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Updates on the high school basketball state tournament

2017-18 Georgia state basketball tournament updates

7A basketball: Predictability to give way to blockbusters

Two rounds are done in the state basketball tournament, and now it’s about to get interesting in Class AAAAAAA. Rounds one and two have been predicable. This blog correctly forecast seven of the eight quarterfinalists in both the boys and girls brackets. That’s a testament to predictability, not the predictor.  The boys’ elite eight is a quartet of blockbusters and looks like...
Henry County shows its basketball prowess with 3 boys teams in QF for first time

Henry County shows its basketball prowess with 3 boys teams in QF for first time

Boys basketball in Henry County has been on the rise this decade, and it reached new heights this week.   Dutchtown, Stockbridge and Eagle’s Landing Christian all advanced to the boys’ state quarterfinals for the first time on Thursday night.   Dutchtown, the surprise winner of the Region 4-AAAAA tournament earlier this month, defeated Statesboro 75-73 in double overtime on Thursday...
Greater Atlanta Christian, Beach girls prepared for rematch, a look at Class AAA after Round 2

Greater Atlanta Christian, Beach girls prepared for rematch, a look at Class AAA after Round 2

If the quarterfinal matchups in the Class AAA state high school basketball tournament look familiar, they should.It starts on the girls' side where three of last year’s Final Four teams – Greater Atlanta Christian, Beach, Johnson-Savannah – are still alive. The premier game offers a meeting between two of the top programs -- Beach at GAC. Both advanced to the quarters with blowouts...
Four unranked boys teams reach 6A quarterfinals

Four unranked boys teams reach 6A quarterfinals

Four unranked Class AAAAAA boys basketball teams – Heritage-Conyers, Lakeside-Evans, Coffee and Tri-Cities – are in the final eight after winning their second-round state tournament games on Thursday. The biggest surprise of the group is Lakeside, which entered the tournament at 13-12 after finishing as the No. 4 seed in Region 3-AAAAAA. The Panthers finished in second place in the regular...
Playoffs: Round 2 review

Playoffs: Round 2 review

Round 2 of the Class AA tournament is complete and there were no major upsets on the girls’ or boys’ sides. That doesn’t mean my predictions brackets didn’t take a beating, however. While the girls’ side is mostly intact, the boys’ side is obliterated. Looking ahead to the quarterfinals, teams that meet which are the same seed used the GHSA’s universal coin...
Class 7A Girls: Hillgrove 65, Campbell 60

Class 7A Girls: Hillgrove 65, Campbell 60

Hillgrove went 6-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 46 seconds and held on for a 65-60 victory over Campbell in the second round of the Class AAAAAAA girls basketball tournament Wednesday after almost letting a 20-point second-half lead disappear. Taylor Thompson’s basket to open the third quarter gave Hillgrove a 39-19 lead, but Campbell rallied and got within 59-58 with one minute...
Northview girls 55, New Manchester 35

Northview girls 55, New Manchester 35

The Northview Lady Titans used a dominant second half to pull away from the New Manchester Lady Jaguars, leading to what would become a 55-35 win at home on Wednesday in the second round of the Class AAAAAA tournament. The Lady Titans (23-6) — a top seed from Region 7 and ranked No. 5 — advance to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row after reaching the AAAAAA semifinals last...

A look back at Round 1 and a look ahead to Round 2

-- Here is the private bracket and the public bracket for Round 2. -- Region 6 went from 10 teams in the playoffs to six after Round 1. Seven of the teams competed in Round 1 with Darlington, Trion and Walker claiming wins while Fellowship Christian, King’s Ridge, Mt. Pisgah and Whitefield Academy were eliminated. All four losing teams fell to higher seeds. -- Drew Charter of Atlanta...
Sweet-16 basketball primer: From history, upsets to best 2nd-round games

Sweet-16 basketball primer: From history, upsets to best 2nd-round games

The second round of the state basketball tournament is Wednesday and Thursday with 128 games – 34 between top-10 teams. Here is a look at how the tournament is shaping up with a look back to some of the more interesting results from the round one.  Learn what Georgia school won its first state-playoff boys basketball game since 1929, and which 8-year-old Gwinnett County school hadn&rsquo...
Key boys, girls matchups highlightsecond round of state tournament

