Friday hoops scores

9:23 pm Jan. 31, 2014

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

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AA blog: What to watch this weekend

11:45 am Jan. 30, 2014

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

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

10:24 am Jan. 30, 2014

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

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

9:38 am Jan. 30, 2014

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

No. 1 Allatoona boys scheduled to play in Kentucky showcase

9:00 am Jan. 30, 2014

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

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

8:36 am Jan. 30, 2014

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

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

2:08 pm Jan. 29, 2014

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,

Wrestling: Lithonia wins again

12:52 pm Jan. 29, 2014

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

Swimming: Westminster earns combined win at Metro meet

12:49 pm Jan. 29, 2014

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

Wrestling poll: Cambridge, Whitewater climb in AAAAA

9:32 pm Jan. 28, 2014

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