcher from Cartersville, was the first Georgia high school player taken in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.  Seigler went in the first round, No. 23 overall, to the Yankees. Seigler hit .421 with 13 home runs and a .587 on-base percentage as a senior for a team that reached the Class AAAA final. Seigler also is an ambidextrous pitcher but projects...

Legendary track coach Edgar Johnson stepping away after 40 years

When Edgar Johnson began teaching science at the newly-opened Shaw High School in Columbus in 1978, he didn’t know that his benevolent gesture to “help out” with coaching the track team would turn into a 40-year passion. But it did. Johnson eventually became girls’ head coach in 1993 and took over the entire program six years later. Under his leadership, the Raider girls won...
Region 4-AAAA Breakdown

Region 4-AAAA Breakdown

The countdown to Region 1 continues. This week, I’m highlighting Region 4. Links from each of the previous region previews will be provided in each upcoming preview. This eight-team region gives each of its teams just three non-region games to prepare for a seven-game region lineup, but its teams should be well-prepared as non-region challenges wait across the board: Luella faces Cartersville...
Football: Changes abound ... plus season openers for everyone

Football: Changes abound ... plus season openers for everyone

The countdown has started for high school football. All the teams have completed spring workouts and their scrimmages. Now they are hitting the weight room, participating in 7-on-7 camps and running the bleachers to get ready for the 2018 season. There will a few changes for Class AAAAA this fall.  Former University of Georgia star and NFL running back Robert Edwards has opted to leave Greene...
Final baseball rankings: Pope, Tattnall Square only pre-playoff No. 1s to win titles

Final baseball rankings: Pope, Tattnall Square only pre-playoff No. 1s to win titles

Parkview won its seventh state title with a sweep over Mill Creek in Class AAAAAAA. The other two semifinalists, Woodstock and Brookwood, finish third and fourth, respectively, and North Paulding, which reached the quarterfinals and played two close games with Mill Creek, finishes fifth. Etowah surged into the Top 10 despite an overall losing record after reaching the quarters. Pope won its second-consecutive...

Cedar Grove football has big-time talent in key spots

When Cedar Grove walked off the field after its loss to Calhoun in the semifinals of the 2017 Class AAA football playoffs, the Saints held their heads high.A winning streak of 23 games, the longest streak in DeKalb County history, had been snapped, but Cedar Grove's last loss had come against Westminster on Sept. 23, 2016. The Saints stormed through the bracket in 2016, beating Crisp County 55-0 in...
Baseball final wrapup: From Pope’s comeback to Benedictine’s freshman phenom to victory celebrations

Baseball final wrapup: From Pope’s comeback to Benedictine’s freshman phenom to victory celebrations

The 2018 baseball season is in the books. It was a great week for the state finals. Well, except for the rain. But consider these highlights … -A freshman, Carter Holton of Benedictine, pitched a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in the clinching victory over Berrien. Holton finished the year 11-2 with an 0.76 ERA as a hitcher and hit .433 with seven homers. -Pope was down to its final out...
Football: Starr’s Mill finds plenty of potential QBs in spring workouts

Football: Starr’s Mill finds plenty of potential QBs in spring workouts

The Starr’s Mill football team had players and assistant coaches scattered to different sports for much of spring practice. But that’s OK with coach Chad Phillips, who believes guys shouldn’t be limited to one sport and encourages participation in spring activities. So as far at spring football, Phillips said, “We made the most of it.” The Panthers sustained some big...
Day 4 baseball championship recaps: Parkview, Lovett capture titles to wrap up season

Day 4 baseball championship recaps: Parkview, Lovett capture titles to wrap up season

The prep baseball season ended Thursday night with a Game 3 finals win by Lovett over Westminster in Class AAA and a doubleheader sweep by Parkview over Mill Creek in Class AAAAAAA. It was Lovett’s ninth baseball state title all-time and Parkview’s seventh. Parkview took two hotly contested games, the first in eight innings, from Mill Creek to win the championship on its home field. In...
Day 3 baseball championship recaps: Pope, Jefferson take titles in Rome

