Notebook: BT, Benedictine get hot … Rutland, Archer pitchers mow down batters … Two hitters with six HR

11:00 am Mar. 27, 2015

Defending Class AAA champion Blessed Trinity has won nine straight games to run its record to 11-2 overall, 7-0 in Region 4-AAA. Cody Roberts, a North Carolina signee, is hitting .529 (18-for-34) with four home runs. Senior Will Galloway (.487) also has four homers. Blessed Trinity has employed nine pitchers, none better than Brad Spinner (3-1, 0.35 ERA). Junior Jackson Svete (12 innings, 13 strikeouts) and sophomore Cole McNamee (9.2

Baseball: A look at Georgia’s 11 seniors rated in national top 100

10:53 am Mar. 24, 2015

So Georgia is a baseball state? It looks like it.

Eleven of MaxPreps’ top 100 senior baseball prospects are from Georgia. For what it’s worth, there are 10 Georgia football players and seven Georgia basketball players in the top 100 seniors, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Two of Georgia’s top-100 baseball seniors will go head-to-head Tuesday, when Pike County travels to Griffin in a 5:55 p.m. game. Pike County pitcher Tristin English

Can you do more than dance? Pebblebrook seeks first sports title since 1977

9:33 am Mar. 6, 2015

Pebblebrook is Cobb County’s magnet school for the performing arts. Its sports history includes one state title, won by the girls’ cross country team in 1977.

It’s fair to say the school and South Cobb area has waited for this moment – the Class AAAAAA boys basketball state final against Wheeler – for some time. The game will be Saturday night at Georgia Tech.

‘’It’s going to be historic, not just

McEachern’s Cooper makes her case for player of year

9:02 am Mar. 3, 2015

The race for girls state player of the year has been thought to be a two-guard race between Asia Durr of St. Pius and Te’a Cooper of McEachern, with Durr perhaps in the lead.

Both are among the five finalists for the national Naismith Award for girls player of the year. Each has led her team to two state championships. Durr is rated a little higher in recruiting rankings and

Predictions: Pebblebrook boys, Archer girls will win state titles

9:12 am Feb. 18, 2015

It’s perhaps a little late for predictions, as a few first-round girls games took place Tuesday, but each of those had predictable results.

So below is one reporter’s forecast of the boys and girls tournaments in Class AAAAAA.

There are couple of mild surprises holding the trophies – Pebblebrook’s boys and Archer’s girls. The teams to beat are considered to be national ranked Wheeler (boys) and No. 1-ranked Osborne (girls), or Parkview

State-playoff bracket here: Check these potential QF’s

10:35 pm Feb. 14, 2015

Here is the unofficial draw for the Class AAAAAA boys and girls state basketball playoffs.

Notice that No. 1 Wheeler and No. 2 Tift County could meet in the boys quarterfinals. Note that No. 1 Osborne and No. 2 Parkview could meet in the girls quarterfinals.

No. 3 Pebblebrook and No. 4 Norcross (boys) would be another interesting quarterfinal.

Best draws: I’m saying Wheeler’s boys (despite the early Tift County matchup) and Archer’s

Region tournament highlights: North Gwinnett turns season around

8:32 am Feb. 10, 2015

Through 17 games, Collins Hill’s boys basketball team was 15-2 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA. North Gwinnett was 6-11.

Less than a month later, Collins Hill’s season is over after a 3-6 stretch run in difficult Region 7-AAAAAA. North Gwinnett is on a 7-1 streak and qualified for the state playoffs Tuesday with a 52-47 victory over Collins Hill in the quarterfinals of the 7-AAAAAA tournament at Duluth. North Gwinnett

Region tournament brackets nearly complete; upsets show how wide open girls state tournament will be

8:07 am Feb. 3, 2015

At the bottom is the latest on the brackets for the region tournaments, which begin Monday in Class AAAAAA. Most of the seeds have been set, but still waiting to hear about a few tiebreakers in regions 2, 3, 6 and 8.

Next week, will have schedules and scores for all 48 region tournaments and update them daily.

Meanwhile, the girls state tournament will be fun. Norcross has won three

Montverde tournament gives Shiloh boys a chance to shine

12:31 pm Jan. 28, 2015

At 20-0, Shiloh is the only undefeated boys team in Class AAAAAA, but the Generals are ranked only No. 3 behind nationally ranked Wheeler and defending champion Tift County.

Shiloh’s chance to erase any strength-of-schedule concerns starts Thursday at the three-day, eight-team Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament (MAIT) outside of Orlando.

Shiloh’s first opponent is First Academy of Orlando, the No. 3 team in Florida’s Class 3A and No. 9 overall in Florida, according