Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Friday hoops scores

  • 9:23 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Boys

Allatoona 80, Fairdale (Ky.) 62

Appling County 66, Beach 60

Aquinas 75, Lincoln County 41

Bainbridge 62, Northside-Columbus 55

Berkmar 56, Grayson 43

Buford 57, Dawson County 55

Calhoun 88, Morris Innovative 18

Clarke Central 65, Loganville 59

Collins Hill 83, Mountain View 34

Dodge County 70, East Laurens 54

Effingham County 76, Ware County 67

Greater Atlanta Christian 71, Westminster 33

Hawkinsville 86, Pacelli 41

Jefferson 64, Riverside Military 37

Johnson-Savannah 81, Pierce County 51

Lakeview Academy 81, Towns County 48

Lamar County 75, Bleckley County 63

Laney 68, Westside-Augusta 52

Lee County 56, Harris County 52

Mt. Pisgah 57, King’s Ridge 43

Norcross 59, Peachtree Ridge 58

North Gwinnett 81, Mill Creek 49

Pinecrest Academy 78, Tallulah [More]

AA blog: What to watch this weekend

  • 11:45 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Editor’s note: This was written assuming team schedules move forward accordingly despite weather conditions cancelling earlier games this week.

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AA:

• Region 4 remains one of the more competitive regions in the state, with Crawford County (9-1 in Region 4) leading Northeast Macon (7-3), Monticello (7-3) and Taylor County (6-3). Crawford County travels to Northeast on Friday before traveling to AAA’s Southwest Macon on Saturday. Northeast plays AAA’s Central Macon on Saturday. Monticello plays Macon County on Friday and Taylor County hosts region rival Putnam County (3-5) on Friday and hosts AAA’s Peach County [More]

High school basketball: Emerging power unbeaten in AAAA’s toughest region

  • 10:24 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by David Purdum

Alexander High School in Douglasville is enjoying a banner athletic school year. The Cougars’ football team reached the playoffs for the time in school history and then made a run to the quarterfinals. Now, the Alexander boys basketball team, which reached the Elite 8 last season, has surged to No. 3 in the latest AAAA rankings. The Cougars have won 12 in a row are undefeated in arguably the toughest AAAA region and will be going for a sweep of No. 10 Sandy Creek on Friday. Alexander won a triple-overtime thriller at Sandy Creek in the first meeting.

Congrats: The [More]

Best 10 games this weekend: Wheeler-Milton boys, Archer-Parkview girls lead the way

  • 9:38 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here are the 10 best games and story lines this weekend in Class AAAAAA basketball.

Several teams can clinch No. 1 seeds in their regions. Still waiting to hear when the Hillgrove-Pebblebrook game from Tuesday will be rescheduled. That was for first place in Region 4-AAAAAA. We realize that some of Friday’s games might be postponed because of weather as some schools have announced closings already.

BOYS

Tift County (19-2, 8-0) is expected to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Region 1 tournament and a berth in the state playoffs with road victories this weekend over Lowndes (9-12, 9-12) and Valdosta (13-7, 4-5). Tift, [More]

No. 1 Allatoona boys scheduled to play in Kentucky showcase

  • 9:00 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The top-ranked Allatoona boys basketball team is scheduled to travel to Kentucky this weekend (weather permitting) to participate in the King of the Bluegrass Showcase at Fairdale High School near Louisville.

The Buccaneers will face host Fairdale at 7:30 p.m. Friday and meet Iroquois (Ky.) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Fairdale (8-11) is led by senior guard Cory Thomas, who ranks fourth in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in scoring at 27.0 points per game. Iroquois is ranked No. 13 in Kentucky by MaxPreps and No. 532 nationally, one spot behind Cobb County team Hillgrove.

Allatoona is one of 15 boys teams [More]

Waco, Thomson to settle Region 4 … Buford-Morgan meet in beauty contest

  • 8:36 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The regular season is almost completed. In about two weeks teams will begin the region tournaments and start to determine the four teams that will represent their league in the state playoffs.

One of the biggest boys basketball games this weekend will be at Thomson, where the No. 9 Bulldogs will try to derail No. 1 Washington County on Saturday.

Washington County is 17-1 and undefeated in the league. Thomson is 14-1 with only one league loss – that a 53-43 setback to Washington County on Jan. 14.

Although it is a non-region game, the Saturday contest between Morgan and Buford should be [More]

Class A Blog: New power ratings; Financial literacy session for high school athletes

  • 2:08 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are the latest Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps basketball power ratings. The first number in parenthesis is the team’s power rating last week, the second is its ranking in this week’s Atlanta Journal Constitution Top 10 poll.

As was the case last week, all four of the top teams from last week’s ratings remain intact. Teams making big moves were the Charlton County girls, up to No. 5 from No. 10, the Hawkinsville boys, up to No. 10 from No. 14, and the Georgia Military College boys, up to No. 12 from No. 16. On the slide were the Wilkinson County [More]

Wrestling: Lithonia wins again

  • 12:52 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Fresh off its DeKalb County championship on Jan. 18, Lithonia won the Last Man Standing meet at Luella Saturday. The Bulldogs featured three weight class champions in Kirkglen Hudson, Shamel Findley and Chris Nelson. Lithonia nipped second-place Marist 195-185 while Meadowcreek came in third with 144.5, Luella took fourth with 140.5 and Lakeside-DeKalb came in fifth with 136 points. Fourteen teams competed in the event.

Lithonia and Marist will face each other again at the area tournament at Marist this weekend.

Collins Hill won the Blue Devil Brawl Saturday at Marietta behind six individual champions and 145 total team points. Roswell took [More]

Swimming: Westminster earns combined win at Metro meet

  • 12:49 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by AJC Sports

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Alpharetta, Westminster and Woodward Academy raced to victories at last weekend’s 44th Metro Swimming and Diving Championships. Westminster, which hosted the event, saw both its boys and girls place in the top three of their respective meets—good enough for a combined team win (311.5 points to runner-up Marist’s 309). Alpharetta’s boys edged the host Wildcats by the slimmest of margins, 176 points to 175.5. The Woodward girls finished first ahead of Marist, with 200 points to the War Eagles’ 169. Like Westminster, Marist placed in the top three in each of the meets.

The boys’ showdown between Alpharetta [More]

Wrestling poll: Cambridge, Whitewater climb in AAAAA

  • 9:32 pm Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Cambridge moved up to No. 3 in Class AAAAA after winning the North Metro meet at Brookwood Friday. Also in Class AAAAA, Whitewater climbed into the top five after winning five matches last week.

Mountain View edged Peachtree Ridge and is now No. 10 in Class AAAAAA. Also in Class AAAAAA, Collins Hill climbed to No. 2 after taking the Blue Devil Brawl at Marietta Saturday.

North Hall debuted in the Class AAA top 10 after an impressive win at the Hall County Duals.

In Class AAAA, Lithonia moved into the top three after conquering the Last Man Standing meet at Luella.

Class AAAAAA

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