Whitewater girls look to continue turnaround

10:03 am Dec. 18, 2014

Rashad Muhyee’s three-year tenure as head girls basketball at Whitewater has been full of firsts.

The Wildcats have experienced their first winning season and their first state tournament. In November, senior Jada Coggins became the program’s first player to sign with a Division I program. Now, they’re looking to add a region championship to their first-time achievements.

It won’t be easy, Muhyee says, because Region 5-AAAA is rugged, with Carrollton emerging as

Buford 55, St. Pius 10

8:44 pm Dec. 13, 2014

Buford coach Jess Simpson said the goal for his team this season was to “do it better than it had ever been done.”  Mission accomplished.

Buford, the state’s most dominant dynasty, won its third straight state championship with a 55-10 victory over St. Pius X on Saturday in the Class AAAA title game at the Georgia Dome.

The Wolves (15-0)capped their second consecutive undefeated season with their 40th straight win, a streak

Buford feels no pressure against underdog St. Pius X

1:14 pm Dec. 12, 2014

Buford has won so often—39 straight games—and on such big stages—nine state titles in 13 years—that it will be much bigger news if the Wolves lose to St. Pius X on Saturday in the Class AAAA championship game.

You would think that somewhere in the back of the Wolves coaches’ and players’ minds they’d be worried about being the ones who suffer the first defeat since 2012. But that’s simply not

Asia Durr reaches career milestone

2:14 pm Dec. 9, 2014

St. Pius star Asia Durr reached another career milestone and is expected to surpass another tonight, when the undefeated Golden Lions take on Cross Keys.

Durr, considered one of the top prep players in the nation, scored her 2,000th point in St. Pius’ win over Columbia on Saturday. She has 2,014 points for her career and needs just three points to pass Kelley Cain to become the all-time leading scorer in

Buford, St. Pius take different routes to state finals

9:57 am Dec. 6, 2014

Buford’s remarkable run of dominance continues. The top-ranked Wolves advanced to the state championship game for eighth consecutive season with a 27-3 win over Cartersville on Friday.

Buford held the Purple Hurricanes to just 66 yards in the first half and put the game away by converting two Cartersville turnovers into touchdowns in the second half. The Purple Hurricanes entered the game averaging 41.5 points.

It

The Saturday morning that turned St. Pius’ season around

4:11 pm Dec. 4, 2014

St. Pius’ season turned around on a Saturday morning after the Golden Lions had dropped to 0-2 for the first time in coach Paul Standard’s 14-year tenure.

Standard, in the moments after suffering a 41-21 loss to Woodward Academy in Week 2, told his team that they wouldn’t panic and weren’t going to change their approach. But there was one major change, and it took place behind closed doors in a

Q&A with Jonesboro boys basketball coach Dan Maehlman

12:46 pm Dec. 2, 2014

Jonesboro won the Class AAAA state championship last season with only one senior on the roster. That bodes well for this season.

 The Cardinals’ have their four top scorers back from last year’s title squad, including superstar sophomore MJ Walker. Coach Dan Maehlman spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week to discuss what’s next for program this season.

Q: You have a lot of guys back from last season’s squad. What’s different about

Cartersville, St. Pius win coin flips to host AAAA semifinals

5:02 pm Nov. 29, 2014

Cartersville and St. Pius X won coin flips and will host Class AAAA semifinal games Friday.

The Purple Hurricanes knocked off Sandy Creek, 35-31, in dramatic fashion to advance to face No. 1 Buford. Cartersville never led until running back Tiamon Pennymon dove into the end zone with 20 seconds to play. Pennymon’s touchdown capped an 80-yard drive and set up a showdown with powerhouse Buford.

The Wolves won their 38th consecutive

AAAA quarterfinals: What to watch

8:53 am Nov. 28, 2014

–Five of the remaining eight teams in the Class AAAA playoffs moved up from Class AAA in the offseason. Buford, Cartersville, North Oconee, St. Pius X and Woodward Academy reached the quarterfinals in their first season in Class AAAA.

–Buford and Marist, two longtime perennial state powers, will meet for the first time Friday. Buford has won 37 straight games and won the last two state championships in Class AAA, before

Basketball: Redan girls face tougher slate with addition of St. Pius

3:05 pm Nov. 25, 2014

The same programs that moved up to AAAA and made football infinitely tougher in that classification this season will do the same to hoops, especially on the girls side.

The two teams that played in last season’s AAA state championship game—St. Pius X and Buford—arrive in AAAA to make things more difficult for some of Class AAAA’s perennial powers, like defending champion Redan.

Redan capped off an undefeated season with the program’s