Blessed Trinity boys: New coach, same winning ways

6:00 am Dec. 20, 2014

The Blessed Trinity boys may have a new coach, but they’ve picked up where they left off a year ago.

Blessed Trinity went 23-7 last year and reached the second round of the playoffs. This year Patrick Hughes, who played at the school, took over as head coach when Brian Marks stepped down and the team hasn’t missed a beat. B.T. has raced to a 9-2 start.

The Blessed Trinity boys are

Girls hoops: Freshmen spark Franklin County’s fast start

9:10 am Dec. 18, 2014

The Franklin County girls basketball team is still getting used to a new league with a new style of play. So far things have gone well, although the Lions will get a big test Friday when they host Dawson County.

Franklin County has been competing for years against teams in the northeast Georgia area (Hart County, Elbert County, etc.) but this season got moved into a league made up primarily of

Savannah Classic draws strong field

9:18 am Dec. 16, 2014

It’s only fitting that one of the state’s basketball hotbeds should have its own holiday tournament. So it’s good to see the Savannah Holiday Classic back on the schedule, giving fans an opportunity to see some of the top boys and girls players.

The tournament is broken up into four mini-tournaments that are named after some of the famous squares in the historic city. The first- and second-round games will be

Breaking down Calhoun’s championship win

9:06 am Dec. 13, 2014

The Class AAA championship game definitely lived up to its billing. Calhoun won the game 27-20 and claimed its second state championship under coach Hal Lamb and its third overall.

The Yellow Jackets can boast about having one of the best two or three programs in the state. They’ve won 10 or more games for 14 straight seasons. Seven times they’ve reached the state championship game during that stretch. They moved

AAA final: Calhoun 27, Washington County 20

7:43 pm Dec. 12, 2014

Calhoun’s underrated defense slowed down the state’s highest scoring team and paved the way for the Yellow Jackets to beat Washington County 27-20 for the Class AAA championship.

The win gave No. 2 Calhoun (15-0) its third state championship and first since 2011. Washington County, the No. 1-ranked team all season, lost in the final for the second straight year and finished 14-1.

Calhoun took the lead for good with 9:42 left

Waco vs. Calhoun should be a classic

7:20 am Dec. 11, 2014

When you analyze the state championship games that will be played this week, you will be hard-pressed to find one better than the Class AAA matchup between No. 1 Washington County and No. 2 Calhoun. None of the other games can match it when it comes to tradition, on-field accomplishments, talent and community involvement. Plus, both teams are undefeated, a feature that none of the other games can boast.

And, perhaps

Five boys basketball players to watch in ’15

9:34 am Dec. 9, 2014

While many of the state’s top basketball prospects play in the higher classifications, there are still many who compete in Class AAA. There are pockets where basketball flourishes in Georgia that includes some of the mid-sized schools that participate in AAA, particularly the Savannah and Augusta areas.

Here are five of the state’s top prospects/players who compete in Class AAA basketball:

Tookie Brown, Morgan County: Brown (5-11, 170) is considered a point

Final determined: No. 1 Waco vs. No. 2 Calhoun

6:52 am Dec. 6, 2014

The season began with Washington County and Calhoun holding the top two positions in the Class AAA ranking and it’s been that way every week. Now the two undefeated teams will meet for the state championship at the Georgia Dome.

The two will play for the championship on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. It will be the first meeting between the two established state powers.

Washington County 28, Blessed

The no-flip formula: B.T. unhappy GHSA determined semifinal site … Also, a look at semifinals

8:24 am Dec. 4, 2014

UPDATED: 12:30 p.m.

Don’t ask Blessed Trinity football coach Tim McFarlin how he keeps losing these coin flips that decide the site of the playoff games. Turns out he didn’t lose a flip this week. Turns out the GHSA made the decision that the Class AAA semifinal game was going to be played in Washington County.

Washington County and Blessed Trinity are both No. 1 seeds from their region. When that happens,

Girls hoops: Changes leave Kendrick, Waco among favorites

7:22 am Dec. 2, 2014

There will definitely be a shift in the power structure for Class AAA girls basketball this season. St. Pius and Buford, two finalists who met for the championship, have both moved up to AAAA. So did semifinalist Pike County, as did quarterfinalist Woodward Academy.

With two-time champion St. Pius and all-state guard Asia Durr in a different league, that leaves the door wide open. Here are some of the teams that