Key boys, girls matchups highlightsecond round of state tournament

The first round of the Class AAA GHSA basketball tournament left us with sixteen teams on each side of the classification, vying for a ticket to the quarterfinals.There are several quality boys matchups to focus on, but the best has to be the defending-champion Pace Academy Knights against a Greater Atlanta Christian team that was knocked out in the first round last season by Lovett, 62-58.The Spartans...
Week 1 Girls Soccer Rankings

Week 1 Girls Soccer Rankings

The top classification of the girls soccer rankings shows defending champion Lambert out of the Top 10 after losing players to graduation and seven players — including four Division 1 commitments — to the Developmental Academy of U.S. Soccer. According to Lambert coach Scott Luthart, Lambert, South Forsyth and West Forsyth, who’d been perennial tournament contenders over the past...
Week 1 Boys Soccer Rankings

Week 1 Boys Soccer Rankings

The soccer season is back in full swing and the top boys soccer teams are beginning to emerge. Most of the teams were in the mix at the end of the season last year, but some of the teams are up-and-coming and looking to make a move toward the top of their respective classifications. Defending champions debut at the top of the rankings across six of the seven classifications, save Class A where Whitefield...
No. 2 Buford vs. No. 3 Miller Grove tops second-round boys schedule

No. 2 Buford vs. No. 3 Miller Grove tops second-round boys schedule

There’s a pretty sizable obstacle standing between Miller Grove and its quest to regain its position as the dominant team in Class AAAAA: Buford. In a second-round game that’s worthy of championship billing, the No. 3-ranked Wolverines will travel to play No. 2-ranked Buford, the defending state champion, on Thursday at 7 p.m. That means one of the state’s best teams will be watching...
Week 1 Baseball Rankings

Week 1 Baseball Rankings

The baseball season has started up heading into our first rankings of the year. In Class AAAAAAA, North Gwinnett slips past Parkview after a head-to-head victory this season. River Ridge edges out Class AAAAAA defending champion Pope for No. 1, and nationally ranked Loganville is on top of Class AAAAA looking for a repeat state title. Blessed Trinity is loaded in Class AAAA and already has a shutout...
Four top-10 boys teams knocked out in 6A first round

Four top-10 boys teams knocked out in 6A first round

Five teams ranked in the Class AAAAAA boys and girls basketball top 10s last week were knocked out in the first round of the state tournament, but the damage was particularly widespread in the boys tournament, where No. 4 Cambridge, No. 5 Stephenson, No. 8 Creekview and No. 10 South Cobb were eliminated.  The biggest surprise was Region 4 champion Stephenson’s 65-63 loss to Lakeside-Evans...
First Round recap and what the Sweet 16 has in store

First Round recap and what the Sweet 16 has in store

The state playoff action resumes this Wednesday and Thursday, but before then, here’s a look back at the first round results and some of the early storylines that have developed.  First Round results R5 #2 Cartersville 73, R6 #3 Heritage-Catoosa 35 Cartersville improved to 9-0 on their home court this season with a prevailing, blowout victory over Heritage-Catoosa on Saturday. Defensively...
7A basketball: History made in round 1, predictions for round 2

7A basketball: History made in round 1, predictions for round 2

The second round of the state basketball tournament is Wednesday and Thursday with eight boys games and eight girls games in Class AAAAAAA.  Here’s a look back to the first round with an eye on the second. BOYS All 10 ranked teams won in the first round. That won’t happen in the second as three games are between top-10 teams. They are No. 7 Mountain View at No. 3 Newton, No. 9 Wheeler...

Jackson-Atlanta 57, Columbia 49

It seemed apparent entering the Class AAAAA state tournament that opponents would try to slow down Jackson-Atlanta guard Marquavis Carter and take their chances with his teammates.  That was exactly what Columbia set out to do in Friday’s first-round matchup at Jackson. The Eagles were able to contain Carter for most of the night, but former teammate T.J. Boykin burned them as Jackson took...

