Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

What to watch for Friday: No. 1 Aquinas at Prince Avenue, Stockbridge at No. 10 ELCA; Three former GISA members debut in GHSA

  • 1:59 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here’s what to look for Friday …

No. 1 Aquinas (1-0) at Prince Avenue Christian (0-0).  The top-ranked Irish, last year’s private school champs, thumped Class AAA Glen Hills last week, 41-6.  Led by junior QB Liam Welch and senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, who reportedly holds more than a dozen FCS offers, Aquinas will get a stern early season test from the Wolverines in Bogart, just outside of Athens.  Prince Avenue was the 2012 private school runner up and finished 10-2 last season after falling in the state semifinals to eventual runner up Calvary Day. This is the second season at [More]

Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Jordan and Charlton’s McWhorter, ELCA’s brutal gauntlet

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Technical difficulties (user error!) have us behind schedule a bit here at Class A Blog Headquarters.  But we’ll soldier on with a couple of “Coach Speak” features, Mount Paran Christian’s Mitch Jordan and Charlton County’s Rich McWhorter, and a look at Eagle’s Landing Christian’s brutal schedule.

And check back on Thursday afternoon for previews of some of the best games on the Class A slate in Week 2.

Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Mitch Jordan:  Are the Eagles title favorites?

Coming off of a 9-3 season in which Mount Paran Christian put itself firmly on the Class A football map, and after soundly [More]

No. 10 Mt. Paran vs. No. 4 ELCA top kickoff weekend slate; New era begins in Lincolnton

  • 11:02 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here’s what to look for this weekend as the season gets underway…

No. 10 Mt. Paran Christian vs. No. 4 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (Saturday). In one of the top games in the state in any classification, Mt. Paran and ELCA, both in the AJC preseason Top 10, will be one of three games in the Battleground Kickoff Classic in Columbus, at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. Mt. Paran, one of the surprise teams of 2013, finished 9-3 and advanced to the second round of the Class A private school playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion Aquinas (35-32). The Eagles are led by [More]

Power Rating is back; Three teams join GHSA; Check in with defending champs

  • 3:36 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Finally, it’s that time again! The Class A football blog is back again for another season!

As was the case last year, we’ll post blogs here on ajc.com every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning during the football season.  Tuesday’s blogs will be online only, while portions of the Thursday and Saturday posts will be published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Friday and Sunday.

On Tuesday’s we’ll take an expanded look back at the events of the previous Friday night, with a few other features here and there such as quick conversations with coaches from around the state (“Coach Speak”), along with [More]

Maxwell Class A Region by Region Preview

  • 10:55 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings region by region breakdowns are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 trials at the rate of approximately 51 seasons per second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the Monte Carlo simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure (i.e., schedules, region alignments, etc.).

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class A GHSA teams were treated as an average Class A team) and results from games with out of state opponents were not [More]

Six Georgians named USA Today Track and Field All Americans

  • 5:43 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Six Georgia track athletes have been selected American Family Insurance/USA Today All Americans, with four receiving first team honors.

For the boys team, recent Our Lady of Mercy graduate Christian Coleman, St. Pius grad Daniel Haugh and Pace Academy alum Kenny Selmon were all selected to the first team.  For the girls team, Rockdale County rising sophomore Candace Hill made the first team, while Miller Grove graduate Tiffany Flynn and Forest Park rising senior Bria Matthews earned second team honors.

Coleman, a Tennessee signee, was among five first-team sprinters selected by USA Today.  His top times this season are 10.29 seconds in [More]

Led by Selmon, Weiland, Georgia track stars continue to shine over the summer; Georgia selected as Top 10 state for high school track

  • 3:29 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Many of Georgia’s track stars have continued to turn in outstanding performances representing the state this summer in various national meets.

Leading the way are recent Pace Academy graduate Kenny Selmon, headed to North Carolina, and recent Marist graduate Bailey Weiland, who will attend Georgia Tech this fall. Both made the U.S. World Junior team during the USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships last weekend on the campus of the University of Oregon at Hayward Field.

Selmon, the Class A 300-meter and 110-meter state champion and Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in Georgia, finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time [More]

Region 8-AAAAAA coaches make history with first-ever All-Region Track and Field team

  • 2:06 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

For the first time a region in the Georgia High School Association has selected an all-region track and field team.  The coaches in Region 8-AAAAAA put together boys and girls teams that feature the region champion in each event, plus two more athletes voted on by the coaches.

So here is the first ever all-region track and field team, a great idea by the coaches in Region 8-AAAAAA that may catch on in other regions.  Region 8-AAAAAA is made up of the following schools:  Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.  Shiloh was the boys Class [More]

Freshman Hill dominates; Westlake, Miller Grove, Woodward Academy, Marist, Lovett, ELCA, Gordon Lee win titles

  • 12:34 am Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

ALBANY – Rockdale County freshman Candace Hill brought the sizzle. But once again, Westlake went home with the steak.

The Lions used their superior depth, plus tons of guts and guile to win their second consecutive Class AAAAAA title at the 46th Georgia High School Association Girls State Track and Field Championships.

Westlake has won three state titles since 2009, and co-head coach Robert Wilson said this one might be the sweetest. Unlike last year, when the Lions blew away the rest of the field by 30 points, Westlake was not in the top 10 going into Saturday’s running finals after a [More]

Preview of the GHSA Girls State Championships, this weekend in Albany

  • 2:09 pm Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

The state’s best female high school athletes will be in Albany this weekend for the 46th edition of the Georgia High School Association Girls Track and Field Championships.  Here’s a quick preview.

Class AAAAAA
The skinny:  McEachern will try to dethrone 2013 champ Westlake.
Others in the hunt:  Archer, Brookwood and Rockdale County.
Athletes to watch:  Candace Hill, Fr., Rockdale County; Cierra Dunston, Sr., McEachern; Kayla Stinson, Jr., Westlake.

Class AAAAAThe skinny:  New Manchester in Douglas County is just three years old, but the Jaguars already have built one of the state’s best programs.Others in the hunt:  Forest Park, Miller Grove, Northside-Warner Robins and Pope.Athletes to [More]