Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

New seven classification structure serves up 96 first round games

5:33 pm Apr. 24, 2017

The Class A-4A boys soccer state playoffs begin Wednesday, April 26 and the Class 5A-7A postseason opens up on Friday, April 28. Within the 96 total first round boys matchups are several games that have the capacity to shake up the bracket and the potential to steer the remaining road to the finals.

In Class 7A, Hillgrove rides a season-best 10 game winning streak into its home match with No. 3

Meadowcreek and Berkmar to let second half decide playoff seeding

1:09 pm Apr. 20, 2017

Last week, we looked into the log-jam in Region 7-7A as the final week of regular season action arrived. Region 7 remains one of the few conferences that is yet to solidify its seeding heading into the playoffs. This Tuesday, Norcross scored a 2-1 win over Berkmar that kept the Patriots from clinching the region title. Instead, Berkmar enters the second half of its postponed game with Meadowcreek tied 1-1

Postseason logjam shifts focus to Region 7-7A

3:01 pm Apr. 12, 2017

In Class 7A, defending state champion Parkview continued its grueling April slate with undefeated Berkmar and 9-4 Norcross this past week. The Region 7 matchups did not go in the Panthers’ favor and their slump continued. After opening the season 7-2, Parkview has now lost its last seven games with 10-4-1 Brookwood and 10-3-1 Alpharetta waiting to close out the season. The matchup with Berkmar was the conclusion of a

A look into Class 7A’s region standings and playoff picture

2:26 pm Apr. 5, 2017

Last week, we took our first look at the upcoming playoffs and what the seeding might look like. This week, more teams have solidified their playoff seeding and we will have several games to look forward to that will complete more of the postseason puzzle. In Class 7A Region 8, Grayson, Rockdale County, Archer and Shiloh have secured playoff spots. Shiloh will be the No. 4 seed, while Archer has

Boys soccer: playoff projections materialize in final weeks of regular season

10:59 am Mar. 27, 2017

With just three weeks left in the 2017 regular season, key region games shaped a meaningful past week of matchups. In Class 6A, Chattahoochee improved its Region 7 record to a perfect 5-0 after defeating Alpharetta 1-0 on Tuesday and scoring a 3-0 victory over Pope on Friday. Chattahoochee previously defeated Centennial 2-1 this month, giving the Knights their only region loss of the season.

Like Chattahoochee, Cartersville stamped a region

Boys Soccer: Month-long winning streaks get put to the test

12:30 pm Mar. 20, 2017

We’ve made it through the first six weeks of the 2017 soccer season and entered the official start of Spring. With just five weeks left in the regular season, there were month-long winning streaks and undefeated records put to the test. Key battles for region supremacy also took place across the classifications, and some of the state’s hottest teams were delivered their first tests of the second half of the

Upson-Lee’s perfection, Wyatt’s performance capstone 2016-17 season

1:52 pm Mar. 13, 2017

It was a basketball season landscaped by brand new classifications, rekindled rivalries, first-time meetings, and the expected parity that comes with an ultra-talented and highly-competitive basketball state. For four-months, buzzer-beaters, heartbreaking losses and surprising finishes packed the ebbs and flow into 2016-17 season. The Upson-Lee boys, however, were on a journey of their own. After suffering a first-round loss to end the 2015-16 season, the Knights were dialed in to make

AAASP Wheelchair Championship: Houston County 41, West Georgia 26

3:38 pm Mar. 9, 2017

The Houston County Sharks defeated the West Georgia Wolverines 41-26 for their fifth consecutive GHSA Wheelchair Basketball State Championship Thursday afternoon at the University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum. Houston County jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first of six periods. The Sharks continued to hold the Wolverines scoreless through the second period, taking a 14-0 lead into the third. West Georgia’s Tremmelle Raymond scored all of the team’s eight

Class AAAA’s four finalists compete for program’s first state titles

9:50 am Mar. 8, 2017

The Columbus and Carver-Columbus rivalry takes center stage at the Class 4A girls state finals as the neighboring teams both compete for their first state titles. Columbus entered the playoffs coming off a 54-53 loss to Carver-Columbus and has used the size and outside shooting of its star-powered roster to refocus for an impressive four-game playoff run. SEC commits Tatyana Wyatt (Kentucky) and Ariyah Copeland (Alabama) are both 6-foot-3 playmakers

AAAA: What to watch for in Saturday’s semifinals

11:59 am Mar. 2, 2017

Upson-Lee enters its semifinal showdown with Henry County wearing a 30-0 record and sits two victories away from what would mark the Knights’ first state title.

In the quarterfinals, Upson-Lee displayed the depth that has validated its status as the top-ranked team in the classification this season. Michael Smith led all scorers with 20 points, while teammate Travon Walker recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tavias Fagan scored