Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Dallas leaves ELCA to take over at Trinity Christian; Top basketball games of the weekend

2:32 am Jan. 12, 2017

Before we get to some of the top basketball games this weekend, there’s some news on the football front.

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy defensive coordinator Kenny Dallas is now the head coach at Trinity Christian in Sharpsburg. The Lions currently compete in the highest classification (AAA) of the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), but will be moving to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in the fall of 2018, according to

Weather permitting, a weekend of great games on tap

3:07 am Jan. 6, 2017

Here’s a look at some of the top games over the weekend (weather permitting).


Friday, Jan. 6

No. 1 (Private) Greenforest Christian vs. Roselle Catholic (NJ). The top-ranked Eagles (11-2) will participate in one of the most competitive national tournaments of the season, the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, WV. The other Georgia schools in the 16-team field are Westlake and Wheeler, No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in Class AAAAAAA. Greenforest’s

Some of the top girls and boys players to watch this season

6:55 am Dec. 31, 2016

Here are some of the top boys and girls players to watch this season. If our list is missing someone, shout them out in the comments section or shoot an email to

De’Andre Ballard, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Sr.): The 6-4 guard is averaging 27 points per game for the Warriors, who are 7-4 thus far and ranked No. 3 in the private poll. Ballard is committed to Florida.


Familiar faces and a few upstarts are teams to watch in 2017

3:19 am Dec. 30, 2016

Here are some of the top boys and girls teams to watch this season.

Private Boys

Greenforest Christian and St. Francis are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and have won the state championship in all four years since the split between the public and private schools – Greenforest in 2013 and 2016, St. Francis in 2014 and 2015. The two teams are the odds on favorites to meet for

Top 10 teams stay active over the holiday break

7:09 pm Dec. 28, 2016

As we begin our transition into basketball, here’s a look at the what some of the teams in the Top 10 are doing during the holiday break.

Private Boys

1. Greenforest (7-2)

2. St. Francis (10-0)

3. Southwest Atlanta Christian (6-3)

4. North Cobb Christian (7-2)

5. Aquinas (6-1)

6. Lakeview Academy (6-3)

7. Holy Innocents’ (5-4)

8. Whitefield Academy (6-3)

9. Tallulah Falls (10-0)

10. King’s Ridge (7-4)

No. 1 Greenforest Christian, the defending state champion downed North Clayton 68-40 this

Congrats to the champs; Look for GHSA responses to coaches concerns

5:14 pm Dec. 19, 2016

Time to say goodbye to the 2016 football season. Be on the lookout for the AJC All-State teams in the next few days. Also, we here at Class A Football Central Command must give a huge shout out to the folks at the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website – If you haven’t visited the site, please do so soon.

Before we transition to basketball, a few thoughts:

Macon County’s Copeland, MCA’s Robinson give thoughts on their seasons

4:41 am Dec. 9, 2016

As Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and Fellowship Christian School decide the private school champion today (10 a.m., Georgia Dome), Macon County’s Dexter Copeland and McIntosh County Academy’s Robby Robinson put their seasons in perspective on the eve of their public school showdown Saturday morning.

Public School Final:  No. 1 Macon County (11-2) vs. No. 6 McIntosh County Academy (10-2), Saturday, 10 a.m., Georgia Dome

Dexter Copeland, Macon County
Fun fact: Or perhaps, not

ELCA, Fellowship coaches put seasons into perspective

3:21 am Dec. 8, 2016

As Dome Weekend approaches, we ask the four coaches in the state finals seven key questions that help put this season in perspective. Today, it’s the private school finalists – Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and Fellowship Christian School.

Private School Final: No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (13-0) vs. No. 3 Fellowship Christian School (13-0), Friday, 10 a.m., Georgia Dome

Jonathan Gess, ELCA
Fun fact:  This week prior to Friday’s state title game,

Finals: ELCA-Fellowship, Macon County-McIntosh County Academy

1:35 am Dec. 3, 2016

Here’s what happened in Friday night’s semi finals.

No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 42, No. 4 Tattnall Square Academy 21:
Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy outscored Tattnall Square Academy 21-7 in the third quarter to bust open a close game and claim a 42-21 win. The Chargers (13-0) led Tattnall (12-1), 14-7 at the half. On its first drive of the second half, ELCA appeared to have boosted its lead to 21-7

Semifinal previews; More honest opinions from coaches on their picks for state champions

8:08 am Dec. 2, 2016

Here are more anonymous opinions from coaches, giving their thoughts on who will win the private and public state championships, as well as previews of the four semifinal games, courtesy of Georgia High School Football Daily.

Private School Champion: Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy
“I think it will be ELCA. They have the best players overall. They just have more talent. They have good size and speed, and they’re well coached. They don’t