Day 3 baseball championship recaps: Pope, Jefferson take titles in Rome

The Class AAAA and AAAAAA finals series concluded Wednesday night at State Mutual Stadium in Rome. Jefferson won 6-3 in Game 3 of the AAAA championship to give the Dragons their first baseball state title, and Pope exploded in the final inning to pull away from Allatoona 10-2 as the Greyhounds took back-to-back crowns in AAAAAA. Jefferson batted around in the opening inning of the Class AAAA decisive...
Region 5-AAAA Breakdown

Region 5-AAAA Breakdown

The countdown to Region 1 continues. This week, I’m highlighting Region 5. Links from each of the previous region previews will be provided in each upcoming preview. Region 5: Cartersville, Cedartown, Central-Carroll, Chapel Hill, LaGrange, Sandy Creek, Troup Cartersville has won six consecutive region championships, with five perfect regular seasons, two state titles and an incredible...

Updated baseball: 7A series moved to Parkview, rest to Rome

Except for the highest classification, all remaining games in the high school baseball best-of-three championship series will be played at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, the GHSA has announced.  Weather issues this week and the lack of other available sites led to the move to Rome, where the weather forecast is better than for other parts of the state in the next couple of days.  The Class...
Football: A productive spring at Warner Robins

Football: A productive spring at Warner Robins

It was a good spring at Warner Robins, where last year’s state runner-up escaped without major injuries and began to find some players to plug in to replace those who graduated.  “A lot of guys stepped up,” coach Mike Chastain said. “We’re going to be a little younger this year and we’ve got a good ninth grade class that we think could be special.” Warner...

Greater Atlanta Christian shows no signs of slowing down heading into 2018

Greater Atlanta Christian has been a powerhouse in Class AA and Class AAA football for the past four seasons, and it would be remiss to think the metro Atlanta program won't factor in 2018.The Spartans have repeated as region champions each year since 2014. In the past 10 years, GAC has been to the championship game twice, the semifinals three times and the second round twice. Last season, the Spartan...
State golf roundup: Mill Creek, North Gwinnett capture top classification

State golf roundup: Mill Creek, North Gwinnett capture top classification

The Mill Creek boys defended their title in the Class AAAAAAA golf championship, while the North Gwinnett girls won their first title in the state’s highest division.  Mill Creek, led by Georgia Tech commitment Luka Karaulic, was awarded the victory when the second round was rained out at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. The Hawks shot 13-over, with Karaulic shooting 71, J.T. Smith shooting...
Day 2 baseball championship recaps

Day 2 baseball championship recaps

Three of Tuesday's four baseball finals series were affected by rain, with the Class AAAAAAA doubleheader between Parkview and Mill Creek rescheduled from UGA's Foley Field to Rome's State Mutual Stadium on Thursday at 1 p.m. Both the Class AAAAAA Allatoona-Pope series at Rome and the Class A-Private Tattnall Square-Prince Avenue series at Macon were delayed but completed their doubleheaders. Gordon...
UPDATED 5/29: Lacrosse season wrap-up

UPDATED 5/29: Lacrosse season wrap-up

Welcome to the final blog post of the 2017-18 school year. It has been a blast covering Class AA football and basketball, and A-5A and 6A-7A lacrosse. I look forward to doing so again in 2018-19. And congratulations to the four lacrosse state champions, who were crowned on Saturday at Kennesaw State. The champions are: Lambert Longhorns (6A-7A) Milton Lady War Eagles (6A-7A) Blessed Trinity Titans...
Day 1 baseball championship recaps: Loganville, Benedictine sweep for state titles

Day 1 baseball championship recaps: Loganville, Benedictine sweep for state titles

The GHSA baseball state championships got underway Monday night at four locations throughout the state, with Class AAAAA, AAAA, AAA and AA beginning their championship series. Two series ended in doubleheader sweeps, and two will go to decisive Game 3s on Wednesday. Loganville held on in Game 2 to win 3-2 and sweep Buford for the Class AAAAA championship, their fourth state title all-time, all since...
Champs in good shape after first round of state golf tournaments

