Walton, Lassiter are back in contention after combined 3-17 disaster

9:15 am Sep. 3, 2015

Walton and Lassiter played perhaps the biggest game in East Cobb history in 2011, when Walton won 30-24 in the semifinals and advanced to play Grayson for the Class AAAAA title.

Three years later, they had hit bottom. That was last season, when Lasstier didn’t win a game, except for a forfeited victory against Walton. Meanwhile, Walton was 2-8, its worst finish since 1980. The Raiders’ on-field record was 5-5

Friday night wrap: Colquitt shows no sign of weakening

11:35 pm Aug. 28, 2015

Some observations from Friday night’s games in Class AAAAAA …

-Class AAAAAA defending champion Colquitt County shows no signs of weakening. The Packers beat Plant of Tampa 42-8 in Moultrie. Plant was ranked No. 4 in Florida’s Class 7A. Colquitt QB Chase Parrish was 11-of-12 passing for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, according to Wayne Gandy’s story in the Moultrie Observer. The fourth quarter was

Big 3: Are Archer, McEachern, Colquitt national contenders?

8:25 am Aug. 27, 2015

I get calls and emails each summer from those who do national high school rankings, each asking how Georgia’s best teams look. Some years, there aren’t any that clearly deserve to be in a national Top 25 in preseason.

That included last year, when Colquitt County emerged as a top-10 team nationally after one of the most dominant seasons in recent Georgia history. But at the time, Colquitt was not clearly

Some good first impressions from Friday’s AAAAAA openers

12:01 am Aug. 22, 2015

Here are some teams that made a good first impression in Class AAAAAA from Friday night’s games.

*Roswell beat Lowndes 35-8, avenging a 37-14 loss from a season ago. The victory affirmed Roswell’s No. 5 ranking in AAAAAA, the school’s first appearance in a preseason poll since 2010. Roswell RB Sheldon Evans and LB Tre Lamar could be the best at their positions in AAAAAA if not the state.

*Lassiter, winless last

Big 44: Will we see 3 Gwinnett regions? Only 3 playoff teams from Region 1?

8:53 am Aug. 18, 2015

As most of you have probably heard, the Georgia High School Association on Monday voted to create a ‘’Big 44’’ classification that will be the state’s highest class beginning in 2016-17.

The Big 44 will comprise the top 10 percent of schools by enrollment and be about 70 percent the size of the current Class AAAAAA (64 schools). The Big 44 won’t have exactly 44 schools, or necessarily be called the

Baseball: Stats, lineups for Saturday’s 10 finalists

8:05 am May. 22, 2015

The state baseball finals resume Saturday. Below are probable lineups for all 10 finalists still playing, plus statistics for most of those teams. Still gathering stats on a few and hope to have them updated later today.

Also, check out Thursday’s blog for a little more info on each team and how they arrived to the final.

Class A is complete. Schley County (public) and King’s Ridge Christian (private) won titles this week.

For the

Baseball: State finals set; a look at who’s playing

12:06 pm May. 20, 2015

Here’s a class-by-class look at the state baseball playoffs. Two semifinal series will be finished Wednesday – Kennesaw Mountain vs. Walton (AAAAAA) and Westminster vs. Jefferson (AAA).

Later this week, we’ll have previews of each of the five championship series that begin Saturday.

Class AAAAAA

Parkview has gone through the state playoffs 8-0, allowing only 10 runs. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps. Parkview won state titles in 2011 and

AA baseball: Wesleyan is most experienced of the bunch

9:57 am May. 18, 2015

Here’s a look at the four semifinal baseball teams in Class AA.

Darlington
Darlington last won a baseball state title in 1984 and last reached the semifinals in 2013 (lost to eventual Class A private-school champion Eagle’s Landing Christian. The Tigers beat Greater Atlanta Christian in the quarterfinals. It was the second straight Game 3 victory in the playoffs. Darlington won 8-2.Jay Shadday hit two home runs and was 3-for-4 with

AAA baseball: A look at the four semifinalist

8:58 am May. 18, 2015

Semifinals are tonight (Monday) in classes AAAAAA through AA. Here’s a look at the final four in AAA. It’s Blessed Trinity at Westside-Augusta and Jefferson at Westminster.

Westside-Augusta
Westside pitcher Jonathan Jahn, who has committed to South Carolina, has a 0.00 ERA in three playoff starts. He’s allowed one run (unearned) and 11 hits in 19 innings. He’s struck out 23 – 15 of which came in the 2-0 victory over Hart