Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Wrestling: Historic potential matchup shifts attention to 4A

3:59 pm Jan. 10, 2017

The GHSA Team Dual Wrestling State Championships return to the Macon Centreplex Jan. 12-14 where seven classifications will crown state champs for the first time in state history. This shuffling and reclassification shook up the field a year after Georgia saw all six of its reigning champs successfully defend titles at the team duals. That was the first time in state history that the defending champs swept the podium.

This year,

Cartersville’s Lawrence continues raising the bar for Georgia High School Football

2:26 pm Dec. 28, 2016

Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a rare example of a player that everyone knows is great, but continues to exceed even the highest expectations set for him. Since taking over the starting job as a freshman in 2014, Lawrence has normalized his multi-touchdown performances and unstoppable sideline to sideline accuracy. With back-to-back perfect seasons and state titles, and a 42-2 all-time record as a starter, Lawrence added his highest individual

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Class AAAA Hoops: 10 questions with Kyle Sandy

3:24 pm Dec. 21, 2016

The week 5 basketball rankings are posted, the football season is in the rear-view mirror and holiday basketball tournaments get set to carry us into the new year. I caught up with Kyle Sandy,  owner of, to answer 10 questions regarding the landscape in Class AAAA. For more GHSA hoops coverage, visit HERE.


What has No. 2 Upson-Lee showed you through the first five weeks?

“Upson-Lee has showed me that they


Cartersville’s historic two-year run overshadows a battle of unbeatens

12:23 pm Dec. 8, 2016

The Class AAAA state championship features a matchup of undefeated teams and contrasting offensive philosophies. Cartersville’s unstoppable passing game goes head-to-head with Thomson’s relentless rushing attack. The two programs have spent the past four months ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Class AAAA, while seemingly improving each week on their road to the Dome. While the matchup itself is enough to get excited about the matchup, Cartersville’s incredible two-year

Cartersville, Thomson stage ultimate championship showdown

9:42 am Dec. 3, 2016

The 2016 state championship will feature undefeated Cartersville and undefeated Thomson. The Purple Hurricanes are one win away from entering next season with a 30-game winning streak. Here’s how the two teams outclassed their semifinal opponents on Friday.
Cartersville 38, Mary Persons 17:
How the game was won: Mary Persons took advantage of a slow start for the Cartersville offense and got on the board first with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Speir to

Woodward Academy went 10-1 in the regular season. (Daniel Varnado/For the AJC)

Dramatic quarterfinals demonstrate AAAA’s depth of talent

12:11 pm Nov. 26, 2016

The talent-packed quarterfinals showcased the ultra-competitive last three months of football that Class AAAA has seen by staging four outstanding football games. While Cartersville, Mary Persons, Jefferson and Thomson were the four teams that lived to fight another round, quarterfinalists Woodward Academy, Blessed Trinity, Cairo and Spalding deserve credit for the excellent seasons they had. Here’s a look at the four seasons that came to an end before we preview

What to watch for in the state quarterfinals

2:50 pm Nov. 22, 2016

Every classification is packed with dream matchups this weekend. From Class 7A down to the split Class A brackets, undefeated teams, defending champions and some of the season’s hottest teams are playing for a spot in the semifinals. Here is a breakdown of Class 4A’s four must-see matchups.

Cartersville at Woodward Academy

Not only is this one of the top high school football games the country will see this year, but Cartersville

Woodward Academy went 10-1 in the regular season. (Daniel Varnado/For the AJC)

Quarterfinals pairings quench season-long anticipation

2:24 pm Nov. 19, 2016

Seven No. 1 seeds and No. 3 seed Spalding, which defeated No. 1 Ridgeland 38-21 on Friday, set up the lineup of matchups we’ve been waiting for. Ridgeland took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter before Spalding used a 35-0 scoring burst to claim a 35-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. The win marks Spalding’s first trip to the quarterfinals since a 12-2 season in 2003. Head coach