Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Creekside, Gainesville fall, but Ware picks up big win

  • 9:30 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 2:

*No. 1 Creekside falls: Defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Creekside had its 16-game winning streak come to an end when a late rally fell short in a 21-20 loss to Fairburn rival Hughes, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAAAAA. Creekside trailed 21-0 late in the third quarter but got two touchdowns from Julian Gibbs and one by Bricen Terry to cut the lead to 21-20. The Seminoles missed their last extra-point attempt with about two minutes remaining when they had to try a 35-yard kick after an [More]

DeKalb pride on the line at Battle of the Borders Showdown

  • 10:59 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Class AAAAA teams Stephenson and M.L. King will be among four DeKalb County schools that will host some of Florida’s best teams on Saturday in the Battle of the Borders Showdown at Hallford Stadium.

M.L. King (0-0) will open its season with a 2:30 p.m. game against Norland of Miami, and second-ranked Stephenson (1-0) will face Miami Central at 5:30 p.m. The event begins at 11:45 a.m., when Class AAAA Marist (0-0) takes on Godby (0-1) of Tallahassee, and concludes with an 8:30 p.m. game between Class AAAAAA Tucker (0-1) and defending national champion Booker T. Washington (1-0) of Miami.

Norland will [More]

Stephens to make Ware debut; Creekside to open title defense

  • 9:30 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Saye

Only about half of the Class AAAAA teams will be in action on the first weekend of the high school football season, but there are plenty of good games on the schedule. Eight of the top 10 teams in the classification play in Week 1, and most of those teams should face a decent season-opening test. And one game between unranked teams could go a long way in determining a region champion. Here are some of the stories worth watching this weekend in AAAAA:

- Franklin Stephens will make his debut as the Ware County coach at home on Friday when [More]

Tucker’s gone, but strong teams are moving in

  • 5:32 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The Georgia High School Association’s biennial reclassification is almost certain to have a big impact on Class AAAAA this season.

Tucker is gone, having moved up to AAAAAA, which should come as a relief to the remaining members of the classification. Over the past seven seasons, the Tigers posted a record of 88-10 with two state championships, one runner-up finish and three other trips to at least the quarterfinals.

But Tucker’s absence will be offset by the addition of a number of strong teams, some which dropped from AAAAAA and others that moved up from lower classifications. Here’s a look at five [More]

AAAAA: Maxwell predicts region standings, W-L records

  • 9:45 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings have predicted the region standings and the won-lost records of Georgia’s Class AAAAAA teams. The computer ratings are the work of Loren Maxwell, founder of the Georgia High School Football Historical Association. He has been involved with sports ratings since 1986.

His region-by-region breakdowns are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 trials at the rate of approximately 51 seasons per second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the Monte Carlo simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure (i.e., schedules, region alignments, etc.).

All out of state opponents were considered [More]

Grayson, Centennial clinch region titles; GAC coach leaving at end of school year

  • 12:05 pm Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Sorting out Region 8-AAAAAA: Top-ranked Grayson got three goals from sophomore Jennifer Westendorf and beat No. 4 Brookwood 3-0 on Monday to clinch the region championship in 8-AAAAAA. Westendorf, a Notre Dame commitment who transferred from Montgomery, Ala., at the start of the school year, has scored 35 goals this season. Brookwood bounced back two days later with a 2-1 victory against third-ranked Parkview to clinch second place in the region. Michelle Allen and Shannon Maloney got the goals for the Broncos. Parkview, the defending state champion, will enter [More]

8-AAAAAA title at stake when No. 4 Brookwood closes season against No. 3 Parkview, No. 1 Grayson

  • 10:00 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The Region 8-AAAAAA championship and possibly the role of favorite heading into the state tournament will be determined in the next four days when fourth-ranked Brookwood (15-1, 6-0) closes the regular season with matches against No. 3 Parkview (14-1, 6-1) and top-ranked Grayson (14-0-1, 7-0).

“The games with Parkview and Grayson are our two biggest games of the season,” Brookwood coach Jeff Becker said. “We are excited for these games because they will determine our region’s champion and they will be a chance to prove ourselves against the No. 3 and No. 1 teams in the state.  I don’t think there [More]

Tournament play begins for No. 1 Marist, No. 5 Grady

  • 1:53 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Tournament time: Marist and Grady, ranked No. 1 and No. 5 in Class AAAA in the most recent Eurosport rankings, will be looking to secure berths in the state tournament when the Region 6-AAAA tournament begins on Tuesday night. Defending state champion Marist will host Washington in the quarterfinals and would face the Carver-Atlanta/Stone Mountain winner in the semifinals on Thursday. Marist also will squeeze in a non-region game on Wednesday against McIntosh, the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA. Grady will host Redan on Tuesday, with the winner facing [More]

Calhoun, Hebron Christian winning with defense … Milestone for First Presbyterian coach

  • 11:50 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Much of the attention in Class AA this year has focused on Region 6 private schools Greater Atlanta Christian, Westminster and Lovett, the top three teams in this week’s Eurosport rankings. But there’s a public-school team at No. 4 that bears watching.

Calhoun is 13-0 behind a defense that has allowed one goal all season (which came on a deflected corner kick in a 3-1 victory against Armuchee on March 11) and is giving up just one shot on goal per match.

Senior goalkeeper Halley Cronon gets much of the credit, but Yellow Jackets coach Randy Rice also praised the efforts of [More]

Lovett falls from No. 1 spot; former GAC star excelling at Georgia

  • 1:35 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Rankings shakeup: Class AA Lovett fell from the top spot in the most recent Eurosport and Score Atlanta rankings after suffering consecutive losses to Westminster (2-1 in overtime) and Marist (4-0) last week to drop to 10-3 overall for the season. Greater Atlanta Christian (12-2-1) is the new No. 1 team, followed by defending state champion Westminster (5-4-3) at No. 2 and Lovett at No. 3. All three teams are members of Region 6-AA and will meet again in the regular season. Lovett will get a chance to avenge [More]