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

Upcoming: DeMatha will be Pebblebrook’s third top-10 opponent nationally

8:47 am Jan. 21, 2015

If a boys basketball team in Georgia has played a tougher schedule this season, Pebblebrook would like to compare resumes.

The Falcons (15-4 overall, 9-0 in 3-AAAAAA) will play DeMatha of Maryland on Saturday in the Hilton Invitational at Norcross That will be Pebblebrook’s third game this season against a team ranked in MaxPreps’ national top-10 poll.

DeMatha is ranked No. 8. Pebblebrook lost to No. 1 Montverde Academy 69-61 last

Osborne, Mountain View girls survive in OT … North Forsyth’s home win streak ended … Norcross boys take lead in R7

12:10 pm Jan. 17, 2015

West Forsyth’s (15-3, 10-2) ended eighth-ranked North Forsyth’s 31-game home winning streak on Friday with a 49-36 victory. It avenged a loss on West’s home floor last month. Jenna Staiti, a 6-foot-5 junior who is committed to Maryland, scored 35 points and had 18 rebounds and four blocked shots in West’s recent win. North fell to 16-3 overall, 10-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA. Third-ranked South Forsyth (16-2, 11-0) leads the region.

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Look ahead: Archer girls host showcase tourney … Wheeler travels to New England … Pebblebrook gets shot at Montverde

12:34 pm Jan. 14, 2015

Four of the Top 10 girls teams in Class AAAAAA and two No. 1-ranked teams from Georgia’s lower classifications will play Saturday in the first Krossover Classic, which is designed to be a showcase for college coaches.

McEachern, the defending AAAAAA champion and second-ranked team this season, plays No. 1 Holy Innocents’ of Class AA. St. Francis, ranked No. 1 in A, will play Wenonah, the No. 1 team in Alabama’s

Basketball: Tift loses first game in Louisiana; games to watch Friday

9:09 am Jan. 9, 2015

Second-ranked Tift County’s boys (15-1) lost their first game Thursday, beaten by two-time defending Louisiana state champion Riverside in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic in New Orleans. Tift had a shot to tie at the buzzer but missed.

Tift will play two more games before heading back on the 7-hour school bus ride.

Tift is expected to contend again after winning Class AAAAAA in 2014. Gone is Tadric Jackson, the

Wheeler boys, South Forsyth & Parkview girls win top-10 showdowns

9:47 am Jan. 7, 2015

Here is a recap of some of the bigger basketball games in Class AAAAAA on Tuesday –

*The No. 1-ranked Wheeler’s boys (14-1, 6-0) beat No. 9 Pope (13-2, 7-1) 64-54 for first place in Region 5-AAAAAA. Pope got within 58-52 with the ball in the final two minutes but no closer. Wheeler’s Cameron Jordan scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Wheeler, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Jaylen

Archer-Colquitt: Highest-scoring finalists in playoff history

11:47 pm Dec. 5, 2014

Colquitt County and Archer will enter their Class AAAAAA final next week as the highest-scoring state-playoff teams in modern GHSA history.

Colquitt County is averaging 53.0 points in its four playoff victories. Archer is averaging 50.2.

Colquitt and Archer are the first teams since 1996, when the GHSA expanded the state playoffs to five rounds, to score more than 200 points in route to the finals.

The Colquitt-Archer final also will be the

McEachern was ranked No. 1 in preseason for a reason

10:24 am Nov. 29, 2014

McEachern was ranked No. 1 in preseason because many felt the Indians were the most talented team in Class AAAAAA. That was forgotten too quickly after a season-opening loss to North Gwinnett and a season-ending injury to Oregon-committed running back Taj Griffin.

After a 7-3 regular season, McEachern has re-invented itself as the state’s hottest passing team. Bailey Hockman, a sophomore, threw for 435 yards in the 62-36 victory over Tucker.

Basketball time: Five boys teams to watch

9:06 am Nov. 25, 2014

Let’s take a timeout from our regularly scheduled football programming to check out some of the top boys basketball teams in the state. Here are five to watch in Class AAAAAA. We’ll talk about the girls next week in this space.

What are the best teams that are not mentioned below?

Douglas County – The Tigers finished ranked No. 9 last season after winning Region 3 and going 22-6. The team’s most

Quarterfinals have a fresh new look

11:56 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Here’s what we’ve got for the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals…

Newton (7-3) at Etowah (10-2)

Hillgrove (9-3) at Archer (9-3)

McEachern (9-3) at Tucker (10-2)

Milton (11-1) at Colquitt County (12-0)

The quarters are populated with six teams that have never won state titles, five that entered the post-season unranked, four that have not been this far in the playoffs in over 25 years , if ever, and two that had never won state-playoff games until