AA blog: Girls hoops update

11:34 am Dec. 16, 2014

As we round the corner toward Christmas, holiday tournaments and next semester, the hoops season is about to hit top gear. With just a handful of region games under our belt, it’s already shaping up to be an interesting one.

Let’s get caught up on the girls game today…

MaxPreps.com Top 10

Pelham (6-0, 2-0 Region 1-AA)
Holy Innocents’ (9-0, 3-0 Region 6-AA)
Model (9-1, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
Darlington (7-2, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
Wesleyan (5-3, 2-0, Region

AA blog: State championship preview

9:24 am Dec. 11, 2014

Three months later, it’s striking how little has changed.

We opened the season with No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian and No. 3 Benedictine, and we’ll finish with the basically the same. GAC has gone wire to wire at No. 1 and Lovett has never left the top five, ending the regular season at No. 4.

The rematch is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Neither team has ever won a football state championship.

The

AA basketball: With Reid back in the fold, Harlem sets sights on postseason

11:40 am Dec. 9, 2014

Back in August, Harlem basketball got an unexpected boost when Reggie Reid returned to the Bulldogs.

The senior point guard averaged 19 points per game as a freshman and led Harlem to the state playoffs with an impressive stat line (27 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 5.7 apg, 3.7 spg) as a sophomore, but spent his junior year at ELEV8 Sports Institute in Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Without their star 6-footer, the Bulldogs struggled

AA blog: GAC, Benedictine meet again

3:45 am Dec. 6, 2014

Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?

Sorry. I hate to go Russell Crowe/Gladiator right off the top, but wow. GAC-Fitzgerald, am I right?

Before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s what we’ve got after tonight’s games:

The Rematch
Class AA State Championship Game
Greater Atlanta Christian vs. Benedictine
1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13
At the Georgia Dome

I’ll be there with bells on and ringing. It should be a great one,

AA blog: Four teams seeking a breakthrough

8:36 am Dec. 4, 2014

One way or another, somebody’s breaking a title drought this year in Class AA. Of the semifinalists, Brooks County is the most recent champ, with the only state title in program history coming 20 years ago. Fitzgerald’s only title came in 1948, which might be surprising considering how often the Purple Hurricanes play deep into the postseason.

Benedictine and GAC, the favorites Friday night, according to the Maxwell Ratings, have never

AA blog: 5 girls hoops teams to watch

11:00 pm Dec. 2, 2014

We’ve begun the 2014-15 basketball season without a consensus pick at the top of Class AA girls hoops.

Kendrick, which went 29-0 last season, winning regularly by 50-point margins, is now in Class AAA. That could leave the door open for Wesleyan, the previous champ and last year’s runner-up, to retake the throne. But Pelham flirted with perfection last year and returns key pieces from that squad.

Here’s a look at a

AA blog: Quarterfinal matchups

8:00 am Nov. 27, 2014

Though two weeks of the postseason, there’s been no shortage of excitement in Class AA. Briefly:

- The top four teams have all made it through and will meet Friday night in a pair of mammoth quarterfinal matchups.

-Pace Academy is piling up points and upsets, but now faces a Fitzgerald team that has one of the state’s most dynamic athletes at quarterback.

- Heard County’s record-breaking running back is putting on a

AA basketball blog: Boys teams to watch

10:27 am Nov. 25, 2014

At the start of the 2014-15 season, the question looming over AA boys basketball is obvious: Can anybody beat Greater Atlanta Christian? The Spartans have won back-to-back state championships and four of the last five, and entered the current season on a 50-game winning streak. Now, four of last year’s region champions have been bumped up to Class AAA, including finalist Calhoun, leaving a vacuum for new powers to fill.

Let’s look at