Upson-Lee 65, Northside-Columbus 34

Northside-Columbus played a mighty tough region all season, so the Patriots weren’t going to walk into The Castle and be all but done before tipoff. Northside-Columbus played a mighty tough region all season, so the Patriots weren’t going to walk into The Castle and be all but done before tipoff.  And midway through the first quarter, there was Northside controlling the tempo and...
Class 6A Girls: Harrison 79, South Paulding 39

Class 6A Girls: Harrison 79, South Paulding 39

The Harrison girls basketball team took an impressive first step on what it hopes will be the road to a return trip to the state championship game.  The third-ranked Hoyas (23-4) swarmed visiting South Paulding in a 29-5 first quarter and cruised to a 79-39 victory Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament.  The victory puts Region 6 champion Harrison, which lost to Mays 52-51...
Class 7A Girls: Colquitt County 56, Wheeler 44

Class 7A Girls: Colquitt County 56, Wheeler 44

Defensive persistence and outstanding offensive performances by Colquitt County seniors Diamond Hall and Za’nautica Downs lifted the visiting Packers past Wheeler and onto the second round of the girls Class 7A state playoffs Friday night at Doug Lipscomb Gymnasium.  In the first quarter, Downs and junior teammate Eriyona Stokes each drained three-pointers and were two of the five different...
Morgan County boys open bid for fifth-straight championship appearance, a look at Round 1

Morgan County boys open bid for fifth-straight championship appearance, a look at Round 1

Top-ranked Morgan County is familiar with this time of the season. During the past four years, the Bulldogs have played the five extra games each season and have won two state titles after four title-game appearances.As the top-seed from Region 8, the Bulldogs sit in the bottom-left quadrant of the bracket and face North Hall, the No. 4 seed from Region 7, in the opening round. The 10-17 Trojans closed...
Jackson-Columbia: A first-round gem ... Other games to watch

Jackson-Columbia: A first-round gem ... Other games to watch

Normally the first-round games in the state tournament are a waste of time. The two top seeds almost always win. Last season only two girls teams (Columbia and Fayette County) and one boys team (Lithonia) defeated a higher seeded teams in the first-round games in Class AAAAA.  This year’s playoffs, which start Friday and Saturday around the state, look a little different. Because of the...
State basketball primer: Best teams, players and stories

State basketball primer: Best teams, players and stories

The 97th Georgia high school state basketball tournament begins this weekend with 224 first-round games spanning from Tunnel Hill in northwest Georgia to Brunswick on the coast. Below is just about everything you’d want to know about it, including the first-round matchups in all seven classifications. When: The first round will be played Friday and Saturday. Girls games are typically Friday...
Top games: Round 1

Top games: Round 1

Friday marks the start of the GHSA’s Class AA tournament for the 2017-18 season. Here, we will preview the top games for Round 1. But before we do that, here are some helpful links: AA boys bracket | AA girls bracket Final regular season AJC rankings for: Boys | Girls My predictions We’ll start with a game I labeled in my predictions blog post as the most-anticipated game...

7A basketball: Predictions, suggestions for state playoff bracket

The state basketball tournament gets underway Friday. Below are predictions of each round of the Class AAAAAAA boys and girls draws.  Here’s to expecting McEachern’s boys to win their first state title in history while Collins Hills’ girls get their first title in a decade, ending the four-year run of the McEachern girls. Also contained in this space are some issues that the...
Maxwell taking advantage of M.L. King’s late-season run

Maxwell taking advantage of M.L. King’s late-season run

The unexpected late-season surge by the M.L. King girls basketball team has provided senior Azhana Maxwell with some extra opportunities to climb up the list of DeKalb County’s scoring leaders. The Lions were seeded seventh in last week’s Region 4-AAAAAA tournament after finishing the regular season 6-19, and their season figured to end when they met fourth-ranked Forest Park in the quarterfinals...

