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Grady boys, Maynard Jackson girls win Atlanta Classic; ELCA sweeps Class A Private Area 3; Rockdale boys win Region 6AAAAAA; Pope girls win Region 7AAAAA

  • 2:19 pm Friday, April 18th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Boys:  Grady won the Atlanta Classic Championships for the third time in four years, edging Mays 136-129 for the title.  Senior Felton Gray led the way for the Gray Knights, scoring a total of 28 points with wins in the high jump (6-feet, 2-inches)  and long jump (21-8), and a second place finish in the triple jump (42-3 ½) to Mays junior Kenneth Fuller (43- ½)…

Rockdale County won the Region 6AAAAAA title as Dax Willette won the 1,600 meters (4:39.89) and 3,200 meters (10:08.21), Jhibri Greer won the 110-meter (14.47) and 300-meter (39.08) hurdles, and the Bulldogs’ 400 meter relay [More]

Baseball: Wesleyan’s deceptive 9-9 record … 4 straight shutouts for Benedictine … Attaboy to Atterbury … Mundy’s Mill dual-sport star …

  • 11:13 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Wesleyan’s baseball team is only 9-9 overall, 5-3 in Region 6-AA, but ranked No. 5 and considered dangerous to anyone who follows Class AA closely.

Wesleyan – which started the season 0-5 – has played six Class AAAAAA schools, plus region rivals Westminster (ranked No. 2) and defending AA champion Lovett (No. 8) and No. 1-ranked Jefferson of 8-AA.

Wesleyan lost 13-5 to Westminster on Thursday, but it was an extra-innings game in which Westminster scored nine runs in the final frame. Wesleyan will play the Wildcats again Saturday. Wesleyan has been hot since spring break.

‘’We do not play over spring break [More]

Bremen girls win second straight region title

  • 10:24 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Bremen won its second straight Region 5-AA championship by beating Heard County in the final. Bremen has won 15 straight matches since losing to Class AAAAAA Wheeler 3-2 during the Marietta Spring Classic. Bremen is led by in singles by No. 1 Meg Cummings (17-2), No. 2 Charli Allen (18-1) and No. 3 Emily Cheshier (19-0), who has not lost a regular-season match in two years. The Blue Devils (18-1) have not lost a region match in two years. …

Mill Creek defeated North Gwinnett to win the Region 7-AAAAAA championship. The Hawks are led by Madison Hahn, Kayleigh Hahn and [More]

8-AAAAAA title at stake when No. 4 Brookwood closes season against No. 3 Parkview, No. 1 Grayson

  • 10:00 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The Region 8-AAAAAA championship and possibly the role of favorite heading into the state tournament will be determined in the next four days when fourth-ranked Brookwood (15-1, 6-0) closes the regular season with matches against No. 3 Parkview (14-1, 6-1) and top-ranked Grayson (14-0-1, 7-0).

“The games with Parkview and Grayson are our two biggest games of the season,” Brookwood coach Jeff Becker said. “We are excited for these games because they will determine our region’s champion and they will be a chance to prove ourselves against the No. 3 and No. 1 teams in the state.  I don’t think there [More]

Lacrosse: Knights edge Lassiter; West Forsyth girls dominate Norcross

  • 9:28 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Here are some highlights from top teams and performers in GHSA lacrosse:

Boys: The Centennial Knights are AAAAAA’s No. 5-ranked team and defeated Lassiter 10-9 to improve to 11-3 and 7-3 in Region 3. They were led by junior attackers Nathan Solomon (3 goals, 2 assists) and Brendan Spence (3 goals). Junior goalie Austin Skorb had 9 saves. … AAAAAA’s No. 8-ranked Peachtree Ridge Lions improved to 10-3 and 7-0 with a pair of wins over Parkview and Grayson. They were led by junior attacker Ben Briggette (7 goals, 4 ground balls), senior midfielder Jacob Lee (6 goals, 15 faceoff wins) [More]

DeShields to transfer from North Carolina after one season

  • 8:17 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Former Norcross basketball star Diamond DeShields is transferring from North Carolina after a freshman season in which she averaged 18 points and 5.4 rebounds for a team that was 27-10, the Raleigh News & Observer reported late Thursday.

DeShields was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification girls player of the year in 2013 and led Norcross to three state championships. She was one of the most recruited players in the country and in Georgia history.

“I do not know or understand why Diamond DeShields has decided to leave the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell said [More]

Corky Kell loses spot in Georgia Dome, moves to McEachern; new matchups for Colquitt County, North Gwinnett, McEachern, Mill Creek

  • 7:01 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Corky Kell Classic, the annual day of games that symbolize the kick off of Georgia’s high school football season, won’t be played at the Georgia Dome this year because of a rare conflict with a Falcons preseason game.

The five games scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, will be played at McEachern’s Cantrell Stadium, which holds 13,000. The Kell Classic had been expanded by two games that already were planned at McEachern on the Friday night before.

The change also entails different opening-game opponents for Colquitt County, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett and McEachern. Colquitt now will play Mill Creek instead of North Gwinnett, and [More]

Basketball: Bracket change appears to be a popular move

  • 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The GHSA’s decision this week to change the format of the state basketball tournament seems to have met with general approval among head coaches, although many are unaware of it.
Future playoff brackets will match those of football, soccer and baseball, meaning schools from regions 1-4 (mostly middle and south Georgia) will meet schools from region 5-8 (mostly north Georgia) beginning with the quarterfinals rather than the semifinals.
The perception is that the 5-8 half of the brackets is stronger than the 1-4 half, leading to many of the better teams getting knocked off before the semifinals. Teams from regions 5-8 have [More]

Lacrosse: Lady Longhorns trending upward

  • 8:46 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Ever since Todd Utt took over the Kell Lady Longhorns lacrosse team in 2013, his team has only improved. In his first season at the helm, the Lady Longhorns ended a seven-year state playoff drought and have advanced to the second round in each of the past two seasons.

Now they’re thinking beyond the second round.

The Lady Longhorns stand at 11-1 overall (6-0 in Region 2-AAAAA-A) and are the state’s No. 1-ranked team in AAAAA-A. Based on the way they’ve played their competition thus far, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a trip past the second round could be a [More]

Griffin offensive coordinator hired as Jones County head coach

  • 7:47 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb
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