Boys: A look at the quarterfinals

5:00 am Feb. 25, 2015

The top five teams in the state rankings are still alive in the Class AAA tournament, an indication that the cream has risen and fans are in store for some quality quarterfinal games tonight.

Seven of the remaining eight teams were ranked in the final regular-season poll. The exception is Callaway, which is trying to get back into the Final Four for the second straight season.

Of the remaining eight, seven won

Girls: No. 1, No. 2 meet in Elite Eight

8:20 am Feb. 24, 2015

The brackets sometimes create some unfortunate pairings. Such is the class in the Class AAA girls quarterfinals, where No. 1-ranked Dawson County and No. 2-ranked Laney are matched in a game more fitting for the championship game.

Dawson County (29-0) is a veteran team that’s been rock solid all year. The Tigers have a great pedigree and feature some experienced girls who have focused on making this their championship season.

Coach Steve

Boys: Second-round previews

8:39 am Feb. 21, 2015

The marquee game of the second-round should be No. 5 Cedar Grove at No. 9 Calhoun, which features a pair of well-coached, athletic teams.

Cedar Grove (19-4) bounced back from its unfortunate meltdown in the Region 4 final with a 73-59 win over Josey in the first round. The Saints are led by forward Jaraca Cross (15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 blocks), Chris Fredrick (13.0 points) and Kenneth Lewis (11.8 points).

Calhoun

Girls: Second-round previews

9:28 am Feb. 20, 2015

Do the Franklin County girls have another upset in them?

The Lions 916-11) scored the biggest surprise win of the first round. The No. 4 seed from Region 7 rose up and eliminated Region 8 champion Morgan County, the No. 8-ranked team in Class AAA. Coach Holly Wilk’s team was the only upstart to eliminate a region champion in the opening round and helped their region score the only first-round sweep.

Unfortunately

4-AAA finals: Decatur girls roll, South Atlanta boys stun Cedar Grove

12:20 am Feb. 15, 2015

The Decatur girls ended South Atlanta’s dream of an undefeated season, while the South Atlanta boys showed why they should never be counted out of a game. The result for each team was a Region 4-AAA championship.

Decatur (26-2) avenged a regular-season loss to South Atlanta and handed the Hornets their first defeat of the season. The Bulldogs won 56-38 and their first region title in a generation.

South Atlanta (25-4) trailed

Undefeated Dawson Co., South Atlanta girls ready for challenge

11:41 pm Feb. 9, 2015

The state’s only two undefeated Class AAA teams are eager to get started in their quest for a championship. No. 1 Dawson County and No. 2 South Atlanta both open play in their respective region tournaments with a 25-0 record on the line.

South Atlanta makes its playoff debut on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Therrell and Towers.

South Atlanta coach Akisha Graham said, “It

Blessed Trinity boys nail down first … Dawson, S. Atlanta girls finish unbeaten seasons

8:29 am Feb. 7, 2015

Blessed Trinity nailed down first place in Region 4-AAA Div. B on Friday night with a 61-47 win over Douglass. The No. 8-ranked Titans improved to 21-4 overall and completed subregion play with a perfect 10-0 mark. Coach Patrick Hughes will be the top seed from the subregion when the region tournament begins this week at Douglass.

The Titans, winners of six straight, were led by John Michael Bertrand with 14

Rockmart boys put defense to test … Dawson, S. Atlanta seek perfection

8:19 am Feb. 5, 2015

It’s been difficult for the Rockmart boys to get much attention this season, despite the fact that they’ve won 20 games. The Bulldogs play in the smallest league in Class AAA, they’re not near a big city and they focus most of their attention on defense.

The fact that they’re overlooked doesn’t bother coach Kyle Stephens. At Rockmart they prefer substance over style. So while other clubs may prefer to run