Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Girls: Region champs play host to Elite 8 fate

12:07 pm Feb. 21, 2017

The second round of the GHSA basketball state playoffs return to the hardwood this Wednesday as the girls face off with Elite 8 berths on the line. The boys’ action will resume on Thursday as the 16 remaining teams play for their shot at the quarterfinals.

Each of the eight region champions and resultant No 1 seeds in the tournament survived the first round and will host a second round filled

Early exit sharpens focus for flawless Knights

3:04 pm Feb. 16, 2017

Class 4A’s boys bracket shapes up to be filled with top 10 showdowns and teams that will take the court on high upset alert. For undefeated Upson-Lee, however, there is no need to remind the Knights how important each playoff game is as it is still fresh on their minds. Upson-Lee enters the playoffs with a flawless 27-0 record, but still has the bitter taste of last year’s 73-56 home

Game-winner gives Carver top seed; North Clayton stamps 15th straight win

9:25 pm Feb. 12, 2017

The Carver-Columbus and Columbus girls met in the Region 1 championship after splitting the regular season series. Carver took the first meeting 69-53 back on Dec. 21, but Columbus grabbed a 77-53 road victory on Jan. 20. After two blowouts, the schools went down to the wire on Friday as the Tigers won the region title with a 54-53 win over Columbus. Carver trailed 53-51 and had 12 seconds left

Class 4A standouts shine on Signing Day 2017

2:12 pm Feb. 1, 2017

Class AAAA was well-represented on National Signing Day as some of the classification’s top playmakers headlined the star-studded Class of 2017 coming out of Georgia. Cairo outside linebacker Walter Grant added his four-star status to the University of Georgia’s Class of 2017 by inking with the Dawgs early Wednesday morning. Grant is considered the 11th ranked outside linebacker in the nation, according to 247sports, and made his decision after narrowing

Regular season hits home stretch with region slate

3:46 pm Jan. 24, 2017

With less than two weeks of the regular season left on the slate, seeding for the region tournaments underlies what should be a highly-competitive finish in Class AAAA.

Upson-Lee is the lone undefeated team left in Class AAAA, but the Knights had to survive a scare in a three-overtime battle with Griffin to improve to 20-0. Griffin, which is just 4-16 on the season and 2-6 in Region 3 action nearly

Jefferson’s wrestling dynasty continues with 16th straight dual title

11:01 am Jan. 18, 2017

The state’s longest-lasting dynasty continued over the weekend as Jefferson defeated Gilmer 35-28 to capture its 16th straight state title at the GHSA Dual State Wrestling tournament in Macon. Gilmer’s streak of seven straight state titles was snapped in the Dragons’ first year in Class 4A.

Jefferson head coach Doug Thurmond’s squad ran through the field of teams and dominated their four opponents en route to the crown. The Dragons’ included


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.

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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