Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

It’s showtime for Callaway, Ringgold and Jefferson

  • 8:56 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The No. 3-ranked Callaway Cavaliers will start their championship pursuit tonight against rival LaGrange in a non-region game. Although the Cavs lost record-setting quarterback Tez Parks, there’s no reason to believe coach Michael Wiggins’ team won’t be lighting up the scoreboard again.
Callaway (12-2 last season) has two exceptional backs in Cedric Maynard and Eddie Culpepper, a game-breaker who scored 10 touchdowns in four playoff games last year. Plus, there’s Super 11 pick Terry Godwin, who had 24 catches for 585 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.
Godwin, who has verbally committed to Georgia, is just as good on defense. A lockdown [More]

Newcomers to have impact on AAA

  • 8:54 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

OK, Class AAA football fans. You won’t be able to hate on Buford this fall. The Wolves came roaring into the classification two years ago, won two state championships and left. Now they’ve moved up to Class AAA.

And while Buford has left the building, there are several new programs that will be coming into the classification this year that have great pedigrees. These newcomers are likely to create more competition in their respective regions this season.

Here are five newcomers to Class AAA this year that bear watching:

Cook: The Hornets were third in Region 1-AA last year, but have been a [More]

AAA: Maxwell predicts region standings, WL records

  • 11:11 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings have predicted the region standings and the won-lost records of Georgia’s Class AAA teams. The computer ratings are the work of Loren Maxwell, founder of the Georgia High School Football Historical Association. He has been involved with sports ratings since 1986.

His 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 [More]

AAA: Maxwell projects playoff draws, results

  • 11:07 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons, approximately 51 each second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

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 AAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAA team).

Although regions may use different criteria, in the simulation all standings were determined by using recursive head-to-head [More]

State tennis championship roundup

  • 6:57 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The St. Pius boys sent coach Chuck Byrd into retirement with a state championship, but it wasn’t easy.

The Golden Lions beat region rival Woodward Academy 3-2 in the Class AAA championship match that wasn’t decided until Austin Causey fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to win 7-5 at No. 2 singles and clinch the title.

“It’s really all about the kids, but it sure does feel good,” said Byrd, who is retiring after 35 years. “It does feel good to finish with a state championship.”

St. Pius won with Parker Jones at No. 3 singles and Sean Kelly [More]

Tennis: Blessed Trinity girls seek sixth straight title

  • 9:41 am Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

There’s a different set of players, but the results are the same for the Blessed Trinity girls tennis team, which plays for its sixth consecutive state championship on Saturday.

The Titans will play St. Pius for the Class AAA championship on Saturday at the Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, where state titles in all classifications will be determined.

There are six other teams back to defend their titles from 2013: the Brookwood boys and Walton girls in Class AAAAAA, the Marist girls in Class AAAA, the Westminster boys and girls in Class [More]

State golf sectionals raise level of competition … Sutton Invitational final … Tennis quarterfinals set

  • 12:25 pm Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The golf sectionals to determine the remaining teams for the state tournament will be played on Monday at sites throughout the state. The sectionals were added to enable strong regions to have more participants and prevent a good team from missing the state playoffs because of one bad round.

All region champions must meet a qualifying score standard in order to advance directly to the state championships. Region winners who don’t meet the qualifying score advance to the sectional tournament.

Teams that finish second, third or fourth and meet the qualifying score also advance to the sectionals. But teams that finished second, [More]

North Atlanta golfers make history … Major streaks for Harrison golfers, Athens Academy boys tennis

  • 9:38 am Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The North Atlanta golf teams made history this week. The girls won the first region title in school history and the boys won the region and qualified for the state tournament for the first time.

The North Atlanta girls were led by Helen Fialkowski, Elizabeth Ray, Lily Vitgel and Maggie Richardson but will have to survive a trip to sectionals to reach the state tournament.

The boys won Region 6-AAAAA with a 321 to best Dunwoody and avoid a trip to sectionals. Taylor Walstrum shot 78, with Turner Hume and Winston Meshad each shooting 79. Jackson Perkins, Michael Maxey and Nathan Katica [More]

Golf/tennis: Yang repeats as medalist, but Mill Creek wins 7-AAAAAA girls title

  • 7:17 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Christina Yang of North Gwinnett was medalist for the second straight year, but the Region 7-AAAAAA championship went to Mill Creek.

Yang, a sophomore, shot a 73 at Northwood Country Club and beat Bailey Tardy of Norcross by one shot.

Mill Creek was led by Annika Blanton, a freshman who shot a personal-best 80, and Grace Choi with an 82. Peachtree Ridge and Norcross tied for second. Peachtree Ridge was led by Jenny Li with a 77. … Madison County won the Region 8-AAAA tournament at Double Oaks in Commerce. … Lambert won the Brookwood Invitational at Summit Chase, beating Gainesville by 14 [More]

Bremen girls win second straight region title

  • 10:24 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Bremen won its second straight Region 5-AA championship by beating Heard County in the final. Bremen has won 15 straight matches since losing to Class AAAAAA Wheeler 3-2 during the Marietta Spring Classic. Bremen is led by in singles by No. 1 Meg Cummings (17-2), No. 2 Charli Allen (18-1) and No. 3 Emily Cheshier (19-0), who has not lost a regular-season match in two years. The Blue Devils (18-1) have not lost a region match in two years. …

Mill Creek defeated North Gwinnett to win the Region 7-AAAAAA championship. The Hawks are led by Madison Hahn, Kayleigh Hahn and [More]