Region tournaments tip off next week

5:38 am Feb. 6, 2016

Region tournaments tip off next week as teams compete to be among the top 16 in the power ratings, earning a trip to the state tournament, which begins Feb. 19 and 20. Region tournament champions receive automatic births into the state tournament.

Here some of the regions to watch:

Here is a look at some of the top region tournaments coming up this week:

BOYS
Region 5: No. 1 Greenforest Christian is the clear

North Cobb Christian, Treutlen boys and St. Francis, Turner girls hold on to top spots in new power ratings

8:06 am Feb. 3, 2016

Heading into the final week of the regular season, North Cobb Christian held on to the top spot in the boys Class A Private School Power Ratings, with Greenforest making a push into the No. 2 slot, while Treutlen remained No. 1 on the public school list. On the girls side, St. Francis and Turner County are once again the top teams in the private and public ratings.

BOYS
Class A Private

Rank
School
Region
Record
Ranking

1
North

Turner County, Lakeview Academy boys; Greenforest, Taylor county girls all streaking

5:10 am Jan. 31, 2016

Here’s what we learned this week:

BOYS
Turner County has caught fire.  The unranked Rebels (18-5, 12-2 in Region 2) began the season just 5-5, but it was for a great cause. Most of the team’s stalwarts were still transitioning from football at the time, as Turner County posted its best record (8-3) since 2008, advancing to the public school state playoffs. Since then the Rebels have won 13 straight, mostly in

No.6 Mercy boys at Walker, No. 10 Commerce girls at Lakeview Academy among top games this weekend

2:21 am Jan. 28, 2016

Here are some of the top games this weekend and early next week.

BOYS
No. 6 Our Lady of Mercy at Walker, Saturday.  Mercy (15-3, 6-2 in Region 5) is looking to improve upon its best season in school history and continue its climb up the Class A Private School Power Ratings, where the Bobcats sit at No. 6. Walker (13-5, 5-3), led by 6-foot-10 Harvard commit Robert Baker, is at No.

NCC, Treutlen boys; St. Francis, Turner girls sit atop this week’s power ratings

8:26 am Jan. 27, 2016

Here are the updated Class A Power Ratings with two weeks of play left before the region tournaments.  Following the boys’ lists, we look at some teams that, surprisingly, are currently outside of the top 16. (Note:  Region tournament champions qualify automatically.)

BOYS

Class A Private

Rank
School
Region
Record
Ranking

1
North Cobb Christian
6-A
15-2
13.00

2
Lakeview Academy
8-A
16-3
11.25

3
Greenforest Christian
5-A
13-1
11.14

4
St. Francis
6-A
10-4
10.67

5
Whitefield Academy
6-A
11-6
10.20

6
Our Lady of Mercy
5-A
14-3
9.82

7
Stratford Academy
7-A
12-4
9.67

8
Savannah Christian
3-A
11-4
9.40

9
St. Anne-Pacelli
4-A
13-7
9.17

10
Southwest Atlanta Christian
5-A
12-6
9.15

11
King’s Ridge
6-A
11-5
8.81

12
Christian Heritage
6-A
14-3
8.73

13
Tattnall Square Academy
7-A
11-6
8.61

14
First Presbyterian
7-A
12-7
8.44

15
Aquinas
7-A
7-4
8.27

16
Hebron Christian Academy
8-A
15-6
8.10

 

No. 17 Walker (13-5, 5-3 in

Can Greenforest, Turner County girls run the table?; New power ratings

9:31 am Jan. 20, 2016

As we enter the home stretch of the regular season, only two undefeated teams remain, the Greenforest Christian and Turner County girls. Can they run the table all the way to a title?

Greenforest Christian (17-0, 7-0 in Region 5)
AJC Poll Ranking: 4
Class A Private Power Rating:  4
Chance of going undefeated:  Not good.  The Eagles have cruised past most opponents this season. Their closest contest was a 48-43 win over region

North Cobb Christian, Treutlen boys; St. Francis, Turner County girls top season’s first power ratings

3:18 am Jan. 14, 2016

The first Class A Power Ratings of the season were released this week. The North Cobb Christian and Treutlen boys, and the St. Francis and Turner County girls are at the top.

The basketball power ratings work much simpler than the football system. In basketball, teams are awarded five points for a win, plus a point for each of its opponents wins. The total points are then divided by the team’s

Boys: St. Francis finding its way; Mercy makes noise; Treutlen looks hungry; Girls: St. Francis is loaded again

3:58 am Jan. 9, 2016

Boys
St. Francis (9-5) is not close to the 29-3, state title winning juggernaut it was last season. The Knights are breaking in four new starters to play alongside newly minted McDonald’s All American Kobi Simmons, who is averaging 26 points per game. St. Francis survived a test from rival King’s Ridge, 72-71, last week as Simmons led the way with 33 points.

Look out for Our Lady of Mercy (9-3). The

Greenforest boys and girls sharp; Lincoln County boys surprising; Turner girls on a mission

3:00 am Jan. 7, 2016

The deep chill in the air signals that basketball season is at full throttle. Time to talk Class A hoops!

PRIVATE
Boys
Greenforest Academy (14-1) has been unstoppable in Georgia and nearly as impressive out of state. In fact, the Eagles could be the best team in Georgia, regardless of classification.

The Eagles’ lone loss of the season was to the Hammond School (70-58), one of the top programs in the state of