Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Record-setting six overtimes needed to settle Region 1-AAAA showdown

8:40 am Jan. 16, 2018

With region action picking up across the state, Class AAAA was the home to one of the best regular season region showdown perhaps in state history this past Friday night. It was a Region 1-AAAA battle between Carver-Columbus and Americus-Sumter that ended in a six overtime, 125-122 victory for the host Panthers. According to the Americus Times Recorder, the game set Sumter County records for “Most points by a team

What we’ve learned from early region action

2:44 pm Jan. 11, 2018

After breaking down Region’s 1-4 on Tuesday, it’s time to take a look at the others.  Here’s some of what we have been able to learn so far in Region 5-8.

Region 5

Teams: Cartersville, Cedartown, Central-Carroll, Chapel Hill, LaGrange, Sandy Creek, Troup

Boys: Things are looking good for Cartersville, which is currently at the top of Region 5-AAAA with a 4-0 record. The Purple Hurricanes, which took the region’s No. 3 seed a

Trio of seniors headline Class AAAA’s boys hoops standouts

3:08 pm Dec. 27, 2017

There’s not as much room for debate (as there is in other classifications) when it comes to the top boys player in the classification this year as reigning AJC Class AAAA Player of the Year Tye Fagan is not only back again this year, but already off to a superb senior season at Upson-Lee. The Middle-Tennessee commit leads the defending state champion and No. 1 Upson-Lee Knights as an unstoppable

Blessed Trinity caps incredible run with program’s first state crown

6:48 pm Dec. 16, 2017

With a strongminded defense, balanced offense and well-measured respect for each of the Class AAAA giants they defeated along their path, the 2017 Blessed Trinity Titans topped previously undefeated Marist 16-7 Friday night and completed an unforgettable journey to capture the program’s first-ever state title.

Here’s some perspective to what this program has now accomplished in just two seasons since being bumped up to Class AAAA.

In the second round of this

Postponement adds to web of storylines

11:06 am Dec. 13, 2017

While it is unfortunate Marist and Blessed Trinity did not get to experience playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this past weekend, the six-day postponement of their championship showdown is just another dramatic element sewn into the web of storylines these programs have shaped over their past two seasons spent in Class AAAA.

Before the 2016 school year, when reclassification put them in Region 7-AAAA together, these schools had never faced on the

Class AAAA state championship primer

4:58 pm Dec. 5, 2017

The 2017 Class AAAA Championship is filled with intriguing storylines and should be one of the best games of championship weekend at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (full schedule listed below). I will get into the individual player matchups and breakdown the game in Thursday’s blog, but first here is the primer for the all-Region 7-AAAA final between Marist and Blessed Trinity.


Marist and Blessed Trinity did not play for the first time

Marist, Blessed Trinity set stage for a Region 7-AAAA final

12:38 pm Dec. 2, 2017

On a night that saw major metro Atlanta teams fall across the different classifications (Brookwood, Tucker, Buford, Carver-Atlanta, Cedar Grove and Greater Atlanta Christian each lost), Class AAAA’s Marist and Blessed Trinity advanced convincingly to next weekend’s championships to play in the only metro vs. metro final of 2017. The two Region 7 rivals that met six weeks ago (Marist 25, Blessed Trinity 24 on Oct. 20) scored another pair

Blessed Trinity at Mary Persons semifinals preview

4:33 pm Nov. 29, 2017

Blessed Trinity will visit Mary Persons in the state semifinals on Friday in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals. Like I did with my St. Pius at Marist preview on Tuesday, I am going to breakdown this semifinal matchup in sections to hopefully do it justice.

Blessed Trinity (11-2) at Mary Persons (11-2)

This is the sixth straight season that Mary Persons has been in Class AAAA. The Bulldogs have compiled

Marist, St. Pius meet in semis for biggest ‘Fish Bowl’ yet

5:31 pm Nov. 28, 2017

The archrival Catholic schools are squaring off for the second time this season and will play in the 53rd edition of the ‘Fish Bowl’ Friday night for a spot in the Class AAAA state championship. With so much history involved and so much at stake in this rivalry game, I am going to have to breakdown this matchup in sections to hopefully do it justice.

St. Pius (8-5) at Marist (13-0)


Semifinalists hit their stride together

4:36 pm Nov. 25, 2017

The Class AAAA final four is set and the semifinalist all seem to be hitting their stride. What makes this exciting is not only are these four teams each peaking at the right time, but all the teams have the momentum and potential to continue playing even better football. St. Pius has won eight straight since starting the season 0-5 and battled past an 11-1 Woodward Academy team 35-31 last