Champs in good shape after first round of state golf tournaments

  Defending champions are faring well after the first round of the state golf championships. A half-dozen teams are in first or second place after 18 holes. The tournaments will be completed on Wednesday.    Boys Class AAAAAAA: Defending champion Mill Creek holds a four-shot lead after the first day at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie behind a 1-under 71 from Georgia Tech signee Luka...
Final lacrosse rankings: Blessed Trinity sweeps A-5A, Lambert boys and Milton girls take top classes

Final lacrosse rankings: Blessed Trinity sweeps A-5A, Lambert boys and Milton girls take top classes

The Lambert boys defeated defending champion Lassiter 12-6 in the boys Class 6A-7A championship and capped off a perfect 22-0 season in the process. The Longhorns finish No. 1 ahead of Lassiter. No. 3 Centennial lost 15-14 to Lambert in the semis and No. 4 North Gwinnett fell 10-9 in overtime to Lassiter in the semifinals. In Class A-5A, No. 1 Blessed Trinity defeated No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian...
Competition for state golf championships begin Monday

Competition for state golf championships begin Monday

The Mill Creek boys and Lambert girls are among the teams who will defend their state titles when the GHSA golf championship begin around the state.  The championships will be contested over two days, with all schools competing over 36 holes for the second straight year. Only two schools failed to qualify to defend their championships. Class AAAAAAA boys at Sunset Country Club, Moultrie: ...
Baseball finals primer: History lesson on the 16 finalists

Baseball finals primer: History lesson on the 16 finalists

Here’s a historical look at the 16 state baseball finalists, who will take the field beginning Monday or Tuesday for eight championship series in from Rome to Savannah, Macon to Athens. Find out what team is 6-0 all-time in state-championship series, the frequency of all-Gwinnett, all-Cobb or all-Atlanta state finals, the five schools that are in the state finals for the first time, and the...
Region 6-AAAA Breakdown

Region 6-AAAA Breakdown

The countdown to Region 1 continues. This week, I’m highlighting Region 6. Links from each of the previous region previews will be provided in each upcoming preview. Geographically, Region 6-AAAA is Georgia’s most northwest region out of all the classifications and will be represented by its reigning champ, Ridgeland, in the first football game that will be played in the entire 2018 GHSA...
Is Peach County rebuilding or reloading for 2018 season?

Is Peach County rebuilding or reloading for 2018 season?

This is the second installment of a series looking at the teams that finished in the top four after the 2017 football season. Last week: Calhoun. Next week: Greater Atlanta Christian.One of Class AAA's best programs lost some of the state's best players to graduation, but Peach County coach Chad Campbell thinks it would be remiss to take the Trojans lightly during the 2018 season.He's not sure how...
A-5A lacrosse playoffs update

A-5A lacrosse playoffs update

On Tuesday, we took a look at the high class. Now we will check in on A-5A. We are down to the final round and championship Saturday will take place at Kennesaw State. For a preview of championship Saturday, go here.  In A-5A, No. 4 GAC and No. 5 Blessed Trinity will meet on the boys’ side, while on the girls side No. 1 Blessed Trinty will play No. 4 Starr’s Mill. Before...
GHSA Baseball Championships set; matchups begin Monday at four locations

GHSA Baseball Championships set; matchups begin Monday at four locations

After a week full of rain for the semifinals, the matchups for next week’s GHSA state baseball championships became official late Thursday night after five games were completed. Tattnall Square swept First Presbyterian in two games at the Class A-Private level while Telfair County beat Irwin in a deciding game at Class A-Public. At Class AAAAAA, Allatoona beat Alpharetta 8-1 on a night when...
MLB.com mock draft projects five Georgia high schoolers in first round

