Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Bragging rights on the line at county meets this weekend

3:34 pm Mar. 24, 2017

This weekend five school systems and the major private schools in metro Atlanta will host their championship meets. These contests are strictly for bragging rights and do not impact the region, sectional or state meets. However, look for some strong performances as community pride is a big motivator.

Here’s a look at each meet:

Atlanta Public Schools Championships (Atlanta Track Classic)
When: March 25 and 28
Where: Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta
Teams to watch: Grady boys,

Top performances in the state thus far

9:41 am Mar. 21, 2017


Today we begin our coverage of track and field, another sport in which Georgia high school athletes are among the best in the nation. On Tuesdays, we’ll look at some of the best performances of the previous weekend, while on Thursdays we’ll peek ahead at some of the top meets of the weekend.

Here’s a look at the top performances in the state thus far in the 16 events scored by

Greenforest, Wilkinson County boys; Wesleyan, Pelham girls are state champs

2:36 am Mar. 17, 2017

Hail to the champs! Here is a look at the state champs as the book is now closed on the 2016-2017 season:


Private Champion: Greenforest Christian (27-5)

How the title was won:  Greenforest went on a 10-1 run in the last two minutes of the first half to blow open a close game against Southwest Atlanta Christian, and eventually route the Warriors 81-57. Senior Justin Forrest led all scorers with 36 points.


Class AAAAAA Results from Fort Valley State

5:00 pm Mar. 4, 2017

The matchups for the Class AAAAAA finals are set. Harrison will take on Mays in the girls final, Thursday at 6 p.m., at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, while Brunswick will face Langston Hughes in the boys final at 8 p.m.

Girls Game 2: Mays 50, Lovejoy 42
After a comeback/collapse reminiscent of the Patriots and Falcons in the Super Bowl, Mays senior Kamiyah Street stared down the Lovejoy stands and pointed to

Final Fours set for Saturday

12:06 am Mar. 4, 2017

On to the Final Four. Here’s a look at what went down in the quarterfinals, and a peek at the semifinal matchups taking place Saturday at the Cobb County Civic Center (private girls and boys) and the campus of Valdosta State University (public boys and girls).


Quarterfinal Notes:  No. 8 Macon County pulled the upset of the post season thus far, rallying from 10 points down at halftime and an 11-point

Top eight public and private boys seeds advance to quarters; four girls teams upset

9:38 am Feb. 24, 2017

Here’s a look at what went down in Round 2, with a look at next week’s quarterfinal matchups, Feb. 28-Mar. 1.


Round 2 Notes:  The top eight seeds have advanced to the Elite Eight, though three of them had to survive serious upset bids. Jelani Shakir hit seven consecutive free throws in the last five minutes to help No. 4 Aquinas (26-1) hold off No. 20 Stratford Academy (10-13), 40-34. Meanwhile,

No. 20 Stratford Academy boys, No. 19 Lanier County girls pull first round upsets; Look ahead to Round 2

1:28 am Feb. 20, 2017

Here is a look at the results from Round 1, with a look ahead to Round 2 this week, Wednesday or Thursday.


First Round Notes:  No. 20 Stratford Academy pulled the biggest upset of the first round with a 69-68 overtime win at No. 13 Darlington. Stratford sophomore guard Christian Palmer knocked down two clutch free throws with 10 seconds left in the extra period, and Darlington missed a last-second shot,

UPDATED: First round pairings announced

2:54 pm Feb. 15, 2017

The first round playoff pairings are out and listed below.

Also, this morning’s post inaccurately had the top four seeds playing in the first round. The top eight seeds will in fact have a bye through the first round. Class A Blog regrets the error. We’ll do better next time!


Top Eight Seeds (Bye through Round 1)
1. Greenforest
2. Lakeview Academy
3. North Cobb Christian
4. Aquinas
5. St. Francis
6. Southwest Atlanta Christian
7. Athens Christian
8. Tattnall

New power ratings out, playoff pairings announced later today

10:09 am Feb. 15, 2017

The final Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps Power Ratings are out but the playoff seedings won’t be announced until later today, after all of the appeals are reviewed.

The Greenforest and Treutlen boys, and the St. Francis and Telfair County girls are the No. 1 private and public teams, respectively, in the latest rankings. All four won their region tournaments, and will be the top seeds in the state tournament when play

All four teams with No. 1 power ratings advance to region semifinals

9:27 am Feb. 10, 2017

Here’s a look at this tonight’s region tournament semi-finals. The number in parenthesis is the team’s Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps Power Rating. The four teams at the top of the power ratings (Lakeview Academy, boys private; Treutlen boys public; Holy Innocents, girls private; Telfair County, girls public) are still alive.

The final power ratings will be assigned after the completion of the region tournaments this weekend. The first round of the