A detailed look at Round 1 of the state playoffs

Now that all the appeals have been heard and the brackets are settled, here’s a look at the first round of the state playoffs, starting this weekend:    -- The bracket can be found here.  -- More than 1/3 (9 out of 24) of the teams in the playoffs come from Region 6, led by No. 1 seed Christian Heritage. How strong was the region this season? No. 23 Whitefield Academy finished...
Legendary Clarke Central football coach Henderson dead at 89

Legendary Clarke Central football coach Henderson dead at 89

Billy Henderson, a legendary Georgia high school football coach who led Clarke Central to state championships in 1977, 1979 and 1985, died on Wednesday in hospice care in Athens. He was 89.  Henderson won 285 games in 35 seasons as a head coach at Willingham in Macon, his hometown, and at Clarke Central in Athens, where he took over in 1973 and became a revered local figure. His victory total...
Region seeds decided as tournament talk begins in Class AAA

Region seeds decided as tournament talk begins in Class AAA

The eight region basketball tournaments in Class AAA are in the books, and the four seeds from each region are preparing for the state tournament. Before we look at first-round pairings, let’s recap which boys and girls teams advanced to the playoffs and their seedings:Region 1Boys – No. 1 Cook, No. 2 Monroe, No. 3 Dougherty, No. 4 Crisp CountyGirls -- No. 1 Monroe, No. 2 Cook, No. 3 Dougherty...
State playoff predictions

State playoff predictions

The Class AA basketball region tournaments were completed last weekend, which means the state playoffs begin this week. That means it’s time for my annual playoff predictions.  For me, there’s only one team — regardless of gender — that stands out as a runaway favorite and that’s Laney’s Lady Wildcats, who take a 27-0 record into the tournament. Naturally,...
Region champs shift gears to state tournament

Region champs shift gears to state tournament

The playoff field is set for the Class AAAA boys and girls state tournaments and the champions from last week’s region action headline the field. The final results from the region tournaments were for the most part expected with six of the eight No. 1 seeds on the boys’ side and five of the eight top seeds on the girls’ side winning their regions and preserving their No. 1 seeds...
Gainesville hires football coach; former UGA assistant to get Dougherty job

Gainesville hires football coach; former UGA assistant to get Dougherty job

  Gainesville hired Winder-Barrow head coach Heath Webb this week to replace the retiring Bruce Miller while Dougherty in Albany has picked former Georgia assistant Olten Downs as its new head football coach.   Webb has been Winder-Barrow’s head coach the past four seasons, each ending in playoff appearances. Winder-Barrow had not made the playoffs since 2003 until Webb arrived...
Class AAAAAA region tournament recap: Heritage sweeps, No. 4 girls eliminated

Class AAAAAA region tournament recap: Heritage sweeps, No. 4 girls eliminated

Heritage-Conyers swept the championships, M.L. King’s girls pulled off the upset of the week, and a defending state champion was eliminated from the postseason as Class AAAAAA conducted its region basketball tournaments last week. Here’s a recap of each region as they crowned champions and determined the teams and seeds for the state tournament, which begins on Friday. Listed at the bottom...
Dutchtown boys defy odds; other region upsets, surprises

Dutchtown boys defy odds; other region upsets, surprises

The biggest surprise in last week’s region championships came from Region 4, where Dutchtown emerged from the No. 4 seed, beat two state-ranked teams and captured the title. The Bulldogs (14-14), who have won seen of their last nine games, open the playoffs at home on Friday against Morrow. Dutchtown beat Union Grove in the play-in game, then beat No. 8 Eagle’s Landing 51-44 and shocked...
7A basketball: Buzzer-beaters bring stunning ends to two title games

7A basketball: Buzzer-beaters bring stunning ends to two title games

The Class AAAAAAA region tournaments didn’t produce many upsets, but they had some incredible endings, two in particular that decided boys champions in games between top-10 teams.  In the first, on Friday night, No. 2 Norcross defeated No. 6 Meadowcreek 53-52 on a last-second 3-point shot by Kyle Sturdivant to win Region 7.  Then on Saturday night, No. 4 Pebblebrook defeated No. 9...
Boys basketball rankings: Three No. 1 teams knocked off in region tournaments

