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Wednesday spring scores

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

Week 9 lacrosse rankings

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

Tuesday spring scores

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

Football: Artificial turf just became the majority in 7A

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

Girls soccer: McIntosh faces challenging final week of regular season

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

Lacrosse in brief: Week 9

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

Week 9 boys soccer rankings

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

Week 9 girls soccer rankings

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

County championships produce stellar performances

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

Monday spring scores

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

Golf: Marist wins Larry Nelson; Auburn wins Trojan Invitational

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

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

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

Week 9 baseball rankings

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

GHSA makes positive move after Peach-Calhoun missteps

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

Friday spring scores

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

Defending champs Hapeville Charter reloading for repeat

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

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

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

Thursday spring scores

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

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

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

7A football: Five favorites coming out of spring

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

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

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

Wednesday spring scores

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

Week 8 lacrosse rankings

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

Baseball: From hit streaks to pitch counts to series wins

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

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

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

Tuesday spring scores

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

Week 8 boys soccer rankings

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

Week 8 girls soccer rankings

Following a light week with Spring Break, the soccer rankings did not change much. Lassiter is the top team in Class AAAAAAA, with Parkview moving from third to second. Milton, previously second, fell to third following Parkview’s climb. Johns Creek leads Class AAAAAA with Creekview, Harrison, Sequoyah and Dacula chasing. McIntosh holds the top spot again this week in Class AAAAA. Veterans,...
Lacrosse in brief: Week 8

Lacrosse in brief: Week 8

Each week, we’ll take a look at four of the state’s top teams — two from the boys’ side, two from the girls — and see how they’re doing at this point in the season.Here are the latest AJC rankings. Now, let’s move on to the four featured teams.Lambert Longhorns (12-0)Upcoming matches: at Forsyth Central (2-8) on Wednesday; at No. 9 Cambridge (8-5) on Saturday...
Calhoun-Peach fallout: GHSA adds 7th official for football playoffs

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

There won’t be instant replay in Georgia high school football next season, but the controversial Peach County-Calhoun state championship game has led to one significant rule change – the addition of a seventh on-field official for the playoffs. The GHSA approved the measure this week at its spring executive committee meeting in Macon. The association also announced changes in the way it...
Golf: Auburn dominates field to win 43rd Hardaway Invitational

Golf: Auburn dominates field to win 43rd Hardaway Invitational

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

Monday spring scores

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

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

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

Pace picks up statewide as state tourney nears

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

Week 8 baseball rankings

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

Class AAA football landscape changes with addition of three new programs

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

Friday Spring scores

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

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

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

A look at the new Class AAAA

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

AA spring football: Rabun County continues its climb

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

Thursday spring scores

Academy for Classical Education 6, Central Fellowship 1 Adairsville 11, North Murray 3 Archer 10, Fletcher 5 Armuchee 19, Christian Heritage 12 Bishop McLaughlin 5, Blessed Trinity 3 Bowdon 13, McIntosh County Academy 6 Bremen 4, Coahulla Creek 3 Brookstone 19, Webster County 3 Brookwood 4, John Milledge 3 Brunswick 13, Bradwell Institute 0 Calhoun 8, Sonoraville 2 Calvary Christian 5, Lee-Scott Academy...
Rome football players helping school’s other teams succeed

Rome football players helping school’s other teams succeed

It’s been a nice, productive spring for the Rome football team. Productive for the school’s other athletic teams, that is. Most of the football players are spending their spring months playing soccer, baseball and track. And that’s fine with John Reid, head coach of the two-time defending state champions.  A perfect example is Xavier Roberts, the school’s all-state receiver...
Class AAAAAA football: 10 games worth watching this season

Class AAAAAA football: 10 games worth watching this season

The Georgia High School Association recently released its football schedule for the 2018 season. Here are 10 games worth watching this fall:  *Tucker vs. Buford (Aug. 17, Georgia State Stadium): Tucker, a semifinalist in 2017, will start the season with a bang, opening against Buford in the Corky Kell Classic and then traveling to Grayson on Aug. 24. Tucker has a winning record against both of...
Freedom Bowl to bring 12 football teams to Milton, benefit wounded vets

Freedom Bowl to bring 12 football teams to Milton, benefit wounded vets

A new series of six football games to be played at Milton High over Labor Day Weekend was announced officially on Wednesday.  The event – called the Freedom Bowl – will bring 10 out-of-state teams to Milton in north Fulton County over three days. Milton and North Gwinnett will be the Georgia teams participating.  There is no official word on the out-of-state teams or the matchups...

Class by Class: A glance at the boys soccer standings as the playoffs loom

High school soccer has hit down-the-stretch time, and teams across the state are jockeying for position for the top seedings before the state tournament begins April 24.Here's an update on some of top boys teams in each classification:Class AAAAAAANotable: In the state’s highest classification, the Norcross boys team is coming off a thrilling Region 7-AAAAAAA victory against Parkview (3-2) after...

Week 7 lacrosse rankings

In Class 6A-7A boys, top-ranked Lambert scored a 14-4 win over Westminster to improve to 12-0. No. 2-ranked North Gwinnett (10-0) was off this week and won’t play its next match until April 11 at Collins Hill. No. 3 Centennial took down Class A-5A No. 1 Lovett 16-11 on March 31. No. 4 Lassiter was off this week and will visit Class A-5A No. 2 Westminster on April 11 for its next match. Johns...
Coaching changes: Lincoln County gets new coach; Commerce gets old one back

Coaching changes: Lincoln County gets new coach; Commerce gets old one back

Some of the most interesting news on the coaching-change front comes from Class A, where Lincoln County has a new football coach, and Commerce has an old one because of a change of heart. Here are a few noteworthy moves in recent weeks: Lincoln County has hired Grayson offensive coordinator Michael Pollock to replace Kevin Banks, who resigned after four seasons. Pollock had been head coach at Cook...
Girls soccer: Westminster heads Georgia contingent at Southern Coast Cup

Girls soccer: Westminster heads Georgia contingent at Southern Coast Cup

Three-time defending state champion Westminster will be among four girls soccer teams from Georgia participating in the Southern Coast Cup this weekend in Foley, Ala. The Southern Coast Cup is the Spring South Central Regional of the High School Cup, a series of regional tournaments that correspond to Top Drawer Soccer’s regions.  Westminster, 10-0-2 after a 2-0 victory over Class AAAAAAA...
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