Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Six Georgians named USA Today Track and Field All Americans

  • 5:43 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Six Georgia track athletes have been selected American Family Insurance/USA Today All Americans, with four receiving first team honors.

For the boys team, recent Our Lady of Mercy graduate Christian Coleman, St. Pius grad Daniel Haugh and Pace Academy alum Kenny Selmon were all selected to the first team.  For the girls team, Rockdale County rising sophomore Candace Hill made the first team, while Miller Grove graduate Tiffany Flynn and Forest Park rising senior Bria Matthews earned second team honors.

Coleman, a Tennessee signee, was among five first-team sprinters selected by USA Today.  His top times this season are 10.29 seconds in [More]

Led by Selmon, Weiland, Georgia track stars continue to shine over the summer; Georgia selected as Top 10 state for high school track

  • 3:29 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Many of Georgia’s track stars have continued to turn in outstanding performances representing the state this summer in various national meets.

Leading the way are recent Pace Academy graduate Kenny Selmon, headed to North Carolina, and recent Marist graduate Bailey Weiland, who will attend Georgia Tech this fall. Both made the U.S. World Junior team during the USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships last weekend on the campus of the University of Oregon at Hayward Field.

Selmon, the Class A 300-meter and 110-meter state champion and Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in Georgia, finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time [More]

Cobb County, private schools bring home all-sports titles

  • 9:15 am Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Walton won its seventh Regions Directors Cup in the state’s highest classification and Pope of Class AAAAA won its first, giving Cobb County two overall champions in the same school year for the first time in the history of the all-sports competition.

Walton finished with 1,228.5 points and edged Brookwood for the second consecutive year. The Raiders won state championships in boys swimming, girls tennis and volleyball and had runner-up finishes in girls lacrosse and girls golf. No school other than Walton has won more than three Directors Cups and the highest class.

The Directors Cup competition, which has been held every [More]

AJC high school athletes of the year for 2013-14

  • 9:00 am Friday, June 13th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Standout performances by these athletes led to individual and team success during the 2013-2014 school year:


Seth Beer, Lambert: The sophomore outfielder/pitcher batted .589 with 10 home runs and 31 extra-base hits in 107 at-bats in leading the Longhorns to their first state championship and a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today. Beer was 7-0 with an ERA of 0.53 as a pitcher. His team finished 36-2. Beer is projected as a likely first-round pick in the 2016 Major League Draft.

Basketball (boys)

Tadric Jackson, Tift County: The 6-foot-2 senior guard averaged 18.8 points and nearly six rebounds and five assists in [More]

Charges dropped against Larry Campbell

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Simple battery charges against retired Lincoln County football coach Larry Campbell have been dropped by the plaintiff, WRDW-TV in Augusta has reported.

Campbell was charged on May 14 after an altercation at a Lincoln County school board meeting. Campbell was accused by Shaun Glass of grabbing Glass by the shirt and threating to kill him after Glass publicly criticized Campbell’s son, school superintendent Brian Campbell.

Campbell through his attorney acknowledged that he placed his hands on a man’s shirt and told him to stop making disparaging comments but denied making any threats.

Glass’s attorney, Vic Hawk, told the TV station that Glass no longer [More]

Football: Georgia’s ‘best of the rest’

  • 10:13 am Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

For the past two months, some of Georgia’s best high school football players have been recognized in an series that highlighted the best 10 players at their positions. The final part of that series today takes a look at ‘’the best of the rest’’ – 10 players that didn’t make our previous lists, perhaps because they don’t easily fit a particular position, or because they fly under the radar and should make names for themselves this fall.

Here is a look back at our top players by position if you missed any of those:


Running back

Wide receiver

Offensive line


Flint River shortstop is Georgia Gatorade softball player of year

  • 9:42 am Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Meghan Gregg, a shortstop from Flint River Academy in Woodbury, was named the Gatorade softball player of the year in Georgia on Thursday.

Gregg led Flint River (21-5) to a state title in the Georgia Independent School Association. Gregg batted .766 with seven home runs, 31 RBI and an on-base percentage of .830. She is a five-time All-State honoree

Gregg has signed with the University of Tennessee.

Former Georgia Gatorade softball players of the year include Megan Betsa (2012-13, Union Grove High School), Geri Ann Glasco (2011-12, Oconee County High School), Kelsey Mericka (2010-11, Kell High School), Lori Spingola (2009-10, Marist), Hope Rush [More]

Lumpkin County hires football coach to replace Tech-bound Waggoner

  • 8:20 am Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Lumpkin County has promoted offensive coordinator Ty Maxwell as head football coach, according to the Gainesville Times. Maxwell will replace Bad Waggoner, who was hired as assistant director of football player personnel at Georgia Tech.

Maxwell was the offensive line coach for the past four seasons at Chestatee and was hired onto Waggoner’s staff in the off-season.

Maxwell was an assistant at Lumpkin County for the 2007 and 2008 seasons while finishing school at North Georgia.

Final baseball rankings

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

State champions top each classification in the baseball season’s final set of rankings. Lambert, Houston County and King’s Ridge Christian each won their first baseball state titles while Carrollton, Blessed Trinity, Benedictine and Charlton County each won their second state titles.


1. Lambert

2. Milton

3. Parkview

4. Johns Creek

5. Walton

6. Kennesaw Mountain

7. Coffee

8. Luella

9. Mill Creek

10. Valdosta


1. Houston County

2. Whitewater

3. Greenbrier

4. Gainesville

5. Loganville

6. North Paulding

7. Starr’s Mill

8. Stephenson

9. East Paulding

10. Harris County


1. Carrollton

2. Crisp County

3. Veterans

4. Alexander

5. Walnut Grove

6. Wayne County

7. Lanier

8. Marist

9. Redan

10. Columbus


1. Blessed Trinity

2. Cartersville

3. Buford

4. Hart County

5. Pike County

6. Pierce County

7. St. Pius X

8. North Hall

9. Callaway

10. Ringgold


1. Benedictine

2. [More]

Lincoln County promotes Banks to replace Campbell

  • 7:25 am Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Kevin Banks was approved as the head football coach at Lincoln County at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Banks, an assistant at Lincoln County for the past 19 seasons, replaces Larry Campbell, who won 477 games and 11 state championships in 42 seasons. Banks also will replace Campbell as athletics director.

“He led a dynasty,” Banks told the Augusta Chronicle. “We want to continue it.”

Banks, who had served as defensive coordinator, was part of Lincoln County’s state titles in 1995, 2005 and 2006.