Boys basketball rankings: Three No. 1 teams knocked off in region tournaments

Three No. 1-ranked boys basketball teams came up short in their region tournaments last weekend, and two will enter this week’s state tournament after a demotion in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings.  One is Glenn Hills of Augusta in Class AA. Cross-town Laney beat the Spartans 55-41 in the Region 4-AA final. The two have split their four games this season, with Laney winning the...
Girls basketball rankings: Telfair County returns to No. 1 in Class A public

Girls basketball rankings: Telfair County returns to No. 1 in Class A public

Telfair County, the Class A public-school girls runner-up last season, will go into this year’s state basketball tournament as the favorite after reclaiming the No. 1 spot in the rankings that it held earlier this year. Telfair County (25-2) moved up from No. 2 after defeating No. 4 Wilcox County 52-46 in the Region 2-A championship game on Saturday. The Trojans took the place of previous No...

7A basketball: State draws are set (tentatively)

Region tournaments are in the books, and the state-tournament draws are tentatively set. See those below. Notice that in the boys draw, No. 1 McEachern and No. 2 Norcross are in the same quarter of the draw. Then notice the girls draw, same thing - the potential for No. 1 Westlake vs. No. 2 Collins Hill in the quarters, not to mention No. 3 Norcross vs. four-time defending champion McEachern in another...
Five powerhouse programs, two first-time winners crowned traditional wrestling champions

Five powerhouse programs, two first-time winners crowned traditional wrestling champions

The consolation matches and finals of the 2018 GHSA Traditional Wrestling Championships took place Saturday at the Macon Centreplex, and 98 individual and seven team state championships were awarded. A four-time individual champion was crowned, a Statesboro wrestler made history and, as has happened every season for nearly two decades, Jefferson won. In what was a formality after Friday’s competition...
Statesboro’s Baynon becomes first girl to place at wrestling championships

Statesboro’s Baynon becomes first girl to place at wrestling championships

In a historic moment on Saturday at the Macon Centreplex, Statesboro senior Kasey Baynon became the first girl to place in the GHSA traditional wrestling state championships after defeating Villa Rica’s Tripp Sauls for fifth place in Class AAAAA’s 106-pound weight class. “It’s been my goal for the last four years and it has been a dream of mine,” Baynon said. “This...
Three AAAAAA regions crown champs, state brackets filling in

Three AAAAAA regions crown champs, state brackets filling in

The brackets for the Class AAAAAA boys and girls basketball playoffs are beginning to fill in as three of the eight regions wrapped up their tournaments on Friday, crowning champions and determining the final seeds.  Heritage-Conyers pulled off a sweep in Region 3. The Patriots’ girls teams beat Greenbrier 59-51, and the boys followed with a 68-66 victory over Grovetown. Both Heritage teams...

Traditional Wrestling Championships Friday recap

All seven classifications competed on Friday, and Saturday’s final matchups and consolation finals (for third through sixth place) were set. Here are the results from the Macon Centreplex.  Defending champion Camden County had amassed 211 team points after Friday competition, more than twice as many as second-place Archer. The Wildcats had seven of their 10 semifinalists advance to...
Many of state’s best football players fight for college coaches’ respect

Many of state’s best football players fight for college coaches’ respect

Georgia’s leading high school passer is going to a prep school, not because of grades, but to prove that Division I colleges that didn’t offer him a scholarship were wrong.  East Hall’s Austin Parker is among several of the state’s most productive players who weren’t blue-chip recruits but who will be playing with chips on their shoulders at the next level now that...

Traditional Wrestling Championships Thursday recap

The 2018 Traditional Wrestling Championships began on Thursday at the Macon Centreplex, with the largest four classes starting competition. The semifinals, which will be held tomorrow, were set in each classification. Camden County, last year’s runaway team winner, placed 10 wrestlers into Friday’s semifinals, with defending champions in Tyler Crew (113 pounds), Nicholas Krug (120, 106...
Multiple wrestling programs look to keep championship streaks alive in Macon