MLB.com mock draft projects five Georgia high schoolers in first round

Five Georgia high school players are projected to go in the first round of the June MLB Draft in two weeks, according to the latest mock draft by Jonathan May of MLB.com. That doesn’t count Mayo’s projection as the No. 2 pick, Joey Bart of Georgia Tech. Bart is a former catcher at Buford.  The five current Georgia high school players in Mayo’s list are outfielder Parker Meadows...
2018 GHSA Lacrosse State Championship Preview

2018 GHSA Lacrosse State Championship Preview

The GHSA 2018 Lacrosse State Championships are set for Saturday, May 19 at Kennesaw State University’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium. It will be the first time that all four championship matches will share a centralized location and take place on the same day. In the girls Class A-5A final, two-time defending state champion Blessed Trinity will face a Starr’s Mill squad that stormed past Westminster...

Wednesday spring scores

Across the state, the threat of weather postponed several semifinal games which will be made up, weather pending, tomorrow.  The Alpharetta/Allatoona Game 3, the Telfair/Irwin County Game 2, and the entire semifinal series between First Presbyterian and Tattnall Square has been moved to tomorrow.  In the games that were able to be played, Telfair County defeated Irwin County 8-5. Bowdon...

Final boys soccer rankings

The season came to an end over the weekend at Mercer in Macon and McEachern in Powder Springs as 28 teams battled it out to determine who was the best in their respective classes. In the state’s highest classification, Lambert won its second state boys soccer title following a 3-2 victory over South Forsyth in the championship game. Chattahoochee defended its title in Class AAAAAA after defeating...

Final girls soccer rankings

Parkview won its ninth girls soccer title with a 2-0 victory over Milton in the state’s highest classification. The Lady Panthers were a force through the 2000s, winning five titles, but had not won since 2013. In Class AAAAAA, Alpharetta won its first-ever girls soccer title following its 3-2 victory over Glynn Academy. Alpharetta entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 7 before...

State title highlights bring boys soccer season to an end 

The soccer season came to an end this weekend at McEachern in Powder Springs and Mercer University in Macon with countless highlights dominating the championship weekend.The Westminster girls and boys teams successfully defended their titles for the second consecutive season in Class AAA, making it four in a row for the Lady Wildcats. Benedictine’s Gavin Stewart had a career performance in the...

Updated baseball semifinals wrapup: Allatoona beats Alpharetta

The semifinal round is now complete, and it’s on to the state finals of the baseball playoffs. Those begin Monday. In the final semifinal series, finished Thursday, Allatoona defeated Alpharetta 8-1 in a Game three of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Allatoona advances to face Pope in an all-Cobb County championship series.Similar matchups will occur in AAAAAAA (Mill Creek and Parkview of Gwinnett...

If the boys held a “Meet of Champions” ...

After the conclusion to the state championship meets over the weekend, we took a look at which classification on the girls’ side would come out ahead in an all-classification “Meet of Champions.  The largest classification, AAAAAAA, dominated by posting the overall top time in nine out of the 16 events at the state meet. Classes AAAAA, AAAA, and AAA each had two of the best marks...
Baseball semifinal wrapup: Jefferson stuns Blessed Trinity; Lovett, Westminster make AAA final; Parkview, Mill Creek survive Game 3

Baseball semifinal wrapup: Jefferson stuns Blessed Trinity; Lovett, Westminster make AAA final; Parkview, Mill Creek survive Game 3

Blessed Trinity – ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America – fell to Jefferson. Parkview and Mill Creek survived must-win Game 2 situations in extra innings before each won Tuesday in their Game 3’s. It’s a Lovett-Westminster cross-Buckhead final in AAA.  Defending champs Pope and Loganville keep rolling along. Most of the semifinals are done. Here’s a look at...

