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New football schedules released: Here are some of the best games

  • 10:17 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Football schedules for the 2014 season were released last week by the Georgia High School Association.

Here are some of the highlights at first glance, and in no particular order. They focus primarily on non-region games –

*Buford is playing Class AAAAAA semifinalist McEachern on Sept. 5 at home. Buford also plays Berkmar and Trinity Christian of Florida in the weeks before. Buford played Class AAAAA power Gainesville the past two seasons, but this will be the first games against teams from the highest class since 2004, when Buford’s state-record 47-game losing streak was ended by Central Gwinnett. Buford has won [More]

Sonoraville coach resigns to join Barden at Stephens County

  • 10:21 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Roger Gentry, who led Sonoraville of Calhoun to its first state-playoff berth in 2013, has resigned to become offensive coordinator at Stephens County under new coach Frank Barden, the Times Free Press of Chattanooga reports.

Gentry was 9-22 in three seasons, including 4-7 in 2013. Gentry had been offensive coordinator at Sonoraville before replacing his brother-in-law, Chuck King, as the head coach in 2011.

Barden became Stephens County’s head coach this off-season after 210 seasons as the head man at Cartersville.

Americus-Sumter hires football coach

  • 10:10 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dexter Dawson was approved as the head football coach at Americus-Sumter this week. Dawson is an assistant principal at the school who had been an Americus-Sumter assistant coach.

‘’He already knows our kids, and he has been on the coaching staff before transitioning into administration,’’ principal Kimothy Daniel told The Americus Times-Record, which first reported the story.

Dawson replaes Reggie Mitchell, who resigned earlier this month. Americus-Sumter was 4-6 last season. Dawson will be the school’s fourth head coach in four seasons.

Dawson is a former Mitchell-Baker and Georgia Southern standout player. He was head coach at Twiggs County in 2010. His [More]

Baseball: Milton climbs to No. 3; Dunwoody, Creekview make AAAAA top 10

  • 6:23 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Milton shot up to No. 3 in a topsy-turvy Class AAAAAA poll as several teams ahead of the previously-seventh-ranked Eagles

suffered defeats. Etowah lost three straight and dropped to No. 10 while Walton climbed back into the top five after beating Wheeler and Lassiter last week.

Class AAAAA also saw several ranked teams lose including No. 1 Whitewater, which lost to rival McIntosh. However, the Wildcats remained No. 1 as the rest of the top four also lost games. Dunwoody and Creekview made this week’s rankings as each team is riding an impressive winning streak.

In Class AAAA, Redan rode a six-game winning [More]

Westlake boys, girls dominate Region 3AAAAAA; Richemond leads Centennial to Region 6AAAAAA boys title; Flynn leads Miller Grove to Region 6AAAAA crown

  • 4:29 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Boys: 

Westlake freshman Rashaad Pollard led the Lions to the Region 3AAAAAA championship with wins in the 100 (10.66) and 200 (21.51) meters while also anchoring the Lions 400-meter relay team to a win in a time of 41.56…

Kell junior Logan Poteet won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Region  7AAAAA Championships at Cambridge, in times of 4:22.07 and 9:16.77, respectively…

Senior Alex Richemond led Centennial to the Region 6AAAAAA title by winning the long jump (23-3) and 200 meters (22.11) and placing second in the 100 meters (10.98)…

Athens Christian looks primed to claim its second consecutive Class A Private [More]

Gymnastics: Buford undefeated in program’s second year of existence

  • 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Craig Sager II

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Buford’s gymnastics squad has been successful since its inaugural 2013 season. The Wolves qualified for state and went on to place

fourth. With a year of experience under their belts, the Wolves enter Saturday’s preliminary state qualifying meet at Dunwoody with a perfect regular season record and five gymnasts that will spend the remaining days leading up to the meet adding new skills to their routines according to head coach Amanda Allen.

“Overall, having the second year and knowing what to expect has helped this year’s team. Their peers are getting a little more involved and they are getting more support [More]

Baseball: Parkview lefty takes 0.00 ERA into final regular-season start … Allatoona pair dominates on mound … GWA, Cross Creek ride hot streaks into Top 10

  • 10:11 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Parkview’s Mac Marshall can clinch a region championship and complete what is perhaps the best regular season for a pitcher in state history on Friday.

The senior lefthander and potential first-round draft pick has not allowed an earned run. He’s 7-0 with 56 strikeouts over 39.2 innings. He’s allowed only 15 hits. He allowed one unearned run in a 2-1 victory over Archer on March 7.

Marshall’s next start will be Friday against Grayson (16-8, 12-2), the second-place team in Region 8-AAAAA. Parkview leads at 20-3, 14-0.

Parkview coach Chan Brown said Marshall doesn’t seem to feel any pressure over the streak.

‘’It’s not [More]

Lacrosse: Former Milton coach building new powerhouse at Northview

  • 9:00 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Adam Krohn

The Milton boys lacrosse program is one of the state’s best, but didn’t exist before Michael Ryan built them up. Milton is now the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class AAAAAA. In 2009, Ryan left to build up the Northview Titans. Today, the Titans are the state’s No. 1 team in AAAAA-A and seeking their first state title.

The Titans are off to a 15-0 start – 10-0 in Region 3 – a year after reaching the state title game. It was the farthest the Titans have ever advanced in the state playoffs after years of reaching the semifinals [More]

South Cobb football coach loses job after one month as school board rescinds offer

  • 8:28 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Geoff Pastrick, who was named South Cobb’s football coach last month, is out because Cobb County Schools would not approve his hiring.

Pastrick has been replaced by assistant coach Sherrod Rainge, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Rainge had been the offensive line coach for the past two seasons.

Pastrick did not immediately return a call from an AJC reporter on Monday. He told the Marietta newspaper that the news surprised him.

“I will be looking for answers,” he said. “I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this. Cobb County is my home and where I wanted to be. This is [More]

Golf/tennis: Yang repeats as medalist, but Mill Creek wins 7-AAAAAA girls title

  • 7:17 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Christina Yang of North Gwinnett was medalist for the second straight year, but the Region 7-AAAAAA championship went to Mill Creek.

Yang, a sophomore, shot a 73 at Northwood Country Club and beat Bailey Tardy of Norcross by one shot.

Mill Creek was led by Annika Blanton, a freshman who shot a personal-best 80, and Grace Choi with an 82. Peachtree Ridge and Norcross tied for second. Peachtree Ridge was led by Jenny Li with a 77. … Madison County won the Region 8-AAAA tournament at Double Oaks in Commerce. … Lambert won the Brookwood Invitational at Summit Chase, beating Gainesville by 14 [More]

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