Multiple wrestling programs look to keep championship streaks alive in Macon

The 2018 Traditional Wrestling State Tournament returns to the Macon Centreplex on Feb. 8-10. Seven team champions and 98 individual champions will be crowned in the second year of the seven-classification format. In Class AAAAAAA, Camden County is going for its fourth-straight state championship, second-straight in the highest classification. The Wildcats rolled through last month’s duals tournament...
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.    https://www.myajc.com/blog/high-school-sports/class-aaaaaaa-boys-region-tournament-results/IyrH3SsAJeAjZF7pBwQXjI/ ...
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...
AJC girls All-Metro basketball teams

AJC girls All-Metro basketball teams

Player of the year: Kamiyah Street, Mays Coach of the year: Chantay Frost, Mays F Quinn Barry, Lovett, 5-8, Sr. C Sabree Gallishaw, Washington, 6-4, Sr. F Taylor Hosendove, Westlake, 6-2, Jr. G Shekinah Howard, Hapeville Charter, 6-0, Jr. G Kamiyah Street, Mays, 5-5, Sr. C Dominique Banks, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-5, Sr. G Tiamya Butler, Jackson-Atlanta, 5-6, Sr. G Lawrencia Simon, South Atlanta, 5-7, Sr...
AJC boys All-State basketball teams

AJC boys All-State basketball teams

All-classification player of the year: Wendell Carter, Pace Academy Player of the year: Collin Sexton, Pebblebrook Coach of the year: Eric Holland, Tift County F Rayshaun Hammonds, Norcross, 6-7, Sr. F Preston “P.J.” Horne, Tift County, 6-7, Sr. G J.D. Notae, Newton, 6-2, Sr. F Chuma Okeke, Westlake, 6-7, Sr. G Collin Sexton, Pebblebrook, 6-2, Sr. G Al Durham, Berkmar, 6-4, Sr. G...
AJC girls All-State basketball teams

AJC girls All-State basketball teams

All-classification player of the year: Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan Player of the year: Que Morrison, McEachern Coach of the year: Phyllis Arthur, McEachern G Endia Banks, Duluth, 5-8, Sr. G Vanessa Blagmon, Norcross, 5-8, Sr. F N’dea Jones, Brookwood, 6-3, Sr. G Que Morrison, McEachern, 5-9, Sr. F Autumn Newby, Archer, 6-3, Sr. G Diamond Hall, Colquitt County, 5-8, Jr. F Simone Lett, Pebblebrook...
AJC high school basketball players of the year

AJC high school basketball players of the year

Mikayla Coombs of Wesleyan and Wendell Carter of Pace Academy, two McDonald’s All-Americans who led their schools to state championships, are The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s basketball players of the year. Coombs, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, averaged 16.9 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 assists and four steals for the 28-4 Wolves, but her role in leading Wesleyan’s comeback from a 17-point...
Check out Cobb high schooler’s AMAZING alley-oop pass at All-American Game

Check out Cobb high schooler’s AMAZING alley-oop pass at All-American Game

Mableton’s Collin Sexton put the SEC on alert during the McDonald’s All-American week in Chicago. The Pebblebrook senior, an Alabama Crimson tide commit, won the event’s slam dunk contest and threw up an incredible over the back alley-oop to give the East a lead at the half of Wednesday night’s game. The pass impressed NBA star Dwyane Wade, who was watching from the sidelines...
How to watch six Georgia high schoolers in McDonald’s All-American game

How to watch six Georgia high schoolers in McDonald’s All-American game

Six Georgia high school basketball players will play in today’s McDonald’s All-American All-Star games at the United Center in Chicago. Georgia’s McDonald’s All-American boys are Wendell Carter of Pace Academy (committed to Duke), Collin Sexton of Pebblebrook (Alabama) and M.J. Walker of Jonesboro (undecided). The All-American girls are Mikayla Coombs of Wesleyan (UConn), Kasiyahna...
GHSA director Phillips to retire

GHSA director Phillips to retire

The Georgia High School Association will begin the search for a new executive director after Gary Phillips agreed to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year in a move to appease Georgia legislators who threatened to put the organization under state control. The GHSA unanimously approved a proposal from the executive committee on Monday that will pay Phillips’ salary and benefits through...
Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift. Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after...
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