Tuesday spring scores

Buford’s Evan Place put the ball in play during the bottom of the seventh to score the winning run. The Wolves bested the Falcons 3-2 in game one of their class 5A semifinal series. In game two, Grant James’ RBI single in the top of the seventh helped seal the 1-0 victory the Wolves needed to advance to the finals. Jefferson swept a strong Blessed Trinity with scores of 10-7 and 2-0. This...
6A-7A lacrosse playoffs update

6A-7A lacrosse playoffs update

We are down to the final four teams in 6A-7A, with the semifinal games to be played on Wednesday. On the boys’ side, the No. 3 North Gwinnett Bulldogs will host the No. 2 Lassiter Trojans, while the top-ranked Lambert Longhorns will travel to the No. 4 Centennial Knights.  On the girls’ side, the No. 2 Lassiter Lady Trojans travel to the No. 6 Mill Creek Lady and top-ranked Milton...
Girls soccer: State championship recaps

Girls soccer: State championship recaps

Class AAA Westminster and Class AA St. Vincent’s Academy successfully defended their titles at the GHSA girls soccer championships, held last weekend at McEachern High and Mercer University. Here’s a recap of the seven championship matches: Parkview 2, Milton 0  *Recap: Second-ranked Parkview survived penalty kicks in the quarterfinals against No. 9 Hillgrove and the semifinals against...

Monday spring playoff scores

The threat of weather pushed several series in the GHSA baseball state playoffs to Monday night with hopes of avoiding any postponements. In the state's highest classification, Woodstock defeated Parkview 4-3 in the first game. Game 2 was hardly fought and after going to extra innings tied at 1, Parkview scored three runs in the top of the eighth and finished the game 5-1 to force a Game 3. The Brookwood-Mill...
Tennis: Young teams, first-time champs raise trophies and expectations for 2019

Tennis: Young teams, first-time champs raise trophies and expectations for 2019

The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College made a grand debut on Saturday, accommodating 80 total lines of GHSA state championship matches, and crowning six first-time champions to cap an incredibly competitive 2018 season.  In Class AAAAAAA, the Walton girls had swept their way through the bracket to reach the finals, and with 19 previous state titles, had rarely ran into such an intensely, important...
Football: Carrollton finishes spring with intriguing options at QB

Football: Carrollton finishes spring with intriguing options at QB

The reloading has begun at Carrollton, which completed a productive spring practice last week with an intrasquad game. The Trojans, starting their third season under coach Sean Calhoun, are expected to again be among the contenders in Class AAAAA. “I asked them for 10 good days and they were able to give that to me,” Calhoun said. Carrollton went a different direction this spring. The...

If the girls held a “Meet of Champions”

Congratulations to the 2018 state champions.  Boys: Parkview (AAAAAAA), Allatoona (AAAAAA), Dutchtown (AAAAA), St. Pius (AAAA), Cedar Grove (AAA), Elbert County (AA), Montgomery County (A-Public), and Riverside Military (A-Private). Girls: Marietta (AAAAAAA), Alexander (AAAAAA), Buford (AAAAA), Chapel Hill (AAAA), Monroe (AAA), Vidalia (AA), Georgia Military (A-Public) and Wesleyan (A-Private)...
Day 3 GHSA track and field championships roundup

Day 3 GHSA track and field championships roundup

Saturday was the final day of competition for the GHSA track and field championships at Albany, Rome and Carrollton, and 16 boys and girls team winners were crowned at the end of the state meet. Read about the Day 1 and Day 2 action leading up to Saturday's competition. South Atlanta’s Phillip Jackson took first place in the Class AA boys 400-meter dash with a time of 49.86, earning...
Directors Cup: A look at the state’s top overall programs in each class

Directors Cup: A look at the state’s top overall programs in each class

Five Regions Directors Cup regulars were joined in the winner’s circle by first-time champions Alpharetta and Elbert County in the Georgia High School Association’s all-sports competition for the 2017-2018 school year. Class AAAAAA Alpharetta won a state title in girls soccer and had 10 other teams place in the top eight to finish with 1,087 points, narrowly edging out Allatoona (1,069)...
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. Westminster has won no fewer...
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. Blessed Trinity’s Elise Hammelrath...
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...
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