Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Baseball playoff draws: Blessed Trinity-Cartersville is first-round jewel

7:20 pm Apr. 24, 2017

A couple of months ago, Blessed Trinity and Cartersville were so hot that they were ranked in the top 20 of MaxPreps’ national baseball rankings.

Now, these two Georgia state powers are meeting in the first round of the state playoffs, which start Friday. (See playoff pairings below, with each team’s seed and state ranking.)

The Blessed Trinity-Cartersville is the best of several strong matchups. Others include No. 4 Harrison at No.

High school coaches upset at new NCAA rule that limits hiring

8:22 am Apr. 20, 2017

Georgia high school football coaches are upset about a new NCAA rule that severely curbs the incentive of college programs to hire them.

Former Georgia coaches such as Mickey Conn of Grayson, Dell McGee of Carver-Columbus and Olten Downs of Creekside in recent years have cashed in their high school successes to get jobs in college ball as support staff members and eventually as on-field assistant coaches.

Those kinds of hires are now

‘Very athletic’ Blessed Trinity takes run at 3rd baseball title in 4 years

11:06 am Apr. 17, 2017

Blessed Trinity reached the state baseball finals each of the past three seasons, winning in 2014 and 2015. The current team sits No. 1 in Georgia’s Class AAAA and No. 16 nationally – the highest of any Georgia team – in MaxPreps’ computer rankings.

Blessed Trinity coach Andy Harlin can’t say which is the best of his recent powerhouse teams, but he says this one stands out for its speed and